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Find Inspiration in the Top Royal Weddings of All Time

What’s your royal wedding style? Are you a Kate and William or Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier? As long as there have been monarchies there have been fairytale weddings on a grand scale. If you are captivated by court-worthy celebrations, you may find inspiration for your upcoming fete among these most memorable royal weddings.

Princess Grace and Prince Rainier, April 1956

Considered by many the most famous royal wedding in modern history, the marriage of American actress Grace Kelly to Prince Rainier is an icon among even the best wedding planners in the world. Kelly’s elaborate, high-necked bodice, long sleeves and full skirt is a popular request of seamstresses, even today.

Everything about Princess Grace and Prince Rainier’s wedding was top notch. To achieve their level of luxury, you will need to serve your guests only the best, as in caviar and champagne. Our royal event planner tips include planning multiple wardrobe changes throughout the festivities, and creating a memorable finish, like cutting into your own highly ornate, tiered wedding cake (however live doves escaping as you cut into it are optional).

Princess Noor and Prince Hamzah bin Hussein, August 2003

Among Arab royal weddings, one of the most internationally memorable was the wedding of (then) Princess Noor to Prince Hamzah bin Hussein. While the ceremony was a very intimate and traditional Muslim event, the 500-guest reception that followed was a lavish affair. Contemporary couples might consider emulating the couple’s grand departure from the ceremony in a stylish Rolls Royce or their 7-tiered wedding fruitcake, which the prince cut with his sword.

Kate Middleton and Prince William, April 2011

British super couple Kate Middleton and Prince William’s royal wedding embodied the contemporary intersection of tradition and personalization. Middleton’s style was natural, yet polished as she let her inner beauty shine. Her simple gown featured sleeves of lace and she carried a very sweet, basic bouquet.

Middleton’s fans loved her decision to include only her sister, along with numerous children, in her bridal party. Over time we have seen that people are far more comfortable following her lead and limiting their attendants to only their closest friends and family. A regal departure in a horse drawn carriage was the newlyweds’ escape of choice and is a popular option available to many couples today.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, May 2018

Among the most recent royal weddings, the marriage of Meghan Markle to Prince Harry is most notable. The multicultural luxury wedding events departed from tradition in many ways, but still maintained a thoroughly royal air.

Like Kate before her, Markle opted for simple elegance, wearing a high-necked, unembellished white gown with long sleeves and a simple tiara, the accessory of choice for nearly all royal weddings. While you may not have access to a tiara once worn by Queen Mary, you can get Markle’s look at most bridal fashion boutiques.

The couple selected St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle for their ceremony, but invited Meghan’s family Episcopal bishop from Chicago to officiate with the chapel’s clergy. While most of the music during the ceremony was from the hymnal, a gospel choir appeared to sing the contemporary, “Stand by Me.” Blending details from both of your personal backgrounds is a great way to personalize your luxury wedding.

Charlotte Casiraghi (Granddaughter of Princess Grace) and Dimitri Rassam, June 2019

The most recent royal wedding started with a civil ceremony at one of the most exclusive wedding venues in Europe, the Prince’s Palace in Monaco. Charlotte Casiraghi, daughter of Princess Caroline and Granddaughter of Princess Grace, wed film producer Dimitri Rassam wearing her grandmother’s Cartier diamond necklace.

Casiraghi and Rassam’s religious wedding was held at the Abbaye Sainte-Marie de Pierredon in the South of France with a party that followed at the Villa La Vigie. Throughout their events, the bride and groom reached back into history to find connection with those that came before them, a trend towards personalization that every couple can embrace.

Royal weddings are the stuff of dreams for most of us, but a royal-worthy wedding can easily be yours. Simply entrust your own hopes to the best wedding planner in the world, and perhaps the next royal wedding will look to you for inspiration!

Top 5 Villas for Weddings and Parties in Europe

Fairytale-worthy special events become reality when you set a great party against the perfect backdrop or venue. Today’s most popular party destinations are Europe’s scenic private villas. Whisk your friends away to celebrate your engagement, wedding, birthday, retirement or other milestone in style in your own exclusive Italian or French getaway.

