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My wedding is in a location far from where I live, so I have to travel with my wedding gown. What is the best way to transport my gown while ensuring that it stays in prime condition for the big day?

Sally Conant of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists says: Whether you’re traveling near or far, it’s important to pack your wedding gown properly. Here are some of the Association of Wedding Gown Specialists’ top tips for how to travel with your wedding gown.

How to Pack a Wedding Gown: Pack your wedding gown in a box or suitcase lined with tissue paper. Fold the gown neatly and buffer each fold with tissue paper to prevent creases. Make sure you use ample tissue paper to stuff the bodice of the gown and cushion any bows or sleeves. If your gown is beaded with prongs, put tissue over the prongs so that there are no snags. Once the suitcase or box is packed, the gown should not move when you shake the box.

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Anastasia & Steve

May 5 

Islamorada, Florida 

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Q & A with the Bride: 

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

When I chose to get married in the Florida Keys, I scoured the Upper and Central Keys for a vacation home where my closest friends could stay and where I could hold the wedding. The majority of vacation home rentals, however, prohibit wedding ceremonies over 20 people due to zoning and noise ordinances. I was familiar with Pierre’s Restaurant, a venue famous for its sunset weddings. When I went to Pierre’s to scope it out, hip Greek techno music was playing on Pierre’s beach and after my exasperating search to that point, I took it as a sign that this was my venue! 

2. Which two details from your wedding were your favorites?

I adored my wedding dress and flowers. When people told me, “You will know your dress when you see it,” I thought, “Do they know how many ugly wedding dresses are out there?” Truth be told, I literally lost my breath the moment I saw my dress. To all disheartened brides out there, I urge you to keep looking. I am living testament that there is a dress for everyone! Given the overwhelming expense of a wedding, it is tempting for a bride to skimp out on the flowers. But flowers are the only creation on Earth, aside from human beings, that create light. Next time you see a bouquet of flowers or a field of wildflowers, notice how your heart center expands. 

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

My favorite part of the wedding day was having the Greek Orthodox ceremony on the beach. The Orthodox Church, much like the Catholic, rarely approves requests to marry outdoors. We were extremely lucky and never will forget the beauty and significance of our ceremony as we overlooked the vast and beautiful ocean, caressed by the wind and kissed by the sun. 

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Samara & Jeremy 

July 11 

Lahaina, Hawaii 

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom: 

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know that it was the one? 

The big, beautiful exotic trees and the ceremony area right next to palm trees and the ocean.  It was such a perfect setting to walk down the aisle.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Our musicians – Shea Derrick and Full Flavor worked with us on which kind of music we wanted and played an eclectic selection of our choices and theirs, live!  They let us pick songs that they would learn and sing, and our guests were amazed since the covers sounded so awesome.  It was a mix between Shea singing, a guitarist, and a DJ, and they were fabulous!  

2. The food – Aloha Events catered and bartended.  We made a custom around the world menu with dishes from different countries we’ve traveled to.  The food was superb, and the staff was great!  

3. The cake – Maui Wedding Cakes designed a custom cake that looked like a mountain.  We ordered rock climbing figurines from MyWeddingDolls.com that were designed to look like us, which were placed on the cake as rock climbers.  Figurines of our two dogs were on top of the cake.  The designer used string for the climbing rope.  We gave her an extremely unique cake request, and she nailed it.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Bride – Walking down the aisle and seeing my soon-to-be husband waiting for me.  The look on his face filled my heart with so much joy and love, and I knew I was feeling the same thing he was – overwhelming happiness to spend the rest of our lives together.

Groom – We secretly took dance lessons once a week for like 5 months.  We wanted a dance with big lifts and choreography that would blow our guests away.  We couldn’t decide between her choice, Pearl Jam’s “Love Reign O’er Me” and my choice, O.A.R.’s “Hey Girl,” so we decided to do 2 dances.  Our first one was for our first dance “Love Reign O’er Me” was formal and dramatic.  Much later in the night, we surprised everyone with another dance.  ”Hey Girl” was swing and playful, and I lifted Samara over my head a few times.  So much fun.  We undertook a huge challenge, but it was my favorite memory.  No one expected a dance like that, let alone two dances!

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Toni & Ron

Dreams Puerto Aventuras, Riviera Maya

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It’s a cold, rainy day here at WeddingWire HQ, and we’re all dreaming of sunshine and warm weather. Luckily, today’s real wedding has transported us to a picturesque secluded beach at Dreams Puerto Aventuras Resort & Spa, where gorgeous couple Toni and Ronald took their vows in an outdoor pavilion overlooking a turquoise ocean. The reception featured purple decor, romantic lighting, a unique “tree of love,” and lots of laughter and dancing!

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Purple Destination Beach Wedding in Costa Rica

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 26, 2013

Michelle & Marcus 

October 26  

Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica  

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Q & A with the Bride & Groom:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The details of the villa were absolutely breathtaking. Every detail from the architecture to the panoramic views.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. The gorgeous rooftop reception. It was in the evening, and there where beautiful candle lights everywhere, floating orchids in cylinder vases, romantic crystal mirror chargers, and regal plum linens.

2. The surprise dancing Carnival and drummers. Our guests still talk about it today!

3. The beach ceremony. It was classic, romantic, and timeless.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Our first dance. My husband was insistent that we have our first dance to a classic romantic Latin love song called “Boliviana” by Ibrahim Ferrer. It’s about a man professing his love to a beautiful dark-haired woman in a white dress.

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