Wedding Tips - Wedding Lush » Destination Weddings Wedding Ideas Thu, 09 Dec 2010 11:53:59 +0000 en hourly 1 How to Save Money on your Honeymoon Mon, 06 Dec 2010 12:44:56 +0000 galleca So you have spent your life savings on your wedding. Now you have to pay for your honeymoon too' Though honeymoons can be expensive, if you plan right you can definitely save yourself a good chunk of cash. Here are some of the best ways to ensure that you save money on your honeymoon:

There ARE Honeymoon Packages Available

Think about it: all resorts know that you are looking at them to throw your honeymoon, and they know that many other brides and grooms are too. It's a competitive market out there, which is exactly why you can scoop yourself up a great deal if you are looking for a honeymoon package.

After you decide the location for where you would like to go for your honeymoon, pick out 5 resorts at a time. Call them up and see what they offer their honeymooners, such as a private candlelit dinner, the honeymoon suite with a private hot tub, or perhaps an extra bottle of champagne in your room. All of these extras and you often can also receive quite a hefty discount as well, such as paying for 4 nights when you are staying 6 or 7.

TIP: A lot of brides and grooms shop around online these days, but nothing tops giving a resort a phone call. A lot of deals are not advertised online, or you can speak with a manager who can strike a special deal with you that isn't offered to other guests, so never book a resort without phoning first.

Do your Research

If you do your research, you will be saving yourself a whole lot of money and a whole lot of time on your special day. Start researching a year in advance, if possible, and purchase a couple of tourist books for the area or areas you're interested in. Gather information on what sites are worth seeing, which activities are worth passing on, and how much each of these things will cost you. Often you can find some coupons or online discounts if you check in with the company.

Ask your Friends

There are a lot of friends who have probably also gone through the 'honeymoon research' routine, so why not pick at their brains for a bit of extra help' See what they looked at, what they liked, what they didn't, and what sort of deals they encountered along the way. If you go to the same area as they did, you'll get a lot of inside information, like what the best restaurant in the area is and which beach is worth spending all of your time at.

Register for your Honeymoon

Creating a wedding registry to pay for your honeymoon has become increasingly popular these days. Most couples have already moved in with one another long before they recite their vows, which means they have already bought the toaster, the grill, the coffee maker, etc. Why not set up a registry with a travel company and have your guests contribute to your honeymoon' You'll be glad you did it!

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How to Make your Honeymoon a Success Mon, 29 Nov 2010 18:09:05 +0000 galleca With so many hot destinations right now for a honeymoon, it can be incredibly difficult to know just where to go and what questions to ask. Here are some tips you should keep in mind when you are trying to plan your honeymoon so you know it will be the best time of you and your new spouse's life.

Budget, Budget, Budget

There is nothing worse than starting a brand new marriage on a deficit. You want to make sure that you won't go into debt over your wedding, so set a realistic budget for your honeymoon and stick to it. This may limit your choices for a destination that you and your spouse can go to, or what activities you may do, but if the activity is important enough from you, you can sacrifice some extras from your wedding to help pay for your honeymoon.

TIP: Why not set up a wedding registry that links up with a travel company' You can create a wedding registry that allows people to donate funds towards your honeymoon if you are finding yourself strapped for cash.

Research the Destination

Make sure that you include your spouse in the honeymoon process, and ask for their opinion ' even if they tell you that they 'don't care'. Learn about the different aspects of their culture, language, as well as where you can go and visit that it outside of the immediate surrounding area will help you decide if that destination is right for you.

If you want to have a quieter honeymoon, choose to honeymoon during an 'off season' date. These dates differ from destination to destination, so find out when these periods of time are.

If your honeymoon is going to be outside of the country, then get your passports ready well in advance! Check the dates on both of your passports and make sure they're valid; otherwise, make sure you apply for a passport half a year before your honeymoon so you know that nothing will be holding you back.

The Advice of Friends and Family

It's a good idea to consult your friends and family about where to go, especially if you and your spouse are stuck on ideas. Just makes sure that you do keep what both you and your spouse want to do in mind and to not be swayed by the opinions of your friends and family. If you and your spouse really want to go on a ski destination honeymoon and not to Cuba, don't let your best friend talk you into going to Cuba.

Honeymoon is for Relaxing

Planning a wedding is stressful, so try not to make your honeymoon stressful too. This means limiting the amount of extra activities that you may do. Don't try to plan an activity for every day of your honeymoon; maybe spend half of the time doing activities and the other half simply enjoying each other's company with no pressures or commitments holding you down.

