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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Your TradeWinds Wedding

Tradewinds Island Resorts offer an unusual variety of tropical and special venues for your special day and all those events surrounding it. Your bridal luncheon, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, cocktail hour, reception and post wedding brunch can all be hosted with its own theme and unique setting. Your guests will appreciate all the benefits of a beachfront resort destination with a tropical island ambience, yet enjoy quick and easy access from airports and metropolitan areas.

The joyous celebration of your wedding day does not only revolve around the day itself, but the events before and after as well. Enjoy your bachelorette party with the perfect mix of fun, sun and relaxation; your party will be long talked about among your friends.

After the wedding ceremony, forget the long hours in the airport and make us your romantic honeymoon destination. They have a variety of honeymoon suites and romance rooms that will surely enhance the newlywed mood.

To celebrate each year of happiness, Tradewinds is the destination to pick for your anniversary as well. There's always room for two at your favorite restaurant and a spot on the beach in one of their cabanas. After all, nothing says "love forever" quite like a Gulf of Mexico sunset.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Fresh Ideas for an Outdoor Wedding

If you’re a couple who loves the outdoors, why not plan a wedding celebration al fresco? Let loose and let your personalities shine through. Forget about formal dining halls and hotel function rooms. Let nature’s blessings be your backdrop while exchanging your vows and partying with your family and friends afterwards.

You can make it different, memorable and definitely romantic. Work with what open air venues can give you – from the lakes to the skies. Pick some elements from nature and incorporate it in everything you need for your big day. Here are some ideas to inspire you.

You might have a wider selection of beautiful outdoor venues than you think. You just need to use a little creativity and look around you.

Your home. You can literally start looking in your own backyard – or front lawn. If you’ve got a well-manicured garden, go ahead and plan your wedding right in your own home. You’d only need a little more flowers and lighting here and there.

Parks and nature reserves. Many of these places have designated areas open for private functions, including weddings. Imagine the lush greenery and the sound of the birds around you. You might even find a spot near a waterfall that would make an incredible setting. What could be more romantic and awesome than that?

Botanical and butterfly gardens. In some locations, botanical and butterfly gardens have opened their gates to special gatherings. Similar to parks and nature reserves, you don’t really have to add a lot of decor and flowers in these places. In butterfly gardens, the butterflies can also be used in the ceremony instead of lighting up fireworks or sending balloons up in the air.

From the bridal dress to the guests’ attire, everything should be more comfortable than in traditional weddings. It would also be lovely to see touches of nature on the clothing and accessories of the bride and groom.

Bridal dress. Skip styles like ball gowns and restrictive cuts. Choose free-flowing dresses made of chiffon and other soft fabrics. Instead of a tiara or some sparkly hair accessory, use fresh flowers for your headpiece. Keep your veil short, if you plan to have one. But it would match the theme better if you leave it out.

Wedding and engagement rings. Choose a figural ring with the shape of a butterfly or a flower to signify your engagement, if you haven’t picked an engagement ring yet. For your wedding bands, you can match the design with your nature-themed engagement ring, or ask the jeweller to put details like leaves or flowers on the band.

Guests’ attire. Ask your guests to come in semi-formal attire, at the most. Don’t bother thinking of making them wear tuxedos and gowns. They’ll enjoy the atmosphere and the celebration you’ve prepared more if they’re in relaxed clothing.

Ideally, live music is best for an outdoor or nature-themed wedding. An acoustic trio or a string quartet would be excellent. But if that’s not possible, make sure that you’ve got a sound system set up perfectly for the outdoors.

Instead of the usual wedding band and games, have a couple of outdoor games like croquet, mini golf or even horseshoes. These games are unique alternatives to bring fun into your party.

As you go on with your wedding plans, you’ll come up with other novel ideas on how to make your outdoor wedding more memorable and fun for everyone. Just remember to pick a date that promises good weather. Although most probably, no amount of rain can dampen the spirits of a newlywed couple.

About the author
Sofia Angeli is a PR & communications consultant for companies in various industries. In particular, she brings her writing skills and passion for travel, culture, arts and lifestyle, including wedding planning and engagement rings, to the online world.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Wonder Weddings

Dreaming of celebrating that happiest of days your wedding in Puerto Rico? You'll be glad to know that tying the knot just got easier, now it is a snap to arrange the perfect destination wedding on the beach, in the mountains, even underwater, if that is what you want! It is always summer in Puerto Rico, so if you dream of balmy days running barefoot on the beach, waves murmuring over the sand, or nights that begin with a golden sunset and end with a champagne colored moon, forget about what season it is. This is the Caribbean: it is always a warm, exotic, and romance place to get married. And it is easy.
Many midsize or small hotels and country inns feature wedding packages and have hosted countless beachside and mountaintop events, so if you want something more intimate be sure to look into the islands of the beaten track locations. You may prefer a simple sunrise or sunset ceremony under the mango tree at the minimalist 20-room Casa Grande Mountain Retreat in Utuado or a barefoot on the beach party literally steps from your room at Hosteria del Mar in Ocean Park.

What will you find in Puerto Rico besides a couple hundred miles of beautiful beaches? Every watersport you can imagine, a score of championship golf courses, hot hotels with hotter casinos, a whole city that is a National Heritage Site, horseback riding, mountain bike and ATV trails, one of the highest and longest zip lines on the planet, a cave system with one of the world’s major underground rivers, the world’s best rums, a rainforest that is considered one of the natural wonders of the world, and much more.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Top Ten Reasons to Marry in Aruba

• Aruba's romantic environment of sunset-lit beaches and private beach coves has long endeared the island as a honeymoon destination. Now both the celebration of the honeymoon destination as well as the actual wedding ceremony and reception can also take place on the island. As one of the hot spots for both weddings and honeymoons in the Caribbean, couples seeking romance in Aruba find they come away with their fair share of memorable moments to accompany the wedding and honeymoon photos that will soon be uploaded to favorite social website to share with family and friends.

• An average rainfall of less than 20 inches a year, an average daytime temperature of 82 degrees with low humidity, a location away from the path of hurricanes; and the constant cooling influence of the trade winds.

• A long history of hospitality pervades the local culture, with island residents offering a warm smile and welcome to visitors.

• Accommodations on the island range from renowned names in high rise resorts with all the amenities, to the more intimate environs of low-rise and boutique hotels; the type of resort experience you choose is up to you!

• Aruba offers a cosmopolitan air and all the comforts of home, while still retaining its small town charm.

• Pristine landscapes and historical sites abound, especially in Arikok National Park

• Gourmet adventures available with the island featuring international chefs specializing in several different types of cuisines. Aruba is home to over 100 fine restaurant choices.

• Aruba is a shopper’s paradise. Numerous shops specialize in luxury watches, designer clothing, scents and jewelry.

• Aruba allows you to do exactly what you want to do. With so many choices, you can pursue your favorite activities or simply luxuriate in doing nothing at all.

• Seven miles of white sandy beaches have put Aruba in a class by itself.