About Destination Wedding Planner Business

1437301_92488802The world is your altar when you are a destination wedding planner. Help make dream weddings come true with your knowledge and skills for planning ceremonies. Slightly different from wedding planners, a destination wedding planners assist couples who want to get married in a location that is far away or in another country. Read on to learn more about destination wedding planner businesses.

Demand for Destination Wedding Planners

Destination wedding planners represent a niche market within wedding planner businesses, an essential part of the multi-billion dollar wedding industry. These specialty planners are popular with many types of couples such as the busy pair with no time to plan or the couple who wants to get married at a stunning locale such as a tropical Caribbean beach or Irish Castle. Destination wedding planners provide many valuable services including assistance with the documentation, visas, permits and paperwork required for certain destinations.

1383703_77353170Skills and Knowledge

The fundamental proficiency required for all wedding planners is strong organizational skills, great interpersonal communications, multi-tasking ability and excellent time management. Destination wedding planners may be involved in arranging several weddings at once and across large distances. Personality traits and characteristics include friendly, outgoing and sociable with a willingness to work under pressure and put in long hours. Many destination wedding planners gain experience working as assistants for other wedding planners or as interns in the hospitality field before pursuing their own business. A degree in hotel and resort management or business may prove useful but is not a requirement.

Role of the Destination Wedding Planner

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Implementing the wedding plan is the principal role of the destination wedding planner. Most successful destination wedding planners are adept at many different types of functions from organizer to mediator. The destination wedding planner is an expert for the area they plan weddings. One of the most important things a destination wedding planner does is create vital relationships with local merchants and vendors. Duties may include scouting ceremony locations, obtaining permits, making and confirming reservations and appointments, coordinating decorations, managing set-up, consulting with vendors and negotiating contracts. Expect to plan a wedding over the course of many months or a few weeks, each wedding is unique.

Getting Started

Firstly, create a business plan; this will serve as the road map to success for your destination wedding planner business. Obtain all the necessary permits and licenses to legally operate a business in your area. Essential business skills include marketing, budgeting, contracts and accounting.

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References

The Library of Congress: Wedding Industry Research

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Wedding Reception: Place Cards

491879_73776241Your wedding reception is a time to celebrate with family and friends. After months of planning, your special day continues at your reception where consideration has been applied towards the larger details such as the wedding cake and caterer to the smallest detail, the place cards. In the last of a four-week series on wedding stationary, read on to learn more about wedding reception place cards.

Why Use Place Cards?

Tiny, yet informative, place cards help your guests find seating at your reception by reserving a spot with their names. Place cards are made of small pieces of paper or similar material with the intent to indicate where a guest is to sit and serve as a means of identification. The purpose of place cards is to create a well-balanced distribution and mix of guests.

Are Place Cards Required?

Place cards are optional; some wedding receptions prefer to assign guests to numbered tables with the choice to select a seat or offer open seating.

Etiquette for Place Cards

It is generally recommended to have a place card for each guest. Sometimes a special situation arises when you may not know the name. This generally occurs when a guest is bringing a “plus one.” Ways to rectify this is include to simply inquire what is the name of your guest’s “plus one” or create a place card indicating “ Guest of _______.”

Place Card Ideas for Your Wedding

Add a personal touch to your place cards and coordinate them to match your wedding theme. Place cards are as individual as your wedding ranging from folded business card-sized pieces of card stock to personalized gift tags attached to small favors with twine. There is no requirement on size or shape, think outside the box with hearts or flower silhouettes. Make your place cards easier to view with a place card holder.

Place Card Tips

Order your place cards after you have verified RSVPs and seating chart. Double check the spelling of all names before sending to your printer or calligrapher.

DIY Wedding Place Cards

Let your creativity flow with do-it-yourself place cards, a great option for couples who like to craft or on a budget. Depending on your design, choose materials and supplies that you might need by going to a local arts and craft store, retail stationary shop, office supply or online. Decide if you prefer to hand write names or use a printer. For inspiration, search on Pinterest.

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Wedding Program Essentials

programShare your wedding story and inform your guests of the order of events on your special day with a program. Requiring little time to create, a wedding program adds a personal touch to your wedding and makes a wonderful memento for guests. Most wedding programs contain the same basic elements, read on to learn more about the essentials of wedding programs.

Significance

The purpose of a wedding program is to relate the different aspects of your wedding and recognize the wedding participants. Wedding programs are especially useful for large weddings where everyone might not know each other, long ceremonies for helping guest follow the proceedings and for couples with lots of people to acknowledge. Although wedding programs are optional, providing them for your guests is helpful and provides a commemorative keepsake for guests to take home.

Cover

Wedding program covers are similar to book covers, essential information to display includes couple’s names and date. Time and location may be optionally listed on the cover or mentioned inside the program. Choose a photograph of you and your beloved or select a special piece of art work to highlight on the cover. If your wedding program is one page, place your visual images near the top.

