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BRIDAL FASHION REAL WEDDINGS DESTINATION WEDDING PLANNING HOW EARLY IS TOO EARLY?


I Do

Two simple words with wonderful powers and the most magical phrase that you’ll ever speak to your life partner. When it comes to turning your destination wedding dreams into reality, trust our DestinationVows® specialists to make it all happen easily and effortlessly. We have the expertise and a world of contacts to assist you in making this once-in-a-lifetime occasion truly unforgettable.

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Share your dream with us and we’ll take it beyond the boundaries of your imagination with remarkable attention paid to each and every detail. In love and life alike, we’re always

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looking for that special spark that makes it spectacular. You’ll find that very passion within each of our specialists. As your big day approaches, not only will you have the peace of mind that all of your plans are taking shape, but you’ll also know that the person you’ve chosen to mastermind your wedding day is truly delighted to be a part of it. Dream, imagine and explore the possibilities with one of our DestinationVows® specialists, and create not only a dream wedding but a gallery of memories that will serve as a lasting testament to a lifetime of shared love.


Love is in the air.

If you are reading this latest edition of DestinationVows® magazine, chances are you are recently engaged – congratulations! Or perhaps you are considering engagement to the love of your life and thinking ahead to what your dream wedding could look like. Regardless, you’re about to embark on an exciting new chapter, the beginning of your forever. In this magazine, get ready to be inspired by romantic destinations such as Mexico and the South Pacific, that are perfect for your wedding, as well as expert insight and creative ideas to help customize your big day. We know that couples often have a lot of questions on what to expect when they start the planning process. To help with this, we’ve leaned on the expert knowledge of our partners at Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA) to share insights and tips that will help you start planning your dream wedding. We’ve also shared planning timelines that will help you understand how much time is needed for planning your big day and ensure you don’t miss any milestones along the way. We have fashion ideas for all kinds of weddings from barefoot-in-thesand beach weddings to sophisticated vineyard soirees. Also, look for unique ideas around how to make your wedding sustainable, add cultural traditions to this romantic day, or include your loved ones in your ceremony. Keep in mind, planning your dream destination wedding is an exciting time – it doesn’t have to be stressful. When you choose to work with a destination wedding specialist, you can trust that you are working with an expert who will be able to help you find the destination that is right for you, regardless of your budget.

Karen Leiva editor@ensembletravel.ca

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Turks & Caicos Ashlee & James

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Destination Wedding Fashion

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How to Plan a Destination Wedding Mini-Moon

Style & Fashion 8 Destination Wedding Fashion 12 Packing List: Bride 14 Packing List: Groom

Real Weddings 20 Magical Mexico: Mara & Jeevan 32 Turks & Caicos: Ashlee & James 46 South Asian Wedding: Sonali & Vivek

Destinations 16 Pacific Paradise 18 Say Yes to Mexico 24 Say “I do” in the Caribbean

Planning 26 Planning Tips for Your Dream Destination Wedding 30 How to Plan a Destination Wedding Mini-Moon 36 Know Your Timelines 38 Personal Touches

Wedding Florals Around the World

Cruise 40 Seas the Wedding Day Unique Ideas 44 Wedding Florals Around the World 50 Green Weddings 54 Perfect Backdrops for Your Big Day 56 Cultural Connection 58 Weddings Down Under

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Contributing Writers

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Ensemble Travel® Group

Karen Leiva, Ingrid Lopez, Emma Yardley, Doug Wallace, Barbara Ramsay Orr,

Joe Viecili, Dalia Shamkhani

Don Nichols, Maria-Teresa Andreacchi, Mariellen Ward, Diane Tierney,

Foxx Advertising & Design Inc.

Creative & Managing Editor Ingrid Lopez

Editor Karen Leiva

Advertising Co-ordinator Alice Stroh

Valentina Valentini, Waheeda Harris, Heather Greenwood Davis, Krista Henrich

Copy Editor Isabelle Labrosse, Kimberly Buerkle, Alice Stroh

Print Management AM Lithographers

Carnival helps creates fun memories every day, so just imagine what we can do for your wedding. Picture your wedding photos with a blue sea-sky background or white-sand beach behind you… and a gentle breeze through your hair. The location is up to you — your ideal wedding spot just may be aboard a Carnival ship, or perhaps at one of the scenic island destinations we sail to. Whichever you choose, we are here to make your special day fun, memorable and stress-free! For more information please contact your Ensemble Destination Vows Specialist.

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Cherry Ann Valles, Cinzia Cammisa

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Whether it’s in Napa Valley or Bordeaux, your vineyard wedding is guaranteed to have vines, wines and unparalleled views. Add to the vista with a delicate, off-the-shoulder, mermaid-style gown and low-heeled satin sandals (ideal for navigating up the aisle and between rows of pinot gris). Keep wedding-day makeup pretty and peachy with RMS Beauty’s pure-as-possible products and a swipe of Stila’s diamond-infused mascara.

RMS Beauty 4-Piece Savannah Peach Set $96; Hudson’s Bay

By Emma Yardley

When you go abroad to get married, make sure the celebration goes smoothly by matching up your wedding-day outfit with your new environment. Here’s what to look out for when thinking about where you’re going and what to wear.

Stila Magnum XXX™ Mascara $23; Sephora

Anne Barge Raven Strapless Mermaid Gown $5,000-$8,000; Kleinfeld Bridal

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Tropical Beach Bash

Jewel Badgley Mischka Giona Embellished Satin Sandals

You’re on a tropical beach straight off of a postcard – the sun is low, the surf is gentle – and you’re ready to say “I do.” To make sure there are no hitches while getting hitched, think through your wedding wardrobe before stepping out onto the warm sand with a bouquet in hand. Look for a dress with a tulle skirt so light it will skim over the beach, and low-heeled sandals that will stand their ground.

Lise Watier Fashion Magazine Soul on Fire Palette $42; Mercari.com

$130; Hudson’s Bay

The pipes are calling… and they’re calling you to the rolling countryside of the British Isles for a Gaelic wedding, complete with a handfasting ceremony, bagpipe entry, and tartan. To prepare for a night of traditional jigs and reels, choose a dress without a train to minimize trip ups; once the whisky starts flowing though, all bets are off. Aim for rosy cheeks and soft curls, and you’ll look like you walked right out of an Outlander scene.

