Of course, if you’re the bride-to-be, you’ve been dreaming of this moment, and this DRESS, forever. But if you’re the groom or a guest, you may want to know a bit more about dressing for a destination wedding before you pack your bags and fly off to paradise.
No matter your role, the surroundings are going to be so beautiful that you know you’ll want to take dozens, if not hundreds, of photos – and you’re going to want to make sure you look just as good in those photos as the beautiful beach backdrop. So read on to hear exactly how to dress for a destination wedding:
For the bride:
Yes, you have found your dream dress. Yes, you’ve already thought about how it would look on the beach, as the sun is setting: perfect. We would never doubt your dream dress. But we here at Beach Honeymoons & Destination Weddings are here to remember the details you may be leaving out of your flawless wedding fantasy…
First: the train. If your dress has a long train, that is going to look absolutely stunning in all of your photos. But it may be an absolute mess when walking down the aisle, or dancing the night away at your beach-party reception. Sand can get everywhere, and you don’t want your train to be dragging around a pound of sand by the end of the night. If you get a train, make sure it includes a loop and a button on your waist in order to pin it up when you’re not taking photos, or saying your vows with your husband-to-be. That way, you can have your dream dress, your dream beach wedding, and your dream of still looking beautiful all night.
Second: the shoes. Shoes are usually an afterthought, but with a destination beach wedding, we cannot stress enough that you must have backups. Let’s say you’re aiming for that perfect, beachy vibe with your outfit, and that includes bare feet. Make sure that even if you are planning on going barefoot, you have shoes with you that you would be happy to wear with your dress if worst comes to worst. No one wants to think about the “worst,” whether that’s an accidental cut or scrape on your foot that needs protection, or an unexpected storm causing your ceremony to temporarily relocate inside, but you’re going to want to make sure you’re prepared for every possible situation, so if something happens, you can focus on your dream day instead of scrambling.
For the groom:
One of the best aspects about using Beach Honeymoons & Destination Weddings to plan your celebration of love is that the groom doesn’t really have to think about his wedding attire: typically, the properties our company works with have an option to rent a wedding tux right there at the resort.
If your fiancé has dreams of a beautiful, relaxed beach ceremony, you may not even need a tux – many of our grooms choose to marry their true loves in loose, cotton pants and button-down shirts in white or bright beach colors. The advantages: you’ll be comfy, you’ll still look nice, and it’ll be easier than ever to scoop your beautiful bride up in your arms for that show-stopping kiss as the sun is setting. The disadvantages: none we can think of!
For the guests:
What could be more fun than dressing for a destination beach wedding??
You’re on vacation, you’re surrounded by beauty, you’re watching your loved one marry their soulmate, AND you get to wear bright, fun clothes?
Many of the same considerations the bride and groom will be making should also apply to you when choosing your outfits: it’s okay to keep it loose, casual, and beachy, but make sure you have a backup plan if you’re rocking bare feet or some other outdoor-only wear. If you’re a member of the bridal party, odds are you’ll already have specific instructions on what to wear, but for the rest of the guests, remember this one crucial rule: even though the wedding’s on a beach, white is still only for the bride.
This post was written by Jill Williamson a Senior Destination Wedding Planner for Beach Honeymoons & Destination Weddings - LTW Travel.
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Tahiti is an island that will help you make all your dreams come true! Being the largest island in the French Polynesia, Tahiti has a lot to offer a couple searching to celebrate love. The French Polynesia is made up of 118 islands, and Tahiti is just one of many. When people hear the name Tahiti they think of secluded beaches, and the odd errant coconut. However, Tahiti is more than just a beautiful destination. Tahiti allows for people to come from all over the globe to celebrate a honeymoon, vow renewal and even a destination wedding. It is an experience that many people don’t have an opportunity to have within their lifetime. Make it count.
Getting married is the ultimate relationship milestone and requires the utmost celebration. The union of two separate hearts becoming one deserves the most unique ceremony, as no heart is the same as another. Say your vows with the gorgeous backdrops of white sandy beaches, 2 extinct volcanoes, over-water chapels, or beautiful yachts which can be found on the sparkling island of Tahiti. The island was created especially for this special moment that everyone has come to experience. The island is a must see and is something that you can’t find anywhere else in the world: the optimum wedding destination.
The island of Tahiti is part of the French Polynesia and in order to get married there, there are certain rules you must follow. A very common rule known by many of us is the fact that both the bride and the groom must be legal adults (thus, 18 years of age by the date of the ceremony), and can not be part of the same family line.
