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Honeymoon Ideas: Favorite Destinations For Lovebirds

The honeymoon is your time to relax and recuperate from frantic wedding preparations. And picking a place that both of you will enjoy is a must. Fortunately, the world presents countless honeymoon ideas that have something for both of you. Here are some of the more popular honeymoon destinations for couples of all types.

For the Couple on a Budget

The newest trend in honeymoon ideas this year is staying at home. In the U. S. , for instance, couples are forgoing the expensive costs of acquiring passports, tickets, hotels, rental cars, and food – opting instead to save a few bucks, choose popular honeymoon destinations at home, and remain in their own backyards (so to speak).

St. Augustine, Florida, in particular, is one of the more popular honeymoon destinations that continue to attract visitors due to its year round temperate climate, proximity to beaches, quaint restaurants, and great shopping. Called the Oldest City in America, it was founded in 1565, and is the home of the Fountain of Youth, where visitors can drink its restoring waters. Other highlights of the town are Castillo de San Marcos, Fort Matanzas, and the Lightner Museum, all accessible by foot. Cozy honeymoon ideas are horse and carriage rides, theater shows, fishing, and parks, and there are romantic bed and breakfasts aplenty.

Out on the West Coast, there’s another hidden gem – Seattle, Washington. Mild in the summer, but a little chilly in the winter, this city is perfect for couples who are full of fun honeymoon ideas but don’t want to break the bank. There’s the Fish Market, where you can get a delicious meal, and the famous Space Needle. Even if these two honeymoon ideas don’t interest you, there are thousands of popular honeymoon destinations that offer unique experiences. But if you really want to go out of country, consider the benefits of staying at a youth hostel or monastery, which offer comfortable places to sleep at bargain-basement prices.

For the Outdoorsy Types

For the true outdoors couple, even simple honeymoon ideas like hiking or staying in a romantic cabin would be welcome. Odds are that you and your loved one like to travel without all the comforts of home. One of the more popular honeymoon destinations for outdoor lovers is a tour of the Amazon River. Visitors to the region will enjoy strolling along the Rainforest Canopy Walkway, a man-made bridge of wooden slats and ropes which overlooks the forest below, camping along the banks of the Amazon, allowing you to get up close and personal with the native animals and local flora and fauna, and exploring expansive wildlife parks. Should you book as part of a package, a number of hotel options are available, including forest lodges and other rustic accommodations

For more great honeymoon ideas, continue reading here.

Contact one of the local Travel Agencies listed on TodaysBride.com to book the honeymoon of your dreams!

Today’s Bride Announces 2010-2011 Bridal Show Schedule

Sun, Oct 17, 2010
Embassy Suites, Independence
5800 Rockside Woods Blvd., Independence, OH
Doors Open:  10am – 4pm
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

Sun, Oct. 24, 2010
Sheraton Suites
1989 Front Street, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Doors open: 10 – 4pm.
Fashion Shows: 11:30am, 1:00pm, & 2:30pm

Each event has OVER 80 Exhibitors, Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Battle of the Grooms, Make-Over Bride, Prizes, Discounts, and Giveaways!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$10 Admission.  Purchase Tickets online at http://www.todaysbride.com at 50% off!

Sun, January 9, 2011
John S. Knight Center, Akron, OH
77 E. Mill St., Akron, OH
Doors open: 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows: 11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 150 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last).
$10 admission.  Purchase tickets at 50% off by registering at www.todaysbride.com

Sat. & Sun, January 15 & 16, 2011
I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
One I-X Center Dr., Cleveland, OH
Doors open: 1/16/11 from 4-8pm
1/15/11 from 10 – 5pm.

Fashion Shows on Sunday:  11:00am, 12:30pm, 2:00pm & 3:30pm, American Commodore Tuxedo Dancers, latest fashions in Bridal gowns, Veils, Mother-of dresses, Bridesmaids dresses and more!

