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Get Married 'Under The Sea' by a 'Mermaid' at The Sheraton Fort Lauderdale

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  Site Where: 1140 Seabreeze Boulevard [map], Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, 33316
April 15, 2014 at 9:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Daryl Hannah would be so proud to tie the knot at Sheraton Forth Lauderdale Beach Hotel with their newest wedding package that's fit for those with fins. While we might be over underwater hotels, we can really get behind a picture-perfect, underwater-wedding day.

The Mermaid Wedding package offers love-dovey couples the opportunity to say their "I Do's" under water with an "actual" mermaid while up to 50 of their closest friends watch from the dry deck of The Wreck Bar, the hotel's nautical-themed bar. (See a photo of a vow-renewal here.) From portholes and picture windows, your guests have a view under the surface of the hotel pool for the bride and groom's 10-minute ceremony. Something tells us there wont be a dry eye in the house.

Once the happy couple dries off, a 90-minute reception in the bar for toasts and mingling with your guests. The package includes a choreography session prior to the ceremony so neither the bride or groom look like a dead fish and mermaid tails will be on offer for photo-ops.

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Beer Canoe? Don't Mind if We Do at The Sanderling Resort

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  Site Where: 1461 Duck Rd [map], Duck, NC, United States
April 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Sanderling Resort in the Outer Banks of North Carolina has some rather clever culinary presentations that they do for wedding receptions and other events at their beachfront property (check out the I Love Bacon station here.) But with everyone else but us (or it seems like) kicking back on Spring Break this week, we're really loving this Beer Canoe.

Yup, a canoe filled with bottles of beer. So simple and yet so right. The hotel will also do a seafood buffet out of a canoe too. Hello there, lobsters!

More pics below!

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W Hotels Now Pushing a Social Media Wedding Concierge To Document Your Vows

March 25, 2014 at 5:28 PM | by | Comment (1)

We thought yesterday's rental of a resort in the Florida Keys for a 12-13-14 was insane, namely because it costs nearly $200,000 but the W Hotels of New York City are on another level of cray.

They are now offering the services of a W Social Media Wedding Concierge whose job will be to document your entire wedding across all social media platforms including using a special wedding hashtag. The service costs $3,000 but you have to be hosting your wedding at one of the W Hotels in NYC to get access to the concierge.

The W Social Media Concierge will also help guests of the wedding post their own photos to social media.

Good God, what is this world coming to? Simply posting a picture of the happy couple on Facebook saying "Congrats!" is no longer enough?

And for what it's worth, uploading photos, Tweets, Instagrams, Vines, and Pinterest boards and creating hashtags is still completely free. So maybe take that three grand and extend the hours of the open bar while putting your college-aged cousin to work. #justsaying

TL; DR this is how we really feel:

[Photo: Flickr; GIF: Giphy]

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Say Yes to The Dress and To Renting Out This Resort for Your Wedding on 12-13-14

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  Site Where: 28500 Overseas Highway [map], Little Torch Key, FL, United States, 33042
March 24, 2014 at 5:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Calling all brides and grooms: December 13, 2014 is your absolute last chance to have a wedding on a sequential calendar date in this century. You know what we're talking about. It started off with 1/2/03 and moved on to dates like 5/6/07 and 10/11/12 and 11/12/13 and now it will all end with 12/13/14.

As with all sequential dates, and palindrome dates like 7/7/7 and 12/12/12, hotels are ready and willing to help you celebrate your (extra) special day. We're sure to see a flood of offers and wedding packages as the date nears but if you're in the nuptial planning stages now, consider the Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in the Florida Keys and their jaw-dropping hotel buyout offer.

The hotel's ETERNITY package will give one couple and their guests exclusive use of the private island resort from December 12-14, 2014. That includes tax and tipping.

Marking the last sequential date of the century, privileged guests join the bride and groom for three full days of decadent fine dining, award-winning service and luxury accommodations, as the resort’s dedicated team of wedding specialists ensure all preparations are flawlessly executed. Priced at $195,000, the 12,13,14…ETERNITY package also includes a $5,000 resort credit, to be used toward a return stay on the couple’s one-year anniversary.

