One of the major benefits of getting married abroad is that you get to enjoy an extended stay with your nearest and dearest, and the value of having all of your loved ones together in one place (let alone an amazing setting!) is truly priceless.
However your Aunty Agatha and Uncle Derek might not know your hubby’s parent’s best friends, or possibly your Uni mates might not have had the chance to meet your work friends before and although everyone will appreciate their personal space to enjoy the holiday in their own way and in their own time, it is a really great idea for the bride and groom to pre-plan some get-togethers and activities that will give everyone a chance to get to know one another.
With this in mind, this week’s Friday Five brings you five fabulous destination wedding activities for guests that are guaranteed to bring your group together.
Laura & Ramin ♥ Sayulita, Mexico
Photographer: Dekker Photography
Did you catch Laura and Ramin’s beach ceremony in Mexico on the blog a few weeks ago?
They decided to go off the beaten tourist trail in Mexico and tied the knot on a secluded sandy beach in sunny Sayulita – a charming fishing village situated on the west coast and famed for its surfing. Be sure to take a look if you missed it, it was overflowing with lovely local style and traditional Mexican charisma.
Not only did they have a darling destination wedding day but this daring duo decided that since they were getting married abroad, they might as well use the opportunity to trash the dress in the surf the day after their wedding!
Armed with their photographer they headed to the beach to rent two small fishing boats. All dressed up in their wedding garb, Laura and Ramin braved the high seas to visit some nearby islands before returning to shore and submerging Laura’s dress in the Sayulita surf!
Molly & Patrick ♥ Sonoma, USA
Photographer: onelove photography
Just like many couples before them Molly and Patrick chose to have a destination wedding so that they could enjoy guaranteed sunshine on their big day and celebrate their special occasion outdoors.
So they said farewell to their beloved Chicago city and its more temperamental temperatures and jetted off with their nearest and dearest to tie the knot al fresco at the rustic Beltane Ranch in Sonoma, just an hour outside of San Fran.
The pretty peach theme and perfectly fitting vintage touches purely accentuated the lovingly restored ranch house backdrop and breathtaking vineyard surroundings. Thankfully the oh-so-talented onelove photography team were also on hand to beautifully capture all of this wonderful wedding pretty!
If there’s one trend that will continue to lead the way in the style stakes well into 2015 and beyond, it is the fashion for non-white wedding dresses.
Since A-list brides (Reese Witherspoon, Anne Hathaway and Keira Knightly to name just a few) began sashaying down the aisle in non-traditional tones, there has been a fashion frenzy of beautiful blush and champagne gowns to choose from and style-savvy brides the world over have been shunning classic white wedding dresses and opting instead for a gorgeous gown with a hint of a delicate dye.
Blossom into a radiant bridal vision in a fashion-forward petal pink dress or if classic-ware is more to your taste add a modern twist with a luxurious champagne shade.
Not only do pretty pink and bubbly toned wedding dresses create a unique and wildly romantic look, they are also guaranteed to put a sweet and sugary spell on your honey.
So if a pastel or champers hue is the direction for you then look no further as the talented design teams over at Benjamin Roberts Bridalwear have their finger on the vogue pulse and they have lovingly created a full selection of dresses with blush and champagne tints.
Travel Themed Wedding Cake Topper – Z Create Design via Etsy
Nothing says destination wedding more than a travel theme! So if you’re getting married abroad, take a look as these delicious travel themed wedding cake toppers that will ensure that your wedding cake is a real showstopper!
Destination Wedding Map Love Letters Cake Topper – Cotton Bird Designs via Etsy
Mckenzie & Robert ♥ Florida, USA
Photographer: Alice Rose Photo
The weather outside might be looking pretty frightful but today’s engagement shoot is totally delightful!
So let’s ignore the wild and windy weather outside today as we are off to The Sunshine State of Florida on the blog for a super-sweet engagement session that will have you dreaming of summer days.
Mckenzie and Robert went on a playful tour of Winter Park, a charming suburban city in Orange County, Florida. Alice Rose Photo was on hand to capture the spirit of this darling duo and this pleasant and oh-so-pretty part of the world.
Dressed in their best off-duty wares this couple seriously sparkled their way through their stunning engagement shoot (and I’m not just referring to Mckenzie’s fabulous sequin outfits!). A saunter down the elegant Park Avenue shopping street (often referred to as ‘Little Europe’) ended with a tasty treat of what might possibly be the most mouthwatering ice creams I have ever seen!
Oh and not forgetting to mention Mckenzie’s engagement ring. I literally don’t need to say another word about it – you’ll know what I mean when you see it!