Over 200 Wedding Professionals to help you plan your BIG day!  Henri’s Discount Gown Showroom, Gallery of Reception Table Ideas, Gallery of Wedding Cakes, Portrait Gallery, Prizes, Discounts, and so much more!  Each attending bride will receive a current copy Today’s Bride Magazine (while supplies last)
$8 parking, $10 Admission. Purchase Tickets at 50% off online at www.todaysbride.com.

Money Saving Honeymoon Tips

By: James GunaseelanAfter planning a wedding, many couples barely have enough money to pay for a honeymoon. But with these money saving honeymoon tips, you can still have the honeymoon of your dreams without breaking the bank.

Some of the best tips for saving money on your honeymoon are to use the calendar to your advantage. Look at what time of year you are getting married, and think about destinations where that time of year is off-peak. For example, if you are getting married in the summer, consider a honeymoon to a winter hot-spot like Aspen. Ski resorts have fantastic summer packages and can be just as romantic as a winter trip (minus the skiing). The Caribbean and other tropical destinations are usually much cheaper in the summer. If you are getting married in the fall or spring, consider a trip to Europe, where the rates are much cheaper after the summer. And a beach honeymoon in the winter can be simply perfect. It might be too cold to go for a swim, but the resort towns are much less crowded, and you can save a lot of money.

It might seem like it would be more expensive to book your trip through a travel agent, but using a professional can be one of the best tips to save money on your honeymoon. Travel agents can book hotels and travel (air fare, train tickets, car rentals, etc.) together, often for a deep discount. They also often know tips to save money on your honeymoon once you arrive at your destination. Things like good restaurant deals, the best places to shop, and excursions can all be found at a discount if you know who to ask.

Another tip to save money on your honeymoon is to book your trip at an all-inclusive resort. All-inclusive resorts (like Sandals and Beaches) can be a great way to book a tropical destination with a smaller price tag. Many newlyweds find that an all-inclusive resort makes budgeting for their honeymoon much easier, since meals, accommodations, and entertainment included. Be sure to check to see what is included; some resorts include day trips and drinks in the price, while others may charge extra for these things.

Some of the best money saving honeymoon tips come from thinking outside the box. One unique way to save money on your honeymoon comes from how you pay for your wedding. Do some research into credit cards that offer rewards; hotel stays, frequent flier miles, and cash are all available through various banks. If you use one of these reward cards to pay for your wedding, you may find that a chunk of your honeymoon is already paid for. Some couples also register for their honeymoon as part of their wedding registry. You can let your guests know that things like dinners and excursions will be welcome wedding gifts. And when you are on your trip, be sure to let people know that you are on your honeymoon. Many resorts and hotels offer specials to honeymooners, and restaurants often will give you a free dessert or drink to help you celebrate.

Need help planning the perfect honeymoon getaway? Visit any of the listed travel professionals on our webpage: http://www.todaysbride.com/Travel & Honeymoon-Local Vendors

About the Author

James Gunaseelan writes for Leading matrimonial portal for Brahmins brides and grooms.

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Simply the Best Destination Wedding Invitations

Trying to figure out how to get your designer wedding gown halfway across the world? Do you need a college degree to slog through the marriage laws of that quaint island nation? There’s no question that it can be challenging to plan a destination wedding. This guide will make the process a little easier by providing unique ideas for destination wedding invitations as well as tips for creating the perfect invite.

*Whether you’re headed to an exotic beach locale or a romantic European city, destination wedding invitations can create a celebratory tone for your guests. Headed to Venice? Use an image of a gondola or Piazza San Marco to get your guests in the mood for the romance of the city–and your ceremony. Online wedding specialists also offer destination-themed stationery designed to look like American passports. Imagine how excited and honored family and friends will be to receive one of these special and unique invitations.

*There’s nothing quite like a themed destination wedding. Is the happiest day of your life going to be at the happiest place on earth–Disney? Send invites in the shape of Mickey’s iconic head or envelopes printed with your favorite characters. Maybe you’re marrying your knight in shining armor at a renaissance event? Consider an invitation rolled up like a royal scoll. Wherever you’re headed for the ceremony, the most important part of theme destination wedding invitations is to let guests know how much fun they’re going to have.  Theme wedding invites are easy to find through online wedding stationery printers.

