Romantic Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations IV

Happy beach coupleShare the beginning of your new life together as a married couple on a Caribbean honeymoon. Home to over 700 islands, the Caribbean is a newlywed favorite for honeymooning. The Caribbean beckons with clear turquoise seas, gentle tropical breezes, spectacular sunsets and soft sugary sands to wiggle your toes on walks together. In part IV of this series on island honeymoons in the Caribbean, the focus is on the tropical destinations of Aruba, Turks and Caicos, US Virgin Islands and Cuba. Read on to learn about these romantic Caribbean honeymoon destinations.

Aruba

Fall in love with Aruba, located in the southern Caribbean Sea off the northern coast of Venezuela and west of the Lesser Antilles. Aruba is home to the world renowned Eagle Beach, a beautiful sandy expanse featuring the unique divi divi and fofoti trees with twisted gnarly gray bark trunks and growing at unusual 45 degree angles due to direction of the ever constant trade winds. Another distinguishing fact of Aruba is that the island lies outside of the hurricane prone regions.

Turks and Caicos

Enjoy your honeymoon escape in the Turks and Caicos, a group of islands located southeast of the Bahamas. Historically, the Turks and Caicos were populated by survivors of ship wrecks and served as home to pirates including the infamous female pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read. The most popular island is Providenciales, things to do here include relaxing on the long white beaches of Grace Bay, enjoying the beaches of Taylor Bay or admiring the stunning blue waters of Chalk Sound.

US Virgin Islands

Consisting of several islands including St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John, the US Virgin Islands are located between the Atlantic and Caribbean east of Puerto Rico. Foodie lovers will delight in the local cuisine consisting of local specialties made from seafood, papaya, okra, sugar apple, soursop, tamarind, mango, genop, sea moss and goose berries. Best beaches include Maho Bay on St. John, Watermelon Cay in Virgin Islands National Park, Lindquist Beach on St. Thomas and the beaches of Buck Island near St. Croix.

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Take an unconventional honeymoon to Cuba, the largest island in the Caribbean located less than 100 miles from the Unites States. Known for cigars, Fidel, rum, baseball and dancing, traveling to Cuba for your honeymoon will be an outside-the-box experience and comes with restrictions. Recent bans on travel to Cuba have been lifted but with limitations such as no visiting beaches or scuba diving at this time. Inquire with the US State Department for additional details and further information.

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April 28, 2015 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment

5 Ways to Build Your Wedding Business

30344158_thbBuilding your wedding business creates opportunity for more income, expansion, network development and a personal sense of self-accomplishment. There are many types of wedding business and your company might be serving in one of several capacities such as wedding planner, caterer, florist, photographer, event rentals or favors. One thing a myriad of wedding businesses have in common is a love for weddings and high organizational skills. The wedding industry is a prosperous and thriving market offering many prospects for growth. Read on for 5 ways to build your wedding business.

Connect With Other Vendors

Create alliances and partnerships with other vendors; they can be in your area of expertise, or work as wedding providers in an area different from your business. By forming relationships and making connections, you create the opportunity to help yourself by helping others and creating goodwill. Word-of-mouth referrals are one of the most powerful generators of new clients.

Create an Informative Website

Establish yourself as an expert with an informative website showcasing your wedding products or services in the best light possible. Ensure that your website is user-friendly and easy to navigate with no typos and clear images. Always include a contact page listing the different ways potential customers may reach you. If designing your own website seems daunting, obtain the services of a professional website designer.

The Small and Mighty Business Card

It is amazing how something so small as a business card can be so effective towards the success of your wedding business. Business cards are networking tools that relate your brand and contact information to others for the purpose of business. Benefits include quickly communicating what your wedding business does and contributing to the impression of a professional appearance. Confirm spelling and contact information on your business cards before sending to the printers.

Harnessing the Power of Social Media

Enhance your marketing mix with social media, a great way to communicate to persons interested in your wedding products or services, create community involvement and develop your brand. Popular social media platforms include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+ and Instagram.

Participate in Bridal Shows

Fall in love with the many benefits obtained from exhibiting in a bridal show, such as exposure to your target market (people planning a wedding), gaining industry insight and networking.

Exhibit at the Great Bridal Expo, the nation’s longest-running national bridal show — nearly 40 years in business featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends. Exhibit to meet with the couples, brides, friends, families and wedding planners who attend who are in need of your business’ product or service. The many benefits for exhibitors include high-quality venues, a comprehensive bridal show marketing plan, complete contact database, post-show advertising and the opportunity to present your business to the wedding market.

