DID YOU KNOW that in North America, 24% of all weddings take place at destination? and the numbers are climbing.
Why have a destination wedding?
--Your guests will have a wonderful holiday topped off with sharing your special day.
--Your wedding will be less costly.
--You don't have the stress of planning the wedding and dealing with the wedding guests.
--Your wedding and honeymoon are combined.
--As your wedding will be smaller, you will actually get time to spend with each of your guests.
--After the festivities, everyone can enjoy their time together.
--You can have a traditional wedding dress or more casual attire.
--EVERYONE is relaxed (including YOU) which makes for a stress-free time on your wedding day.
--If there are any complaints, you send them to the front desk of the hotel/resort.
BUT MOST OF ALL,
you should have a destination wedding because you deserve it.
It's YOUR wedding day.
to set a date for us to get together. I want to ensure you are comfortable working with me.
My goal is to make your destination wedding as stress-free as possible.
When we meet, I will ask you a variety of questions to provide me with ideas of what you are looking for in a resort. If you do not have a destination or resort in mind, I can make recommendations based on your budget & your tastes.
You select a destination and an approximate week in which you would like to get married (you should be at destination 2 days prior to the ceremony). You then provide me with your top 3 choices of resorts/hotels at that location.
It is now time to compile your guest list (name, address, postal code, phone number and email address)
to provide to me.
Should you wish to send out personalized "Save the Date" notices, do it now. Go to idoweddingprint.com To get a special rate, enter my agent code (No. 108) upon checkout.
I contact a variety of tour companies asking for quotes on the resorts you have selected. The quotes can take up to 5 working days to receive, so while we are waiting to hear back, I will be putting together a package to send to your guests. Once you have made your final decision as to the resort of your choice, I advise the tour operator to book your group, based on your deposit (approximately $600).
I TAKE ALL YOUR STRESS AWAY, as I contact your guests, providing them with costs (deposit amount & final balance due date), resort/hotel & insurance information. In turn, the wedding guests contact me to make their booking.
I provide you with the Wedding Coordinator's contact information, and the only thing you, as Bride & Groom, have to do is plan your DREAM WEDDING day!
For AFFORDABLE, but personalized, wedding invitations, and thank you cards, go to idoweddingprint.com, and enter my agent code (no. 108) upon checkout.
Two weeks prior to your departure, should you live in Winnipeg, I will host a "wine & cheese" party in your honour for your family/friends attending your destination wedding. I distribute the travel documents at this time and answer any last minute questions. This event provides a venue, for those guests who have not met, to get to know each other.
(See next page for a Destination Wedding Checklist.)
CAN YOU HAVE AN
ETHNIC DESTINATION WEDDING?
The answer is a resounding YES!!
If you are religiously or culturally inclined, there are many churches, chapels and synagogues across the Caribbean where your dream wedding can take place.
Christian ministers, Catholic priests, Pundits, and Rabbis are available to officiate, and various décor companies can put together everything from a large tent for an Indian ceremony to large covered gazebos which look like a chuppah.
For example, many resorts now host interfaith and Jewish weddings officiated by a Reform Rabbi, expanding their remarkable wedding offerings to even more couples looking for the perfect place to start their new life together.
LOVE HAS NO BOUNDS,
AND NEITHER SHOULD
Looking for a unique way to propose?
I will plan
your proposal dinner or event.
OR why not pop the question at a romantic resort.
Remember that the story of
how you proposed
will be told
for many years to come,
so make it A MEMORABLE ONE!
I work with you to plan your romantic honeymoon within your budget.
Whether you are looking for over-water bungalows in Tahiti
or a weekend away.......
NOTHING SAYS LOVE BETTER
THAN A ROMANTIC GETAWAY!
Do you ever wish
you had been married on a beach?
Take a page out of my book:
My husband Rod and I renewed our vows on the beach in St. Lucia
for our 30th anniversary.
