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.
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.
Go ahead, be beachy right down to your footwear -- try sandals for sandside nuptials.
Use local greenery and flowers in your flower arrangements and at the reception.
After a beach ceremony, have a cocktail hour outside before the sun goes down. Then, move inside for dinner and dancing.
Instead of wedding cake, try a local, traditional dessert fare. For a Mexican wedding, try rice pudding, churros and Mexican coffee.