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Should You Choose A Destination Wedding?

Every year it seems more and more couples are opting to get married abroad, and apparently the trend is expected to continue growing. So what are the advantages to having a destination wedding? Are there any disadvantages? And more importantly, would a destination wedding be right for you?

Location

Well, one of the advantages must surely be the location. Imagine exchanging your vows on a paradise island, soft white sandy beaches, palm trees, lush green surroundings, breathtaking sunsets, and the beautiful turquoise sea.

Just perfect if all you want is a small intimate wedding, with maybe just a couple of your closest friends and relations. And, don’t forget, as soon as your wedding is over you start your honeymoon. No travelling – you are already there.

On the other hand, having your wedding a long way from home might not go down too well with some friends and family members, especially when they realise they won’t be attending your wedding.

So tell them they are all invited to a big reception when you get home, and leave it at that. After all, it’s your wedding, not theirs.

The Weather

Everyone wants the sun to shine on their wedding day. And the weather can make or break your wedding day. Here in the UK for instance, this summer has been quite gloomy and very wet, with just a mere handful of hot, sunny days.

Compare that, with say an island in the Mediterranean such as Cyprus. With their 326 days of sunshine each year, you would be almost guaranteed perfect weather on your wedding day.

Planning Your Wedding

Planning a wedding can be very stressful, and very time consuming. Most people have full time jobs – some have homes to run and families to care for. So it can difficult to find the time to search out venues, and interview vendors, photographers, caterers, and DJs. And then decide who should be included on the guest list, send out invitations, and organise the dreaded seating plan.

But marrying abroad can take all that stress away from you. Most of the resorts and luxury hotels have on-site coordinators, who will plan your wedding day according to your instructions. The internet makes it very easy to keep in touch and follow the planning every step of the way.

There are different packages available to suit all budgets. Basic packages usually offer the services of an officiant, your flowers, including bridal bouquet and groom’s buttonhole, a wedding cake etc. And your coordinator will normally organize all the legal stuff and any extras that you may want to include.

The Costs

The average cost of a traditional wedding is now around £20,000, so how does that compare with a beach wedding on a tropical island?

Of course, as well as the cost of a fully inclusive wedding package, you need to factor in the price of your airline tickets and the party you throw when you return home, to be able to come up with a final total.

But I wouldn’t mind betting that after taking all this into consideration, your destination wedding will cost only a fraction of the price of a traditional wedding.

If you would like to find out more about destination weddings, there are several useful websites you could look up. One that I think is particularly useful is ‘perfectweddingsabroad.co.uk’.

So till next time
Take care

Jennifer.

Wedding Dress Trends For 2013/14

Lots of couples will be planning to marry in 2013/14. And if you and your husband-to-be are one of these couples, then you couldn’t have picked a more exciting time to be looking forward to a wedding. Your wedding planning is going to be great fun.

These days, not every couple wants the traditional, more formal ‘white wedding’. Today’s bride and groom want their wedding to reflect their personality – and be romantic, unique, and most of all fun. So I’ve been finding out what the upcoming wedding dress trends are, and believe me, they are very exciting. It seems like colour is the way to go.

But actually, there are no rules when it comes to choosing the dress you will wear on your wedding day. You are the bride – this is your day, and you only get one chance to wear a wedding dress. So how do you choose?

All About Colour

Bold colour is a trend that many think is going to be around for quite a while. Designer Vera Wang recently launched her new collection of wedding gowns, announcing that colour is the new trend for the coming seasons.

The gowns in this collection are bold, and she has chosen red and burgundy as two of the new colours.  And although the designs are soft and feminine and the dresses are absolutely gorgeous, they may not be for the faint hearted.

Vintage Style

The vintage style wedding dress has been around for a few years now, and it certainly doesn’t look as though it’s going anywhere any time soon. Of course many of today’s brides continue to be inspired by the elegance of women like Grace Kelly, Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn. And more recently, Kate Middleton, who also chose to wear a vintage style dress for her wedding to Prince William.

Pastel Shades

A wedding dress in a soft pastel shade is always a popular choice for the modern bride who doesn’t necessarily want to wear white. Delicate pastel shades like ivory, champagne, peach and soft grey will always look romantic.

Dressing your bridesmaids in a pastel shade is another way to bring soft colour into your wedding, and this colour could be used as the theme for your wedding.

All these soft colours are especially perfect for a Spring wedding, and work well with the flowers of the season.

What Lengths Will You Go To?

