Points to consider

July 23, 2004

Considering a destination wedding? Here's some advice:

  • Plan ahead. For the best rates on airfare and hotel reservations, choose your wedding destination six months ahead.

  • Make sure you learn about the local marriage license laws to make sure your marriage is legal.

  • A travel brochure can make almost any place look good. The, an online wedding-planning resource that claims 2.1 million "unique visitors" per month, recommends traveling to the proposed nuptial site before booking.

  • Think about the weather and season. You wouldn't want to plan a wedding on a Caribbean beach during hurricane season - or high tide.

  • With the availability of resort wedding packages and group rates on airfare, a wedding at a fairy tale destination can cost less than a close-to-home extravaganza.

  • There are cruise lines and wedding-friendly resorts that offer planning from wedding experts who take care of all the details.

  • Think about your guests and what they'll want to do besides attending the ceremony and toasting the bride and groom. Check with a travel agent for group rates on excursions.

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