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Forever I Do Weddings, a full-service wedding planner for the Fort Walton Beach, FL area, announces an all-time high for summer destinations weddings in 2012. The business is already booked for the first three Saturdays in June due to the increased popularity of destination weddings.
Fort Walton Beach, FL (PRWEB) June 23, 2012
The wedding planners at Forever I Do Weddings are working overtime this June to plan the beach weddings of fifty-seven couples, a new high from forty-five couples in 2011. The company also reports that the average size of a wedding has increased this year, with an average attendance of thirty to fifty guests. High demand for destination and beach weddings has led the business to close three Saturdays this June, due to the high volume of events booked on those days.
The company’s top destination is Destin, with other venues located between Fort Walton Beach and Panama City Beach. Forever I Do Weddings received the 2010 Bride’s Choice Award from Wedding Wire and Martha Stewart Weddings, and was featured on WeddingChannel.com and The Knot. Despite these accolades, the business believes their true measure of success is the amount of word of mouth recommendations they receive: 17% of June’s bridal flock are referrals from previous satisfied clients.
In addition to full-service wedding planning, Forever I Do Weddings provides a variety of event planning, special request and customized weddings, and wedding photography services. The professional staff prides themselves on honoring truly extraordinary requests and strives to meet the unique needs of each individual client. The company’s catalog features special wedding and event packages and is clearly priced, with no hidden fees.
Forever I Do Weddings will continue to meet the growing demands of the June wedding season rush for years to come. The company’s event planners recommend that couples schedule their special day early, so that their desired date is not already booked. Forever I Do Weddings invites couples interested in a scenic wedding experience to contact them for more information.
About the company:
Forever I Do Weddings is a full service wedding planning company that specializes in destination beach weddings from Pensacola to Panama City Beach, Florida. This family owned business has been serving clients nationwide for over 20 years. Through the development of local and regional partners, Forever I Do Weddings offers a full line of wedding planning, event planning, photography, as well as extraordinary specific planning of individual customers’ weddings or events. For more information visit their website at http://www.foreveridoweddings.com.
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Former Purdue University men’s basketball coach Gene Keady married Kathleen Petrie in a basketball-themed wedding Tuesday on the Hawaiian island of Lanai, according to purduesports.com. They were in Hawaii for the Nike Hawaii Elite Camp.
Keady’s best man was former longtime assistant coach Bruce Weber, who is now the Kansas State coach. Petrie was escorted down the aisle by another longtime coaching friend, Minnesota’s Tubby Smith. Approximately 75 coaching friends and their wives attended.
Keady, who won 512 games and six Big Ten titles at Purdue from 1980-2005, is a special assistant/advisor to St. John’s coach Steve Lavin.
Director ties the knot with toyboy Aaron Johnson
Director and artist Sam Taylor-Wood chose the same designer as Kate Middleton, Sarah Burton for her wedding dress when she tied the knot with actor Aaron Johnson earlier this week.
Sam, who is 22 year’s older than the ‘Kick Ass’ star opted for the creative designer at Alexander McQueen to design her gown only a year after creating THAT dress for the royal wedding according to Now Magazine.
The couple married in a secret ceremony in Somerset witnessed by their two children Wylda Rae, 2 and Romy Hero, 6 months and Sam’s daughters Angelica and Jessie from her first marriage to art dealer Jay Jopling.
Sarah Burton recently received an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for the stunning wedding dress Kate Middleton wore last year.
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We not only spend an inordinate amount on our weddings, we also have the world’s largest number of guests. Mala Ashok tells you how you can get thrifty and yet have an exotic wedding, when you plan it away from home
Indians have the dubious distinction of being among the world’s leading spenders when it comes to weddings. This trait transcends all income ranges, and the common theme is, “spend more than you can afford,” to keep up with the Joneses.
The Government pats itself on the back for its “tough on dowry” stance. However, the insidious practice of dowry continues regardless of this ban. The practice is very much prevalent whether overtly or covertly. In all fairness, sometimes there are no demands for dowry, but there are lots of gifts given from the parents under the guise of helping the youngsters settle down.