What can you do with your own private villa? Host a unique multi-day event with a variety of gatherings in different settings around the property. Change up a single garden or lawn with different themes and entertainers to keep guests engaged throughout the weekend. A private villa acts as a great home base for those traveling in from out of town, and gives you a place to prepare for events and unwind when they end.

Wondering which properties offer the best views, service and amenities? Here are five of our favorite private villas for weddings and parties in Europe for you to consider.

Lake Como: Villa d’Este

Lake Como’s Villa d’Este offers luxury on a grand scale. The waterfront property with 152 rooms, four private villas onsite, romantic Baroque-style gardens, renowned service, and state-of-the-art sports and recreation facilities for your guests puts the “destination” in destination weddings and events.

Rome: Villa Aurelia

Featuring breathtaking views of Rome, the Villa Aurelia is so dedicated to your experience that it is rented for private events on an event-exclusive basis. You can choose from among its many prized sites when planning your own celebration, including the venue’s park-like gardens, flowing fountains and scenic pathways.

South of France: Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild

French Riviera luxury, the interior décor rivals the stunning outdoor scenery, Gardens, fountains and stunning architecture. Warm, summery countenance with a purely Mediterranean feel.

Lake Como: Villa Balbiano

One of the jewels of Lake Como, you can reach the Villa Balbiano by land or by lake using its private pier. The interior is awash with marble floors and original frescoes. It also features a Central Salon with cathedral ceilings. Guests love the heated pool and unobstructed views of one of the most beautiful water playgrounds in Italy.

Rome: Villa Milani

The intimate Villa Milani is an elite venue in Rome, Italy with manicured gardens, modern amenities, period décor, and a beautiful pool with panoramic views. It is a deluxe hideaway where you can host a high-class event and still relax with your loved ones between festivities.

These are just a handful of our favorite European party villas. There are so many exquisite venues in Europe. You are sure to find one that perfectly matches your style.

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Essentials for Brides: Top Pre-Wedding Treatments and Gadgets You Can’t Miss

There are few times, if any, in your life when your appearance is more important to you than on your luxury destination wedding day. Whether it’s the presence of photographers or the knowledge that the memories from this one special moment last a lifetime, the majority of us focus more attention than ever on the way we both look and feel as we walk down the aisle.

Whether you just need a touch of rejuvenation to help you through your destination wedding planning, or you are in search of comprehensive work on your aesthetic, there are options available to help you shine.

Pre-Wedding Services
Before you pack your bags and get ready for your ultimate destination wedding in Morocco, France, or Italy, consult with your specialists to address your cosmetic needs.

Have you always wished your teeth were just a bit straighter, or perhaps whiter? Make an appointment with your dentist and inquire about clear aligners or laser teeth whitening options.

A visit to your favorite salon or day spa is a great place to start to explore your pre-wedding facial options. Be prepared to describe what you are hoping to solve, be it dry skin, laugh lines, breakouts or minor discoloration. Start treatments early as skin reacts differently to different agents and you don’t need any surprises on your wedding day.

Your dermatologist can help you make changes to sensitive skin, lighten sun or age marks, and provide information on medical solutions like Botox injections when more comprehensive solutions are needed to help you prepare for your luxury event.

Just need to relax? A massage may be exactly what’s in order. Choose a deep-tissue experience, hot stones, or even Reiki massage. Not sure where to start? Ask your favorite spa for recommendations. Start early enough and you can try out the whole menu!


If you don’t want to venture out to the salon, has a comprehensive list of beauty gadgets that you can use in the comfort of your own home to prepare for the big day.

According to their editors,’s top picks for brides include The Ziip device, which applies nanocurrents to your skin and syncs to your cellular phone to determine which treatment you most need. They also recommend using the GLOPulse Deep + Quick Ion Enhancer with skin-nourishing facemasks by the same supplier to maximize the effects on your fine lines and wrinkles, as well as he Eterno LED Device for a soothing light mask treatment. You can even try Microneedling at home with the Blush Glitter GLOPro Microneedling Facial Regeneration Tool. Reviewers insist that you can barely feel the tiny needles which gently break the skin to allow moisturizer to absorb more deeply and effectively.