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Dyson Airwrap $499.99-$549.99; Dyson.com Pearl Hair Clips

Sottero & Midgley Olson V-Neck Lace Tulle Sheath Gown

$28; Bloomingdale’s

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick in Soft Coral

$1,500-$3,000; Kleinfeld Bridal

Plaid Scarf

$14; Sephora

Candice $60; aldoshoes.com

$40; Banana Republic

Tarte Hamptons Weekender Contour Palette

Legends Romona Keveza Off-The-Shoulder Lace A-Line Gown

$19; Sephora Polar Bestiary Brooch

$6,000-$7,000; Kleinfeld Bridal

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If you’re headed to a place where winter rules – with frost on the treetops, a thick layer of snow on the ground, and a crisp, cloudless sky – you’ll know just what to expect from the weather, and can plan your ceremony, reception, and wedding outfit choices accordingly. This pearl-and-Swarovskicrystal-embellished ballgown with layers of tulle, textured Chantilly lace and long sleeves would be ideal in a cold snap.

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Winter Wonderland

It would be hard for any bride not to feel like a goddess feasting at a reception dinner of fresh-that-day seafood and a medley of local produce with all the people she loves, while enjoying epic sunset views of the Mediterranean. Add in a gorgeous ivory-crêpe trumpet bridal gown with a detachable rhinestone-embellished chiffon cape, and the style scene gets raised to heroic Wonder Woman heights.

Mediterranean Celebration

Pure Navy Gia Metallic Point Toe Pumps

Diorshow Liquid Mono in Steel $36; Dior.com Shiseido Synchro Skin Self-Refreshing Foundation

$59.99; saksoff5th.com

$60; Shiseido.com

Ti Adoro Navette and Pearl Hair Vine

Laura Jayne Faux Pearl and Stone Drop Earrings

$220; Hudson’s Bay

$165; Hudson’s Bay Dior Rouge Blush in Confident

Alynia Gold High Heel Sandal

$45; Dior.com

$80; aldoshoes.com Sottero & Midgley Porter Marie Princess Ball Gown $2,500-$3,500; Kleinfeld Bridal

Rodial Soft Focus Glow Drops $55; Amazon.com

Tara Keely Laura Cape V-Neck Trumpet Gown

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The lushness of the surroundings, the smell of pure nature and the sweet sounds of birds all call for an escape in an eco-friendly resort in the Caribbean. Finding a luxe eco-resort on the edge of the world to hold your nuptials has a certain down-to-earth appeal (as does finding a dress to match the outdoorsy mood). Toronto-based Mikaella Bridal has designed an off-the-shoulder gown that is simple yet stunning – especially when paired with a natural-makeup look and Birks aquamarine stud earrings.

$3,000-$5,000; Kleinfeld Bridal

Botanical Garden Party

Eve of Milady Hand-Beaded A-Line Gown

Whether it’s being held in the outdoor rose garden or in the rare-orchard atrium, a wedding surrounded by a country’s most celebrated blooms is bound to be delightful. This delicate, garden-inspired bridal gown, with its light layer of lace hand-beaded with garlands of flowers and Swarovski crystals, fits in with the surrounding florals. To finish off this romantic look, add simple flower-petal stud earrings and a gentle sweep of dusty-rose highlighter on the cheekbones.

Birks Bee Chic Aquamarine and Silver Stud Earrings $495; Maison Birks and Maisonbirks.com

NARS The Multiple in Maui

$5,000-$6,000; Kleinfeld Bridal

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Beautycounter Touchup Skin Concealer Pen & Rosewood Lip Trio

$39; Sephora

$40 and $66; both Beautycounter.com

Anne Klein Elevated Crystal Round Stud Earrings

Eco-resort Fete

Stila After Hours Eye Shadow Palette

$20; Macy’s

Badgley Mischka Frances Satin Pumps

Mikaella Bridal A-Line Off Shoulder Crepe Tulle Gown

$365; Hudson’s Bay Goutal Paris Petite Chérie Eau de Parfum Roll-On

$1,500-$2,500; Kleinfeld Bridal

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Packing List: By Emma Yardley

Bride

Choose your adventure...

When packing for your destination beach wedding, there’s a lot to keep in mind: the heat, the activities, the wedding and the other group events all have to be taken into account. Take the guesswork out of tackling this mega job with these packing suggestions.

DON’T FORGET TO PACK: √ Rehearsal-dinner outfit √ Wedding dress/undergarments √ Wedding day jewelry/shoes/hair accessories/veil √ Makeup (wedding & everyday)

Winona Metallic Dress $189.99; evernew.com

√ Travel manicure kit (plus, touch-up nail polish)

Passport Case $7.99; HomeSense

MAKE YOUR FAIRYTALE WEDDING COME TRUE

Pretty Useful Tools 7-Piece Manicure Travel Kit $42; Neiman Marcus

Urban Decay Naked3 Palette $54; Sephora

Begin your new life together or write the next chapter in a storybook tropical setting at Secrets Resorts & Spas. Guests immerse themselves in Unlimited-Luxury® where everything is included. Elegantly appointed rooms and suites with 24-hour concierge and room services, multiple gourmet restaurants and lounges serving top-shelf spirits, elegant amenities and endless day and evening activities, provide the ultimate backdrop for unparalleled pampering, romantic rendezvous and lasting memories for couples and honeymooners. Offering an extra measure of romance and sensuality in exquisite luxury beachfront locations, each Secrets’ romantic wedding package features a wedding cake, sparkling wine toast, a honeymoon package, free anniversary nights and much more. Relax knowing our on-site professional wedding coordinators are here to attend to every detail. So you have more time to focus on one another and make the most of your special time together.

MEXICO | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC | JAMAICA | COSTA RICA | SPAIN | ST. MARTIN Orange Scalloped Tank Top $19.99; Marshalls

Sigma Beauty 8-Piece Mr. Bunny Travel Kit $110; Hudson’s Bay

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Korres Hydra–Biome™ Probiotic Superdose Face Mask $49; Sephora.com

For more information please contact your Ensemble® DestinationVows Specialist.

Coach Ombre Signature Square Sunglasses $115; coach.com

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Packing List: By Emma Yardley

Groom

Make sure to pack all the essentials in your carry-on luggage, as postponing the ceremony due to lost luggage would be a major disappointment! Here are some suggestions to help you travel (and get married) in style.

