Guest Guide: Gifts and destination weddings

10th October, 2013

Guest Guide: Gifts and destination weddings

Deciding to attend a destination wedding can become pricey, especially if you are paying for your own travel and accommodations. However, it isn’t a free pass for you not to give a wedding gift. It will certainly affect how much you spend on the present you will be getting for the couple.  Many destination wedding guests have to stretch their budget in order to attend the celebrations, and if you spend less on the wedding gift, that is absolutely fine.

Think about your budget and decide what’s comfortable for you. In many cases, couples who are getting married out of town will not require you to bring gifts and would rather have you and their guests to celebrate with them.  If you insist on getting a present, don’t go beyond your budget. The newlyweds will understand – that’s for sure!

Quick tips: Destination wedding reminders

3rd October, 2013

Quick tips: Destination wedding reminders

It’s the wedding season in the Southern Hemisphere and brides across the country are busy mailing their wedding invitations, picking out floral designs and subjecting their bridesmaids to dress fittings.

However, if you’ve chosen to get married out of the country, there’s something else to consider: the potential legal issues. Perhaps a little reminder from us is in order, so here you go:

  • If you’ve chosen to get married at a different state or country, make sure to comply with the requirements for marriage and submit all the necessary documents needed. Prepare copies of your birth certificate and be ready for medical tests (some countries require this).

  • Let your guests know in advance, since some of them may need to secure or renew their passports and  this might take some time.  Inform them if they also need to get a visa.

  • Make sure you are fully up to date about the laws of the country you are getting married in.

  • Check whether your marriage in that country will be valid in your own country.

Unusual wedding traditions

8th September, 2013

Unusual wedding traditions

Have you ever seen some really unusual traditions at a wedding? While they might be really surprising, they are hardly the wedding traditions that most people know about.

There are some things, however, that seem the most unusual but hold significant meaning and historical rationale. Some of them are still practiced by couples and strange as they may seem, they add spice to the big day and allow the couples to pay tribute to their heritage.

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Wedding guest tips: Destination weddings

23rd August, 2013

Wedding guest tips: Destination weddings

Destination weddings are as popular as the traditional ones nowadays, and they come with etiquette to be observed too! As a destination wedding guest, you’ll have to know what will be expected of you before you start packing your bags. Here are some of them:

Stop complaining.

If you’ve RSVP’d with a “yes”,  do not complain (you’ve already lost that right when you said “yes”). Make sure to find out how much it will cost you before you respond to the RSVP.  If you are close with the couple, you might need to save some money to make sure you can afford the travel and other expenses. However, don’t just let the budget bring it all down. You can treat the whole thing as your much-needed holiday too! Click here to continue reading

Destination Wedding: Canada

30th May, 2013

Destination Wedding: Canada

In one of our previous posts (Now Trending: Destination Weddings), we have given you tips about planning your destination wedding.

This time, Thankyou takes you to a specific country, to keep you informed about the most updated rules and regulations and everything important that you need to know about marriage in your choice of destination. Today,we are focusing on Canada.

So what are the things you need to know? Here’s a rundown of the essentials in getting married in Canada.

The location

The Canadian rockies, Toronto’s boutique hotels, the Niagara falls in your wedding photo’s backdrop – Canada is the perfect location for your glamorous, rustic wedding theme and its picturesque sceneries are wonders to behold.

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Destination Weddings: Mexico

29th May, 2013

Destination Weddings: Mexico

The location

Mexico has attracted many couples who  plan to get married overseas. Who wouldn’t love the picture-perfect views that serve as backdrop to an unforgettable celebration? Its colonial architecture, the rich culture, Mayan ruins and pristine beaches are a wonder to behold and with a full range of excursions and activities, you and your guests will be guaranteed a fun stay during your wedding.

Looking for the perfect venue isn’t a hard task if you’re getting married in Mexico. It has a wide range of resorts that fit every couple’s budget. Cancun, Cabo San Lucas and Riviera Maya are “action packed” locations that you will love, but if you wish to say “I do” in a lovely Mexican church, there are many choose from as well.

Before you set off to Mexico, here are the important things you need to know about tying the knot there:

The legal stuff

Residency

There’s no residency requirement in Mexico, however, you’ll be required to present your tourist card (US citizens). You should also get in touch with the civil registry office of the state where your wedding will be held because the waiting periods vary between Mexico’s states. Click here to continue reading

Destination Weddings: Australia

28th May, 2013

Destination Weddings: Australia

Fancy a romantic big day the Oz way? The land down under has become a very popular choice when it comes to destination weddings, and if you are planning to say your I do’s on an island or in the outback, Australia will have the perfect venue for you!

However, before you walk down the aisle, here are some of the important things you need to know:

The location

Australia is a country of extremes, beautiful beaches and amazing deserts. The trick will be to choose just the right place to celebrate your wedding… and then continue on for the honeymoon. The Tourism Australia and Lonely Planet websites are a great place to start your planning. Click here to continue reading

Why An Online Gift Registry Works For Your Destination Wedding

12th December, 2012

Why An Online Gift Registry Works For Your Destination Wedding

Destination weddings have become increasingly popular for a good number of reasons – from providing a great, centralized location for your family and friends from all over the globe to get together, through  to offering a more private and intimate celebration of your marriage. Though it is truly practical for many couples nowadays, all destination weddings have an array of challenges to speak of – long distance decision-making, managing intricate details and even the gifting process.

Yes! Managing the gift-giving and receiving process is also part of all the nitty gritty stuff that you need to organise for your wedding. However, it need not be that hard if you know how to take advantage of technology! (and yes, you will be grateful you got married in the powerful era of the internet). Click here to continue reading

Now Trending: Destination Weddings

19th November, 2012

Now Trending: Destination Weddings

Destination weddings have become a popular trend in the past few years and many couples today  are opting to tie the knot in some exotic locale rather than having the traditional, large and fancy church ceremonies. The long-distance route to getting married has indeed become a more attractive choice, and this is because destination weddings are perfect if you wish to have a smaller, more private and more intimate ceremony where only close friends and family can attend. It also spares you from planning that huge reception.

Whatever the reason is for deciding to get married, remarried or to renew your vows abroad, there are a lot of things to keep in mind when planning for a destination wedding. Here are some tips from our Thankyou experts:

Choose your wedding site or venue carefully.

Depending on your style and budget, there is a destination that will suit you and your partner’s personality. Are you a nature lover? You may be dreaming to get married atop a picturesque scenery or mountaintop. Beach bums? You may wish to get married in a tropical, chill out locale with an all laid-back ambiance. Have a bigger budget? Maybe you’d like a wedding in Europe or some unique ceremony at the Grand Canyon.

Whatever you choose, gather more information and details about your potential venue and ceremony sites. Set a date and prepare and determine your tentative number of guests before paying for your wedding or reception venue. You might think that only a dozen folks will make it, only to find out that there are more family and friends on both sides who would love to come too.

Plan ahead.

There is always great benefit in planning in advance. Imagine these – you’ll get the best ocean-view hotel rooms, avail of huge discounts for multiple bookings and prevent hassles in traveling. Yes, the travel part does require tremendous and detailed planning not just on your end, but on your guests  as well. Vacation days, passports and airfare are big considerations and have to be settled in advance. Pertinent information on airport transfers, hotel accommodations and the like should be made available to your guests way ahead of the wedding date as well. Click here to continue reading