Real Wedding – Ami & Vincent

June 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

Formal Destination Wedding Bliss

This week I am sharing a real destination wedding in Puerto Aventuras Mexico.  Beside the fact that I love weddings in Mexico, I love formal weddings in Mexico even more.  Ami and Vincent’s formal nuptials at Dreams Puerto Aventuras is a perfect example of formal style in an informal setting.  This charming wedding was photographed by the talented Amanda Gilley who did a wonderful job capturing all the sweet moments and details surrounding Ami and Vincent on their special day. Ami and Vincent were married in a simple ceremony officiated by a family friend and surrounded by their many friends and family.  An intimate dinner reception followed by the couples first dance together serenaded by an outstanding Mariachi group.  I love their sweet little flower girl, don’t you? Wedding Dress         Cala Lily wedding bouquet  Bride Ami Dreams Puerto Aventuras    Wedding Jewelry

Vendors & Credit

Photographer – Amanda Gilley
Ceremony & Venue – Dreams Puerto Aventuras
Wedding Dress – Alfred Angelo
Jewelry –Jareds

Alternative Wedding Registries for Couples Who Have The Basics

June 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

What do you register for if you and your fiancé already live together and have a house full of things? Not all gift lists have to be filled with silverware, linens or other unnecessary items, and if you are one of these couples who doesn’t want more stuff, you’ll find a cash wedding registry to be a great solution. One of the benefits of an alternative wedding registry is that you can register for cash gifts towards anything that fits your lifestyle.

Here are 5 ideas to create a cash wedding registry with personalized gifts that are perfect for what you need at this time in your life.

1. Honeymoon Registry

If your style is go big or go home and you’ve forever got travel on the brain, let your guests gift you the honeymoon of a lifetime. Whether you want to tour the Costa Rican rain forest, scuba dive in shark filled waters, traipse around Europe or just collapse on a private beach, you can use your honeymoon registry to make your dream vacation a reality by creating a gift list of all the parts of your fantasy trip. Don’t forget to take tons of pictures – the perfect complement to your thank you notes!

2. Home Improvement Registry

Got a fixer upper? Maybe you need to replace the dishwasher? Or perhaps you’re just saving for your first home. Believe it or not you can register for these things with a cash gift registry! Though most big home items are too expensive as individual gifts, with a cash wedding registry you can break up the prices into smaller contributions so that anyone can chip in. If your style is looking towards the future, creating a house fund registry may be the best option for you. When everything’s ready, have a house-warming party to show everyone what they helped bring to life.

3. Newlywed Activities Registry

The excitement shouldn’t end with your wedding day! Create a newlywed activities registry to continue the honeymoon throughout the first year and beyond. Customize a gift list of all the activities you both enjoy, such as museums, theater, or even a cooking and karate classes. Just because life is back to normal does not mean it has to be boring. Again, take some wonderful photos to share with your friends and families all of the fun they’ve made possible.

4. Personal Services Registry

The first year of marriage can often set the tone for years to come. Think about what petty things could be the cause for unnecessary disagreements and avoid them by registering for services to make your life easier. Make sure the house stays clean and tidy with the help of a cleaning lady. Stay fit and healthy for each other by hiring a personal trainer. Whatever the case may be, treating yourself to some practical gifts may be the perfect way to ease the transition into marriage.

5. Charity Registry

Why not use your wedding to raise money for a cause near to your heart? Create a charity registry that allows guests to contribute towards causes you have always loved. It’s a nice way to integrate giving into a special moment when you are receiving so much. Whether you choose a local organization or relief for the latest disaster, your alternative wedding registry can make a difference anywhere in the world.

Article Source: Dana Ostomel
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The beauty of a morning destination wedding

June 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

It would be impossible to write this entry about morning weddings without mentioning the Royal Wedding of Kate Middleton and Prince William.  Kate and Williams wedding was a day long event with the ceremony followed by a brunch followed buy an evening dinner dance.  If you are planning a morning destination wedding you can have the same and more!  A morning wedding has a number of advantages – 1) In Mexico and the Caribbean, the mornings are cooler than the afternoons.  2) You have the entire day to be the bride instead of just a precious few hours.  3)  You can really create a memorable event with special touches to show your guests how much you appreciate them coming to your wedding.

So here are a few ideas on how how to plan your morning wedding in Paradise.  Start with your morning beach wedding of course!  Follow with a brunch for your guests while you are having your pictures taken.  Take a break and change things up with an afternoon catamaran tour with cocktails.  Finally give everyone a few hours to rest up then on to the evening celebrations either on the beach or in a formal setting.  I hope you can see the possibilities and consider a morning ceremony.

American Couples Get ‘More Selective’

May 20, 2011 § Leave a comment

U.S. couples living together and getting choosier about their prospective spouses is leading more people to delay marriage.

Almost 47 percent of women from 25 to 29 had never been married in 2009, almost double the 26 percent reported in 1986, according to a Census Bureau report released today.

Based on a survey taken since 1986, the increase in the age of couples at their first marriage is “one of the most noticeable changes in marital patterns,” according to the report.

“As marriage rates have decreased and cohabitation has become more common, marriage has become more selective of adults who are better off socioeconomically and have more education,” the report said.

Source (full article): Bloomberg

Say YES! to the resort

May 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

First things first – the truth – I am fairly obsessed with “Say Yes To The Dress” and Kleinfeld fashion director Randy Fenoli.  Watching his enthusiasm and approach to each bride is inspirational and I can only aspire to address each bride with such insight and care when choosing their destination wedding resort.

Randy has so many memorable quotes and on a recent episode here is one of my favorites –

“Finding a dress is like finding a guy, when the right one comes along, you will know it.
You don’t have to date every guy.”

Same is true with resorts –  you don’t have to look at all of them.  And this is where a good destination wedding coordinator comes in – just like a dress consultant, he/she will only show you resorts that fit your budget and your wedding vision.  And just like finding the perfect wedding dress, you will also know when to Say Yes to the Resort!

“It’s not about you – it’s about the bride”

No truer words have been spoken!  It’s wonderful to have everyone in your wedding party on board with all your decisions but is it necessary?  This is something that only you can decide and in my experience, it’s nearly impossible to make everyone happy.  Build your wedding around the people that support your destination wedding vision and try not to worry about the rest.

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