No matter what your bridal beauty concerns are, there are treatments available at professional salons and for home use to help you achieve your best look on your luxury destination wedding day. Which treatments do you plan to try?

How to Choose a Venue for Your Destination Wedding

Many factors can influence your choice of venues. These might include:

Your Destination Wedding Theme

Do you envision a wedding inspired by an epic, romantic novel? Are you enamored with décor that reflects a certain era, like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Roaring 20s, or Jane Austen’s Georgian England? Or have you always simply wanted to walk down an oceanfront aisle with sand between your toes? You may seek a destination wedding venue that reflects your desire to celebrate with a certain theme.

When it comes to venues, there is literally a world of possibilities. In some parts of Europe, regal castles tower over mysterious forests. In England, manicured gardens outside of country mansions are in high demand. Choosing a location based on your theme gives you a solid foundation on which to build your details and overall look. From palaces with reflecting pools to charming historic sites, the opportunities are endless.

Convenience for Your Wedding Party and Guests

Accommodations and ease of travel can be influential when deciding where to make your vows. A resort with numerous amenities like a full-service day spa, multiple restaurants and event sites, on-site catering, and activities for your guests can make your destination wedding planning a breeze.

When your guests will travel to a location from many points around the world, you want to choose a destination that has a convenient international airport, easy to access ground transportation and that is welcoming to guests of many nationalities and backgrounds. Look for sites that offer blocks of rooms and group transportation from hotel locations to your other venues. The easier you make the experience on your guests, the better the memories will be for all involved.

A Unique Luxury Destination Wedding Experience

There are some experiences that go beyond average, like an intimate ceremony held at a ski-in chalet in the Alps or a wedding weekend with your dearest friends and loved ones in your own private villa in Italy. Often, these are the secret spots that only industry insiders know how to find. Working with an award-winning destination wedding planning firm that specializes in creating custom events in the most incredible venues around the world is the only way to make your most exotic wedding dreams come true.

Consider retaining experts who can help you identify out of the way places that few others have seen, or when you want a more adventurous wedding on a private yacht or on a remote island. Sometimes you need a local to facilitate your arrangements, and other times it helps to have a full-scale production team that can manage things like coordinating regional entertainers, overseeing installation and deliveries, and handling all of the little details that contribute to the most exquisite events.

Selecting the perfect destination wedding venue can be complex. Begin by considering your priorities and your vision for your venue, taking into account details like budget, guest count, travel ease and availability. Secure your venue as early as possible so you can commence planning right away, and make sure you partner with an expert planner who can deliver a stress-free, magical wedding for you and your guests.

Secret Escape Adventure Parties

One of the best ways to unwind and get away from the daily grind is chartering a private yacht and setting sail for the summer. Trading your hectic day-to-day life for weeks of drifting among gentle breezes and soul-reviving sunshine is the ultimate relaxation experience.

While you’re drifting, carefree, around Sardinia, Capri or the Amalfi Coast, head to Porto Cervo or the Cote d’Azur and take a break from the tranquility to enjoy a custom adventure created just for you and your friends: a private secret escape party!

What Is a Secret Escape Party?

Much like the increasingly popular escape room trend, mystery escape events are trending and expected to be the next big thing in luxury celebrations. Highly themed and elaborate, they begin with an invitation to fellow vacationers to meet in port. A series of clues lead host and guests to a top-secret location ashore where anything goes.

Maybe you’ll end up at a private dinner in the woods or a bonfire in a secluded grotto on the beach. Perhaps your clues will lead you to an open-air private concert in a walled garden, or to a raging club-themed party with a famous DJ. Anticipation grows as you progress from clue to clue until you arrive at your next destination.

