10 Things to Know Before You Plan a Destination Wedding

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My husband and I got married in 2001 in St. Pete Beach, Florida. We were young. It was sunset. On a white sand beach. It was the dreamiest. The photos are amazing. My friends who went still talk about the tiki bar after parties. But, my friends, it was a wedding, and things invariably go whack-funky at weddings. Here's what you need to know before you plan a destination wedding.

Attendance Is Inversely Related to Distance

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Credit Image: jronaldlee on Flickr

And I'm talking about where YOU live, not where your guests live. For some reason, people who would not think twice about shelling out for a plane ticket and hotel to see you get married in your hometown where they don't live may not come because you're getting married somewhere no one you know lives. It's like the principle of the thing -- if you're traveling, too, then it's more of a choice for them. No, I don't know why. But listen -- you have to be able to say, AND MEAN IT, with love: "I know it's not a traditional location. I will not be upset if you can't make it, but I wanted you to know you were invited. Which is a nice way of saying, "If you're going to bitch, don't come."

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