Whether you’ve dreamed of a wedding in a small church in Tagaytay, or on a beach in Davao, making your fantasy destination wedding a reality isn’t as difficult — or as expensive — as you might think. More and more couples are heading to exotic locales to say, “I do.” Co-Presenter Fuego Hotels, one of the country’s most dynamic management company, will showcase four prestigious properties that they manage namely Taal Vista Hotel, Club Punta Fuego, Pearl Farm Island Resort and Vida Hotel (opening soon). Each property has its’ own magical charm and glamour that captivates couples to exchange their “I do’s” in the romantic feel of the outdoors.
Getting married outside in the sunshine, surrounded by the beauty of nature and your friends and family, makes for a lovely celebration. But hosting an outdoor wedding takes planning and attention to details. Although you can’t control the weather, you can work around it. Here are some tips for planning a successful outdoor wedding.
Location – When planning for an outdoor wedding, it is wise to choose a location that has both indoor and outdoor facilities. That way, if it rains, the wedding can still go on. At the very least, rent a tent in case of inclement weather. Bugs and outdoor weddings go hand in hand. But you can take measures to alleviate the worst of the problem. You may want to hire an exterminator to spray the day before the wedding. Citronella candles add shimmer and also help keep bugs at bay. Also, make sure you’ll have access to the amenities you’ll need for a successful event. Are there restrooms available? If not, you’ll have to rent port-a-potties. Is there a place for your guests to park? If there is no convenient parking at the site, consider having them park in a nearby lot and shuttling them over. Also make sure that the site is accessible, especially for elderly guests and others with limited mobility.
Decorations – Mother Nature provides the best decorations that you can think of – trees, flowers, a great view, the sunset! If you want to add a little more into it you may opt for a beautiful wedding arch with flowers to be a focal point for the ceremony. This provides a wonderful backdrop for wedding photos. Luminaries can also light up your wedding. It would look great lined up along the pathway or at the poolside.
Save the Date It’s important to give your guests as much advance notice about your wedding as possible. That means sending out save-the-date cards a minimum of five months in advance so your guests can make the necessary travel and vacation arrangements. Create a wedding website where and direct all your invitees to view of all your wedding details and out-of-town guest Information. You can also announce your wedding at www.kasal.com and www.mybridalfair.com.
Guests – Inform your guests beforehand that you’re having an outdoor wedding, so they can dress appropriately. Don’t forget to send them a location map as to where you’re having your wedding and reception. We don’t want anybody to get lost and frustrated on your wedding day. How about parking? If there is no convenient parking at the site, consider having them park in a nearby lot and shuttling them over. Also make sure that the site is accessible, especially for elderly guests and others with limited mobility.
The Entourage – Keep the weather in mind when choosing a dress for you and your entourage. Wear a dress made of lighter-weight fabrics and consider not having a train. A train will drag in the grass and dirt. An aisle runner will help this problem. You might also want to stay away from shoes with spike heels, which will sink into the ground.
Food – Be sure the caterers you hire have outdoor experience. Caterers need to provide food and food displays that keep well under warm conditions. Weddings under the sun can also be dehydrating. Make sure there are non-alcoholic beverages available to quench your guests’ thirst on a hot day.
Brides and grooms-to-be who will visit Before I Do Bridal fair will be fall in love all over again this summer as they plan their dream wedding when they get a chance to meet the best photographers, event hosts as well as makers of fine jewelry, gowns and a lot more. In a country that goes big on weddings and honeymoons, this bridal fair will house the best of the wedding and tourism industry that the country has to offer.
Before I Do Bridal Fair 3rd Edition dubbed “Dream Weddings and Destinations” runs for two days, April 12 & 13, 2008, at Megatrade Hall 3, SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City. Kasal.com, Happy Events, The Bridal Nook Manila, Edward Teng, 7 Lily, Bizadsolutions.com, Manila Bulletin’s About Weddings, MSD GodSpeed Exhibit Corp, Tintero Art and Studio, Robert Lester’s Digital Profile, pH Care Intimate Wash, 101.9 For Life, 97.9 Home Radio and 92.3 xFm are event partners. Dream Weddings and Destinations bridal fair will feature guest performers such as Glisten, Saturday Night Project, and WedPlus.
Bring your girlfriends, mom, and even your fiancé at the fair and enjoy the day. Many wedding suppliers will be giving discounts, door prizes and you can only benefit from these if you attend “Dream Weddings and Destinations”.