Right now you may be wondering whether or not a destination wedding is right for you. While a wedding in the Caribbean may be a dream come true for many, you have to ask yourself is it for you. Often, couples choose to have a destination wedding because the location is personally significant. Perhaps the two of you first realized you were in love on vacation in the Caribbean. Perhaps he popped the question during that week-long cruise you two took together.
In addition to personal significance, many couples choose to have a destination wedding simply for the romance of travel. Sometimes the decision is made because there is a need to escape. Perhaps you have already started planning a traditional wedding in the states and found it is not what you want.
7 REASONS TO HAVE A DESTINATION WEDDING
1. UNIQUE AND MEMORABLE WEDDING EXPERIENCE
A destination wedding allows for creativity reflecting the tastes and styles of you and your fiance. You can have a religious ceremony and traditional wedding if you want or do something different and make it completely your own. Even if your tastes are traditional, a destination wedding will be unlike any other wedding.
2. ONCE IN A LIFETIME REUNION
Imagine having close friends and family from each stage of your life in one magical place for the purpose of celebrating you and your love. Coming from around the country, or even the globe, your wedding will not only be a vacation for many, but also a reunion.
3. ONE-ON-ONE TIME WITH GUESTS
Destinations tend to be smaller, more intimate events. They also tend to last a few days, giving you and your intended plenty of opportunity to spend time with your guests. Although not all of your invited guests will be able to travel due to scheduling and budgetary concerns, those who can attend interact more with each other and their hosts than at a traditional wedding.
4. COST EFFECTIVENESS
As the guest list shrinks, so will your costs. Alternatively, as the guest list shrinks, you may be able to spend more for a lavish event.
5. GROOMS LIKE TO GET INVOLVED
Whether it is deciding on gift bags or coordinating guest outings, grooms seem to be more involved in destination wedding planning. Specifically, grooms enjoy organizing the smaller events such as day outings and happy hour mixers.
6. START THE HONEYMOON EARLY
The honeymoon starts as soon as you are pronounced husband and wife. Once your guests have left island, stay a few days and honeymoon, or if you are on a cruise ship, sail into the sunset. Because you have already arrived at your honeymoon destination, you can consider the transportation expenses associated with honeymoon travel already paid.
7. GREAT PHOTOS
Imagine the photo album, straight out of a magazine, that you and your intended will enjoy forever.
Going green for your wedding? It is not as hard as you think. Create a wedding that appeals to all generations while keeping your wedding green and keeping green in your wallet.
One way to keep your special occassion eco friendly is by choosing a destination wedding location that utilizes natural decor for your backdrop and includes on site amenities instead of getting in the car for every event on the itinerary. Mariners Landing offers multiple event venues, onsite amenities for the bridal party and guests and a shuttle van or bus for off site excursions should you choose to do so.
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The background is perfect and the decor is perfection...now it is time to set the mood with music. Destination weddings embrace the vibe for the wedding. What better way to embrace the location than with the perfect playlist.
Mariners Landing Resort has a sounds system and technicians available to assist with any of your technology needs.
Check out this great blog on creating the perfect playlist.
It is so important to start your destination wedding weekend the right way. Plan a fun and creative welcome party for your guests to get them in the right spirit before the big event. Your guests at Mariners Landing Resort will be able to enjoy all the on site amenities on their own but you can utilize the amenities for some fun get togethers. Take advantage of the private gated pool, cabanas, and pool house for a relaxed cook out. Take your guests to the beach area for cocktail hour or rent a boat and offer a unique dining experience. At Mariners Landing, the possibilities are endless.
There is a good reason why the slogan is "Virginia is for Lovers". With 4 unique seasons, there is never a bad time to get married in Virginia. Mariners Landing, located on Smith Mountain Lake, has picturesque views all year. Whether it is the rise of the spring flowers, summer blooms, fall foliage, or winter snow capped mountains, Mariners Landing resort is the perfect backdrop to your special day.
Planning an wedding or event can be frustrating. Each location has a few of the criteria you are looking for but not all. How do you compare? This article is a quick look at the 10 most important factors in an even location.
Mariners Landing Resort knows what is important for your event. Mariners offers event packages to fit every budget and with mulitiple event and meeting spaces, we can accommodate large and small events. Center Stage, our award winning on site caterer, will prepare a menu that will excite and amaze your guests. The resort offers hotel rooms with full resort amenities to make this a true destination location. Your attendees can enjoy 3 outdoor pools, 24-hour fitness center, walking/biking trails, golf, heated indoor pool, tennis courts, playground, beach and of course Smith Mountain Lake. Check out our website and see what Mariners's Landing Resort can do for you and your event.
Destinations do not always require extensive travel. Romantic weddings begin with scenic views, intimate settings, and incorporating a vacation style experience for you and your guests.
Check out this great article from The Knot on destination weddings.
Romance is all around at Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center. Imagine saying your vows facing the most spectacular view of Smith Mountain Lake. Take a look at what the resort has to offer at www.mariners-resort.com
Working at a resort is a great way to learn and enhance important life skills you will need for a prosperous future. Mariners Landing Resort is offering several opportunities for employment this summer. Learn about some of the important life skills you will learn below in this great article that also offers free guides.
Summer jobs for college students is about more than earning a little extra money, it is about earning a lot of extra experience. The work force is a tough place and most students do not find that out until after graduation. Summer jobs are a great time to gain necessary skills for future employment. No matter what the position, there are valuable skills in every task.
Mariners Landing Resort and Conference Center is 1,000 acres located on Smith Mountain Lake. The resort has multiple event venue space, 3 outdoor pools, indoor heated lap pool and activity center, 24/7 fitness center, tennis courts, sand volleyball court, golf, walking trail with fitness station and a lake for water play. Are you looking for more? The Mariners Landing bus and van are available to take your conference off site for excursions to wineries, brewery, or Smith Mountain Lake State Park.