Order of Events

One of the vital items to include on your wedding program is the order events. This may be placed on the inside of a program with a cover or near the top of a single page program. Order of events may contain the processional, musical selections, vows, ring exchange, candle lighting and recessional.

List of Wedding Participants

Provide a list of your wedding party participants to help identify who’s who in your wedding. Traditionally, this list provides the names of the officiant, parents of the bride and groom, maid-of-honor, best man, bridesmaids, groomsmen, flower girl, ring bearer and ushers. Additionally, you may include the names of singers or musicians performing at your ceremony.

Traditions or Rituals

Celebrate your traditions or rituals by providing a short explanation of the meaning and why it is important to you. Include any special requests for group participation such as singing, candle lighting, standing or kneeling.

Tributes

Pay tribute and offer expressions of gratitude to all the people who helped make your wedding a success including ceremony participants, family, friends, reception hosts and helpers. Dedicate your wedding or recognize loved ones with a thoughtful tribute who are deceased or absent. If you wish, add a love poem or quote about marriage.

Reception Directions

Furnish directions to the reception at the bottom or on the back cover of your wedding program. Include the name and address of the location with an optional map.

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Summer Wedding Color Trends

PIC FOR VEGAN WEDDING MENUSummer is one of the most popular times of the year to have a wedding, the days are longer, temperatures warmer and many varieties of flowers are in bloom. Color trends for summer range from cheerful brights to pretty pastels. According to Pantone, an international authority on professional color standards, the overall colors for Spring/Summer 2015 leans toward a minimalistic “en pleine aire” theme featuring more natural hues over mechanical tones. When choosing colors, keep in mind this is your wedding and the final decision should reflect your personal preferences. Read on to learn more about summer wedding color trends.

True Blue

Blue is a very versatile color when it comes to summer weddings. Light and pastel blues add softness and a skylike quality. Create an inviting ceremony by using the color turquoise, a good choice for beach or American Southwest summer weddings. Go for classic style with navy or ultramarine hues.

Sunshine

Love and sunshine go great together, incorporate the color yellow into your summer wedding. Shades of yellow to consider include lemon, school bus yellow, mustard, saffron, citrine, chartreuse, gold or amber.

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Enhance your summer wedding with the shades of twilight by using colors inspired by a summer’s evening. Iridescent is more of an effect than a color providing a dreamlike fairytale appearance perfect for a wedding. Iridescence works as a hue shift by appearing lighter when viewed directly and darker when viewed from the sides.

Down-to-Earth

Get creative for your summer wedding by selecting earth tones for your colors. These are color combinations found in the natural environment such as green grass, red clay, birch bark, white sand and colorful wildflowers.

Growing to Love

Green makes for an excellent summer wedding pick for color from deep tropical forests to botanical gardens. The color inspires thoughts of growth and life. Shades of greens to choose from include apple green, lime, mint, pine, olive, teal, avocado and pistachio.

Magical Moment

Enjoy the magic of your summer wedding with the color purple. Meanings associated with purple include uplifting, magical, calming and sacred. Types of purple colors: lavender, violet, plum, mauve, orchid, magenta, wine and fuchsia.

Believe in Pink

Romance never goes out of season, for your summer wedding consider the color pink. Pink is popular for weddings for many reasons mainly due to its many associations such as representing love, sweetness, feminine, romantic, and sugar and spice.

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References

Pantone: Cools Rule for Spring/Summer 2015

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Selecting Wedding Invitations

Announce to the world you are getting married and invite friends and family to your special day with wedding invitations. The purpose of wedding invitations are to inform guests of the location, time, date, hosts and RSVPs. Choosing wedding invitations is an important part of the wedding preparation process and offers many opportunities to share a sneak peek into the upcoming theme and style of your wedding. Read on to learn more about your options when selecting wedding invitations.

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Make a visual impact with color on your wedding invitations. Typically, the color choice represents the same as the ones you have chosen for your wedding. Color works in conjunction with the fonts to ensure readability such as light fonts on a dark color background or dark fonts on a light background.

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Determine if you prefer portrait or landscape orientation for your wedding invitations. Another option to consider is novelty shapes such as circles or custom designs such as hearts. Decide on the size of your invitations from small invites or extra-large size? Other possibilities include custom folded or 3D cards.

Types of Paper

Paper comes in many different types of textures and weights. The most popular paper for wedding invitations is cardstock. The style of your invitation often determines the weight of paper. Flat single invitations may take heavier paper at weights of 80 lbs. or more. If your wedding invites are of a folded style, then your paper weight can be a little lighter around 65 lbs. and layered style invitations can go either way, heavier or lighter. Popular paper textures include gloss, matte, linen and lustrous.

