Overseas Wedding Ceremonies, Costs, Types And Legalities – The Truth, Part 2

Continuing our theme of the costs of weddings with a difference, don’t forget that you can always ask your wedding planner to custom design your wedding for you. If you have a specific idea for your wedding that you’d like then don’t be shy, ask for a quote and have the wedding you really want, not just what’s on offer. You never know, you might start a new wedding trend!

For those who are searching for an unusual wedding theme, you could try a cliff top wedding ceremony. Just imagine…..a cliff top at sunset, exchanging your vows as you gaze out to sea with the warm breeze wafting around you? This could be you if you plan your wedding well. It may be obvious but make sure you know if the ceremony is legal or not outdoors, and choose a destination with cliffs of course! Ibiza is one country where a cliff top ceremony is possible from approx. $900usd, and Canada and the USA make great alternative locations.

For those who enjoy being by the sea but feel that a beach wedding is a bit of a clich̩ you might want to consider getting married underwater. This is becoming more popular in certain countries in the Caribbean and also in the Philippines Рa country with a booming wedding industry but not an obvious thought when searching for a destination wedding location. Costs vary depending on your expertise and the operator but bank on spending several hundred dollars.

Alternatively if scuba diving is a bit much on your wedding day, you could think about having a pool wedding. Many hotels and resorts offer this, especially if they have in-house wedding co-ordinators and/or offer wedding/honeymoon packages. Again, the Caribbean has a bit of a monopoly on this sort of wedding, but resorts in southern Europe are also getting in on the act, especially ones in Cyprus, Turkey and Greece, and it is also possible in some Asian countries like Thailand. Costs start at $500 usd upwards in the Caribbean.

Changing tack completely, there is another growing type of wedding, namely that of the chateau/castle wedding. Certain European countries have a strong history of offering chateau weddings and for those dreaming of the ultimate “fairytale” wedding in a historic castle with a drawbridge, moat and turrets, this is the ultimate wedding experience. As you would imagine, many eastern European countries have a multitude of castles to choose from, but don’t rule out the west too soon as France, Germany and Austria have their fair share as well. Prices can be more for this kind of wedding due to the extra amount of organization that is required at a venue such as this, so expect to pay upwards of $2000 usd for the ceremony.

One country you might not immediately think about for a “fairytale” wedding is Canada, but with the faux-Gothic Banff Springs Hotel and the incredible Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta, along with the many genuinely historical buildings in Montreal, Canada is a true contender for an incredible chateau wedding with a modern twist.

Summer may be the “traditional” wedding season, but with cheaper flights and more flexibility in work patterns, winter is becoming equally popular for overseas weddings. Whether you’re looking for a romantic wedding in the snow or want to escape to the other side of the world for a bit of sun and sea, there’s plenty of choice.

How about a chateau wedding with a snowy mountain backdrop in Canada; a city wedding in sunny Sydney in the shadow of the Opera House; or a “bush” wedding in a luxury safari lodge in South Africa with the local wildlife nearby?

As far as weddings with a difference go, your imagination (and budget) is the only limit!

Hawaii Wedding Planning

Imagine this scene, White, sandy beaches. The lush scenery and foliage of a tropical paradise. Hot island breezes and warm ocean waters. The smell of coconut oil and all the swimming with dolphins and surfing you desire. Sound like a dream holiday? Imagine the view of the sun setting behind Diamond Head while you engage in a Hawaiian feast fit for a king. Sound even better? Now imagine, you, your family and friends gathered around this idealic island scene as you ad your spouse to be exchange wedding vows. Sound good? Ever consider having a wedding in our 50th and some will say most beautiful state of Hawaii? In this article we will give you some tips on Hawaiian wedding planning.

The above scene may sound like paradise but many are probably thinking, we couldn’t possibly afford that. Hawaii would be too expensive for our wedding budget. Well, it may not be. This may come as a surprise but some Hawaiian wedding planning companies offer packages for as low as 350 dollars. You may also be surprised to know that Hawaii is one of the easiest states to get married in. There are no residency or citizenship requirements and no blood test is required. The only restriction is for people under the age of 17 which would require parental consent.

