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Top 7 Elopement Venues

Elopement venues to die for! Photo Credit: De Nueva Photography

When you elope today, it’s all about the location and Y-O-U!

While some family members may be offended with your decision to elope, it really is more about you and your future as a married couple that matters. So, make sure you have some fun shopping around elopement venues that will be best for you! In an interview with “Intimate Weddings” writer Gaelen, a newly wed couple shared their thoughts on the best part of eloping.
They said, “Daron and I got to spend the entire day together. Honestly, it was the most romantic day – and our photographer and videographer were there to capture it all. We had a blast and didn’t have to worry about pleasing anyone else.”
Wedding venues around the world are opening up to couples looking for these intimate, and totally instagrammable, ceremonies! Forget Las Vegas! Couples are exchanging vows all over the world in some of the most beautiful places on earth; and they are bringing their photographer friends with them!
Tip! Having a wedding video and lots of pictures to share from your adventure will help ease some family members hurt feelings of not being invited to attend your intimate wedding.
For example, these seven wedding elopement venues from around the world will provide the coveted snaps and humble bragging rights you’ve been looking for!
Tip! Keep in mind that even though you’re having a small ceremony, hiring a travel and event planner is important when choosing to marry outside of the country.

Here are our picks for the top seven elopement venues for eloping couples – there’s one for every continent!

First, Australia:

If you are looking for nuptials that perhaps conclude with surfing on the gold coast or exploring an ancient rainforest, check out Wildhearted and Hitched. They are a wedding planning business based in Queensland and specialize in small weddings. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BhQ5jjagAif/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

Next up, Africa!

Dreaming of Africa? Mahali Mzuri has wedding event specialists ready to plan an exquisite Safari wedding for the two of you and up to 24 guests (if you choose to invite them!) [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BlqMYwjhDea/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

South America:

Get married at one of the New Seven Wonders of the World! Belmond Hotel. Machu Picchu. Really, enough said. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BlBt-KJhDO2/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

North America:

Next, channel your inner “wild man” and explore these unique treehouses in Washington state as an option for your secret nuptials. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BjfczpaHGuw/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

Asia:

You really can’t beat a tropical beach wedding. Check out the Samui Baan Taling Ngam Resort. Truly, it's beautiful and an an award winning luxury hotel specializing in ceremonies large and small. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BbLjjiolb15/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

Next, Head Over to Europe:

Try on your glass slippers Cinderella because your perfect wedding destination is in France! For example, Peach Perfect Wedding planners have work romantic Chateaus and mansions, and other beautiful locations all over the country bringing you the fairy tale wedding you have been dreaming about. [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/Bko-i-Vhlo5/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]

Finally, take a look at Antarctica:

Looking for ultimate wedding bragging rights? Then, why not get married on a glacier in the Antarctic? Aurora Expeditions has hosted adventures couples getting engaged, married, or for their vow renewals! [embed]https://www.instagram.com/p/BmC5zbhHeYN/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link[/embed]
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Elopement Etiquette | What you need to know!

Is there such a thing as Elopement Etiquette?

Planning a wedding today takes a lot of time and money. Which tends to equal stress. The average cost of a traditional wedding is upwards of $20,000! This rules out the budget of a lot of newly engaged couples. Pamela Paul, author of The Starter Marriage and Future of Matrimony, says "They're sort of thinking it's either $25,000 on a wedding or $25,000 on a down payment.” So it makes sense that couples are choosing to elope more now than ever before and are asking if there really is an elopement etiquette. Traditional or not, Elopements are in! Elopement Etiquette Eloping has had a negative connotation in the past. However, it’s not about rebellious teenage courthouse hitchings anymore. Instead, it's couples choosing intimacy and affordability. A typical elopement today is more defined by simplicity, a beautiful destination, and a short guest list. This turn from the rebellious to being a type of wedding means that you have some elopement etiquette that you can use to guide your wedding planning.