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April 23, 2015 at 10:41 am Leave a comment

Bridal Gown Silhouettes

16135253458_f83c19fe27_zSay “Yes to the dress”, when choosing a bridal gown that makes you feel beautiful on your special day. Many factors may go into the selection of your wedding dress; one of your initial decisions will involve choosing a silhouette. This is the first visual impression others will receive of your gown. Silhouette refers to the overall outline and shape of your dress and is an important component when working in sync with your fabric, embellishment and construction details. Choosing the right silhouette may enhance your body type by matching aesthetic design elements to your proportions and personal sense of style. Read on to learn more about basic bridal gown silhouettes.

Ball Gown

Create your own fairy tale by wearing an enchanting ball gown at your wedding. The ball gown dress is a very popular more formal style featuring a form fitting bodice and floor-length bell-shaped full skirt producing a dramatic effect. This style works for most body types from average to larger frames.

Mermaid

Look glamourous on your wedding day by wearing a gown with a mermaid silhouette. With an outline reminiscent of mermaids of myth and legends, the mermaid silhouette features a body conscious conforming bodice extending from the chest to the knees finishing with a flared skirt reaching to the floor.

Empire

Walk down the aisle in neoclassical style by choosing an empire silhouette for your wedding dress. The defining feature of the empire style is a high waistline encircling directly under the bust where the skirt attaches. The skirt of an empire silhouette is usually an A-line or sheath style and the bodice close-fitting.

Sheath

Capture the eye of your beloved and guests by wearing a sheath dress on your wedding day. The sheath silhouette features a narrow slim shape flowing from the neckline to the floor. The appearance is columnar and selectively placed darts and seams enhance and flatter the form of different body shapes.

A-Line

Shine on your wedding day by choosing an A-line silhouette for your bridal gown. The A-line gets its name from the overall shape resembling the letter A and may be identified by a fitted bodice with a skirt that gently flares to the floor.

Short

Show off your legs by adorning a short dress on your day of bliss and marriage. Short silhouettes showcase a hemline that ends around the knee. The length ranges from the shortest mini to longer styles such as the tea length, ending about midway between the ankles and knees.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, 2 New York style fashion shows, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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Romantic Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations III

Couple in loveExperience the idyllic tranquility of a tropical offshore island for your honeymoon in the Caribbean, a region featuring over 700 islands located in the Caribbean Sea. From boundless white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters to rich cultural heritage, the allure of the Caribbean enchants newlyweds from all over the world. In part III of this series on island honeymoons in the Caribbean, the focus is on the dreamy destinations of Antigua, Barbados, Cayman Islands and Puerto Rico. Read on to learn about these romantic Caribbean honeymoon destinations.

Antigua

One of the top destinations in the Caribbean is Antigua, located near the Leeward Islands. In 1784, legendary British Admiral Horatio Nelson was instrumental in creating a naval base now referred to as “Nelson’s Dockyard” found along the southeastern coast of the naturally sheltered coastline of Antigua. Newlyweds will discover a world of warm trade wind breezes, powdery soft beaches and aquamarine waters inviting for snorkeling or scuba diving.

Barbados

Share moments of bliss on the island of Barbados, the most eastern isle of the Caribbean Sea. The island itself is a geological oddity created eons ago by continental drift resulting in the merging of two land masses into one island. Enjoy unlimited opportunities for land and water activities such as surfing at the Soup Bowl, an amorous evening aboard a catamaran cruise or romantic hand-holding walks admiring the botanical delights of Hunte’s Garden.

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For the ultimate escape, enjoy secluded time together on an intimate honeymoon in the Cayman Islands, three islands situated in the western Caribbean Sea. Originally, the Cayman Islands were called “Las Tortugas” after the large amounts of sea turtles that would swim in the area. Later it was changed to Cayman, after a native island species of crocodile. The most popular of the trio of islands is Grand Cayman Island, known for scuba and snorkeling with the sting rays and water sports galore.

Puerto Rico

Celebrated as one of the top destinations in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico is an archipelago found in the northeastern region. Interesting fact, Puerto Rico is home to a unique species of frog known as the coqui. Measuring only one-inch long; the beloved coqui serenades from dusk ‘til dawn in a hypnotizing melodious chirp. Honeymooners prepare to embark on an unforgettable Puerto Rico visit filled with romance and adventure including myriad activities such as sun worshipping on the sands of Flamenco Beach, exploring the many historic sites and of course, the sizzling nightlife.

Engaged to be married and looking for ideas or suggestions for your wedding? Attend the Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, 2 New York style fashion shows, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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Wedding Businesses & Twitter

19290088ddWhether your wedding business is just starting out or you are a seasoned professional, adding Twitter to your social media marketing mix helps to grow your company in a variety of ways such as achieving goals, connecting with community and bringing attention to your brand. Using Twitter allows your wedding business to participate in new channels of communication between people and businesses. Read on to learn more about wedding business networking and twitter.

