8 Tips to Save Money on Your Flight

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Having a destination wedding means you’ll be buying airline tickets so why not spend as little as possible for those tickets to fly? We’ve put together our top 8 tips on saving big bucks on your trip.

#1 Be flexible with the airline. If you MUST fly the Friendly Skies to get points, you could miss out on a bargain with another carrier. Saving money is not about brand loyalty.

#2 – be an outlier. Be the traveler who is willing to fly when no one else wants to. That means the crack of dawn, the middle of the night, at lunch or dinner. Hungry, tired and cranky gets the lowest ticket price.

#3- opt for flying on a Tuesday (the cheapest day of the week to fly), Wednesday or Saturday. Avoid Fridays and Sundays as they are the most expensive travel days. Even if you have to fly a Friday or Sunday on one leg, try for one of the cheaper days the other leg as you’ll still save.

#4 – set your buying clock for 3 PM on a Tuesday. By this time, the cheapest airfares for the week have been released and all the carriers have price-matched.

#5 – it’s all in the timing. Book too early or too late and you could end up paying more. You want the timing to be juuuuuust right. For domestic flights in the US, that’s between 3 months and 30 days from your departure date. For international, you’re looking at 5.5 months to 90 days. If you’re traveling during the peak months of June, July, August or the December holidays, book 60 days in advance.

#6 – look for flights out of larger hubs, as they are cheaper than flying out of smaller airports.

#7 – look for layovers. Direct flights are more convenient but multiple stops can save you up to 50%.

BONUS SNEAKY TIP- when looking for a flight, do it as single passengers. Thanks to a weird and little known algorithm of the travel Powers That Be, multiple tickets sold in a single transaction must all be at the same price point. Say you find one ticket at $100 and the rest are $200. If you book two, you’ll pay $400. But if you book with two separate transactions, purchasing one at a time, you’ll pay $300.

And there you have it! Follow these tips and save some greenbacks (which always come in handy for your wedding or honeymoon). What tips do you have for making the most of your travel budget?

Real Wedding – Heather & Steven, Punto de Vista

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Recipe for a successful wedding…

Take one stunning location (ie Manuel Antonio beach).

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Add one couple who LOVE each other and having fun together.

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Include a healthy dash of friends and family…

Spice to taste…

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Add a dash of sweetness..

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A dash of loveliness…

A sprinkle of humour…

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And voila! A perfect day of love, laughter and happily ever after! Huge props to El Velo Photography for the great photos and Villa Punto de Vista for providing such a spectacular venue!

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Real Wedding – Alex & Kevin at Zephyr Palace

bride and groom sunset, weddings costa rica, bride and groom ocean view, newlyweds sunset, destination weddingAlex and Kevin chose one of the most spectacular places in the country (if not the world) to marry – Zephyr Palace at Villa Caletas. High atop a mountain, overlooking the rainforest and Pacific Ocean, it is home to lush gardens, infinity pools and architecture that harkens back to another time. Simply magical!

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Villa Caletas, Zephyr Palace, Weddings Costa Rica, Wedding arch, altar, ocean view wedding, ceremony site, destination weddingThe terrace at Zephyr is so stunning, it doesn’t need much to make it even more spectacular. Here, we incorporated clear chairs, white rose petals and draping topped with white florals against the jaw-dropping view.

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bride and groom dancing, wedding reception, ceiling painting, fresco, luxury wedding, weddings costa ricaCongratulations to Alex and Kevin! Thank you so much for entrusting your celebration to the team at Weddings Costa Rica. Many years of happiness in Club Wed!

Real Wedding – Camille & Emmanuel at Punto de Vista, Manuel Antonio

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An adorable couple crazy in love at a jaw-dropping villa overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the middle of the rainforest? Nope, it’s not the elevator pitch for an epic romantic movie but the real-life wedding of Camille and Emmanuel. And we have the photos to prove it from the wildly talented Jonathan Yonkers.

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How adorable is this customized wooden hanger? Brides, be sure to have a nice hanger for your dress as you need something strong yet pretty for photos. Etsy has oodles of great and affordable options!

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bride and groom dancing, wedding dance, wedding reception, weddings costa ricaFelicidades to Camille and Emmanuel! Huge thanks to Chelsea and crew for such a fantastic wedding and here’s wishing many happy years to the bride and groom!

 

 

Wedding Destinations for Dreamy Photo Ops

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*Today I’d like to welcome Sarah Caulfield from Nixplay for a guest post on gorgeous settings for beautiful weddings. 

Getting married is a big deal – something to remember for a lifetime. Naturally, you’ll want the occasion of your wedding to be memorable, not just so it sticks in your mind, but so you can bring back fantastic photos to share with people who weren’t able to be there, or to keep so everyone can see how beautiful the occasion was in every way. You can display your memorable pictures in a beautiful photo album, or if you’re more on the tech-savvy side, a digital picture frame. Regardless, these pictures are some of the most precious mementos you’ll have. And some places are just better than thers when it comes to picturesque wedding venues.

Of course, there are the standard places to go, like Hawaii, or the still-risque and almost shockingly vibrant Las Vegas, but there are many, many other places you can get married where the photos taken can inspire deep feelings for years to come. Some of them are hidden treasures you may not have ever considered otherwise.

Sea Island, Georgia, USA

Imagine the clear blue waters of the Caribbean, expansive private beaches, beautiful resorts with golf, horseback riding, boating, spas, and so much more – without ever going to the Caribbean. This is Sea Island, in the state of Georgia. If you head to the Caribbean, you’ll have to deal with tourists. Here, you can have a perfect beach wedding, without a tourist in sight, since the only people on the island are visitors to the two resorts placed there.