DON’T FORGET TO PACK: √ Evening outfit (including rehearsal dinner) √ Wedding suit and shoes √ Wedding rings √ Marriage documents √ Travel and ring insurance

Velvet Tie & Bowtie $16.99 & $12.99; Marshalls

Clinique Great Skin For Him 4-Piece Set $58; Hudson’s Bay

John Masters 4-Piece Essential Travel Set For Hair and Body $38; Hudson’s Bay

Grant Slim-Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt $95; Banana Republic

Leather Dress Belt $74; Banana Republic Tweezerman 5-Piece Essential Grooming Kit $36; Hudson’s Bay

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Cole Haan Grand Crosscourt II Sneaker $59.98, DSW.com

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That same variety can also be found closer to home. Hawaii is the perfect mix of island exoticism with American comforts and hospitality thrown in. From quiet elopements to giant luaus, the choice is endless and the price points wide. Oahu and Maui are the most popular picks for weddings, but you can spread out to enjoy the mountain scenery of Kauai or the Kohala Coast on the big island of Hawaii, perfect for its great weather and multitude of luxury accommodations. & RE SO RT

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Even further from North America, the islands of Fiji offer loads of resorts to serve as the wedding anchor. The paperwork for obtaining a marriage licence here is straightforward, with arrangements easily made by your destination wedding specialist. Fiji offers a nice mix of activities for the varying interests of your guests. Hikers and eco-tourists head to the island of Taveuni for the lush forests and secluded waterfalls. Kadavu exhibits a quiet slice of true Fijian culture. The popular islands of Mamanuca are filled with dive sites and surfing.

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Near Tahiti is the island of Moorea where couples can expect to luxuriate in its small, crystal-clear lagoon, sample exquisite seafood, and hike up lush mountains around the island’s bays. Moving on to the showpiece that is Bora Bora, there are wild stingrays to swim with, black pearls to buy, and a world-famous lagoon to explore by speedboat.

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Tahiti is a dream-come-true for couples looking for a private affair. Opt for a luxe property such as the InterContinental Tahiti Resort & Spa where you can say your vows on a motu (island reef), on a catamaran, or even in your private bungalow. Expect romantic dinners, intimate sunset cruises, and an ideal spot to spend your honeymoon afterwards. There’s also an option for a traditional Tahitian ceremony with flower crowns and leis, traditional outfits, and a priest who can baptize the couple with a Polynesian name.

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While the white-sand beaches and creature comforts of the Caribbean and Mexico all boast ample benefits, nothing beats the story you will take home from a wedding in French Polynesia, Fiji or Hawaii. The South Pacific is a world unto itself – peaceful, natural, secluded, exotic – full of incredible wildlife, mesmerizing watersports, and tranquil over-the-water bungalows.

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And while these places may seem incredibly far away, remember that you can always break up the trip with a few days in Vancouver or Los Angeles first. Because when it’s wheels-up for the South Pacific, going the extra mile will be more than worth it. And when the day comes that breakfast is delivered to the door of your over-water bungalow by canoe, you will know that your South Pacific plan couldn’t have been more perfect.

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The bonus of staging your wedding in the South Pacific is that your honeymoon can literally be next door. You can sneak off after your nuptials to an even more secluded place to enjoy your first week of wedded bliss. French Polynesia has also recently passed new laws that make it easier to get married here than previously. But whether you’re eloping or going all out, the legalities of marrying in each region of the South Pacific vary; ask your destination wedding specialist for advice.


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IDYLLIC BEACH AND GAZEBO WEDDING IN CANCUN, MEXICO

In Riviera Maya expect many options for wedding styles, including beachside palapas for the ceremony instead of a wedding on the sand. Wedding guests can enjoy day trips to Mayan ruins as well as days on the beach.

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On the Pacific Coast, Los Cabos is known for its high-end luxury options, making it an ideal place for a romantic luxe wedding. Los Cabos is famed for being a celebrity destination – many have also married here, including singer Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo who said their vows in a private affair at the elegant farm-to-table restaurant, Flora Farms. With the desert on one side, and the ocean on the other with perfect

With stretches of white sand and clear water along the Bay of Banderas, Puerto Vallarta’s beaches are perfect for a destination wedding ceremony. Puerto Vallarta is a unique city with the contemporary hotels and resorts of Nuevo Vallarta and Punta Mita contrasting with the traditional Mexican charm of its Old Town. Not sure about which destination to pick? Ask your DestinationVows® specialist for recommendations based on your needs.

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Mexico is a popular locale for North American destination weddings, and for good reasons.

views of the Arch of Cabo San Lucas, wedding photos will radiate tropical romance.

Mexico is relatively easily reached by wedding guests, with multiple flights from North American airports to Cancun, Riviera Maya, Puerto Vallarta, and Los Cabos. Gorgeous beaches serve as wedding backdrops, dependable warm weather, and a large number of resorts specializing in wedding packages make Mexico an ideal place for a tropical wedding. Weddings in Cancun and Riviera Maya, on the Caribbean side of Mexico, are easy to plan because of the all-inclusive wedding packages offered by many local resorts. Expect beach views, gourmet dining options, and luxury accommodations. It’s also possible to have a non-religious Mayan ceremony with a local shaman who will come to your resort. Your destination wedding specialist will help you tap into local services that include an on-site coordinator, welcome cocktail parties, rehearsal dinners, ceremony, and reception. 1 8 | D E S T I N AT I O N VOW S 2 0 2 0

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On a very cold January night, Mara and Jeevan were each out with friends having dinner at separate tables of the same restaurant. Not realizing that they were sitting back to back and only moments away from beginning their happily ever after, Mara reached over to hug her friend and elbowed Jeevan in the back of the head – they laughed about it. A year after, Mara and Jeevan moved in together and five years later started planning their dream wedding.

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The couple said “I do” at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun, where the beach was the perfect backdrop. Guests attended from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Israel.

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To meet Mara and Jeevan’s requests and make their dream destination wedding come true, Marie Odorizzi, their DestinationVows® specialist, researched all resorts that would meet every detail and expectation until she found the perfect one for them. From the attentive wedding coordinators to the natural beauty of the location, The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun was the ideal setting for an unforgettable destination wedding. With the sun shining down on the happy couple and their family and friends, Mara and Jeevan took the first steps of their new journey together on pure white sands, stress-free with Marie having taken care of every detail with the wedding coordinators of the hotel.

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The theme of the wedding was pineapples – perfect for a fun, tropical wedding! They had it everywhere from centerpieces to chair flowers and Jeevan’s boutonnière, even on wedding invites! For Mara, it’s all about what it represents: the outside (life) can be prickly, tough and not so pleasant at times, but the inside (relationship) can always be sweet if you work hard to keep it that way.

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To mix their Jewish and Hindu backgrounds, the ceremony took place under a chuppah (a wedding canopy symbolizing the building of a home). Women on Jeevan’s side all wore traditional saris, and his parents did a puja (Hindu ritual blessing) before Mara and Jeevan’s “first look.” The couple asked their guests to shower them with rice at the end of the ceremony, as rice has a symbolic meaning of prosperity, abundance and fertility in both cultures. Mara and Jeevan also incorporated some gold into the décor because gold is a traditional wedding color in Hinduism.