Whether it's your 1st, 5th, 25th
(or 30th) anniversary,
I will plan:
an anniversary trip for two;
OR arrange for your family & friends
to attend your "renewal of vows" .
Whether you choose to have one attendant or six, the decision of who will be your supporting cast for the big day is a great one. Your wedding party will not only play a key role in the activities leading up to the wedding (and of course, behind the scenes at the wedding) their presence is also very sentimental: these are the people that you and your fiancé have chosen to have closest to you on the day you officially start your life together. Heavy stuff, right?There are no rules when it comes to choosing your bridal party, though it makes sense that its scale fits your wedding ─ a grand bridal party of a dozen attendants on either side might seem out of place at a casual, intimate wedding, for example. Beyond the two witnesses that will sign your registry (traditionally the maid of honour and best man) your wedding party can take whatever shape you’d like it to.
Guilt, fear of hurt feelings and a sense of obligation can often creep into decisions of selecting your wedding party, so be mindful to really take emotional inventory. Perhaps you were a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding, that does not mean that you are obligated to ask them to stand in yours. If there are no small children in your family that you are close with, do not feel compelled to wrangle two toddlers to serve as a flower girl or ring bearer, just for the sake of having them. The decisions you make should be sincere and heartfelt, rather than couched in obligations.As for concerns of having an equal number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, it is a notion that serves to produce a good deal of stress and little else, it seems. If your best friend is a man, then who better suited to being your right hand? If you are extremely close to two friends and your fiancé is one of four brothers, then have at it ─ a perfect posse! The point is not to produce symmetrical photos. Do a gut-check: the crux is to mark a major milestone with those you can’t imagine not sharing it with.
Questions to ask yourself:· How long has this friend been in your life? Has the relationship stood the test of time?· Have they consistently been a solid, rather than fickle, friend?· Is your friendship a soulful one, or are you more social co-partiers?· What is their relationship to your fiancé? Do they see all the great things in each other that you see in each of them?· How logistically feasible is their bridesmaidship? Have they just embarked on six months of travelling? Do they have a baby due when you’re getting married?If this friend is a true blue, longstanding comrade that knows you as an individual, appreciates your soon-to-be-other half, and they’re free when you’re getting hitched, it sounds like they are just the person for the job. If there is someone you love dearly, but circumstances preclude them from being in the wedding party, they can absolutely still play an important part in your big day. You could invite them to sit with your family and do a reading at the ceremony, include them in some special photos together or acknowledge them in a toast.
Article by Karen Cleveland
When it comes to your wedding there are many people to be considered. The bride, the groom, the wedding party, the guests and…the moms. On your special day both of your moms will want to look their best. It is a challenge that nearly every bride faces in choosing their wedding style, what should the mother of the bride and mother of the groom wear?
1. Match The Bridal Party
If your colour scheme is very important to your wedding decor, you may want to dress your moms in colours that match your girls. Try finding darker or lighter shades than your maids, in dresses that are a similar style. That way they will stand out just enough while still looking unified with the rest of your party.
2. Choose Neutrals.
Your mom is one of the most important people at your wedding, so why not dress her in a neutral to complement your white gown? Incorporate shades of ivory or taupe to create a mother-daughter look that is picture-perfect.
3. Consider Suits.
Take some tips from our favourite Royal mothers and choose elegant skirt suits for your moms. Look for tailored suits in lush embroidered fabrics. Allow your moms comfort in figure-flattering cuts and traditional styles, and add custom fascinators to complete their royal looks.
4. Play With Metallics.
Spice up your bridal party by styling your moms in metallics that complement the colour of your maids. Are your girls wearing plum? Dress your moms in pewters and silvers. Seeing red? Gold and bronze tones would be perfect for your mothers.
5. Change It Up.
Is your wedding the opposite of traditional? Then throw away the rulebook and allow your moms to choose dresses and colours that let their personalities shine through. Give them a list of colours and shades that match your wedding decor and let them go crazy with textures and lengths that best suit them.
