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Arrive in Style to Any Event

The vehicle that you choose to arrive to your wedding or special event completely sets the stage for the event.

Why arrive at a special event in your everyday car when you can make a statement by arriving in style?

The vehicle that you choose is as important as the ensemble you wear, the flowers, the linens and the styling of the food. It is not only a necessary logistic buy a prop in your over all event design and aesthetic. It can, and should be part of overall design and aesthetic. It can, and should be part of overall design, and can certain add panache and fun to your celebration.

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Art of the Invitation by Lisa Light

Since the origin of time, humankind has celebrated milestones such as birthdays, accomplishments and marriages. In the beginning, people were simply invited by word-of-mouth, but as society developed, so did the "art" of the invitation. Today, in this era of electronic communication, printed invitation that are calligraphed and actually sent through post or delivered by special courier are valued and even cherished more than ever, sometimes costing in tens of thousands of dollars.

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“WedSafe Will Insure Your Big Day”

Insurance may not be the most exciting purchase you make while planning your wedding, but it is certainly one of the most important.

As a planner I’ve learned to expect the unexpected. What’s life without a few surprises? And why should your wedding be any different? With the wonderful surprises your “big day” has in store for you, there may be one or two that are less-than-wonderful, and completely unforeseen. Here are a few scenarios that you should consider when deciding whether or not to insure your big day:

  • Sudden severe weather prevents your celebration, or causes many of your guests to cancel.
  • The charming restaurant you chose to host your rehearsal dinner has gone out of business, but not before they cashed your deposit check.
  • One of your vendors or service providers fails to show, but keeps your deposit.
  • A sudden illness or withdrawal of military leave makes it impossible for certain family members to attend.
  • Your darling nephew--the ring bearer--loses the ring while “practicing” his entrance
  • Mid-hug, someone accidentally spills a glass of Merlot down the side of your antique wedding dress.

 

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Making Toasts

Making ToastsGenerally, the best man acts as the toastmaster, and prepares a list of the order in which each person will make a toast. There is an established protocol which the couple may or may not choose to follow.

Microphones:  You may want to check with the hired musicians for the use of their microphone if the rehearsal or reception is in a very large area and people may have a hard time hearing. You might also consider if the sound system will be set up when you need to speak.

Special Considerations:  If you, or someone else, will not be able to stand as you deliver your toast, you may want to make special arrangements ahead of time to move to a location where you will be seen by all.

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A Personal Wedding Planning Web Page is a Great Destination Wedding Resource

By Lisa Light
Aren't you glad that we live when we do? I must say, some things about planning a wedding have gotten a lot easier. I used to stay up half the night faxing distant locations, during their business hours. Now, with e-mail and Internet research, so much of the details of planning a wedding - locally or halfway around the world - are easier.

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Gary Oakley - Destination Wedding Photographer

What to look for… And look out for…
When selecting a Destination Wedding Photographer….

by Gary Oakley

Oakley Photography

Now that the word is out about your upcoming destination wedding, you are getting advice everywhere you turn. Your college roommate just got marred in Hawaii, Your sister tied the knot in Seattle… and everyone has an opinion! To whom do you listen?

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Browse any of the destinations on our site, and you'll have access to the most comprehensive guide to that wedding destination anywhere on the web - overview, map, marriage requirements and other resources. Destination Bride.com offers planning information for more than 54 locations in Canada, United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Asia, and Oceania and Worldwide

You'll find local weather and currency information, addresses and contacts for legal documentation, and suggestions for venues, caterers and many other categories of service providers. Our listings are expanding daily! Don't forget to check out the resources in the Worldwide Region too, as they include services and products that are available anywhere in the world!

Arrive in Style

Ideas in Creative Transportation The idea that your wedding should be an expression of your personalities should be carried through on every detail. And with a little thought, even transportation can be incorporated to add memorable fun and character to your event.

Over the years as a wedding planner, I have seen many couples select unique ways to get around on the big day. Although transportation for the bridal party is traditionally selected and paid for by the groom's family, today's bride is likely to be involved in the decision making — and in covering costs.

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Live Internet Weddings

Live Internet Weddings

American couples continue to choose destination weddings in record numbers.

The allure is great: the opportunity to celebrate both a wedding and a once-in-a-lifetime adventure in a fabulous location with family and friends. And of America's many premier locations, Hawaii has always been on the top of the list. Hawaii's beautiful beaches and tropical weather make it a romantic and exotic wedding destination, yet with all of the conveniences of home.

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To Theme or Not to Theme?


Destination Weddings & Honeymoons Magazine
Spring 2006 Issue
by Lisa Light Planning a destination wedding - whether at a beach in St. Barts or a county inn in New England - can feel like swimming for months in a sea of details.

