To make your dream island wedding come true, here are a few important points to consider.
Imagine. You’re face to face with the love of your life. With the majestic sunset, pristine waters, and a wide stretch of white sand as your witnesses, you exchange vows of your undying love. On this island, you mark the beginning of a new life together... Isn’t that romantic?
For some, getting married on a tropical island is a dream come true. But putting this dream into reality is not easy. You need to cover some things not usually dealt when getting married indoors.
But don’t you worry, the possibility of having the perfect island wedding is still in your hands. All it needs is careful preparation. Let’s go over the things you need to consider for a smooth and enjoyable tropical island wedding.
If you want a private wedding, don’t pick a date when tourists are plenty. Choose off-peak months, so that your wedding photos wouldn’t be crowded with photobombs.
When you pick a date, you should also consider the weather of the island. You wouldn’t want to have your supposedly sunny wedding on a rainy season, right?
Time of the day
Getting married when the sun is high can be brutal for you and your guests. The popular times for a wedding is when it’s cooler, either at sunrise or at sunset.
You might also want to check when the tide is due in or out. During high tides, there is less beach area. The rising water may also wash away your wedding.
To suit the location, consider lighter fabrics and colors that hide perspiration. It gets hot under the sun and an obvious sweaty entourage is definitely unflattering, especially in wedding photos.
But this doesn’t mean you can’t wear the traditional white dress. To stay cool and comfortable, stay away from long dresses and trains. Choose a dress with an off-shoulder style or one with fewer layers.
For the footwear, wear comfortable shoes. Walking stilettos at the beach isn’t a good idea.
Hair and Makeup
Keep the cosmetics cool. Thick make-up crack under the heat of the sun. Before choosing nail polish, check storage guidelines. Choose those that are designed for humid conditions.
Style your hair casually. You can also use fresh local flowers as a hair accent. Use frizz-prevention products since humidity can cause unwanted curls and abnormal frizz.
Days leading up to your wedding, apply sunscreen to your face, arms, neck and upper back. Avoid tan lines by choosing a top that has a similar cut with your gown.
On the day of wedding, apply sunscreen hours ahead. If you’re heading off location for a photoshoot, bring bug spray too.
You should always be prepared. Weather changes are erratic on tropical islands. So, rather than letting the weather ruin your day, book a covered area or a gazebo instead. This way, you’re sure you’ll get married - rain or shine.
The last thing you want to be is a stressed bride. So, to spare you the trouble of looking into all the little details, get a wedding planner to help you out. If you you’re having trouble finding a planner, some island resorts offer all-inclusive wedding packages that include the service of a wedding coordinator.
Now it’s your turn! Do you have tips for a tropical island wedding you want us to know? Share them in the comments section below.
About the author: Melissa Page is a passionate writer who blogs about travel, health, and other things she finds interesting. On weekends, she and her friends head to the beach or work on their blog, Word Baristas.