• Planning

    Are Destination Weddings Too Much?

    In recent years, I’ve been invited to maybe a dozen destination weddings. These aren’t friends who live far away asking their guests to meet them in another city. These are friends who live nearby asking their guests (who mostly live nearby) to travel hundreds of miles to enjoy a wedding. Some of them want to get married in a gorge where they fell in love during a hiking trip. Some of them want everyone to fly to Hawaii so that they can leave the next morning for a honeymoon in the South Pacific. People, I love you, but you’re asking too much. Your wedding is one of the most important…

  • Planning

    National Park Weddings

    Welcome to our Friday series. Each month we bring you a multi-part blog series centered around one or two themes. This June our theme is “garden.” Summer is full of outdoor weddings and we’ll be keeping up to speed to the most popular garden wedding trends! Today we’re going to talk about tying the knot in nature’s garden in the form of national, state, and regional parks. So what is a national, state, or regional park? This is a piece of land that the government owns and maintains. It often contains gorgeous landscapes and low prices. Many offer recreational opportunities such as fishing, swimming, kayaking, and hiking, which is great…

  • Creativity

    Destination Wedding Dresses

    You and your fiancé have taken the plunge! You’re going to have a destination wedding and it’s going to be awesome. In this post, we’re not going to talk about planning. Instead, we’re focusing on the wedding dress (and by some extension bridesmaid dresses). Picking a Wedding Dress It’s important to take into account the weather conditions and services available at your wedding. Big ball gowns aren’t a good idea at back end, remote mountain locations. For weddings in a warm humid climate, it’s essential to choose fabrics that breathe well. If you’re tying the knot on a mountain side that requires some walking, a mermaid silhouette or a long…

  • Photography,  Planning

    Destination Wedding Photography

    If you’re having a destination wedding, there may be extra considerations that you need to take when hiring a wedding photographer. You can either hire a photographer and pay for his or her travel fees, or you can hire a local photographer. Both come with their own pros and cons. If you hire a wedding photographer and take him or her to the destination, you will be able to do a lot more in person communication beforehand. Perhaps he will shoot your engagement photos and get a feel of your personalities and character. If he has worked in the location before or does destination weddings frequently, he could provide the…

  • Planning

    5 Bargain Destinations

    What’s so great about bargain destinations? Not only are they less expensive, but they often have the bonus of being “hidden” gems! This means that they save bucks and you’ll avoid the crowds. Beach The beach is the most popular place to have a honeymoon and destination wedding. When you think of beaches, you imagine places like Hawaii, Florida, or California. However, these sweet spots have gorgeous views without becoming an “it” spot. Bandon, Oregon, United States Its coast has lovely rock formations that become breathtakingly gorgeous at sunset. The food is also impeccable due to its excellent local produce and ambitious chefs. There’s also a game park in the…

  • Planning

    Have Your Heard of Seychelles?

    The republic of Seychelles is an island nation made up of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Since the 1970s, its primarily sector has been tourism. French and English make up the main languages, as well as Seychellois Creole, so it’s fairly easy to navigate. In recent years, it’s been part of top travel spots and a beautiful place to have a destination wedding or honeymoon. What to do? In addition to luxurious hotels where you can sip champagne on the beach, Seychelles is also one of the big players in ecotourism. You’ll be able to see a variety of magnificent wildlife like giant tortoises in their natural habit. If…

  • Planning

    New Orleans

    Did you know that New Orleans is one of the best places to get married for music lovers? It has some of the best jazz clubs in the world, as well as an amazing atmosphere. The vibe of New Orleans is equal parts laid-back South hospitality, French sophistication, and the African-American energy to create something greater than the sum of its parts. It is the same city of Anne Rice’s vampires Lestat and Louis, the Disney Princess Tiana, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Along music, food, and alcohol, you’ll also find amazing venues in 18th & 19th century architecture. Famous festivals like Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest bring in tourists…

  • Planning

    Vancouver Wedding

    If you’re planning to tie the knot in Vancouver, you and your guests might want to arrive a few days early. This city is known as for natural scenery as well as being ethnically and linguistically diverse. If you’re outdoorsy, you probably already know that Vancouver is one of those few places that you can theoretically windsurf and ski in the same day. Vancouver is surrounded on three sides by water and also right by the North Shore Mountains. Due to its proximity to the ocean, the temperature is fairly mild. In the summer, the average day time high is 25 degrees Celsius or 77 degrees Fahrenheit. While it has…

  • Planning

    Paris. Je t’aime

    Five Fun Things to Do By Natalie T. January 16, 2012 If you’ve chosen a destination wedding to Paris, here are some things to explore while you’re there. 1. Saint Chapelle The Sainte-Chapelle or ‘Holy Chapel’ is in the courtyard of the royal palace on the Île de la Cité (now part of a later administrative complex known as La Conciergerie). While you will have to go through a security check, I guarantee that it is SO worth it. It contains a truly breathtaking collection of stained glass windows, and less popular and crowded than the Notre Dame. 2. Love Paddocks The Pont des Arts, Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor, and the Pont…

  • Planning

    Wedding Venues in Los Angeles

    Five places to consider By Natalie Tsang September 26, 2011 The City of Angels is a magical place. Filled with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood and immortalized as a seedy underbelly of crime by Raymond Chandler, LA is a city of contrasts, diversity, and art. With a thriving fashion, art, and film industry, LA is teaming with creative people and a great place to look for vendors. These people are used to catering for the stars! Los Angeles also enjoys plenty of sunshine and only has about thirty five days of rain a year. Architecture Fantastic for lovers of art and history, the LA area boasts over two hundred…