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For less stress — try a destination wedding

May 11, 2010

By Sweet Dreams Weddings & Events

Planning stress getting to you? Can’t deal with one more question about colors, flowers or cake? You have another option, run away to a tropical location and enjoy your moment.

Imagine you and the love of your life, and a few close friends and family standing on a warm white sandy beach with a cool breeze rolling off the aqua blue water as you profess your love for one another. The affordability of a destination wedding has couples speeding off to the airport quicker than they can say I Do!

Right now bridal couples can have a beach wedding and a week long honeymoon in Jamaica at a Luxury all inclusive resort for under $10,000.00. With the average wedding costing up-words of $20,000, or more in large metropolitan areas this is a very appealing option to stressed out couples. There are some special procedures and documents involved with planning a destination wedding, so seek out a professional destination wedding planner to help you with the planning process.

Besides your destination wedding planner the other most important vendor will be your wedding photographer. You will probably choose a local photographer from where you live to accompany you to your destination location. Make sure you choose wisely and that they are a match for your style and personality. You will be spending 10-12 hours with them on the wedding day. There are many other considerations to bringing your own photographer to a destination wedding VS hiring a local photographer from your destination. You want someone with whom you’ve developed a pre-wedding relationship with who knows your style, and personality, and who can make you smile and feel comfortable in front of the camera.

The #1 reason why most bridal couples stay away from this option is because of the guest list. They want everyone to be there, until they get the catering proposal. Even with a heavy guest list you can still invite your close family and friends, instead of using traditional invitations you can use “save the date” cards. On them you can print a short sweet description of your union with the location and also include the travel agency information for your guests to contact, no stress planning for the guest is sure to impress them. Even if most of your guests are not able to attend the wedding, you can still have a nice dinner party or small reception when you return home. Choosing your favorite restaurant or having a Sunday brunch at your home with the close family that wasn’t able to come is a wonderful way to keep your wedding celebration going after you have returned home from your honeymoon. Remember weddings are supposed to be fun and about your marriage celebration, and not about going into debit. Happy planning!

By Sweet Dreams Weddings & Events
Portland, OR

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Mom1 May 11, 2010

Why not a destination wedding on the Oregon coast?

noname May 11, 2010

I can answer that. No sun, high winds, lotsa clouds. Try maybe the Gorge and go for waterfalls.

Chime in May 11, 2010

The idea has some delightful thoughts. BUt what travel location would they suggest. Is there not a big difference between the Carribbean and Mexico?

Adrian Head May 11, 2010

The Caribbean and in particular the Dominican Republic offers superb locations for destination weddings. There are some amazing fully staffed villas available for private wedding parties offering all the facilities of a 5* hotel with you and your wedding party as the only guests. On site wedding planner to do all the hard work so you can relax with your family and friends and really enjoy your wedding and honeymoon.

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