Article by Danielle Barich
Ironic, isn’t it? You were likely getting by just fine making decisions until your engagement, and now you are being bombarded with suggestions on how you should do things! Most people have such nostalgia around their own wedding and will freely share advice on how they did things (or plan to do them), hoping you might find these tips helpful. They mean well. And such suggestions are merely that: helpful suggestions. You cannot please everyone, so best to gently set out your planning parameters. Whether you feel stuck in a gridlock with your mother-in-law over flowers, or you’re being snubbed by your sister for choosing cake over the cupcakes she loves, here’s how to finesse some well-intentioned suggestions.
1. Hear them out
Most people chiming in with suggestions genuinely want to help and their ideas are often couched in either how they did things at their wedding, or what they envision for you. They simply want to know that you have heard what they have to say. If your mother-in-law is waxing about how much she loves peonies, ask for details! What was her bouquet like? How many bridesmaids did she have again? Does she have peonies in her garden?
2. Acknowledge their suggestions and have conviction in your decision
Clearly let the other person know that you’ve heard their suggestion ─ an acknowledgement might be all they are after and then you can’t be faulted for not hearing them out. Tell your mother-in-law the peony bouquet in her wedding photos looked gorgeous, but you really have your heart set on hydrangeas, for example. If you waffle or ask her what she thinks of hydrangeas, you might be inviting more helpful suggestions so be mindful of how the discussion ends.
3. Carry on
You can make people feel included in your planning without feeling pressure to let others make decisions for you. And while compromise is key between you and your fiancé, it is not the end of the world if your mother-in-law isn’t in love with your floral arrangements. Being rude to her, however, might be! Just remember: The communication lines you establish and the grace you exude will far outlast your wedding day.
Article by Karen Cleveland
Wedding Trends Report of the top trends for 2018. From unexpected entertainment to experiential dining, brides and grooms continue to break the traditional rules in favor of creating weddings that are a true reflection of themselves as a couple.“Personalization has made its way into every aspect of weddings, as couples proudly show their unique personalities and styles throughout the food, entertainment, escort cards and florals,” said Kristen Maxwell Cooper, editor in chief of The Knot. “Couples are also making a personal statement with their registries. Long gone are the days of registering just for the sake of tradition. Today’s couples are asking for what they truly want, be it a KitchenAid mixer for the baking-obsessed, a couples massage for their honeymoon beach getaway, or IVF treatments to help start a family.” The Knot 2018 Wedding Trends Report Vibe Over Palette
Couples are letting the feel of their celebration dictate the details. Instead of starting with colors, they’re coining words that express the kind of party they’re throwing—like “rustic with a bit of romantic and a touch of retro”—and using that to communicate their vision to the local professionals that’ll pull off their day. Having trouble defining your style? The Knot Style Quiz walks couples through a selection of inspirational wedding photos and keeps track of their likes and dislikes. After analyzing the couple’s choices, The Knot defines their unique style and creates a personalized Wedding Vision that can be shared directly with vendors—that way, nothing gets lost in translation.Statement Escort Card Displays
Weddings in 2018 will give way to the wow-worthy (think: totally Instagrammable) escort card installation that incorporates the couple’s personalities. Create a flower wall and allow guests to “pick” their seats and take home a gorgeous stem. Or set up a large display of personalized thermoses for a woodsy-themed wedding. Love tequila? Welcome guests with Himalayan sea salt shot glasses with their names written in edible ink, filled with tequila and topped with a lime.Asking for Cash
The traditional retail registry isn’t going anywhere, but more and more couples are asking for cash in the form of experiences. Thanks to The Knot Newlywed Fund, you can ask for exactly what you want—from new camping gear or a down payment on a home, to a fund for adopting a baby. Have a cause that’s close to your heart? Attach a charity to your retail registry and The Knot will donate on your behalf each time a gift is purchased off your registry.Balloons and Arches
Balloons make the perfect fun and festive flower alternative and can easily transform a space. Pair colorful Mylar options with basic latex balloons in varied sizes for a real “wow” factor. They can be strung like garlands, suspended from the ceiling, or shaped into a mural-like wall installation. The classic altar setup is also getting a revamp, with round archways or an almost closed circle to stand under and say your “I dos.” The circle is a unique spin on the expected and symbolizes eternity.Foregoing the Favor
