Tips for a Destination Wedding

destination weddingRyan and Nichole Van Note married at The Chapel at the Luxor in Las Vegas on Aug. 31, 2014. Nichole (also known as Nichole Roberts from the 97.3 WMEE Morning Show with Andy & Nichole) says they went to Vegas because, “we really wanted our ceremony to be small, intimate and about us and our love for one another.”

Destination weddings are popular. Travel Agent Cina Higgins of Advance Travel of Fort Wayne says that in addition to U.S. cities such as Las Vegas, Nev., and Gatlinburg, Tenn., two popular international wedding locations are Cancun and Jamaica.

Know your budget when planning your destination wedding, says Higgins. Have a list of the top three things that matter to you when you visit your travel agent so they can be considered in terms of how much money you have to spend.

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“It was a neat experience going away to get married. I’m not sure I would have done it if it were my first marriage. But, if you want to have LESS stress… this is the way to go!” says Nichole Van Note (also known as Nichole Roberts from the 97.3 WMEE Morning Show with Andy & Nichole) about her Las Vegas destination wedding.

Speak with a travel agent before planning anything. Especially with international weddings, it can be “very confusing,” says Higgins. In some countries you will need to be there three days prior and do blood work before you get married. A travel agent will help you negotiate the waters.

J. Karrie Duhaime and her fiancé, Andy, were having difficulty locating just the right wedding venue. They had a vacation to Gatlinburg, Tenn., planned. Suddenly the light bulb went off: why not combine the two? With the help of Smokey Mountain Weddings, they quickly did just that, marrying on Aug. 9, 2014. On the morning of their wedding they went zip-lining, followed later by their marriage on a natural rock sculpture on the river.

Contact a travel agent as soon as possible in order to work out all of the details for a destination wedding. Agencies can book resorts for you as soon as 11 months out, so plan accordingly.

“It was a neat experience going away to get married. I’m not sure I would have done it if it were my first marriage. But, if you want to have LESS stress… this is the way to go!” declares Nichole. J. Karrie agrees: “It was the best decision we ever made.”

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Drema Drudge received her MFA in Creative Writing at Spalding University and has had her fiction most recently published in The Louisville Review, Mused, ATG, Mother Earth News, and Penumbra. She is a frequent contributor to the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Drema is married to musician Barry Drudge. They have two grown children, Mia and Zack. Feel free to visit Drema's website where she explores her passion for writing about art at dremadrudge.com.

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