We can’t seem to shake the cold weather here at WeddingWire HQ, so now more than ever, we’re dreaming of destination weddings in warm-weather locales. If you’re one of the lucky ones hosting (or thinking about hosting) a destination wedding, get thee to Twitter this Wednesday, March 26 at 3pm EST. Yes, it’s a Destination Wedding Twitter Party! Wedding designer Karen Bussen for Palladium Hotels & Resorts will be tweeting about the top destination wedding trends, and providing lots of great advice for your celebration! And – major bonus! – Palladium Hotels & Resorts is giving away a three-night stay to the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort & Spa in the Dominican Republic (pictured above) to one lucky participant. All you have to do is ask a question about destination weddings and add the hashtag #DestWedParty – and make sure you’re following @WeddingWire! Can’t want to see you at the party!
Kristina and Will were married at the White Orchid Beach House in Wailea-Makena, Hawaii on October 14 — all the way from Australia. The bride wore a sweetheart ruched a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a headband in her loose curls, while the groom wore a gray vest and pants, accessorized with argyle socks. Bridesmaids looked oh-so lovely in navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of all-white roses, orchids, and calla lilies. As intimate as the ceremony was overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the reception was even more so lit with a crystal chandelier, paper lanterns, and candles. Not to mention the palm trees! Each place setting featured a “thank you” tin for guests to take home with them. Can you guess what was inside? Well, it’s a secret.
If you’re recently engaged and living in New York City or Los Angeles, you’re in luck! There are two Wedding Salon bridal shows coming to you in March. Here are all the details:
The Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Salon will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm at The Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. Whether your considering a destination wedding or planning a trip-of-a-lifetime honeymoon, this event will feature representatives from top resorts and destinations from all over the world including Curacao Tourism, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, All Inclusive Hard Rock, Puerto Rico Tourism Board, The Villa Group, The Rack at Rock Creek, Iconic Weddings and more. And, oh yeah, celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie will also be making an appearance. This event will also include cake tastings, cocktails, makeovers, gown previews, raffles, giveaways and an amazing goodie bag!
For all you Los Angeles brides, check out the Wedding Salon Los Angeles on Monday, March 10 from 4pm to 8pm at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. At this exciting event, you’ll find a TAO Bachelorette Suite where you and your pals can discover how to plan the ultimate bachelorette party, cake tastings from Charm City Cakes and Hansen’s Cakes, reception tablescapes from top designers, gorgeous wedding gowns, representatives from top venues and destination wedding sites worldwide, delicious treats from Eco Caters, beauty consultations, and an amazing goodie bag!
While a white sand beach with turquoise blue water at an exotic location may sound pricey, think again! From built-in beauty to all-inclusive packages, you’ll be surprised at how much budget-friendly destination weddings actually can be. Not convinced? Read more reasons here.
Hilary and Gerry were married along Destiny Beach in Destin, Fla. on August 24. “Growing up, I always dreamed about getting married on the beach with my bare feet in the sand and the sound of the waves in my ears,” Hilary said. “My husband and I met at the beach, and he later proposed on the beach; it seemed fitting for us.” The ceremony took place before sunset with 12 of their closest family and friends (and two dogs) witnessing. Seashells lined the aisle and starfish decorated the chairs. “Our backs were to the sun, so we had no idea what the sunset looked like until we turned around and saw the most stunning pink skies,” she said. During the recessional, bubbles were blown! Hilary wore a sweetheart tulle wedding gown, accessorized with a turquoise statement necklace, while Gerry wore a white button-up shirt and khaki pants. Her bouquet and his boutonniere featured white roses and seashells from their parents’ honeymoon. How sentimental! Reception tables were decorated with burlap linens, gold charger platers, and illuminated with candles. The cake was their favorite flavor — red velvet.