The ceremony must also have both the bride and groom present on the date and be performed in front of witnesses that are also above 18 years of age. Since the island does reside within the borders of French Polynesia, the ceremony will be performed in French; however, the couple may bring a translator to the ceremony in order for the couple to understand exactly what is being said.The couple must also bring a valid identification that cannot expire 60 days prior to the wedding day and a birth certificate, that has to have a certified French translation for the marriage in Tahiti to be legally binding.
Finally, the couple must write a letter to the Mayor of the commune that they wish to get married in and additionally fill out the “Foreign Weddings in French Polynesia” document to also be presented to the mayor. These documents must be sent at least 45 days before the wedding to insure proper filing. All these documents allow for you to start your lives together the second you both say “I do”.
You can arrange a traditional Tahitian wedding ceremony. Although these traditional wedding events are most popular with people on their honeymoon or renewing their vows, the traditional wedding is a hard to miss experience.The ceremony begins with the bride receiving a relaxing oil massage by her own Tahitian “bridesmaid” that was given to her, while surrounded by a variety of traditional bouquet of flowers. While the bride is being treated, the groom is taken to a small islet on a Canoe where he is to be painted with traditional tattoos, and given a crown to wear during the reception.
During the ceremony, the bride wears a traditional Tahitian wedding dress and flower headpiece to. Also, a Tahitian gives the bride and groom their own Tahitian names to be used, as well as a name for their first born child. Following the ceremony, the newly weds travel on a sunset cruise where they listen to romantic Tahitian music being sung to them. This ceremony can only be found on the islands of Tahitian and is unlike anything else in the world.
Having a traditional wedding can be a truly life changing experience, especially if you have it in the right location. The islands of Tahiti are that location. They hold onto the ancient Tahitian tradition that gives your destination wedding a kick that other weddings just don't have. Make your wedding stand out with a wedding that will be completely unique and special for you and your fiance.
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Anyone who has been lucky enough to meet the Love of Their Life can tell you: after they propose, you’re ready to Get Married at that moment. If the wedding could be tomorrow, nothing would make you happier. While it is understandable to be excited and want the wedding to happen as fast as possible, the reality of creating a Dream Wedding is that it takes time. This is especially true if you want a beautiful beach wedding in an exotic, faraway destination.
The good thing about planning ahead is that waiting just a little can have a big payoff: literally, a well planned-out wedding can end up costing you thousands of dollars less than one that is hastily thrown together.
Even better, it is usually more cost-efficient for your guests if they are given significant advance notice of the wedding date, so they can plan their expenses accordingly. The more financially feasible your Beach Destination Wedding is for your loved ones, the more likely it is that they will be able to attend and you will be able to share your special day with all of your friends and family.
So how far out should you be planning your Dream Destination Wedding?
The experts at Beach Honeymoons and Destination Weddings recommend that you aim for a date about 9 -12 Months after you become Engaged.
(though we can definitely help with weddings with much shorter time-frames)
This time range is the most beneficial for a number of reasons:
First, you do NOT want to rush the process of planning your beach wedding.
This is a special day that you will only get to live once, so you want to take your time and make sure everything is exactly as you imagined it would be. The Travel Consultants and Wedding Planners at Beach Honeymoons and Destination Weddings can work with you to make this dream a reality, and the more time you give them, the better deals they will be able to negotiate for you and your fiancé.
Imagine a beautiful ceremony on the beach, with stunning decorations, moving music, eye-catching flowers, and an absolutely gorgeous dress – all for a significantly reduced rate! The Travel Consultants and Wedding Planners can make it happen for you, and the more time you have to work with them, the more perfect your wedding will be.
Second, 9 -12 months is ideal for your guests to plan out their own trips to see you marry the love of your life on a beautiful beach.
If you start planning that far in advance, your guests can work with Beach Honeymoons and Destination Weddings to put down a deposit on their resort stay, and also to set up a payment plan to pay down the costs of their travel and lodging. If you give your guests enough notice, even those who may not have the money to pay for a flight and a hotel all at once can create a plan with Beach Honeymoons and Destination Weddings to pay their costs in increments, so that it will be more cost-friendly for them to come see you on your big day.
We know you’re itching to marry the man of your dreams, but take a moment to plan things out: 9 -12 months is the best timeframe to make your fantasy wedding come true.
