My Top 5 Destinations For A Wedding

If you’re getting married, or know someone who is, weddings can be quite complicated and expensive. Even if it’s a common wedding held in a church followed by a reception and honeymoon, there is a lot of planning and cost involved. Couples can cut those costs in half and save on all the time and frustration of planning a wedding by seeking out a travel agent to plan a dream destination wedding.

Weddings that are held in a vacation location, typically away from the betrothed couples home town, are called destination weddings. In the recent years, these destination weddings have been rapidly increasing in popularity. Some destination weddings involve couples eloping to an adventurous and exciting location, while others choose to invite a few close family and friends to celebrate with them. Many couples even find themselves saving money by planning a destination wedding.

There are so many beautiful locations in different parts of the world with great accommodations and beautiful sightseeing adventures. Narrowing all of these locations down to five dream destination wedding locations was a difficult but necessary task. Creating the perfect wedding is not easy; the hardest part of getting married is choosing the location. Listed below are MY top five locations for dream destination weddings:

1. Mexico. Two of the most beautiful locations to hold a destination wedding reside in Mexico. Cancun is paradise for the romantics and the white powdery beaches and blue water make for a perfect setting for wedding on the beach. The Cancun Hotel Zone and the Bahia de Mujeres is known for the best swimming areas. Cozumel is just off of Mexicoís Yucatan Peninsula has some of the worlds best diving. Cozumel has attractive resorts that contrast with the empty stretch of beaches with a tropical atmosphere. Mexico is great for those betrothed couples who enjoy water sports and sun washed beaches.

2. Hawaii. As the fun in the sun capital of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is such a rich and rewarding experience far beyond the pristine turquoise water, the long sandy beaches and the harsh mountains. Here lies a legacy of royalty, luxury and relaxation. Maui is the perfect place to create memories to last a lifetime. Get married and enjoy your honeymoon in Maui and embrace what the entire Hawaiian Islands have to offer. The perfect weather all year round, uncrowded beaches and wonderful accommodations, Maui is the perfect place to tie the knot and embark on new adventures with your loved one.

3. Jamaica. Come to Jamaica to be embraced in the rich culture, the tropical climate and easy lifestyle. Enjoy a beautiful wedding surrounded by an island of natural beauty. Waterfalls, jungle mountain tops and pristine white sand beaches like the Negril, Montego Bay and Ocho Rios are waiting for you to indulge yourself in their beauty. Don’t forget the fine cuisine and local entertainment to complete the Jamaican experience. What ís more beautiful than a Jamaican wedding on a white sand beach or near a majestic waterfall in the perfect climate?

4. Bermuda. An island paradise and considered one of the worlds most beautiful islands, Bermuda is embellished with lush gardens, attractive pink sand beaches, coral reefs and a strong tradition of hospitality towards the islands guests. The island offers wonderful hotels, resorts and other accommodations that is sure to make your stay as wonderful as it can possibly be. Bermuda is an island you will want to come back to, again and again.

5. Las Vegas. The marriage capital of the world with well over 100,000 couples obtaining marriage licenses every year and the only place you can get legally married by a rhinestone studded Elvis impersonator. As one of the hottest wedding and honeymoon destinations, Las Vegas, is the place to go to elope or for a planned dream destination wedding. No matter how many times you have been to Las Vegas, there is always something new to experience every time you return. Despite its reputation, there is more than just gambling in this city. A new trend of ultra hip nightclubs and resorts are developing to join the already established nightclubs.

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Personal Touches To Set Your Wedding Apart

A perfect wedding isn’t only beautiful, it’s personal. It’s got carefully selected details that are meaningful to you and your fiancé.  Here are some very simple ways to add your own subtle, unique touches to your ceremony and reception:

Write your own wedding vows. It doesn’t have to read like poetry; the important thing is that it comes from your own heart. Print it out on an index card and keep it handy during the ceremony.
Compile a CD with songs that symbolize your relationship or how it evolved. Play this during your reception or even burn a copy and distribute as souvenirs. Insert a small piece of paper explaining why you chose those songs.

