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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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Do You Need To Hire A Wedding Planner?

The moment that you have been waiting for has finally arrived û the love of your life has proposed marriage to you and you accepted his proposal with an enthusiastic “Yes!” Now begins the happy but at times stressful fury of activity, planning and decision-making leading up to your special wedding day. Wedding ceremony order of service? Wedding reception site? Dinner or lunch menu? Guest list? Bridal gown? Selecting attendants? Flowers? Entertainment? Honeymoon destination? Many important decisions lay ahead. Newly engaged couples, especially the bride-to-be, often feel over-whelmed with all of the dozens and dozens of significant details that demand their time and attention in order to create the perfect wedding day.

An option that more and more engaged couples are seriously considering these days is whether or not to hire a professional wedding planner to help navigate them through the uncertain and unfamiliar waters of wedding planning.
The wedding planner will offer you professional and experienced advice at each stage of your wedding planning. They are like a “wedding mentor,” as they have often planned many successful weddings and can offer their invaluable experience to you and your groom.

An organized and knowledgeable wedding planner will help you and your partner compare different possibilities regarding wedding necessities, companies and pricing. For example, the planner will meet with you and your spouse-to-be and discuss various options for reception sites, lay out the different packages and fees, and recommend various quality caterers to you. As an active participant in the “wedding industry,” the efficient wedding planner will be able to recommend several bridal bouquets for you to visit, saving you the time of having to page through the phone book or search countless bridal websites looking for your ideal dress.

A quality wedding planner can suggest to you and your groom where to find unique and top-notch wedding items, such as special wedding invitations or hard-to-find flowers. The experienced wedding planner will have a whole range of helpful contacts and be able to get answers to questions from her various colleagues in the wedding industry.
The wedding planner will be able to help financially-conscious couples track down the best deals for bridal clothing, catering services, tuxedo rentals, flowers and music.

The planner will help you as a couple manage your time and remind you when you need to make important decisions; for example, sending out invitations 6 months in advance, taking engagement photos to be included in the invitations, putting together the bridal registry, attending dress fittings.

The wedding planner can serve as a valuable resource for both the bride and groom on the wedding day. Most brides tend to feel very nervous and somewhat irritable on the morning of their wedding day, as they have envisioned the “perfect ceremony” or “perfect wedding photos” and place a lot of pressure on themselves for everything to work out without any problems. The wedding planner can act as a source of emotional support to the frenzied bride.

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