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4 Destination Wedding Tips You Haven’t Heard Before

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Planning a destination, as we are sure you have already discovered, is a lot of work. Not only do you have to do every bit of the planning that you would have to do had you decided to have your wedding in the town or city in which you live, but you also have to do all of this planning completely blind. Being unable to see the venue, the food, the flowers and more that you will be using on your big day is stressful. We’re sure you are also terrified that you are forgetting at least one small thing. To help alleviate some of your anxiety, we have made a list of some of the less asked questions we get from engaged couples regarding planning their destination wedding. Perhaps if you’ve forgotten to think about any of the following things, you can add them to your list now.

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Having a sunset wedding

Many people plan to have their ceremonies at sunset without thinking about how this will effect the photos they are able to take after the wedding. If you have your ceremony right when the sun is going down, it will be dark by the time you and your new spouse are ready to take photos. This means that the rest of the photos taken in the night will be in the dark, which isn’t something that appeals to many people. With this said, we would suggest having the ceremony early enough so that you can have at least one hour of sunlight left in which you can take photos after you are officially wed.

Save-the-date and invitation sending

While you may have already picked out the perfect save-the-dates and invitations, you may not have thought about the different timing that is required with sending them since your wedding will be out of the country. While local wedding save-the-dates can go out as late as six months before the wedding, with a destination wedding, it is imperative that you give you guests at least nine months to plan their trip to your wedding, although we really encourage that you give them a year for best results.

Destination Wedding Guests

Many people worry that no guests will show up for their destination wedding. If you have friends who like to travel, there may be a good chance they will show up regardless of where your wedding is happening. On the other hand, if you are worried about the turnout, you may want to have your ceremony in an area that will be easier for people to afford and get to.

Getting married at an all-inclusive resort

We also are asked a lot if an all-inclusive resort is a good place to have the wedding and reception. The answer is, there are pros and cons, just like with any venue. An all-inclusive resort is nice because it gives the guests things to do during the days leading up to the wedding. On the other hand, if guests don’t stay at the resort, this can be a hassle. Guests will have to acquire day passes to even come to your ceremony and may feel left out of the fun.

 

 

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Should We Write Our Own Vows?

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Whether you’ll be marrying your fiance at a traditional church wedding in your hometown or you are planning a destination wedding in the Caribbean, you and your fiance will need to decide if you’ll be writing your own vows or opting for the traditional script. Some couples automatically know that they want to go one direction or the other, but for most, this decision is not an easy one to make. See below for some of the pros and cons of writing one’s own vows as well as some tips just in case you decide to do so.

wedding ringsPros of Writing Your Own Vows

  • Use personalized and modern language instead of the “cookie cutter” script.
  • Writing your own vows together can spur truly open conversations.
  • Your guests will be engaged with something new to hear.
  • Your fiance will remember your heartfelt words.

Cons of Writing Your Own Vows

  • Many religious figures (priests, rabbis, and other clergy) require approval.
  • Some feel non-traditional vows don’t properly present the holy covenant.
  • You’re more likely to mess up or forget what you were going to say.
  • You may offend traditionally-minded family or guests.

These are just a few of the pros and cons of writing your own vows. Ultimately, you and your fiance will have to decide yourselves whether or not getting creative with your vows is the right thing for your marriage. If you decide that writing your own vows is perfect for the two of you, keep the following tips in mind.

Four Tips For Writing Your Own Vows

Communicate

Many couples write their own vows but keep them from one another until the ceremony. While we agree that leaving the exact words a surprise is a great way to go, we also recommend agreeing on a few things first, such as length and tone. It may be a strange ceremony if your vows include two short and silly sentences while your fiance wrote a novel-length profession of undying love.

Be Sincere

We don’t mean sincere as in telling the truth (which should be obvious); we mean sincere as in not trying to be someone you’re not. So, if you’re not the type of person who uses words like “cognizant” in daily conversation, then don’t use them in your vows.

Be Serious

It may be tempting to include every inside joke the two of you share in your vows, but remember that you’re not writing a blog or even a letter. You’re writing your vows, which means you need to include at least a few actual vows in there; these are the promises you vow to keep during your lives together and are the most important part of what you’ll say.

Memorize & Practice

You don’t want to read your vows to a notecard; you want to be able to look your fiance in the eyes, so memorize your speech (however, backup notecards are always okay). It’s also a good idea to practice aloud, even if there’s nobody listening. Trust us, this will help with the nerves.