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Mara and Jeevan said their vows on the sun-kissed beach at The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun in front of 70 members of their family and close friends.

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Mara wore a custom white sari with lace and pearls made by Raziya Remtulla of DULHAN By Mischief in Ontario, Canada. Her reception outfit was a silver sequin gown from Nordstrom. Jeevan’s wedding ceremony outfit was a suit jacket by King & Bay Custom Clothing – that had pineapple lining to tie into the theme – and white pants. His evening wear was a grey 3-piece suit also custom-made by King & Bay.

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At the reception, each guest was given a small box with a piece of “wedding cake” made by Jeevan’s parents, a tradition in Tamil Sri Lankan culture where a family member bakes a homemade rum wedding cake as guest favors. There was also a mix of traditional Ashkenazi (Eastern European) Jewish and Tamil music at the welcome party and reception. And, of course, at the end of the ceremony, the Jewish tradition of stomping on a glass.

Photographer: CHAIR FLOWERS

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Sometimes Mother Nature decides to throw us a curveball. Even though there were high winds in Cancun on the day Mara and Jeevan wed, The Grand at Moon Palace Cancun already had a back-up plan in motion, moving the reception from a beach terrace to a sheltered sunset terrace. Thanks to the onsite wedding coordinators, the location change was seamless.

Advice for Bride and Groom

Start planning your destination wedding well in advance. Leave all the details to your DestinationVows® specialist who can assist in creating your dream destination wedding!

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Welcome to the Caribbean, where sunny romantic scenes play out daily on hundreds of islands with some of the world’s best stretches of powdery sand – perfect for your island nuptials. No wonder the Caribbean’s alluring beaches make it a favorite for destination weddings, as do other incentives such as accessibility and a vast selection of resorts and islands to choose from for your big day. The Caribbean spoils couples with many wedding venue choices. In the Bahamas, crystal-blue water surrounds Pearl Island, a private isle perfect for an intimate ceremony. For something totally opposite, the Casibari Rock Formations in Aruba’s Paradera District serve up a desert oasis setting. In St. Lucia, many nuptials take place with jaw-dropping backdrops such as the Pitons or the 55-feet-tall Diamond Falls waterfall.

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The opportunities for perfect wedding photos are endless. On the southeast coast of the Dominican Republic, in Punta Cana, palm trees line 30-plus-miles of picture-perfect beaches. On Pink Sand Beach, a 3.5-mile-long beauty on chic Harbour Island in the Bahamas, pulverized coral gives the sand an enchanting pink glow.

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For an intimate, exclusive wedding, it’s worth considering smaller islands, such as Nevis or Turks and Caicos. Nevis has an intimate feel thanks to its small size. Boutique plantation inns steeped in history entice wedding parties. Stone sugar mills and the remains of Cottle Church, built in 1824, provide ideal backdrops for photos. In Turks and Caicos, destination weddings can be held at lush hotels and villas fronting the white sand and azure water. Resorts host many toes-in-the-sand weddings, but couples venture to deserted Water Cay and its stellar beach for a more intimate ceremony. Another smaller island to consider is Grenada with its unspoiled beauty and breathtaking vistas. Couples can tie the knot on idyllic Grand Anse Beach, dotted with luxury hotels, or on one of many pristine, undeveloped beaches. The unconventional say “I do” literally in the Caribbean, at an underwater sculpture park.

Before and after vows are exchanged, the islands offer an array of fun activities for those not content to just sunbathe on the beach. Reggae performances all around the island score big in Jamaica, as does taking in heart-throbbing cliff-diving and romantic sunsets at Rick’s Café, perched atop a 32-foot-high cliff in Negril. A don’t-miss in St. Lucia: a detoxifying mud bath at the Sulphur Springs volcano, touted as the world’s only drive-in volcano. Other big draws for weddings? Lodging options are plentiful at a variety of price points, especially in Jamaica, home to numerous all-inclusive resorts. Many isles make it easy to wed with lenient residency requirements. In St. Lucia, couples can even tie the knot on the same day they arrive, if they can resist hitting one of the Caribbean’s postcard-perfect beaches first.

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For Your Dream Destination Wedding By Karen Leiva

The proposal was made – you said yes! Now, it’s time to set the wheels in motion and begin planning for your special day. We know planning a wedding, regardless of how big or small the event will be, can be overwhelming – that’s why more couples are enlisting the support of qualified destination wedding experts to help them with every step of their journey. With an expert guiding you, there’s no need to sweat the small stuff, just let them take care of the details to make your dream wedding come true. We connected with Lisa Sheldon, president of Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA), to ask for insights and tips to start planning your wedding. Here are six top recommendations.

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Set a Budget There really is a wedding for every budget. It depends on a few things, including the number of guests, the type of hotel and its amenities, and the wedding options you choose. Your wedding specialist will be able to show you options that are within your budget, and also determine if there are hotel perks you can access – for example, some hotels offer the wedding free of charge to the couple if they have a certain number of guests. Your specialist can work within your budget to help ensure travel logistics, special day arrangements, as well as any extras such as entertainment, suit your needs. Destination wedding specialists will have an arsenal of knowledge and experience to help steer you in the right direction, which is why it’s important to meet with one at the beginning of your planning process.

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Once the proposal has been accepted, start talking about the kind of wedding you want – and when you want to get married. Within 12 months, 14 months, 18 months? Making a timeline will help you stay organized and not miss an important deadline in the planning process. It’s smart to engage a destination wedding specialist right at the beginning so they can help outline milestone dates.

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Once you’ve set your budget, it’s time to start thinking about who you want to invite to your wedding. Important considerations include whether you are inviting family and friends and if children will be included. If it’s just the two of you, there are possibilities to broadcast the ceremony to loved ones back home. These details will make a difference in choosing your resort.

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Your destination wedding specialist will be able to target different resorts based on your guests’ needs so it’s important to know early who you want to invite to your dream wedding. It’s also key to be mindful of guests’ commitment to attending because of the cost, as well as access since older grandparents may have special mobility requirements. One of the benefits of working with a destination wedding specialist is they can facilitate installment payments throughout the planning process, over time. Plus, a specialist can try to accommodate friends’ and families’ financial status and target destinations guests will comfortably afford as well.