More and more couples are opting out of favors and prioritizing the experience over a simple takeaway. They’re treating guests to extras like a specialty sip station, a lipstick touch-up bar, a passed after-dinner treat, or even a fun late-night cover band. Thoughtful welcome bags for destination weddings are still all the rage and this year, couples are choosing to gift a series of small presents parceled out over the course of their guests’ stay. Out-of-towners are welcomed with the essentials, followed by a sweet treat at turndown and a parting gift for their travels home.Unexpected Entertainment
As more couples move away from providing favors and takeaways, they’re focused on creating the most memorable experience for guests, with entertainment taking the main stage. Instead of hiring one form of entertainment like a band or DJ, don’t be surprised to see a steady stream of entertainment throughout the night. From an experiential theater performance and roaming sketch artists, to tarot card readers, astrologists and magicians, couples are pulling out all the stops to create an interactive, unforgettable night that’s personalized to their interests.First Look Beyond Your Partner & Wedding Parties Reimagined
The first look with your spouse-to-be is huge, but this year, we’ll also see couples do an official reveal with other VIPs in their life. Moms, dads, bridesmaids, grandparents and more will enjoy a first look with the photographer in tow to capture their priceless reactions. The traditional wedding party is also getting a twist. Couples are mixing up their wedding party with people of the opposite sex standing on either side of the couple and honoring certain relatives in special ways (like flower grandmas!).Signature Eats & Experiential Dining
Signature cocktails have been a long-standing tradition at weddings, so couples are switching it up and opting to claim their food. Ask guests to choose from the “his” or “hers” entrée option, or name passed hors d’oeuvres instead. When it comes to food, presentation continues to trend, but this year, couples are taking it one step further with “experienced” cuisine—like a hanging installation of nibbles, open-fire cooking, or a chef plating something in real time.Passed Cake Bites, Hand-Painted Cakes & Inventive Flavors
Let’s face it, by the time the cake is cut, everyone is on the dance floor. So bring the cake to them! Have your baker prepare bite-size pieces to be passed while guests get down. Also trending? Hand-painted confections. White wedding cakes have become a canvas for personalization and hand-painting is a popular way to add a bespoke touch. Not only is the design on the outside important, but creating a flavorful bite like no other is totally on trend. Step aside chocolate and vanilla, new flavors like cookies and cream, Funfetti and exotic pairings (think: bourbon and mocha), are taking center stage with fillings and frostings.Nontraditional Venues
As couples create a wedding uniquely their own, more are stepping outside the traditional reception space and hosting their weddings in unexpected places: boxing gyms, pop-up barns, historic libraries and large homes with sprawling backyards. Met at a summer camp? Host your wedding under the stars surrounded by nature. Love music? Choose a concert hall and be rock stars for the day. Looking for more inspiration? Check out the new book The Knot Yours Truly. Chock-full of beautiful real wedding photos, fresh ideas and tips, this book has everything you need to plan a unique wedding that perfectly reflects your relationship.Single Stem Bouquets & Baby’s-Breath Revival
Single stem flowers are making a comeback. Opt for a sculptural stem, like an oversize tropical leaf, a calla lily, or a big-headed bloom like a peony or dinner-plate dahlia for maximum effect. Baby’s breath, that inexpensive stem of tiny white flowers, is making a return, in big and small ways. It pairs perfectly with on-trend greenery and works well for flower crowns and other small hairpieces. Want to go big? Create “clouds” of baby’s breath suspended above your dinner tables for a dramatic effect.It’s All About the Sleeve
From caps and bells to barely there, sleeved silhouettes will be big this year. Also hot for 2018 is the cape. Sheer capes, lace capelets, hooded style and pearl-encrusted designs all made their way down the runways. What’s not to love about this removable trend that’s a more fashion-forward take on the classic veil? For men, suit colors and textures are getting an upgrade. Black, navy and gray suits will always be in style, but today’s guys are opting for more colorful alternatives (think: burgundy, dark green, even dusty mauve).Textures (like casual tweeds and herringbone patterns) are also playing a big role in groom and groomsmen’s ensembles.
