Brides and grooms are increasingly leaving behind the traditional church wedding in favour of nuptials in a more exotic location. Many couples opt to go for the long-distance route for a variety of reasons. Budget limitations make destination weddings the more attractive choice. In most cases, only close friends and family attend these celebrations, sparing couples from throwing large expensive receptions. Whatever the reason, destination weddings have become increasingly popular for couples of all types, from those having first-time weddings to those renewing their vows. The Pacific islands are the perfect location for a destination wedding. Not only is it at our door step, it also connects many of us back to our roots.
August 25th 2012
Le Vasa Resort, Samoa
By Pauline Nansen
Shane originally popped the question during our first trip to Samoa in 2008 on the balcony of our suite at Aggie Grey’s Resort. Of course I said yes! Unfortunately, we then lost a close family member each and a wedding just wasn’t on the cards for a while. Earlier this year, I guess he decided enough was enough and he popped the question again. His proposal came with a suggested wedding date and I agreed to tie the knot six short months later.
Shane chose a titanium band with white gold inlay, diamond insert and brushed finish. I fell in love with a white gold, double banded, princess cut solitaire ring.
I actually wore three dresses for my big day! My ceremony dress was made of royal taffeta in ivory. It had a strapless sweetheart neckline with a gentle mermaid silhouette. For my first traditional Samoan Siva, I wore a beautiful lace overlay gown with beaded detailing. To party the rest of the night away, I changed into a 50s-styled knee length satin and tulle number.
I would describe our wedding as ‘relaxed island style’. A tropical paradise does not call for elaborate decorations as the backdrop does all the work for you!
We were both adamant on one key criteria when it came to the cake : no fondant! We opted for a simple two-tiered, red velvet cake with white chocolate icing and a sprinkling of fresh white frangipanis, our chosen wedding flower.
We wanted a simple, traditional ceremony with our own personal touch. We spent time browsing through suggestions online before selecting a personalized portion of vows to be shared in unison.
Advice for others when planning wedding?
Top three tips
• Decide what suits you as a couple and stick to your guns.
• If you have young children, start going over their role and what the day will entail as early as you can. We covered this with our daughter, who is only three. She was amazing on the day.
• A key obstacle you may face when choosing a destination wedding can be the availability of information. Look to your wider networks for potential recommendations that may help you on your journey to your perfect day!
This ever-popular theme shows no sign of disappearing, with many brides incorporating aspects of the vintage trend in to their day. Lace, birdcages, brooch bouquets and baroques are but a few of the charming details used to achieve this look.
THE SMALLER DETAILS
Wedding Tip: Mood Boards
For a wedding, a mood board helps to rein in the multitude of ideas we see and think up. It will help identify certain themes that you are drawn to and also help organise all of your ideas. You can use a corkboard to stick all your swatches, photos and magazine tears, or you can use websites like Pinterest, where you can just pin photos online into one place.
Sparkle and shine
If you love a bit of bling, why not add some sparkle to your big day? Mix silver and white tones with diamante, crystals and candelabra for a glitzy celebration. This look not only adds a bit of glamour, but works perfectly in winter, too.
Favours: Bride and Groom cookies
The newest trend in wedding favours is personalised cookies. Choose different designs from classic hearts, cake cookies, or sparkling diamond rings. You can choose designs and colours to suit your wedding. We love these bride and groom favours that are sure to be a hit on your special day.
Guest Book: Wedding Tree
Add a personal touch to your guest book- literally. Have your guests imprint their thumbs on this stunning tree drawing using finger-paint or ink. Even have them sign their “leaf” so you can always remember who joined you in celebrating your marriage.