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Choose Your Ceremony Symbolic or legal? It’s important to know the difference when you are planning your destination wedding. A symbolic ceremony is not legal, so you must legally marry at home (most often with an officiant or at your city hall). Symbolic ceremonies in destinations are made to feel like the real thing – most guests will not know the difference. A legal ceremony in a destination is where a judge or legal representative officiates your ceremony. The key thing to know here is that for a legal marriage, each destination will have its own regulations. For example, Mexico requires you to be in the country for a few days prior to your wedding. You also need to have blood tests completed, which costs extra, and the ceremony will likely be in Spanish (an interpreter will be provided). The Dominican Republic requires paperwork ahead of time and it needs to be translated first. It is often easier to get married at home and hold a symbolic ceremony at your destination of choice.

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Depending on the time of year chosen for your wedding, the weather will play a major factor. There are other things that will help you decide: is there a destination you feel sentimental about? Does the accessibility of the destination matter? When considering easy access, many couples choose Cancun because it is easy to get there and, with so many resort choices, every wedding is unique. Other popular wedding destinations include Jamaica, Dominican Republic, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Las Vegas, and Hawaii – but there is something for everyone in all destinations.

Ask your destination wedding specialist if they have been to the destination and if they are familiar with its resorts and off-site venues. Ask them what exactly they can do to assist in planning your wedding so that you have a full understanding of what to expect. A specialist can ensure your big day goes smoothly with travel and resort arrangements; they will take the pressure off and ensure you enjoy a seamless wedding.

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Mini-Moon

Combining a destination wedding to include a honeymoon is a great way to cut costs and keep the celebration going.

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You’ve Always Dreamed of The day you’ve always dreamed of. A brilliant setting on the beach. Iberostar’s resorts are where unforgettable memories are made. Relax and leave the planning to us, choose from one of the beautifully designed, unique packages and celebrate your day in your signature style. At Iberostar, the wedding of your dreams will come true with stunning locations, luxurious facilities and a flawless service. The All-Inclusive Iberostar Resorts offer an incomparable experience, a wide range of facilities and services that guarantee that your expectations are met.

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Relax at an all-inclusive in the Caribbean

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The Caribbean is the perfect place for a mini-moon. Many hotels offer reduced rates, pending the number of guests you bring. Alternatively, you can hotel-hop right after the wedding, enjoying the same island, but trying a different hotel. Islands like St. Lucia have a mix of family-friendly hotels and adult-only honeymoon spots, such as the highly rated Jade Mountain Resort, which make it an ideal place for a destination wedding and mini-moon.

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Tick off your bucket list in Europe Travel within Europe is easy once you’re there, which is why some couples use European weddings as a passageway to their dream honeymoon. Countries such as Italy have the sun-filled Amalfi Coast, while places like Sweden offer a skier’s paradise. The variety in climate, landscape, and history lets you customize your honeymoon to fit you.

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Cruises come with the thrill of multiple destinations. Sailing virtually anywhere in the world, you can choose a port that best suits your wedding backdrop, then use the other ports for incredible honeymoon images. Princess® Cruises, Tie the KnotSM offers three great ways to create your unforgettable wedding, from being married at sea by the ship’s Captain to a harborside ceremony or a wedding ashore in an exotic destination.

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Ashlee and James met at a local restaurant – she was having dinner with a girlfriend and he had just left a wedding. When their eyes met, he introduced himself. The two went on a dinner date the following week and their relationship quickly grew. James proposed to Ashlee on a private catamaran trip in the British Virgin Islands. As soon as they arrived, James dropped down on one knee and popped the question. Ashlee said yes in that beautiful setting and they celebrated with Champagne and an amazing sunset with the rest of their friends.

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After their tropical engagement, the couple opted for a wedding in another sun-soaked locale. They exchanged their vows at The Palms Turk and Caicos.

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Ashlee and James got married in front of 50 guests under a beach wedding arch constructed out of wood and sheer fabric – with white roses within the twines of the vines – and decorated with hurricane candles. They chose an earth tone palette to accentuate the turquoise water, with white and pale pink flowers and a lot of greenery, including eucalyptus leaves which had an amazing aroma, giving the setting a rustic, “beachy chic” feel.

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Ashlee was wearing a sexy yet elegant dress that was also very comfortable, made by an upcoming designer, Marie Davies of La Fleur Wedding Designs. The bodice was made with hand-sewn lace pieces that matched the lace on the train. The body of the dress was fitted with a high slit in the front. As for James, he had a custom-made tan linen suit with a white button-down shirt.

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At the reception, guests were entertained to the sound of the Island Boys wedding band, and the theme was focused on light. They had tea lights strung across the dance floor and candles at every table.

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Ready to start planning your destination wedding? Having a timeline in place will help you know what needs to be done.

Getting closer!

Lisa Sheldon, president of Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Specialists Association (DWHSA), shares insightful tips from years of experience on what to do along the way as you plan your wedding.

E N  ow is a great time to make sure your bridesmaids are ready and order their dresses.

Your destination wedding travel specialist will be able to help you stay on track. Here are some timelines to get you started:

Kicking off the planning 18 TO 12 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING E Y  ou’re engaged! Now it’s time to start having discussions with your fiancé on how soon you want to get married. On average, most couples allow for 14 months to plan; however, other common timelines are from 12 to 18 months. E T  hink about what you want for a dream wedding – where it will be, who will be there and what the ceremony and reception will look like. Start putting together your guest list.

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E N  ext, meet with a destination wedding specialist and describe your perfect wedding day and ceremony. Consider these questions: will it be on a sandy beach? Do you have a particular venue in mind? What do you see yourself wearing? A destination wedding specialist will be able to formulate ideas based on what you want.  et a budget. Many details such as location and size will E S depend on how much you are spending. Your destination wedding specialist will be able to show you the best options for your budget – regardless of how big or small it is. E Choose a date, time and venue. E S  elect your bridal party – who will be the group of people who will be supporting you in many ways on this journey? E S  tart shopping! It’s time to start looking for your wedding dress. If you have an elaborate bridal gown, your destination wedding specialist will have tips and information on how to get your dress to your destination.

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10 TO 8 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING E P  lan to send your save-the-date request to your guests and set an RSVP deadline. Consider setting the date two weeks ahead of the actual due date to give guests extra time and avoid missed deadlines. E Your DV specialist will help you identify a celebrant/officiant/ legal representative for your ceremony and will be able to tell you about the wedding requirements in the destination you choose. In some cases, you may consider having the legal ceremony done in your home country to avoid translation/ regulatory requirements.

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E It’s time to start looking at the details! Work with your destination wedding specialist on organizing photography, catering, a special theme you might want to include, and music.

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E Organize groom and groomsmen attire. E Choose your wedding bands. E Put together a bridal emergency kit (containing items such as sewing material, tweezers, hair ties, phone number of important contact people for the day).

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3 TO 2 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING E O  rder and mail your wedding invitations – add on corresponding thank you cards for a cohesive look. E Finalize vows. E Organize bridal party gifts.

