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    Destination Weddings

    Myths about far-flung ceremonies By Natalie Tsang Destination weddings started out as elopements and now incorporate aspects of the family vacation as well. Since weddings are reunions anyway, this is a great way to spend time with loved ones. Like any non-traditional idea, destination weddings are burdened by many myths. It is true that these types of weddings can be expensive or difficult to manage. But the same can be said about a wedding in your own city. If done correctly, you can host a destination wedding that is fun and unforgettable-even affordable. But first, read on about the four common myths.   Find the lowest prices on the planet…

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    Far and Away

    Destination wedding locales and venues By Sara Doerrier Destination venues don’t just offer amazing backdrops for nuptials. The experience serves as a vacation in a stunning locale for you and your guests. The weddings, due to the far-flung locations, tend to be smaller (which can save significant cash). And after you wed, you will know you exchanged vows in one of the most beautiful corners on Earth. Is your passport ready? Below are descriptions of popular destination locales.   Find the lowest prices on the planet to all your destinations at CheapAir. France Does Paris really need an explanation? This iconic city for romance is speckled with art museums, gorgeous…

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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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    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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    How Much Should a Venue Cost?

    Did you know that the venue and food costs are usually half a wedding budget? That means if you find a less expensive venue, you can redistribute your precious funds into other areas such as wedding decorations, food costs, and even your dress! So, what are the hallmarks of a good venue? There are obvious concerns like is it the right size (not too big or too small), are there enough facilities (bathrooms, cooking area, a wheel chair accessibility), but many couples overlook the service. If the manager or event coordinator is not responsive to emails or phone calls when you’re trying to book the venue, how do you know…

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    You Wanna Take This Outside?

    “But I love to be outdoors. I prefer being outdoors to, you know, being inside” – Unknown. Having been born and raised in California, I have a great appreciation for the great outdoors. I’m talking by the sea, out in the mountains, on the back of a horse in a paddock…whatever, I love being outside. While wedding receptions are usually indoors, those who are live in areas of good weather are slowly moving out and being one with nature. Is it easy to have an outdoor reception? Sure, in some cases you might even save yourself a lot of money, as it generally means it’s more of a social gathering…