Pizza at Destination Weddings

Venturing to Italy (or even New York!) for your destination wedding? Celebrate what it’s famous for and serve pizza as your main course! It’s quite hard to find someone who doesn’t like pizza and there are so many options that it makes for quite the diverse, yet simple menu. Choose a quaint restaurant known for its pizza amongst the Italian locals or have your caterer set up a pizza bar where guests can add a little something extra to the pizza of their choice. If you’d rather have a traditional dinner, serve mini-sized slices, or creative pizza cones, as a crowd-pleasing appetizer!  We once worked on a secret celebrity wedding in Italy where for the after party guests were ushered into a new room – a pop up Italian pizzeria in the reception venue!  Red and white checkered tablecloths and all, a great way to end the night or get the late night party started.

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Of course, if you’re serving pizza at your wedding, why not set the stage for a bit more Italian flair, too? Nobody will turn down a spread of delicious and authentic bread alongside the finest Italian wines (Try having the wine labels custom made as your table numbers!) For favors, give miniature bottles of olive oil or pizza sauce so guests can relive their Italian meal long after the wedding ends. You can even attach a recipe suggestion for your favorite Italian pizza. I don’t know about you, but if I attend a destination wedding where pizza was served, I’d be quite the happy (and full) guest!

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Destination Weddings in the Rainforest

April may bring showers stateside turning everything green, but the rainforest doesn’t need just one month to do that, it’s lush year round, making it a truly exotic location for a destination wedding! You may have considered venturing to the rainforests of the world for your honeymoon, but many a couple has said “I do” amongst the them too. There’s several hotels around the world, in gorgeous places like Australia and Costa Rica, that have taken up residence right amongst the forest so you won’t have to go far for the magnificent dense foliage backdrop you’re looking for. Here’s a few ideas to get you inspired, and twist your arm to take the plunge beneath the canopies for your big day!

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Whether you wed in, or near, the rainforest you can bring in the greenery, florals, bamboo and more with your details. Think pops of bright exotic blooms, large unique leaves as centerpieces or a canopy of lights to mimic the canopy of the trees. But it goes without saying that if you tie the knot in a rainforest for your destination wedding, you’ll need little more than the two of you to make it a truly memorable day.

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Paper Airplane Destination Wedding Ideas

Paper airplanes don’t just have to be delegated to elementary school projects anymore, they make the perfect little detail to really get guests in the destination wedding mood too! Save the dates, invitations, decor and even accessories? Oh yes, not a wedding element left unturned when it comes to turning these classic DIY toys into a wedding theme. Incorporating them into your paper goods is first thought, whether you mail out paper planes to announce your wedding, or use miniature ones as place cards!

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You can also craft these nostalgic items as decor, string them into garlands or turn them into cupcake toppers. Perhaps a paper airplane send off is more your style than a sparkler getaway? It would certainly make for fantastic pictures at an outdoor wedding! Don’t let the word paper stop you either. These paper airplane inspired rings would make great bridesmaid gifts. And those push pins? Perfect for holding pinning escort cards in their place! It’s time to get creative!

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How would you incorporate paper airplanes into your destination wedding?

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Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CA

I’d venture to say elopements were the original destination wedding: running off somewhere to say “I do” without the months of planning and lengthy guest list, with nobody in on the plans. For those of you thinking of an elopement, even if you do want just a few of those closest to you by your side, we have a beautiful one from Jeremy Gilliam today that may just make you say take the plunge! Amy and Chris met unexpectedly and four years, and two adorable children, later they decided it was time to tie the knot. They fell in love with Santa Ynez and knew it would be perfect for their intimate nuptials of just a few family members.santa ynez inn destination elopement Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CAdestination elopement santa ynez california Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CAdestination elopement santa ynez Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CAdestination elopement ceremony santa ynez Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CAJeremy Gilliam 21 Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CAJeremy Gilliam 31 Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CAFrom Amy, the bride: “We stumbled upon Santa Ynez during a work trip and fell in love with the charming area nestled in Santa Barbara County, and promised we would be back. The wineries and countryside were so picturesque. When we were deciding on a wedding venue for our small wedding of family only we wanted something elegant, simple,and romantic and immediately knew that Santa Ynez was the perfect place for us. Santa Ynez was intimate, small, and charming and exactly what we were looking for our wedding.”santa ynez california destination elopement  Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CAJeremy Gilliam 43 Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CA The small party spent the weekend at Santa Ynez Inn, amongst the beauty of wine country, and celebrated post-nuptials with a delicious Italian meal for nine at nearby Trattoria Grappolo.santa ynez destination elopement Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CAsanta ynez destination elopement reception Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CAJeremy Gilliam 59 Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CAsanta ynez destination elopement cake cutting Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CA“We spent the entire weekend with our families and cherished those few days celebrating our wedding. For us, the tiny wedding really allowed us to spend time with those that matter the most,” says Amy. Jeremy Gilliam 66 Destination Elopement in Santa Ynez, CACongratulations Amy and Chris!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Jeremy Gilliam Photography

