Destination Weddings For Dummies
Fron Vegas to the Vatican, this hands-on, practical resource helps you arrange a unique, unforgettable wedding anywhere in the world. Focusing on the various ways you can use the Internet in your planning, Destination Weddings For Dummies is filled with Web tips, shortcuts, and URLs, as well as instructions for creating your own digital wedding planner. You’ll see how to establish a realistic wedding budget and get your friends and family on board. Then, you’ll choose the perfect location; from Europe to the tropics to the open sea, we’ve done the scouting for you! You’ll also discover how to:
Get married legally around the world
Know who, when, and how to invite
Create your own destination wedding Web site and blog
Fit all the basics into your budget— from flowers and catering to the rings, photography, and music
Hire wedding pros from a distance
Decide on your ceremony’s style
Dress the bride, groom, and the wedding party
Communicate your plans to invited guests
Compare wedding packages
Save money on travel arrangements
Test-drive your destination wedding site
Organize fun wedding activities
Handle various wedding emergencies
If money is no object, you'll also see how to host a blowout wedding and make a splash when you splurge. Whether it’s a small, intimate ceremony in a Hawaiian garden or a large gathering on a yacht in the Mediterranean, Destination Weddings For Dummies is all you need to get married anywhere you choose with ease and in style!
Part I: Marrying Your Way: Away You Go.
Chapter 1: Destination Weddings 101.
Chapter 2: Is a Destination Wedding Right for You?
Chapter 3: Organizing Your Wedding Away: With and Without a Computer.
Chapter 4: Budgeting for a Destination Wedding.
Chapter 5: Gathering Your Destination Wedding Team.
Part II: Picking a Destination for Your Wedding.
Chapter 6: Finding the Right Destination: There’s a Place for You.
Chapter 7: Staying Close to Home: The United States and Canada.
Chapter 8: Heading to the Tropics and Islands.
Chapter 9: Wowing and Vowing in Europe.
Chapter 10: Cruising on a Love Boat.
Part III: Getting the Destination Wedding You Want.
Chapter 11: Making Travel Arrangements.
Chapter 12: Before You Go: Putting Your Wedding Plans in Place.
Chapter 13: Setting the Stage: Your Ceremony and Reception.
Chapter 14: Dressing and Grooming for a Destination Wedding.
Part IV: Sharing the Joy at Your Wedding, Now and Later.
Chapter 15: After You Arrive: Leading Up to the Big Day.
Chapter 16: Minding Your Manners: Destination Wedding Etiquette.
Chapter 17: Making Friends and Family Feel As If They Were There.
Chapter 18: Beginning the Honeymoon.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 19: Ten Emergencies You May Face and How to Handle ’Em.
Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Save Money on Your Destination Wedding.
A widely published travel journalist, Susan’s assignments have led her from Alaska to Zimbabwe. Her work has appeared in print in The New Yorker, Condé Nast Traveler, Modern Bride, and other mass-circulation magazines. She has also served as a consultant to Expedia and American Express Travel.
Susan holds a master’s degree in journalism and a bachelor’s of arts degree in English. More recently, she studied Multimedia Technology at New York University, where she also taught writing classes. Susan and her husband, Vincent, live in New York.