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Destination Weddings For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-12995-1
316 pages
September 2007
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Want to have a wonderful wedding away from home? Destination Weddings For Dummies is your all-in-one guide to getting married out of town, giving you savvy tips on everything from making travel arrangements to hiring vendors to dressing the wedding party.

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!

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Introduction.

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.

Index.

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Susan Breslow Sardone is the Guide to Honeymoons and Romantic Getaways from About.com and a destination bride (Las Vegas) herself. Her work has appeared in Modern Bride, Condé Nast Traveler, New York, and other travel publications.

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