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29 Jun

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Our Destination Wedding Timeline

27 May

Spring 2012 (1 year + to wedding):

Set up account on bestdestinationwedding.com

Pick location

Pick date

Find travel coordinator

Book block of rooms

Book photographer

Book officiant

June 2012 (11 months):

Registry

Wedding budget

July 2012 (10 months):

Find a wedding dress

Buy wedding dress

August 2012 (9 months):

Birth certificates

Find out about travel documents, visas and vaccinations

Tell bridesmaids about their dresses

September 2012 (8 months):

Book catamaran cruise

Research photo shots & talk to photographer

Videographer

Hair/Makeup

October 2012 (7 months):

Book hotel rooms & flights

Notarize copies of birth certificates and passport

Order invitations

Get travel insurance

November 2012 (6 months):

Mail invitations

December 2012 (5 months):

Buy yamukle and glass for breaking

Get our wedding rings

Book a DJ

January 2013 (4 months):

Mail required documents to resort

Start to get dress altered

Look at groomsmen outfits

Buy bikinis

Pick up groomsmen and grooms outfit

Pick up rings

Call people who haven’t RSVPed

February 2013 (3 months): 

Plan table decor

Call floral shop

Dress alteration

Order sky lanterns

Attendant’s gifts

Grooms outfit altered

Give out groomsmen outfits

Send final list to resort

March 2013 (2 months):

Organize a slideshow of pictures & order equipment – if want

Plan first dance

Finish ceremony programs

Write welcome letter

Check resort has required documents

Music list

Wedding toasts

Finalize escort cards

Complete welcome bags

Email guests: itinerary, food requests, etc.

Finalize trip schedule including wedding party day of itinerary

Reserve a tent, curtains, dance floor, and lights (beach reception)

April 2013 (1 month):

Pick up any prescriptions or travel stuff need from CVS

Write vows

Call credit cards

Make photo copies of credit cards and passports

Choose all music

Make thank you cards for family

Pick up dress

Email photographer: final payment, itinerary, confirmation, list of shots want

Pay photographer

Email videographer: confirmation, itinerary

Email DJ: confirmation, payment, music list

Pay DJ

Email officiant: confirmation, itinerary, payment

Email Makeup/Hair: confirmation, itinerary

Email florist: confirmation, itinerary

Email tent vendor: confirmation, itinerary

Email resort with finalized list

May 2013 (THE MONTH):

WEDDING

Check insurance policies, health benefits, etc.

Sell extra stuff on BDW

Finish honeymoon plans

June 2013 (-1 month):

July 2013 (-2 months):

Wedding photo book for self and family

Check on wedding certificate

August 2013 (-3 months):

Make an appointment at travel clinic for honeymoon prep

September 2013 (-4 months):

October 2013 (-5 months):

November 2013 (-6 months):

HONEYMOON!

December 2013 (-7 months):

Start name change –> New passport, driver’s license, SS card, etc.

Note:  Over the next few months, I will be posting some helpful tips and information that can hopefully help brides planning destination and U.S. weddings.  I will also post this information on http://courtneymara.com/wedding/.   If you have any questions, suggestions, or tips, please send them my way by emailing MsCourtneyMara@gmail.com or posting in the comments section.

Great activities around Mürren, Switzerland

3 Feb

Interested in traveling to Switzerland? Check out Wyman Stocks’ post about activities around Murren, Switzerland. You can find other great posts by Stocks at http://wymanstocks.com!

27 Jan

Courtney Mara:

Great post about Freiburg, Germany. Check out more posts by Anil Cm at https://myeuropetour.wordpress.com! Happy Travels!

Originally posted on My Europe Album:


Freiburg City in South west of Germany was visited on 25th Jun 2011. From Basel, Switzerland we took a train at about 1045am. An ICE Basel to Freiburg takes just over 1/2 hours, whereas a local train about an hour. We were 4 persons with a infant of 1 yr. old, we took the Baden-Württemberg ticket which costs only 53 CHF (for up to 5 people), which was valid for the entire day on local trains in all of Baden-Württemberg and also on trams in Freiburg. Local train concept here is different from India. Here it means, it will have stops in small stations and thus runs in normal speed and takes more time but the train is as good as Rajdhani or better than that of India.