Instead of tossing your bouquet, present it to your mother (or a dear friend or mentor) during your reception. You can also have an additional bouquet made for your groom to present his mother at the same time.

 Compile in a scrapbook. Guests often have free time on their hands during their reception. In the centre of the table, place several pens and small pieces of paper in a pretty basket. Ask them to write their wishes, prayers, or advice for you and your fiancé.

Most wedding reception programs revolve around the couple: friends give speeches. Do something for the guests. Make a video of you and your fiancé talking about the people who’ve taught you what true love means. Mention friends who’ve demonstrated real loyalty, or family members who made great sacrifices for you. Intersperse your video with their photos. This is your chance to say thank you to all of them.

If you have a close friend or family member who passed away, make him or her part of the occasion by inserting a small photo in your bouquet, or lighting a tribute candle at the church ceremony.

If you have ethnic roots, incorporate a marriage ritual from your culture into your ceremony or perform it during your reception.

Wear an heirloom. For example, you can use your grandmother ís veil, or wear a locket that belongs to your mother. This is an excellent way of creating a sense of continuity between generations, celebrating your own family even as you go on to begin your own.

Prepare an audio-video presentation that will be played during the last dance of the bride with the father. This can be just a simple montage of childhood photos. A guaranteed tear-jerker!

If you have kids, help them feel like they’re part of the new family by asking them to stand next to you as you say your vows.

Add little elements that say something about your relationship as a couple. For example, if you’re giving away picture frames, insert a poem that you wrote or a copy of your wedding vows. If you met at a beach (and would rather not have a beach-themed wedding) incorporate shells into your table centrepiece.

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Wedding Favours

For many couples one of the most tedious aspects of planning a wedding is wrapping the wedding favours. This is especially true if you are planning to have a large wedding reception with many guests in attendance. Wrapping wedding favours for hundreds of guests can be very time consuming. Therefore couples should plan on purchasing their wedding favours well in advance to avoid having to wrap the favours at the last minute. In general you would ideally want your favours to arrive 2-3 weeks before your wedding date to give you plenty of time to get them wrapped without feeling stressed. Orders involving personalization should be ordered even early because these will take significantly longer to arrive. This article will offer a wide range of advice on wrapping wedding favours including advice on how to wrap favours and tips for making wrapping wedding favours a lot more fun.
The first tip for wrapping wedding favours is to make sure you factor the cost of wrapping the gifts into your overall budget for wedding favours. This is important because it can add a significant amount to the cost of the favours. Most wedding favour distributors can ship the favours to you already wrapped but there is likely to be a costly fee for this service. It is far less expensive for the couple to wrap the gifts themselves. The most common theme for wrapping wedding favours includes wrapping the gifts in white and using ribbons the colour of the bridesmaids’ dresses to adorn the wrapped packages. However, some couples opt for white ribbons for a more monochromatic appearance. Whichever way you decide to wrap your favours you should try to estimate of wrapping supplies such as paper, tape and ribbons before you purchase the favours to ensure these costs will not put you over budget. This may influence the wedding favours you select because you may be more inclined to select favours which are smaller because they will require fewer additional resources to wrap.
Another tip for wrapping wedding favours is to not avoid this project until the night before the wedding. In the opening paragraph I stressed the importance of ordering your wedding favours early to avoid having to wrap them at the last minute. This is incredibly important because wrapping wedding favours can be very time consuming. If you leave it until the last minute you may find yourself staying up all night to try to get all of the favours wrapped and unfortunately may run out of time and not be able to wrap them all. We cannot urge you enough to purchase your favours ahead of time and wrap them as soon as they arrive. This way you can simply set them aside and will not have to worry about them again until it is time to get them to the reception location so they can be placed at each place setting.
Wrapping wedding favours is definitely not a fun project. It can be very time consuming and can also be incredibly tedious. One way to make the project easier is to enlist the help of friends or family members to help you. If you get together a group of 3-4 of your friends you will find the task of wrapping the wedding favours is accomplished in much less time than it would take you to wrap them yourself. You will also have a great deal more fun because you will be spending time with your friends as you wrap the wedding favours. 
The last tip for wrapping wedding favours is to keep the wrapping very simple. You may have ideas about complex wrapping techniques and elaborate ribbons but this can make the task of wrapping the wedding favours take considerably longer than it has to take. Plus it can make storing the wedding favours very difficult. If you spend a great deal of time tying elaborate ribbons it would not make sense to stack the wrapped favours in a box where the ribbons will become crushed. You would have to find a space big enough to lay each favour out flat. This can be very difficult and even if you are able to do it, it will likely cause some inconvenience. Therefore I recommend simpler methods of wrapping and decorating your wedding favours.