We hope your big day is everything you dream of! If you’re considering a destination wedding, contact Absolute Wedsite today. We specialize in destination weddings.

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Why Destination Weddings Are Not Selfish

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As destination weddings become increasingly popular, we must continue to battle the nay-sayers, in this case those who claim the decision to have a destination wedding is selfish. Obviously, our destination wedding planners couldn’t disagree more with this idea, but let’s explore this. How can destination weddings be considered selfish, and how much consideration should you really be putting into these types of things?

Destination Weddings Are Selfish?

If you’ve considered a destination wedding, you may have encountered someone already who has questioned your decision, claiming that you are being selfish. From a guest’s perspective, it could seem inconvenient, expensive, or otherwise impertinent to his or her current lifestyle to visit the Caribbean for a weekend in order to attend a wedding. Traveling outside of the country, especially if you don’t yet have a passport, can seem like a daunting undertaking instead of an opportunity for adventure. So, yeah, we understand how destination weddings can be perceived as selfish, but we respectfully and vehemently disagree.

It’s Your Wedding

Some of your invited guests, maybe even members of your family or your closest friends, may find your decision to have a destination wedding to be selfish, but it’s not your brother’s wedding, and it’s not your college roommate’s wedding either. It’s your wedding! If you’ve always dreamed of a gorgeous barefooted ceremony on a sunset-lit beach, then that’s exactly what you should get. It’s important to protect your vision and to not let others influence you. The last thing you want is to be walking down a church aisle in Toronto while your head is stuck in sunny St. Lucia.

Guests Are Invited

We’ve already considered the destination wedding from the guest’s perspective, and it can become easy to slip into it, planning everything just to please instead of planning your wedding the way you want it, but remember this. You and your fiance are the two most important people of the day. Your guests have simply been invited to join in celebrating the two of you. Note that word, “invited.” You’re not forcing anyone to join you halfway around the world. Some of your guests will choose to attend, and some won’t, just as with any other wedding.

Finding A Balance

Ultimately, we can’t know your wedding priorities, and deciding to have a destination wedding may or may not fit within them. Ask yourself these questions, and decide what’s more important for you and your fiance. What backdrop do you imagine for you wedding? Do you dream of a gorgeous destination wedding? Will your friends and family be excited about traveling or nervous? Are you willing to sacrifice this location to ensure a majority of guests can attend, or would you rather have a smaller wedding in the location of your choice? Establish what’s most important for you both before making your decision.

We hope this post has helped you understand why destination weddings are not selfish. If you’d like to begin planning your destination wedding, contact our wedding planners at Destination Wedsite today.

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Is a Honeymoon Registry Tasteful?

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Let’s talk about the classic wedding gift registry. Traditionally, the couple getting married registers for certain items at a store they both like in order to fill their new household with all of their houseware necessities. Their guests, then, choose their gifts off of the registry list, presenting the couple with pots and pans, cookware, fine serveware, bedding, bath towels, etc. This system works great for couples who will be moving in together for the first time following the marriage.

But what about other couples? These days, it is much more common to see couples getting married who have lived together for months or even years. These couples have already filled their homes with basic living necessities, and they may not have need for a typical wedding registry. If you are one of these couples, why not try a honeymoon registry instead to help pay for those expensive honeymoon packages?

What is a honeymoon registry?

couple buying onlineThe typical honeymoon registry is an online service that allows your guests to contribute a desired dollar amount to your honeymoon fund rather than purchase gifts off of a gift registry. This simplifies the entire process for your guests and helps you finance your honeymoon. It’s a win, win for everyone!

Aren’t honeymoon registries in poor taste?

When first introduced as a service, honeymoon registries were considered by some to be in poor taste, however many others disagree with this. Your wedding is about you and your spouse, and so is the gift registry. Your guests just want to contribute to your future happiness; they won’t care how you prefer they do that. If you think some of your guests might prefer to get you a traditional gift, you can always do more than one registry! After all, there’s nothing wrong with giving your guests more options for showering you with gifts.

Are ready to start planning your honeymoon? We offer honeymoon packages tailored to your desires and budget. Contact Absolute Wedsite now.

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5 Unique Destination Wedding Ceremony Venues

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If you and your spouse have decided to have a destination wedding, you’ve opened yourselves up to nearly endless ceremony venue options. While a beach wedding, a cruise ship wedding, or a wedding at your chosen resort is bound to be beautiful, why not consider some less traditional locations for a truly unique and special ceremony? Keep reading for a few ideas, and feel free to contact an Absolute Wedsite wedding planner to discuss some of your own!  

