Alaska Destination Wedding!

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Alaska Destination Wedding!

Alaska Destination Wedding

From holding your ceremony at the quaint Chapel by the Lake overlooking a range of mountains and a glacier, to booking a tour ship and allowing wedding guests to have a wildlife-viewing experience during your vows, Alaskan destination weddings are simple, rustic, and eco-friendly!

Alaska Destination Wedding
Where else in the world can you capture your wedding bliss in full daylight…at midnight? Craving a bigger entrance than the traditional walk down the aisle to your groom? Have your Alaska destination wedding in Sitka or Juneau and surround yourself by sea otters, bald eagles, and whales as you arrive by seaplane or kayak!

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Top 5 Wedding Destinations Abroad 2016

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Top 5 Wedding Destinations Abroad

Aruba Destination Wedding

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While barefoot-on-the-beach ceremonies are an ever popular choice for wedding destinations abroad, remember that hidden coves, natural bridges, underwater reefs, and hilltop panoramas are among some of the more creative venues this island has to offer! Want to include some of Aruba’s local flair into your chapel ceremony? Request that church bells be rung to notify everyone in the vicinity that a wedding is taking place! Villagers will line the streets to celebrate and cheer on the bride and groom!
Look into: the summit of the Hooiberg and the Tunnel of Love

Bermuda Destination Wedding

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Is Bermuda your final answer? Follow local tradition and tape a penny to the sole of your shoe for good luck and look into venues that have wedding band-like structures called moongates nearby; lore states that any couple who walks through a moongate after exchanging their vows will be blessed with lifelong happiness and good fortune! Staying at Tony Tucker’s Point? Plant the cedar sapling that served as your traditional wedding topper in the resort’s Wedding Grove!
Look into: the Palm Grove Gardens and the Unfinished Church

Jamaica Destination Wedding

Top 5 Wedding Destinations Abroad

Take the jungle path to an aisle on the beach, where you can say your vows and party to local reggae grooves! Follow the tradition of Jamaican brides before you and tuck several sweet basil leaves into your shoe for good luck. Take note that the first Sunday immediately following the wedding is your official ‘Turn Thanks Day’ – where newlywed couples and their wedding party go to the church where their wedding took place and attend service as a gesture of offering gratitude to God for the marriage.
Look into: Ocho Rios and Hummingbird Hall

Cayman Islands Destination Wedding

Top 5 Wedding Destinations Abroad

Whether you say “I do” on a stretch of snow white sand along the famed Seven Mile Beach or above the crystal clear water on the pier at the legendary Rum Point, you’ll never forget a wedding held in Mother Nature’s best kept secret! At the reception, take note of Cayman Island customs and remember that the groom is to open the first champagne bottle – but don’t let him lose that cork! It is tradition to keep the stopper for good luck and as memory of the day.
Look into: Pedro St. James and Kaibo Beach

Italy Destination Wedding

Top 5 Wedding Destinations Abroad

From the Tuscany hills and Amalfi Coast to a terrace in Italian Riviera, the “dolce vita” style of this ethereal country is the perfect place for a wedding. Imagine your ceremony held in the medieval towns of Chianti or in a gondola gliding through Venice; picture a a sunset service in Rome or saying your vows under the blue Mediterranean skies of Sorrento… Who can say no to the romance that is Italy? Keep with local customs and have your groom carry a piece of iron in his pocket for good luck and remember that it is considered bad luck for a bride to wear any gold on the day she is married until wedding rings are exchanged!

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Island Hopping Honeymoons

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Island Hopping Honeymoons

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The sun heats up you to the bone as you lay beside each other drinking an extraordinary mixture of rum, juice and spices or herbs you’ll never be able to duplicate. This is a honeymoon holiday in the Caribbean isles, and it will change you permanently.

The Caribbean

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An over 750,000 rectangle distance aqua blue sea in the southern aspect of the Sea Ocean, Southeast of California, north of Venezuela. Hundreds of isles and small atolls rise from the clear rich waters, creating the most ideal location for a newlywed couple to experience a completely soothing honeymoon holiday. The planning is over, the songs of the party have passed away; now the time is yours have fun with together, just the two of you, in heaven.

The U.S. Virgin Islands

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These isles could be an excellent honeymoon location for those who are new to international travel. The three isles of St. Johnson, St. Croix and St. David are U.S. protectorates. The currency is the U.S. Dollar and English is verbal widely so traveling is created just a little easier. The isles, like most of the Caribbean, have a different lifestyle along with amazing seashores.

Aruba

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Very close to the Northern most Venezuela, The island of Aruba is a geographically exclusive and wonderful isle. From failing surf and strong northern coast, to its central bumpy wasteland marked with exotic and its relaxed white-colored seashores to the south, this formerly Dutch community is a fantastic position. Hardly 70 rectangle kilometers, this tiny heaven is well known for its kindness and actual elegance, in addition to scuba dive diving, boating and every seaside activity possible.

