Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Destination Weddings - Is one right for you?

Written By: Jaime Valdes-Riench, Owner of Travel & Events with Style
Travel & Events with Style wedding planner: Tiffany Check

 Most people are getting acquainted and comfortable with what destination weddings are.   In one case or another, most have had the opportunity to have been invited or even attended one of these weddings and holidays raped up in one.  Destination weddings by definition are weddings held a significant distance from the home town of the bride and groom, but often the first image that comes to most minds are the destination weddings that are held in tropical climates on white sandy beaches next to crystal blue oceans.
As you begin to plan your own wedding, has the thought of starting your new life together at one of these locations crossed your mind?  How do you know it is right for you as a couple?  Here are some questions you may want to ask yourselves to see if this option will make for a wedding day dream come true:

1.       Make a truthful budget – one that you can live with after the wedding bells have stopped chiming.  Now what is your true bottom line, so you do not go over it?   Destination weddings at established resorts in the Caribbean and Central America often come with smaller price tags and guest lists verses traditional local weddings.  To keep on budget, thought must be put into location, resort type and ranking, and the actual cost for the celebration.

2.       Are you comfortable that there will be a lot of arrangements that are out of your control?  Are you whiling to trust more to professionals to direct you in your choices verses seeing every item yourself done during the planning process?  Are you the type of couple where the small details do not matter as long as there is sun, sand, and love abundantly?
3.       Will this bring family together because they are too spread out?  Are most of your guests comfortable with travelling?   Are you comfortable without everyone in your family and social circle in attendance?  Are you hoping for a smaller size wedding and were not sure how to obtain it if you had it locally?

4.       Are you comfortable that you will be dealing with legal procedures outside your country?  Are you comfortable not knowing the officiant prior to the ceremony?  Or, as an alternative, are you comfortable with a private and brief civil ceremony prior to leaving in order to alleviate most of the “red tape” from the country of choice?  

5.       Does the idea of another culture, country, and climate inspire you or make you nervous?  Are you the adventurous type that enjoys new things, and will embrace that your wedding location will have another culture inspiring your wedding cuisine, music and theme?

As with all things, there can be easy answers to all these questions and there can be some second guessing that can come with it as well.  If this all sounds like it could be your dream, focus on the important things that can work for you.  See if you can fix the areas in doubt and if so, stand back and look at it again.  If you have found the answer for the area in question, Congratulations!  You have just started the first part of planning you wedding!  Here is an example of a challenge:  If you are not comfortable in dealing with the legal procedures of another country and the correspondence that will come with it, consider having a civil ceremony locally prior to leaving.  This way, once you are at the resort, you can have a renewal of vows, and the legal paperwork is done here in Canada.  If having the legal ceremony here is an option, have an important person in your life such as a pastor or priest marry you prior to your departure (remember, all that is required to make a marriage legal in Canada is to have the officiant, the bride, the groom and 2 witnesses be in attendance and of legal age while the marriage vows are being said).  Then you can still have your dream ceremony at the resort with all your guests in attendance.  You will have the best of both worlds!  If there is no one in particular you would like to request officiate your vows here in Canada, there is always the option of a Marriage Commissioner or Justice of the Peace employed by the province of Manitoba.
A wedding is the beginning of two lives uniting together.  The decision of the location should truly be that couple’s dream into a reality.

Monday, October 15, 2012

It's Our Birthday! We are 8!!

Happy Birthday, Travel & Events with Style!
We can't believe 8 years flew by so quickly!

This is very special for us because today we grew to the big 8 years and what a road it has been! We are thankful for all our hundreds of clients we have and had, and all the weddings we participated in.  It is unbelievable how many we have had the previledge of being a part of!

It is incredible to think how far we have come and far we have yet to go.  What makes is worth the while truly is the great clients we have and team we have built.  Both are growing everyday and we couldn't be more tickled pink!

In light of our big day, our party is the Stella and Dot Online Truck Show.  Our gift to you is that we are drawing the hostess gift to give to someone who participates in the trunk show (participates by making a purchase.  So happy birthday to you too! Here is the link for the trunk show again:

Thank you all for making this happen.  And Cheers to many, many.. many.. more years to come!

With Love: The With Style Team!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Wedding Jewery and Styling - Stella and Dot Online Truck Show

It's here! It's here! It's finally here!  Our own Stella and Dot Trunk online truck show, by our preferred vendor Jilliane Miranda (a Stella and Dot Stylist)!

Travel & Events With Style and the owner, Jaime Valdes-Riench is hosting an online truck show.  The show opens today, October 10, 2012 and ends on October 31, 2012! All you have to do is click on the link below AND START SHOPPING! There is nothing better than shopping from the comfort of your own home or office and have it delivered directly to your door.

What is the best part you ask?  WE ARE NOT KEEPING THE HOSTESS GIFT!! Instead, everyone that participates in the shopping is put into a draw to WIN the Style Rewards back!  The more everyone spends, the larger the gift.  We are not keep anything, we want to give it all back TO YOU! So share the link with everyone and anyone.  There is no limit to how many can attend and shop.

Here is the link to start getting your shopping on:

What are some of the other benefits of this trunk show you ask?  Well, the best part is that you you can connect personally with Jilliane herself to help you as your personal stylist if wish to connect with her! She can connect with you through email or even in person.  And ladies, yes, she is that good! She styled Jaime for the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

So jump on in and start browsing and shopping! Why not get your wedding and holiday shopping done all at once in one spot.  Brides: this is a perfect way to buy your, your bridesmaids and your family the jewellery at one time.  Bridesmaids and friends:  This is a great way to buy the bride something special (and a little something for yourself of course).  Everyone else: This is a great way to buy jewellery.. need we say more?  We think not.  (Remember the bling you need for the Holiday and New Year's Parties!)

Happy Shopping Everyone!