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This Is How to Plan a Destination Wedding

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Are you having a hard time planning a destination wedding?

Did you know that the wedding industry has a value of 55.1 billion USD despite the pandemic? This means that you’re still going to spend a lot when you opt for a traditional wedding. This is often the number one hurdle for most couples as it means that they need to have a high budget to get married.

If you go for a destination wedding, though, you forgo most of the costs of a traditional wedding. How to plan a destination wedding, though? Check what we have below to learn how you can plan a destination wedding and get married in the most scenic way possible.

Choose a Meaningful Destination

The first thing that you should plan when going for a destination wedding is the destination itself. Deciding on this will help you plan out the rest of the event with ease. What’s great is that there are tons of locations for you to choose from.

The best destination weddings are amazing because the bride and groom choose a location that’s meaningful to them. So, to make your as enjoyable and successful, make sure your venue has a meaning behind it. Select a special location from your childhood memories if you want it to add more memories to the venue.

You can also pick among the best destination wedding locations if you’re strapped for ideas. These are sure to give you and your guests a good time before, during, and after the wedding.

Set a Budget

Now that you have a destination in mind, use that as a reference to what your budget will be. Make sure that you include the cost of the accommodation and the fees for travel in your budget to know how much you have left.

Use that budget to plan out the rest of the event. A great way to cut on costs and extend your budget is by forgoing traditional wedding decor. Replace them with local flora, instead, as they’re likely cheaper than cloth and fabrics.

You can also choose local delicacies to make all the investments going towards food friendlier to your budget. Doing all these things should help you with your budget for the wedding.

Create an Invite List

With your budget in mind, you should now choose who you’ll invite to your wedding. A good rule of thumb is to invite the people who matter the most to you first. Once you complete that list, consider how much you’ll need to pay for each of them and if it fits in your budget.

If you still have room for more, consider who can and will go abroad to celebrate your special day with you. Including these people is sure to help you fill the seat count for your big day.

Ensure You Have All Necessary Documents

Once you have the destination nailed down, prepare all the documents you need. This goes beyond a marriage certificate and license. Traveling abroad for a wedding means you must also have a Visa and passport at the ready.

Make sure to prepare the change of name documents, birth certificates, and death certificates for divorcees. You never know when you’ll need them, and it’s a pain to get those documents if you’re in another country.

Make sure to include written authorization letters for your guests, too. Anyone under 18 will need this to travel abroad if they don’t have their parents with them.

Choose Someone to Officiate Your Wedding

Next, you need to choose someone who will officiate the wedding for you. If the country you’re traveling to shares the same religious beliefs as you, it should be easy to find one. If not, though, it can be a pain to find someone who will.

Check the local laws to see who they allow to wed people in destination weddings. If you see that they allow anyone who’s gotten ordained before, you can have your friends officiate for you. Doing this makes your wedding one of a kind and is a great way to save on money.

Pick a Theme

Now that you have most worries out of the way, it’s time to pick the theme of your wedding. You’ll want to pick a theme that suits your destination for the wedding. If you’re doing the wedding at a beach, going for a tropical theme is a good idea.

If you don’t want to pick a theme, pick a color scheme, instead. Pick colors that will benefit you and the guests at the destination. Dark colors for cold environments, and lighter ones for hotter environments.

Notify Your Guestlist In Advance

With most of the items on your checklist done, it’s about time for you to notify your guests. Doing this will help them know how much they have to set aside for their fare. Most guests have no idea until a short time before the wedding, making them miss the event.

Doing this also helps your guests pack for the location. They will know what to wear for their leisure time and what they should wear for the wedding itself.

Handpick Your Vendors

Before it’s too late, visit the location and handpick your vendors. It’s better to do this early on so that you can consider your budget and scout the local talent. One way to do this is to ask the locals for referrals.

They’re more familiar with the people in the location and can point you towards the best of the best. This will give you time to negotiate the prices and secure their services for the day.

Learn How to Plan a Destination Wedding Today

Planning a destination wedding shouldn’t be a stressful thing to do. It should be as relaxing as the venue you’ll set for the event. Check our guide and learn how to plan a destination wedding today!

Do you want to learn more about weddings and event planning? Check out more of our posts and guides to learn all you can about event planning today!