Bahamas

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Made up of over 700 isles and more than 2000 atolls, the Bahamas Island includes over 100,000 rectangle kilometers. For decades, honeymooning partners have chosen the Bahamas not only for their actual elegance, but also for their vicinity to the landmass United States. Just a short flight from California to Nassau or Freeport reveals the gateways to a honeymoon holiday with every service possible. The powder-white beaches and skin blue h2o of the Bahamas will be in your mind’s eye permanently.

Jamaica

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Who believes about the Caribbean without conjuring pictures of the welcoming Jamaican people, reggae songs and breathtaking exotic beaches? Long a well-known honeymoon location, Barbados is one of the most stunning and culturally different isles in the area. The isles merge the actual attractiveness of falls, jungles, waterways and seashores, with shopping, art and food of your goals. Remain at an all-inclusive hotel or strategy the trip of your choice.

St. Lucia

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The exotic attractiveness of this lavish heaven will take your breath away. St. Lucia is known for its jungles and wonderful falls, in addition to the popular white-colored seashores and aqua blue sea. The island’s 100-year-old marketplace is a must-see during any visit. With world-class all-inclusive hotels and luxury hotels, St. Lucia is an ideal honeymoon location. If you appreciate scuba dive diving or scuba dive diving, this isle could be one of your top choices.

Antigua

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Trade gusts of wind once brought travelers, investors and cutthroat buccaneers to this ideal exotic isle with its strong, secure harbor. Now sailboats carry competition across its rich waters. These gusts of wind have always kept the island’s moisture low and temperature enjoyable, creating it a wonderful position for a soothing exotic honeymoon holiday. Once again we discuss the amazing seashores, the reefs coral reefs ideal for scuba dive diving and the warm sun… all common denominators of the Caribbean. Close by Barbuda is home to a fowl haven known throughout the area.

 

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Jamaica Destination Weddings

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Jamaica Destination Weddings

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Guest will land in Montego Bay, Jamaica and take a shuttle to one of the four tourist destination of their choice. You will either have an hour scenic coastal drive to Negril or a scenic tropical scenic ride of 90 minutes to Ocho Rios. Guest traveling to Port Antonio can take a private air carrier once in Jamaica ( can be pre-book prior to arrival) or fly in Kingston for a shorter distance traveling to Port Antonio. As a Certified Jamaica Travel Specialist, when you go to Jamaica explore the destinations – staying at the resort does not warrant you saying you have been to Jamaica!

If you are a nature lover explore the rain forest by zip lining in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios or Negril. Board a catamaran and snorkel at any of the destination for a sight to remember for a lifetime adding to your Jamaica experience – don’t forget – do not touch the beautiful coral reef! There are an endless number of excursions for you to explore no matter what age – river tubing, horseback beach ride, climbing the falls, fishing, golfing, dune buggy , atv and swimming with the dolphins to name a few! If you are thinking of a destination wedding, Jamaica is the least hassle to get married an documents to translate as Jamaica is an English speaking island.

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Bride and groom will only need to arrive on island 48 hours prior to your wedding ( all required documentations must be sent at least 60 days prior to arrival to your respective resort). Guest usually arrive a day or two or more before a destination wedding or stay longer after the couples wedding. Couples can get married on a cliff, at a church, on the beach, at a lighthouse, a private off shore island, in the beautiful tropical gardens or any where you like! If you are thinking of a Catholic wedding, Jamaica has that too! Jamaica boast all inclusive resorts for couples only – Couples Resorts & Sandals Resorts; adults only resort – The Caves, Secrets Resorts, Jewels Dunn’s River Beach Resort & Spa and Iberostar Grand Rose Hall Resort. For couples having a destination wedding with children, your choices are endless.

Guest can choose family suites with separate room for the children to adjacent or connecting rooms next to their parents. Couples can choose to host their destination wedding at the luxurious Beaches Resorts; Iberostar Rose Hall Suites, RIU Resorts, Grand Palladiums to name a few. And for those couples, looking for small boutique type resorts, Jamaica offers villas on the beach and the cliff with tantalizing views of the turquoise Caribbean sea. Contact Exquisite Vacations Inc to reserve your honeymoon or plan a destination wedding to the island of Jamaica!

 

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Hawaii Destination Wedding

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Hawaii Destination Wedding

As the ceremony progresses, the bride and groom exchange leis as a symbol of their eternal love. Traditionally, this act is followed by the bride and groom’s parents presenting leis to the happy couple and the bride and groom responding in kind by presenting leis to their soon-to-be in-laws. As the Hawaiian wedding song (Ke Kali Nei Au – “Waiting for Thee”) is strummed out on the ukulele (and interpreted by hula dancers!), the kahu leads the couple in their wedding vows.

