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Destination Weddings becoming more popular. In fact, in 2015 an estimated 21% of couples chose to celebrate their marriage away from home.

Going away for your wedding means you need to be especially cautious when packing, as you may not be able to easily buy items at your destination wedding location.

Here’s a list of items that should be on every couple’s packing list for their destination wedding.

Medication and Toiletries

Starting with the basics, be sure to have allergy medication and pain killers on hand. A first aid kit is also helpful, but you may want to top it up with extra bandages of varying sizes, extra antiseptic cream and gauze dressings. Hopefully most of these items won’t be needed, but it’s always better to be prepared.

Pack extra sunscreen, bug spray and cream to relieve insect bites too. You may also want to consider bringing extra feminine care products for guests that may need them.  For exotic destinations, bring aloe vera just in case of sunburns.

Bring enough skin care products that can last you slightly longer than your trip.  It is important to take care of your skin and stick to your routine prior to your big day.  Sheet Masks are always handy and save you space in your luggage.  Keep your skin hydrated will keep your makeup last longer on your wedding day.

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Helpful Items

While the hotel or house you are staying at may have essential household items, they may not be available to you exactly when you need them. That’s why we suggest bringing along the following helpful items that can make your day easier:

  • Scissors – you always end up needing to cut strings or tags, so it’s always beneficial to have your own scissors with you.
  • Sewing Kit – be sure to include the colors of your bridesmaid dresses and groomsmen shirts, or extra black and white thread.
  • Tape and Glue – sometimes décor or items you packed may break during the travel, so tape and glue are great assets for a quick fix

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Extras to consider, based on your décor and theme

  • Mini Chalkboard and chalk – this acts as a great replacement for signs that get damaged or go missing.
  • Silk Flowers and ribbons in your theme color – If you cannot get the flowers that you like at your wedding destination, consider a silk floral bouquet.   It is also a cost savings compare to real bouquets at times.  Bring a few additional silk blooms to use as props to decorate or to make extra boutonnieres for families/relatives.
  • Candles – you may wish to add more candles to your head table or to the guest sign in table, but either way plain white candles are always helpful to give a space a more romantic feel
  • Additional blank seating cards  – This is helpful to accommodate last minute changes/seating arrangements for your guests at the reception

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Have fun packing!

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Wedding Cakes are an iconic part of a wedding day. Traditionally, the cutting of a wedding cake symbolizes togetherness between the bride and groom. They would share one piece of the cake before distributing it to their guests as a symbol of two becoming one. It has also been interpreted as a promise both parties make to always provide for one another.

While many people still partake in this tradition, some couples are opting for new and unique ideas that supplement or replace the wedding cake. Here are a few we’ve seen, as well as some suggestions if you’re thinking of heading in this direction.

  1. Cupcakes!

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? They’re essentially personal mini cakes that are cute as well as delicious. Some couples choose cupcakes instead of multiple tiers of wedding cake. This way, you can get the best of both worlds – still having a wedding cake as the top layer, with a modern flare of cupcakes.

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  1. Cake Pops!

Much like the cupcake trend, cake pop wedding cakes are becoming popular. Cake pops are a quick and easy fix for guests that may not want a full cupcake or a piece of cake. If you’re considering an alternative wedding cake, this option is great for weddings that have children in attendance.

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  1. Cupcakes and Cake Pops!

Why not mix the two together for equal parts fun and delicious? This is great option to mix as it offers guests a choice between cupcakes and cake pops. It may also allow for more flavours and can incorporate themed colours very nicely.

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  1. Macarons!

Macarons are a fun twist for any wedding, and they’re particularly useful for colourful and vibrant wedding themes. They provide a French element and offer a truly unique taste.

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Photo by Mango Studios: Grace & Yulin’s Wedding

Ice Cream!

Perfect for a beautiful summer wedding, ice cream cones are a refreshing alternative to the traditional wedding cake. It’s a great way to cool down on a hot summer night, and have fun too!

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  1. Donuts!

Another popular alternative for wedding cakes is a donut wall or tower. This option can also be combined with a top tier cake, and can have different flavours depending on the bride and groom’s taste.

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  1. Pies!

Some couples are opting to serve pies, instead of cake. Pies offer a wonderful selection of flavours and textures that are sure to leave a lasting impression on guests.+

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  1. Cheese!

For a really different option, try a cake made of cheese wheels.

 

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9. Croquembouche

Croquembouche is a traditional french wedding cake made up of cream puffs (called Choux in French) dressed with caramelized sugar.  It is also a celebratory dessert that is often served at weddings, baptisms and first communions.  The name croquembouche is translated as “crunch in the mouth”, meaning that the sugar is very crunch.

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Remember that any of these options can still incorporate a traditional wedding cake on the top tier, so you can still cut the cake if you wish to.

Without the top tier as a cake, some of these alternatives may save money! This is because some venues charge a cake cutting fee. We look forward to more alternative wedding cakes this upcoming year!

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Last November, we coordinated a destination wedding at the beautiful Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Here are a few of our favourite shots.

We began the week with a Welcome Dinner by the beach, in one of the perfectly located gazebos on the Hard Rock’s expansive property. The couple surprised their guests with a fire show at the end of the dinner.

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After a few fun days under the sun, the big day arrived. The first event of the day was the Chinese Tea Ceremony.

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The dress, shoes and rings were a perfect fit for the tropical atmosphere.

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The ceremony took place right by the beach, under cover of another beautiful gazebo decorated with tropical shades of yellow and blue.

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The ceremony took place in one of the Hard Rock’s ballrooms that allowed for stunning decor and excellent entertainment.

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Photos by Kelvin from Kelvin Young Photography

 

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