About Twitter

 Basically, Twitter is a free public online social networking service that enables users to send, share and read tweets, brief 140-character messages. Twitter may be accessed from apps on phones as well as computers and tablets. As of 2015, approximately 288 million users actively engage with Twitter on a monthly basis.

 Why Use Twitter

 Twitter enables your wedding business to be a part of an information network filled with opportunities for new awareness related to an exchange of information about your products or services and offer an experience of interaction and education. Depending on your goals, Twitter may enhance your business from all levels from marketing to customer service.

 Getting Started

 Create an account by signing up online or downloading the Twitter app. One of the most important steps will be choosing a username. This will be how the world will initially perceives your company, best practices recommend using the shortest form of your business name. Once you have an open account, allow time to acclimate by simply observing and researching how other wedding businesses use Twitter to interact and communicate to assist defining your own purpose and goals.

 Customizing Your Twitter Account

 Select profile images to represent your Twitter account, you will be asked for two. The profile photo is a square photo that appears next to every Twitter communication, known as a tweet. This photo may be your company logo or a head shot of you, a more personal touch. The second photo serves a background picture and may depict an image that reflects a story about your wedding business.

 Following

 Begin networking on Twitter by following others, this is done by choosing users to follow that are a match to the interests of your wedding business goals and interests. To do this, simply press the “Follow”: button under the user’s profile and you are now subscribed to updates and have the ability to send direct messages. Soon, others will do the same for your wedding business. You can follow Great Bridal Expo at https://twitter.com/greatbridalexpo

 Types of Tweets

 Twitter offers many ways for your wedding business to communicate. The basic tweet is a message containing text photos or video or links. Other Twitter communication types include reply, retweet, favorite, hashtag and mention.

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References

Grow Your Business With Twitter

The Basics: Twitter 101

How Twitter is Revolutionizing Business

 

April 15, 2015 at 1:02 pm Leave a comment

Romantic Caribbean Honeymoon Destinations II

32137779Begin your new lives together on a honeymoon to the Caribbean and experience the romance and splendor of the tropics. With over 7,000 islands located in the Caribbean Sea, discover the perfect match for your honeymoon. In part II of this series on island destinations in the Caribbean, the focus is on the popular destinations of Anguilla, Martinique, British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts & Nevis and Bermuda. Read on to learn more about these romantic Caribbean honeymoon destinations.

Anguilla

Walk hand-in-hand along the sugary sands and turquoise waters of Anguilla, a small island located in the northeastern portion of the Caribbean Sea. Accommodations range from charming guest houses to five-star classic luxury resorts. If you can get away from the mesmerizing beaches, enjoy a day excursion to one of the many tiny remote islets found in near proximity to the main island such as Sandy Island on the northwest coast.

Martinique

Experience your first moments together in the paradise of Martinique, an island located in the French West Indies of the eastern Caribbean. Lodging selections include rural cottages to resort hotels. Known for breathtaking beaches and water activities, Martinique also offers an island backdrop filled with dense mountainous rainforests showcased by the shadows of Mount Pelee, an active volcano.

British Virgin Islands

Get ready to relax on your honeymoon in the British Virgin Islands, a collection of about 60 islands found eastward of Puerto Rico. Depending on the island, accommodations vary from quaint campgrounds to quixotic resorts. Steal a kiss during one of the magnificent island sunsets. In days of yonder, the British Virgin Islands were the stomping grounds of pirates and brigands including notables such as Blackbeard.

St. Kitts & Nevis

Leave behind the stress of months of wedding planning and unwind at Saint Kitts and Nevis, a tiny two-island nation located in the eastern Caribbean. Saint Kitts, the larger of the two islands offers honeymooners a choice of accommodations from picturesque inns to casino resorts. The smaller Nevis provides similar lodging opportunities from condos to hotels. Interesting fact, Nevis is one of the few Caribbean Islands that are home to wild monkeys, in this case the African Green Vervet Monkey.

Bermuda

Indulge in intimate together time on your Bermuda honeymoon. Located in the North Atlantic, Bermuda lies in close proximity to the Caribbean and shares many cultural connections with the region. Famous for pink sand beaches and the eponymous plaid Bermuda shorts, Bermuda offers newlyweds a variety of romantic accommodations from bargain hotels to full service resorts.

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Attend the Great Bridal Expo to meet some Honeymoon & Destination Wedding experts face to face. The Great Bridal Expo, a national bridal show tour featuring both national and local area businesses with the latest in wedding trends, 2 New York style fashion shows, live orchestra and DJ performances, valuable giveaways and prize drawings, and lots of wedding-related products and services with wedding professionals ready to meet face-to-face with you to make your dream wedding come true. Click HERE to register and use code BLOG for 2 FREE tickets!

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April 10, 2015 at 9:59 am Leave a comment

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