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Before the exchanging of rings, the kahu dips a koa wooden bowl into the sea (koa wood, native to Hawaii, represents strength), and a ti leaf, which represents prosperity and health, is dipped into the water and sprinkled over the rings three times as the kahu recites a traditional chant. Once rings have been exchanged and vows said, a lava rock, symbolic of the moment you made a commitment to one another, is wrapped in a ti leaf and left at the ceremony site as an offering to commemorate your union.

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Six spectacularly beautiful islands: Maui, Oahu, Big Island, Kauai, Molokai, and Lana’i, each offer breathtaking scenery, gorgeous white beaches, (near) perfect weather, and each showcase their own individual uniqueness that sets them apart from the next! Couples looking for a privacy and seclusion should look into Lana’i, while couple who need a nightly party scene should scope out Oahu! Need adventure in your life? Head straight to Kauai!

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To apply to wed on any island in Hawaii, you’ll need the following:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Proof of age (certified copy of birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license)
  • Divorce decree or spouse’s death certificate (if previously married)
  • Arrange for a licensed minister (this information is required on the marriage license application); for a list of licensed officiants, call the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau at: 808-924-0266.

The following will need to be done in person:

  • Bride and groom must appear together before a marriage license agent in Hawaii to apply for a marriage license
  • Provide the above listed proof of age documentation
  • Provide a complete marriage application (downloadable online)
  • Pay the $60 marriage license fee in cash at the time of the application

Once your application is approved, a marriage license will be issued on the spot! This license is valid for 30 days (including the day of issuance) and is good throughout the state of Hawaii – but only in Hawaii.

Mexico Destination Weddings

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Mexico Destination Weddings

For more information about planning a Mexico destination wedding, read on at Visit Mexico!

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Above Photo Credit to Delsol Photography

On the renowned Maroma beach in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, El Dorado Maroma, a beachfront resort by Karisma, provides a secluded, enchanting setting for those looking to escape. Amidst the gorgeous Caribbean surroundings, this intimate resort with just 74 suites, is perfect for romantic getaways, destination weddings, and sensational honeymoons.

Whether you plan for an beautiful outdoor wedding or an intimate wedding in our beachfront chapel, El Dorado Maroma can cater to all of your needs!

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Above Photo Credit to Eldorado Spa Resorts

Just minutes from Playa del Carmen and the distinctive outdoor Playacar del Carmen restaurants, authentic Mexican shops, bars, and nightclubs of the Fifth Avenue is Playacar Palace. This intimate and luxurious ‘palace’ is an all-inclusive Playa del Carmen resort sitting on the white sand beach of the Caribbean Sea!

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Above Photo Credit to Palace Resorts

Set on a flawlessly white beach in the sleepy coastal town of Puerto Morelos, the Ceiba del Mar looks like something out of a dream! Close enough to Cancun to enjoy the city’s shopping, dining, and partying opportunities, Puerto Morelos is also isolated enough to create the perfect tropical castaway feel for your dream honeymoon or destination wedding.

Hosting 49 suites, 32 deluxe rooms, and 7 penthouses to choose from -all with stunning views- Ceiba del Mar can create exactly the type of experience you are looking for!

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Above Photo Credit to Riviera Maya Hotels

Beautiful destination wedding inspiration via gorgeous wedding photos in Mexico.

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Above Photo Credit to Mikhail Glabets

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Above Photo Credit to Mike Larson

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Above Photo Credit to Serendipity Photography

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Above Photo Credit to Kevin Weinstein

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Above Photo Credit to Jessica Claire

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Above Aperture Photographics

Destination Wedding Checklist 2016

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Destination Wedding Checklist 2016

Well brides, that’s the sound my brain makes when I think of holding a destination wedding. Informally elegant, weddings held in far-off countries have a delicious sense of excitement and mystery. Not an easy option for last-minute brides, this is something you’ll need at least a year to pull together.

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Twelve – Eighteen Months Before

