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What to Wear—and Prepare—if You’re Tying the Knot Abroad

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Have you ever dreamed of having a destination wedding? Maybe somewhere on the beach in Mexico or under a palm tree in the Bahamas? Well, you’re not alone. Many people are now choosing to fly off into the sunset to tie the knot. However, figuring out what you need to bring with you can be the tricky part.

Destination weddings are bigger than ever. And when you book one, you’ll usually be assigned a rep to help you with all the details so that everything is taken care of without a hitch. Yet, one thing they likely won’t provide too much help with is what to wear on your big day. To be honest, you probably wouldn’t want them to anyways! Deciding what to wear is a pretty personal thing so it’s best to do it on your own and get exactly what you want.

That doesn’t mean it’s going to be as simple as just picking anything though! Depending on where you’re going to get married, you’ll definitely want to be dressed appropriately. For example, princess dresses may not be entirely comfortable on a tropical Indian Ocean beach. And a bikini is probably not what you’ll feel most suits the occasion while exchanging vows in Lapland. But then again, to each their own. 

What to Prepare (and Wear) for Your Destination Wedding

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There are many places online that are completely dedicated to destination weddings. For example, websites, stores, and even blogs that will provide you with tips on what to wear. They can even provide expected weather conditions when you plan to get married, and style tips for inspiration.

Your partner’s style

But it’s not just the weather you have to consider when you’re getting married abroad. You’ll also have to take into consideration things like your own style and your partner’s style. You may opt for a more casual look with white sneakers, but if your partner prefers a more formal look, then someone will have to compromise. Also, whether or not you’re having a themed destination wedding and if your chosen outfits really fit into this theme.

Culture and customs

In addition, depending on where you’re getting married, you may also want to look up different things relating to culture and customs in that country. For example, you may choose to have a traditional Polynesian ceremony, and therefore, want to make sure you understand all it entails and make sure you’re dressed appropriately.

Another issue could be that in certain countries, you may be required to have certain parts of your body, such as shoulders or legs covered. In this case, you’d have to look into the different options for covering up so as not to offend or end up in trouble. When booking your destination wedding, your assigned rep or wedding coordinator will usually go over any issues like this. But still, it doesn’t hurts to be more prepared just in case.

What your guests are wearing

If you’re planning to have other people attending your wedding, then you’ll also want to think about what they’ll be wearing. Then you can make sure it all fits in with what you’re wearing. Plus, the overall theme of the wedding.

Your luggage allowance

Another thing you should consider is that your clothing may be quite bulky and heavy, so make sure your luggage allowance doesn’t get affected when trying to transport them. Some airlines will allow you to carry items, such as wedding dresses with you in the cabin to avoid any potential problems – such as lost luggage.

You may also want to look at taking out additional or special travel insurance for your wedding for cases like this. The company who you book your destination wedding with may also be able to advise you further on this, but it makes sense to ensure that you’re covered for any problems.

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This ‘Destination Wedding’ post was contributed to The Lady-like Leopard. 


Melina Morry is the author behind the blog The Lady-like Leopard. She has a journalism/fashion design degree and all that other boring stuff but most importantly she's a master of her own spots and is always hungry for more adventure. Melina works as a writer and fashion journalist all over the world. She's been spotted in New York, Paris, London, Sydney and Toronto - to name a few. She loves to be raw, fierce and a rare breed. Follow along with her on social media at @ladylikeleopard.

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