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    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…

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    Where to say “I do”

    When you were a child you probably dreamed of your wedding day, I dreamed of a big heart shaped house where I would get married and live happily ever after. Did I mention the house was on top of the clouds? Now that I’m older and my wedding day dreams are more realistic I can make more educated choices but it doesn’t make it any easier. We asked you where you were tying the knot and we had a lot of unique responses. Janae chose a Golf Club, Emily chose a Country Club and Jyssica chose a Lodge. A golf course is a beautiful choice because they are usually situated…

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    Pros and Cons of Wedding Venues

    The search for the perfect wedding venue can get pretty daunting which is why we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular wedding venues alongside their individual pros and cons to help you with your decision. It certainly will help if you already have a rough idea of the type of venue you’re looking for, the style of wedding you want and the season in which you will be saying “I do”. Tropical Beach Destination For those looking for a wedding destination that’s a little relaxed and a whole lot more casual, a beach makes for the perfect option. The good thing about hosting your wedding at…

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    Getting Married Overseas

    Now that fall is well under way, many couple may dream of tying the knot some place sunny. Maybe even overseas! But how difficult is it to plan a wedding from afar? There are a few things to consider choosing an overseas location for your wedding. Budget, residency requirements, and other special rules are the main issues to weigh. For overseas weddings, it is best to hire a wedding planner or use a venue that is accustomed to planning weddings for foreign couples, since you will not be there to personally coordinate the details beforehand. Budget Some overseas locations are incredibly expensive, while others, such as resorts in Mexico, offer…

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    Wedding Venue Logistics

    The experts say that the reception and the ceremony shouldn’t be more than further than thirty minutes apart, but what happens if you’re dead set on picking two locations that aren’t that convenient? For instance, I had a friend who wanted to get married at the temple that she had attended for years, but for the reception she could only book a hotel an hour away. Unfortunately, it was the middle of the summer and everywhere else in her price range was already fully booked. In the end, only a few family and friends attended the ceremony and the majority came for the reception. She wasn’t offended and everyone had…

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    Outdoor Wedding Options

    Struggling to pick your wedding day venue? Wherever your preferences lie on the style spectrum – from understated to ostentatious – the answer may be literally just outside your door. Open-air locations have the potential to bring you a wonderfully memorable and personalized ceremony – and the only limit is your imagination! Timing is Everything Outdoors doesn’t necessarily mean daytime. Yes, a glorious sunny day can feel magical; but there are other routes to a fairytale wedding. If your area is famed for its gorgeous red sunsets, capture the romance of the evening and take advantage of that beautiful natural backdrop. Or consider a nighttime ceremony with a candlelit aisle…

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    Where Should Your Wedding Be?

    Your big day is hopefully half a year or more away. If not, you’d better get moving! Now is the time to make an important decision: do you want an indoor or outdoor wedding. The choice might seem obvious to you at first, but there are plenty of things to think about before you make any commitments. Great Things about Outdoor Weddings Whether you prefer beaches, meadows, or remote forest locations, an outdoor wedding offers a lot of great things that many couples want for their special day. If you’re flirting with the idea of having your wedding outdoors, consider these benefits: • You could avoid the high price of…

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    Staying Cool at Your Wedding Venue

    It’s been a real scorcher the last few days, and while we’ve written a few posts on how to stay cool during the dog days of summer, we haven’t actually written on how to pick a venue that won’t bake, steam, or roast your guests. Although, many couples rely on machines that spray mist or tents, but here are a few other key features of heat proof. Look For Passive Cooling Ask your venue if their building is built with passive cooling techniques. Passive cooling are design elements that remove extra heat without the use of energy, aka active cooling. Not only is it more sustainable, it prevents the common…

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    Garden 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! Last winter, one of my friends spent a week with her husband on a lemon farm and raved about the experience. They spent the week in a rustic converted farmhouse and had wonderfully fresh fruit and eggs. “You could have a fabulous wedding,” she said, and that started the little wheels in my brain turning. Although it’s too late to reserve it for this…

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    Desert Garden Wedding

    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 with the most popular garden wedding trends! At first glance, a desert is the opposite of a garden, but gardens exist in drier parts of the world as well! Desert botanical gardens are found throughout the American South. If you live in a drier part of the US and want an outdoor wedding, a desert garden is a natural, sustainable, and beautiful. Many feature gorgeous Spanish or Mission-style architecture. If you’re…