Fireworks at Your Holiday Weekend Wedding

Getting married on a holiday weekend has it’s advantages, and in many cases, free fireworks is one of them!  If a grand finale isn’t exactly in your wedding budget, consider a venue near a local fireworks show (whether on 4th of July or even is proximity of a theme park with a nightly show in the summer).  If you’re getting married out of the country however, like in Mexico, you may find that the cost of a private show is less than you might expect.  Talk to your venue about the restrictions and available options so even if you say I do on a Tuesday, you can still light up the night sky in love!

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{Photos: Top Row + Second Row Left: The Knot, Second Row Right: Flickr, Third Row: Etsy, Bottom Row Left: Nessa K, Right: Lauren Kinsey via Southern Weddings}

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Happy Thanksgiving Travelers + Friends!

Today is Thanksgiving here in the US and we just wanted to say how thankful we are for each and every one of you who read this blog, submit to the blog and share your stories with us.  We love seeing the world with you!  Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving with your families and fiances!

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{Photos: Wreath: Just Another Day in Paradise, Place Card: Minted, Table: Savvy Southern Style, Cookies: Glorious Treats, Pies: MS}

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Landmark Wedding Photos

When you’re hosting a destination wedding, often times the location or the landmark the location is known for becomes the third character in your story.  Well, if you’re lucky enough to say I do in front of or near a pretty spectacular site like the Eiffel Tower or even in a sports stadium in another state, be sure to build some extra time into your day-of timeline so the two of you and your photographer can take a stroll to make some very special memories like these!

If you’re near but not near enough one of these spots or perhaps your day is just too packed already to plan for a photo op visit, then consider doing a day after session together when you get back in your attire for these photos or just enjoy a more casual look and day out on the town with your destination wedding photographer.

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{Photos: Paris: Emm Fagadar, SF: Fondly Forever, Bath: More Than an Image, Biltmore Estate: Two Ring Studios, NYC: Shira Weinberger, Vegas: Meg Ruth, Baseball: Sweet Little Photographs via Ruffled, Chair Lift: Matt Alberts}

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Pastel Weddings on the Beach

Now is a great time to have a destination wedding on the beach! It’s Springtime in the states and if you’re hometown is still buried somewhere under feet of snow, then your “Spring” wedding would be more like a “Winter” wedding, and who wants that when winter is gone (technically)?

Well something else that goes great with Spring, weddings, and the beach: Pastels! These beautiful, light and romantic colors perfectly represent the life of this season as well as the happiness of your loving relationship. Pale blues, pinks, and greens work seamlessly with a beach setting just as well as bright tropical colors do, but can tame the decor and get the attention and focus on the couple and the love they are celebrating. And that’s what the wedding is all about anyway! But just because these colors are light, they can still create a lovely decorative atmosphere at your wedding, that will not be ignored. You can use pastels subtly with one color throughout, or you can use the whole spectrum with a “go big or go home approach” (maybe even wear a colored wedding gown yourself?!), either way you choose, it’s bound to look amazing!

Try implementing beach elements, like beach lanterns or starfish, and paint them different pastel colors, or use succulents in your floral arrangement since they’re already a nice light green color! Even your get-away car can be pastel, like the robin’s egg blue Beetle pictured below.  However you plan to use pastels for your beach wedding, make sure to have fun with it and keep the true meaning for the big day your main focus!

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{Photos- Peach wedding gown: Pinterest, Grits wedding favor: Southern Weddings, Just Married Beetle: Style Me Pretty, pastel lanterns: Seaside Inspired, wedding cake: Inspired by This, pastel table scape: One Wed, Bride+bridesmaids: Bridal Musings}

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Win a 3-Night Stay at The Cove Atlantis in the Bahamas!

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Looking for a dream destination wedding location in the Caribbean??  What if you could preview and plan your perfect big day with all the experts, on vacation – for free!?  That’s right – it’s giveaway time!!  The expansive luxury property on Paradise Island, Bahamas, The Cove Atlantis want to welcome you to getaway while you plan away at their unique Brides in Paradise experience.  A three night, four day wedding weekend, this luxury bridal retreat will include everything from de-stressing morning yoga to expert speakers, fabulous swag bags, and poolside play and pampering of course!

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This exclusive event is $495 per bride ($150 per guest), excluding travel.  But comment on this post and you’ll be entered to win entrance to the event for two PLUS a three night stay at the swanking The Cove Atlantis.   That’s a $2400.00 value!!  Talk about a great way to reconnect with your fiance during the wedding planning process, should you opt to make it a romantic weekend for two of course!

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Want to take more guests with you??  Why not turn this trip into your bachelorette weekend!?!  What a memorable way to celebrate with your best friends by the beach!

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For more information or to register to attend, visit Brides in Paradise- Luxury Bridal Retreat at Atlantis.  And a special thanks to Atlantis for sharing this giveaway with our wonderful readers!

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The fine print: Must be 18 and up to attend.  The event includes access to all events and planned activities, swag bag and gifts for the bride, complimentary access to Aura, and eligibility to win any of the bridal giveaways, including a five night vacation and wedding dress!  Dates of the event are June 27th – 30th, 2013.

To enter to win a two tickets to this four day event and a three night stay at The Cove Atlantis, comment on this post before 5pm PST Tuesday, March 26th.  The winner will be selected at random.  Contest excludes air and incidentals.  Good luck travelers!!

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