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Engagement Party Games

The engagement party is a time when the families of the couple will get to know one another. In some cases, this might be the first meeting between the two families or groups of friends and any icebreaker activity will be a welcome event.

In that light, whoever plans the engagement party (likely the bride’s family, but it can be the engaged couple or anyone else who wants to plan the party) should plan a few games and activities designed to help everyone get to know everyone else.

First up is a trivia game. Create a “Trivial Pursuit” type game with questions about the bride and groom’s lives. You might contain the questions to just facts and events relating to both the bride and groom (such as how long did it take her to say “yes” when he asked, where did he propose, where did they meet, etc), or you can include questions pertaining to their lives outside of each other and before they met each other. Not only can this be fun, but also it’s an entertaining way for people to get to know each other and the engaged couple better.

One popular icebreaker that’s used at corporate functions and company parties can also work really well at engagement parties. Tape a card to each person’s back and encourage him or her to work the room, mingle with everyone and particularly try to get to know someone they have never met before. Before moving on to someone else, be sure to make a comment about the person on the card on his or her back. Partiers write an impression of that person, such as “she seems sweet” or “he knows a lot about the weather”.

OMG where is my "What to do now checklist" ?

First things first, a bit of an obvious one but if you haven’t got the engagement ring then get it now!

If you have no idea, what kind of look you like, then there are various sites around that show you what rings will look like, and although this may not be as good as putting it on your finger and trying it on, they do give you an idea.

I will be providing information regarding romantic proposals and ideas soon, but if you’re reading this, hopefully that parts been taken care of!  For you we will provide places where the rings are really good both in quality and price, we will aim to provide the places based on feedback from you our site visitors and e-book readers.

Make yourself a good checklist, I will help you build this over time, and you will find one on our website soon.  This checklist should be broken down into time zones (when things should be done by) and tasks.

Another essential tool is a Wedding Diary, this compliments the checklist and it is to record anything and everything that needs to be done, the steps needed to achieve them, when they should be completed by. It is vital that you set realistic deadlines for everything. Try to distribute tasks by when they’re required and their importance, by doing this you will alleviate unnecessary stress.

The diary should also note the specifics and when the action was completed ñ we used a colour coding system .We cannot stress the importance of it enough!  Some of you will be visual people and you’ll find things well organized simply because of the colour coding.

During the organization process you will meet a lot of people about lots of things and receive lots of information.  You must keep absolutely everything you never know you might need it later on.  You need to ensure that you build good relationships with each and every person you speak to.You never know you might actually need them, and remember, by being nice you might be able to get more out of people, that could come in the form of a price reduction or even a service improvement.

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Why is a wedding checklist important

Is a wedding checklist important? Why do you need it? Do you think everything you have on your mind will be ready on your big day? Don’t you think of the opportunities of missing something? If you don’t have a wedding checklist you’re asking for trouble. No matter how good your memory is you’d be very unwise to rely on it for every little detail you have to remember concerning your wedding.

In such an important day for you, it would be a crying shame if it was spoiled simply because you failed to plan properly in the first place – and a properly constructed checklist is the very best way you can ensure that all of your wedding plans come to fruition.

Creating a wedding checklist tailored to your specific needs and desires will certainly help to relieve the inevitable stress, particularly as the special day gets closer. Having a well thought out wedding checklist will ensure that you don’t forget anything and will enable you to relax, safe in this knowledge, and enjoy the day itself.