Wedding Vendors: Wedding Venue: Santa Ynez Inn, Reception: Trattoria Grappolo,  Bouquet: Renae’s Bouquet, Cake: Solvang Bakery, Hair and makeup artist: Tracy LeBard at Spa Élan, Dress: BCBG Max Azria, Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

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Cascarones for Destination Weddings

With Easter this Sunday, we couldn’t help but think about how perfect cascarones would be (long after the Easter Bunny is gone) for destination weddings! What are cascarones you may ask? There confetti filled eggs, traditionally used in Mexican Carnaval celebrations prior to Lent. Recently the confetti egg tradition has been adopted and adapted by many other countries for Easter and other celebratory events, including weddings! The point? Smash a cascarone on someone’s head or toss one in the air for a shower of confetti! And who can turn down a shower of confetti on their wedding day!?

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This would be such a fun alternative to tossing rice or birdseed or blowing bubbles for any of you planning a destination wedding in Mexico. You can customize the colors to your wedding palette, or go for the glamour and elegance of the metallic variety. You can pass them out at the end of the ceremony, or reception, for quite the grand and colorful farewell!

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Same-Sex Destination Wedding in Mexico

gay destination wedding Same Sex Destination Wedding in MexicoWe’re headed just south to Mexico for today’s intimate wedding. Kimberly and Dwan chose Playa del Carmen for their destination wedding not simply because it’s beautiful (And, well, who doesn’t want to take a trip to sunny Mexico!?) but because the country was accepting of the same-sex marriage celebration they were looking for. We all know that same-sex marriage is not yet accepted throughout the United States and the conflicting view points on this issue do extend past our borders. But lucky for any of you planning a same-sex destination wedding there’s places like the Palace Resort group that are ready and waiting to help you celebrate! Time to get inspired by Kimberly and Dwan’s oh-so lovely and romantic nuptials, and the photos that Photos In Cancun captured of it!

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Congratulations Kimberly and Dwan!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Photos In Cancun

Wedding Vendors: Venue and Wedding Services: Palace Resorts, Kimberly’s Gown: Mikaella, Dwan’s Gown: Forever Yours

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Celebrity Destination Wedding in Bath, England

1 Barry Sauceda More Than an Image Photography Celebrity Destination Wedding in Bath, EnglandYou’re invited to travel to the United Kingdom with us today, for a picturesque destination wedding in Bath. Katherine, whose family is from England, and Matthew, a former professional baseball player, knew England was the perfect destination for their classic wedding. A healthy dose of elegance, a few nods to English style, and More Than an Image Photography’s photos that captured it all have us traveling back in time, to a quaint day on the English countryside.

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4 wedding cuff links Celebrity Destination Wedding in Bath, EnglandDespite a few mishaps crossing through customs, on the wedding day a ladybug landing on Katherine’s dress ensured that plenty of good luck was in store! Both men and women brought English fashion favorites to the day. How much do you love those top hats and fascinators!?

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When you wed in a city as beautiful as Bath, you have to take advantage of it for some romantic couple shots! Katherine and Matthew headed to the open countryside as well as the Royal Crescent, a strip of notable homes and buildings with their original facades (dating back to the 1700s!), for theirs.

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Congratulations Katherine and Matthew!

Destination Wedding Photographer: More Than an Image Photography

Wedding Vendors:  Rehearsal Dinner: The Pump Room, Wedding Location: The Bath Priory

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Color Blocking Ideas for Your Honeymoon

Headed to a tropical paradise post-nuptials? Embarking on a luxurious European excursion? Big plans for that exotic honeymoon? Time to get packing! Luckily spring trends are seriously embracing color this year and color blocking is abound! Mixing big and bold solid colors is the perfect honeymoon style. Even if you don’t wear dramatic color in your every day life, vacationing is the place to do so! Not ready for full on colored dresses and bright orange pants? We’ll start with the accessories…

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Now are you ready to take color blocking to another level!? We say go bold for that special night out, catch a few eyes on that daytime shopping excursion, and embrace the pop of color as you pop on over to the pool. You are celebrating after all, so why not do so in a seriously festive style!

