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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Top 5 Wedding Proposals Of All Time

These are OUR top 5 current wedding proposals of all time . What do you think ?

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Ceremony Music

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A processional song is that music a couple and the wedding party will walk down the aisle to . You can have a single song for everyone one or chose a separate song for you and your partner.

Wedding processional songs that are commonly used range from Air on a G String by Bach , Concerto in D Major by Vivaldi and of course Wedding March by Mozart. Although there is something to be said for tradition those songs have all but been “played out “. Being in the industry for over three decades I admit that I have heard, and played, them hundreds of times . I don’t doubt that you have heard at least one of them in every wedding that you have been to .

One of my most daunting tasks is to help couples be original and put their stamp on the wedding day by updating the music to represent their personalities . When we design music for a wedding ceremony the first thing that we remind couples is that there is nothing wrong with something new .It tends to make things more memorable . You spend a long time discussing the first dance and maybe even the parent’s dances but don’t neglect other important pieces of music that you will need for your wedding day.

Some of our current favourites are

Overjoyed – Stevie Wonder, Shining Star – Boyz II Men, Ribbon in The Sky -Stevie Wonder, All of Me – John Legend, Marry Me – Train, and Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

Wedding Ceremony music is available as an add-on and is included in a few of our packages .

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Things You HAVE To Discuss Before Getting Married

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Communication

How you communicate with your partner follows a pattern after you have been together for a period of time . When you add in the stress of planning a wedding there are new factors that affect how you make a point, debate or even argue . Discuss what things you would like to remove from your current pattern as well as those things that you feel work well .
Moving 
Your current job may never have you moving but who knows what the future holds . Your partner may have always planned to live somewhere else in their future . Regardless if there is nothing like this in your plans currently it most certainly needs to be discussed to make sure you know what each other’s expectations are.
Children
We are all products of our experiences and this includes how we were raised and our ideas on parenting. Having different styles in parenting could very well create a huge divide in a relationship in the future.
Pressures 
How you deal with pressure and obstacles has always been a personal thing . Moving forward you will part of a team . If you are someone that internalizes how you deal with adverse situations this is something else that will defiantly cause friction in a marriage
Parents 
The subject of parents is two-fold. Your current relationship could defiantly be different with your parents in comparison to your partner’s . That in itself can be one factor to cause issue but also what will happen to your parents as they age can be another . You may be planning to move your elderly parents into your home in their latter years while you partner would feel that it is ok to have them live in care facility. Who will be responsible for those costs ?
Finances 
The most important discussion before tying the knot would be about your financial situation . Many people are not honest about this and it is the #1 reason for divorce currently . If you have poor credit then working together to improve that as a couple is extremely important . It is one of the best things that you can do to strengthen your standing as a couple
…at the end of the day these are just a few of the major subjects that you should table before having the marriage discussion.
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Why Have An Online Wedding Toolkit

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Two people meet, they fall in love, they go crazy planning the wedding. That’s usually how the story goes, notwithstanding the fact that it is the golden age of wedding planners. Even with the most seasoned wedding coordinator on your speed dial, you, the bride-to-be, are probably on pins and needles about the wedding details. The little things become big things and the big things become gargantuan tasks that tax your strength and take away all the fun you’re supposed to be having. We don’t blame you for going a little nuts. After all, it is the most beautiful day of your life. Talk about pressure.

Some people start compiling and collecting the things or ideas they want to have in their own special day very early. Not all brides-to-be are gifted with that kind of foresight though; and if you’re one of those brides-to-be, don’t start hyperventilating yet. I’m going to tell you about what could be your best friend during this entire thing: the wedding kit.

What it is

A wedding kit is anything you can use to organize and compile wedding ideas or samples. It may be as plain as a scrapbook (to collect pictures of nice venues or wedding dresses) or as big as a box (with fabric samples or souvenirs)

Online wedding toolkits are becoming more and more popular with brides-to-be as well. These kits are much better than mere notebooks and boxes for one reason: they are more organized. They contain step-by-step guides, schedules, and reminders of what needs to be done up until the moment you say, ìI do.î Did we mention how easy they are to update? All you have to do is delete a task or idea you no longer want to do and replace it with something better. Maybe you’d changed your mind about that scuba wedding thing and decided that something aerial looks more fun?

