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  • What ‘On the Day’ Wedding Stationery Do You Really Need?

    Right, you’ve sent out your save the date cards and you’ve got your wedding invitations and RSVP cards designed, printed and ready to go, but what about the ‘on the day’ wedding stationery items - do you really need them? Keep reading as we tackle some of the often forgotten bits of your wedding stationery that complete your wedding day with that extra touch of finesse.

    Welcome Signs

    Don’t miss out on the chance to make a great first impression as your guests arrive for your wedding ceremony with a personalised welcome sign that stays true to your wedding theme. It’s important that your wedding welcome sign is large enough to be clearly seen by guests when they enter, so we usually advise couples to opt for an A2 size which can be easily propped up on an easel at the entrance.

    Welcome Signs | DreamDay Invitations

    As with all other 'on the day' wedding stationery, it’s best to use the same or similar design style to your wedding invitations and other wedding stationery for a sense of continuity, but you can opt to include the Bride & Groom’s names, the wedding date and any other key information such as your favourite love quote. However, some couples prefer to have their sign set up as a photo timeline of special moments in their relationship for a really personal touch.

    Seating Chart

    At DreamDay Invitations, we are often asked whether a seating chart is really needed. Wedding etiquette dictates that it’s usually important to include a seating chart in your 'on the day' wedding stationery list if you’re planning a larger, formal wedding as otherwise guests end up milling around and may feel unsure about where to sit. There’s also the problem of couples that arrive late for the wedding reception facing the difficulty of finding seats together and ultimately you want everyone to have a great time sitting with friends they know.

    When it comes to smaller, more casual wedding affairs with wedding guest lists of less than 50 or a cocktail style wedding where guests move about more, you will certainly not need a seating chart and you can opt to have open seating.

    Place Cards

    Place cards depend on whether you have chosen to have assigned seating with a seating chart for your big day or not. If you have opted to have a seating chart as a part of your 'on the day' wedding stationery, then you’ll need to choose a place card that reflects your wedding invitation design and other wedding stationery. You will also need to choose between flat place cards (that require a separate place card holder) or tented place cards - the latter of which is very popular amongst couples since it’s free standing and easier to place.

    Table Numbers

    Tri-Fold Table Numbers | DreamDay Invitations

    Again, having table numbers at your wedding is ultimately up to your personal preference and is not a requirement if you’ve opted to have open seating. If you do decide to go ahead with it,choose to have your table numbers designed to coordinate with your wedding invitations and opt for the tri-fold option which is freestanding and does not require a seperate holder.

    For a fun touch, change things up by replacing numbers with table names instead. This has become extremely popular for 2018 Australian weddings and are great way to add a personal touch and perfect if you’re having a round of games too!

    Individual Menu Cards

    Individual menus are a must for formal, sit-down wedding affair as they provide your guests with key information on the courses and meal choices available - this is especially important for guests with dietary restrictions. Apart from including the dinner details, these keepsake menu cards can be personalised to match your wedding stationary and include the couple names and wedding date.

    Planning a buffet-style dinner for you wedding, but still love the idea of menu cards? Go for it - we think it’s a fantastic way of reducing the line up at the buffet table since your guests will know what to expect and spend less time filling their food. In this case you wouldn’t need individual menu cards for each guest, but just one or two per table that guests can pass around.

    Coasters

    A relatively new addition to the usual wedding stationery range, personalised coasters are expected to be a ‘must-have’ for 2019 weddings. They make great customised wedding favours, especially if you include your favourite photo of the two of you along with your wedding date.

    Personalised Coasters | DreamDay Invitations
  • Spotlight - Lauren & Steven


    Lauren & Steven were on the hunt for some beautiful order of service booklets for their wedding ceremony and they came to the right place! Take a look at the finished product below. Thank you to Lauren & Steven for providing us these amazing photos taken by Lara Hotz Photography!!

    It was an absolute pleasure to design and print your order of service booklets for your special day.

     

    Note: The ribbon was not supplied by DreamDay. This was a special touch added by the couple.

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  • Share your Love Timeline! - Wedding Invitations Australia


     

    Love is in the air!

    We want you to just reflect for a moment, back to the day you first met your soon-to-be husband or wife.

    Now think about the journey your love has come through since that point. Makes you smile we bet!

    What an amazing feeling to bask in in the lead up to your wedding day!

     

    Our new Love Timeline design lets you share a little bit of your love story with your guests by mapping out the timeline of your love journey. Is this the perfect design for your wedding invitations?

