Weddings Abroad

Graham And Green
Graham And Green

These shell hearts from Graham and Green are just perfect for a beach themed wedding.  The large one is £35 and the small one is £26.50, so if you have the budget for it you could  have them scattered all around your venue, with soft blue colours for a simple beach hut feel.  But you could use the large one to decorate just your top table between the bride and groom if your budget won’t stretch too far, or if you are actually getting married on the beach then how about making one into a wedding ring bearer by placing it on a light blue cushion.

Augusta Jones
Augusta Jones

Delicate, floaty and cool are the necessary style cryteria for a perfect beach wedding dress and this Ashten gown from Augusta Jones for £1300 ticks all the boxes.  It’s a tulle empire gown that is strapless which keeps the look cool and floaty, the delicate feature comes in with the lace detail at the bottom and train.  The key with any beach wedding is to keep the look simple and not ‘overdone’, so simple accessories are the order of the day, like this freshwater pearls and gold plated coins necklace from John Lewis for £21.50.

Freshwater Pearls Necklace
Freshwater Pearls Necklace

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Casa di Guilietta
Casa di Guilietta

The balcony where Romeo wooed Juliet, could there be a more romantic wedding setting?  The Casa Di Guilietta (house of Juliet) is said to have been the setting for Shakespeare’s tragic love story, Romeo and Juliet, and this is what the authorities in Verona are hoping will lure romantic couples to the city to get married.  It’s already one of Verona’s most popular tourist destinations, but obviously the authorities have realised how much extra revenue can be made by hiring it out as a wedding venue, about £930* in fact.  Many of the newspapers are saying this is quite expensive for a wedding ceremony, and ok it’s not cheap, but neither is a wedding ceremony in the UK unless you are marrying in a register office.  Most venues will charge at least £200 to £300 for the room hire in a hotel or country house and then you will need to pay the fees for the actual ceremony to the officiant.  If you are romantic enough the want to marry at the balcony of the ‘star-cross’d lovers’, then you’re romantic enough to pay the price!

 * Source BBC News Website

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Skopelos
Skopelos

Say ‘I do, I do, I do, I do, I do,’ in ABBA style and get married on the Greek island of Skopelos where Mamma Mia was filmed.  Yes I have just watched it again and now have a burning desire to renew our vows (although three years is probably a bit too soon) on the beautiful island, followed by an ABBA themed party complete with sequined, frilled jumpsuits.  If you are thinking of getting married on one of the Greek Islands, Thalpos Holidays can help you with all the details, from papers required to transport, catering and storage of your wedding gifts.  For personal advise it’s worth checking a forum like Trip Advisor where you can get advice from people who have been there or know the area.

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Nuptuals - The new name for Hitched ?
Nuptuals - The new name for Hitched ?

The ever popular Hitched.co.uk site has now gone down under with an Australian version of the hit UK wedding site opening last month.  Darren Noel started the UK Hitched website from his bedroom back in 1997.  The site has evolved over the last 10 years and argueably become the most visited wedding website largely grown by its loyal following in its forum community.

www.nuptales.com.au is the the name of the new Australian version of hitched, however, I cant help wondering why they chose Australia as their first overseas venture.  It would’nt be anything to do with the sun, sea and beaches by any chance :-)  The perfect overseas office in my opinion.

The site has a long way to go before it emulates the success of its UK offering and I am sure it will be a lot more difficult to achieve the same following in Oz over the next 10 years.  When hitched.co.uk was launched in 1997 the internet was in its infancy and there was a lot less competition between wedding sites.

Finally, I hope I am not going to make a fool of myself here but can anyone tell me what “Nuptales” means.  Is it the Autralian word for Nuptials ?  I dont think so because I notice the Hitched team also own www.nuptales.com which is earmarked for a US and Canadian version and Nuptales.ie presumably for an Irish version.  Not to mention www.nuptales.co.za (South Africa I think) and the list probably goes on.  My theory is that I think the Hitched team are planning to take over the wedding world and bamboozle us with a new word (a bit like Google).  The next thing you know “Nuptales” will be in the English Oxford dictionary and we will all be having our weddings sponsored by Nuptales.  Anyway, let me be one of the first to congratulate Hitched on their new global venture and their route to global domination (well, at least when it comes to tiaras and wedding frocks !! )

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New York Wedding

With weddings abroad costing alot less than a UK wedding, many couples are looking to tie the knot abroad, but don’t necessarily want a beach wedding and what could be more exciting than a wedding in New York.  Whether you choose to get hitched in a casual style over the Brooklyn Bridge or in Central Park, or go for luxury and sophistication of Rainbow Room Grill, Kuoni have a package to suit your needs.  The great thing about a wedding abroad is that you really can invite who you want, if anyone at all, rather than having to invite all the long lost relatives you never see but feel you have to invite.  With the credit crunch biting hard, it gives you the perfect excuse to escape and do it your way.

Ice Hotel Weddings

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a Snow Queen, getting married in the North (Sweden, Finland or Iceland) in an Ice Hotel or timbered chapel amongst glistening snow and ice may be just the wedding location for you. Imagine yourself arriving by husky sledge or reindeer sleigh and spending your wedding night in a honeymoon cabin with private sauna, a real ‘wow’ overseas wedding venue!  Discover the World arrange packages tailored to your needs and will help you to arrange all the paperwork as well as arranging travel for your guests.  It’s always a bit of a worry arranging a wedding abroad and leaving the booking details to a company, but take a look at one of the forums on http://www.youandyourwedding.co.uk/index.php/chatroom/topic/47884  and you’ll see posts from brides who have already used Discover the World and those who are using them who have said how good the service has been.

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Ian Stuart - Faberge

If you’re looking for a feminine, flouncy,  feather effect to your wedding dress, (try saying that after one champagne too many) this one from Ian Stuart would be perfect.  It’s the layers of pleated tulle that gives the skirt a beautiful wispy feel which is further enhanced by the beaded lace.  The fitted bodice shimmers with vertical lines of  crystals, pearls and beads for a look reminiscent of the 1920’s era, team this with the matching boa that is available and you have the perfect vintage look.  The dress would work equally well for a wedding abroad where a floaty, romantic look works well and you don’t have to worry about creases.

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Trouser Suit For a really confident and glamorous look on your wedding day, how about ditching the traditional dress for a funky trouser suit.  It will certainly show your husband to be who wears the trousers right from the start!  This one from Bruidsmode Brinkman at White Mischief is lovely for a beach wedding as it still has a feminine feel with the overlay skirt that will swish beautifully as you walk along the beach.  For an even more relaxed style Joyce Young Collections has a stunning embroidered silk halter neck long coat over silk georgette trousers.  Perfect for an informal wedding or beach ceremony.

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Las Vegas Table Plan

I am no gambling man but I am drawn to the glitz and bright lights of Las Vegas and this Las Vegas Table Plan from Caribou Creative captured the mood perfectly.  I guess when you go for a table plan with a strong theme like this you need to have a good reason for it and advertising to your guests that you are a couple of gamblers isnt really the message you are probably wishing to portray.  If on the other hand you are having a james bond theme wedding or a real swanky black tie evening do with coctails and canapes and white linen suits then this kind of Table Plan would be a welcome accessory. 

Better still, perhaps you are having your honeymoon in Las Vegas or even getting married in Las Vegas.  If this is the case then you certainly will want to make room for this Table Plan in your suitcase.  Incidently, unlike many other Table Plan manufacturers Caribou Creative will make the Table Plan to any size (so you wont have to buy a new suitcase as well)