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After the Honeymoon: How to Deal Mon, 29 Nov 2010 14:11:06 +0000 galleca A lot of couples believe that the honeymoon phase of their relationship will never die. They are just so in love and cannot bear to be without one another that to believe that their relationship will ever turn into something else is unforeseeable. If you are like 99.9% of most relationships however, it's important to recognize early and even before marriage that the honeymoon will undoubtedly end. There will come a time when you won't spend all day lazing around in bed with one another, reading the newspaper, watching TV and cuddling (or doing something else). A time will come when you two will have a disagreement, and then another, and then another'

All because the honeymoon is over doesn't mean that the marriage is over too. The honeymoon phase ending simply means that you have moved into another phase in the marriage cycle, a phase that will involve you two planning your future lives together, such as buying a home, having children, career aspirations and retirement. Here are some things that you need to do and keep in mind once the honeymoon period is over.

You should Still Date

One thing that a lot of couples forget to do after a while is to go on dates! When you move in after a marriage, you often end up spending so much time together in your own home that you forget to spend time doing things with one another outside of the home too. Try to keep the romance alive by having weekly 'date nights'. Go see a movie, try out a new restaurant, or even go for a walk together to go and get some ice cream. It's important to continue to do things with one another after the honeymoon phase is over so that you still stay connected and continue to have fun with on another.

You should Still Look Good

One thing that a lot of newly married couples do is that they forego their personal maintenance. You used to bother shaving, you used to bother doing your hair, and you used to bother wearing make up on the weekends. Keep up these routines and don't let marriage stop you from keeping up with your personal maintenance. Still take care to keep your weight where it should be and dress nicely (unless you're painting your new house together, then you're excused). You want to still appear to be appealing to your partner, so make every effort to still be attractive and put the effort in. It will definitely pay off in the bedroom later on.

Make Gestures

Even the smallest of gestures will go a long way. If your spouse does the dishes, thank them for it. If your spouse decided to do the laundry, thank them for it and ask what you can do in return. This sort of give and take that takes place will help allay any feelings of resentment or anger that often grows between couples. Everyone just wants to feel a bit appreciated every now and then; go all out sometimes and make dinner, buy flowers, or treat your guy to a day of golfing or a night of football.

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Top Beach Honeymoon Locations Mon, 29 Nov 2010 13:10:23 +0000 galleca So you've ruled out vacationing in the Alps or backpacking through Europe. You know how you want your honeymoon to be, and that's lying on the beach in the tropics some where. With so many beaches to choose from, it can be hard to find 'the one' that you will stay at. Some of the most popular of 2010 include:

  • Bali
  • Thai beaches
  • The Maldives beaches
  • Cook Islands beaches
  • South Africa
  • Hawaiian beaches (such as Maui, O'ahu, Lana'I and Molokai)
  • Florida Keys
  • St. Barths
  • St. Maarten
  • Turks and Caicos
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines

These are all fantastic locations for you to go and enjoy yourself to the fullest. Lay out in the sun, enjoy a drink or two, and at night you can either have quiet time with your brand new spouse or you can both hit the town and continue the celebrations! When looking or a honeymoon vacation spot, it's important that you do get the best deal possible. Here's where the deals lie:

Shop Off Season

This generally means hitting up a hot spot during the fall and winter months. Most people are able to 'go away' in the summer months, so if you plan to have your honeymoon in October, November, or even February through May, you are undoubtedly going to get a far better deal than if you went between June and September. The key is to also not go during holidays (such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Years).'? You can do this even if your wedding is in the spring or summer. As a matter of fact, more and more brides and grooms are deciding to delay their honeymoon to the later part of the year for this reason alone.

See a Travel Agent

As newlyweds, you may have certain deals and discounts available to you that you can't easily find online. You can always call a resort or hotel to see what they may be willing to offer you, but this will likely eat up a whole lot of your time, and possibly rack up the long distance charges. In this case, finding a trusted travel agent who has planned honeymoons before is a good way to go. He or she will be able to barter to find the best deal for you and get some nice additives include, such as the honeymoon suite for free, free meals, and free trips. It will be well worth the money.

Packing Tips

You don't need to pack a whole lot to go to a beach location: a pair of flip flops, a couple pairs of heels, a bikini or three, underwear, socks, shorts, a few light weight shirts. These resorts and hotels also have laundry on premises, so you can easily have that dress you wore dancing three nights ago cleaned and ready to go wear tonight. Try to pack light and to pack only things that will fit in the carry on area. That way you know that everything is coming with you, no matter where you go.