In this climate of “giving,” the “spending” on the actual wedding celebration also thrives. Not only do we spend an inordinate amount on each guest, we also have just about the world’s largest number of guests! Every so often, society makes a lot of noise about this enormous waste, till a “Monsoon Wedding” comes along and the practice is glorified!
Away from home
Why not emulate the West, where the parties are trimming the fat in the already bare bones spending? The next fad to hit the wedding scene there is “Destination Weddings.” These weddings take place away from home in an exotic destination such as a tropical Island. Thirty one per cent of brides under 30 are opting for these weddings.
It may appear that extravagant weddings away from home at exotic locales may be an undesirable luxury in these tough times. However, wedding planners in Canada and America say weddings away from home are cheaper than weddings at home. Some couples even dispense with event planners and instead of flying to an exotic destination get married aboard a cruise ship with just the most important guests! The cost is controlled by keeping the guest list to a bare minimum. Our country’s large numbers originated not only from large joint families but also from the fact that we did not register our marriages and instead relied on guests as witnesses sanctifying the union both socially and legally; now neither of these is a factor so there is no justification for these big ticket weddings.
Trimming the fat
A leading North American consultant plans several weddings a year at a tropical island resort which is a favourite of couples. The average “big” wedding at one of these resorts consists only of 50 people! This enables the cost to be under $15,000 as opposed to the average of $30,000 it costs them in their home country. The bride and groom or their parents pay only for the people in the wedding party such as the bridesmaids and the best man and ring bearer. The other guests are expected to pay for the trip by themselves. Most of them treat this as a wonderful opportunity to visit a new place and since there is a lot of advance notice given, planning is not difficult.A friend of mine from America was invited to a wedding in Vienna. She used this “chance of a lifetime,” to attend the wedding, visit Salzburg and she even undertook a bicycle “Sound of Music” tour!
We in India have untold opportunities to plan in this area. For example if your wedding is scheduled for say the month of May and you live in Chennai, you’ll be miserable during the entire celebrations as will your guests, because that is the hottest month of the year there.
Why not trim the guest list (you will ruffle a few feathers but that is inevitable in a social event in any case) drastically, and hold the wedding in Ooty, Kodaikanal, or Yercaud, which are the cooler climes in the South? You will have to have a very strict RSVP policy to ensure accurate numbers for booking hotel rooms in a good hotel. We now have very good event planners in India who could make all the arrangements for you. This applies to North India too in June and July.
Your guests from North India would also be delighted if you had a Southern wedding in say Bangalore if they have never been South of the Vindhyas, provided it were at the right time of the year. Likewise Southerners would love to visit the capital, the Taj and so on when they attend a wedding in the North.
One such example of a destination wedding” helping diffuse what may have been a prickly situation was Rahul and Mary’s (names changed). Rahul and Mary were colleagues in Hyderabad. They got to know each other at work and then felt they wanted to share a life together. Despite practicing different religions they won the support of both sets of parents.
This is when an unexpected problem crept up. Both parents wanted to celebrate the wedding! Rahul’s parents invited Mary’s folks to their hometown of Delhi and Mary’s parents in turn invited them to Bangalore. Rahul and Mary talked it over and came up with a unique solution.
The couple and both sets of parents and their siblings travelled to Kerala, God’s Own Country. They rented a four bedroom houseboat which took off in the backwaters in Allepey. The wedding was to take place in the houseboat. A Hindu pundit and a Christian priest both officiated and starting from the drinking of tender coconut water with which everyone was welcomed, the wedding was a blast! The atmosphere was relaxed throughout and the tension attending our weddings was noticeably absent.
They did, however, have a party in Hyderabad for their friends and their respective families were invited too. So, everyone was happy. And, the wedding was an experience of a lifetime. The logistics were handled by a travel agent.
Destination weddings would be doable in India, but would require meticulous planning. I talked to Priya Ravi, the CEO of her event planning and travel consulting company, Exclusika. “Destination weddings are not new to us. Several NRI’s hire event planners to celebrate their children’s weddings in India. So, it is only a question of doing the same for locals. Also, most event planners have links with travel agents and together they can arrange an impressive package suitable for any budget.”
