6 Must-See Rules for a Fab Destination Wedding!

BY: - 5 Aug '14 | Relationships

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Newly engaged? Joining the ‘BlackandMarried’ club?  (lol) Summer is vacation season but it’s also the season for destination weddings.  For some couples, they’ve opted out of a traditional wedding and chosen to get married in a fabulous destination wedding.  Whereas a destination wedding is a dream come true, there’s a lot involved to ensure your big day comes off without a hitch.

Destination weddings create a fabulous vacation atmosphere for the happy couple and the guests.  They often cost less and are a great way to start the honeymoon early.

Here are a six must-see rules to remember when planning a destination wedding:

  1. Pick your perfect destination.  Don’t pick a totally new destination that you’ve never visited.  Pick a destination that you’ve visited or vacationed in as a couple and loved.
  2. Timing is everything!  The most popular destination wedding choices are also popular vacation destinations.  This means fewer venue options and available hotels.  To avoid the hotel/venue of your dreams being booked to capacity, send your ‘save the date’ notifications 12 months in advance.  This will give the wedding party, family, friends and guest enough time to plan and make travel arrangements.
  3. Take a trip.  If your budget allows, take a planning trip to check out the venue (s), florists, caterers etc.
  4. Research the marriage requirements of the destination.  It’s very important that you do your research and learn the marriage license requirements of your chosen destination.  All countries have different ‘residency requirements’ that must be fulfilled before the ceremony…no exceptions!  For example Turks & Caicos’ residency requirement is only 24 hours whereas France is 40 days…YES 40 days!  Don’t waste your time and money, find out in advance.
  5. Mother nature can be your friend or your enemy.   Summer weather can be a beast.  If you’ve chosen to have your wedding in the Caribbean, remember hurricane season is July thru October.  If Hawaii is the wedding site, keep in mind rainy season is November thru March.  Also when picking your dress and the wedding party attire, remember the destinations weather.
  6. Start planning now, right now!  You can never have enough time to plan ahead.

For more information and tips to plan your fabulous destination wedding, please visit www.destinationweddings.com or www.theknot.com 

Remember it’s your big day and the beginning of a great life together.

BMWK family, did you have a destination wedding? What is the best advice that you would offer?

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Kirstin Fuller wrote 285 articles on this blog.

Kirstin N. Fuller aka The Travelin Diva is a DC based travel journalist bringing fellow travelers the best deals on family vacations, couples retreats, spa getaways, the best travel gadgets and more in BMWK's exclusive Travel Tuesday & Weekend Travel Guide columns. Check out her new travel blog daily for more deals & destinations www.passenger156.com.

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3 Questions To Ask Yourself When Your Mate Is Getting On Your Nerves!

BY: - 5 Aug '14 | Communication

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3 Questions To Ask Yourself When Your Mate Is Getting On Your Nerves!

“Why are you trying so hard to be mad today!?” That’s the question my wife asked me. I don’t know what it was, but for some reason everything she was doing was annoying me.

I was being short with my wife and very passive aggressive, and NO my period wasn’t on! It made me think about how when we begin our relationships, in our eyes, our mates can do no WRONG. But as we mature in those relationships sometimes we act as if our mate can’t do anything RIGHT.

Here are 3 questions to ask yourself when your mate is getting on your nerves:

What happened to the patience you used to have?

I know after years of being together we think our mate should do everything right and should anticipate all of our needs, but the truth is that sometimes we fall short. You don’t have to go from 0 to 100 because he left his socks on the floor and you don’t have to fly off the handle because you didn’t like the meal she cooked. Sometimes we have way more patience with everyone else and the least amount of patience with the person we claim to love the most. Think about that.

Who are you really mad with?

Unfortunately a lot of times the easiest person to have an attitude with is our mate. Sometimes we displace the annoyance we have with our job, or our friends and family on our mate. Even bigger than that, we displace our unhappiness with OURSELVES on our mate. I know your mate is the easy target but they would much rather be you ally! You might want to be happier with the person you spend the MOST time with.

What is the real issue?

Usually when we find ourselves annoyed with our mate the issue is bigger than the small thing we are nagging about. You weren’t mad about the dishes, you were mad that you haven’t been getting the attention you’ve been wanting for yourself or the kids. You weren’t mad that she bought those shoes, you were mad because you haven’t had any sex or intimacy in a few weeks. No matter what you’re nagging about be sure to COMMUNICATE about what’s really bothering you.

Most of the time that we are mad or annoyed with our mate, it’s usually over something that wasn’t even worth the emotional energy. Most big issues and lack of patience are a manifestation of small issues that were never discussed. Practice a little more patience with your mate, communicate often and stop trying so hard to be mad!

BMWK, what other questions can you ask yourself when your mate is getting on your nerves?

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Troy Spry wrote 223 articles on this blog.

Troy Spry a Certified Life, Dating, and Relationship Coach and the one and only "Reality Expert", resides in Charlotte, NC. He created his blog, Xklusive Thoughts, with the intent of putting out a very realistic perspective and using it as a vehicle for inspiration! He hopes to challenge people to think differently and inspire people to do and be better in relationships and in life!

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