Freiburgis a city in Baden-Württemberg Germany and located in the extreme south-west of the country. It is one of the famous…

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2012 in review

31 Dec

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 17,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

Atlanta, Georgia

9 Dec

Courtney Mara:

Great post about the holidays in Atlanta by elatlboy! Check out more great posts by elatlboy at http://elatlboy.com!

Originally posted on The Adventures of elATLboy:

Around Thanksgiving in the United States is when you’ll start to hear holiday music and see holiday lights and trees go up in earnest. During the holiday weekend just before dark I decided to checkout the scene at one of my favorite areas in Atlanta, Pemberton Place and Centennial Olympic Park.

Walking onto the heart of Pemberton Place I immediately saw all the enlarged ornaments around the World of Coca-Cola. Midtown straight ahead. In how many languages can you say Merry Christmas?!

Atlanta - Pemberton Place, World of Coca-Cola

The World of Coca-Cola front and center, with the Downtown skyline behind. I’m surprised I didn’t see little kids trying to climb the ornaments. :)

Atlanta - Pemberton Place, World of Coca-Cola

A broader view of Pemberton Place. Lot’s of people were sitting and posing for pictures in the red-and-white striped ornament. Others just hanging out, having fun on the grass.

Atlanta - Pemberton Place, World of Coca-Cola

The holiday lights and ornaments provided one scenic shot after another.

Atlanta - Pemberton Place, World of Coca-Cola

Lights dotted the…

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Jersey Shore

2 Nov

Courtney Mara:

A post about the Jersey shore by a good friend of mine and guest blogger of CourtneyMara.com, Terence. My thoughts are with all the persons affected by the hurricane.

Originally posted on twng32:

This past summer I decided to head to the Wildwoods boardwalk in NJ. Wildwoods is located in Cape May County, the southern part of NJ and the boardwalk overlooks the Atlantic Ocean. I have never been before even though I live roughly 1.5 hours away from there. The summer of 2012 was a hot, humid and mostly sunny summer until of course the day I chose to go to the Wildwoods. It was cloudy, rainy and chilly all day but there was no turning back. I had the urge to dive into a Mr. Softee ice cream and the rain wasn’t going to stop me.

There are plenty of rides, games and food on the boardwalk for everyone. If the food on the boardwalk isn’t your style, there are plenty of restaurants on the side streets.

Here are the pictures, sorry for the quality. I only had my point and shoot…

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A trio for London

21 Jul

Courtney Mara:

Great post by Angelina! Check out more posts at http://angelinascasa.wordpress.com!

Originally posted on angelinascasa:

With so many new hotels opening in London this year, it’s hard to decide on where’s the best place to lay your head.
To help, here’s my top three, plus a little insider knowledge for each.

Best for thrill-seekers: ST ERMINS HOTEL, ST JAMES’S PARK

A ‘ta-dah’ moment

When I was invited to stay in the newly renovated St Ermins Hotel, once the home of spies and espionage, I imagined dimly-lit corridors and dark corners to hide out in. Belting my trenchcoat, I snuck off to St James’s Park. All I was lacking was an illicit tryst.

But I couldn’t have been more mistaken. This may have been a hub for MI6 throughout the 1930s and 1940s, but without reading the history books, you’d never have guessed it. Prim government building it is not.

Stepping into the hotel entrance, I was bowled over by its sheer flamboyance. Originally conceived by…

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jamaica mon. no problem

10 Jul

Courtney Mara:

MUST READ for anyone attending our wedding! Great post by Brianna Gorman. Check out her blog at http://briannagorman.wordpress.com!

Originally posted on Es un milagro:

I honestly have no idea where to even begin. I just got home from Iberostar Rose Hall Suites Montego Bay in Jamaica and it was the best 6 days of my life. Literally. I can not explain how amazing it was. I am just beginning this blog post and I don’t know how I am going to put into words a post about my short, but amazing, time in Jamaica.

First off, everyone really does say “ya, mon.” I LOVED that because I thought it was just a  sterotype.

Before the trip and even when we got there, I was kind of skeptical. I knew it was going to be fun, but I was one of the only girls paying my own way to go so I would be the most devastated if I didn’t get my money’s worth. Boy was I wrong.

The weather was absolutely perfect. It was…

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Outdoor Movies in DC

28 Jun

There are A LOT of outdoor movie options in and around DC during the summer.  Here is a list of a few of the options:

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