Imagine yours and your families delight as you jet off to this island paradise for the happiest day of your life. Hawaiian wedding planning doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are packages available to suit nearly every budget. Whether you want a small ceremony with just the basics or a large celebration fit for any royal family, Hawaii can provide an ideal setting with its beautiful scenery and atmosphere.

Your wedding day should be one of the happiest days of your life. Hawaiian wedding planning can provide you with a fantastic wedding at a cost you can afford. Look into Hawaiian wedding planning and you could be well on your way to having the wedding of your dreams in the most ideal of locations.

Contemporary Decor for Indian Weddings

It’s all about the attire, jewellery and food in an Indian wedding. And, of course, the decorations! They occupy as much importance as everything else in an Indian wedding. Wedding decor sets up the mood for celebrations. With weddings in India comprising of an array of rituals and ceremonies, decorations set apart one from another.

Irrespective of whether it is a theme based weddings or not, decor is an integral part of all weddings. They get the maximum attention from people and create eternal impressions. For decors, the eye of detail is the key in creating splendid wedding environments. Stunning decors also add a dash of class to the photographs and serve as alluring backdrops.

Traditional decors were limited in designs and style. However, with more and more brides and grooms opting for modern style weddings, the choices for decors have become limitless. Today, sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing decors for Indian weddings! Use your vivid imaginations and inspirations to create decors that will set your wedding apart from the rest. Let us explore some of latest decor trends that is doing rounds in Indian weddings.

Mandap or the centre stage

The centre stage is the most important aspect of any decor. It garners maximum attention from the guests as this is the place the bride and groom are confined to for most part of the wedding ceremony. For any centre stage, you must choose the colours wisely. When you have a wedding theme, stick to the colours pertaining to the theme. Alternatively, you can choose colours that will enhance the photos. Generally, shades of gold, copper and red look great on any centre stage. Having simple minimalistic decorations can work. Add eye-grabbing props and match the backdrop with the carpet, seating or any other additional decor pieces you add.


Can you imagine an Indian wedding without flowers? Of course, not! Flowers are considered to be auspicious and hence are a must-have decor in any wedding. They add a flair to the contemporary decor. They help bring the artistic side in you. There are innumerable ways in which you can use flowers to brighten the hall. Traditional garlands, flower vases, centerpieces, flowers can be included in any way you want. White, red, pink and yellow shades are most preferred for a wedding. However, you can use lavender, purple or related shades to stand out in the crowd.


Say hello to coloured lighting this wedding season. Lightings are an integral part of Indian weddings. They brighten and highlight the centre stage. They are a must-have decor for any wedding. Fairy lights, thorans, coloured lights, lanterns, lamps – the possibility of decorating your hall with lights are limitless. To add a contemporary touch, use paper lanterns, add table lamps to the guest seating area or glow-in-the-dark lights for the reception.


Fabrics add the much needed texture to your wedding decor. Traditionally, the center stage is decorated with fabrics. For a modern look, you can add a dash of colour to spice up an otherwise sober decor. Further, using bright colour fabrics will minimize the cost of other decorations, which is great for budget weddings.

It is amazing how a little inspiration and imagination can transform your wedding decor from good to amazing. Have fun with your decors and never hesitate to tell your story in your own unique way.

Beach Wedding Location

Wouldn’t you just love a beach wedding location? Imagine the waves rolling gently on the shore. Imagine that you’re walking on crumbling white sand, in the dress of your dreams, with flowers in your hair. Imagine all friends and family beaming at you, with a tear or two in their eyes. Imagine standing beside that One person in the world, with the minister in front of you and the open sea beyond.

Romantic, huh? Well, that’s probably why a lot of couples today opt for a beach wedding location. There’s something so simple yet poignant about a beach wedding. And after the ceremony, everyone gets to have loads and loads of fun!

Planning that big, white beach wedding? Here are some tips to make it as easy as walking down the aisle.

