Destination Wedding Ideas for 2014

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Destination weddings offer couples a greater opportunity to customize their wedding experience. Whether they’re looking to take advantage of gorgeous seasonal foliage, celebrate the historical significance of a location, or simply exchange vows in a dream vacation environment, a destination wedding can provide them with the memorable wedding experience they desire. If you are considering a destination wedding for yourself or a friend, here are a few terrific ideas for 2014:

Domestic Destinations: For a Spring wedding, consider southern towns like Savannah, Georgia. With moderate temperatures and abundant flora in full bloom, the atmosphere is perfect for an outdoor ceremony and reception. The city is well equipped with a wide selection of historic and garden venues like The Mackey House and the Davenport House Garden. More intimate, Gazebo Weddings are also very popular in Savannah and can be hosted at locations like the beautiful Beaulieu Plantation District.

For a fall wedding, you’ll want to take advantage of the colorful fall foliage. And when if comes to colorful scenery, you can’t beat New England and its many elegant venues like Blantyre in Lenox, MA, the storybook countryside of Mad River Valley, VT or the Lake Placid Lodge near the breathtaking Adirondack mountains in Lake Placid, NY.

International Destinations: For a tropical atmosphere, one of the hottest destinations right now is Taveuni Island in Fiji, especially for couples who like adventure and eco-friendly environments. Alternatively, you may also want to consider a beach wedding in Belize overlooking the tranquil turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.

For a classic, romantic setting, Italy offers the most exciting options. You can choose a romantic villa in Tuscany surrounded by grapevines and olive trees or trade the countryside for an historic location in Rome, like the Griffe Hotel which is situated near the world renowned Colosseum or the Residenza Di Ripetta, a 17th century former convent located just around the corner from the infamous Spanish Steps.

Budget Destinations: When you can’t afford to invite the whole family or even host a reception, you can’t beat Las Vegas, NV. With a multitude of tiny, affordable wedding chapels to choose from and a vast selection of officiants (including beloved Elvis impersonators) available to conduct the proceedings, you’re sure to get the most entertaining wedding experience on a tight budget. And after the vows are exchanged and the pronouncement is made, who needs a reception when you have Las Vegas to entertain your guests?

If Vegas is not your thing, another fine budget destination is Mexico where you will enjoy a lush tropical environment and can negotiate a great wedding package deal at premium resorts like Barceló Puerto Vallarta. For a domestic seaside alternative, you can take advantage of Monterey Peninsula’s dramatic coastline in California and host an unforgettable ceremony on one of its many beaches overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

If none of these destinations are attractive to you, think of the places you love traveling the most and research wedding venues in those areas. Remember to stick to your budget so you can also enjoy a fabulous destination honeymoon.

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New Year’s 2014: Where’s the Big Party?

New York City Times Square NYE party

It’s that time of year again when it’s wise to start making plans for your New Year’s celebration. Depending on where you live in the United States, you may not be far from one of the hottest shows and parties.  Here is a list of a few of the biggest New Year’s events happening around the country:

Starting with the West Coast, if you happen to be in the Los Angeles area, you can dance to all of the area’s best DJs at one or all of four grand parties including the 5th Annual Cleopatra’s 2014 New Year’s Ball at Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre, the 3rd Annual Black & White Affair at Couture, the 5th Annual Hollywood VIP New Years Event at Spice in Hollywood or at Gabby’s House NYE 2014 celebration at Cashmere in Hollywood.  If you’re in Las Vegas, you may want to catch rapper Common’s gig at the Bellagio’s Bank Nightclub or dance to global superstar DJ Calvin Harris at the Hakkasan Nightclub inside the MGM Grand.  For comedy lovers San Francisco is the place to be with John Oliver hosting his New Year’s Eve Bash at Cobb’s Comedy Club and Greg Proops headlining a standup show at the Punch Line.  And up in Seattle, you can join roughly 3,000 partygoers as they dance the night away at the Indulgence New Year’s Eve Party at EMP Museum.

Moving on to the middle of the country Chicago will play host to a wide variety of concerts including rock band Jimmy Eat World at House of Blues Chicago and the Four Tops headline Mary Wilson’s Holiday Spectacular at the Harris Theater.  In Dallas you can catch local alt-country favorites, the Old 97′s, live in concert at the House of Blues. And deep down in New Orleans rock band Cowboy Mouth and DJ Mike Swift will headline the Big Night New Year’s Eve celebration at the Hyatt Regency.

Finally, on the East Coast, beyond the ball drop in New York City you can jam out with Phish at Madison Square Garden or dance to internationally renowned DJ, Deadmau5, at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.  Further down the coast in Baltimore, rapper Young Jeezy fans can revel in his performance at the Baltimore Arena.  And for all the party people down in Miami, the American Airlines Arena will play host to rapper Pitbull’s 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve party with special guest Prince Royce while Lil’ Wayne takes the stage at Cameo on Miami Beach.

Can’t make it to any of these celebrations… why not throw your own party? You can hire a professional DJ who can play all of the bands mentioned above and so much more. To find a great one in your area, simply go online and search for agencies representing mobile disc jockeys with plenty of experience performing at New Year’s celebrations like yours.

Top 10 First Dance Songs from 2013

Top First Dance Songs of 2013

One of the most significant moments of a couple’s wedding day is their first dance and it’s the choice of song that makes all the difference.  Some couples know what song it will be the moment after the proposal, while others take a lot longer to consider their options before coming to a decision.  And then there are those who can’t think of any good songs at all.  Hiring a professional disc jockey who can offer up a few brilliant ideas of their own is arguably the easiest solution, but couples might also want to consider what their peers are currently choosing for their special moment.  Here is a list of the top 10 first dance songs of 2013:

1 – “Make You Feel My Love” by Adele
2 – “Little Things” by One Direction
3 – “Diamonds” by Rihanna
4 – “Marry You” by Bruno Mars
5 – “Love on Top” by Beyonce
6 – “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” by Alison Kraus and Union Station
7 – “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
8 – “Kiss Me” by Ed Sheeran
9 – “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz
10 – “One Day Like This” by Elbow

Whether or not the happy couple chooses one of these songs to accompany their first dance, these popular hits can always be mixed in with their other personal favorites, the DJ’s recommendations and some timeless wedding classics like Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” Etta James’ “At Last” and Frank Sinatra’s “The Best is Yet to Come” to create the perfect overall soundtrack for their big day.  For couples still on the hunt for the best DJ, they would do well to go online and search for talent agencies specializing in mobile disc jockeys in their area.  When interviewing potential candidates, they should make sure that on top of being prepared to provide all of their song requests, the DJ must have many years of experience performing at weddings just like theirs as they are more likely to be reliable and work with only the best, state-of-the-art equipment.