Yes, destination weddings are certainly doable in India. All it requires is imagination — and you can rent that from an event planner.
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Just a friendly wedding-planning advisory: a recent pair of newlyweds has ensured that your upcoming nuptials will not be the most magnificent of all time, technology-wise at least. During an outdoor ceremony at the Mirador Estate, in Montecito, California, a tech-savvy couple exchanged vows in front of RED Epic cameras on 5K resolution, the same type of cameras used by Ridley Scott in Prometheus and Peter Jackson in The Hobbit. According to Gizmodo, Julia and Stuart boldly opted out of having the event photographed, since “each frame can also be extracted as a high resolution 3D still image.” A teaser trailer (!) for said 3-D wedding video is available above.
It is unclear what Julia and Stuart do for their day jobs, what inspired them to take this innovative route, and why they would want to torture friends and family with a third dimension to their wedding playback. In 2010, Sydney-based cinematographer Abraham Joffe made history by filming what is believed to be the first professionally executed, multi-camera 3-D wedding video for Australian newlyweds Narelle and Ian Haines.
First comes love…then comes wedding planning.
As someone who will be married this October, I love being an older bride. There’s no freaking out or stressing, but simply weighing what will make our wedding beautiful, meaningful and fun.
Yesterday, I spoke with the amazing Kate Harrison, author “The Green Bride Guide,” the nation’s leading resource for green wedding ideas, products and services. If you’re an over 40 bride, you need to check out her book and website greenbrideguide.com
Even if you’re just starting to explore going green this book is perfect because it’s packed with great ideas for any wedding at any age. If you’re a mom looking for ideas to make your daughter’s wedding eco-chic and elegant, Kate has you covered.
If you’re a midlifer bride looking to do something a little different with your wedding planning, but still elegant and memorable, this book is for you.
I had to ask Kate: Why is it so important to go green at your wedding – especially when you’re a midlifer bride?
“I feel a green wedding goes hand in hand with the idea of marriage. It’s about a long term sustainable future together,” she says.
“To kick that off with a bunch of disposable items feels contradictory to me. It’s about the future. The future of our planet. Our children.
“The message is right,” she says.
Here’s the great news: You don’t have to wear a dress made out of oats or offer a cake made out of raw sprouts.
“You don’t have to sacrifice style to go green,” Harrison says.
“But you can be aware that every single part of a wedding has many eco friendly alternative – from rings to your honeymoon,” she says.
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How many trees have to die for your wedding? Answer: none.
“The easiest way to go green is through the invitations,” Harrison says. “You can do a digital invitation for casual weddings to a high end couture invitation on recycled cotton.”
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“Brides and grooms can sign up at mywedding.com
We offer a free wedding website that has links to your registry and links to your events,” Harrison says. “We even have an online RSVP, which cuts down on all the paper that’s wasted.
The idea here is to cut down on wasting fuel. “I encourage couples to choose a venue that does both the reception and the wedding,” she says.
“Make it central to a majority of guests rather than fly them in,” she suggests as a way to cut down on fuels used.
THE FOOD AND THE FLOWERS
“The food and the flowers are two of the biggest wedding expenses,” Harrison says. “First, find a caterer who will do as much local, seasonal and organic food as possible.”
For any of us who have suffered through plastic chicken and dried out salmon at weddings, this is a great tip. “Fresh food is always amazing. The food is often what your guest remember the most,” she says, adding, “How many times do you really need to eat chicken and salmon.
“Offer something regional,” she says. “At my wedding, we had local, grass fed beef and it was amazing with mushroom soup and roasted root vegetables because our wedding was in the fall. I went to a wedding in Maine where we had Maine lobster. At a Southern wedding, we had barbecue.
“Keep it from the local food shed,” she advises.
As for the flowers, she cautions against ordering roses from another state or country.
“Most of the flowers in the US are imported and covered in pesticides,” she says. “The key here is to use what’s available in your area. Those flowers are fresher, often less expensive and smell better.”
Kate went one better at her wedding. “We bought our flowers from a local farm,” she says. “All the flowers for our wedding cost $200 and then we had a local florist come in and do the arrangements. We saved thousands of dollars.”