    Follow this link to start shopping!

     

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  • Reception Lounge Ideas


    Your wedding day is the beginning of a lifetime of love and fun, so why not use the same theme in your wedding’s design. By including unique styles and designs in your wedding reception, you will be able to make sure that you, your family, and friends can all enjoy the big day! One modern way of adding a unique style to your wedding reception is by having a lounge. This is ideal when you are planning on having a cocktail reception or cocktail hour before dinner. We have put together a few reception lounge ideas that we love for your wedding inspiration!


    You can put together your reception lounge based on the wedding style and theme. If you have chosen an elegant and sophisticated theme, the choice of furniture and materials may reflect that polished look. If you are looking at hosting a more casual wedding, then using rustic furniture and materials as well as choices of styling may be inspired accordingly. We have considered all these factors when we found these great reception lounge ideas and inspirations for your wedding day!


    Elegant Reception Lounge Ideas


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    Reception Lounge Ideas Outdoor Canopy Sheer Curtains


    We love the idea of setting a canopy with sheer curtains for that romantic feel. The above reception lounge exudes class and sophistication with its white ambience matched with soft coloured wood. The pattern on the inside of the canopy, the white sheer curtains, and the chandelier accessory creates a beautiful and soft look that is ideal! By having warm white bulbs used for the chandelier, you can match it to the candlelit effect from the candles on the lounge tables!


    Reception Lounge Ideas Modern Style


    We love the above for its modern appeal and choice of styling with pops of colour!


    Casual Lounge Reception Ideas


    Reception Lounge Ideas Bales of Hay


    This outdoor lounge area is fun and cost effective, as you will only require bales of hay, blankets, throw pillows, poles, and lighting to put it together. Ideal for an outdoor wedding on a clear day, it can be perfectly timed for the sunset. However, it is important that the candles come with covers so that the hay does not catch on fire! Putting safety first is important to ensure a fun time!


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    Elegant Garden Lounge Ideas


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    If you are hosting your wedding reception in a large garden that is dotted with trees, the above look is perfect! Choose elegant French style chairs under trees with hanging candle votives for a romantic feel. By mismatching the chairs, you can aim for a rustic elegant style. Your choice of tables for staging the lounge area is also an important factor to tie everything into the wedding style. The following include some vintage to rustic table styles that are ideal!


    Accessorising your Lounge Reception


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    You can pair wooden spools with bales of hay for a rustic lounge reception. Even a table made out of wooden shipping palettes would be ideal too!


    Reception Lounge Ideas Suitcase Tables


    Reception Lounge Ideas Elegant Vintage Style


    Accessorise your lounge with vintage suitcases for an old world touch.


    Image Credits: Pinterest, Intimate Weddings



  • English Elegance Wedding Theme Inspiration


    Elegance is often synonymous with traditional wedding design featuring white intertwined with decorative elements such as filigree, lace, and subtle design styles. When it comes to “English Elegance,” this style is said to be inspired by English roses. With many varieties in season year-round and available in an assortment of delicate shades, roses are a fragrant and ideal choice for an “English Elegance” wedding theme.

     

    English Elegance Wedding Style

    An English Elegance wedding is preferably held in an outdoor venue, be it a garden or estate grounds however, indoors is fine too. The focal flora can be complemented with accents such as the use of sheer drapery, accompanied by intricate decorative pieces seen with the choice of chairs, table number frames, and the wedding cake design.

     

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    Tiffany chairs are ideal choices when coupled with sheer drapery and a rose accessory can be a more elegant alternative to that of a seat cover or bow/sash in satin.

     

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    If you love the idea of a sweetheart table - a twist on the traditional head table for the bridal party,  then you can choose an ornate table with Victorian dining chairs to match the regal theme.

     

    Here are some more English elegance decor ideas for your wedding.

     

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    English Elegance Wedding Invitations

     

    When it comes to wedding invitation designs that is styled after an English Elegance theme you may find the use of pastel hues accompanied by floral and lace accents. The following wedding invite designs courtesy of DreamDay Invitations have been inspired by an English Elegance wedding theme.

     

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    Novelty Wedding Ideas for an English Elegance Wedding

     

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    Novelty essentially means things that carry the quality of being original, new, or uncommon. In terms styling a wedding theme to feature novelty items, you may look at ways to wow your guests by featuring either decoration items or features that will stand out and has not been done before. One such idea that we love that would go brilliantly with English Elegance Wedding that puts a lot of focus on this year’s flora and foliage trend is a “Potpourri Bomboniere Station.” If you have chosen fragrant flowers, herbs and fruits, this will go very well with your overall wedding theme. Add these to a beautiful decorative jar and presto, you have yourself a practical wedding bomboniere for your guests. Do not forget to add a wedding bomboniere card to go with it.

