Monday, May 12, 2014

How to Choose the Perfect Destination Wedding Location

Once you’ve decided on a destination wedding, you still have the task of figuring out where that destination should be. Even if you have it narrowed down to a particular region, there are many different options available to you.

The easiest way to choose the perfect location is to work with an experienced destination wedding planner. A planner will be able to offer you suggestions for the locations that best suit your vision of your dream wedding.

A destination wedding planner can also help you find the perfect venue in that location. The right venue and the right location are both needed to have the wedding you really want.

In some cases, the type of venue you want might help determine the perfect location. This could be a matter of wanting an all-inclusive venue, a beautiful outdoor location, or something else. With this in mind, a planner will be able to save you hours or even days of internet searching and give you a much more tailored result.

There are so many beautiful wedding locations around the world, finding the one that is right for you can be a big task. To find out more about how a destination wedding planner can make this much easier for you, give us a call today!

Photo: Flickr/Ted Murphy

Monday, May 5, 2014

Changing Your Wedding Date

As you plan your destination wedding, you will most likely send guests a save the date card. If you’ve already sent this out, you are locked into that date. However, if you have to change it, it might be possible.

There are many reasons why you might need to change the date of your wedding after sending out the save the date cards. With a destination wedding, most of your guests will wait until the formal invitation to begin booking their travel and accommodation. They may need the specific details that wouldn’t be included in a save the date card.

Because of this, there is less risk that changing the date will disrupt the plans your guests have made. However, it can still create problems. If they have scheduled time off work to attend your wedding, they might not be able to change this.

If you do need to change the date, let your guests know as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you send out the invitation. Instead, notify them by phone or in person. You should also be prepared for them to be unable to attend on the new date, even if they have said they would attend after you sent your save the date.

Planning a destination wedding can be full of challenges, but the rewards make it all worth the effort. It is all easier when you work with an experienced destination wedding planner, though. To find out what we offer, give us a call today!

Photo: Flickr/Keith Parker

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Menu Ideas for a Destination Wedding

Planning your wedding menu can be a fun part of your wedding preparation. You get to work with a caterer to come up with the perfect mix of your favorite foods and their specialities. While this can be more difficult when you plan a destination wedding, since you can’t meet and do tastings in the same way, a destination wedding does offer you plenty of inspiration for your menu.

Using local dishes in your wedding menu is a great way to get the most out of your destination wedding. If you aren’t familiar with the local favorites, consider having your caterer include bite-sized versions of them for your cocktail hour. This allows you a taster without the worry.

You can also get inspired by your location in other ways. If you are planning a beach wedding, make sure you have the best of the ocean on your menu. Seafood can be a part of your hors d’oeuvres, appetizer, and entree. You can even serve shrimp cocktail and crab cakes as an evening snack.

Your destination can also be a part of the sweeter menu items and drinks. Use local ingredients for your signature drink and offer local fruits as a dessert option. You can also have your destination wedding be a theme for your wedding cake’s design.

When you plan your destination wedding menu, working with an experienced destination wedding planner can help make everything go smoother. To find out more about what we can do for your destination wedding, give us a call today!

Photo: Flickr/Revol Web

Monday, April 21, 2014

How Many Guest Should You Invite to a Destination Wedding

When you plan on jetting away to an exotic location for your nuptials, you will still want some of your friends and family to be present for your special day. A destination wedding will still have a guest list, but many couples wonder how many people they should invite.

There is no set rule about how big or small a destination wedding must be. In general, they are smaller than local weddings. Many guests who would be able to attend a nearby wedding simply won’t be able to travel to your chosen destination.

For some couples, this is a major selling point for a destination wedding. By planning on going away for their big day, they know they won’t be offending people by not inviting them. Keeping a very small guest list -- less than ten in total -- is an acceptable choice for a destination wedding.

However, some couples will still want a relatively large destination wedding. The key to this is finidng a venue that is appropriate for the number of guests you want to invite and how many you think will be able to attend.

You might already have an idea of wedding size in mind when you begin planning, or it might be dictated by a venue that you fall in love with. Either way, an experienced destination wedding planner can help you with every part of the planning, including creating the perfect guest list.

To find out more about how we can help plan your destination wedding, get in touch today!

Photo: Flickr/Caitlin Regan

Monday, April 14, 2014

Incorporating Local Customs in Your Destination Wedding

Destination weddings are a fantastic way to celebrate your nuptials. A destination wedding allows you to combine an exotic location with the happiest day of your life. If you want to really bring your destination into your wedding, though, you should consider incorporating some local wedding customs in your destination wedding.

Caribbean Wedding Customs

For a Caribbean destination wedding, there are plenty of local customs you could bring into your big day. It is tradition in the region for bridesmaids to wear white to confuse any evil spirits. You could also include a traditional rum-soaked fruit cake in your reception’s menu. A local wedding menu might also include curried goat, jerk chicken, and rum punch.

