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Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014

De stination Weddings BY DONNETTE HAYES PHOTO COURTESY EAU PALM BEACH RESORT & SPA, PALM BEACH, FLORIDA WHEN YOU HEAR THE WORDS “destination wedding,” what locations come to mind? Probably places like Hawaii, Jamaica, Mexico, or the Bahamas. However, did you know that most destination weddings (70%) take place right here in the United States? Destinations like Palm Beach, Florida; Charleston, South Carolina; and New Orleans, Louisiana, are great options for a destination wedding. They each have a unique personality that can be used to create a memorable themed wedding. It’s Always Sunny WeddingsElsewhere.com 15 PALM BEACH, FLORIDA, for example is a great location for a tropical-themed wedding. Palm Beach is situated in the southern portion of Florida. It’s known for beautiful beaches, streets lined with cascading palm trees, intercoastal waterways, and affluent communities. Some ideas for your tropical themed wedding are to use pastel colors for your bridal party and wedding reception decor. You can also incorporate your own personality into this theme. For example, tropical can be Caribbean, Hawaiian, exotic, etc. There are also beautiful tropical themed invitations that can be sent to your guests. A perfect venue for your tropical themed wedding is on the beach or near an intercoastal waterway. A unique idea for your rehearsal dinner is a luau! It would be an event you and your guests will enjoy and remember for a lifetime. However, when planning any activity on the beach, make sure you or your wedding planner checks with the local authority on permits or other requirements needed for having weddings or activities on the beach. The Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa in Palm Beach, Florida, has the follow-ing advice when planning your tropical themed wedding: • Determine your budget; • Select your menu; • Interview vendors for stationary, entertainment, and flowers; • Schedule a menu tasting; • Create welcome bags for your guests; and finally, • Build in some me-time at a spa so that you are relaxed and stress free on your big day. com


Weddings Elsewhere - Fall 2014
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