Event planner Kym Bichon, of The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida, is known for her thoughtfully executed weddings that reflect couples' distinct personalities. Here, she offers up her best advice for planning a destination wedding.
In a perfect scenario, a year. But with the right help in place, it's entirely possible to pull off an event in three months.
Anything and everything that illustrates your style. Pull a sampling of food, gown, flower, and favor ideas that you love from magazines, books, and websites. Paint colors and Pantone chips are also helpful. That way, your idea of turquoise isn't open to interpretation.
Customize the hotel-provided newspaper with a fake front-page wedding announcement. Print them before you leave, then bring them with you and have them delivered to guests' rooms the morning after you get married. Another nice idea is to have family members contribute to the decor. At a recent wedding, the mother of the groom paid homage to both families' hometown roots by creating designs of Texas and Florida for the napkins.
Stain remover for any last-minute spills (baby powder is my favorite for removing oily spots), blotting papers for hot weather, aloe vera for sunburns, and a gift for the groom. So many brides don't remember that last one! It's also a good idea to pack a second pair of shoes with lower heels for dancing, and a strapless terry-cloth romper to wear while you're getting your hair and makeup done -- it's a lot less bulky than a robe.
Bright colors are really popular; I'm seeing a lot of fuchsia and purple. Monochromatic palettes are also big right now. Foodwise, lots of brides are asking for hors d'oeuvres that mix small bites with miniature drinks. Tuna tacos with margarita shots, lobster-and-corn fritters with little glasses of beer, and grilled-cheese wedges served with tiny mugs of tomato soup are some of my favorites.
Get inspired by DIY details these real couples created for their big day.See the Latest