Wed-Moons, Elopements, Same Day Weddings
by Judith Rivers-Moore
Publisher of "Best Style California Wedding & Honeymoon" Digital Magazines
This very popular choice for a wedding enjoys a multitude of exciting and pleasurable locales in the United States and around the world. Whether a nearby major city, a quaint town away, or your home town while you are away at college or working elsewhere, These all become destination weddings. Many are completed in favorite VACATION or TOURISM areas around the world. They call this a variety of names and if a secret, it is an "elopement". After WHO and WHY is answered, it still boils down to what, where and when.
WHO WANTS THIS AS AN ALTERNATIVE WEDDING STYLE?
Elopements to an exciting honeymoon area – for the two of you:
A couple decides to "elope" or run off to a fun or romantic favorite area and tie the knot and when bringing a few close friends or relations it becomes a destination wedding
Individuals who are decidedly into their own life styles and non family oriented
Family-oriented bridal couples who want their families to get to know one another. They select a unique location for the families to meet and get to know one another in a enjoyable relaxing location.
People who have lived together for years and decide to say the words, while enjoying a lovely vacation with family and friends
Couples who have fallen in love with a particular part of the world and want to share it
A remarriage for one or both
Couples WHO want their wedding to be a unique experience and vacation excursion for all involved
Those now living and working with many of their friends in a new area of the world
WHY DO COUPLES CHOOSE THIS
One, or both of the intended cannot handle standing up in front of a group of people -- so they opt for a more private ceremony
The destination wedding ceremony combines with the honeymoon plans
It can cut the wedding guest list down considerably
Many of the favorite destination areas are extremely romantic and offer some of the most talented professionals to help create the vision -- When hiring, ALWAYS ask for references and call them
Some areas of the world host less expensive weddings and receptions
WHAT DOES A DESTINATION WEDDING ENTAIL?
Decide on your destination and what you can afford. You do not pay everyone’s airfare or rooms, but you must consider these costs and the time it takes to clear vacation time and set up your travel arrangements
Learning the cost of that style wedding and who can help from the other end. General locations, information can be achieved by using area books, event coordinators, travel agents or the internet travel websites
Create a formula of who pays for what while there
Making travel and accommodation arrangements for you and possibly your family/group
Find a service to help your at the other end -- the location coordinator, an event coordinator, family or a friend in the area
This is one time you need to purchase wedding insurance
TRUST -- that all will be completed perfectly to your specifications
WHERE ARE THE BEST DESTINATION WEDDING SPOTS?
Couples often choose, economical or all-inclusive locations with fun things to do that can accommodate you and your guests with a variety of great restaurants, hotel rooms, environmental beauty, a common enjoyment -- such as a hobby, snow skiing, beaches, boating, theaters, hiking, biking, golf areas. Many are interested in the environment and seek the ultra-sports scene.
There are worldwide favorite resorts or hotels in -- Mexico, Thailand, Germany & Swiss Alps, Italy, Greek Isles and Caribbean Ocean, Central America, Canada and the U.S..
Top five in the United States are -- Las Vegas, Disneyland (s), Gatlinburg, TN, Charleston, SC and the California Wine Country areas of Sonoma and Napa,
etc., Hawaiian Islands and the major cities around the world.
Many exciting destinations include: ocean cruise ships, dude ranches, Pacific Coast resorts, National Parks, Niagara Falls, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Lake Tahoe, etc.
Exciting cities such as Paris, Rome, New York, San Francisco, Atlanta, San Diego, Washington DC, New Orleans or major cities around the world.
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PLAN an ELOPEMENT?
When you’ve reached a decision on wanting a private quick wedding
When the wedding planning is too overwhelming a project
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO PLAN A DESTINATION WEDDING?
Each area has its best time of the year for visitors. The off season if funds are tight..
It is suggested you always check the weather patterns for the time of year
you plan to be there.
You feel your schedules will work best together for time off
SPECIAL PLANNING TIPS
It cannot be emphasized enough -- budget is a top priority in this type of plan. Go over it several times. Find out where outside funds are coming from, determine who will pay for what -- demand accurate price quotes, including tax and tips.
Hire a qualified person at the destination who can complete things for you prior to, and the day of your wedding. These event coordinators or consultants will advise and often cut your costs while helping you realize your dreams. Use a credit card that insures your purchases and tracks your expenses.
Check out the marriage license rules of the area you are going to be married in, where to get your license, what identification you need, etc
Keep a checklist of your questions and concerns for when you call your location or professionals. This can cut down on your phone bill and having someone at the other end to handle the details works wonders in lowering your stress levels
Tell the professionals exactly what you want and expect from them. E-mail them specifics...or outline these in the contracts prior to signing. It is alright to ask them to wear formal attire or theme...according to your event
Get literature or go to the regions tourism website. Purchase an area wedding book's for recommendations on wedding vendors and informational history so you can plan out fun things to do while visiting
If you are bringing a large group into the area for a few days you will want to plan:
gatherings - lunch, dinner or picnic for families and friends to meet
a casual shopping or tour of the area
bike, hike, golf or sports and swim fun
bachelor or bachelorette party -- spa, golf, etc.
ceremony and reception
honeymoon days -- or take off elsewhere
WEDDINGLINKS.COM provides many travel companies to help you.