You may wish to double-check the dates before you set
In this first category, we have days that might be perfectly fine, or might be a massive disruption to your annual plans. You two know your guests, and can plan accordingly – if your family has a massive Grey Cup or Super Bowl party every year, that’s probably not a Sunday you want to choose. If you watch every hour of the Oscars (including the red carpet), a different date might be preferable
Super Bowl Sunday: February 4, 2018 / February 3, 2019
The Academy Awards: March 4, 2018 / TBA 2019
Grey Cup Final: November 21, 2018/ TBA 2019
More generally, think about the kind of events you won’t want to miss, or the nights when half of your family wishes there were a television somewhere nearby. Saturdays and Sundays in January might be avoided if you come from a family of hockey fans.
Other seasons to consider are March Madness (Final Four: March 31-April 2, 2018 / April 6-9, 2019), etc.
Some of these are religious and federal holidays, some are federal, some are just days when people have other plans. On holidays when flowers are often in the mix, that’s an added consideration – how much extra will you have to pay for roses near Valentine’s Day, or spring flowers near Easter?
New Year’s Day: January 1 (on a Monday in 2018 and a Tuesday in 2019)
Family Day in Canada: 12 or 19 February 2018/ 11 or 18 February 2019 (depending on the province you live in)
Valentine’s Day: February 14 (on a Wednesday in 2018 and a Thursday in 2019)
Easter: April 1, 2018 / April 21, 2019
Mother’s Day: May 13, 2018 / May 12, 2019
Father’s Day: June 17, 2018 / June 16, 2019
Halloween: October 31 (on a Wednesday in 2018 and a Thursday in 2019)
Remembrance Day: November 11th (on a Sunday in 2018 and a Monday in 2019)
These are the weekends when you and your guests may have off on Monday – long weekends are the perfect time to celebrate! Right? Well, perhaps. Depending on your intended wedding location, these weekends could mean ridiculously expensive airfare for your guests (possibly hotels, as well). Your venue might be in higher demand over a long weekend, and some vendors might take their own vacations during these dates. That doesn’t mean you can’t have a wedding on one of these dates!
We’ve listed only the dates of the holidays below, but the prior Friday-Sunday window should be thought through, as well.
Victoria Day: May 21, 2018 / May 20, 2019
Labor Day: September 3, 2018 / September 2, 2019
Thanksgiving: October 8, 2018 / October 7, 2019
Christmas: December 25th – on a Tuesday in 2018 (so we’d probably avoid the previous weekend, December 21st-23rd), and on a Wednesday in 2019 (so, similarly, we’d stay away from the 20th-22nd)
This isn’t an exhaustive list! Don’t forget major religious holidays, like Passover (March 30-April 7, 2018 / April 19-27, 2019) or Lent (particularly on Fridays – February 14-March 29, 2018 / March 6-April 18, 2019) – any time your guests may be attending religious services, may limited in what they can eat, or may be fasting, might not be the ideal ones for your wedding. If you’re getting married in a warmer climate, mid-March could be a time to avoid the spring break crowds (and the accompanying rate hikes!) If you’re particularly superstitious, dates like Friday the 13th (April and July 2018, September and December 2019) might be ones you cross off your list.
