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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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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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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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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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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.

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6 Advantages Of Destination Weddings Part 2

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There are a lot of decisions that go into planning a wedding, one of the most important being which venue to choose. It can be frustrating trying to find the perfect place that matches your style as a couple, has openings on your day, and is affordable. Why not take the location out of the equation and replace it with a destination? There are many advantages to having a destination wedding over a traditional one.

Benefits of a destination wedding:

Less Stress

Whether you’re working with a professional wedding planner or coordinating with resorts, your destination wedding will be fairly low-stress. With planners taking care of logistics, and many of the most important pieces of the puzzle provided by resorts these days, all you’ll have to do is enjoy your vacation.

Reunion Opportunities

Unlike traditional weddings, destination weddings often last a few days, so they are more like vacations than marriage events. You’ll get plenty of down time to spend with your guests, catch up with old friends, and reconnect with distant family.

Honeymoon Readiness

One of the biggest budget-busting items on any wedding checklist is the honeymoon, and it is often put off because of financial constraints. If you and your fiance opt for a destination wedding, you’ll be able to enjoy your honeymoon immediately without having to get on another plane.  

Want to read about even more benefits of destination weddings? See part one on this topic. To begin planning your destination wedding, contact Absolute Wedsite. Our wedding specialists are lovers of travel and would be delighted to help you plan the perfect wedding.

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6 Advantages Of Destination Weddings Part 1

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When deciding where to have their weddings, many couples look at local venues such as churches, parks, private homes, or hotel ballrooms, but these are not your only options. If you and your fiance are trying to choose the best wedding location, why not consider a destination instead? Destination weddings can often seem like complicated events to plan, but they are actually quite simple, cost-effective, and a truly memorable way to spend your special day.

Let’s look at some of the benefits of a destination wedding:

Cost-Effectiveness

Weddings are expensive. By the time you pay for the venue, the dress, flowers and other decorations, catering, etc., your budget may tell you that a honeymoon is simply not an option. With the average Canadian wedding topping $30,000, destination weddings are comparatively affordable. Run the numbers with an Absolute Wedsite wedding planner to find out what your best options are.  

Guest Limit

One of the biggest dilemmas couples face while planning their weddings is deciding who to invite. Destination weddings are typically much smaller with a limited number of guests. Your destination wedding could include only a handful of your closest family and friends.

Casual Event

Having a destination wedding means you get to have a wedding that is as formal or as casual as you want. After all, all your beach wedding needs is a small cluster of chairs and someone to officiate.

For more advantages of destination weddings, see part two on this topic. If you think a destination wedding might be perfect for your big day, get in touch with the wedding specialists at Absolute Wedsite by contacting us online. We’ve helped thousands of clients plan beautiful, on-budget destination weddings.

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