Speaking of staying cool, in May, I will be Bali bound for the fabulous wedding of one of my sweet Hong Kong couples. While, I’m so excited about their chic yet exotic locale, planning in tropical climates always bring their own fun considerations. The simplest questions can often be the most important as you plan for your tropical fete. Things like, “Should I wear my hair down,” “Will the sun be in my eyes,” “Will the home I am getting ready in have air conditioning,” and my personal fav, “Is it going to be hot during my ceremony?” The elements, among other things are considerations to be aware of throughout the planning process. This being said, Bali put me in the mood to share some of my personal do’s and don’t’s for all of you considering a not only a balmy locale, but a tropical destination wedding, in general:

1. DO be realistic about your hair & makeup options. While an island wedding can be a dream come true, tropical breezes, heat and humidity can do damage to hair and makeup. When planning a destination wedding, take the elements into consideration before choosing your hair style. For a beach or other outdoor ceremony, seriously consider an updo. This tried and true style will keep you looking polished all night. If you are determined to wear your locks down, invest in a stylist to spend the day with you touching up your makeup and hair so you do not have a tangled and messy do by the time you enter the reception.

2. DON’T put your groom and groomsmen in a Tuxedo if planning an outdoor tropical affair. While many brides cannot envision anything but a tux, any attire that is black and made of wool is a no-no in tropical climates. While this may look good for pictures, a fainted groom or groomsmen will put a damper on your day. Consider gray or a lightweight linen suit instead.

3. DO wind proof your décor. When creating place cards, favors and other décor for your tropical celebration, keep in mind that the wind can be your enemy. You can personalize, and wind proof, these details with a little creativity. If having a beach affair, tie seashells to each place card. On the dinner table, weigh your menus and dinner napkins down with maracas made of coconut shells. If tall centerpieces are your dream, have the florist secure the centerpieces to a heavy object such as a larger mirror. She can always cover these mechanics by lining the vases with ti leaves, palms or another natural element that will carry out your theme.

4. DO entertain your guests. A destination wedding is definitely more work than a hometown affair, simply because you have not only invited guests to your wedding, but you have also invited them on vacation. For this reason, plan days at the beach, a sunset cocktail hour or other simple activities where your guests can spend time with you.

5. DON’T feel obligated to plan every minute. On the other hand, guests are on vacation too. Do provide them with activity options and a short itinerary for the week so they know where to find you. However, definitely allow them time to explore the island on their own.

Check back in tomorrow for a few more tips…

The above image is courtesy of Steve Steinhardt from Jaime & Wes’s Balinese Beach Soiree.