Don’t forget to consider the climate when choosing your wedding dress — and deciding on everyone else’s attire. You’ll be swimming in sweat if you pair your fairy-tale satin ball gown with tropical humidity, and asking your groomsmen to wear tail coats in the sun and heat is just cruel. The men can look (and feel!) really cool in light coloured suits – ditch the jacket but keep the waistcoat – and crisp white, long sleeved shirts. Also, if you’re exchanging vows outside, you may want to reconsider a long train that will easily get muddy or grass-stained or three-inch heels that will stick in the sand.
Choosing your design sensibly will also help when packing. A huge dress, with yards of underskirts and trains, will try the patience of even the most experienced Bridal Shop and you really don’t want to end up having to pay for an extra suitcase and trusting your beautiful dress to the hold.