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October 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

INSPIRED Destination Weddings

We are so pleased today to announce the launch of our new Facebook page for INSPIRED Destination Weddings.  Do you have an exceptional wedding venue?  We’d love to hear about it.

Advantages to a smaller, intimate wedding

October 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

A wedding doesn’t have to be a mammoth event with 300 guests and a costly price tag. Many couples choose to walk down the aisle and then celebrate on a smaller scale with much success.

Millions of weddings take place across the globe every year. According to the Association for Bridal Consultants, the average American wedding includes 175 guests and the average size of the wedding party is 12 people. Many couples may view these averages and feel pressured to throw a big wedding. But smaller events can be just as much fun and easier on the pocketbook, as well.

One of the more obvious advantages to a small wedding is the cost. Many large weddings cost between $20,000 and $30,000 dollars. A small wedding will be significantly less simply because there are fewer people to feed. Catering costs account for a large chunk of wedding budgets. A reception with only 50 to 60 people may run $1,000 or less.

Another benefit to a smaller wedding is that a couple may be able to afford a higher-priced venue. Maybe there’s that historic castle or high-priced mansion that would be over budget if 200 guests were coming. With a much smaller guest list, the venue might now be affordable. Or, couples can look outside of wedding halls to restaurants for a nice dinner.

Small weddings tend to be more intimate. Couples can spend more individual time with guests instead of having to spread their time thinly around a large reception hall. Special moments, such as speeches or words of wisdom, may bear more significance when the group is intimate.

Destination weddings have become quite popular and are most successful with a small group. Keeping a large guest list in order can prove challenging when travelling, which makes destination weddings ideal for small guest lists. Also, costs will be kept down if the couple is paying the travel fees for invitees.

It’s important for couples to keep in mind that a small wedding is not without certain challenges. Family members and friends may have their own perceptions of what a wedding should be. Once the idea of a small wedding is mentioned, it may be met with some opposition, particularly from parents who want to invite an extended list of friends and distant family members. This can make it difficult to pick and choose who to invite.

Another disadvantage is that large weddings evoke the energy of a big party and can make people less inhibited to celebrate and dance. An empty dance floor at a smaller wedding may be intimidating to guests who will choose to sit and not fully enjoy themselves.

Ultimately, the decision to have a small-, medium-or large-size wedding is entirely up to the couple or the person who will be financing the event. Wedding planning is largely the personal choice of the couple who will be saying their “I dos.”

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Maya Marriage of Many 12 12 2012

October 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

A Once in a Lifetime Event – Maya Marriage of Many on 12 12 twenty 12

According to the Maya, December 2012 will mark the end of a 5,126-year era, and is a time of renewal, rebirth, renaissance and new beginnings. In honor of this historic moment in time, 12 Productions Belize teamed up with Romantic Travel Belize and Destination Bride to create an epic event designed to bring love from around the world to the epicenter of the Mayan world. The 2012 Mayan Marriage of Many will be a celebration of love with a marriage en mass for 36 lucky couples on the Maya ruins of Cahal Pech on 12 12 Twenty 12.

Each couple will be able to invite 6 of their closest loved ones to witness the marriage and partake in the celebration from December 9th through 13th, 2012. Package prices range from $14,030 to $24,030 depending on the chosen hotel, with other add-on options available and then be whisked away for a tropical paradise honeymoon on the exotic paradise, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

We chose 12 12 twenty 12 because it is not only the last of the alliteration dates for 100 years, but is also a significant number to the Maya as well. The number 12 is believed to be the number of strength, conviction, absoluteness and finality. It is also associated with beliefs of mystery and authority. And since there are 12 chakras in the human heart, the 36 tickets to the 12 12 twenty 12 Mayan Marriage of Many will be the Most Coveted Invitations in the worldwide wedding market!

Each Bridal Package includes the following for two people:

  • Accommodation
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Welcome Cocktail & Dinner Reception
  • Orientation Breakfast
  • Rehearsal Dinner
  • Wedding & Wedding Reception
  • Adventure Tours
  • Sunset Cruise & Full Day Snorkel
  • Photography

Bridal Couple Packages:

  • Wedding Package 1: $14,030
  • Wedding Package 2: $16,030
  • Wedding Package 3: $20,030
  • Wedding Package 4: $24,030

US Phone: 215.469.2496

Belize Phone: (011) 501.670.5272

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Why Do Weddings Cost So Much?

October 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

My response to the Huffington Post article Strapped: How the Bridal Beast is Bankrupting the Lowly Wedding Guest.  First of all THANK YOU for writing what I have been unable to verbalize or have been afraid to say.  Second THANK YOU for not just calling out destination weddings but domestic weddings too with their excessive financial obligations to guests.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article!

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