Elopement Planning

First off, spending a little time planning will make your small wedding personalized, less stressful, and more memorable. Actually, businesses are starting up around the country to help! For example, “Flora Pop” is a traveling pop-up elopement company offering planning services for small ceremonies of 15 people or less.

Elopement Etiquette

Whether you wait until after the deed is done or you’re inviting them to attend, let your family know! A personal invite over the phone or even sending a formal card works fine. Do what makes the most sense for you!
Are you a wanderlust bride?
Avoid unpleasant surprises by taking into account questions like these when planning your destination ceremony:
  • Is there a waiting period after your marriage license application?
  • What documentation is required (drivers license, birth certificate, divorce decree from former marriage, etc.)?
  • What is the cost of a marriage license?
  • How much does the pastor or judge charge to perform the ceremony?
  • How much does it cost to hold the wedding at the venue of your choice?

Next, Consider the No-Brainers of a Traditional Wedding for your Elopement

Send marriage announcements!
Let your friends and family celebrate with you even if they couldn't be there on your special day! After some enough time has passed for them to receive the announcement, try sending them an email with photos of your wedding and honeymoon! Why?They’ll get a sense of involvement this way and will enjoy hearing about your adventures. Plus, you may not want a big wedding, but that doesn't mean you don't want to share the best day of your life with all the people you love. This is a great way to do just that.
To register or not to register?
Go for it, especially if you are having a small post-marriage reception! Really, it's a good idea to let your loved ones support you. Plus, it's never a bad thing to let them shower you with gifts as you start your life as a married couple. You can always add your registry to your marriage announcement. Although, you don’t want to forget to send thank you cards out as soon as possible!
What other considerations would you recommend taking for a small elopement ceremony?

Share with us in the comments below or comment #wedcollectibles on social media with your ideas.

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Beach Wedding Ideas Part II

Beach Wedding Ideas

If you’re having a destination wedding or simply want to add a touch of sand and sun to your wedding at home, our Beach Wedding ideas series is for you. Part one was posted a few weeks back, make sure to scroll down for those ideas after reading this one!

First up is our rhinestone and seashell beach wedding unity candle set. It comes complete with the unity candle and tapers accented with accented with shells, rhinestones, faux pearls, and an organza bow. Reminder: the candleholder is not included.

Beach Wedding Ideas

One of our all time favorite beach wedding ideas is this shell boutonniere for the groom/groomsmen. It is a simple detail that will bring out the beach at any event!

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These beach chair photo frames are an adorable way to bring a little beach to your big day. Available in white, these mini chairs can hold one photo each and would be perfect on top of a cake, on your guest book table, or simply as a beach centerpiece on your reception tables.

Beach Wedding Ideas

Speaking of guest book table, this guest book/pen combo features a starfish decor that will be sure to have your guests thinking sand, sun, and salty breeze! Available in two colors, white book with a silver pen or an ivory book with a gold pen. A perfect option for any destination weddings!

Beach wedding ideas

To compliment your guest book, this starfish and shell beach ring pillow doesn’t get any better. Grab your little man and give him the most important job! The pillow is decorated with a delicate starfish and polished abalone shell with heart-shaped faux pearl accents, and the starfish features a rhinestone and faux pearl accent. Available in white satin!

Beach wedding ideas

For the little girl in your life, this flower girl basket is the matching pair to the above pillow. The starfish and shell perfectly match the pillow and the basket is available wrapped in satin.

Beach Wedding ideas

The easiest way to incorporate the beach into your wedding day is to add a beach wedding cake topper. This one includes a barefoot couple kissing on the sand, and is a sweet addition to any cake table.