     

    English Elegance Wedding Guest Button Holes

     

    English Elegance Wedding Guest Corsages

     

    Corsages and boutonnieres are usually reserved for the bridal party, the families of the bride and groom. However, there are exceptions based on what you want to do your wedding. There have been times where the bride and groom have decided to give out flowers to all the wedding guests. So why not have a corsage and boutonniere for each of your wedding guests with their place cards as a lovely novelty touch to your elegant wedding.

     

    Image Credits: DreamDay Invitations, Pinterest, Wanelo, Islamora Weddings, Brides, Bride to Be, Squarespace, Ebay


  • Wedding Trends to Watch out for in 2016


    This past year, we saw many beautiful wedding trends from two-piece wedding dresses to tech oriented wedding photography styles, out of the box wedding venues, and more. Wedding designers and stylists are buzzing with excitement for what to watch out for in 2016!  Next year’s wedding trends will not disappoint! Here are some of 2016’s wedding trends that will be sure to excite trendy brides!

    Metallic Colour Palettes

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    Metallic colours have always been favoured to glam up any wedding. However, in 2016 we will find this design used just about everywhere; wedding dresses, wedding invitations, table decor and more. Silver will take a backstage with rose gold being the focal choice of metallic to be highlighted in your wedding design.

    Sentimental Decorative Elements

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    Add a personal touch to your reception décor by featuring sentimental trinkets from your travels as table centrepieces to tell your love story (for example an ornament of the Eiffel Tower to represent the location your beloved proposed).

    Creative Seating

    DreamDay Invitations 2016 Wedding Trends Creative Seating Plans

    We recently wrote a blog post on Creative Wedding Seating Styles and Ideas that will be of great use in 2016. Designers have forecasted that wedding receptions may move away from traditional seating choices and styles to more out-of-the box options.

    Sit Down Dinners and Gueridon Service

    DreamDay Invitations 2016 Wedding Trends Sit Down Dinner Gueridon Service

    While 2015 was all about food stations, we will be moving onto classic sit-down dinners with pre-set menus. Imagine how beautiful your sovereign menu cards will be. That will also mean you should include food preference information in your RSVP card when sending out your wedding invitation package! However, apart from the wait staff serving your choice of menu, brides and grooms can also opt for gueridon service (a trolley service, where food is cooked, finished or presented to guests at their table from a moveable trolley).  Dishes that can be served via gueridon service include Caesar salads, and steak tartar to name a few.

    Pretty Wedding Cakes

    DreamDay Invitations 2016 Wedding Trends Naked Wedding Cakes

    Naked cakes are still on trend. Naked cakes are unfrosted or partially frosted for a refined and classy look to a rustic cake. They can be finished off by accessorising them with berries or fresh flowers.

    DreamDay Invitations 2016 Wedding Trends Handpainted Wedding Cakes

    Apart from “naked” cakes, you can still opt for a completely fondant covered cake which can then be accessorised with hand-painted icing. This wedding cake style is versatile and elegant. Many brides who love the idea of watercolour wedding invitations and stationery can carry the design through to the wedding cake. All you need is to use similar brush strokes and colour palettes used on the outer facade of the wedding cake.

    Image Credits: Brides, The American Wedding, Ashley Bride Guide, Intimate Weddings, Ruffled


  • Bridal Makeup Tips


    Look your best on the biggest day of your adult life by keeping these great bridal makeup tips in mind when preparing for the wedding.  These makeup tips are ideal for brides who want to look their best and keep in mind the different scenarios that pertain to them, such as tears, environment and the possible need for touch ups.

     

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    One thing for sure, wearing layers and layers of makeup can be very difficult when your wedding starts way before the ceremony when you want to get some great wedding photographs. It’s all about looking the best version of yourself so you need to be wary of what you put on.  Always trial your bridal makeup and ask opinions from family and friends that will give you their input.

