Have a fantasy of hosting a wedding set against azure blue waters, white sand beaches and billowy, breezy palms? A destination wedding can be an absolute dream, but if you are unsure of how to turn your easy, tropical-breezy aspirations into reality, strategic planning is key. We recently chatted with Jessica Mulroney, who works closely with Wedding Vacations by Sunwing, and asked for some of her destination wedding planning and fashion secrets to ensure you have the perfect party in paradise.
What are your top tips for a destination wedding?
“Choose a destination that makes sense for you. For example, if there are a lot of families invited or parents with children attending, find a family-friendly resort. There are lots of great new resorts to choose from for all wedding styles and budgets. A new favourite of mine is the recently opened Planet Hollywood Beach Resort Costa Rica; it’s the legendary brand’s first all-inclusive in the Americas and has a gorgeous rooftop wedding terrace with panoramic views of the Gulf of Papagayo. Another thing that’s a key consideration when planning your party is to be mindful of people’s schedules and send save the dates way ahead of time. This gives people plenty of opportunities to book time off work and sort out travel details. Once you book your date and venue, let the experts do their thing. You can’t micro-manage a destination wedding as much you can a local wedding, and the entire process is much less stressful than planning a wedding back home. Trust your team; your wedding planner will be working with the resort staff to make sure your wedding is everything you dreamed of.”
When it comes to the wedding dress, what is the best style for a hot weather wedding and what should you steer clear of?
“I would say find the dress you LOVE and make it work. My one tip though is sleeves and fussy dresses are usually a big no-no on the beach! Light lace and light fabrics are often the best choice. Boning and heavy bodices can also be a little more challenging in the heat. Fabric and construction play a major role in comfort, especially under the hot sun. When a bride is comfortable, she is always smiling.”
The second dress has become a must for brides. What is a chic, fun, modern option for a second destination wedding dress?
“I think a jumpsuit is a fun and comfortable option to change into. It can look very chic and effortless. Wide leg pants also hide flip flops very well! Always remember that pictures last forever so change into something you know you will love almost as much as your first look! And one more tip when it comes to your bridal fashion— NEVER check your dress. Find an airline that provides wedding dress care like a dedicated overhead compartment. No cramming required, no hassle and no stress!”
Are destination weddings more expensive than traditional weddings at home?
“Most times they are not. The reality is a destination wedding can be more cost-effective than having it at home. Destination weddings can be significantly more affordable since everything associated with the wedding from the food to the accommodations is included.”