Posts Tagged ‘Destination Weddings’

Style’s A Beach

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Sitting here in Cayman, I got to thinking about beach weddings and how you can still have a ton of style no matter where you choose to get married.  I would suggest staying away from the tuxedo though, as beaches are known to be quite warm and standing out there in a black tux with your bow tie may be a bit much.  But never fear, there are plenty of alternatives; I have chosen to talk about 3 to start you thinking.

Simon Daykin's tips on what to wear at your beach wedding

Simon Daykin’s tips on what to wear at your beach wedding

It’s A Casual Beach Party With A Wedding Thrown In

Don’t get me wrong.  There is nothing wrong with this, your wedding…your style!  For a simple beach wedding most guys go for the white short sleeved shirt and khaki shorts, well the wedding is simple but your style doesn’t have to be.  If you want to stick with a white shirt you can, but style it up a notch.  Instead of a plain shirt head over to www.englishlaundry.com and take a look at what they offer.  Short or long sleeved, these shirts will add style to any event.  For the shorts, chuck the boring khakis and maybe try a pattern, if you can, get a cool pair of shorts with a pattern (can even be a simple check or plaid design) that match your wedding colors.  Grab a funky pair of cargo shorts and keep the rings in one of the many pockets, maybe put some other surprises in there you can pull out during the ceremony.  Please stay away from the “man-pri’s” though.  Yeah you know what I’m talking about.

Oh Yeah!  That’s Been Done

Khaki pants with a shirt, jacket and maybe a tie.  Wow how original.  Yeah, I get down on khaki stuff.  Why you ask?  Well because it’s been done.  I have seen countless pictures of beach weddings and for the most part they all have one thing in common.  Khaki pants and some sort of shirt.  You don’t want your wedding style to look like everyone elses so put a little thought into it yeah.  I’m not meaning to offend anyone here but you have so many other choices.  A light grey suit, you don’t have to wear the jacket, if you go with a tie, don’t tie it tight, unbutton that top button and wear the tie casual.  I like a double Windsor knot for effect (it’s bigger…”that’s what she said”) Get the tie in your wedding color, your bride will love that you thought of that little detail.  Instead of the jacket, wear a vest.  They are classic and in being so never go out of style.  I was chatting with a groom the other day and he is getting married in Jamaica, we discussed a few choices and he settled on the one he felt comfortable with…I can’t wait to see the pictures, and by the way Congratulations Chris.

Takin’ It All Up A Notch

If you want to go all out, get a slim fitting white suit.  Hell, get the jacket with tails if you like.  It’ll look amazing and you won’t be super hot in the sun.  Outfit your groomsmen in light grey and those pictures will look stunning.  You and your bride in white with the color pop of the tropical ocean behind you.  Wow dude…that’s a keeper!  Tails are often over looked when choosing a suit and granted, they are not for everyone but if you can pull off the style you’ll have the whole island talking about your wedding.  You can also go with the funk, I love this jacket but my wife is not a fan so if you do want to funk it up, I suggest letting your fiancé know your plans

Simon’s Gutsy Groom Advice

The beach is a simple place, add some style to it, make those heads turn and the people talk.  Do as much as you feel comfortable with but don’t push it.  You need to feel good and be secure in your wedding attire or you will feel out of place all day and that sucks!  Shoes and socks are also a really cool way to add style to your beach wedding, but don’t get me started on shoes.

Hats are always good for a beach, but get a nice one, and I suggest if you’re getting your wedding party hats, get your guys ones that match but are different than yours.  A set of sunglasses for your guys also makes a great gift.  Place some coolers around with ice and water in them for your guests and have your best man hang onto a bottle for you just in case.  Always make sure you have a pocket for Kleenex in case you need to rescue your bride from some tears and be careful putting the ring on her, the warm weather makes fingers swell, don’t jam it on there.

You can do pretty much anything on the beach, book a nude beach and have an au natural wedding if that’s what you want…but make sure it’s a nude beach first ok guys!  If that’s not your thing, wear a black bow tie and crisp white Speedo, the choices are up to you.  I will leave you with this one chunk of advice, no matter what color the suit, the shoes should always match the belt…

Brown shoes + white suit + a shirt=  A BROWN BELT!

