Post # 1
flowers – if you choose tropical flowers (esp orange liles or whatnot) make super sure theyve removed ALL pollen. test with a white piece of tissue or fabric. I was a little bit stressed to see a pollen mark on my dress five mins after holding the bouquet
resort – big resorts are lovely, but try to make sure everyone stays in roughly same area. in sandos playacar, i had guests in the riviera section, hacienda section and beach section. and since in my hotel the hacienda/riviera sections arent accessible to standard room guests…i found myself dashing around trying to spend time with everyone. hello blisters hahaha
in an ideal world, a reservation free restaurant system would work better (even though these hotels are often more expensive) as people want to be able to have dinner with you occasionally and reservations can be hard to come by!!
also if your hotel has a lobby and an official meeting point, be 100% sure people know where they are meeting. confusion with the bus meant my guests missed the beginning of my church ceremony!! and earlier in the week some people missed tours
hair – its often better to have an updo than loose hair esp if its a beach wedding. it can get windy!! last week was extra windy in playa del carmen, without an updo id have had a rats nest
weather dont rely on averages! last week was way colder than normal and way windier, and not many of us had brought warm clothes (after googling march averages and not checking the weather reports enough before). our glass hanging decorations started flying around like little grenades and had to be taken down. and our centrepieces couldnt have the planned candles/petals due to wind
also be careful with people who arent used to sun. despite it not being all that hot as far as i was concerned, my poor father got heatstroke on a chichen itza tour
carrying stuff ask friends and family to give you a hand getting stuff to resort and back. we only remembered to do this on the way there and then were overweight on the trip home
oh and its worth buying strapless swimsuits,bikinis and sundresses so you dont have obvious marks if you have a strapless wedding dress
ill add more as i think of it =)
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada
Wear suncreen! You do not want to be lobster red, puffy faced and in pain from burns on your wedding and in pics…
Post # 4
Great tips! Im bookmarking this for later:)
Post # 5
@MrsGo: thats a very good point!! high factor and reapply it everywhere and frequently. my bridesmaid (bless her) appplied it to her face but somehow missed a strip just below her hairline
i saw some english people who were lobster red, as in england the sun is pretty weak and you apply tanning oils. not a good plan in the riviera maya!!!
Post # 6
@newname_99: These are awesome bits of advice!!! Thanks! I’m coming to you if I have any other questions 😉
Post # 7
- Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada
@newname_99: oh I’ve seen that too, so dangerous!! Also, I should say make sure you give you SO, dad, BMs etc some too 🙂
also bring tabs to fight off any bad tummies just in case… Last thing you want is food poisoning on your special day..
Post # 8
oh and heres an especially good safety tip
a lot of beaches/outdoor venues are windy. and its quite standard to decorate the venues with tiki torches, or those lumiere things/candle bags (paper bag type things with candle).
long veils might look romantic blowing in the wind, but theyre also a fire hazard haha. i had to have people holding on to the veil to keep it away from the fire.
i also kicked over a candle bag as they were romantically lined along the path…and my dress was a little bit to wide (mermaid/trumpet style so not a big dress, but with a puffy bottom)
Post # 9
Commenting to follow. Great tips!
Post # 10
Also plan ahead on how people will get from the airport to the resort! Cabs and taxis in St Thomas charges fees even for bags! We were better off renting a van for our guest….it wound up being cheaper than taxis!
Post # 11
Have people who have had Destination Wedding found it better to book online or through a travel agent?
Post # 12
@mrs_pudding_pop: Highly recommend a travel agent. It takes a lot of the stress away. So instead of people calling you and asking about baggage allowances, where their room is located, getting a crib, etc. they can call the travel agent and have it all sorted out.
Other tips I would suggest:
-Ask all your bridal party to carry on their dress/suit. You wouldn’t want luggage lost and someone missing their outfit.
-Providing fans and/or bottled water to your guests if you’re having your ceremony in the sun. Don’t want anyone passing out.
-Make sure you are prepared for any stomach illness – bring antibiotics, immodium, gravol, tums, etc.
Post # 13
ooh additional tip
if, like us, you plan to spend a week with guests then change hotels for a few nights for a mini-moon. then pace yourself. we arrived and spent a week “woohoo, all inclusive food and drink! 3 plates every meal! cocktail cocktail! late night late night”
got to our honeymoon at a nicer hotel “i dont want to eat anymore, just a salad for me. im sick of cocktails, water please” and then an early night haha