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Where should I Go for my Honeymoon? Sun, 28 Nov 2010 14:30:44 +0000 galleca The stress of the wedding is over! Now it's time for you and your new husband or wife to really get to know one another on a one-on-one level. Choosing where you will have your honeymoon may not be a difficult choice for some, but for those who don't want to simply go on a pre-packaged resort vacation to Mexico or the Caribbean, then you may want to consider some different ideas.

Do it, Cross Country Style

That's right, pack up the car and a couple of suit cases and head East! Or West' Or North' or what ever direction the wind takes you. Driving vacations are fantastic for couples as they will be able to experience a whole lot of potentially different things during their adventure across tons and tons of land than they would laying on a beach and sipping a Mai Tai.

That being said, driving vacations are by no means an easy feat. Both husband and wife will undoubtedly become tired and will both argue over who's driving, where you're eating, and when you're pulling over so that your loved one can relieve him or herself. Expect some arguments and battle scars. This is a great introduction to how marriage really is, sans the romance of it all.

Sail Away, Sail Away, Sail Away!

There are a lot of cruise lines that offer special cruises to many areas of the world for couples. Some of the most popular include the Caribbean, Mexican cruises, and European cruises. These cruises will take you to several brand new and exotic locations you have never been to while also allowing you to mix and mingle with other newlyweds. You will definitely be in good company if you decide to take a newlywed cruise!

A downside to this is that a lot of couples feel as if this type of a honeymoon infringes on their one-on-one time. Being on a ship doesn't afford you the possibility of drifting off and avoiding another person or couple, especially at meal times where everyone generally sits in the same area and at the same table for the next 7, 10, or 14 nights.

Time to Go Backpacking

As with the cross country driving, if you choose to go backpacking for your honeymoon expect there to be a lot of experiences, a lot of small fights, and a lot of wonderful memories to share. Backpacking across Europe, North America, Central America or any continent with a loved one is a truly unique experience that is unmatched by any other. Despite the quarrels that may occur, couples report feeling more satisfied and even more in love and knowledgeable of their new husband or wife after such trips. Why? It doesn't involve drinking at 10am in the morning and napping on the beach or going or spa treatments. It involves problem solving skills and discovery, two things that are key when it comes to a real marriage.

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What to Pack for your Destination Wedding Sun, 28 Nov 2010 13:58:31 +0000 galleca So you have decided that you are having your wedding abroad. Fantastic! Destination weddings can most definitely be one of the most memorable of them all, especially for your guests who get to come along for the ride.

When planning your destination wedding, it's important to also consider just what you will need to bring along with you. Not packing for your wedding will only lead to disaster later on, and will add stress to what will already be a somewhat stressful time.

Some things that you will need to bring with you are:

  • Your wedding dress
  • Any undergarments or special hosiery for that day
  • Shoes for your gown (and comfortable shoes for the rest of the trip!)
  • The guest book
  • The bride and groom's wedding rings
  • The groom's tux and shoes
  • An address book
  • Thank you cards (the flight home may be the most ideal time to write them out while the memories are still fresh)
  • Wedding music
  • Personalized decorations
  • Wedding favors

'and that's not including what you will need for the remainder of your trip, such as shorts, pants, shoes, sun dresses, toiletries, and other basic necessities. This includes your traveling documents, such as your passport, travel itinerary, and birth certificates. If you were married before, have the divorce certificate handy.

When packing for your wedding, you will want to try and shove as many things into a suitcase as you can, apart from your wedding dress. A bride should always make every effort possible to be able to fit that wedding dress in with her on the plane. See what airline you're taking and check out what can be considered a 'carry on' item. Most wedding dresses will apply, unless it is a larger or more 'poofy' dress. In that case, ask if you can put it on an in-flight closet where the stewards and stewardesses put their belongings.

Another thing to consider for the groom and groomsmen is ordering the tuxes at the location you are getting married at. Of course, if you are getting married in some far off land, then there is a slim chance you will be able to find a tuxedo rental shop. If you are in Vegas, however, you can save yourself the packing and pick up a tuxedo probably the very same day you're getting married (though you should definitely pre-plan so you won't be left without a tuxedo).

You may be thinking that you have to bring along a whole lot of hair accessories and makeup along with you to beautify yourself on your special day, but if you are staying in a resort of any kind they will have a salon that will be able to do your hair and makeup for you. The best part is, if you are staying at that resort, you often will receive a discount or receive their services absolutely free! If you haven't yet booked a resort, make sure you ask about having this added on to your package as an incentive to stay there.

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Planning a Wedding in Las Vegas Sat, 27 Nov 2010 13:12:13 +0000 galleca Las Vegas is the capital for gambling, entertainment and weddings! If you have announced to your friends and family that you want to have a wedding in Las Vegas, there's a good chance that you have already received the snide comments about being 'married by Elvis'.