“The dress is personal,” says Harrison. “But you should be aware that there are eco friendly designers out there. Consider a once worn dress. Recycle and donate it after the wedding.
“I donated my gown to Brides Against Cancer, which is a great place to buy a gown, too,” she says.
Here’s a way not to make your bridesmaids spend too much green:
“For your bridesmaids, limit what can’t be used again,” she says. “Or let your bridesmaids choose a dress after you give them a color. Tell them to keep it simple. Don’t make them buy a new dress and shoes for their wedding.
“Why make them spend $600 for a dress they hate,” she says. “It’s just not nice.”
A FEW OTHER WEDDING PARTICULARS
If you really want to go green, you can choose acoustic entertainment during the ceremony or a local band.
For your wedding favors, Harrison suggests edible ones or even something that can be planted.
“Pick something people will actually use, so it doesn’t end up in a garbage fill someday. That frame with your name on it will be tossed out,” she says with a laugh.
For midlifer brides, Harrison suggests that you do a new twist on your registry since you probably have all the kitchen gadgets and fancy plates that you can use.
“You’ve gotten married once and you probably have all your china. Why not set up a charity registry,” she says. “Or register for eco friendly home goods. You’ll get really high quality gifts.”
Her site has over 600 amazing eco friendly gifts that are not only great for your registry, but also perfect as wedding presents or hostess gifts. “It’s great to get a pan made out of 100 percent recycled metal that are chef grade,” she says.
“For your honeymoon consider a service trip,” she suggests. “You can do a local honeymoon or even choose green venues that are eco friendly.”
I see palm trees in my future…eco friendly and relaxing!
Wynonna Judd and her husband Cactus Moser really played up the country theme of their June 10 wedding.
As revealed exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly, Judd, 48, and Moser, 55, tied the knot on the country singer’s farm in Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. While Wynonna walked barefoot down the aisle in a Houri Barahimi dress, Moser accessorized his tuxedo with a vest, pocket watch and .44 Magnum gun.
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“First of all, I saw the gun and I mean, I almost squealed out loud,” Judd told Us of when she first walked down the aisle and saw Moser. “He was very ‘Maverick.’ “
But Moser took a step further after the ceremony. “Right as Cactus went by Ashley’s house he fired his gun,” Judd shared. “I’m sure she really appreciated that if she was home.” She added with a laugh, “She was probably under the bed!”
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Judd did not invite her famous sister Ashley Judd or mother Naomi Judd to her wedding — despite the fact that they both live right next door.
“Ashley’s probably so busy with [husband] Dario [Franchitti] having won the Indianapolis 500, she probably doesn’t even know,” she admitted.
The family’s relationship with each other has been rocky, but they hope to change that.
“We’re getting ready to sit down with our life coach and re-evaluate what we want out of this relationship . . . We just don’t have a lot of contact right now, if any, because we’re all doing our own thing.”
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Judd’s children from previous marriages, Grace, 16, and Elijah, 17, and Moser’s sons Cahl, 23, Wyatt, 18, and daughter Sunshine, 33, were in attendance.
“I didn’t want it to be about anyone but Cactus and me,” she explained. “Because to me, at the end of the day, it’s the children, Cactus, and me . . I was so concerned about making this feel special for them, everything fell away.”
Crucy’s Creative, Destined to Design, and A Day to Remember showcase their professionalism on the largest party, wedding and event planning network, PartyPOP.com.
(PRWEB) June 22, 2012
PartyPOP.com recently announced free wedding invitations and an RSVP website for any engaged couple in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The company has re-purposed their 2012 marketing budget in hopes of building brand awareness and loyalty. According to reports from within the Southern California based company, it’s working.
PartyPOP.com features over 2 million highly accomplished and professional companies in the event planning industry including: Crucy’s Creative, Destined to Design, and A Day to Remember.