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6 TO 1 WEEK BEFORE THE WEDDING E If you are getting your marriage license at home, this is the time to do so. E F inalize ceremony and reception details with your destination wedding specialist. E E  njoy any pre-wedding celebrations that may be organized by the bridal party. E Final dress fitting. E F inalize seating chart and head count for venue or catering.

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E D  epending on the type of ceremony, the couple may need to arrive as early as four business days prior to the wedding (holidays and weekends do not count). Some destinations require two business days.  o for a couples’ massage or a manicure or E G pedicure. E G  et lots of rest. Trust that your destination wedding specialist has all the details in hand, and get ready to enjoy your special day. E Have fun!

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Romantic Elegance in Europe

If your preference is to style your wedding in a traditional romantic way, consider destinations like Tuscany or the Amalfi Coast. Many Italian locations offer picturesque backdrops (think rolling hills, vineyards and olive tree groves), ideal for romantic wedding photos.

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Depending on the type of wedding you’re planning, there is an appropriate city and scene for every style. Rolling hillsides, delicious wine, an idyllic place to dance the night away – vineyard weddings are as rustic and romantic as they sound. However, if it’s a fairy-tale wedding that you’re after, Europe’s historic and dreamy castles are perfect; consider a royal-style wedding in a grand castle in England or in a chateau tucked into the Loire Valley of France.

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Beach Chic

A destination wedding by the beach also provides a fantastic opportunity to show your unique personal style or to switch up any traditional bride and groom style expectations. The bride may consider a lightweight sleeveless dress at a sun destination wedding or skip the gown altogether and wear a cocktail-length dress. The groom may opt for a shortssuit to match his bride’s cocktail-length dress. Another idea is to ask your wedding guests to match a theme – maybe Hawaiian attire, so the bride and groom can match guests while sporting leis down the aisle.

Put Your Own Twist to It

You’ve chosen your wedding destination for a reason! This is your opportunity to share your love and passion for this particular destination with your guests. To set an exciting tone with your wedding guests, start with your invitations. For example, you could make your wedding invite look like a passport, with many clever and customizable components and a title such as “passport to paradise” or “travel the world in the name of love.” Once you have all arrived at your destination, themed parties, dinners or soirees can be a great way of incorporating unique influences from your destination into your event. For example, if you’re in the Caribbean, consider adding something like a signature cocktail, such as a Bahama Mama, to the menu for your Bahamian cocktail reception. In a destination like Cuba, you might include a cigar bar. In Mexico, ask your destination wedding specialist to help you arrange something fun like a tequila tasting. You can decorate your tasting station with an array of Mexicaninspired decorations like mini sombreros, traditional vibrant colors in geometric patterned designs for a linen to cover the table, or a backdrop that says “Viva el Amor” meaning “Live love” in Spanish.

#WeddingHashtags

Come up with a clever hashtag that will reflect your personality and give you the added benefit of being able to view your guests’ photos the next day. You can even carry your hashtag from bachelorette and bridal shower to the big day if you get clever enough. It can be tricky, but just remember social media is at your fingertips. Search through common hashtags on social media sites like Instagram to get inspired. Here are a few beach-themed hashtags for inspiration: #OceanBreezeWeddingPlease, #BuoyMeetsGirl

Including Family

For many couples, family is one of the most important parts of your wedding day – you’re essentially merging your families. Find ways to include your nearest and dearest in your big day and look into the traditions or symbolisms in the country you’ve chosen for your vows for inspiration. For example, if you’re having a Dominican Republic beach wedding, and if you have a musical family or some of your guests are talented singers, consider including the local tradition of “ceremonia cantada,” in which every piece of music is sung, rather than played by a band or over speakers, during the ceremony. This tradition will give your special day a very personal touch.

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Cruise ship weddings add the romance of the sea. Olivia and David chose to get married on a cruise ship because they loved the ease of a combined wedding/honeymoon. When they also considered the sumptuous fine dining, top-quality entertainment, fun ship features, and luxury accommodations included in the price of a cruise, they knew the event would be both affordable and unforgettable. In keeping with their relationship style, the couple decided to take a bit of the ‘seriousness’ out of celebrations when they chose Princess Cruises. Dawn Rudisel, Wedding Specialist at Princess says, “They opted for a pirate theme which included pirate props, hats, and party favors. It was very festive!” The event was, by all accounts, a swashbuckling success. Mike and Michelle also chose a Princess cruise for their weddingmoon due to a ship’s accessibility and ease in seeing the world. “The couple were married at sea by the Captain in the ship’s swimming pool. The groom had mobility issues and it was important to him that he walk down the ‘aisle’ and stand with his bride. The Captain performed a beautifully touching ceremony while sitting on the side of the pool,” says Rudisel.

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Princess couples have also been married in unusual locations ranging from lush rainforest gardens to Alaskan glaciers only accessible by helicopter. Princess Cruises offers wedding packages that can be customized with add-on features. There are packages for a ceremony at sea, onshore (beach, garden, glacier) or harborside (ideal for non-sailing guests to attend). A wedding at sea package includes a ceremony performed by the Captain; wedding chapel or library venue; bouquet; wedding cake; sparkling wine; wedding certificate and more. For off-ship events, Princess Cruises partners with Royal Ocean Events who have been arranging weddings for more than 20 years. “Our largest wedding was for 200 people harborside in San Francisco,” Rudisel says.

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Most weddings at sea are ceremonial, but if a captain marries you in international waters (about 12-miles offshore), it’s usually legal. “However, we ask each couple to check the laws of their country. If you’re legally married offshore on Princess, your marriage license comes from Bermuda and is recognized in many countries as legal,” says Rudisel. No matter whether you choose to get married on the ship or at an interesting port, cruise weddings are all about ease. When a couple gets married on a cruise, it allows them to host their wedding, then seamlessly segue into a romantic honeymoon while their guests enjoy a vacation too. 4 0 | D E S T I N AT I O N VOW S 2 0 2 0

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Wedding Florals Around the World

By Barbara Ramsay Orr

Whether a bride goes for a complex Biedermeier arrangement, or a simple hand-tied bouquet, each location will have a unique selection of site-specific flowers to give the wedding local authenticity. A bride’s flowers for her wedding day are personal, but when the event is a destination wedding, there are particular flowers and greenery that are unique, abundant and more affordable in that location. Also, the ambiance of the destination can help decide the type of wedding flowers. Caribbean:

Beach weddings cry out for colorful bouquets. Heliconia, which lasts long in tropical heat, is popular, as are anthuriums. Orchids are elegant and abundant and hibiscus flowers add punches of color to bouquets and table arrangements.

