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The Wedding A to Z Has You Covered for Your Destination Wedding

Linda Hampshire and Karima El-Hakkaoui, authors of the brand new book The Wedding A to Z, have put together their favorite pieces from spring-summer 2015 for a chic destination beach wedding. They’ve also given us an exclusive glimpse inside the book, which covers over 300 topics, from the very traditional to the not-so.

We’ve got five signed copies of The Wedding A to Z hot off the press to give away on Instagram. Just regram our post and you’ll automatically be entered to win one of five books autographed by Linda, Karima and Ceci Johnson! You can also purchase the book for $13 on Amazon by clicking this link.

  1. Easton Pearson Amea Kuta Dress This light and breezy embroidered tunic from Easton Pearson can be dressed up or down.

  2. Ray-Ban Aviator Sunglasses Classic Ray-Bans look great on everyone and they’re just about the coolest shades on the planet.

  3. Jimmy Choo Doodle Sandals Glam flat sandals are beach wedding staples and work perfectly with shorts and dresses for your honeymoon.

  4. Ceci New York Ginger Collection You couldn’t have your destination wedding without Ceci stationery.

  5. Eres Alliages Bikini You can never go wrong with a touch of French chic, and Eres is the go-to French label for grown-up swimwear. The slashed gold trim gives this classic bikini a sexy edge, but it's not so revealing that you wouldn’t want to bump into your in-laws on the beach.

  6. Lana Short Shimmer Earrings These single-strand gold drops are the perfect wear-with-anything earrings. They add a hint of glamour without being overpowering.

  7. Aesop Jet Set Kit Aesop’s kit of mini portable essentials for hair and body gives you everything you need for beautifully-scented post-travel revival.

  8. Back Label Como Robe The clean lines and luxurious silk of this light grey robe make it a must-have for lounging around.

  9. Oribe Après Beach Wave and Shine Spray For laid-back beach hair, Oribe’s super moisturizing spray is the only product you’ll need. Work it through wet or dry hair for glossy waves. Simple, easy, and sexy.

Packing for the Ultimate Destination Wedding - The authors of The Wedding A to Z hand-select essentials to take you from beach to ceremony to honeymoon

Destination weddings can present some unique challenges. Here are our top five tips for getting the most out of yours:

  1. Prep and plan: If you can't do an advance planning trip to the venue and you don't already know it, find the budget for a wedding planner, even if it's just a day-of service. In an unknown location, they can be a lifesaver - and a money saver. They know which vendors deliver the goods and which don't. If that's not an option, at least ask for a venue tour using Skype or FaceTime.

  2. Unleash those brain cells: A destination wedding can mean not being able to have exactly what you would at home. So, instead of importing your vision piece for piece, be creative. Find out what local traditions are and use some. What can you source there, and what non-negotiables would you be better off bringing with you from home? One bride asked her guests to buy bottles of spirits at the airport duty-free as wedding gifts and stocked the beach bar with them. And, to save on excess luggage charges that will have you sobbing at check-in, take multipurpose items that you can reuse, mix and match.

  3. Don't let them out of your sight: Always, always carry your most valuable goodies, whatever they are (jewelry, dresses, documents, makeup) in hand luggage and put a GPS luggage tracker like Trakdot in with the rest of your luggage.

  4. Leave the gifts at home: "Have a registry so you don’t have to pack all your gifts and ship them back. Or, encourage friends and family to buy gift cards to the hotel you're staying at so that you can use them as a credit towards your final hotel bill while you're on your honeymoon," says event planner Jody Value.

  5. Relax and have fun: There's a high chance that not everything will go exactly to plan, but if you can go with the flow rather than being put out, you'll have an awesome day.

  6. The Wedding A to Z

    THE WEDDING A TO Z Answers to every one of your burning bridal and wedding planning questions, from the experts who have seen it all. Does anyone really care about favors? Will the sky fall in if you ask for cash? How far in advance should you start a healthy skin regime (or Botox, if you're tempted)? How do you uninvite a guest? Inside their book you'll find the real scoop–and tons of other witty, practical planning info, creative ideas, and sanity-saving advice from top wedding professionals, doctors, celebrities, and magazine editors such as style icon Kelly Wearstler, weight loss gurus Heidi and Chris Powell, and cake designer Ron Ben-Israel.