Are you planning a destination wedding?

Grand Palladium Hotels and Resorts

With stunning locations, luxurious guest accommodations, and activities for all ages, Grand Palladium Hotels & Resorts have everything couples love. With packages designed exclusively for Palladium by celebrity wedding planner Karen Bussen, wedding preparations will be as enjoyable as they are elegant. An expert in design, flowers, food, wine and hospitality, her professionalism comes guaranteed by a wide range of experience working in New York and organizing events for celebrities and famous names in the world of business. Palldium offers a variety of international cuisine and design styles, so that every aspect of your day will be catered to your vision.

Visit: PalladiumWeddings.com

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Are you planning a beach-Themed wedding?

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For a beach-themed wedding, try floating flowers in a clear vase filled with water. What are you planning to create for you beach-Themed wedding reception?

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Photo Credit: Sacha Blackburne Photography

destination Weddings: 7 Tips for Smooth Sailing

No longer an option only for the rich and famous, destination weddings have increased in popularity with couples seeking exotic locales and wanting to eliminate the hassles of wedding planning. Here, we share seven important tips for booking your wedding away.

Tip #1: Consider the time of year
Resorts and all-inclusive properties offer great deals for brides and grooms looking to wed in paradise. However, if you’re planning to exchange vows during peak seasons (holidays, summer months), expect to pay premium prices. Also, August—October is mid-hurricane season in the Caribbean. If you’re planning an island wedding around that time, be sure to inquire upon a cancellation policy for your trip.

Tip #2: Book a destination wedding at a location/with a provider that meets your standard
If you’re feeling unsure about a particular location or not impressed with the level of service, keep checking around until you find a destination and/or accommodations that are in line with your wants and wishes. If you have found the perfect place, but the packages are a bit on the pricey side, try calling the venue and letting them know that you’re interested in booking a destination wedding and are curious as to what’s available in your price range. Believe it or not, most vendors are willing work with you and your budget. Besides, it never hurts to ask.

Tip #3: Research the requirements for obtaining a marriage certificate in that area
Not all states, provinces and countries follow the same rules in regard to weddings. Even if you are working with a wedding planner provided by your resort or through a destination wedding service, take time to brush up on the laws and requirements for acquiring a marriage certificate where your ceremony will take place. Understanding how, when and where to pick up the marriage certificate will definitely save you lots of time and stress.

Tip #4: Give friends and family ample time to make preparations
If you’re inviting others to share with you on your big day, give your guests plenty of advance notice by sending out save-the-date cards. With the ever-increasing price of airfare, your guests will appreciate having a jump start on travel plans.

Tip #5: Choose a wedding photographer who’s familiar with the venue
You don’t want to entrust your wedding photos to just anyone. Find a destination weddings photographer who knows the area inside and out, or arrange for him/her to visit the venue before the big day. A good photographer will want to know the venue inside and out before your wedding to give you unique shots that reflect the style, lighting, and mood of the location.

Tip #6: Never select an all-inclusive package if it doesn’t fit your needs
An “all-inclusive” or “most-inclusive” approach to making the wedding arrangements can help to ease some of the stress, energy and time it can take to plan a destination weddings. However, if your guest list is small (or if it’s just the two of you), more isn’t always the best bet. Always select amenities and services according to your individual needs.

Tip #7: Plan activities to keep guests entertained
While you and your groom are busy tackling last minute details and meeting with vendors, keep your guests entertained by creating a list of activities and local attractions to enjoy. Since some of your guests may use vacation days to attend your ceremony, help them make the most of their trip by offering fun and leisurely things to do during destination weddings downtime.

Weddings away are just the ticket for couples who want to enjoy more of each other and worry less about the hassles associated with traditional planning. So, kick back and relax in knowing that all the details are taken care of.

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Bridal Bouquet Preservation Keeps Appeal Strong

Your bouquet adds color, elegance and beauty to your bridal attire. Depending on the flowers you choose, it also will perfume your ceremony with sweet, memorable aroma. Although flowers traditionally die, your bouquet can last forever. By choosing bridal bouquet preservation, your flowers can be cherished years after your big day. Because of its symbolism, preserving your bouquet will allow you to relive the joy of your wedding day again and again.

With proper care, wedding flowers can be preserved for years. Certain flowers dry better than others do. These include roses, carnations, orchids and most lilies. Some brides base their floral selections on this factor. Reds and dark colors usually dry darker than their original color, while whites, pinks and other light-colored blossoms are more likely to retain their luster. However, most flowers can be safely preserved if properly handled.

If you are thinking about bridal bouquet preservation, let your florist know. He or she can then be careful with any necessary wiring, so petals aren’t damaged. Get your bouquet to a preservationist as soon after the wedding as possible. If there’s a delay, keep the bouquet cool, but don’t refrigerate it or spray it with water.

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Off-Day Weddings Offer Advantages

Traditionally, Saturday is the most popular day for weddings. But competition for sites and services is making so-called “off-day weddings” more attractive. Even if you don’t marry in September or October, traditionally the two most popular months, a Saturday wedding can be hard to arrange. Many wedding ceremony and reception sites are booked a year or more ahead of time.

To make matters worse, it’s even harder if there’s one particular site you’ve set your heart on with your wedding planning. If there’s a conflict, your only options are to postpone or switch dates. For many couples, an off-day wedding— perhaps a Friday or Sunday wedding ceremony—is more appealing than delaying the ceremony. This is especially true for if you don’t have a lot of time for wedding planning and preparation, or if a sudden job move or other unexpected event makes you advance your plans.

The anniversary factor can also have you setting up an off-day wedding. When a particular date (like the one-year anniversary of his proposal) is more important than a Saturday time frame, you should not let tradition stand in the way of significance.

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Whether you want a rustic confection or a cake adorned with autumn fruit, herbs or flowers; treat your guests to one of these seasonal big-day desserts.

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Finding a fall wedding cake that is seasonal and stylish is surprisingly simple. From pretty confections adorned with berries and blooms to burlap-draped tiered cakes, there’s an autumn-inspired wedding cake for every type of bride and groom.

Restraint is key when it comes to opting for a thematic big-day dessert. To balance seasonal details with a timeless style you’re sure to love for years to come, your best bet is to select just one or two fall-inspired accents to work into your cake. Wrap tiers in a simple burlap ribbon, top your confection with seasonal flowers like orange and burgundy mums or incorporate autumnal berries or fruit for a festive yet elegant look.

Every decision from your attire to the design of the cake is a reflection of your personal style. Not the least of which is your First Dance song.

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Perfect Wedding Guide entertainment vendors across the country are some of the best in their markets, and an excellent resource for picking music that sets the tone for your wedding.

Here are the Top 10 Most Popular First Dance Songs, according to Spotify.

  1. Perfect – Ed Sheeran
  2. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran
  3. At Last – Etta James
  4. All of Me – John Legend
  5. Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
  6. A Thousand Years – Christina Perri
  7. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagna
  8. I Won’t Give Up – Jason Mraz
  9. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding
  10. Perfect Duet – Ed Sheeran & Beyonce

What is your First Dance song?

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