5 Unique Destinatination Wedding Ceremony Venues

A Cave

If you want to get married in a unique, naturally gorgeous place, there are cave locations across the world that welcome wedding ceremonies. The limited lighting, beautiful rock formations, and intimate setting of a cave creates a cozy and romantic ambiance. Depending on the size of the cave and the location’s own capacity limitations, your cave ceremony will likely only include your closest family and friends.

A Boat

Do you and your spouse to be both love to be out on the ocean or other large bodies of water? We briefly mentioned cruise weddings above, but getting married on the water doesn’t have to mean getting married at sea. A small ceremony on a sailboat or a larger ceremony on a luxury yacht can both provide your big day with spectacular views and an a unique, unforgettable experience.

A Castle

Many women have dreamed of their wedding days since they were little girls. If you’re one of them, what does your dream wedding look like? Is it extravagant, royal even? A castle wedding could be the perfect unique wedding venue for you. These spectacular, historical venues can provide you with an incredible and romantic wedding that at once tips a hat to the past while joining you with your spouse for the future.  

A Lighthouse

Get the ocean views you’re after with the added beauty of a lighthouse for a truly unique and beautiful wedding ceremony. There is simply something undeniably romantic about getting married with a lighthouse standing tall at your back, it’s light keeping the vessels out at sea safe and on course.

Hot-Air Balloon

Have you ever been up in a hot-air balloon and looked down? The world looks surreal; you can see entire shadows cast by the clouds, and the cars look like toys you could pluck up from the ground if only you could reach. What better place is there to join yourself to your spouse to be than up in the sky, distanced and disconnected from the distractions below?  

Are you ready to start planning your destination wedding? Contact us online.

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Do Brides Have to Wear White?

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Where Does The White Dress Tradition Come From?

Most believe that the white dress tradition began as a way to symbolize the purity of the bride, but this explanation wasn’t attributed to the white dress tradition until it really became popular. So, how was this tradition introduced? By royalty, of course. Prior to Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert in 1840, white wedding dresses were worn mostly by peasants, whose finest gowns were white because that was the fashion of the day. More extravagant weddings, such as wealthy and royal weddings, often saw more ornate gowns.

Queen Victoria broke royal tradition when she decided to get married in a more simple, white lace gown, and the white wedding dress tradition was officially born. Almost 10 years later, a popular publication declared that the white bride’s dress signified her purity and innocence.   

So, Do Brides Have to Wear White?

If you’ve grown up dreaming of a white ball gown constructed mostly of tulle, then that is what you should get married in. That being said, many modern women are choosing less traditional colors and styles for their wedding dresses, especially for destination weddings where large ball gowns are impractical, so don’t be afraid to broaden your search. Gold, pink, lilac, and baby blue have all become more common wedding dress colors in recent years. Want to get married in ruby red? Do it. It’s your day.

If you need an excuse to go with a less traditional dress, why not have a destination wedding? At Absolute Wedsite, we offer free consultations to review all of your options. Don’t hesitate to call or get in touch with us online.

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Honeymoon Fashion For Men

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While your new spouse or spouse-to-be is busy packing for the honeymoon, don’t be that guy who just packs five T-shirts and a few pairs of shorts. Fashion and comfort don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and it’s easier than you think to have a fashionable honeymoon. If you’ll be honeymooning in a tropical or otherwise warm climate, keep reading for some ideas of what to wear and pack.

3 Honeymoon Looks For Men

The Airport Blazer

You may have already vetoed your favourite blazer because it simply doesn’t fit in your luggage or because packing a blazer means it probably won’t be wearable when you arrive anyway. Why not wear it to the airport? This will save you the hassle of figuring out how else to bring it along, and it will ensure a stylish travel ensemble.

The Button-Up

The button-up shirt can be found in almost any man’s closet, and it makes the perfect addition to your honeymoon wardrobe. Bring a white button-up for the versatility, and keep any other color choices light and bright to stay cool. Dress the shirt down for a casual lunch, or dress it up for your fancy dinner reservation.

Roaming Wear

If your honeymoon destination will require any significant amount of walking, be sure to bring comfy and stylish roaming wear. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as are breathable shirts and comfortable shorts. When it comes to choosing a pair of jeans, choose jeans that are solid and strong but that also fit your well and can be worn both casually or formally.

We hope these tips make packing for your honeymoon a little bit simpler. If you need more help with planning your honeymoon, please don’t hesitate to contact Absolute Wedsite. We offer free consultations, during which we’ll show you all of the honeymoon packages available to you.

