Picture-perfect? Sure. Postcard-perfect? Now we're talking. Find party tips and ideas for throwing a destination wedding.

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THINK LIKE A LOCAL

Don't overlook the region's specialty foods and drinks. They'll add to the experience and are usually more cost-effective. Use your destination to inspire the decorations, too.

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MAKE IT A VACATION

Since most guests will stay longer than one day, kick of the three-day wedding event with a welcome reception and party. Also, give your guests a print-out of tips for what to do in the area, like snorkeling trips, island tours and yoga classes.

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PRETTY FEET

Go ahead, be beachy right down to your footwear -- try sandals for sandside nuptials.

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FLOWERS

Use local greenery and flowers in your flower arrangements and at the reception.

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RECEPTION

After a beach ceremony, have a cocktail hour outside before the sun goes down. Then, move inside for dinner and dancing.

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DESSERT

Instead of wedding cake, try a local, traditional dessert fare. For a Mexican wedding, try rice pudding, churros and Mexican coffee.

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