Entrepreneur and heiress, Ivanka Trump married publisher (New York Observer)and real estate agent, Jared Kushner were married in a lavish ceremony On October 25, 2009 in Bedminster, N.J. Ivanka wore a gown designed by Vera Wang. Guests included ex-New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Barbara Walters , Regis Philbin and actress Emmy Rossum. Read more of this article at: Access Hollywood.
Mad Men star Christina Hendricks, 34, wed actor Geoffrey Arend, 32, in N.Y.C. on October 11, 2009. The couple invited 70 guests to the wedding, located at Il Buco Restaurant in the East Village, New York. Wedding playlist was inspired by music of the 1930’s. Read more of this article at: InStyle Weddings.
Looking to cut costs for your wedding and honeymoon? Saving money on a Destination weddings are becoming extremely popular for those couples who want to deter from the traditional churchwedding and go for the more exotic (and, yes, frugal)option of having a fun wedding at another location! There are travel agencies that offer great destination wedding savings on package deals for your travel, hotel and wedding accommodations. Please keep in mind, if you’re planning for a huge affair, this idea is not for you. Planning a destination wedding involving a large party would be a huge headache; it’s almost impossible to have your friends and families arrange their schedules to accommodate your event. If you’re planning a small wedding, read on…
Why a Destination Wedding?
Planning destination weddings is great for numerous reasons. The rate of destination weddings has risen in the past few years, especially now that we have entered a recession. The reason for the sudden popularity?
Budget -friendlyfor couples who don’t want (or need) the fuss and expense of a fancy wedding.
A chance for those who would like a small, intimate affair with just close friends and families. Also, friends and family can take advantage of this and use this as a vacation as well. There are options for the bride and groom where they can have a freehoneymoon if the wedding party and families book a certain number of rooms at the resort.
Blended families? Bring the kids along! There are couples where one or both may be entering their second marriage and may want to have a wedding that differs from their previous wedding.. Resorts and hotels now have kid- friendly activities and entertainment, as well as on-site babysitters to supervise the children, giving much needed privacy for the newlyweds.
Most resorts now offer marriage services and arrangements, such as on-site wedding coordinator, florists, photographers, catering, ceremony/ reception, marriage license, and officiator.
Before you say “I Do!”
Before you say ” I Do”, please look into the rules and regulations of the marriage laws of the state or country where you plan to marry. Research the laws and ask questions before you plan your destination wedding further. Here are the questions you should ask the travel agent or resort that you’re interested in holding your nuptials:
How much experience the hotel/ resort has in planning destination weddings.
The weather; find out the typical climate for the month or season you plan to marry.
If the wedding location is in a non-English speaking country; will there be English-speaking staff members available to assist you? I can’t think of anything worse to have a wedding where the language barrier prevents you from making your wishes known.
Will your home state/country recognize a wedding held in another state/ country as valid?
Are blood tests are required? If so, what documents will you need to bring?
Is there a residency period before the marriage can be performed?
If divorced or widowed, will I need proof of documentation?
What are the destination wedding fees for the event? Are there special hotel rates for members of the wedding party?
This article should help you in preparation of your nuptials. Remember to relax and have fun planning! For more honeymoon ideas, please see our Honeymoon Registry.
Reality star, Khloe Kardashianof Keeping up with the Kardashians, married LA Laker star Lamar Odom on September 27th,2009 in a lavish affair in Beverly Hills, CA. The bride wore a tiered strapless Vera Wang gown, accented with a lavender sash. Her maids of honor, sisters Kim and Kourtney, were dressed in various shades of lavender, while her younger sisters, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, were bridesmaids along with actress, Lauren London. Guests include: Ryan Seacrest, Chelsea Handler, Kelly Osbourne, Kobe and Vanessa Bryant, Alan Thicke, Joe Francis, Joel Silver, Lara Spencer, Brittny Gastineau, Sugar Ray, Adrian Bailon and Lala Vasquez. Read more of this article at: EOnline.
“Half and Half” star, Essence Atkins married former NFL player / financial executive, Jaime Mendez on September 26.The couple, who met on Match.com last year on Valentines’ Day, were married ceremony at the Ambassador Mansion and Gardens in Pasadena, California.
The bride wore a Stephen Yearick gown for the ceremony and an Angel Rivera dress for the reception. Read more about their big day at Essence Magazine.
American Idolrunner-up, Justin Guarini married his former high school classmate, Reina Capodici, at a private estate in Doylestown, PA on September 26th. The couple wrote their own vows and Justin’s 4-year old step-daughter spoke a few words during the ceremony. Read more of this article at People.com.
“My Name is Earl” star Jaime Pressley married entertainment lawyer Simran Singh on September 26th at Dick Clark’s estate in Malibu, California. The bride wore a dress by British designer Jenny Packham. Pressly’s 2-year-old son, Dezi, served as ring bearer at the ceremony. Read more of this article at: NY Daily News. Image Credits: ExtraTV
“(500) Days of Summer” actress Zooey Deschanel married “Death Cab for Cutie” & “Postal Service”musician, Ben Gibbard on September 19 near Seattle, Washington. Congrats to the happy couple! Image Credits: Jeff Vespa/WireImage
My “So- Called Wedding”?
“My So- called Life” actress and movie star Claire Danes married fellow actor and co-star Hugh Dancey in a quiet ceremony in early September in France. The couples met on the set of their film “Evening”and have been dating for more than a year. Read more of this article at: People.com. Image Credits:Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Oh…Laura! Family Matters star gets Married
Family Mattersstar Kellie Williams married Hannibal Jackson on September 5, 2010 at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, Maryland. Kellie wore a wedding dress by Lefty’s Bridal and Boutique. Read more of this article at:The Washington Post
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