Hawaiian Wedding Customs

A Hawaiian destination wedding offers the chance to bring the colorful local flowers into your ceremony. It is also typical for Polynesian weddings for both bride and groom to wear white, which you might find more comfortable in the heat. You could also include a Ti Leaf and Lava Rock ceremony in your wedding, a custom that marks the birth of your union.

Mexican Wedding Customs

If you’re jetting off south of the border for your wedding, there are many traditions to draw on. While there are many regional differences, you can incorporate traditions such as Las Arras, in which the groom gives the bride 13 gold coins as a symbol of his commitment to take care of her. The reception can be full of the fun music of a mariachi band, and your Mexican destination wedding menu can include local favorites like the decadent tres leches cake.

Whatever destination you choose for your wedding, you’ll need the help of an experienced destination wedding planner. To find out how we can help you find the perfect location, or to find out more about how to bring in local traditions, give us a call today!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Is a Cruise the Honeymoon for You?

Cruises make great vacations. You get to visit multiple locations and even your transportation is part of the fun. With a variety of destinations and ship styles, do you know if a cruise is the right choice for your honeymoon?

  • You Want Variety: Whether you choose a river cruise, Caribbean cruise, or Alaskan cruise, you’ll get to stop at multiple ports of call. This mean sightseeing in more than one place, tasting local delicacies of multiple cities, and enjoying great activities that just wouldn’t be available if you chose one honeymoon location. Many cruises offer package deals for shore excursions, making it easy to plan a fantastic adventure.
  • You Want Romance: Few things are as romantic as sailing the seas, watching the sunset from your state room’s balcony, sipping champagne with your new spouse. A ship can give you scenery that no hotel ever could.
  • You Want Convenience: One of the selling points about a cruise is that you only have to unpack once. This can be a big advantage if you really want to spend as much time as possible enjoying time together.
  • You Want Entertainment: Many cruises also offer on-board entertainment. This can help make the journey part of the fun.

To find out more about whether a cruise is the right choice for you and your fiance, give us a call today!

Photo: Flickr / K1ng

Monday, March 31, 2014

Themes for Your Beach Wedding

Most people think that when they choose a beach wedding, that is already the only theme they can use for their wedding. Even if you have selected to have your wedding on the beach, you can still accessorize the event by having your own wedding theme. Contrary to commonly used wedding themes, you can opt for these for your beach wedding:

  • Caribbean – Give your wedding venue a tropical feel by turning your theme into a Caribbean event. This means that you should use vivid colored decorations against white sand, steel drums, and have lots of Pina Coladas!
  • Sandcastle – You can also use sandcastles to make your beach wedding look more extravagant. Instead of using the usual decoration materials, you can opt for sandcastles prepared throughout your beach wedding venue. This can add a magical backdrop to your beach wedding.
  • Pirate – You can also go with a pirate theme, especially if you’re a fan of the movie, Pirates of the Caribbean. One way you can make the look of your wedding more Caribbean is to use a treasure chest to store your coolers and other beverages you have prepared.
  • Hawaiian – Other than a Caribbean wedding, you can also have a Hawaiian wedding theme. You can easily throw a luau by having your guests wear floral shirts and add a lei to each guest. Instead of an aisle runner, you can line the path to the altar with tiki torches.
Make sure that the beach wedding theme you use is in line to what your interests are. Call us today so we can talk more about your beach wedding and other options to include and make your big day memorable!

Monday, March 24, 2014

What to Consider in Choosing a Beach Wedding Venue

Many brides love the idea of a beach wedding even though they end up having a different theme. Beach weddings are appealing because it ticks all the boxes of a perfect event. It is low cost, laidback but elegant, convenient, and just more fun for everyone. If you decide that a beach wedding theme is the answer to all wedding planning woes, then here are things you should consider.

The Location

Finding the perfect location should be on the top of your list. Location is everything when planning a wedding. Consider the number of your guests. Do not forget to plan for those with special needs like the elderly and children. Do your research too or visit the site personally. Do not leave everything to chance. Try to help your wedding planner as much as you can.

The Ideal Schedule

Although beach weddings are financially convenient, the reality is that you will be up against the elements. This does not mean the fate of the wedding is helpless against the weather. You can also do your part of investigating weather conditions. Learning about tides and temperature of a venue can help you decide the date of the wedding.

Your Budget

Even if a beach wedding offers an affordable budget, you still have to consider how much you are willing to spend. It also depends on the schedule of the wedding. You will end up spending more with a beach wedding in the day rather than a wedding started around sunset.

Comfort of Wedding Guests

When planning a wedding it is not just the comfort of the bride, groom, and officiate that needs careful consideration. You should also cater to the guests since they are an important part of the whole ceremony. Prepare a canopy or sunscreen and insect repellant for afternoon weddings. Make sure that your guests can comfortably witness and share your wedding day without shifting uneasily in their seats every minute.

