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Busting Destination Wedding Myths Part 1

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Many couples fail to even consider having a destination wedding, usually because they already believe one or more of these common myths about getting married abroad. What about you? Have you put your dreams of a beautiful Mexico, Aruba, or Bora Bora wedding away because it simply seems too impersonal, too difficult, or too expensive? Read about the following myths about destination weddings, and see for yourself that your dream wedding may be just one international flight away.

3 Common Destination Wedding Myths

It’s Too Impersonal

Some couples assume that a destination wedding will not be as “special” or “personal” as a traditional wedding would be because some of the packages out there include “cookie cutter” ceremonies and a general lack of customization options. There’s not need to fear, though. If you decide to work with an Absolute Wedsite wedding planner, your big day will be filled with all of those personal touches you desire.

It’s Too Difficult to Plan

This myth is common, but it couldn’t be more false. Is a traditional wedding simpler to plan for than a vacation? With all of the packages available through a wide variety of destinations, couples are actually likely to find that their destination wedding was easier and more affordable to plan than a traditional home wedding would have been. Should you decide to work with a destination wedding planner, he or she will take care of everything for you.  

It’s Too Expensive

On the contrary, a destination wedding may be easier to keep within a particular budget than a traditional wedding because of the differences in planning requirements. Working within your budget means your destination wedding can be as simple or extravagant as you would like. It’s all up to you.

Learn about more myths about destination weddings in part two on this topic, and contact us to begin planning your destination wedding.

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Don’t Forget To Pack These Honeymoon Essentials

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How do you pack for long trips? Do you grab and stuff as you go, or do you take the time to write out a checklist to ensure that you don’t forget anything? However you’ll be packing for your destination honeymoon, there are certain things you’ll want to make sure to bring along.

Don’t Forget These Honeymoon Essentials

Required Entry Documents

Your honeymoon certainly won’t last very long if you forget to bring the documents that will allow you to enter the country you’re visiting. Triple check that you have your passport and other required documents before you leave. It’s also a good idea to make two photocopies of these and any other sensitive documents, credit cards, etc. you may be bringing with you. Bring one photocopy of each with you, and leave one at home.

Inexpensive Essentials

Your resort will likely have certain essentials for sale, but it will probably be much more cost-effective to purchase these types of items at home and bring them along. Items such as sunscreen, lip balm, aloe vera, pain killers, antacids, motion sickness medication, etc. tend to be much more expensive at destinations and resorts.

Bathroom/Hygiene Products

Like the inexpensive essentials discussed above, your basic bathroom and hygiene items will be cheaper to purchase at home, too. Opt for travel-sized toothpaste and deodorant, and don’t forget extra razors, contact lens solution, and your preferred shampoo/conditioner combo if you don’t like hotel hair products.

The wedding and honeymoon specialists at Absolute Wedsite hope that you have a beautiful, relaxing, and amazing trip. If you and your spouse or spouse-to-be have yet to decide on a plan of action for your honeymoon, schedule a free consultation with us, where we’ll show you the honeymoon packages available to you.

Destination weddings require passports.

Advice On Applying For A Canadian Passport

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If you and your spouse-to-be are planning a destination wedding, you’ll need to make sure you both have passports. Applying for your first Canadian passport can be a tricky process. Take the following advice into account to ensure smooth sailing all the way to your beautiful destination.

Tips For Applying For A Canadian Passport

Have The Proper Proof Of Citizenship

Applying for a passport requires some sort of proof of citizenship, typically a birth certificate. Prior to 2011, Passport Canada accepted hospital-issued certificates, which are usually not official documents. Nowadays, you’ll be required to provide one of the following:

  • A “birth certificate” issued by a territorial or provincial vital statistics agency.
  • A “certificate of birth” issued by a territorial or provincial vital statistics agency.
  • A “certificat de naissance” issued by a territorial or provincial vital statistics agency.
  • A “certificate of citizenship” issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Be Aware Of Processing Times

Don’t forget to take into consideration how long it will take to process your passport application. Processing times vary depending on how you submit your application and which service you requested. Applications submitted in person at a passport office in Canada can expect a processing time of around 10 business days (this does not include the time it takes to mail).

Protect Yourself From Fraud

Be aware of organizations requesting fees for support and faster processing times for the passport application process. Processing times cannot be affected by any third party, and the only people authorized to collect passport processing fees work within Passport service locations. If you have any questions regarding your passport, you can contact the Passport Program for free.

We hope the above information proves helpful while you prepare for your big day abroad. For help planning your ceremony, please contact our wedding specialists. Our passion is destination weddings.