Here's the good news: to be married in Las Vegas does not mean having to be married by Elvis. A lot of classy wedding receptions reside in Las Vegas, and for a fraction of the amount of money it would cost you to have the same food and services at home.

Before you start making calls to a travel agent to book a hotel in Las Vegas for your wedding, here are some things to consider:

Getting a License

Though the Nevada State law is rather lenient in giving wedding licenses compared to others (thanks to everyone running to Vegas to be wed) you still have to do your research and make sure that you and your future spouse will be able to get married in the state. Look into how many hours prior to the wedding ceremony it has to be purchased and allot enough time to excuse any slight hiccups that may occur along the way. This is especially true if you are an outside visitor who is not from the United States or Canada.

Finding the Right Chapel

A lot of chapels in Las Vegas will appear to be tacky, especially over the internet where their web pages all seem to be at least 10 years old. Feel free to ask for some more recent pictures if they have any, as well as any other questions that you may want to ask.

For a classier Vegas wedding, you can check out hotels either on the strip or off the strip and see if they offer a wedding reception and/or ceremony at a price that you can afford. Chances are that the hotels in Vegas will still be less expensive than a hotel that you would choose at home.

There are also a lot of different establishments 'off' of the Strip that only perform weddings. One of the most popular is The Grove, which is approximately 25 minutes off of the Las Vegas Strip. All you have to do is arrange for a party bus to swing by and pick up your guests, and you are all guaranteed a great time.

Booking a Hotel

Though flights and hotels to Las Vegas may seem rather inexpensive already, consider this: you, the bride and groom, staying in a hotel FOR FREE! If you plan for a group rate, then this is something that you may very well be able to indulge in. A lot of hotels will offer a free night, or two nights, or multiple nights to couples if they book at a group rate and guarantee a certain number of guests. Once the guests call in and make reservations, you will be finding that the honeymoon suite you thought you would be paying for is absolutely free!

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Is a Destination Wedding Really What you Want? Sat, 27 Nov 2010 11:42:07 +0000 galleca Destination weddings immediately have a certain allure and appeal to them. Who wouldn't love to get married barefoot in the sand in Jamaica, or perhaps say 'I do' amongst the excitement of Las Vegas' This doesn't mean that destination weddings are for everyone, though. There are certainly some pros and cons to consider when it comes to wanting to get married out of town, such as:

PRO: Your One-Stop Wedding Shop

Let's face it, if you plan your wedding at home, you will be spending countless hours with your ear glued to your phone, your eyes plastered to your computer screen, and your brain aching from all of the research and information you need to gather to put your wedding together. Caterers, florists, table settings, chair covers' it really is no easy task! Going abroad for your wedding to a popular wedding destination at any tropical resort will offer you a complete package, meaning no lengthy investigative work on your part. It's all provided on site, and you are often also provided with a wedding consultant or 'planner' absolutely free who will make sure that the day goes off without a hitch.

CON: Not Everyone can Attend

A sad fact to having a wedding away from home is that not everyone you may want to be there will be able to attend. The cost of travel is often the guest, and not everyone has the funds or the ability to take time off for your wedding, no matter how much time in advance you may give. Older guests are also concerned about traveling far from home, so if you have a grandmother or grandfather that you just cannot imagine not being at your wedding, you may want to reconsider the destination wedding.

PRO: It's a Budget Saver

Did you know that the average wedding these days costs at least $20 000' Now that's a lot! The reception is where all of that money is going towards. Just think about it: you're feeding probably well over 100 people and offering free liquor, as well as table service and a ton of other amenities. Destination weddings will cut your numbers right down to a sizeable chunk which will make the wedding a lot more affordable. Rather than $20 000, you could easily look at paying only $3000-$5000 for your wedding.

CON: The Wedding License

Trying to get a wedding license outside of your State, Province, or country can sometimes be a very difficult task. Make sure you look up well in advance just how you can obtain a marriage license and ask your wedding planner about how you can obtain a license. He or she will be your best resource in this situation.

PRO: You're Already On your Honeymoon!

The best part of all is that you get to do the honeymoon and the wedding all at once, which of course saves you a whole lot of extra cash. If you aren't too keen about having your family and friends there while you and your new spouse are trying to get to enjoy some quite one-on-one time, then this may not be for you. But chances are your friends and family will be allowing you both a lot of alone time anyways.

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How to Save for your Honeymoon Sat, 27 Nov 2010 11:24:07 +0000 galleca Once engaged, we begin to tuck away a few extra dollars at a time so that we will be able to pay for our wedding that is one, two or maybe even five years down the road. What ever it is, we want to know that we will be able to pay for it.