*If guests will be digging their toes in the sand, you’ll want destination-themed invites that convey the unique feel of oceanside or lakeside ceremonies. Is a casual ceremony your style? Think about using playful dolphin images or colorful sandal motifs. Online wedding stationery specialists even offer invites shaped like beach umbrellas. Invitation images or designs for more formal beachside nuptials might include gentle sunsets or ocean vistas.

*The sky’s the limit when it comes to destination wedding invitations for Las Vegas nuptials. Elvis silhouettes. Slot machines. Roulette wheels. Since “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” let your imagination play when selecting wedding invitation ideas. Don’t let that imagination run too wild though. Try to avoid off-color or suggestive Sin City invites–while it might seem like a fun and funny idea now, you might not want your elderly grandma to get her hands on one.

Once you’ve chosen which wedding invitation ideas you’ll use, remember these two simple tips:

Tip #1: Planning a destination wedding can be complex, so look for wedding invitation ideas from an online stationery specialist who offers a range of selections, making it easy for you to choose and click your way to the perfect invite.

Tip #2: Even elementary school spelling champs can be stumped by foreign city names and locales. Triple-check unfamiliar spellings so you don’t end up inviting guests to Pizza, Italy instead of Pisa, Italy.

Invitation photos courtesy of Paper Persuasions.  Vist them for all your wedding invitation needs at www.paperpersuasions.com

Rose Watson loves weddings and wedding invitations. She provides reviews, recommendations and information about wedding invitation sites to help you find the one that is perfect for you. Go now to: http://www.allstyleweddinginvitations.com and find the wedding invitation to suit your style.

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Brides-to-be…What to do After the Bridal Show

Ok, so you went to the bridal show and talked to a lot of people, picked up a lot of literature, saw great fashions shows with the latest in wedding and bridesmaid gown design, awesome wedding cake ideas and so much that you are getting dizzy.  Hold on!  We made it happen, we will help you through it!  Great organization, follow through and planning can turn piles of brochures into a well thought out and perfect wedding day. 

1) Dump & Categorize

Dump your bag out and separate the brochures by category; DJs, cake companies, photographers, bands/live music, flowers, reception halls, etc.  Once you’ve done that, take each pile and pull out the company, or companies,  you actually had the opportunity to talk to.  These will be the first people to review.  From that group, chose one to three companies from each category, paying attention to any coupon or show pricing deadlines, that made the biggest impression on you when you spoke, i.e. personality of the representative, overall look of their booth – samples, photos, etc – and any offers they presented.  These will be the first people you want to consider for your wedding.

2) Contact them

Now that you’ve narrowed it down, the next step is to contact them and set up an appointment to talk about what you’re looking for, what your budget is for that particular service, availability on your date, etc.  The one thing we do not recommend is just calling up a company and asking what they charge.  That doesn’t give you a true idea of what that company can offer you.  Here’s something to think about, just because a company may LOOK expensive, i.e. high quality ads, brochures, booth displays, etc. doesn’t mean they are expensive, that they aren’t willing to work within your budget.  You’d be surprised how many companies can offer you their best work and still won’t break the bank.  Give them a chance. 

3)Research what you need to ask

After you set the appointment, print out  a copy of our wedding
planner  http://www.todaysbrideonline.com/planning_tools.phtml.  It contains great information and just about every question you should ask.   You may want to check out their website too.  Many companies will list their services and possibly a price list.  But don’t let that be the end of your research.  A true measure of a company is not necessarily what they look like online or what their brochure look like, it’s the people and how they interact with you.  Which brings us to the next step…

3)Get to know them personally

While talking with the vendor, make sure everything they will do for you will be written in the contract and that every aspect is covered.  Yes, they know what they need to do, but you need to know too!  They do this for a living and it’s second nature to them.  What you might assume will be included, often times is not and could be an issue later on down the line.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for it in writing!