Why Get One

A wedding toolkit, especially one you get online, gives you a sense of control when you start feeling a little overwhelmed. Not only does it keep you and all the details organized, it also keeps you on top of things. Your contact numbers, to-do lists, and countdown to the big day are all stored and organized in one place: your computer.

So instead of looking for a brown paper bag to breathe into, stop for a moment. There’s so much help available to ease the load of bringing your dream wedding to life. Remember, the most important thing during your wedding day is you, celebrating the start of your new life with the man you love. The rest is clutter.
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Seven Tips On Wedding Vows

The wedding vow is the promise the bride and the groom make to each other during the wedding ceremony.  A wedding without vows is an unfamiliar sight.

Wedding vows are essential in any marriage ceremony.  Now-a-days, modern wedding ceremonies offer the flexibility of allowing you to write and say your own vows.

If you decide to write your own personally meaningful wedding vows, then here are a few things to keep in mind.

1.  When you write your own vows, you naturally start to think of all the good reasons why you want to be with the person you are going to marry.  Writing your own vows makes the words you say more natural and from the heart.

2.  If you don’t know what to say, or you don’t know how to start it, or you just want to add a few additional thoughts, then you can get ideas by reading books on the topic or performing a search on the web for free wedding vows.

You can look at a few of the sample wedding vows online and borrow some ideas or words from each to add to your own unique vows.  You can also try taking a particular sample and just changing a few words to suit you.  You can also take a wedding vow you really like and use it as is.

3.  If you want a touch of artistic expression to your vows, try adding a few lines of poetry from the popular works by Gibran, Keats or Browning.

4.  You may want to include some of the lyrics from your favourite song.  Couple’s often have a song or tune that symbolizes their love for each other, sort of like the song that is danced to during the reception or after the wedding dinner.

5.  While you are thinking about what to say in your vows, you may consider your lifestyles, your personalities and your interests.

7.  Share with each other what you have written.  You both can bounce back ideas; revive special moments you had with each other.  This will help you discover what to include in your vows.

Make sure you let the Officiate or person who will be marring you know ahead of time that you are writing your own vows.  He or she can inform you about what must be included and may provide a few pointers.

One final thought.  Saying your wedding vows during the ceremony can be frightening.  You may be scared that you might mess up.  Well don’t be.  It’s okay to stumble a bit.  You will be able to correct yourself.  Know that writing your own vows and practicing a bit will help you both gain the confidence you need to do well.

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Awesome Wedding Gift Ideas

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Ever got stuck trying to come up with the ultimate wedding gift? Well, you are not alone. Each day thousands of people rack their brains trying to come up with unique wedding gift ideas, only to throw their hands up in frustration and buy any of the common wedding gifts being sold out there. Below are some wonderful wedding gift ideas most people don’t think of that you can use:

1. Gold-Plated Picture Frames – the perfect way to display favourite photos of their special day. Have them engraved with the couple’s names and the wedding date for a treasured memory.

2. Etched Wine Glass – Have their wedding invitation, or other special verse engraved on a glass sculpture. This will be treasured for years to come, and definitely unique. Or, for a little variation, get the actual invitation, and mount it on a glass plate and finish it with matching coloured paint.

3. Honeymoon Photo Album – this could be made out of wood, with something like “A Honeymoon to Remember” engraved on the cover a perfect place to capture those wonderful honeymoon memories.

4. Gift Certificates to a spa for the bride and groom are great before or after the wedding. The wedding day is often stressful, so you could offer a day at the spa to prepare them for the wedding day. Or, they could use it just after their honeymoon, as they prepare to resume their regular activities.

5. Keepsake Box – As time goes by, memories begin to fade, and what better and more unique gift than a special box where they can safely store all those precious mementos that become more cherished as the years go by This box is perfect for things like marriage license, special photos, place cards, vows, and all those other special keepsakes that often get lost as time passes.

6. Couples Home Spa Kit – As an alternative for the day at the spa, you could give them a spa in a basket, including monogrammed robes, towels, and a few other relaxing items, like candles, bath and body lotions, some romantic music, and even engraved wine glasses accompanied by a bottle of wine for a special evening at home.

Now, who says coming up with the perfect wedding gift idea is hard?  Ok they may not be the ultimate gifts but they are unique . The next time you go to a wedding, try picking up any of the above wonderful wedding gift ideas and you would be surprised at how well it works! What are some other original gift ideas that you have heard of ?

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