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Just Because It’s Winter Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Dream About An Island Vacation

It may be the dead of winter at the moment, but that doesn’t mean we can’t fantasize about taking a warm and relaxing island vacation! Here are the most beautiful island the United States has to offer. 

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Islands are the best. Nothing truly embodies getting away like riding a boat out to a beautiful island and relaxing by the sea while enjoying the island vibes. When people think about islands in the United States they usually think of one place, Hawaii. Of course, they’re not wrong to think that. Why wouldn’t they? Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places on planet Earth. However, there are a ton of different islands all over the United States that are spectacular as well.

We have compiled a list of all the most beautiful islands all over the United States for you to enjoy on your next vacation.

DRY TORTUGAS ISLANDS, FLORIDA

Head down to the Florida Keys to visit the beautiful Dry Tortugas Islands. How great is this list? The first island destination we mention is actually seven islands! This place is home to some out of this world snorkeling and if swimming underwater isn’t your thing then you can just kick back and still experience some of the most incredible wildlife Florida has to offer. The reason the snorkeling is so good here is that most of this national park is underwater and it is also protected so that means the coral reef has thrived as of late and where there is a thriving coral reef, there is amazing snorkeling. You also can’t visit Dry Tortugas without visiting Fort Jefferson, the massive unfinished fortress that literally surrounds one of the islands that is composed of over 16 million bricks.

KIAWAH ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA

This island is about 25 miles southwest of Charleston and is an outdoorsy-type of person’s vacation paradise. There are tons of hiking and biking trails all over this island as well as excellent canoe or kayaking. Beautiful parks and beaches cover this island, as well as unbelievable golf courses. Keep your camera at the ready because you can catch a glimpse of alligators, bobcats, and tons and tons of birds, including America’s favorite the bald eagle. Also, Dan Marino lives there, so if it’s good enough for Dan Marino, it’ good enough for you.

SAINT SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA

The Timucua tribe first settled on this island back in 2000 B.C. and you can still find parts of their history here on this island, as well as those from Spanish, French and English settlers. Not only does this island have a rich history, it’s also rich with golf courses. This island is a golfers dream but also a hikers dream as well. There are many golf courses, and there are also tons of hiking trails that weave all throughout this island paradise. If you feel like just relaxing then come hang out on the killer beaches or go sailing. The activities are plentiful on this wonderful island. 

 

MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN

For all of you history buffs, Mackinac Island is the place for you. This island is full of Victorian houses and horse-drawn carriages. Mackinac Island will truly make you feel like you’ve transported back in time. Beautiful hiking and biking make this island a must, as well as the delicious homemade fudge.

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Catch The Freshest Powder At America’s Best Ski Spots

If you’re looking for the best skiing in America, look no further than these awesome spots. 

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Ski season is in full swing and all across America, people are hitting the slopes for some good old fashioned fun in the snow. It’s one of our favorite past times and there are so many great places to get some good skiing in throughout the country. So if you’ve got the itch and are planning to take yourself a ski weekend sometime soon, why not do it at some of the best slopes in the country!

Here is our list of the absolute best ski destinations in America. Have you been to all of them? If not, what are you waiting for?!

TAOS, NEW MEXICO

People don’t often think if skiing when they think of New Mexico, but the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains finds itself in this beautiful state and allows for some truly amazing skiing. In Taos in particular, people come from miles around to navigate their unusually long and narrow slopes. But don’t worry, they still have plenty of bunny hills and more amateur-friendly runs for the less-experienced skier.

BIG SKY, MONTANA

Montana is one of the most beautiful states in the country and naturally their skiing is no exception. And then best skiing in Montana is easily in the aptly named city of Big Sky. The views are absolutely incredible in every direction, including a glimpse of Yellowstone National Park itself to the southeast. The slopes here start as high as 4,350 feet and there are over 5,800 acres of skiable land. Amazing.

JAY, VERMONT

Placed ever so delicately just under the US-Canada border, this little ski town is as quaint as it gets. Not only is the town itself adorably scenic and more laid-back than most, but the skiing is actually pretty awesome too! And if you go at just the right time of year, you can hit the Jay Peak Resort water park after a morning on the slopes for a little surf and turf!

