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iiletter from the publisherGina Hansen, CTC, ECCtalk travelTV - Radio - MagazineGina Hansen, CTC, ECCPublisherpublisher@talktravelnews.tvWayne Hansen, Editoreditor@talktravelnews.tvDaryl Cooper, Asst. Editoreditor@talktravelnews.tvJana SchweitzerGraphic Designjanaschweitzer00@gmail.comKarina PlazolaVideo Editing/Productioneditor@talktravelnews.tvDennis LyonsMarketing & Salesdennis@talktravelnews.tvSuite 318 - 237 Keefer StreetVancouver, B.C., V6A 1X6Tel: 604-629-0877Fax: 604-629-0878Why Use a Destination Wedding & Honeymoon PlannerA wedding can be an incredibly scary un­dertaking, especially when you're not sure where to start. They are among the most beautiful, yet most stressful events we have to look forward to in our lives. So why not invite a Professional Destination Wedding Planner to lend a hand? There are a plethora of things in our daily lives that we need help with. A wedding and honeymoon should be no exception. When planning a destination wedding, make sure you book your reservations with a travel agency that focuses on desti­nation weddings. After you've done so much planning, don't assume that all reservations are the same. We've found that couples who use a travel agent are significantly happier with their honeymoons than those who booked online or directly with the hotel. Wedding co­ordinators and planners can make sure that your reserva­tion is just as you would like, right up to when you arrive. They can also get some of the best deals or discounted wed­ding packages because they work closely with many of the top destination wedding resorts. They can prearrange special services, excursions or requests that may not be pos­sible otherwise. Whether you are getting mar­ried on a cruise ship, flying to an exotic island for your cer­emony, or planning an roman­tic far-away honeymoon, the Destination Wedding Special­ist can handle all the details. This ensures that your wed­ding travel arrangements are perfect, and stress-free. In a recent survey conducted by and the International Institute of Weddings, 72% of recently mar­ried brides who did not use a wedding coordinator for their weddings said that based on their experience, if they could do it over again, they would in­deed hire a wedding coordina­tor to assist with the planning process. And 49% reported that if they could only change only one thing about the entire wed­ding, this would be the thing they would do differently!Many brides and grooms run themselves ragged in the months leading up to the wedding. Equal numbers of couples tell tales of a wedding day that went by in a blur because there was still so much for them to attend to and worry about that they had little time to relax and enjoy the mo­ment. By consulting with and using a Destination Wedding Professional they can help alle­viate those situations by plan­ning ahead and ensuring all ar­rangements are in place before you arrive at your destination, making it all so much easier and enjoyable for all.

Destination Wedding Checklistn Decide on a wedding budgetn Find your wedding stylen Announce your engagementn Choose a wedding daten Consult a Destination Wedding Professional and select a locationn Find out about marriage license requirementsn Put together a wedding guest listn Send "Save the Date" cardsn Follow up with guests to get a general head countn Start considering wedding attire4 to 6 Months BeforeYour Destination Weddingn Work with your Wedding Planner to coordinate flowers, musicians, photographer, hair stylist, makeup artistn Decide on wedding menun Finalize wedding ceremony and reception detailsn Order wedding invitations and mailn Register for wedding giftsn Finalize plane and resort reservations and determine how many guests will attend and wedding planner will assist with reservations2 to 4 Months Before Your Destination Weddingn Begin choosing or writing your wedding vowsn Shop for shoes and other accessoriesn Finalize the bridal party attire1 to 2 Months Before Your Destination Weddingn Order wedding favours and giftsn Have your final dress fittingn Shop for vacation wear, including swimsuits2 Weeks Before Your Destination Weddingn Confirm all details with your Wedding Planner and on location co-ordinatorn Arrange guest seating, if necessaryUpon Arrivaln Apply for a marriage licensen Meet with your wedding coordinatorn Meet with your officiantn Visit the ceremony siten Distribute welcome bags to guest roomsn Go over last minute detailsn Relax! Enjoy yourselves! Focus on each other and have fun with your friends and family6 Months to a Year Before Your Destination Wedding?