Here's the entire breakdown:

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How to Get The Honeymoon of Your Dreams, Thanks to Hilton Hotels

February 17, 2014 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Did someone put a ring on it over Valentine's Day? Congratulations! Now it's time to get to work planning your dream wedding.

But while you embark on the what will be, without a doubt, the most exhausting, nerve-wracking, limit-testing ordeal of your life (until you have kids, of course) here's a clever way to pay for your honeymoon--have your wedding guests chip in.

Hilton Worldwide has just launched the new Hilton Honeymoon Registry . Simply register for one of more than 100 Hilton properties worldwide (including their Conrad and Waldorf Astoria brands). and from there you can select specific rooms, suites, upgrades, amenities and other experiences for your friends and family to give to you on your wedding. Read more on how it works here.

We perused a sample registry and you can literally put anything available at the hotel on the registry from a bottle of wine in the room to dinner in the restaurant and spa treatments.

While china, place settings and food processors from your friends and family will always be appreciated, we kind of like these gifts too because you will actually use them. Just pray that Grandma doesn't buy you a sensual couples massage. Eee.

[Photo: Hilton Honeymoon Registry]

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Now You Can Get Married in a Wedding Dress Inspired By St. Regis Bahia Beach

November 13, 2013 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

If you are so inspired by the gorgeous scenery at the St. Regis Bahia Beach Resort that you feel like you want to marry it, now you can do the next best thing: get married in it.

The Puerto Rican resort has partnered with renowned designer Lela Rose (dresser to many of the stars, including Anne Hathaway and Cameron Diaz) to create an capsule collection of wedding dresses inspired by the resort and destination. It's the only place you'll be able to buy one of the special dresses: the collection is available exclusively to brides booking their wedding at the Bahia Beach, where they do a roaring wedding business and even have their own wedding planning team on staff.

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The W Vieques Partners With First Exclusive LGBT Wedding Planner

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  Site Where: State Road 200 [map], Vieques, Puerto Rico, United States, 00765
September 5, 2013 at 5:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

The first same-sex wedding performed at W Retreat and Spa, Vieques Island

Same-sex marriage rights are being honored more and more across the country and now Puerto Rico's The W Retreat & Spa, Vieques Islandhas become the first hotel to exclusively partner with an LGBT wedding planner.

The resort has joined with Bernadette Coveney Smith and her customized “14 Stories Wedding Day” business to offer same-sex couples an opportunity to exchange vows on Vieques.

Coveney Smith's 14 Stories is said to be the first business in the U.S. to specialize in planning legal gay and lesbian weddings.

Couples who host their nuptials at the W's deluxe hotel can expect the following:
· A legal marriage ceremony performed in NYC or Boston
· 45 off-site planning hours
· One pre-wedding tasting and planning on Vieques Island with Coveney Smith and the W's culinary team
· Coveney Smith’s attendance fee to personally oversee the Vieques ceremony and rehearsal
· Post-marriage resources specializing in the LGBT community
· A personalized website for guests to book hotel rooms, view photos, learn about wedding festivities and the couple’s complimentary registry
· A donation to a marriage equality charity on the couple’s first anniversary
· 12,000 Starwood Preferred Guest points which can be redeemed towards a free night at W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island and other onsite options.

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From Kimmel to Curtis, It's a Season of Celebrity Summer Weddings

July 17, 2013 at 1:24 PM | by | Comments (0)

Gabourey Sidibe provides the comedy for Jimmy Kimmel's wedding!

As wedding season continues (hey, how many have you been to so far?), we’re taking a look at a few celebrities who are getting hitched during this toasty summer in hotels all around the world.

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel tied the knot on July 13th, with his show's co-head writer, Molly McNearney at California’s Ojai Valley Inn and Spa. Over 300 friends (including Matt Damon!)came to partake in the special day. Naturally it was star-couple studded event with Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, John Krasinski and Emily Blunt, Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, plus Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux in attendance. But in true comedic fashion, there had to be a joke somewhere in the festivities and that came in the form of “Precious" actress Gabourey Sidibe. She donned a Cinderella-style wedding dress and veil and walked down the aisle to greet Kimmel. The prank was set up by Kimmel’s own fiancé and everyone got a kick out of it. Later, Sidibe changed into a proper red dress. Sounds like a good time!