Crucy’s Creative is an event planning business based out of Long Island, New York. The company specializes in bridal showers, baby showers, birthdays, weddings and other types of special occasions as well as their custom made Favorates, Cake Toppers, Capias and Lazo de Amor. There is no job that is too big or too small for Crucy’s Creative, and they offer prices to fit any budget. Crucy’s Creative desire to coordinate events that clients can look back on as being both special and unique. The company takes care of the delivery and arrangement of event details and guarantees customer satisfaction. More information can be found online at http://www.partypop.com/v/4338839
The average working person does not have the time to plan and organize an event- that is where Destined to Design comes in. Their simple philosophy when it comes to planning an event is this: “If you can think it, it can happen. Let’s discuss your vision and make it happen!” Serving Detroit Michigan, Destined to Design provides a flawless, memorable event! They help host the following events: baby showers, bridal showers, kid’s parties, sweet 16s, quinceaneras, birthday parties,anniversaries, bachelorette parties, family reunions, graduations, corporate events,holiday parties, and many other occasions! From balloon decorations to sweet tables they have something to make your next event unique. The company offers venue décor, balloon décor, candy buffets, personalized favors, chocolate suckers, event planning event coordinating. More information can be found online at http://www.partypop.com/v/4246718
Angela Dorris is the owner of A Day to Remember event company, located in West Frankfort, IL. She loves what she does and makes dreams come true! A Day to Remember offers many services including wedding/event planning, coordinating, rentals, fresh florals and gifts for all occasions. Angela’s products are unique and will fit into any budget! A Day to Remember serves all of Southern Illinois and the surrounding areas. More information can be found online at http://www.partypop.com/v/4390438 or http://www.day-2-remember.com.
PartyPOP is the largest party, wedding and event planning online network.
Before the Internet era, the professionals at PartyPOP.com were successful hands-on party planners and special event producers. For more than a decade PartyPOP has translated 30 years of party planning experience onto the Internet. Millions of vendors are listed on the network consisting of 60+ websites and tens of millions of customers have used the network to plan their parties, weddings and events. PartyPOP.com also provides party and event related tips, themes and ideas, as well as a free full wedding planning software called Seating Arrangement.
About Free Printed Invitations by PartyPOP.com:
PartyPOP provides every bride and groom across the USA, Canada and the U.K. with free beautifully designed wedding invitations, printed on 80lbs card stock paper with matching envelopes and wedding website. Even door to door shipping is included at no cost. There are no hidden fees, no obligations to buy and no strings attached!
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In a world where Pinterest is filled with wedding gear and the economic downturn has scratched “wedding planner” off of the affordable options list, it was only a matter of time before a wedding planning service sprouted up on the web. That service is called Lover.ly.
Lover.ly has recently partnered with various brands like Nordstrom, Kwiat, and Minted to let users buy exactly what they see online. This makes the site a place where tasks actually get executed, rather than simply planned out (or worse yet, dreamed about). Not to mention, Lover.ly is generating revenue by capitalizing on a huge trend right now.
Just look at all of the wedding-centric tech products that have hit the stage recently. Yapp’s Events app-creation platform has a huge wedding-focused user base, and Appy Couple takes it a step further to only create apps for couples tying the knot. Then of course there’s Brit Morin’s Weduary, which leverages Facebook to do a relatively similar thing on the web.
Lover.ly is different from Pinterest in that, instead of pulling user-generated content, all of the images on Lover.ly are sourced from the top wedding bloggers on the web, and categorized by vendor, model name, and item (such as ring, dress, shoes, etc.). From there, the basic premise stays mostly the same. Users can “love” items, which saves them in a Loved folder in your profile, or “bundle” items, which is the equivalent of posting to a certain board.
The site features a Color Bar up top, letting brides immediately choose their color. And every woman who’s ever been through a wedding knows, wedding planning can’t even begin without a color.
I sat down with Kellee Khalil, founder and CEO, to discuss bringing new brand partners aboard, and the decision to use bloggers to generate the content, rather than users. She has big plans for the company, hoping to eventually follow a woman through all the big life stages, like wedding, pregnancy, moving into a new homes, and being a newlywed. It could be a huge online marketplace, considering the fact that women do some serious online shopping these days.
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Lover.ly is a visual search engine and cloud scrapbook. We help brides and their friends search, save, and share wedding inspiration from the best sites online.