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Is a Destination Wedding for You?

Newport Destination Wedding
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Many couples decide to have a destination wedding because it is not only romantic but it is also practical. If you cannot afford a "Cinderella" wedding and a fantasy honeymoon, combining them both will be more economical for you. It is also a worry-free way to plan a wedding. So, if you are a couple with little time for wedding planning, this may be an option for you.

Most resorts will have an on-site coordinator who will handle a majority of the wedding details. Be sure that the consultant has years of experience in coordinating weddings. All you need to do is decide where you want your ideal fantasy wedding to be and contact some major honeymoon hotels to get more information on what their packages include. A typical package will include the location, officiant, musicians, flowers, photographer and a champagne and cake reception. They will also include accommodations for the wedding night.

Be sure that the consultant has years of experience in coordinating weddings. This is especially important if you are getting married out of the country because she'll need to know all the requirements (such as necessary information on marriage licenses, medical tests, how long it will take to process all the paperwork, etc.)

Popular wedding destination sites include: Hawaii, Disneyworld in Florida, Disneyland in California, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean islands. Many couples invite their closest family and friends to a special location where everyone can celebrate the couple's wedding and enjoy a vacation at the same time. You will need to give your guests ample time to make travel arrangements, therefore, send out your invitations approximately ten to twelve weeks before the wedding.

Local popular destinations include a Cape Cod wedding or a Newport wedding. The romantic ocean side destination of Newport or the Cape can be an affordable destination wedding for you and your guests. Guests may opt to stay for the weekend or travel just for the day of the wedding. Consider a clambake welcome party for the guests when they first arrive, a beautiful Cape wedding reception or Newport wedding reception the next day, followed by a brunch to wrap up the weekend. Depending on the location, you may opt to have festivities that are well-known. Such as visiting the mansions in Newport or a boat ride to Martha's Vineyard.

The downside to having a destination wedding is the fact that many of your guests will not be able to afford the time or the money to share your special day with you. If this is the case, have a party when you return for all your friends and relatives who could not attend. Make sure you have all your photos developed so you can show them just how special your day was.

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