The honeymoon, however, is far less considered and leaves many brides and grooms scratching their heads. How can we afford a honeymoon when we are already allocating all of our extra money into the 'wedding fund'' You can definitely save up for your honeymoon, and it isn't as hard as you think it may be. With a bit of time and creativity, you will be able to go on your post-wedding getaway.

How Much Is It?

The first thing that you have to think about is how much you have to actually spend on your honeymoon. How much can you save in 'x' amount of months until your wedding' This will help determine exactly where you are going to go, or at least give you an idea of the location.

When you have found out how much it is going to be, you need to decide how much of every pay check you will be able to set aside. You should not have to steal from your wedding fund to do this. If at the end of the day all you have is $500 for your honeymoon, drive 5 hours to a beautiful B&B by the ocean or the lake and enjoy one another's company away from the hustle and bustle of home.

Check Into Online Deals

The best way to find a deal these days is online. You can go to a travel agent if you feel more comfortable doing so, but chances are that they are using the exact same websites as you, and yet they will charge you a fee on top of that. Seems like a silly idea, right?

A lot of online websites will over 2 for 1 deals, free rooms, free food, and a load of other things. Definitely give them a call and see what else they can throw in for free while they're offering.

Set Up a Honeymoon Bridal Registry

If you have all the plates, flatware and house appliances you could ever need, why bother setting up a wedding registry' Set up a honeymoon registry! A lot of travel companies will actually set up an account for both you and your spouse where your guests will be able to give you gifts by paying towards your honeymoon. This is a great idea for those who have overspent on their wedding and don't have enough left for their honeymoon or for brides and grooms who just would not have the funds to take a trip otherwise. People are happy to do it. Just be sure to take lots of pictures!

What you are able to save now will definitely pay off in the end. If you want that extravagant honeymoon, start squirreling away your money so you and your partner will be able to enjoy the honeymoon you have always dreamed of.

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Hawaiian Wedding Dress and Theme Sat, 01 May 2010 09:21:18 +0000 admin Nothing says exotic destination like a beautiful Hawaiian Island sunset on the clean beige sands of the much loved tropical island. Hawaii is a popular wedding location, however, for some of us, work and perhaps lack of money may prevent this from happening. Not to mention…FAMILY. If you want your family to join you, the previously mentioned deterrents can be magnified ten times over. Even if you don’t plan on visiting the island for the big day, there is nothing saying you can’t use a Hawaiian wedding dress and incorporate other traditional Hawaiian themes to your ceremony.

If you are in Hawaii this will be a given, but if your doing a main-land Hawaiian theme — be sure to have Leis available. They’re wreath-like decorations, that are standard gifts given to tourists when the step off the plane. But they aren’t just used for that purpose, they are “Symbols of Love and Commitment” and you will find them used in ceremonies and parties all over the islands. If your utilizing a Hawaiian wedding dress and theme, it goes without saying they would be standard fare for your wedding. Special Leis made with ginger are given to the couples mothers, while Leis with green tea leaves are given to the couples fathers — this is a symbol of gratitude in Hawaiian culture.

By design, a Hawaiian wedding dress and wedding atmosphere are quite simple. Many island leaves, flowers and fruits are incorporated — however the traditional main-land weddings we are used to are quite a formal affair, whereas Hawaiians have a comparably more “laid back” ceremony. A Hawaiian wedding dress, along with a simple flower in the left ear, and sometimes a veil are all a bride will wear. The soon-to-be husband will wear a set of white slacks and shirt, along with a red colored sash and Lei. You could say they find beauty in simplicity. The ceremony takes place in a circle of flowers called the “Circle of Love” where vows are exchanged.

While you’ll want your Hawaiian wedding dress, and traditional garb — you don’t necessarily have to have a “flower shower wedding” with your theme if you need to keep costs down. There is another tradition called the “Sand Ceremony” where the couple each pour colored sand into a single bottle, symbolizing their two souls merging together. The sand can really become a lasting symbol for the two people joining their lives together — flowers are beautiful, but remember you can’t save them forever. The “Sand Ceremony” is really a lasting, romantic event.

So get your traditional Hawaiian wedding dress, conch shell (for traditional starting of the wedding event), Hawaiian band, and prepare for the massive roasted pig feast with tropical fruit afterward. To restate what was mentioned previously: Beauty in simplicity. While it may first seem like an expensive event, the items required for the wedding are quite inexpensive. If you find you, and your family on the island itself, then your most expensive item will be the plane tickets to get you there. I bet you can all hear “Blue Hawaii” by Elvis playing in your head right about now.

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