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Cabo Destination Wedding

Lindsey karl mexico destination wedding Cabo Destination WeddingMexico will always be one of those destinations that you fall in love with all over again every time you see it, won’t it? Case in point: Lindsey and Karl fell in love with it so many times, they decided to host marry there! Their beautiful destination wedding, photographed by Dino Gomez Photography, exemplified a perfect by-the-beach “I do” from the festive rehearsal dinner to the big “bang” at the end of their reception.

From Lindsey, “We chose the location for many reasons. First off, Cabo is absolutely beautiful and the first time my husband took me there (for my birthday) I fell in love with the water, weather, atmosphere, food and entertainment. Also, My husband has a house there and he has been going there much of his life, so I would say it’s in his blood! We thought it was the perfect spot to have a destination wedding that everyone could enjoy!” They embraced all of Lindsey’s favorites for their rehearsal dinner, complete with a mariachi band, local foods and a color palette that brought the ocean right to the table.
destination rehearsal dinners Cabo Destination WeddingLindsey and Karl took to the sand for their nuptials, marrying on the beach of Club Campestre San Jose. All white decor made for a perfectly light and airy feel as they exchanged rings and “became one” with a unity sand ceremony.
destination wedding ceremonies Cabo Destination Wedding“I have dreamt about my wedding all my life, therefore I just picked the things I have always dreamed of and could vision. I chose roses and green and white orchids submerged in water in tall vases, I thought it would look elegant as well as beachy. The the coral color I chose because I thought it was perfect for the beach and the surroundings. I wanted things to be simple but elegant.”cabo mexico destination weddings Cabo Destination WeddingThe food was delicious we had people able to chose from chicken, steak or fish and we ended the night with late night munchies including beef sliders and fries. We ended the night with a BANG- a surprise firework show from my father that over looked the ocean, it was spectacular!mexico destination wedding dino gomez Cabo Destination WeddingI could not have asked for a more happy exciting blessed day. All my dreams came true, I married my best friend and the man of my dreams and was able to share it with all of my loved one’s. Everyone that came together to make it happen from the food to the band to the flowers, it made it a day we will never forget for the rest of our lives.

Congratulations Lindsey and Karl!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Dino Gomez Photography

Wedding Vendors: Destination Wedding Planner: Amy Abbott Events, Floral & Decor: ELENA DAMY Floral & Event Design, Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Club 96, Wedding Venue: Club Campestre San Jose 

Dino Gomez Photography and Elena Damy Floral & Event Design are a part of the Jet Fete advertising family and we thank him for sharing his work with us.

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Destination Weddings at Picosa Ranch

texas ranch weddings1 Destination Weddings at Picosa RanchDestination weddings don’t have to be barefoot in the sand or even in a far off land.  If a slower paced stateside affair is more your style, then consider heading out to the land of the ten gallon hat, Texas!  Ranch properties make wonderfully beautiful backdrops to say “I do” on and often create an itinerary of alternative guest fun!  How about an all-inclusive working ranch!?!  Now we’re talking…this Texas luxury property serves up top notch food paired with adventurous activities and five star service.  Ding, ding, ding…we have a winner! Picosa Ranch is a luxurious 2,800 acre ranch in Floresville, TX and is a fantastic domestic option for your destination wedding, or even your honeymoon! If you know your group wants to have a little fun without leaving all the luxuries of a resort and spa behind, they’ll certainly enjoy this ranch which offers all that, and more for intimate parties up to 42 and ages 1 to 101!texas ranch weddings Destination Weddings at Picosa RanchWho knew you didn’t actually have to venture to Africa for a few zebra sitings? That’s right, this Texan destination isn’t all cows, they have exotic animals roaming the property for a fabulously entertaining photo safari pre-wedding or a “WOW” inducing portrait backdrop. Horseback riding trails, skeet shooting, fishing ponds and archery are plentiful too. Nobody will be bored at this destination wedding weekend!picosa ranch texas destination wedding Destination Weddings at Picosa RanchOf course, for the guests that prefer the comforts of a resort: spa treatments, golfing, lagoon-style pools and 24-hour gourmet food and beverage are ready and waiting for them. And who wouldn’t want to feel like a kid again and end the rehearsal dinner evening with s’mores around the campfire!? All of the above (and everything else we couldn’t fit into a post) would make for quite the perfect honeymoon compromise if one wears the adventure hat in the relationship, and the other prefers cocktails poolside. picosa ranch destination weddings Destination Weddings at Picosa RanchBe sure to check out Picosa Ranch’s website for the scoop on all the activities, accommodations and so much more!

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