     

    The Natural Bride Look

     

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    One of the best ways to go about this is to opt for a natural look, which is quite easy to create. The trick is to use your normal daily makeup routine but add a little bit more. Makeup professionals recommend adding a few layers of blush to get the flushed rosy cheeks effect after applying a cream cheek colour. Also, opt to accentuate your eyes with hidden eyeliner where rather than applying it on the lid you highlight under the eyelashes thus maintaining the shape and size of the lid. Choose a lip colour that is one shade more pink than what you are used to make your lips stand out. Don’t forget powder sheen to get that glowing bride effect.  It will be a much better look to trying to matt your shine spots with powder that could make it look quite caked.

     

    A Bolder Bride Makeup Look

     

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    Whilst the natural bridal makeup routine is very popular, you can go a little deeper with the lip colour whilst still maintaining a similar routine with as little foundation as necessary, more focus on the eyes and a lovely shade of blush to create the rosy-cheeked effect.

     

    Wedding Day Makeup Kits

     

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    Once you’ve done your bridal makeup trials and decided on a look that looks best on you, then it’s time to make sure your makeup kit for the day has all the essentials. If you are having a makeup artist to help you get ready for the big day, make sure you bring your own beauty products that have been tried and tested on your skin and you know will work. From foundation, loose powder, concealer, shimmers/sheen powders, blushes, eyeshadows, waterproof eye liners and mascara is very important to have, especially ensuring that they won’t melt away in the heat or if you get a tad emotional during the ceremony.

     

    Wedding Touch Up Kit

     

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    Apart from this also have a touch up kit, something compact that you can hide away in a little drawstring bridal bag. Include items such as a small powder brush, pressed powder compact with a mirror, lipstick and gloss, some tissues and even Q-tips. You can hand this over to the maid of honour or a bridesmaid so you can focus on looking your best!

     

     

    Image Sources from Top to Bottom: MakeUp Artistry by Camm, The Vow Style,  Eka Dinca, Makeup by Kim Porter, JMD Photo

  • Wedding Brunch Inspiration

    Weddings are what you make them out to be; it is your day after all. You can add a twist to your wedding affair by changing up the times a little, especially if you’re a morning person by considering a brunch wedding reception. They are just perfect; with natural lighting that isn’t too harsh and ideal for pictures, not to mention the variety of options you get by choosing a wedding brunch!  If you really love your mornings, you can even catch the sunrise for your wedding ceremony! We’ve put together some delightful options as wedding brunch inspiration ideas for you to consider having for your wedding day; one that is personal, scrumptious and not to mention really smashing!

    Coffee Bar (to kick-start the morning)

    Wedding Brunch Tea Coffee Bar Cart

    This would be a thoughtful gesture to the wedding guests, especially if you are having a sunrise wedding ceremony. Set up a coffee bar with your favourite roasts/blends, and don’t forget the details such as sugar, cream, stirrers. Make sure to include tea for those who love a good blend of hot or ice tea.

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    Your Brunch Buffet Spread

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    Everyone loves a good breakfast spread, so go crazy with it. Some of the newest brunch food trends include frittatas that are light but filling, grilled vegetables, smoked food items (smoked salmon, tuna bacon, and salmon bacon), grilled chicken wraps and open sandwich choices. A popular sight at wedding brunches include food stations for the likes of crepes,  French toast, omelettes and pancakes, allowing your wedding guests to pick and choose the ingredients, toppings and syrups.

    Image Credit: INaturalCatering

    A Cereal Bar for the Young (and not so Young)

    Wedding Brunch Cereal

    For those who just HAVE to have their cereal, whether it is for the little ones or those who love their Fruity Cheerios, a cereal bar is a great idea! Put them in glass containers to let the playfulness show through and don’t forget the milk, and breakfast fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and more.

    Image Credit: The Frosted Petticoat

    A Waffle Wedding Cake

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    Keep the brunch spirit going with a delicious stacked and tiered tower of waffles as the wedding cake. As a twist to the unique brunch wedding reception, the bride and groom opt to pour maple syrup over the waffle wedding cake part of the wedding cake cutting ceremony.

    Image Credit: The Frosted Petticoat

    Happy Hour

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    If you’re planning on a sunrise wedding ceremony, apart from the coffee cart also offer your guests some spirited refreshments with a 6am happy hour to keep the Mimosas, Bloody Marys and perhaps even some Irish Coffee cocktails too.

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  • 10 Eco-Friendly Bomboniere Ideas

    If you are environmentally conscious bride and groom, and have always loved the idea of a green wedding, then these eco-friendly wedding bomboniere ideas may just be the perfect fit for your big day!

    1.     Palm Oil Free Soaps/Bath Bombs

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    There are some companies such as Lush that offer great eco-friendly bombonieres. They include a lovely range of palm oil free soaps and bath bombs that are often calming and relaxing.  Bundle them into a lovely cloth pouch and add a personalised bomboniere tag to the neck with a ribbon as a finishing touch.

