Wedding season is almost here! May and June are two of the most popular months for couples to tie the knot.  While many couples look back on their wedding day as the happiest day of their lives,  planning the wedding is another matter entirely. The months before the wedding can test the patience of even the most committed couple. One way to cut down on pre-wedding stress is to have a destination wedding.

Destination weddings are easier to plan because most of the planning is done for you.  Venues that offer destination weddings will typically take care of food, the cake, decorations and the ceremony itself.

The first step in planning a destination wedding is to choose a destination.  This excellent post has some great ideas for destination weddings abroad.  Imagine getting married on the gorgeous Mediterranean island of Crete, or holding your ceremony surrounded by the ancient grandeur of Venice!

While having your wedding in another country may seem extravagant, it’s often not much more expensive than having a wedding near home simply because you can pare down the guest list. Plus, there are a lot of great deals available on airfare and hotels right now.

The most popular type of destination wedding is probably a beach wedding…after all, how can you be stressed out with the sound of the ocean in the background? Gadling reports that Ritz-Carlton resorts have an excellent destination wedding special right now that includes a free ceremony, spa treatments and a romantic breakfast for the lucky couple, and a free three-night stay for your one-year anniversary!

Of course, a beach wedding demands a dress that’s both attractive and comfortable. If you need some inspiration,  One Lovely Day has a picture of a gorgeous beach wedding gown. Can you imagine how pretty it would look with the skirt swirling in a sea breeze?

If you’re planning a destination wedding outside of the US, there’s one important step you absolutely cannot afford to forget: Getting a passport! You need to plan ahead-most travel experts suggest applying for a passport a few months prior to the big event.

However, getting a passport quickly is  not impossible, so don’t worry if you haven’t applied yet.  The easiest way to get a passport in a hurry is to use a private passport expediting service. An expediting service can guide you through the paperwork and will hand-deliver your passport application to the US Department of State for faster processing.  With an expediting company, your passport could be on its way back to you in as little as 24 hours!

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