Destination Weddings: No Longer Reserved For The Wealthy

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For a long time the destination wedding, a wedding combined with a vacation for the couple, wedding party, and guests, was an exotic treat attainable only by the extremely wealthy. This is no longer the case as destination weddings have, in recent years, become an attainable and attractive alternative for more and more couples seeking to put an enjoyable romantic spin on their nuptial occasion. Destination wedding planners like to advertise that the destination wedding can cost thousands less than a traditional wedding. While this may or may not be true, depending on what a particular couple plans to spend on their traditional wedding as opposed to what theyíll have to spend for a destination wedding, it is certainly a fact that a destination wedding is no longer completely out of the question for the average couple. If youíre interested in celebrating your own marriage ceremony with a destination wedding, here are some helpful pointers that can have you enjoying your wedding in a vacation locale without completely emptying the coffers.

Your Destination Doesn’t Have to be Distant:

One of the truly beautiful things about living in North America is that we have vacation spots nearly everywhere. By planning your destination wedding in a place that is relatively close to home, you can save considerably on airfare or other travel arrangements. Do you live on the East Coast? Make Orlando, Florida your destination and enjoy your honeymoon with Mickey Mouse. Already in Florida and been to Disneyworld far too many times? Set your sights on the Big Apple and enjoy a destination wedding in the City that Never Sleeps. Maybe you’re in the Midwest? If so a destination wedding in Chicago may have just the right romantic touch for you. You could also consider heading south to Texas to visit the Alamo. Live in the Southwest or Northwest? Then Las Vegas and Los Angeles are mere hours away by plane. Then of course there are the favourite destination wedding spots in the Caribbean . The point is that your destination wedding doesnít have to be held in Spain, London or Paris to be an event you will remember fondly and cherish forever

Plan Ahead and Get Group Rates:

Everyone knows that airfare costs less when booked and purchased well in advance. Be sure to make the reservations for your destination wedding far ahead of time to get the best value for you and your guests. Also, utilize the services of a talented travel agent who can negotiate your airfare and hotel accommodations all together. Doing so can save you an amazing percentage of the overall cost of your destination wedding.

If There’s an Offseason, Take Advantage of It:

Many of the vacation spots have an offseason where the rates for hotels, airfare, and attractions are quite lower than they are during their busier times. By planning your destination wedding during these non-peak times you can save money and enjoy your destination when there are fewer tourists getting in the way of your enjoyment.

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10 Must Have Gift Ideas For The Wedding Party

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A photo album complete with a picture of you and the bridesmaid or the entire wedding party can be another unique gift idea for the bridesmaids. You could purchase photo albums with the date of your wedding engraved on the front cover and start the photo album with a picture of you and the bridesmaid. This is a wonderful gift idea because the bridesmaid can place her photos from the wedding day in the album and will always have a precious souvenir from your wedding day.

Gift certificates to a spa or a salon also make unique gift ideas for your wedding party . They most likely spent a great deal of time and energy in helping you to plan your wedding. The week prior to your wedding was also probably especially hectic with a great deal of last minute details to attend to and errands to run. While you will have your honeymoon to relax and renew your energy your wedding party do not have this luxury so by honouring them by presenting them with a gift certificate to a spa or salon you are giving them the gift or being pampered and the gift of relaxation.

A few more unique gift ideas for your wedding party gifts include handcrafted or homemade gifts. For example you could put together a CD of some of favourite songs. You could make the CDs different for each person and include a photo of the two of you on the cover and include a heartfelt poem on the inside of the CD cover.

You could also create a scrapbook for each person . You could either make the scrapbook a memory of your entire friendship together and include photos and other items from your various adventures throughout the years or if you plan ahead and take many photos documenting your wedding preparations, you could create scrapbooks as a remembrance of the wedding planning that you shared.

Any item that relates to a specific hobby that your partner enjoys is a great idea for a wedding gift . This is a popular choice because giving a gift that relates to one of his/her hobbies demonstrates that you understand their likes and that you want them to continue to engage in activities that they enjoy.

Another unique gift idea for is a gift certificate to a local restaurant. Assisting in your wedding preparations was probably extremely stressful and time consuming for the wedding party and they certainly deserve a night on the town and the opportunity to not have to cook for a night. This simple gift lets them know that you appreciate their efforts and that you want to thank them for all that they have done to support you.

Unique gift ideas can also stem from the wedding theme. For example if you are having a beach themed wedding you might want to give a gift of a tote bag, a beach towel and a novel to enjoy on the beach. This unique gift idea ensures that your friends will remember your wedding fondly the next time they are at the beach.

Although the tradition of exchanging gifts on the wedding day is beginning to fade, many couples still wish to honour this tradition. Many couples spend so much money on their wedding and reception that they feel as though they cannot afford the additional expense of buying gifts for each other. While it may be true that the couple cannot afford one more extravagant gift it is also true that a truly thoughtful gift for the groom does not have to be overly expensive. If the couple is partaking in this tradition it is advisable that they exchange gifts that truly reflect the personality of their spouse.

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