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Hawai‘i offers six romantic islands, tailor-made for two. Spend the day sharing adventures, from seeing the lush gardens and waterfalls of the Hāmākua Heritage Corridor to catching the sunset from Waikīkī Beach. Explore beaches. Chase rainbows. Stumble upon a surprise or two. You’ll see why the best memories of your trip to Hawai‘i are the unexpected moments that you discover together. KAUA‘I Tranquil and green, Kaua‘i is an island for rejuvenation. Explore the towering cliffs of the Na-pali Coast on the North Shore by taking

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In France, Italy and Spain, olive leaves, lavender, herbs, sunflowers and succulents are often used to plump up clusters of peonies, roses and lilies. English weddings regularly feature luscious David Austin Roses, while tulips, particularly exotic varieties like the ruffled parrot tulips, are easily available in the Netherlands. In Scotland, there may be heather, thistles or tartan involved in the floral design. In Scandinavia, the bouquets may include wildflowers and berries.

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cuisine, culture and iconic destinations. Visits to Pearl Harbor and the North Shore are a must, but explore a bit to discover unique, local gems.

You’ve opted to explore multiple destinations during a combined wedding and honeymoon at sea? Did you know some cruise lines allow for fresh flowers to be delivered straight to your ship from local ports of call? All you have to do is take your pick from all the in-season florals available, and your big day will be filled with fragrant pops of color.

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MAUI Romance blooms on the golden sands of Maui. For an unforgettable experience, watch an intimate sunset together more than 10,000 feet above sea level atop Haleakalā volcano.

ISLAND OF HAWAI‘I Adventures await on the largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Explore the crystal blue waters of the Kohala Coast or the lush gardens and waterfalls of the Hāmākua Heritage Corridor.

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From the exuberance of the Sangeet to the elaborate rituals, Indian weddings are rich in symbolism and color, a feast for the senses and the soul. Noise and color are the first two words that come to mind when describing weddings in India. On the way to the ceremony, everyone joins a procession and dances to slightly discordant, loud music. The swirls of the women’s clothing create a rainbow of bright colors, and the infectious joy is palpable.

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Indian weddings are not subtle. In fact, they are legendary for being rambunctious and over-the-top. For those who want to “go big or go home,” an Indian wedding is a memorable option, and hosting one in the Caribbean is a growing trend. That’s exactly what Vivek and Sonali chose for their dream destination wedding.

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The story for these two love birds began a few years ago. They had both moved to the city at around the same time, and one night, a mutual friend invited Vivek to go out so he could meet some people. That’s when he first met Sonali. Right then and there, he wanted to get to know her more. But over the span of almost a year, they didn’t keep in touch. Yet, Vivek had not forgotten about Sonali. Every time he asked his friend about her, he would always respond, “She’s The wedding lasted 3 days. The Mea great girl, but the time is not right yet. Your time will come.” hendi ceremony takes place just one Meanwhile, Sonali’s friends played Cupid and eventually day before the actual wedding. Only brought up the idea of “Vivek.” Theyintrimentioned great things women attend this event in which about him being the army, a medical cate patterns areindrawn on their handsresident, always interested in trying new (also things, etc. Their and feet with mehendi known as personalities were complete opposites, their values,bond lifestyles, and interests henna). The designs but signify a deep matched They seemed between perfectly. the husband and wife. like the right fit. Sonali liked what she heard, and she began to do her own little research to find out what this “perfect fit” looked like. Location:

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Whether prefer intimate gathWhen sheyou found him,an Sonali thought to herself, “I think or a lavish affair thehis Hyatt Ziva Iering remember this guy! Isn’t name Vivek?” That’s when Cancun has spectacular oceanThey views the time finally came for them. went on their first and an ideal luxury resort they went on to date, and theall-inclusive rest is history. Eventually, for the wedding of your dreams. wedding. plan their South Asian destination

The dynamic duo got married at Hyatt Ziva Cancun, Wedding Day Wear: a stunning all-inclusive beachfront resort on the most Sonali wore a 16-piece attire called beautiful strip of Punta Cancun. Ideally situated on Mexico’s Solah Shringar includes make up, Yucatan Coast,which the complex offers couples everything jewelry, and clothes. Each item is meant they could want and need to create memories of a lifetime. to bringwitnessed out the natural beauty the Guests the union at aof gorgeous oceanfront bride. One notable piece of the Solah Cliff Gazebo, where Vivek and Sonali exchanged vows Shringar is the whichby is the overlooking theMangtikka, sea, surrounded palm trees. giant jewel the bride wears on her foreThey their “happily after,” headstarted and through the partever of her hair.in an ideal setting perfect for their intimate ceremony. Vivek wore a Sherwani, a traditional long coat-like garment that is kneelength. The bottoms are usually Churidar or Salwar pants

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Whether you prefer an intimate gathering or a lavish affair, the Hyatt Ziva Cancun has spectacular ocean views and an ideal all-inclusive luxury experience for the wedding of your dreams.

Family Bonding:

A full-on traditional North Indian wedding includes many rituals, held over many days. A highlight is the Sangeet, which is essentially a party with lots of music and dancing that is meant to bond the families.

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The baraat, the groom’s wedding procession, is another high-spirited ritual. Everyone on the groom’s side joins a procession and dances to loud music played by musicians in shiny uniforms.

Wedding Day Wear:

Sonali wore a 16-piece attire called Solah Shringar, which includes makeup, jewelry, and clothes. Each item is meant to bring out the natural beauty of the bride. One notable piece of the Solah Shringar is the Mangtikka, the giant jewel the bride wears on her forehead and through the part of her hair. Vivek wore a Sherwani, a traditional long coat-like garment that is knee-length. The bottoms are usually Churidar or Salwar pants.

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Green Weddings By Valentina Valentini

Incorporating sustainability into your wedding should be at the top of your “I do’s” this season. It doesn’t matter where the wedding is, how lavish or how intimate, there are so many options for a nuptial ceremony that celebrates not only your love for each other but love for our planet, too. From sustainable fashion to travel carbon offset, here is what you can do to make sure your environmental footprint is as small as possible on the big day.

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For wedding dresses, there are online and boutique stores selling eco-conscious wedding and bridesmaids dresses – some even sell suits. Consider shopping secondhand and vintage for both or using a rental service to combat these non-sustainable practices.

Host Your Wedding at an Eco-Friendly Resort

Choosing an eco-friendly hotel for your wedding isn’t as hard as you think. Whether you’re planning a sustainable beach wedding or an eco-conscious celebration in the city, there are venues out there that prioritize sustainable practices. Lots of popular hotel brands, such as Sandos and Barcelo, are taking measures to incorporate sustainability into their offerings. And how about this to top it all off: instead of giving wedding favors to your guests, make a small donation for each of them in their name to a local charity.