Here are some of the things you should put on your checklist are setting the wedding date and time, reserving the date with a florist, photographer and DJ; reserving the church and reception location. These are the first things that should be done in the planning stages six to twelve months before the wedding day itself.

Other important things for your checklist include planning a budget, choosing the wedding party and ordering the invitations. You also need to make arrangements for a wedding dress, hairdressing and makeup. Not forgetting that you also need to arrange for co-coordinated clothing for your wedding attendants and, of course, you need to arrange the all-important wedding rings with a jeweller.

It is necessary that all of the above major things should be arranged as early as possible so that you have plenty of time for the small details later.

Reminders are helpful. Don’t forget to ensure that you put reminders on your list for closer to the date. Reminders for ordering your wedding flowers, the wedding cake, addressing and sending invitations, a final fitting for the wedding dress and groom’s outfit and placing a wedding announcement in the local press etc.

About a month to six weeks before your big day you should go over your wedding checklist to make absolutely sure you haven’t forgotten anything. There are, of course, many more things than those listed above that you will need to put on your specific wedding planning checklist that are personal to your wedding, but the above will give you an idea of the things you need to include.

Being well-organized with your checklist will help you having plenty of time to complete each task. With this checklist, your wedding will be as what you have dreamed!

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Wedding Flowers

When it comes to choosing wedding flowers, many brides may know the wedding flower they want in their own bouquet, but are a little mystified about the rest of the wedding flowers needed to fill out the ceremony and reception.

While you can leave all your wedding flower selections in the hands of a capable professional florist and get great results, you may want to take a more hands on approach. We hope this wedding flower guide will help making planning your most special day just a little easier.

Your first decision should be whether you plan to use a professional florist to create a wedding flower arrangement and bouquets, or if you’d rather visit a wholesale wedding flower retailer and order flowers to make your own bridal bouquets, boutonnieres and so forth.

If you are the creative type, a simple floral craft book will give you all the tips and tool lists necessary to create your own custom wedding flowers that reflect your personal style. It’s a good idea to purchase some flowers to practice with ahead of time to make sure you’ll be happy with your results. Whatever you decide, there are some standard traditions and suggestions to help make sure you’ve covered all your wedding flower needs.

Wedding Flower Guide

Wedding flowers for the church would include:

*Altar wedding flower arrangements
*Pew markers/decorations

Wedding flowers for the reception would include:

*Wedding flower arrangement for the bridal table.
*Table centrepieces
*Buffet table decorations

Wedding flowers for the bridal party would include:

*Bridal bouquet
*Small Bridal bouquet to toss
*Groom’s boutonniere
*Maid/Matron of Honour bouquet
*Bridesmaid bouquets
*Best Man boutonniere
*Groomsman boutonnieres
*Flower Girl bouquet or petal basket
*Mother of the Bride/Groom corsages
*Father of the Bride/Groom boutonnieres
*Step-parent corsages/boutonnieres
*Grandparent corsages/boutonnieres

A Few Extra Wedding Flower Tips

* Maid/Matron of Honour wedding bouquets should be  slightly more elaborate or in a different colour  shade than the rest of the bridesmaid wedding bouquets.

* The Best Man boutonniere should be slightly more  elaborate than the rest of the groomsmen  boutonnieres.

* The corsages/boutonnieres for the parents should  differ slightly from the step-parents, and all  grandparent corsages/boutonnieres should be
  different as well. It makes it easier for guests   to keep track of who’s who.

* Wedding flower arrangements from the church can be transferred to the reception hall for double  duty.

* Bridesmaid wedding bouquets could be set in  waiting vases and used as decoration for the bridal table.

Remember, these are just wedding flower guidelines. When it comes to your special day, your wedding flower selections and arrangements should reflect your personal taste and style. You can keep things simple or get as elaborate as you like, as long as your wedding flowers help you create the perfectly romantic wedding day you’ve always dreamed of.

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