  • Consider your wedding wants and needs while setting your budget. Are you looking to hold an intimate beach wedding with family and your closest friends or an over the top event at a 5-star resort with 400+ guests?
  • Now that you have your budget, set a date and pick an island! Once you have a location in sight, start looking at and calling through wedding sites and reception locations – keeping in mind the number of guests and level of formality – and find a hotel or resort nearby that offers everything you and your guests need. For local ideas, look into subscribing to a RSS feed or magazine that could help narrow decisions.
  • Using a wedding planner or travel agent? (Trust me, you’ll end up wishing you did…) This is the time to get in contact! Call through several to make sure your budget and styles mesh, this person is about to become your best friend and mentor. If you choose to hold your event at a high-scale resort, they often have wedding coordinators on staff.
  • Begin looking into marriage license requirements; this isn’t an area where you want any last-minute surprises! Contact the local city hall and get permission to be married in the location of your choosing. Some countries require blood tests, immunization certificates, or a doctor’s certificate in order for you to legally marry; find out as much as possible in advance so you have time to prepare. There may also be unexpected requirements, such as a specific waiting period, an established residency, or a certain number of witnesses. For more information concerning holding your wedding in another country, visit the US State Department at www.state.gov
  • Holding a Catholic ceremony? Talk with your local parish priest to get the paperwork started now…this can be quite the lengthy process.
  • Got your guest list? It’s time to send out your STD’s!
  • Start looking for your wedding dress and wedding party attire; consider dress length if holding an outdoor ceremony.
  • Reserve tents, tables, and chairs for an outdoor ceremony, but take note that you will not be able to secure an awning for a beach wedding without some type of flooring.
  • Honeymooning on another island? Lucky girl! Be sure to make flight, boat, or car rental reservations now along with your hotel or resort stay.

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Eight – Twelve Months Before

  • Finalize all flight information and tickets; if working with a travel agent, ask that they  make arrangements for all guests and keep you informed along the way.
  • Begin the search for A+ vendors. For a traditional wedding, you will need a florist, musicians, photographer, videographer, baker, caterer, and officiant. Look for a traveling hairstylist and makeup artist who can come to you, and be sure to let your baker know if yours will be an outdoor wedding or not, as there are various types of frosting that don’t stand up to heat and humidity well. Arrange for signed contracts to be sent to you from all vendors.
  • Finalize your ceremony and reception details, and -if you haven’t already- wrap up the search for your gown, bridesmaid dresses, and groomsmen attire!
  • Place your order for wedding invitations.
  • Go wedding ring shopping! You can purchase rings locally, or for a special touch, have rings made in your destination country.
  • Create a wedding website to share updates and travel information and register traditionally or for a honeymoon gift registry.

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Four – Eight Months Before

  • Got your wedding invitations in? Mail those puppies out with a RSVP!
  • Writing your own vows? Start now so you have plenty of time to find the perfect words to express your heart. Check with your officiant before you begin, though; while most allow personal vows, there are some who do not.
  • Oh, wedding shoes…after the dress, is there anything more fun to shop for? Take time with your bridesmaids to shop for shoes and other accessories.
  • Triple-check that your wedding party and other important guests have all travel arrangements completed.
  • Start jotting down ideas for activities pre/post wedding for your guests to enjoy. Consider cost and activity levels, or for added input, post as a question on your wedding website and let your guests chime in!

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One – Four Month Before

  • Order bridesmaid gifts, gifts for your groom, and wedding favors. Giving out welcome bags to your guests? Start planning now! Water, sunscreen, snacks, detailed itineraries, and paper fans with your wedding program printed on the back, all make the list of adorable inserts for bags! Remember – everything can be personalized if you plan and order in advance!
  • Decided on activities? Make any reservations necessary.
  • If needed, make reservations for travel accommodations to and from the airport and wedding.

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Two Weeks – One Month Before

  • Confirm all details with vendors and place contracts in a 3-ring binder to bring with you.
  • Assemble wedding favors and welcome bags; purchase items there as needed.
  • Call ahead to arrange with the airline for your dress and tux to travel with you. A little bit of sweet talking and you may be able to hang them in a locker in the front cabin!
  • Stock up your Kindle or buy any travel books you’d like to go over while in the air.
  • Buy an extra memory card or two for your camera; extra batteries are a given, yes?

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You’ve Arrived!

  • Take a deep breath, enjoy the sites, and giggle over the fact that you’re about to walk down the aisle!
  • Apply for your marriage license and meet with your wedding planner, officiant, and any other vendor who want or need your input before the big day.
  • Scope  out your wedding location – this is the time to make sure everything is to your liking. Good to go? Give the address and directions to your wedding party and guests so everyone knows how to get there!
  • Distribute welcome bags to guest rooms. Are you excited yet?

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Your Wedding Day

  • Relax and enjoy your day with those you love. Take a moment to grin ear-to-ear over your newly attained title!

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You’re Home

  • Hold a  reception to celebrate with friends and family who weren’t able to make it to your ceremony.

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Don’t leave home without…

  • Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!
  • Rings, if not made and purchased in your destination country
  • Seating cards and table numbers for the reception
  • Jewelry for you and your bridesmaids
  • A copy of your wedding vows, if personal
  • Any make-up, nail polish, or shampoo, that you can’t imagine living without
  • Daily medication or vitamins
  • 3-ring binder of contracts and phone numbers of your vendors
  • List of hotel addresses and phone numbers that your guests are staying at – if not all at the same place
  • Presents for your wedding party