Beach Wedding ideas

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Beach Wedding Ideas | Part I

Beach Wedding Ideas

Bring the beach theme to your big day! We have compiled our list of a variety of items perfect for any destination beach wedding. One of our favorite beach wedding ideas is to incorporate seashells any way that you can. We are in love with these adorable seashell placecard holders! Each dainty, shiny shell holds a placecard and doubles as a wedding favor - guests can later use these keepsake shells to hold their own photos! A must have for any beach wedding. Beach Wedding Ideas Next up, a unique idea to add some flare to your toes. Instead of being barefoot, consider adding fun foot jewelry for you and your bridesmaids. These are decorated with a mixture of pearls and shiny rhinestones, and are available in a variety of colors and stones. The perfect way to add that extra touch! Beach Wedding Ideas A staple in wedding traditions, we have the perfect seashell garter for your beach wedding. This ivory satin and chiffon garter features a chiffon bow and seashell accents, perfect to keep or throw to all your single groomsmen. Beach Wedding Ideas Another favorite way to thank your guests for coming is with this seashell bottle opener favor! Each bottle opener is presented in an elegant gift box with a clear top and a raffia tie. A designer tag that reads "Thank you for sharing this day" is included on each favor as well. Consider giving them to all guests, or to your immediate wedding party and family as a special thank you for all they've done. Beach Wedding Ideas What cake table would be complete with a touch of beach? This seashell wedding cake topper is perfect for any beach theme wedding. Beach Wedding Ideas Lastly, add one more tiny touch of seashells to your beach theme wedding with this wedding cake serving set. This set includes one 12" long cake knife and one 9.5" long cake server. Both are made of stainless steel with ivory acrylic handles. Beach Wedding Ideas No matter what beach you choose, we have all the beach wedding ideas you need to keep your day special. Stay tuned for part 2 with additional items perfect for the beach!
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Destination Hawaii Real Wedding Feature - Melissa & Cameron

A Get Away Destination Hawaii Wedding - Melissa & Cameron

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Meet newlyweds Melissa and Cameron. Melissa and Cameron met when they were just in the 3rd grade and became fast friends. Time and school quickly parted them, but by age 16 they were in each other's lives again and they quickly fell in love (though, as Melissa reports, Cameron wouldn't kiss her until 9 months after they were dating). Both Melissa and Cameron live life with adventure in their heart. Cameron is in the Navy and Melissa is currently pursuing her passions in aviation, fitness and make up design. With their adventurous spirits there was no question that their wedding would be full of love, adventure, and that little feeling you get right before you leap.

Planning the Wedding On a Tight Budget

After they got engaged, stress set in. Melissa had always dreamed of her wedding, but what wasn't a part of  that dream was the anxiety that set in. "We had only three months to put it together. We had a pretty small budget. $3000. Also, my father-in-law promised us a honeymoon somewhere. After about a month of stressing over how to pay for things like: locations, photography, flowers, invitations, announcements, cake, food, entertainment, etc. I text my soon-to-be saying why don’t we get married in Hawaii and spend the rest of our honeymoon there. And so we did!"

That $3,000  covered their airfare, minister, marriage certificate fees, her wedding dress, photographer, cake, and flowers.

Wedding Cake  

Wedding Cake

Cake kiss

How Did They Do It?

They got married on a beach in Oahu and used the wedding planning service, Hawaiian Barefoot Weddings , which according to Melissa, was one of the best decisions they made. Hawaiian Barefoot Weddings took care of the beach permit, photographs, cake, marriage certificate, and supplied the family with fresh flower leis. Then, they were blessed with a family that was supportive and parents who covered their rental car, hotel, and reception dinner.

Everything was close knit.  

Melissa and Cameron truly wanted to focus their wedding on them. They wanted to only have immediate family present, an outdoor and Christian based ceremony.

Papering the Bride

Melissa got ready with her mom and two of her little sisters in her hotel room. She was only a little bit (20 minutes) late.

Wedding Ceremony

 Her father, David, walked her down the sandy shore aisle.

Walking down the Aisle He most definitely got teary eyed, and Melissa could not contain her excitement upon seeing her groom.