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The Celebrity Bachelorette Partying in Mexico is Revealed!

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  Site Where: Carretera Cancun-Chetumal Km. 340, Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, 77500
June 14, 2013 at 5:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

Earlier this week we told you that a certain high profile personality was headed to Mexico for her bachelorette party.

Today we reveal the bride-to-be is none other than Linnethia "NeNe" Leakes of "Real Housewives of Atlanta" (and "Glee") fame!

Even though NeNe's famous line has been "I'm RICH," she brought her entourage of gal pals to the relatively affordable, but still upscale all-inclusive Moon Palace Golf & Spa Resort near Cancun. The place is increasingly becoming a popular spot for celebrities--Usher just had a concert there last December and previous guests at the Palace brand have included Snooki.

The seven-member bridal party are already living it up and have gone on the FlowRider, been in the pool, spa and gym, having a true girlfriends getaway--but without the drama that we've seen on RHOA, thank goodness. However, just like their personas in ATL, they've been dressed to impress, even going to the beach in high fashion attire. Though NeNe looks a bit more comfy in her caftan than Marlo in her gladiator gear!

Check out our pics of the women having a ball!

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After Sean Parker's Elaborate Wedding, Exactly How 'Green' Is Big Sur's Ventana Inn?

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  Site Where: 48123 Highway One [map], Big Sur, California, United States, 93920
June 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

We love to watch celebs drop huge amounts of money on their weddings, especially when they're at lavish resort hotels and feature star-studded guest lists and more decimal points than any one of us can imagine. The recent nuptials of Facebook co-founder, Sean Parker was no different to any other cashed-up internet mogul.

The details are like this: he paid $10 million to reserve the entire Ventana Inn. The Big Sur luxury eco-lodge played host to his "I dos" deep in the woods of their campground section that was reclaimed back to nature in 2007. Parker's wedding planner moved in building walls, water effects and fake ruins on the old campground to create the ultimate forest-themed wedding that would go down in The Parker Family history as a fairytale day.

Sounds all magical and beautiful, right? No doubt that the massive check he signed over to get a little privacy during their day created a truly memorable experience. One problem: the folks over at Ventana broke some rules —correction: laws— by allowing the guest to transform the redwood forest into a wedding site all without the compulsory permits.

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New Ritz-Carlton Dorado Starts Wedding Season With Celeb-Studded Affair

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  Site Where: 100 Dorado Beach Drive [map], Dorado, Puerto Rico, United States, 00646
June 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (2)

The Ritz-Carlton, Dorado Beach Reserve in Puerto Rico has only been open since December, but a boatload of guests have already booked and stayed, even with their most-expensive-resort-on-the-island rep. However, even this high-class hotel's chops were tested when they had their first wedding of the season—a big ‘un with a $5 million budget to spend.

Plus, they only had one month to pull it off.

Who was this anxious-to-wed couple? Actor/musician Duane McLaughlin and his fiancé, Lumiere De Vie skin care product founder, Amber Ridinger. Originally the pair considered the St. Regis (at the time, the most swank space in PR), but after hearing about the RC Dorado and taking just one look, Amber changed her mind. Soon after, wedding invitations were sent out to the couples’ high profile pals (which included Khloe Kardashian and Scottie Pippen) for their April nuptials.

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With LGBT Travel Out and Open, Hotels Turn Attention to Same-Sex Weddings

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May 30, 2013 at 10:41 AM | by | Comments (0)

Feeling welcome and comfortable has been a work-in-progress over the past decade for LGBT travelers, and while some places certainly still have some work to do (cough Jamaica cough), we are finally living in a world where, for the most part, traveling as a same-sex couple no longer has to be an undercover operation.

And things are getting better on the homefront as well. The Federal Government has some catching up to do, but twelve states have now legalized same-sex marriage, and several others have at least allowed civil unions. With more gay couples deciding to get married and an increased comfort level in terms of "out" travel, this means big things for where the wedding and hotel industries meetit means big things for same-sex destination weddings.

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