1. Plan and make your reservations early

This is crucial, Brides. You need all the time you can get to prepare for the big day. A lot of brides start preparing six months before their wedding. Buy yourself a calendar. Jot down everything you need to find: location, caterer, decorator, flower arrangements, dresses, rings, cake, etc. If you’re not hiring a wedding planner, get your bridesmaids to help you out. Also, it would be good to reserve a date at the beach resort months in advance.

2. Tents

You might be holding the ceremony out in the open, but what about the reception? What if it rains? Consider setting up tents or reserving an indoor place in case the weather decides to bless you with bridal showers. Also, some of your guests might prefer a covered area to lounge, while other dance until morning light.

3. Lighting and Decoration

You won’t need a lot of extra decoration (the beach itself is beautiful enough), but do consider lighting if you intend on partying through the night. Maybe you can string the palm trees with lights and lanterns. Lighting makes everything look more romantic.

For more tips on how to prepare you beach wedding location, read on.

Planning a Budget Wedding Made Simple and Easy

If you have the idea that having a budget wedding sounds tacky or weird, than you should totally disregard that idea. Because believe it or not, there are a lot of people worldwide who are interested in planning a budget wedding. And its a very smart thing to do.

Depleting your bank account on your special day just doesn’t make sense. I mean think about it. You have debt, you have to pay the mortgage, you have kids, you have you, and so on. So why in your right mind would you ever consider spending your life savings on a day that’s supposed to be about love?

A lot of that money could be better repurposed for your honeymoon, your kids college tuition, a new home, a new vehicle, or a nice vacation later on down the road. A nice getaway vacation can do more good than an expensive, elegant wedding that lasts on a few hours. In fact, you can have a beautiful and delightful wedding without breaking the bank in the process.

In today’s financial economy, a budget wedding just makes more sense. Gone are the days where the parents pay for everything and weddings cost almost $50,000. You dont have to sacrifice beauty and style just because you are on a budget. Budget weddings are all about imagination, class, and doing it yourself along with the help of friends and family – instead of paying large fees for a professional.

And the best part is that you dont have to skimp on any of the things that make a wedding special. There are so many things that can make your wedding more memorable and a lot less cheaper in the long run.

Lets take a look at some of those ideas:

– Have friends and family make the food and cake for your wedding. This can be their wedding gift to you

– Purchase a used dress or even a prom dress

– Instead of hiring a DJ, use an MP3 player

– Invite only a small crowd. Only your closest friends and family members

– Have the wedding in your backyard. What better way to save on costs?

There are a ton of things that you can do to make your wedding day cheaper – but special and more memorable. Its the memories and your long-lasting marriage that counts, right? This should be your main focus when planning your wedding. Not material things that fade away immediately after your wedding is over.

You want your day to be truly special. Something you can laugh and smile about when you watch your wedding video later on in life. By simply using your imagination and brainstorming, you can find a lot of ways to plan your wedding on a shoestring budget.

Lets brainstorm together. You can have your wedding in your garden, or somewhere else outdoors. Or you can ask a friend or family member if they can host your reception. You can make your wedding incredibly fun by having a theme based wedding. These can be easy to create, and the process of making them is a memory to cherish forever. Theme based weddings are a ton of fun for everyone that is involved and take the cost out of having a large and costly wedding.

In short, when you put your mind to it, you will find that your imagination is rich of ideas of how to plan a budget wedding. The number of guests and the services you purchase should be one of the top considerations when planning your wedding. Trimming your guest list may be your most difficult task, but is sometimes necessary if your budget will be broken by the number of guests that you have.

One quick tip for your guest list is to invite only people who close to you and your parents, rather than everyone you know. You can mark off names of people who you think would feel obligated to come, but wouldn’t be upset if you at least asked them to come. This one idea can be the most cost-effective thing you can do when planning your wedding on a shoestring budget.

Keep these tips in mind when planning your next wedding. They will be sure to pay off big time in terms of cost, and happiness.