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An exotic destination wedding can add a touch of flair and passion to any wedding event. Rather than hosting the important occasion near their area of residence, many couples opt to hold their weddings in exotic location. These locations don’t just serve as beautiful backdrops for tying the knot; they also make the event magical and memorable.

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Fiji’s Turtle Island

Fiji’s Turtle Isle offers couples a romantic ambiance within a serene beach setting. The 500-acre landmass can only allow 14 couples per time, which translates to an idealistic and peaceful background free from overcrowding. Weddings at this enchanting destination include customary Fijian attire, fresh flower bouquets for guests and a realistic Fijian choir if desired. The bride usually arrives on-scene with a hand sewn wedding raft, carried by a strong procession team who are also donned in traditional Fijian clothes.

Italy’s Romantic Cities

Whether you plan to host your wedding in Venice, Rome, Florence or Tuscany, the country offers love birds an exotic experience full of culture and natural beauty. Venice is a mysterious but vibrant town where one can catch a ride on ancient wedding gondolas. On the other hand, Tuscany is famous for its fine winery and pristine fresh grape vineyards. Tuscany is also home to ancient regal estates that couples can visit at their own convenient time; these include Villa Chianti and Mona Lisa Estate.

Germany’s Castles

Germany is a beautiful country with hundreds of antiquity castles dotting its landscape, from Heidelberg Castle to the majestic Neuschwanstein Castle and enigmatic Mespelbrunn. Though it may be expensive to rent space in one of the fortresses, you can do so at adjacent patios with nice backdrops of your favourite castle. After the event, you can explore Germany’s historical museums, ski slopes and the beautiful countryside scenery.

Switzerland’s Mountains

Whether the wedding occasion is held during winter or summer season, the magnificent Swiss Alps can offer a grandiose and spectacular backdrop to any outdoor or indoor wedding. During winter the hillside is usually snow-capped with endless opportunities for tobogganing and skiing. Summer weddings also feature majestic mountains that are usually covered in green lush forests and outdoor opportunities for sightseeing, hiking and swimming.

Jamaica beach weddings

This gorgeous Caribbean island serves as a scenic setting for those who want to enjoy cool beach breezes, white sandy surroundings and all-inclusive seashore resorts that can also serve as perfect honeymoon spots. The most romantic resort areas include Montego Bay, South Coas, Port Antonia and Ocho Rios.

Bali Island

Bali is a small tropical island found just off the coast of Indonesia, the place is characterized by lush tropical forests and miles of unspoiled beaches that newlyweds would find inspiring. Couples also have a choice of luxurious villas to choose from including the Balinese traditional villas found along Kerobokan road. This villa spreads down to the expansive rice fields offering guests a quiet and tranquil atmosphere.

Malaysia! Truly Asia

This sultry South Asian country is an enticing destination for many couples; one of its best places is Langkawi archipelago on the shores of Andaman Sea. It boasts 91 luxury villas and pavilions with indigenous architectural sets amidst remodeled beachfront gardens. Malaysia samples the best of Indian, Asian and Arabic cultures.


Of course the list cannot be over without mentioning Hawaii. This US Island is characterized by the fresh, floral air that energizes visitors including the warm tranquil waters that can revitalize any wedding event. When planning to visit Hawaii, remember to get a visa for USA from their official embassy in your country!


March 5, 2014 7:30 am

DIY: Make Your Own Wedding Programs!

DIY Wedding Programs

The cost of wedding stationery can really add up! Just think, not only do you have the wedding invitations, but there’s also save-the-dates, programs, place cards, menus, and table cards. And, some brides choose to print custom bridal shower and bachelorette party invites too! Depending on the size of the wedding and the type of printing, stationery alone can cost anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to over $1000!

For my destination wedding last year, this is an area that I knew I could easily save some dough on by harnessing my inner DIY-goddess. So along came my DIY wedding programs!

What you’ll need:

Materials for DIY Wedding Programs– Cardstock for the cover

– Another color of cardstock for the base (try to match your wedding colors)

– Paper in different colors (go with lighter colors here)

– Raffia ribbon

– Hole punch

– Guillotine or ruler and scissors

– Charms (optional)

– Bone folder (optional)


Cover and booklet pages:   5″ H x 4.25″ W

Base:   7.25″ H x 5” W

NB: You can make your programs smaller or larger, or choose an entirely different shape altogether. Just make sure that your base is larger so your border is visible.

Step 1: Design the cover page

Using the dimensions above, I created a simple starfish design on Word that went along with my overall theme. Next, I printed out copies on opalescent cardstock and cut them to size using my guillotine. I decided to make enough programs so that each couple and family got one, plus a few extras.

Step 2: Design booklet pages

I had three pages in my booklet. This is how I organized my content.

Page 1- The Wedding Party

Page 2- Thank You

Page 3- Thinking of You

When I was finished refining my text, I printed out copies of each page and cut them down to size. The booklet pages are the same size as the cover page.

Step 3: Create your base

I used the dimensions above to create my base. I decided to use multiple shades of pink cardstock just to keep things interesting. And again, the colors matched my theme.

Optional Step 4: Score the base

I decided to do this because it creates a nice smooth crease where the base lip folds over the booklet pages. I switched out my blade on my guillotine for the plastic scorer to do this, but you can also use a bone folder and ruler.

Step 5:  Assemble pages and punch holes

Assemble your book and then place the pages on top of your base. Fold the lip over the pages and punch two holes through every page of your program. My holes were about an inch out from each side.

DIY Wedding Programs - Assembly

Step 6: Tie pages together

I used raffia ribbon to tie my pages together. Raffia worked really well for me because it went along with my beachy theme. To top off the bow in the middle, I added a starfish charm. If you use a charm, you’ll want to thread it onto one end of the raffia, position it in the middle, and then tie off a bow.


  1. The guillotine (paper cutter) will be your best friend for the duration of this project. If you don’t have one, take advantage of Michael’s weekly 40% off coupons and go get yourself one!
  2. For my hole-punching, I started with a cutesy heart-shaped punch from Michaels. They don’t cut properly and will leave you screaming for your fiancé’s help. Use a proper hole-punch from an office supply store and save yourself from early-onset arthritis.
  3. Check out ebay for charms. I got 200 starfish charms for $2 with free shipping.


DIY Wedding Program - Completed Version

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