Destination: Wedding

If the bagpipes and kilts didn’t give it away, the tumblers of scotch sure did! I wasn’t in Kansas anymore. Recently, I attended a wedding in a country manor near the Scottish highlands replete with classic Celtic flair. I loved hearing the traditional Gaelic hymns and the piper leading the procession woven with the modern-day hip-hop of Beyonce. A destination wedding is a great way to incorporate your culture into your nuptials, say “I do” on a white sand beach or just start your honeymoon early.

While Scotland is notably absent from this list, here are best wedding destinations according to Fodor’s:

Las Vegas
Costa Rica

Once the destination is selected, it’s time to plan! We reached out to Stephanie Martin of One Fine Day Events for tips on planning a destination wedding. Here are her must dos:

1. It’s super important to find a planner you trust. Every couple is different and every wedding is different. You need vendors that work well with your personalities, provide the style of product you are looking for and fit into your budget.

2. Get to know the weather patterns. If your wedding is taking place in an area that isn’t 100 percent sunny, dry and warm, then plan for the worst and adjust for the best. Always incorporate plan B into plan A so that no matter what the weather is like, you have a backup plan for the wedding day.

3. Purchase liability insurance. Weddings are expensive and you can’t predict an unforeseen event. Wedding insurance costs only about $350 for $1 million liability coverage.

4. Get to your destination at least three days prior to your wedding. Whether you hire a planner or not, you will have a lot to do when you arrive.

5. Plan everything in advance! Finish everything at least a week prior to the wedding; finalize timelines with each vendor, finish your vows, have all escort cards and paper goods printed and mail all final checks.

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