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    2.     Customised Cookie Bundles

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    Delicious and elegantly designed cookies are quite popular and easy to do. The versatility in design and shape can make it a creative bomboniere option for your wedding while staying eco-friendly.

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    3.     Recipe Cards in a Customised Bamboo Box

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    A thoughtful and green bomboniere idea that would be a super useful in any home, it’s quite the perfect wedding bomboniere as a gift that keeps on giving. Make sure you don’t forget to include some favourite holiday dishes. Just stack them into a lovely bamboo box with a personalised label and you’re sorted!

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    4.     Terrariums

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    Air plants are self-sustaining and quite the perfect gift for those with a busy lifestyle! Add it into a cute bauble-like hanging vase and add a decorative touch with a bombiniere tag, and you’re pretty much ready.

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    5.     Seeds in Custom Printed Sleeves/Seed Bombs

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    Seeds wedding bombonieres are a thoughtful gift for your guests to create their very own fruit, vegetable or flower garden. You can either have them in custom printed sleeves to match your wedding invitation, or seed bombs to plant. Follow the instructions to create your very own DIY seed bombs!

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    6.     A Bouquet Station

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    This is truly a wonderful way for your investments in the floral arrangements to go to great use. Set up a bouquet wrapping station so that your guests can have your centrepieces wrapped up in a flower bouquet to take home with them once the wedding is over.

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    7.     Potted Plants

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    Lovely additions to any home, potted plants are the epitome of an eco-friendly wedding bomboniere idea. Choose the likes of a sturdy and even blooming plant (orchids are favourites for this), add a splash of paint to the pot or simply wrap it with some rustic paper and add a tag!

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    8.     Candy Filled Mugs

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    A little treat for your guests in a personalised monogrammed mug filled to the brim with candy. You can add a customised label/tag to the mug; don’t forget to add some decorative accessories to the basket too.

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    9.     Honey Jars

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    Bee’s honey is just yummy on its own and a great wedding favour but pair it with a pretty jar /container and a bee honey dipper combo, and you’ve got a lovely wedding bomboniere that is just perfect and quite a keepsake that your guests can keep forever. You can also have the words “meant to bee” engraved into the bee honey dippers for that personalised touch.

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    10.  Soy Candles

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    If you loved the idea of the soap wedding favours, then you will love these too. Add a unique scent to your wedding bombonieres with DIY soy candles) and don’t forget to label them to match your wedding stationery.

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  • FAQ: Everything You Needed To Know About Destination Weddings

    Are you thinking about a destination wedding for the biggest event of your lives to-date?  You can plan a destination wedding in various ways! We, the folks at DreamDay Invitations have put together a FAQ for you with the key things you need to know about when considering a destination wedding!

     What is a destination wedding?

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    A destination wedding essentially involves the couple choosing a beautiful location to get married at that is away from home; it can be out of town or out of the country. You also have the option of choosing the type of destination wedding too, such an intimate wedding (where it is just the two of you), a limited party (where it is down to close family and friends), or a big celebration with close to a hundred people (or more!).

    What are the benefits of a destination wedding?

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    One of the key benefits of a destination wedding is the non-stop party (or rather extending the wedding celebrations from the traditional four hours to even four day, possibly even more).It’s all about creating memories with your loved ones. It has been noted how many brides and grooms opt to plan destination weddings as opposed to the traditional and often expensive weddings due to its intimate nature.

    Is a destination wedding right for us and our guests?

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    One of the things you need to consider when planning a destination wedding is how feasible it is for the likes of your closest friends and family friends being able to attend. Therefore, before you commit to it, ask for their opinions, especially the ones you definitely want there. In the event that they cannot make it, plan for an intimate destination wedding and later a reception at home for those who could not attend.

    The chances of your guests attending may also reflect on the remoteness of the location, perhaps even how expensive it would be for them to make it. Consider these factors when booking your wedding destination. Also, look out for great deals that are available to your wedding invitees as part of the wedding venue package!

    How far ahead should I plan a destination wedding?

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    You should ideally start planning 9 to 15 months in advance in order to get the best travel rates and hotel deals, so that it can all be worked into ensuring you wedding invitees will be able to make it. If you are planning to have a large invitee list, then the sooner you plan the better, as you need to consider accommodation and lodging options for the guests too, especially if it is a popular destination!

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