If you can afford it, destination weddings are in a category all their own. What better way to make your big day (or days) memorable, and who wouldn’t want to attend a wedding in an exotic new setting? Tropical beaches, tiny European towns, Irish castles, and South American cathedrals are just a few examples of places couples could say their vows.
A-listers like Lauren Santo Domingo and Caroline Sieber made major waves with their elaborate destination weddings—and of course made everyone else wish they could have been there.
In Lauren’s case, Andres Santo Domingo was the lucky guy. The two wed in 2009 in a days-long celebration in Cartagena, Colombia, where the groom’s family is from. The bridesmaids each had a gown specially made by a different designer, and Lauren’s ceremony dress was designed by Olivier Theyskens for Nina Ricci. Celebrations lasted for three days and included a welcome dinner, a beach luncheon, the rehearsal dinner, the ceremony, and a formal-dress reception.
Caroline’s big day was celebrated with now-husband Fritz von Westenholtz in Vienna, Austria. Caroline’s guest list included the likes of journalist Derek Blasberg, Lauren Santo Domingo, Emma Watson, and Pippa Middleton. Like the Santo Domingos’ big day, Sieber’s wedding included pre-wedding celebrations like a welcome dinner that asked attendees to dress in traditional Austrian costume.
Unfortunately, most of us aren’t nearly as lucky as Lauren or Caroline. But while such fairytale weddings probably aren’t within our price range, destination weddings can still be an option. Maybe you won’t rent an entire castle, but a perfectly picturesque and quaint venue will do just fine.
Since guests will likely be flying in for at least a few days surrounding the wedding, it’s a good idea to come up with some ideas to keep them occupied. Consider what activities might be available: parasailing, ziplining, snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, boating, historical site visits, gardens, local attractions, spas, safari rides, biking, and more. Guests will appreciate having options to keep them occupied during their stay, whether presented as individual or group activities.
If you could have a destination wedding anywhere in the world—if money wasn’t an issue—where would it be? What would you have guests do? What would you wear?
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