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1. Wedges. Leave your spiked heels at home. Why? Because you’ll sink in the sand, twist your ankle on the cobblestone, and slip between planks on the docks, decks and walkways and ruin them anyway. Wedges are more like snow shoes, creating a larger foun-dation so you don’t sink into everything. 2. Cotton, Cotton, Cotton. I know you love your silk wedding gown. Silk is one of the best insulators there is. It doesn’t breathe. You will simply melt on your wedding day. This will happen with all synthetic fabrics. You know how the best clothes are all lined? Beautiful linings…I had to cut them all out. I don’t buy clothes with any linings—poly, silk, satin—they are awful in the heat. The Cotton Bride is an incredible gown designer using the most sumptuous cottons to make stunning designer wedding gowns. For the rest of your guests, so long as it’s cotton, it will make them much happier. 3. Hair Tip: Give Up. Give up the battle with your hair. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you will get to enjoying your time in a tropical area. If your hair wants to be curly, it will be curly. If it wants to be straight, it will be straight. If you try to make it otherwise in a tropical climate, you will lose. Think, “If you cant beat ‘em, join ‘em!” 4. Powder Not Liquid Make Up. Due to the heat and humidity, liquid make up can be problematic in several ways. First, it will run, pool, and cake up. Second, it makes your skin break out, probably from the humidity. Third, it’s hot. 36 Weddings Elsewhere | FALL 2014 Even body lotion makes you hot in a warm area, besides it can goop all over your face. Powder make ups lay nicely and help to keep your skin cool. Also, most of them have an SPF in them, and you’ll need that. 5. Sunscreen. Yeah, I know. At my shore house in Mar-gate, I used to lay out with baby oil from morning until night all summer long too. I really did. And I never used sunscreen when I went to Florida or Texas either. Yeah, I’m that kind of tough. But if there is water, white sand, open skies, and sun everywhere, you will burn. Nothing is worse than ruining your wedding day or honeymoon with a sunburn the first day you arrive at your destination. If you do get a burn, pour white vinegar on it. It will take away the sting. Also, on the topic of sunscreen, I do beg you to please find a biodegradable kind. The sunscreen will wash off your skin minutes after you snorkel or take a dip in the ocean. You need the sunblock, but when it rinses off your skin, it can kill reefs and other wildlife. So please be kind to the reefs, and use biodegradable sunscreen. 6. Lip Block: Don’t Forget Your Kisser! When I moved to Belize six years ago, I had trouble finding a lipgloss with a sunscreen. Estee Lauder was one of the only ones back then, so I bought a ton. But now, a bunch of manufacturers carry lipgloss with sunscreen—a must for any stylish island girl. 7. Shots. Depending on the location of your wedding, there are government guidelines for shots, so check out your location’s website and make the 1O TIPS for YOUR Beach Wedding BY LARA GOLDMAN Photo by Jose Luis Zapata, courtesy of RomanticTravelBelize.com - San Pedro Town - Ambergris Caye - Beach - Belize page 43


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