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It’s finally happened – you're Engaged. You feel like you have been dreaming of this moment, with your love, for your entire life. You already know exactly what you want your wedding to look like – you’ve always envisioned hearing “You may now kiss the bride,” and embracing your love in front of a stunning beach backdrop.
The only problem is…you’re not sure which Beach Location is right for your Wedding. And if it’s truly as beautiful of a beach as it has always been in your fantasies, you definitely don’t know how you and your fiancé are going to afford to have that stunning kiss. Or maybe you can afford it – but you don’t know if your friends and family are going to be open to the idea of a trip to another country just to see you get married. And in your dreams, you’ve always been able to celebrate with your loved ones after the ceremony.
You don’t want to give up on your dreams, but how on earth can you make this particular dream come true??
The Answer is: you don’t have to. Beach Honeymoons and Destination Weddings can do it all for you.
If you don’t know where your dream beach is, that’s fine. We will help you find out. Check out our full line of Beach Destinations on this website (BeachDest.com) for inspiration. We have connections to many gorgeous destinations and resorts so you can start visualizing exactly how that kiss will look. If you’re starting to have an idea of an actual place, but you’re not sure what the next step in the process is, don’t spend a second more pondering. Just fill out our quick and easy form so that we can pair you with a Beach Destinations Consultant.
Our Consultants are trained professionals in making your fantasy wedding come to life before your eyes. You don’t have to do a single thing besides let us know where you'd like to get married--your Consultant will be able to make it all happen.
We have extensive knowledge of the resorts and package deals available in your Dream Destination, and we will be able to negotiate the best rates with vendors. We can even secure a Special Group rate at a Great Price with Your Wedding Resort, so that your friends and family do not have to worry about the cost of being there on your special day.
What could be better than an exotic vacation for you and all your loved ones to watch you marry the Love of Your Life?
When it comes to the actual details of the wedding itself, Beach Honeymoons and Destination Weddings has you covered. We provide you with a Wedding Coordinator, for FREE, that will handle all of the Wedding Details no matter how Large or Small associated with making your dream a reality.
You won’t have to worry about flowers, food, music, decorations, or anything else. The Beach Honeymoons and Destination Weddings team will be with you every step of the way along the process of creating your dream Beach Destination Wedding.
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Here at Beach Honeymoons & Destination Weddings, we specialize in sending our couples to Caribbean Destinations. Our reasoning behind this is that the Caribbean has a wealth of resources that amplify romance: crystal blue waves, palm trees for shade, exotic and diverse culinary offerings, fabulous tours & excursions, and diverse cultural experiences.
Accommodations range from intimate boutique resorts to award winning 5 star resorts complete with features like swim up suites, bungalows, and infinity pools!
Here are 3 HOT Jamaica Resorts that we know will produce a honeymoon that you will remember for a lifetime!
Couples Tower Isle: Ocho Rios Jamaica
This 5 star, Adults Only, All Inclusive Resort just introduced an unlimited spa experience with the launch of its new Oasis Spa Villas. These Villas provide couples with unlimited and private access to all the treatments and services at the Oasis Spa on property. They can also book services in their own private terrace.
Each Villa has a private walkway with direct access to the spa, a personal plunge pool, an king sized bed, and outdoor shower. Guests also get their own dedicated spa-concierge to assist them during their stay.
Couples Tower Isle provides round-trip transportation to/from the Airport/Resort no matter what room category you are booked in. They also include certain excursions at NO CHARGE no matter what room category you are booked in.
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Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica by Karisma
This All Inclusive, Gourmet Inclusive Resort is located on Negrils BEAUTIFUL 7 Miles Beach! This resort boasts 18 Gourmet Inclusive restaurants and bars!
Every room at this resort has an ocean view and many have private swim up suites. This resort is NOT adults only, but does have an adults only section. The Beachfront Honeymoon Suites in this section have a private Kings Bed area, separate sitting area, and oversized wrap around balcony. The marble bathroom has an oversized shower head, hydro-jet Jacuzzi, and double sinks.
The Presidential Suites for 2 come along with champagne and fruit basket, a liquor cabinet, upgraded amenities, pillow and aroma-therapy menus, and private butler service.
Read more about Azul Beach Resort Sensatori Jamaica here
Zoetry Montego Bay Jamaica
This brand new boutique resort is located on a private white-sand beach but is less than 10 minutes from shopping, dining, golf, and the MBJ airport. This boutique resort has 49 suites that come with "Endless Privileges" amenities. The suites are located in 3 buildings: Wood & Water, Bamboo, and Blue Mountain.
Read more about Zoetry Montego Bay here