Simon Daykin is an award winning event designer, planner and groom stylist with Fire Fly Occasions. Simon strives to get grooms involved in the wedding planning process and have their opinions heard. He understands that grooms can get left out or pushed out of the planning process so he’s here to help. You can connect with him further on Google+.

Destination Wedding Questions Answered

Friday, October 16th, 2009

Considering having a destination wedding? Then you will need to ask yourselves the following questions to get a handle on one of the greatest decisions you will ever make!

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Destination Weddings are:

* A great way to spend time with your friends and family on the most amazing weekend of your life!
* Can be cost saving in addition to weeding out the 3rd and 4th cousins that mom wants you to invite….
* Allows you to turn what is normally a 5 hour party into 48 hours!

What you need to keep in mind is that a destination wedding can seem like the “easy” way out when couples are trying to plan a wedding without a hassle or the cost, but sometimes couples are not aware of what are about to undergo!   There are several types of destination weddings and they may be as simple as an intimate ceremony with just the bride & groom to an extended weekend with lots of activities with hundreds of your closest friends and family! Be sure to read the following list together to see what type of wedding you are going to have!

These questions will guide you in the right direction, as well as help you organize yourself as you move forward. It will help you determine the “who”, “what”, “where”, “when”, and “how” as well as help you feel more in control of this huge event.

* When do you want to get married? How much time will you be giving yourself to plan and organize?
* How much does the couple plan on spending?
* What type of climate do we want to get married in? Cold, warm or hot?
* How long do you want your wedding “weekend” or “retreat” to be?
* Will you be having your honeymoon at the same location as your destination wedding?
* How far do you want to go or willing to travel?
* How far are your most important guests willing or able to afford to go?
* What will the cost be for your guests?
* How important is your ceremony and what locations can accommodate your religious needs?
* Will you be providing any rooms, airfare or meals for your guests?
* How many guests do I want to share in my special day?
* It is important to establish how many guests you want to invite and how many guests you will be happy having join you.
* Do you want a formal or casual destination wedding and location?
* Some resorts set the tone for you by having a dress code, so be sure to pick a resort that matches the style wedding you want!
* Establish what you plan on offering your guests. (Some couples like to host a full weekend of activities including welcome receptions, rehearsal dinners, bonfires on the beach, golf outings, spa trips, post wedding brunches and more.)
* Do we want to book an all inclusive resort?
* How do we plan on inviting our guests to our wedding? (Invites set the tone on what your guest will experience if they decide to join you on this special adventure.) Your invites should be very descriptive as to what you (bride and groom) will be covering, if anything, for your guests.
o For Example if you plan on offering your guests a full weekend of activities, have an invitation made that tells the guests that you plan on hosting a weekend of activities in addition to the wedding and that they should RSVP to what activities they want to attend.
o If you don’t plan on hosting anything but a simple service and cocktail party immediately following, be sure to clearly state that in your invites with a simple, “Please Join us for our nuptials & cocktails on the beach at the San Jose Hotel at 5pm”

Once you establish the above questions you will be able to begin to research what properties are best for your special day.

Thanks to Marie O’Mara of Honeymoons.com for this guest post

OneWed.com Launches Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Planner

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Just when you thought OneWed was fresh out of wedding planning ideas – here comes another one. They’ve just announced the launch of their honeymoon and destination wedding planner.

Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Planning at OneWed.com

Honeymoon and Destination Wedding Planning at OneWed.com

OneWed has partnered with iExplore, the No. 1 ranked website for adventure and experiential travel, to help couples plan imaginative, exciting and customized honeymoons. In addition to using iExplore’s Tripfinder and browsing the travel guides, couples can work with Adventure Experts who are available to help plan a more personalized adventure or experiential honeymoon.

OneWed has also teamed with Sandals to allow couples to find, compare, and book Sandals Resorts honeymoons in St Lucia, Jamaica, Bahamas or Antigua. Sandals Resorts are known worldwide for their unparalleled wedding and honeymoon getaway offerings in the Caribbean.

Additionally, OneWed now provides access to sales and promotional offers from Carnival Cruise Lines. Couples can directly access Carnival’s website through OneWed to learn about and booking destination wedding and honeymoon cruises and packages.

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