STOWE, VERMONT

We stay in cozy Vermont for our next great ski spot, Stowe. It’s a little resort town that sits right at the base of Vermont’s highest mountain. And you’re not going to believe this… but it’s charming as all heck! The massive Mount Mansfield attracts adrenaline junkies from all around the world every year for its many awesome slopes. And if you want to get the full ski weekend experience, stay at the Stowe Mountain Lodge that sits right at the base of Mount Mansfield.

MAMMOTH LAKES, CALIFORNIA

Plenty of people around the country like to bash on California and its residents, but there’s no denying it’s one of the most beautiful states in the country. The unique combination of perfect beaches and breathtaking mountains, all within a couple hours of each other, makes it truly one of a kind.

And in terms of just skiing, Mammoth Lakes has some of the best you’ll find in all of America. But there’s more than just great skiing there! If you’re the sight-seeing type, you have to check out Rainbow Falls in Devils Postpone National Monument. It’s pretty darn beautiful!

NORTH CONWAY, NEW HAMPSHIRE

A mere three hours north of Boston you will find this idyllic little ski town. North Conway features an especially scenic valley and has some of the highest annual snowfalls in all the country. It’s not uncommon for the ski seasons to start in November and go all the way to May in this area of New Hampshire. So you have no excuses for not making it up there! And if you need any extra motivation, New Hampshire doesn’t have sales tax!

BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO

OK… now I know I’ve talked a lot about the most beautiful states in the country… but I really feel like Colorado has got to be in the top two. Every time I’m in Colorado I can just barely contain myself while looking in literally any direction. It’s just so, so beautiful. As for skiing in Colorado, it doesn’t really get better than Breckenridge.

It can get a little pricey though, so be sure to book your trip in advance. Believe me, it’ll be worth it!

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Escape It All With These Secluded Vacation Destinations

If you’re looking to avoid people as much as possible on your next vacation, these are the spots for you. 

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For many of us, one of the best parts of going on vacation is just getting the heck away from all of it. And that most certainly includes people! Getting some quality alone time in a new and beautiful place can do wonders for the soul. So if this sounds like the perfect vacation for you, then check out these amazing destinations that also come with the least amount of people!

PAPINGO, GREECE

We all know how beautiful the Mediterranean is. It’s an incredible area of the world that’s always a worthy vacation destination. But this quaint mountain town is the best option if you’re looking to avoid the crowds and tourists. It also offers some of the best natural river swimming holes and hiking trails in all of Greece.

LA DIGUE, SEYCHELLES

La Digue is one of the over 100 small islands found off the coast of East Africa. And it’s really the only one you need to know about! Because it’s a perfectly secluded and peaceful vacation destination. Almost everyone that lives there only travels by bike and there are literally zero traffic lights on the island. And the beaches simply can’t be beat.

LOFOTEN ISLANDS, NORWAY

When seclusion and nature are top priorities for your vacation, any of the Nordic countries are always a great place to start. And one of the best spots in Norway is easily the Lofoten Islands. Depending on the time of year you visit, you can do just about anything here. From surfing to skiing, to fishing and hiking, these islands have it all.

Not to mention you’ll have a great view of the Northern Lights if they’re in town and can often enjoy some 24-hour sunlight!

THE PEAK DISTRICT, ENGLAND

I mean… it’s the English countryside! You gotta love the English countryside. There are few places greener and every little village is quainter than the last. The Peak District is probably the best option if you’re looking to take in this famous countryside, as it offers many worthwhile historic attractions, and the Peak District National Park offers wonderful outdoor activities.

HSIPAW, MYANMAR

If you’re looking for a truly unique vacation experience while also going off the beaten path, that Hispaw should be at the top of your list. It’s actually a Shan royal city and carries with it incredible history to both look at and learn about. It also carries with it famously chill vibes so it provides a perfect mixture of relaxing and stimulating.

MONTEZUMA, COSTA RICA

Revenge will be the last thing on your mind when you vacation in Montezuma. In fact, it’s likely you’ll never feel more at peace than when you’re in this perfect little beach town. Montezuma is a bit of a “hippie secret” as well and you’ll be sure to meet plenty of interesting artists and musicians while you’re there. This place is perfect for relaxing on the beach all day and enjoying the company of fascinating people all night.

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