Choosing a location for your wedding can be one of the most exciting—and difficult—decisions you have to make while wedding planning. Do you want it to be near where you live? Or near where you grew up? Or somewhere else altogether? … read more
So you’ve planned your destination wedding—your location is set (and everything that comes with it; hello, pre-made planning packages!), your flight is booked, and you’re ready to go! Before you head out, though, make sure you remember to handle these few things first, or there might turn out to be trouble in paradise! … read more
While many brides and grooms dream of a hometown church or reception hall filled with all 200 of their closest family members and friends, you’ve always imagined that you would have to take a plane (or a boat or a train) to get to your dream wedding destination. Whether you want to get married on an island, on top of a glacier, or in the middle of a forest, planning a destination wedding is exciting and can be logistically tricky. … read more
Combining your wedding and a vacation together for a destination wedding is music to the ears of some couples wanting to get away to a faraway land for their nuptials. A destination wedding can be anything from just the bride and groom to a huge affair with hundreds of guests. However, while this type of ceremony can be a dream come true for some couples, it is a nightmare for others. … read more
Planning a wedding can be a lot of work. Planning a destination wedding can be quite a bit more. There are a lot of things to consider, in particular the actual destination, but one thing you should keep in mind throughout the entire planning process is your budget. … read more
When you got engaged, you not only heard wedding bells, but you also saw a tropical island and smelled the ocean breeze as you said your vows to your betrothed. A destination wedding is a fun and relaxing way to tie the knot, and what better way to celebrate nuptials than to be somewhere tropical or somewhere that you love visiting? … read more
The Ice Cream Sundaes are in full wedding swing! With only two months left to go, we are furiously trying to make sure we have everything in order. This past weekend has brought me a particular amount of stress, because I’m only going to be in town (Syracuse) for three days, and I have so much to cram in. Here’s the wedding to do list:
With all of the crazy dancing, we had no concept of time, but somewhere around 10:00 PM our wedding planner’s assistant came up to us on the dance floor and asked us if we wanted to do the bouquet and garter toss. Mr. S put on quite a show—it was pretty hilarious. There was much more fight for the garter than for the bouquet. Bridesmaid Lizzy caught the bouquet!
My dad tried to sneak in there with the ladies catching the bouquet!
Since we were already (accidentally) announced into the cocktail hour, the reception started with our first dance. We chose a different rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” because we couldn’t agree on a song that was more the two of us. We have so many songs we both love, but too many memories attached to that song to have chosen anything else. (The captain randomly played this song every morning when we were on a scuba trip in Australia, and a rendition was played on the banjo when we were engaged.) I kept telling Mr. S we couldn’t have the same song for when I walked down the aisle and for our first dance, but in the end it really didn’t matter…
For many many years of my life, I pictured getting married on April 4th or 8th; it seemed to me to be the absolutely perfect wedding date, because I am obsessed with the number four. After Mr. S proposed, I thought 4/8/16 would be the most perfectly perfect date, but then as wedding planning got rolling and Cabanas la Luna was booking up, we thought waiting until January was even a bit too long, and April just seemed like an eternity to wait. I decided to ditch my obsession with the date, but now that it is April 8th has come and gone, I did still sort of wish we were getting married on April 8th…just so that we could relive everything again. (And OK, maybe a teeny tiny bit of me still would love the 4/8/16 wedding date.)
Immediately following the reception we had a cocktail hour with light apps. While we snapped a few pictures, our guests enjoyed some margaritas, guacamole, salsa, and tamales. After maybe 10 minutes—I don’t know, I have no concept of time—we joined our guests at the cocktail hour.