Often multi-day events, the activities, entertainment and meals are planned to unfold organically and designed to help guests lose themselves in the adventure. One day you can enjoy something very outdoors oriented, while on another, you find yourself in the middle of a very glam event. You can choose your favorite luxury event venues or unique sites in each port, and we’ll help tie them together with a storyline that propels guests from A to Z.

Some of our favorite escape party themes include:

Bella Societa

We recreate the mystery of the height of the Hollywood era, when movie starts and the luxury-loving elite gathered every other weekend at private mansions in the hills or private clubs where you had to know the owner to score an invite. Your guests will be transported back to this classic era, enjoying cocktails and cigars and hanging out with the crème de la crème of Bohemian society. Dress in the stunning fashion of the 1930s and enjoy jazz and the Blues like you’ve never experienced them before.

3D Abstraction Party

Night takes different and surreal forms as the walls and floors seem to move mysteriously, revealing galaxy dancers and even spacecraft traveling the galaxy. Party on your authentic spaceship, while actors transport you to another world. No one knows where you’ll land or what you’ll find when you get there, but whatever the destination, it’s sure to be one crazy adventure!

Choose Your Adventure

As a host, the best thing about luxury escape experiences is that the territory is all new and you get to choose what you want to feature. If you wish to design a quest, or a literature-inspired mystery, you select the important elements and we’ll weave them into the ultimate adventure. And if you simply don’t know where to start, that’s okay, too! Expert special event planners are full of creative ideas! We’ll help determine what is most important to you, and then make it come to life for you and your guests.

Instead of a once-off get-together with limited time, secret escape parties allow you to create a whole summer of memories with your friends. Let us help you plan one of these once-in-a-lifetime experiences for you today!

Spring Destination Weddings – Find the Sunshine

One benefit of destination weddings that is particularly appealing to many of us right now is an escape from the weather! As much of the Northern Hemisphere experiences the coldest temperatures on record, it doesn’t surprise us at all to catch you daydreaming about warmer days and exotic places. So, we gladly turn our attention to seeking warmth and sunshine in a springtime luxury destination wedding.

Benefits of Spring Weddings

In many parts of the world, summer weddings are traditional and conveniently aligned with school breaks or seasonal holidays that allow couples and their guests to travel easily. However, there are also many places that are perfect for unique and adventurous luxury events where the weather is most favorable in spring.

Traveling to Thailand or Malaysia in April, for example, can give you a drier, more temperate climate to enjoy during your stay. The infamous extreme heat of the Sahara is also avoidable if you aim to travel before May.

We regularly advise our clients that choosing the best places for destination weddings not only involves selecting an exclusive venue in an exotic locale, but also considering the comfort of their guests and the variety of activities they might enjoy during their stay. Choosing the most temperate time of year gives you and your guests greater outdoor options for sightseeing, trekking, shopping and enjoyment of local attractions.

Spring Weddings in Morocco

The best destination weddings allow you to leave behind the stress and discomforts of daily life and enjoy, instead, a break with reality. If you are looking for both a unique location and a warm spring getaway when you say, “I do,” we highly recommend holding your wedding in Morocco! Spring is the most popular travel season in Marrakech, so it is important to start planning early and book your venue and accommodations as soon as possible.

Average daytime temperatures in the upper 60’s make this north African jewel lush and green in April, perfect for spectacular wedding photos. Evenings can be quite chilly, so pack appropriately for nighttime events. Hiking, trekking in the desert, and enjoying a variety of sports and festivals are all most comfortable here in the spring. And as the world’s foremost experts in Marrakech luxury weddings, we can definitely help you and your guests make incredible springtime weddings in Morocco.

Tropical Springs

If a romantic beach wedding in spring is more your style, Thailand is a great option. The rainy season lasts from June through October, and November through March are considered some of the most temperate months. April and May are warmer and more humid than earlier months, but still considered appropriate for weddings.

A luxury destination wedding in Malaysia is also a charming option for spring. As an equatorial country, the weather tends to be similar year round, but April and May fall between two monsoon seasons. It rains almost every day of the year in Malaysia, so we help our clients make plans that are adaptable to any weather situation. Your guests won’t mind a bit of rain once they realize that they can take shelter in one of the exotic island nation’s premier beach resorts.