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Honeymoon Fashion For Women

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You have a lot to think about when it comes to packing for your honeymoon, but one of the first things you’ll probably do is decide what you’re going to wear. If you’re going to a tropical or otherwise warm climate, keep reading for some fashionable looks that will lend both style and comfort to your romantic getaway.

3 Honeymoon Looks For Women

The Maxi Dress

A summer favourite for many women, the maxi dress is the perfect balance of comfy and cute. You can wear this long, stylish garment over your swimsuit for a trip to the beach, pair it with comfortable, strappy sandals for a day of shopping, or dress it up with some heels and simple accessories for a semi-formal dinner. Think you’re too short for a maxi dress? Try a form-fitting tank maxi with small stripes.  

The “Modest” Robe

Let’s be honest: you’ll be spending plenty of your time wearing minimal clothing during your honeymoon. Keep it modestly sexy with a short, silk or lace robe. This look is perfect for hanging out around your room or sitting on your balcony for morning coffee. We think your new spouse will like it, too.

Roaming Wear

Depending on your plans and destination, your honeymoon may involve quite a bit of walking around. Be sure to bring comfortable clothes and shoes to roam in, such as comfy sandals or sneakers, breathable tops, and a pair of stretchy jeans. Other comfortable, fashionable options include long, loose skirts, cute sundresses, and shorts.

Are you fashion ready for your honeymoon? What about budget ready? If you need help planning your dream honeymoon, schedule a free consultation with Absolute Wedsite. We’re travel experts with all of the connections and honeymoon packages you need for a beautiful, affordable honeymoon.

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Busting Myths About Wedding Planners

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In our last two blogs, we took the time to explain some misconceptions regarding destination weddings. So long as we’ve got this momentum for busting myths, let’s look at some myths about wedding planners that may be stopping you from seeking help with your wedding planning endeavors.

3 Myths About Wedding Planners

They Only Work With Massive Budgets

When we see couples in the movies hire wedding planners, their weddings are always so spectacular and extravagant, and the people paying for these weddings typically have pockets deeper than Mount Everest is tall. Whether this myth came from the movies or is the result of something else, having a modest budget doesn’t mean a wedding planner is out of the question. Many wedding planners will work with a variety of budgets.

They Will Force Their Ideas On Me

Every bride’s wedding planner nightmare goes something like this: nothing is the way I wanted it to be! Don’t worry. Working with the right wedding planner will mean being involved in the entire process as much or as little as you please. At Absolute Wedsite, our destination wedding planners will share your passion for your dream wedding and your dream destination. We can’t wait to hear all about your vision!

My Venue’s Event Manager is the Same Thing

Some couples assume that since they have the venue’s event manager, they do not need to hire a wedding planner, but these two are really not the same thing. The event manager will manage the venue’s operations, make sure everything is setup properly, and see that the food is served, but he or she may disappear if needed elsewhere. Your wedding planner is there for your you, not for the venue.

Do you need help planning a destination wedding? Contact Absolute Wedsite today.

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Busting Destination Wedding Myths Part 2

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Are you and your spouse-to-be deciding on what type of wedding you’d both like to have? Are you considering a traditional wedding in your hometown, or is adventure calling you to one of the gorgeous destinations around the world? Many couples forgo the latter because they believe one or more of the common myths surrounding this fantastic marriage option. See part one on this topic to learn why destination weddings are not too impersonal, difficult, or expensive, and keep reading to learn about three more myths.

3 More Common Destination Wedding Myths

It’s Too Legally Demanding

The process for ensuring a legal destination marriage may be a bit different than it is with a traditional wedding, but it is really no more complicated, especially if you have a professional on your side. You can take advantage of a destination wedding planner’s expertise for a truly simply process. Even if you’re planning your destination wedding by yourself, many hotels and resorts can help with the marriage license process.   

None of Our Guests Will Come

On the contrary, we can’t think of anything better than an excuse to take a vacation, and many of your invited guests will feel the same way. Besides, those people who you consider to be the most important attendees will likely be the first guests to RSVP and purchase plane tickets.   

We Can’t Invite Everyone

Depending on how large your network of friends and family is, you may not have been able to invite everyone to a traditional wedding, let alone to your destination. On the other hand, there is no rule saying there is a maximum guest limit at a destination wedding. If your resort/location is large enough, you can invite as many guests as you like.

Feeling better about the prospect of a destination wedding yet? Contact Absolute Wedsite for a free initial consultation.

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