4)  Time to Make a Choice

You’ve “interviewed” your top choices. Now comes the hard part, choosing that one company that will make your day perfect.  Review all of the information you collected when you spoke.  Take into consideration the personality of the person you spoke to, the atmosphere of where you met, any testimonials or recommendations from others that have used their service, etc and the choice should be obvious.

5) File It Away

Once you have made your final decisions and booked your wedding professionals, don’t throw away your research!  File it away for a future use.  You never know when you’ll need the services of a company you talked to or received literature from but didn’t use. 

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life and the companies you choose to help you celebrate play a big role in making it perfect.  Follow your heart, after all, it brought you to this point and hasn’t been wrong yet.

Money Can’t Buy Love: Northeast Ohio weddings still going strong despite economic downturn

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by Jennifer Boresz on January 20, 2010

Weddings tend to boom during decade years.

Who knew?

My fiancé, Brian, and I sure didn’t plan to get married in 2010 for any particular reason. It’s just the way things worked out. But bridal vendors throughout Northeast Ohio are hoping others will also choose this decade year to plan their big day. It would give their businesses a boost, following a not-so-great 2009.

It seems that just about everyone has been impacted by the struggling economy. Even though some couples in 2009 worked within a budget to throw the weddings of their dreams, others decided to postpone their big days. A decrease in wedding funds may delay plans, but bridal vendors can count on one thing: People will still continue to fall in love and get married.

This Friday night (January 22, 2009)  at 8:30 on NEOtropolis, we’ll talk about the economic impact of Northeast Ohio weddings. If you think about it, just one wedding — one single day — touches many different vendors. By having your wedding here in the region, instead of a “destination wedding” out of the state or even the country, you’re actually helping the local economy.

According to the Wedding Report through the Bridal Association of America, the average U.S. wedding cost more than $30,000 in 2009! (Now I’m not saying everyone pays that much, but can you imagine the impact thousands of weddings have on Northeast Ohio businesses each year?)

Here are some interesting statistics from the same 2009 study that I thought you might enjoy:

17 months = average engagement time

169 = average number of guests

26 = average age of bride

28 = average age of groom

2,326,485 = numbers of weddings in the United States (a 2.37 percent increase from 2008)

I’m proud to say that since Brian and I are both native Northeast Ohio residents, we are using all local vendors for our June wedding. We’re even incorporating elements from the Lake Erie shore into our centerpieces and decor to reflect the region we love.

What about you? Are you a bride or groom who is planning a wedding? Will it take place in the region? Or, if you’ve been to a wedding recently, did you notice that it was less extravagant due to the economy? What stood out? And who are your favorite Northeast Ohio vendors?


See Today’s Bride’s own Jim Frericks and Jennifer Fyffe discuss the outlook for the Northeast Ohio bridal industry on this episode of NEOtropolis.

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January is Bridal Show Month!

January is a very busy month for bridal show producers, including Today’s Bride.  We are the largest Bridal Show producer in Northeast Ohio for over 20 years, bringing newly engaged couples hundreds of wedding professionals all in one place!  It’s one-stop-shopping for all your bridal needs.

This Sunday, January 17th will be our largest show of the season at the IX Center in Cleveland.  Over 200 wedding professionals will be on hand, from florists to teeth whitening, Bridal gowns in Henri’s gown showroom to photobooths that will add additional craziness and fun to your reception.  It’s all here!  Beautiful fashions shows highlighting this seasons most sought-after gowns will be at 11:00, 12:30, 2:00 & 3:30pm, brought to you by Henri’s Cloud Nine with fashions from Henri’s, Expressions Bridal, David’s Bridal, Dora’s Bridal & Formal and more!  For the Mother-of, beautiful gowns from Peneventures will also be featured.  Don’t forget to check out the American Commodore Tuxedo dancers showing off the latest in formal attire for the groom too!  They are sure to rock the show!

Doors will be open from 10am to 5pm.  Admission at the door is $10 but you can get a $3 off coupon or buy tickets online for 50% off by pre-registering at www.todaysbride.com.  Parking is $8.

To help you prepare for the show, check out our bridal survival guid by clicking here.  Come to the show excited and prepared!