If a spring wedding appeals to you, there are many options worldwide. Our team of destination wedding planners at Cocoon Events is standing by to help you plan the custom event of your dreams!

Planning a Destination Wedding in 2019? Our Top 5 Tips & Tricks

Destination weddings are growing in popularity every year. They offer couples the opportunity to do something different that none of their guests have seen or experienced before.

While every wedding is complex, destination weddings have a few more moving parts, so it can really help to have experts on your side. Below are our top five tips and tricks for planning your luxury destination wedding in 2019.

1. Consider lesser-known destinations.

Many people think of serene, barefoot beach weddings when they hear “destination,” but that is only one version of what’s possible. We highly recommend that clients consider lesser-known destinations, or locations that aren’t traditionally associated with elopements or honeymoons.

France, Morocco, Russia, England, Italy, Portugal, Greece, Thailand – all of these countries and more offer exclusive venues and exciting adventures for couples and their guests. Don’t limit yourself to common areas – open your mind to all of the best places for destination weddings available today.

2. Book popular sites early.

Even if you do get married off the beaten path, pay attention to peak travel seasons at your destination of choice. The top venues and resorts book solid well in advance. If you have your sights on one of them, you’ll need to plan ahead and reserve early.

Confirm your venue as soon as you can and arrange a block of rooms so your guests will have accommodations when they are ready to commit. Planning a destination wedding involves more logistics than your average celebration, so give yourself plenty of time.

3. Share save-the-date information ASAP.

Securing time off, setting aside the financial means and making personal arrangements to attend a destination wedding all take time, so share the date and basic travel information with your invitees as soon as you possibly can. You can follow up with a formal invitation on a more traditional timeline if you desire.

Establishing a password-protected website or app to keep everyone updated is easy and convenient for all. Destination wedding planning software is available to track RSVP and accommodations information if you want to keep all information in one place.

4. Check the marriage laws and procedures at your destination

Some countries have more lenient marriage laws than others. Make this one of your first points of research. Contact the local courthouse nearest your destination or research regulations online and ensure that you have completed all paperwork and tasks necessary to wed legally per their policies.

Alternatively, some couples may marry legally or hold their spiritual ceremonies at home and have a symbolic exchange abroad. Don’t add last-minute stress to your event – find out what you need to know now and avoid surprises when it’s too late.

5. Hire a reputable destination wedding planner.

Of course, it should be no surprise that we would recommend hiring a destination wedding planner, but the truth is that doing so can make all the difference in the world. Expert planners are able to manage the details, offer recommendations, smooth out travel concerns, and make everything look and feel like a stress-free, brilliant event (even when the behind-the-scenes activity is anything but).

Follow these simple tips and your destination wedding will be the magical event you and your loved ones deserve! Don’t wait – start your planning today.

Best Wedding Destinations for 2019

When you think of destination wedding locations, do you automatically envision a beach on a Caribbean island? There was a time when most adventurous couples escaped their daily lives and took off to ocean resorts to say “I Do,” but now options are limitless. Today’s best destination weddings are held all over the world in exotic locales and unique venues.

Mysterious Castles of Portugal, the Chateaux of France, English Gardens and Castles of England

In 2019, couples will draw inspiration from the past, selecting from a wide range of historic sites when choosing a venue for their luxury weddings. If you are unsure of how to plan a destination wedding, consider retaining a reputable and experienced planner to help you navigate the process. Through your initial conversation, they become familiar with your personalities and background, and help you choose the right location and professionals for destination wedding.

There are more options for a destination wedding in Europe in 2019 than you can possibly imagine. Below are several of our favorite.

The Chateaux of France

Weddings in France will rise in popularity this year. Couples are more adventurous and willing to look outside the typical regions for a venue. The rustic chateaux of France are romantic, overlooking picture-perfect expanses of scenic rolling countryside. They are ideal for inviting your party to stay on-site to enjoy a relaxing extended weekend of celebration with you.