Don’t forget about birthdays and anniversaries! You and your fiance will likely know whether, for example, your mother would love to share her birthday with your wedding, or whether that wouldn’t go over as well. When in doubt, it never hurts to check.
6-12 MONTHS BEFORE
¨ Contact wedding coordinator to choose a wedding date
¨ Indicate if you would like a Symbolic or Legal ceremony (note: selecting a legal ceremony date may take longer as the coordinator will need to work with the judge’s schedule)
¨ Explore your wedding vision: ceremony/reception location, time of the day, estimated number of guests
¨ Select your wedding package
¨ Send deposit to coordinator to reserve your selected date
¨ Once deposit is received and processed, a formal confirmation of the email is sent (approximately one week after receipt of deposit)
¨ Coordinator will email forms, pictures and options
¨ Sign-up for your Honeymoon Registry
¨ Determine an estimated budget guideline
¨ Begin clarifying your wedding vision: theme, colors, little extras
¨ Work with the resort or travel agent to make guest reservations and secure a room block
¨ Be sure you have your passport and all documents needed; if you are planning a legal wedding,
the coordinator will be sure you know what legal forms are needed
¨ Secure DJ, band, photographers and videographer (be sure to speak to your wedding coordinator when booking outside vendors)
4 - 6 MONTHS BEFORE
¨ Determine additional wedding events (welcome cocktail party, rehearsal dinner, day-after brunch)
¨ Start planning outside resort activities like golf, tours, etc. if desired
2 - 3 MONTHS BEFORE
¨ Finalize guest list and room requirements
¨ Confirm ceremony and reception locations (in case you want to make any changes)
¨ Select décor, choose flowers, pick the cake
¨ Book ceremony musicians with coordinator (Mariachis, violinist, etc.)
¨ Share with the coordinator any special readings or songs requested for the ceremony
¨ Finalize reception chart, seat cards (if applicable) and send to Wedding Coordinator
¨ Start working on menus
¨ For legal ceremonies, send completed paperwork to coordinator (MUST be received at least 2 months prior)
1 MONTH BEFORE
¨ Confirm all décor, floral, cake and “little extras” with coordinator
¨ Confirm menus for all events (cocktail hour, reception, rehearsal dinner, etc.)
¨ Book hair and make-up appointments at the spa for bride and bridal party
¨ Have programs, menus, place cards, etc. printed
¨ Confirm timeline of event (i.e.: seated for meal, first dance, father daughter dance, cake cutting, etc.)
¨ Confirm that all special requests have been noted and planned for 3 WEEKS BEFORE
¨ Review your wedding contract and make final amendments
¨ Send guest list of those not staying at the resort to the wedding coordinator
¨ Be sure the wedding coordinator has your travel schedule and your final guest list, seating charts and events
UP TO 1 WEEK BEFORE
¨ Arrive at the resort (based on the type of ceremony you will have)
¨ On-site meeting with coordinator to go over all event details and make any last minute changes or additions
¨ Have a trial hair and make-up run through at the salon if desired
¨ Set-up a spa day with bridesmaids, mother and other loved ones
¨ Arrange for welcome bag room drop if desired
¨ Arrange a private dinner on the beach — just the two of you!
¨ Leave your wedding dress & groom’s attire with your coordinator to have steamed and prepared for the big day
1 DAY BEFORE
¨ Have a welcome cocktail party, rehearsal dinner or welcome dinner if desired
¨ Arrange for special room drops (champagne, flowers, petit fours) to be sent to parents or wedding party
¨ Bride & Groom: Get an early night sleep. Tomorrow is the Big Day!
¨ Have a nice breakfast
¨ Go to your hair appointment (remember to bring your veil & flowers)
¨ Your coordinator will check in with your throughout the day as she organizes everything.
Today is YOUR day and she will be with you every step of the way.
¨ RELAX, SMILE & make the most of this memorable day
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