Destinations For Island Wedding Dresses

You may already know that you want an island themed wedding or at least an island wedding dress as part of your special day.  Remember that picking the perfect destination that will complement your dress style is just as important as picking a beautiful island dress.  Here are some ideas that may escape your initial brainstorming of locations for a wedding but often prove to be the perfect romantic setting.  You will even save money compared to an event at the popular destinations.

Hawaiian Cruise

Many couples want to have a destination wedding and then continue their honeymoon around the same area.  One way to reduce costs is to have the wedding guests and party take a cruise to Hawaii.  You get the benefit of visiting Hawaii without the expensive hotels, food, entertainment and other vacation costs. Sure you still have to pay for the cruise and maybe a flight to the cruise port depending on where you live but this is often less than a round trip flight to Hawaii, lodging expenses and food expenses.  You now have the option of having a ceremony on the cruise ship with a backdrop of the nearby Hawaiian Islands on the horizon soaking in the beautiful deep blue ocean.  The bride & groom might want to escape for some romance on the Hawaiian Islands after the wedding while at a port of call.

Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are in the Caribbean but cost a fraction of what a full blown cruise will run especially for a large group.  The keys are a great choice for budget minded couples who live in the eastern US. Florida businesses pretty much lives on tourists so there is always great deals waiting for the opportunistic bargain seeker. A good place to start is a visitor’s center where you can get discounts on everything from lodging and restaurants to dinner shows, attractions and tours.  For the more courageous couples you can head just north to the Florida Everglades for a truly memorable experience; if you love sea food make sure you find Cap’s Place where you will encounter the best seafood you will ever eat. Cap’s has been open since 1928 and still prepares food the same way, oh yeah; the menu is based on the daily catch.  If it wasn’t caught that day you won’t be eating it at Cap’s Place.


Off the coast of Los Angeles and Orange County is the island of Catalina.  Even though you are only a 90 minute boat ride from LA you feel as though you are in another world.  You get the island feel without the expense of traveling to an exotic destination available only to the wealthy. There are a few resorts right on the water that have exceptional accommodations for a wedding and reception.  Alternatively you can head up the mountain of Catalina to either a private residence or one of the few outcroppings for spectators.  You will need to plan ahead especially if your wedding is anytime from spring to fall since many city dwellers escape to Catalina for a weekend retreat. This is one bustling island with tourists from around the world, island inhabitants and southern Californians. Don’t let the popularity of Catalina burst your bubble because the island is popular for one reason; it breathes romance & hospitality.

Malibu or San Diego

Southern California offers some of the most romantic, picturesque scenes for weddings rivaled only by island destinations such as Hawaii, Fiji, New Zealand and Bora Bora. Two of the most popular areas of southern California by locals and tourists are Malibu and San Diego.  Malibu is just north of LA and nestled in the beautiful mountains that bunt up against the ocean. Some may be turned off by the LA crowd but San Diego is as different from LA as Tokyo is to New York. You will find that the locals, tourists and everyone else in San Diego are some of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Everyone is laid back, looking for a good time and happy to help anyone in the community…even if they are just passing through. On top of all that San Diego has as much romance as Paris with its beautiful views, architecture and landscaping.  There is a reason San Diego is “America’s Finest City”; there are just too many positives to list.

Planning a Beautiful Connecticut Wedding

Despite being one of the smallest states, Connecticut is a state filled with variations in its landscape and cultures. Connecticut is a scenic state with mountains, forests, open farming lands, rivers, and a scenic coastline. The towns and cities range from quaint rural towns to large industrial cities along the coast. This variety offers many wedding backdrops and venues but none more steeped in American history and legend that provides unique Connecticut wedding venues than the Town of Mystic.

Mystic is located on the shores of Mystic River on the nationally renowned New England seashore that is located on the Long Island Sound. The town founded in 1654 is steeped in New England charm, with a downtown filled with quaint shops and restaurants.  This small unassuming sea town had been in the national spotlight having been featured in movies and commercials.

For a Connecticut wedding experience for guests, Mystic is the home of two world class museums, the Mystic Seaport and the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration. For guests that enjoy the arts, guests can enjoy the Mystic Art Center exhibiting arts from the region. Mystic is also close to beautiful award winning vineyards and wineries, cider mills and many more area attractions.

Mystic has many different hotels, inns, and bed and breakfasts. Accommodations include hotels from national chains to quaint historic inns. The inns supply the guests and couple with views from sheltered coves and the fresh salty air of the Atlantic Ocean. Restaurants offer a wide variety of cuisine, which includes fresh seafood brought in daily from the Mystic Harbor for a tasty Connecticut wedding.

Mystic is known for romance ever since Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall honeymooned there in 1945. Venues include the beautiful and elegant Inn at Mystic, which offers spectacular views of the Harbor. The Mystic Aquarium can also host a beautiful Connecticut wedding.  Imagine exchanging vows in the light of the sea-blue underwater tanks. Among other perfect Mystic wedding venues is the Seamen’s Inn. This Inn located on the grounds of the Mystic Seaport can host a wedding on the banks of the beautiful Mystic River.

Another advantage of being a seaport Mystic is home to various ship charters. Chartering a ship provides a perfect Connecticut wedding. The Tall Ship Mystic is 170 feet long and can accommodate up to 150 guests. The ship offers on-deck dining and lounge and even has cabins for overnight stays.  For a smaller wedding the Schooner ARGIA offers days sails in the salt air. The 81-foot schooner can host a wedding party of up to 49 guests.

Mystic offers all the services required for a perfect Connecticut wedding. From photographers who are familiar with all the picturesque sites that Mystic has to offer, to the florists who have experience proving the floral accents needed to make a spectacular wedding.  The local catering companies are serviced by great chefs who make the most of the local seafood and cuisine.

Mystic is shrouded in romance and the locals know it. The town has established itself as premier Connecticut wedding destination. Mystic wedding planners that can make any style wedding special by putting together a team that guarantees a memorable event.   Mystic is also home to one the 150 hottest wedding bands according to Modern Bride.