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Planning a Destination Wedding

Planning a Destination Wedding

by Hope Heldmar

Now that you've had a few weeks to let your engagement bliss sprinkle around you like invisible fairy dust, you may be thinking it's time to appease your friends and family and start getting serious about wedding planning. Let's be real though - you've collected tons of wedding ideas in your head (and on your secret Pinterest wedding board) over the years, but daydreams are yesterday! The time to plan your dream wedding is finally here.

If you've got a case of wanderlust like I do, and have caught yourself wondering, "how would I pull off a destination wedding?" stop worrying right now. There are incredible benefits to tying the knot by the sea, and I've collected all the secrets you've got to know before planning a destination wedding in the Caribbean.

Some countries require the bride, groom and their witnesses to arrive in destination a few days before the big day.

If you're younger than 21, you'll need written consent from your parents before you can get married in Turks and Caicos or Grenada.

Some resort chains like Majestic, Secrets, and Couples give you a free wedding package as long as you book enough rooms for an allotted number of nights. So, you can give yourselves an extended honeymoon or make it easier for guests to attend by paying for their rooms. You win something out of it either way.

Others, like the Paradisus chain, provide their wedding couples with a free honeymoon registry. That means your friends and family can gift you upgrades during your honeymoon stay or contribute to your destination wedding funds.

Dreams Resorts requires wedding guests who are not staying at the resort to pay a day pass to attend wedding festivities. In some cases, it ends up being more cost-effective for them to stay at the same resort your wedding will take place.

Featured resorts

Dreams Riviera Cancun Resort & Spa

Mexico - Riviera Maya
5 Nights w/Air from $1,139 All-Inclusive