A unifying element can enhance your big event from save the dates to honeymoon.

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Choosing the Videographer

The best time to start looking for a videographer is about nine to twelve months in advance. Begin with recommendations from family and friends, looking through tapes or DVD's for quality, style and formats that you like. As you view a tape with the videographer, look for pans and zooms. Are they smooth? Does the tape tell a story? Please read the following written by Wedding and Event Videographers Association International (WEVA). After this article you will find a selection of questions you can ask when interviewing for a videographer.

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The ‘Bottom Line’ of Weddings - Who Pays for What?


Photo by Emma Dodge Hanson
By Lisa Light

A few questions always come up in my first meeting with an engaged couple. “Who pays for what?” is one of those questions. We all think we know the answer. At least, we have an idea—sometimes vague, sometimes clear—of who paid for what back in the days when there were ironclad etiquette rules for such things. (I’ll refresh your memory of the ‘traditional’ breakdown of costs and responsibilities, according to Emily Post, below.)

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Hiring A Photographer

Photographer How soon before your wedding should you hire a photographer?
In most cases you should start looking for a photographer almost as soon as you book your reception hall. Keep in mind most of the better photographers are taken a year or more in advance.

What is the advantage of hiring a professional?
A professional takes photographs for a living. As a professional, you can be assured of receiving the highest quality in service and photographs. A professional photographer uses the best equipment and labs to assure your satisfaction.

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Julia Nichols Prem - Photographer

Ease, elegance and whimsy says it all. The moment you meet Julia Nichols Prem you can feel her warmth and creative energy. She is not just a photographer but an artist and a humanitarian.

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Catering FAQ's

Catering Get all estimates in writing; contracts should state what food and drink is to be served, how many servers will be needed, and a provision to inform the caterer of the final number of expected guests at least a week before the wedding.

  • Make sure the caterer is licensed or you may be liable if something happens.
  • If outdoors, make sure they have refrigeration.
  • Find out how they dress.
  • What is the estimated cost per person for a seated dinner? Buffet? Cocktail reception? Open bar? What does the cost include?
  • What is the staff-to-guest ratio? (For seated meals, the ratio is usually one waiter to 8-10 guests.)

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Lisa Light's Advice on...Wedding Insurance

Every life holds great drama, and a few big watershed events: education, marriage, a first home, children. Momentous events such as these do not come without expense, or risk (along with a hopefully much greater set of blessings and rewards!). You wouldn't sink your life's savings (and perhaps some of your parents'...) into your first home without insuring your investment, would you?

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Kids, Weddings & Childcare: To Invite, Or Not to Invite Little Ones to Your Wedding

And whichever way you choose, tips for doing it right...

For some couples, deciding whether or not to invite kids to the wedding is not an easy, slam-dunk kind of question. Kids certainly add an air of "unpredictability" to a wedding, But as we all know...unpredictability can go any number of ways. If you are on the fence about whether to include kids or have a strictly adults-only event: read on. Or, worse yet, if you and your fiancé are on opposite sides of the fence on this issue: read on. These are some points to consider, which will hopefully help you make the right decision.

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Destination Simchas: Kosher Destination Weddings Now Possible!

Kosher Destination Weddings Imagine being able to celebrate the day of your wedding exactly where and how you dream of it, without compromising either God's laws or your own vision? Imagine being able to host - nationally or internationally - a celebration that is everything you envision for your sacred, happy event, and entirely Glatt kosher.

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PLANNING FEATURE | Photography

GETTING THE BEST SHOT: Tips for Incredible Wedding Pictures

It goes by really fast. Doesn't everybody tell you that? For those at the center of the whirlwind of festivities the bride and groom, the day can pass especially quickly.

Tremendous photos will be so valuable to you. They'll help you to relive the day with each other ("You missed it when Aunt Betty started the conga line?!"), and with all of your family and friends. With websharing, your photos can be enjoyed by all of your guests as well as those who weren't able to attend.

Whether you are hiring a worldclass photographer, or enlisting the help of a talented friend or family member, there are easy things you can do to guarantee great shots. I've worked with some of the best photographers in the business, for high-profile weddings and magazine photo shoots, and these are some of the tips I've picked up:

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New Rules and Roles Defined for Mothers of the Bride and Groom

Things have changed for the mothers of prospective brides and grooms. A decade ago, weddings were planned primarily by the bride and her mother, with the groom and his family playing supporting roles. Now, as more brides and grooms plan and pay for their own weddings without parental help, and with more couples inviting both sets of parents to participate fully, the moms are confused about their roles.

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Lisa Light's book takes all the worry out of selecting the perfect spot and helps brides avoid stress and last minute surprises when planning a wedding away from home.

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