Destination check list

PUBLISHED : Friday, 30 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 30 June, 2006, 12:00am
 

A destination wedding can be as simple or as complicated as you make it, but there are certain additional considerations.


Documents


Required documents may include proof of identity, written proof that the bride and/or groom are not already married, and visas. If English is not the official language, some documents may need to be translated and a translator may have to be present at the ceremony.


Climate


According to Carol Kong, event co-ordinator at destination wedding planner company Matrimonial Bliss, the most commonly overlooked aspect of a destination wedding is the climate, especially the Asian monsoon season. Backup plans should be made in case it rains on the day.


Fabrics


If you plan to marry on a beach, forget tulle, advises designer Barney Cheng. He once had a client who combined a beach wedding with a dress made largely from tulle. By the end of the day a once-ivory train had turned a shade of grey because it had been dragged through the sand all day. Organza is a high-maintenance fabric and does not travel well. Mr Cheng's advice is to choose a fabric that is easy care, such as lace.


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