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Challenges of Destination Weddings…Wedding Dresses To Photographers

Posted by David Whitehurst on August 29, 2011

Destination Wedding Planning 

Weddings are a big deal to begin with, but a destination wedding tops the cake for romance and excitement. 


While destination weddings are incredibly exciting, they can also be crazy and overwhelming, especially if you're not properly prepared.  

From transporting your wedding gown, to setting up venues, there is a lot to think about when you plan a destination wedding. This article will go over a few of those areas that might be forgotten, or under-considered, when planning a destination wedding.


Wedding Photographer or Videographer

Are you planning on taking a trusted photographer or videographer with you?  Or will you be relying on local vendors? 

While you will likely be able to secure a local professional no matter where you go, keep in mind that there are pros and cons to this option.  Local wedding photographers will be familiar with the setting, but they may not be as reliable as a photographer or videographer from your hometown with whom you can build a relationship.  Additionally, you will likely want to meet with your photographer before and after the wedding, which would be difficult when they are thousands of miles away.  The same goes for make-up artists and other marriage associated talents.

The best bet for using unfamiliar professionals from your destination wedding area is to plan for time to get to know them before your wedding to discuss your needs.  But be flexible.  You will not have time to shop for the perfect fit if the professional you selected is not exactly what you’re looking for.


Wedding Dresses

You’ve found the perfect wedding dress.  It fits you perfectly.  It’s pressed and ready to for your wedding.  All you have to do now is get it to your destination wedding site in perfect shape.  My suggestion is to pack your wedding dress in a carry on size case to be sure it arrives with you.  You’ll need to find a local wedding gown specialist who can steam your wedding dress and get it perfect for the wedding...again.

A common question I am asked is about the use of vacuum sealing a wedding gown.  I would NEVER recommend using this method for compressing a wedding gown, even to get it to a destination wedding across the country or across the sea.  Vacuum sealing anything causes wrinkles and some could become so bad that they may never get back to normal.  Always avoid vacuum seaking wedding dresses.


Marriage Laws

If your destination wedding is in the United States…but not your home state, be sure to check the local laws.  Arrange for your marriage license before your wedding if possible.

If your wedding is outside of the United States, remember that every country has different marriage laws.  The last thing you want to do is spent tons of time and money buying a wedding gown and planning a destination wedding, only to get there and find that you can't legally get married.  France, for example, has a lot of requirements for those wishing to get married within its boundaries.

Here is a link to a U.S. Department of State web site that provides some information about weddings abroad,


“Island Time”

For those who have spent a lot of time in foreign countries, the term “island time” may be familiar.  When planning a destination wedding, keep in mind that many less developed countries don't have the same respect for schedules that we do in the United States. Don't plan everything down to the second, as it won't work out that way.  Get used to going with the flow if you will be going to this type of destination, and just sit back and relax!


Wedding Gifts

Transporting your wedding dress during travel can be a hassle in and of itself.  But you don't want to have to deal with transporting gifts, as well!  Have guests send their gifts to your home, rather than bringing them to the wedding in order to ensure smooth and convenient travel.


All weddings require months of planning.  But destination weddings have their own challenges.

Pack Your Wedding Dress For Travel 

We Will Pack Your Wedding Gown For Your Destination Wedding And Provide A Carry On Case With a Handle That Most Airlines Allow on Board

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Birmingham, AL 35243

Topics: Wedding Dresses, Destination Wedding, wedding planning

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