Wedding Ceremony

 Who could not have a greater look of joy on his face.Wedding Ceremony

Saying "I Do!" surrounded by family and the sounds of waves meeting the shore.
Wedding Ceremony   Vibrant flower petals encircled the bride and groom.

Wedding Ceremony DecorationsleisAnd as part of the Hawaiian beach ceremony, they handed out leis!

Cameron's brothers were his groomsmen (dressed in Hawaiian shirts) and Melissa's sisters were her bridesmaids (dressed in mint). Melissa's father walked her down the aisle, sharing in that sweet moment of passing his daughter over to her new husband. The mothers were tearing up and everyone was smiling. This was a marriage that they had known was in the works for years.

Wedding Party Full of Family

"Things that people remember about our wedding are: the white sandy beach, the sunset, the fresh flower leis, the bubbly, the coconut cake and the strawberry shortcake, and the turtles that joined us at the end of the ceremony. Things that I will remember are: the minister and his wife, who coordinated the entire ceremony, the beautiful way that the sky met the waves of the ocean, the sunset, and above all seeing my soon-to-be husband standing among our closest relatives waiting to take my hand."

Special Little Details and Accessories  

Though Melissa wasn't worried about having her wedding be traditional, she did decide to adhere to the tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue. Something NewWedding Jewlery

For her something old, she attached a heart pendant that belonged to her mother-in-law's grandmother to her wedding garter. Then for her something new,  she wore  a silver bracelet gifted to her by her mother for her birthday just a few months before the wedding. Her something borrowed was really rather creative. On the morning before the ceremony her and her husband went for a walk on the beach and picked up a single white stone from the sand. Borrowing the stone from the ocean, she hid it in her bouquet for the ceremony. At the end of their honeymoon she returned it by tossing it back out to sea. Then finally, as her something blue she wore blue crystal earrings. Wedding Bouquet Another little detail for her wedding that was particularly special was her gorgeous bouquet made by her husband's grandmother. It was a waterfall bouquet of white Lilies, hints of green leafs, and subtle small crystal accents at the center of each flower. The something extra these crystals added is simple proof of what a bouquet accessory (or really any wedding accessory) can do to make each wedding detail special. It is obvious from her photographs that Melissa was a glowingly happy Bride. When asked what her advice would be to Brides, particularly those that are on a tight budget, she said "Go with the flow and stay true to yourselves...In the end there are a few key things that will make your wedding perfect. Make those things happen and let the rest be." weddingques3 Be sure to submit your dream wedding to be featured!

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Dreaming of a Destination Wedding?

Destination weddings are popular and appealing for a reason: the possible locations range from the majestic and warm to the intimate and beautiful, the wedding photos are almost always breathtaking, and the cost is around the same of a traditional wedding. So, how can you know that a destination wedding is the right choice for you and your future spouse? Consider these questions when you're making the decision about the locale of your wedding: Do you have a small guest list? As in "just a few friends and family members" small? Unless you have a hefty budget (and so do your friends and family), destination weddings have the potential to become pricey. A wedding budget has to be rationed differently when you're making travel plans, and if you're thinking about helping your guests fly out to attend, you'll have to cut back somewhere else. If you're expecting all of your invited guests to pay their own fares and expenses (and they're not immediate family or close friends), expect more than a few "Regretfully Declines." One of the nice things a destination wedding is that they tend to be small and intimate; expect expenses to climb and attendees to shorten if that isn't your expectation. The small nature of a destination wedding is often considered a positive thing, especially if you and your fiancé are private.   Are you okay with skipping bridal showers and mountains of gifts? Etiquette asks that if you invite someone to a shower, they should be invited to the wedding. Small showers aren't completely outside the realm of normalcy, but travel expenses may already be pressing on the few guests you plan on attending. If you're excited for a flood of gifts and parties for you, a destination wedding might not be for you.   Are you a homebody? Destination weddings aren't always reserved for adventure-seekers and exotic foodies, but it does make the choice more appealing if you lean that way. Destination weddings are a fun chance to share in unique experiences with your new spouse and guests. Always wanted to go cliff diving? snorkeling? A destination wedding might be just the time for such an adventure (and the pictures of you parasailing in a wedding dress will be priceless).   Have you been dreaming about planning a big wedding? If you spend days thinking about ordering candles for your place settings or hundreds of wedding favors for your extended friends and family, a destination wedding might not be the best choice for your big day. If you're looking forward to the months of planning, and you can't wait to emerge from your reception under a shower of rice thrown by hundreds of guests, stay home and enjoy the process. If not, and the thought of skipping out on extensive planning makes your nose tingle with excitement, start looking over a map with your significant other; a destination wedding might be just the event for you.
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Transporting Your Destination Wedding Accessories