The Plane Game

With destination weddings, air travel for family and friends is usually inevitable. For this, carbon offset purchases are a wonderful way to give back to the environment. Our partner Cool Effect has many options with a simple click of the mouse, and either you can purchase these yourself and tell your guests about it, or you can give them the choice of how they’d like to gift you via a carbon offset.

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When it comes to green destinations, Costa Rica has emerged as one of the top eco-friendly destinations around the world, making it a top choice for planning a wedding with the environment in mind. The northern province of Guanacaste offers a range of locales for all types of budgets, including bohemian-rustic villas near Playa Conchal. There are incredible unique ultra-luxe properties in the exuberant nature near San Jose where you can say your vows on a terrace with sweeping views of romantic rainforests and waterfalls. Getting married in Costa Rica is a simple process that your destination wedding specialist will help you through. D E S T I N A T I O N VO W S . C O M | 5 1


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A Historic Spot

Say “I do” while avoiding cookie-cutter options with a historic site. Many sun destination resorts have older areas of the grounds that may look like ruins, but for many couples can be the perfect choice for their wedding day. Aged stone, brick or wood can make for an incomparable setting in contrast with vivid floral arrangements to make the backdrop for a momentous exchange of vows. ©MUNOZ PHOTOGRAPHY

The Classic Choice

The traditional choice of a chapel can be found in a tropical setting. Some resorts feature multi-denominational churches, offering classic sightlines, a place for timeless wedding photographs and the lush environment of a sun destination. Weddings set in gardens, gazebos and outdoor areas make planning easy.

A Memorable Vista

An eye-catching perspective for a ceremony can be found on a terrace. With an unforgettable view from above of palm trees, beach and sea, the bride and groom can be framed with the sky, or with the shades of sunset. With access restricted to wedding guests, there won’t be any photobombing from staff or hotel guests to cause a disruption. Closer to the water, another exclusive alternative is a pier, where the couple can say their vows with views of the vast ocean around them. Many are specifically built for celebrations to offer wedding-only access and a decidedly different walk up the aisle.

Laidback Luxury

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For those who prefer a relaxed atmosphere, the beach can be transformed into an ideal wedding ceremony locale, with waves adding to the soundtrack for when vows are exchanged. And hotels are experts at ensuring a smooth pathway for the bridal party. If rolling hills and a view are on your must-have list, consider a golf course – many have that specific hole that is far from the crowds and provides couples a compromise for an outdoor area on perfectly groomed grass.

Making a Connection

Seek something different to tie the ceremonial knot with the choice of a bridge. This notable architecture is a perfect metaphor for a couple connecting their lives and families. A bridge also offers a memorable view of the ceremony for guests and elevates the couple, so those wedding photographs are unlike anyone else’s.

Perfect Backdrops for your

GRAND PALADIUM COSTA MUJERES

BIG DAY

By Waheeda Harris

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Where will you say “I do”? After you’ve picked the day to get hitched, what surroundings will be the perfect choice for an unforgettable wedding day?

DREAM TULUM COUPLE BY TREVI FOUNTAIN IN ROME

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Cultural

Connection

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By Doug Wallace

Embrace the family ties that bind. Add a dash of romantic symbolism to your wedding ceremony by incorporating a tradition that speaks to your cultural roots.

Spanish Fortune

In Spain, a custom called arras once saw the groom giving the bride coins, signifying a promise to support her. This tradition has been updated, with the couple now exchanging 13 coins to show that they will both support the marriage financially. One other monetary convention involves the groom’s tie being cut into pieces and auctioned off to guests to raise funds for the new couple.

Irish Unity

The wrists of the bride and groom are tied together with twine in Ireland, a Celtic tradition called handfasting that symbolizes unity. It springs from a tradition wherein a couple was “bound” together for a year to test their compatibility, after which the marriage took place – or not. This ancient bond of wedlock is believed to be the origin of the phrase “tying the knot.”

Dutch Wishes

SPANISH ARRAS TRADITION

A Wishing Tree is set up near the bride and groom’s table at receptions in the Netherlands, along with paper leaves on which guests write their well-wishes. Newlyweds read out the notes and tie them to the tree with ribbons. Real branches, paper trees, twinkling lights or crystal strands – the art direction is open to interpretation. The Wishing Tree is a great alternative to a guest book and the leaves can later be added to a scrapbook.

Indian Garlands

The jaimala or varmala ceremony is an ancient Hindu wedding tradition that features the bride and groom exchanging garlands of flowers. It symbolizes both an acceptance and respect of one another as well as the union of the two families, a merging of values and customs. Roses, jasmine, and marigolds are the typical flowers used, with colors varying to suit the bridal party attire.

Mayan Symbolism

Couples can add a spiritual and cultural experience to their wedding ceremony on Mexico’s east coastline with a sacred, non-religious Mayan ritual. It involves a shaman calling on the four elements – earth, water, fire, and air – to focus their energies on the bride and groom to help strengthen their love. The ceremony can be conducted in the rainforest, near a sacred cenote or on the beach. Incense purifies the setting, which is augmented with drums, flutes, and dancing.

HANDFASTING TRADITION

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Down Under

By Heather Greenwood Davis

Couples looking for a destination wedding location that will set them apart should consider the world’s largest island. These stunning Australian locations offer the perfect starting point for a lifetime of memories.

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Weddings at this iconic venue take on all the pageantry of a performance. Choose from one of four locations on-site, each of which has a mood of its own and offers stunning views of Stanley Harbour by day or night.

Cape Range National Park BOAB-DINING, EL QUESTRO NATIONAL PARK

Slip away for a ceremony on a private beach in Cape Range National Park in Western Australia. Try an exclusive tented beach site as your backdrop. The park also offers a fun honeymoon adventure – swimming with whale sharks in nearby Ningaloo Marine Park.

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El Questro

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Choose your own backdrop in Kununurra, Western Australia. With more than 700,000 acres of terrain, El Questro Wilderness Park offers a range of remote ceremony options. Say “I do” under an ancient baobab tree or arrive by helicopter for a sunset ceremony at Saddleback Ridge.

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SUNSET WEDDING AT SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE

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The unique geometric design with the twisted Rubik’s cube-like top opened in 2017 and immediately began to collect design awards. Couples can exchange vows and host their reception inside with views of the d’Arenberg vineyards below. The structure located in McLaren Vale, South Australia also houses an Alternate Realities Museum, which guests can access in between activities.

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