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Great Destination Weddings Annual 2016-2017

Find your perfect destination for a luxury wedding in Australia or Asia Pacific. Think tropical Pacific island weddings in Fiji, Vanuatu, Cook Islands and Niue, or romantic Indian Ocean ceremonies in the Maldives and Mauritius, not to forget the destination wedding choices in Malaysia, Thailand and Bali ... or perhaps an intimate wedding in a town close to your capital city is what you desire. Great Destination Weddings showcases the best destinations for your holiday wedding!

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from the editor

Welcome to our fifth annual edition of Great Destination Weddings magazine! Whether you’re looking to say “I do” on a faraway tropical island or hoping for a wedding weekend-away somewhere closer to home, the wedding of your dreams is within reach now you've found the 2016/17 annual release of Great Destination Weddings magazine. So what will you find in this edition? More than 150 pages of dreamy destination weddings and contacts for the resorts, hotels and wedding specialists who help couples from all over the world plan their stress-free destination wedding. From Bali to Thailand, and the Philippines to Fiji, you’ll find a myriad of island and beach locations. However, you don’t need to travel overseas for a gorgeous beach or island wedding – Australia also has plenty of stunning toes-in-the-sand offerings. Starting…

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give me 10 reasons

1 TRUSTY WINGMAN Destination weddings are a perfect way to stave off those Bridezilla tendencies you didn’t even know you had. Rather than micromanaging every minute detail yourself, many popular resorts offer a wedding coordinator as part of their packages who will tailor the perfect day for you. They’ll take care of every aspect, so all you’ll need to do is turn up and enjoy the day (oh and the stress-free months leading up to it!). And, if the resort itself doesn’t offer a coordinator, don’t stress – there are wedding coordinators here in Australia (and all around the world for that matter) who specialise in creating dream destination weddings and being a trusty wingman throughout your journey. 2 REDOLENT ROMANCE It would be super romantic to marry somewhere you’ve shared special memories…

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your guide to beach weddings

GONE WITH THE WIND Be honest, when you imagine your wedding, does it involve you standing by the water’s edge with a coastal breeze gently lifting your hair, giving you that flattering supermodelnear-an-industrial-fan look? We totally get it, but if the breeze isn’t so gentle the reality versus the dream can be a bit different – the end result: your face behind a curtain of hair! To make sure the only thing sweeping you away is your charming husband, consider a well-secured, up-do and think twice about a veil if it’s particularly windy. Flowing braids, loose ponytails, fishtail plaits and messy buns look stunning for beach weddings, and also keep those pesky fly-aways in check. DRESSING FOR THE OCCASION You wouldn’t wear a massive ballgown and six-inch heels on the beach at any…

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beach brides

“Prep the hair with a clarifying shampoo or conditioner, then do a double mousse blowdry – which is the art of layering volumising products to build up the hair cuticle to hold the desired curl. When hair is fully blowdried, curl it. Set, spray and brush the hair out using a GHD carbon comb, before finishing off the look with either L’Oreal Professionnel Tecni Art Crystal Gloss or Keune Design Brilliant Gloss Spray.”Reichen Hodson, Hare’s Hairhareshair.com.auUse waterproof eye makeup because humidity (and a few tears) can melt your makeup into panda eyes very quickly! Avoid lip gloss if it’s windy and go for a lip stain instead, to ensure your hair doesn’t get caught in it. Ensure your foundation contains SPF if you’re having a daytime wedding, so that it…

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stress less the five commandments

1 KEEP A BUDGET A wedding budget might seem like an oxymoron but it can be your best friend when planning a wedding. Discuss with your partner exactly how much you plan to spend, and be sure to put a little extra cash aside in a back-up fund just in case something unexpected happens or a loved one can’t afford to travel to your wedding. It’s important to be super organised by keeping a spreadsheet of absolutely everything. Your itemised list should include each component of the wedding and the expected costs, but be sure to track the actual costs as you go to ensure you don’t blow the budget. 2 CONSIDER YOUR GUESTS Remember, a destination wedding is also a holiday for your guests. While it’s impossible to get everyone’s buy-in on…

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happy ever after

If you’ve always dreamed of a fairytale wedding to begin your happy ever after, why not have a destination wedding in a European castle? Not only is a castle très-beautiful, it will imbue your special day with period drama, while adding an air of distinguished elegance and glamour to your nuptials. Grandiose architecture, gorgeous backdrops and exquisite interiors aside, there’s also the rich history and the five-star service that’ll have you feeling like a princess in your own right! Think sprawling lawns, eloquent chapels, decadent banquet tables, and Gatsby-style chandeliers that set the scene for an uber decadent and opulent affair. Here are three drool-worthy castles to get your dreams started. PRINCESS BRIDE Ashford Castle Mayo County, Ireland Why marry there? Imagine being set down in a helicopter within the majestic grounds of a sprawling…