Destination wedding accessories deserve extra care

Destination wedding accessories

Though, technically, all wedding accessories become destination wedding accessories when you pack up your event and head for the Bahamas, specialty destination wedding accessories can really make your day shine. Winter is a great time to pack up all of your things (including your friends and family) and stow away to an island getaway for your nuptials - just be sure that the pieces that make your day special are well taken care of. Destination wedding accessories aren’t made of plane-and-boat-proof materials, so take special care when packing them away for the voyage. Your beach wedding cake topper won’t look very whimsical missing a head! Make sure your destination wedding accessories are packed separately from one another and in shock-absorbent packaging, like crumpled newspaper or bubble wrap. In fact, the best destination wedding accessories are the ones that require the least amount of work while packing (think things that bend without breaking!). Seashell-bedazzled ring bearer pillows and personalized palm tree wall decals will probably do well on the trip to your dream wedding, but toasting glasses might need a little more planning. Most importantly, don’t forget about your destination wedding accessories until the last minute. They’ll need just as much thought and care as your human passengers as you prepare for your destination wedding voyage!
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Tropical Wedding Cake Toppers for Your Destination Wedding

Having a tropical wedding cake toppers for your wedding cake not only looks great during your wedding reception, but it also makes a great wedding keepsake after the party is over. But what happens if you are having a destination wedding?

 

Tropical Wedding Cake Toppers

 

All inclusive weddings in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Hawaii are very popular right now. They cover everything from the setup, decor, flowers, the ceremony, etc; but many do not include various wedding accessories that are part of the American wedding tradition, such as the cake topper, ring pillow, and flower basket. Oftentimes, brides scramble at the last minute to get these types of wedding accessories delivered before they depart for their tropical destination wedding. Our advice is to remember to ask your event coordinator if these items are included in your wedding package. If they are not included, order your tropical wedding cake toppers early so as to avoid any rush shipping fees. We have many fun and beachy wedding accessories and tropical wedding cake toppers. And best of all, they all come very well packaged; so your tropical wedding cake toppers and accessories are easy to pack in your luggage and are sure to survive the trip to your tropical wedding without any mishaps. :)

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Your destination wedding invitations

There are various kinds of wedding invitations. Among them, destination invitations are the most popular. Your guests would love to combine a vacation to an exotic venue with a friend’s wedding. Getting a destination wedding invitation is considered to be an honor as they are restricted only to close friends and relatives. You must send out the invitations with ample time in hand. This way your guests will have proper time in planning. They would have to book their hotel rooms, buy their tickets and plan their leave from the place of work. Usually couples choose destinations that are close to their heart for their wedding. Beaches are the most popular choice. Since destination weddings are very special, it is but common sense to make the destination wedding invitation special. You can buy ample postcards from resorts that is hosting the wedding and include then in the invitation packet. This will give your guests an idea on what to expect. You must include travel information and directions in the invitation packet. If you have made a block booking, then you must also mention that. If there is a special rate for the guests, then that must also be mentioned.
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