Envelopes

The first thing people will see in regards to your wedding invitations is the envelope. You can choose white for your envelope or make it stand out with color. Choose a pointy euro-style envelope flap or go classic with a square flap. Add a special touch to the envelope liner with a pattern, design or photo on the inside of the flap.

Embellishments

Embellishments are the cherry on top when it comes to wedding invitations. Personalize your invites with a bit of creative flair by adding embellishments. These take many forms from simple silk ribbons to rhinestone bling accents. Pick one that goes with your wedding theme.

Wedding Stamps

Go to your local post office and inspect the current collection of wedding-themed stamps to put on your invites. Every year the post office offers several styles of first class and forever stamps with a love theme perfect for wedding invitations.

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Choosing Your Wedding Colors

952993_71476958Make your wedding an unforgettable affair by inspiring the ambiance and mood of your wedding with the use of color. Selecting colors for your wedding is one of the first decisions involved with the planning of your wedding. With so many colors to choose from, it may appear to be a daunting task at first. Take the time to consider your multitude of options when choosing colors for your wedding. Read on to learn more information about choosing your wedding colors.

Research Color

Before selecting colors for your wedding, there are a few things to take into consideration as you make your choice. Questions to ask before you begin include; location of your ceremony, the time of year, and are there any cultural or traditional aspects that might affect your choice? For inspiration, grab a current bridal magazine or attend a wedding show to learn about the latest color trends for weddings.

Matching Color

The science of matching color has existed for hundreds of years and proven to be very helpful in the world of art, design and decorating, particularly for special events such as weddings. Understand that not all colors will harmoniously pair with each other; use a color wheel to check color compatibility as you search for your perfect color combination. A color wheel is a circle chart that organizes colors in sections to compare and contrast their relationship to each other. Generally, most weddings will have a palette of one to three colors. Color may be organized in a number of ways including complementary, analogous and monochromatic.

Favorite Colors

Sometimes choosing colors for your wedding can be an extremely easy task, especially if you already have a favorite color. Using your favorite color is a great way to reflect your personal sense of style and individual uniqueness.

Choosing Colors Compatible With Your Venue

If your wedding or reception is taking place at a distinctive venue, consider the surroundings of your location when deciding on colors. Look around your venue to surmise if there is color dominancy present. This might be found in a number of ways such as wall paint, furniture, carpet or drapes.

Considering the Season or Holiday

Keep in mind the time of year as you choose your wedding colors. Each season features its own palette. For example, colors for a summer beach wedding might reflect the vibrancy and intensity of the warmer months. If getting married during the holidays, think about colors commonly associated with these special days including Christmas, Halloween or Fourth of July.

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About Save-the-Date Cards

39160739ddPlanning your wedding involves many decisions including stationary considerations such as invitations, RSVPs, programs and save-the-date cards, often the first declaration of your impending nuptials. This month the focus is on stationary for your wedding starting with save-the-date cards, a special notice serving as an informal announcement of your wedding. Save-the-date cards help guests by notifying them of your upcoming wedding so that they can reserve time on their calendars. Read on to learn more about save-the-date cards.

Do I Need to Use Them?

Save-the-date cards are extremely helpful for many types of weddings especially if the date is six months or longer in the future. In contrast, formal invitations are only sent 2-3 months in advance of a wedding. Save-the-date cards should be sent out as soon as possible after you officially decide on a definitive wedding date.

Top Reasons for Sending Save-the-Date Cards

Sending save-the-date cards is optional and not a requirement. However there are certain criteria and circumstances that make them essential such as notifying out-of-town guests, getting married on a weekday, getting married during a major holiday or getting married nearly a year in advance. Destination weddings benefit greatly from save-the-date cards as they provide time for guests to prepare in advance for a trip.

Design Tips for Save-the-Date Cards

Traditionally, save-the-date cards are large square or rectangular postcards featuring a decorative announcement artwork or a photo of the couple on one side and mailing information on the other. Incorporate your wedding colors into your card design. If you have not decided on wedding colors yet consider using a large photo or graphic image as a background leaving room for type. Select a photograph depicting the two of you in a way that best reflects your individual style and personality.

How to Word Your Save-the-Date Cards

Wording your save-the-date is an easy task. Typically, a save-the-date card displays the announcement of “Save-the-date.” Additional information to include is the exact date of your wedding including day, month and year, your names and the location. You may also include if you wish, “Formal invitation to follow.” or a link to your wedding website. Choose an easy to read font and always double-check spelling before sending to the printers to ensure the information is correct.

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Send save-the-date cards to people you would like to invite to your wedding. Understand that save-the-date cards are not intended to serve as RSVPs, this information is reserved for invitations. Save-the-date cards may be included with other types of mailings such as holiday cards or family newsletters.

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