Majestic Castles of England

The majestic castles of England are also some of the best places for destination weddings in all of Europe. Fit for royalty, many castles offer on-site accommodations, world-class catering and multiple sites where you can host all of your pre- and post-wedding parties, in addition to your main events.

English Garden Weddings

Weddings in England are desirable for both the quality, and the variety of venues, and for the convenience of international travel. If your wedding vision is more rural and outdoors than opulent, there are many sublime classic English gardens available as weddings venues. You can have a laid-back lawn party in the afternoon followed by an ethereal garden wedding amidst cottages and the English countryside, straight out of a fairytale.

Mysterious Castles of Portugal

Our luxury wedding designers are particularly excited about the increased popularity of destination weddings in Portugal in 2019. If you love the sea, but want to incorporate the mysterious feel of Europe’s ancient castles, Portugal may be for you.

Architecture in Portugal is colorful and eclectic, with influences from Europe, Northern Africa and the Middle East. The design possibilities are endless, and the food is incredible. Guests can relax and enjoy the sea or take a proper European vacation full of shopping, dining and touring museums, historic attractions and more. A destination wedding in Portugal is something truly special.

Get Lost in Provence or Disappear in the Lemon Gardens of Capri

Not every luxury destination wedding requires a castle or mansion, of course. Some couples seek the ultimate European escape and an event like none their friends and family have seen or experienced.

Wedding in Provence

The culture and cuisine of Provence, France are highly influenced by the Mediterranean. Abbeys, former monasteries, and chateaux are among the many venues appropriate for a Provencal celebration of love. The temperate Mediterranean climate allows ceremonies and reception to be held outside most of the year, and our luxury wedding designers love the challenge of highlighting both the Old World charm and the unique contemporary story of our couples into exquisite events.

Lemon Gardens of Capri, Italy

A destination wedding in Italy on the famed Amalfi Coast, is a true escape from the harried pace of the modern world. In 2019, couples will select from numerous private villas in one of the best-kept secrets of the destination wedding world. The region is renowned for its citrus gardens, often surrounding intimate spaces edged by wrought iron. While Capri is fast gaining the attention of destination couples, it is still a premier hideaway for couples seeking peace.

We are truly excited about 2019 and all of the unique luxury wedding destinations our couples will choose!

Expanded Meghan Markle Blog

The search is off and Meghan Markle has reportedly appointed her wedding dress designer and chosen the dress for her highly-anticipated royal wedding in England. While it is unlikely that the styles will be revealed until Markle arrives at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on May 19 2018, the rumor mill is working overtime. The top contenders to date?

Ralph & Russo: The Extravagant Show-Stoppers

Australian duo and real life couple, Tamara Ralph and Michael Russo, are renowned for their extravagant couture designs and have recently launched a ready-to-wear collection. Markle selected a $75,000 Ralph and Russo dress for her engagement session with Prince Harry which became an instant Instagram sensation. Now, according to reports in the Daily Mail, they are rumored to be Markle’s chosen dressmakers.

Kensington Palace is notoriously secretive about all things wedding, so we will have to wait and see!

May 19, 2018 Update – And the Bride Wore…


While Ralph & Russo made headlines with their feathery engagement dress and the all-but-confirmed rumors of a wedding gown valued at 100,000 British pounds, it was Claire Waight Keller’s white boat-neck creation from the House of Givenchy that turned heads at the Windsor Castle ceremony.

According to the BBC, Markle chose Keller for her “timeless” aesthetic. It does seem fitting that a world-renowned British designer, approved by Kensington Palace, created the masterpiece for this latest royal wedding.

Royal Influence on Destination Weddings

Of course, the wedding world is heavily influenced by celebrity weddings, so it will be interesting to see how Markle’s gown, and the royal wedding itself, influence nuptials well into the 2019 season and beyond.

