Destination I Do
Friday, July 3, 2009

Destination Wedding To-Do List

Words by Jennifer Stein
As you go through the planning of your destination wedding, you'll find you are inundated with lists - registry lists, guest lists, what to pack lists etc. And while all of these are very necessary and helpful - I have another list for you:

The Stress-Free and Completely Satisfied Destination Bride List

  • Hire a great wedding planner. This person will be able to deal with all of the potential drama while you stay blissfully ignorant. They will most likely be able to find you some deals too.
  • Never leave your dress. Don't ship it, don't check it, don't let that thing out of your sight for any reason. Airlines have coat closets and if you call ahead of time asking permission to hang your dress, they should comply. If you decide to have UPS ship it to the foreign country you're going to and it gets stuck in customs, don't say I didn't warn you!
  • Get pictures taken before your event, including the bride/groom shots. Some of you may disagree with me because of the "a groom shouldn't see his bride before she walks down the aisle" superstition, but consider this: you are going to have all kinds of emotions when you see each other for the first time. Unfortunately and fortunately you will have family and friends watching your every move as you saunter down the aisle and this is the precise moment the sobbing can start. If you want to keep it together for your nuptials, take a moment before the ceremony with your groom to have your intimate moment. The images captured at this time are priceless and you'll get to start your reception right away with your guests vs. keeping your guests waiting for hours while you take your pictures.
  • Take a moment. Wherever you are throughout your event, take just 15-30 seconds to look around you. Take it in - the decor, the smells, the sounds and most importantly, the people. Let it sink in over and over - what is happening to you and who is there celebrating along with you on the most important day of your life. Time will fly by, but by doing this you'll have more clear memories than fuzzy ones.
  • Have sex. There is nothing more tragic than when a couple forgoes sex on their wedding night because they are too tired! You will be tired, but it's a great way to end an already magical evening. To restart your engines, have a close friend go up to your room and draw you a hot bath, light some candles and get some mood music going.
  • Laugh it off. Things may go wrong, no matter how hard you try or how many lists you create, something might fall apart. Just don't let it be you. Your perspective and outlook can easily make a great event even better if you just laugh about it.

Good luck! And have a happy 4th of July

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