Give us a call today so we can talk about some beach wedding destinations that you may go for.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Tips to Choosing Your Destination Wedding Favors

Being able to celebrate your wedding in a distant location is a great way you can bond with your friends and family members. Especially if they have taken the time to attend your destination wedding, you will have to repay them for the effort they took. While it may not necessarily be in monetary value, you can repay your guests for their presence by giving them a carefully crafted wedding favor.

Here are some tips on how to find your destination wedding favors:

Look for Practical Gifts
When it comes to choosing your wedding favors, you need to remember one basic rule: it needs to be functional. This means that you need to look for a gift that’s either edible or practical. Otherwise, it will not serve its purpose and may be disregarded by your guests.

Personalize Your Gifts
Don’t forget to include your names and wedding date on the wedding favor that you have chosen. This way, your guests will remember that they spent that special day with you.

Avoid Fragile Gifts
Consider the material that your favors are made from, especially since most of your guests will be traveling back home. Avoid breakable items such as wine glasses or handy mirrors. This way, your guests do not have to worry about how they will bring home the gift they received.

If you decide to make use of breakable items as your wedding favor, you may leave these at home and have someone send them out after your wedding. This will help you distribute the favors easily. At the same time, you won’t have to pay extra for bringing them to the destination.

Your guests will really appreciate the wedding favor that you have given them, especially if you took the time to create or choose them. Give us a call today so we can talk about some wedding favor suggestions that you may use.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Honeymoon Destinations of Famous Celebrity Couples

Going on a destination honeymoon can be a pretty exciting event to look forward to when your wedding is over.  Every day in that distant location will feel like a vacation and you won’t regret it, especially since you’re with the person you love. If you still haven’t chosen your honeymoon destination, you may want to follow these destinations where famous celebrities went to:

John Lennon and Yoko Ono (Amsterdam)
The legendary John Lennon and Yoko Ono visited the city of Amsterdam on their honeymoon and stayed at a suite Amsterdam Hilton. Today, the infamous John and Yoko Suite can be rented out to honeymooners for 1750 Euros.

Beyonce and Jay-Z (Arizona)
While it isn’t exactly an out of the country destination, the hip-hop couple went on a low-key honeymoon at the Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain Resort, located in Arizona. They enjoyed the tranquility and privacy offered by the small town of Paradise Valley.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick (Ireland)
Actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick chose to visit The Emerald Isle, Ireland for their honeymoon. They stayed at The Mount Errigal in County Donegal, a location best known for its rugged and wild landscape.

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth (Italy)
Because of the unending beauty of Italy, it is no wonder why Reese Witherspoon and hubby Jim Tooth chose to have their honeymoon at Le Sirenus, Amalfi Coast. It offers a picturesque coastline, which annually draws in celebrities to pay a visit.

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher (Bora Bora)
Together with her husband, Mike Fisher, country music singer Carrie Underwood spent their honeymoon in Bora Bora. They stayed at Le Taha’s Island Resort and Spa in an overwater bungalow.

If you would like to go on one of these locations for your honeymoon, it is best that you work with a planner to help you organize the trip. Even though these destinations may be out of your budget, there is no reason for you not to visit especially since there are some alternatives. Give us a call today so we can plan your destination honeymoon!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Three Things to Avoid When Planning Your Destination Wedding

On your wedding day, it is important that you enjoy the moment so that you can treasure it forever. Instead of worrying about your wedding details, you simply have to sit back and savor the day-- especially since it will go by in a blur. In order to make the most of your big day, you simply have to trust that the wedding planner you hired will pull through. You can rely that all your wedding details have been carefully prepared for by your planner. Additionally, do your best not to turn into bridezilla!

Here are other things you should not do on your wedding day:

Don't Handle Everything On Your Own
The main reason why you hired a wedding planner is so you can concentrate on the things that truly matter on your wedding day: the ceremony itself. Even if you have everything planned out carefully, you won't be able to handle things since you'll be the bride. Instead, you simply have to leave all the details and supervision with your wedding planner. If you decided not to have one, you can ask your friends to help you instead.

Don't be Bossy with Your Bridesmaids
Planning your wedding can really take a toll on you. If you are not wary of your actions, you may even end up being bossy with your bridesmaids. Remember that they are your friends that deserve to be treated with respect. Even if they have offered to help supervise your wedding, you need to be careful with how you deal with them.

Don't Plan a Difficult Destination Wedding
A destination wedding may be a great idea, but if you do not plan out the details carefully, the even tcan turn into a disaster. Make sure that when you're planning your destination wedding, you have carefully done your research so you know where you have things sourced from.

Your wedding day can be a really nerve-wrecking day in your life. Try to do your best to take things slowly so you can enjoy it still. If you need the help of a professional wedding planner, make sure to give us a call!