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Why Choose A Destination Wedding?

Many girls dream of someday meeting their Prince Charming and enjoying a fairy tale wedding. Destination weddings help make that dream become reality.

Let’s discuss the benefits of a destination wedding:

(1) Holding your wedding ceremony and reception in an exotic location like Europe or the Caribbean provides a special
vacation opportunity for both the bridal couple and the honored guests who attend. Getting away from the chaos and business of everyday life and flying off to an adventurous new location can make the wedding into a special one-week or two-week lovely holiday, instead of a rushed and sometimes disappointing one-day event. Brides and grooms often have to take a week off before their local wedding, scurrying around with last-minute details, which often results in having a shortened honeymoon. With a destination wedding, your honeymoon really begins the moment you arrive at your glorious destination.

(2) Imagine holding your beloved’s hand as you stroll along the ocean the evening before your wedding. Romance is in the air. Everywhere you look, you feel love and romance; a beautiful sunset, the relaxing sounds of waves on the beach, tropical birds singing in the distance. Choosing a destination wedding increases the “romance factor!” Getting married in a foreign location also provides countless opportunities for romantic, one-of-a-kind wedding photographs that will be cherished forever.

(3) Many couples spend months worrying over the wedding guest list and often feel pressure from both the bride and groom’s families to invite distant relatives or their parents’ friends, leading to a potential guest list of 200 or more people. Deciding on a special destination wedding automatically means having a smaller guest list. Distant relatives and parents’ friends and colleagues would feel less inclined to accept the invitation, due to time restrictions and financial considerations. For all of those brides and grooms wishing to have a small, intimate wedding of 20 to 50 guests, the destination wedding is the ideal choice. A lovely small wedding allows the families to have a wonderful reunion and explore the area together over the course of one or two weeks.

(4) The destination wedding is a cost-saving measure for the bridal couple. The average American couple invests about $30 000 into their wedding. A smaller destination wedding saves hundreds of dollars, as fewer guests equates to a much less expensive reception lunch or dinner. With some time and effort, engaged couples can search wedding and travel websites and consult travel companies to find some wonderful yet affordable destinations for their big day. Many foreign resorts offer excellent wedding packages, including accommodations and food, plus discounts on the accommodations for the wedding guests.

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Saving Money On A Wedding Cake

Planning and paying for a wedding ceremony and reception can easily become very expensive. The average American wedding costs $30,000. Many financially-conscious couples are eagerly searching for ways to reduce the tremendous wedding bills. Be comforted in knowing that there are a whole variety of techniques that couples can follow to reduce the cost of their wedding ceremony and reception.

One effective way that money-savvy couples save on their wedding is by saving money on their wedding cake. Listed below are some ideas to save on your wedding cake and wedding desserts:

(1) Telephone and visit various bakeries in your city or town, and consider expanding the geographical search to include maybe a 30 mile radius. Ask about price quotes for various styles of cakes and accompanying desserts. Record the price quotes and additional information in your wedding planner or notebook.

(2) Ask a trusted family member or friend to bake your wedding cake themselves and give it to you as their wedding present.

Ask a close family member or friend to purchase the wedding cake from bakery and give it to you as their wedding present.

(4) Consider alternate desserts that are less expensive:

  • cupcakes
  • fruit (berries, grapes, orange and kiwi slices) and cookies
  • tarts
  • pastries

(5) Consider purchasing a small wedding cake for guests to eat and for you and your partner for the cake-cutting ceremony.

(6) You could purchase a non-edible cake for decorative reasons, meaning that it is a cake made of a foam cake-frame, decorated with icing, to look good for photo opportunities.

(7) Consider purchasing two smaller-sized cakes rather than one more expensive larger cake.

(8) Consider purchasing a cake with less fancy and ornate decorating.

(9) Look in local newspapers and magazines for coupons offered by bakeries for discounts on wedding cakes.

(10) Search wedding and bakery websites on-line for affordable yet beautiful wedding cakes.

(11) Attend local wedding shows for ideas about different bakeries, different cake styles, colors, designs and flavors.

(12) Some ambitious and domestic brides or grooms take cake decorating classes and actually design, bake and decorate their own wedding cake. However, special skill and extra time and pre-planning are required to bake your own cake.

(13) If having a beautiful and top-quality wedding cake is very important to you as the bride or groom, consider splurging on the wedding cake expense and cutting back finances in another area, such as musical entertainment for the reception, or the amount of alcohol being served.

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Planning Your Wedding: Setting Up A Budget First

Congratulations to you and your partner on getting engaged! Now as bride and groom, you have the exciting responsibilities of planning the wedding of your dreams! Finances are the primary source of conflict among couples, so minimize any fighting or tension by working together to establish a realistic, well-researched and mutually-satisfying wedding budget.

First work together to create your over-all budget. What is the total amount of money that you have to work with? Is it $10,000? $20,000? $30,000? Take into consideration the following factors:

a) the amount of money the bride and groom have saved up for the wedding
b) the amount of money the bride’s parents are contributing
c) the amount of money the groom’s parents are contributing
d) the free services and/or gifts family and friends are contributing

Please consider the following expenses: (Feel free to create a spreadsheet or record information such as maximum budget, price quotes and actual costs in a special wedding planner or wedding journal):


a) bridal gown, shoes, lingerie, jewelry, veil/hair piece

b) groom’s clothes: tuxedo – purchase or rent?, suit?, shoes, shirt, undergarments

c) bridesmaids’ dresses
*consider 3 options
1) bridal couple pays for bridesmaids’ dresses
2) each woman pays for her own dress & shoes
3) bridal couple pays for portion and bridesmaid pays for portion of expenses

d) groomsmen clothes û rent tuxes or purchase suits, purchase shoes
*consider 2 options
1) couple pays for tux rental, shoes & extras
2) each groomsman pays for his own tux, shoes & clothes



b) flowers

c) ceremony location rental: church, park, community centre, museum, art gallery

d) officiant/ pastor/ minister fee


a) rental of hall/ restaurant/ art gallery/ museum/ park/ church reception room

b) flowers

-catering fees

i) cost of meal

ii) cost of catering services

iii) cost of tables & chairs rentals

iv) cost of alcohol – decide whether or not to serve alcohol

v)cost of desserts and appetizers

d) decorations

e) entertainment û DJ or band or musicians

f) lighting & sound system


a) cost of hotel/ resort accommodations

b) cost of air or train travel

c) cost of meals/ food

d) cost of honeymoon travel; for excursions, dates, day trips

e) cost of honeymoon clothes

f) travel health insurance


a) wedding planner

b) wedding planning book

c) bridal shower(s)
û does couple pay for bridal shower, or bride or groom’s friends/ family; lunch or dinner included?

d) engagement party û does couple pay for party, or bride or groom’s friends/ family

e) presents for husband & wife to give one another

f) presents to give bridesmaids, groomsmen

g) bride and groom’s wedding bands

I hope that you find these wedding planning ideas to be helpful to you and your groom as you plan your wedding budget. Feel free to print out this article and use it as a “To Do List” to guide your planning. Enjoy your journey towards becoming husband and wife!

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