If you're looking to jet off for your dream wedding away from home, you'll undoubtedly have a whole array of things to consider. From the guest list and scouting out a location to sorting travel and accommodation arrangements, so much goes into the planning of a destination wedding, but it's all worth it for a truly memorable day.
One of the things you'll need to be considering is your wedding dress. You'll want to choose one that will suit the destination as well as one which won't be a nightmare to transport.
Can it be done? Of course! Here's what you need to know.
Dressing for the occasion
By the time it comes to choosing your dress, you'll usually have a good idea of where and when you'll be tying the knot. With this in mind, let your bridal consultant know whether you're looking for a lightweight dress for a wedding on the golden sands of Fiji, or perhaps something a little more substantial to keep you covered up on a magical winter wedding in the snow.
Either way, do your research on the climate of your wedding location. Is it going to be humid? Will you need to add a shawl or a wrap to your selection of wedding dress accessories?
At Eternal Weddings, we've helped brides to find their perfect dress for every sort of wedding imaginable, so tell us what you have in mind and we'll do our best to find the right gown for you.
If you are having any alterations made, make sure you give yourself plenty of time before you depart, as you may need a few extra fittings.
Transporting your wedding dress
Here's where is gets interesting. Your gown may be looking perfect on your last fitting, but how can you make sure it stays that way?
If you're transporting your wedding dress by car, keep it in a waterproof garment bag and lay it over your luggage, ensuring that you don't store anything on top of it.
Avoid hanging it on the grab handles above the inside of the car door, as this can cause the bottom of the skirt to become creased.
Travelling by plane? Understandably, you may have reservations about putting it in a checked bag.
Call ahead to see if the airline you're flying with has a coat space where you will be able to hang your dress, otherwise you may have to pack it into a box as a piece of carry-on luggage.
Brides Magazine recommends planning ahead to get your dress steamed upon arrival to undo any crinkling that has occurred over the space of your journey.