Will demand for destination weddings in England grow in response? We are already seeing couples changing focus from Caribbean beach weddings to luxury events with a different twist. Great Britain and Europe are hot, up-and-coming markets for couples from all over the world. Meghan and Harry’s fairytale romance, fresh and genuine nature, and international fame will likely entice couples to consider holding their own luxury destination weddings in England.

Destination Wedding Venues in London and Greater England

If you dream of a wedding royal-style, there are so many venue options available in London and throughout England. Historic castles, English country estates with manicured gardens and a variety of contemporary sites offer everything you could possibly want.

Invite your guests to explore one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world between wedding events. They can shop at Harrod’s, catch a Broadway show, watch the Changing of the Guards at Buckingham Palace, or walk the somber halls of the Tower of England. History buffs, party animals and Anglophiles will have more to do than time, and you will enjoy complete relaxation while our expert destination wedding planners create a custom luxury event just for you.

Wedding Venues in Europe

If England appeals, you might also consider hosting a destination wedding in France, Portugal or Italy. Where do you envision your perfect ceremony – a private Italianate villa, a chateau in the Loire Valley, or in a seaside resort on the Mediterranean?

Not sure where to start planning a destination wedding? Our award-winning wedding designers are standing by to offer a hand. Contact us today!

When Should You Start Looking for Your Wedding Dress?

Choosing a wedding dress can be one of the most exciting moments of your engagement. You may have dreamed of your perfect wedding ensemble since you were born, or this might be the first time you have ever given it much thought. Either way, your ultimate gown selection makes a big impact on the design of your event, as well as the logistics, so consult your destination wedding planner early for advice, and start shopping for your wedding dress as soon as you possibly can.

An Emotional Decision

Even our most senior luxury wedding designers, all of whom have seen more than their fair share of wedding gowns over time, still get emotional when we see a client emerge from the dressing room in her perfect dress. However, this never happens the first time. You need more than one appointment before you finalize your decision, so be prepared.

The editorial team at The Wedding Ideas Mag agree, saying, “Looking for your wedding dress is an experience that simply can’t be rushed. In fact, even when you’ve seen hundreds of bridal gowns before, like our Deputy Editor and bride-to-be Becci has, finding ‘the one’ still takes time – four boutiques in, she’s still undecided, and it’s okay if you feel that way too.”

In fact, most of our clients will make at least two to four wardrobe changes during their events, celebrating a variety of cultural practices and traditions, so you can imagine that the search can be pretty long and exhausting. It is important to start early to ensure that your wedding gown or outfits are delivered for your luxury wedding in plenty of time.

Begin Your Search Early

So, when should you begin your search for the perfect destination wedding dress?

If you are planning a long engagement, it is best to start the search for your wedding wardrobe at least 12 to 18 months before the wedding. In addition to the time you will need to attend boutique appointments and make the big decision, dress designers often need months in order to make and ship your gown to you. Once it arrives, you will almost always need to have it custom-tailored. In peak season, this can take anywhere from hours to weeks.

In other words, when it comes to shopping for your wedding dress, the earlier, the better.

Destination Wedding Factors

The best destination weddings are stress-free events. You can help reduce your anxiety by consulting with your luxury wedding planner in advance to determine the safest way to transport your dress to your wedding destination. Some circumstances might call for shipping your wardrobe in advance, while others entail making carry on arrangements with your airline.

The airports where you depart and arrive, as well as the policies of your air carrier will impact this decision. Destination weddings in London, Paris, Rome and other major world cities involve large international airports with abundant options and amenities to assist travelers.

If you are going somewhere more adventurous and remote, you may need to exercise more strategy to ensure that your dress arrives in top condition. As soon as you have a dress selected and know where and when you will travel, ask your destination wedding planner for specific advice.

Destination Wedding Planners to the Rescue

The idea of taking your perfect wedding dress and entrusting an airline or package service to deliver it safely is nerve wracking at best, and is one of those processes few people warn you about when they explain how to plan a destination wedding. You can make everything about your destination wedding easier by contracting veteran luxury wedding designers like Cocoon Events to handle everything all the details and deliver your unique, dream-come-true event.