This is yet another decision to make when you are searching for you perfect wedding dress. Most brides who are planning a traditional wedding choose a long gown, often with a veil and a train. But if you are one of the growing number of brides having a destination wedding, and your ceremony will be on a beach, then you might consider a tea-length, or even a mini length dress.

If the weather is hot on your wedding day it could be very uncomfortable spending hours and hours trussed up in a long flowing gown.

And if you have been blessed with a great pair of legs, get that faux tan out, and splash out on some gorgeous shoes. You only live once – so they say! Or maybe that should be, you only get married once (hopefully).

Make Your Own Designer Dress

It’s easy to make your wedding dress your own by adding embellishments with pearls and beads, and swarovski crystals. Flowers and embroidery are also great ways to embellish your dress.

Adding your own finishing touches to the bodice or the hem of your dress, or even wearing a sparkly brooch or corsage at the hip will make it totally unique – in fact you will be creating your own designer wedding dress.

If you don’t feel comfortable working on your gown, most bridal stores will be able to do this for you. Or they can usually recommend a professional dressmaker who can advise and carry out this work.

How A Vintage-Themed Wedding Can Save You A Fortune

Every bride wants her wedding day to be the one she has dreamed about since she was a little girl. But when you see that the average wedding in the US costs a whopping $30,000, you could be forgiven for thinking a dream wedding is going to be almost impossible to achieve.

But not so – with some careful planning and some clever shopping you can have a dream wedding at a fraction of the price. And one of the easiest ways to cut the cost of a wedding is to have a vintage theme. Not only will this save you loads of money, but it will make your wedding unique, romantic and above all a celebration everyone will enjoy and remember for a long time to come.

So let’s start by looking at what will probably be your most expensive purchase – your wedding dress.

Where Can You find Your Perfect Wedding Gown?

There are several ways you can search for a vintage wedding gown and save money.

I imagine lots of our mothers and grandmothers still have their wedding dresses in storage, so ask around all your friends, relations, and work colleagues, and you never know, you just might be lucky enough to find someone who will be able to lend you a real authentic vintage wedding dress, complete with veil. As an added bonus, this could be your ‘something borrowed’.

If this plan doesn’t work, then you could look on the Ebay auction site where there are always bargains to be found. Or you can hunt around the vintage clothes shops, markets, garage sales and thrift shops.

Many of today’s designers are producing replicas of dresses from previous decades, and a lot of the samples finish up at bridal fairs, which means they can often be purchased at a greatly reduced price.

Oxfam in the UK now have several bridal shops selling wedding dresses which have been donated. Some are previously owned, but many are new, having been donated by designers and boutiques who need to make room for new designs.

These shops are run by fully trained staff who are always on hand to help you, and of course, if you purchase a gown from Oxfam, you are helping a worthwhile charity.

Watch Those Pennies!

Here in the UK we have a very old saying – ‘Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves’. Well I suppose talking about pennies might be a bit old fashioned these days, but the principle remains the same. You will be surprised at just how much we all spend on the little things, and how it all mounts up.

Take wedding magazines for instance.

I know only too well how tempting it is buy these magazines, especially when you are planning your wedding. Everywhere you shop you come face to face with racks of glossy mags with a beautiful bride on every cover, and you just have to have them.

But nice as they might be, a lot of their content is just advertisements for top designer dresses, and luxurious venues that only the rich and famous could afford to pay for.

Most of these magazines have websites. So by going online you can still browse the gorgeous dresses, shoes, and diamond encrusted jewels and read the interesting features and articles and it won’t cost you anything.

Have A Great Big Tea Party

Planning a vintage style wedding reception is great fun, and it’s another area of your wedding where you can make great savings. Hiring large halls or hotels can be very expensive. Besides which, you need to hold your reception in a venue that reflects the era – somewhere like a barn is perfect.

Or, if you are confident the weather will be kind to you on the day, then an open air reception in a landscaped garden or a park is ideal.

Involve all your friends and relations, and with their help do your own catering and turn your reception into a fantastic afternoon tea party!

Set the tables with pretty gingham clothes, and place candles ready to light for the evening. Hire vintage crockery –  tea cups, tea pots, milk jugs and sugar bowls and cake stands. Get everyone mucking in together making large platters of sandwiches, huge bowls of salads, big pots of tea and loads and loads of cakes! Serve it all up with jugs of Pimms.

In the evening, as dusk falls, light the candles to create a romantic atmosphere. Then get the hog roast going, serve with baked potatoes and enjoy dancing to the music of past decades.