Park City, Utah, USA

What about an Alpine winter wedding, no travel to the Alps required? Ski season in Park City, Utah provides a beautiful snowy landscape not only great for a picturesque wedding, but for skiing. Once a mining town, it’s now the site of a number of glamourous resorts, easily the equal of what you’d find if you went to Europe. If skiing isn’t your thing, summer is a wonderful time to come, with plenty of outdoor activities to occupy you and your guests both before and after the nuptials.

Florida Keys, USA

If hot environs don’t bother you and your wedding party, a Florida Keys summer wedding can a great venue. With more than 100 miles of islands from which to choose, it’s almost impossible to not find one to your liking. These islands are an absolute paradise when it comes to wildlife and natural surroundings, which can provide you with many amazing photographic opportunities. If you really want to go for the unusual and exotic, look into an underwater ceremony in Key Largo – just remember to invest in underwater cameras!

Mackinac Island, Michigan

Spectacular fall foliage is not just found in New England. Get married on Mackinac Island in Michigan for a unique experience. A National Historical Landmark, Mackinac Island has a distinctly 19th century vibe. In fact, you’ll have to travel on the island by horse and buggy, or bike, because there isn’t a car to be found on the entire island. With venues ranging from the Victorian era to colonial forts, you can have a wedding transported backward in time to an earlier era. The northern locale can make weather tricky, so it’s best to plan your trip in October to catch the changing colors of autumn.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Leaving the U.S. behind, there are few countries as full of great wedding venues as Italy. While places like Rome or the Tuscan region will always have its share of visitors, there are some (slightly) less traveled places, like the Amalfi Coast that will give you the Italian wedding experience with somewhat less of the bustle. Being located in Italy, you can be sure you’ll have superb catering at your wedding. As for photo opportunities, the cliff-side vistas of the Mediterranean are truly spectacular.

Loire Valley, France

While Paris is lovely, it’s not the only place in France to get married. One place you might put into your list of considerations is the Loire Valley, about two hours from the City of Lights. Though popular in mid to late summer, visitors to the region outside that time frame can enjoy a memorable wedding experience without contending with large crowds. Centuries-old castles and villages are just a few of the places and memories you can capture if you choose the Loire Valley to celebrate your union.

Costa Rica

If you’re looking to have your wedding in late winter or early spring, Costa Rica may be the perfect place for you. It offers two coasts – the Caribbean and the Pacific, either one of them the perfect balance of tropical wildness and modern amenities. Naturally, it’s perfect for beach weddings, on one of the pristine stretches of white sand, but if you venture into the nation’s interior, there are mountaintops, lush rain forest reserves, and other places of natural beauty for those who want to get married close to nature in its purest form.

Australia

This is, of course, more than a place for venues. It’s a whole continent, which means you have almost unlimited options to explore for the picture perfect wedding. For those who like to stay close to city comforts, Australia offers spectacular skyscapes and architecture in many of its cities around its coasts. Those looking for more natural settings can turn to the starkly beautiful Outback, or to the teeming colors and wildlife of the Great Barrier Reef. Australia’s truly unique ecology can offer some truly unique photo opportunities for your wedding.

For information on ways to take memorable wedding photographs to fill your photo album and digital picture frame check out this blog post from Nixplay.com.

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Laura O’Donnell writes smart content on behalf of the digital picture frame experts at Nixplay. As an avid writer and learner, she loves to use her skills for engaging others in important topics in creative and effective ways. When she is not working, she loves meeting new people, traveling, and bringing her Pinterest dreams to life. Find her on LinkedIn.

Real Wedding – Maggie & Thibault, Hacienda Pinilla

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Maggie and Thibault know how to have a lot of fun. She’s Costa Rican, he’s French, they live and work in London and have a joie de vivre that is universal. Not surprisingly, they had close to 100 people from all corners of the globe descend upon Hacienda Pinilla to celebrate this celebration de amor. Mil gracias to Madison Baltidano for her gorgeous photos.

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Lisianthus, hydrangeas, orchids and baby’s breath created an ethereal bouquet.

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What a megawatt smile!

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Love the structured lines of this dress. Did I mention Maggie is an architect? No wonder her wedding had such great design!

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One stylish looking groom! Thibault relaxes outside the Church before the ceremony. Love his navy linen suit and bow tie.

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Hacienda Pinilla has a small chapel on its grounds which we used for the Catholic wedding ceremony. The chapel features typical Guanacaste architecture and decor, with it’s whitewashed walls, rich wooden doors and beams and clay tiled roof.

 

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Going with an all-white floral theme, hydrangeas, calls and baby’s breath created simple yet structured arrangements for the Church entrance.

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Guests were greeted with white Chinese fans and cones of rose petals.

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Inside the Church, the wooden benches are carved in typical Guanacaste-style. Such a quaint chapel!

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Being a ring-bearer can be a daunting task for a little girl but she did her job beautifully.

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White-washed walls, wooden beams and a view to the mall lake make the chapel at Hacienda Pinilla a lovely space for a religious wedding.

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Happy hour featured a mix of fun cocktails, including a lychee mimosa (recipe below).

Lychee Mimosas

  • 2 tbsp lychee juice
  • 6 oz Brut Cava
  • 1 lychee fruit

Place lychee fruit at the bottom of a champagne flute.  Spoon lychee juice into glass.  Pour champagne over fruit and juice.

IMG_0473Each dinner table on the lawn overlooking the beach featured ivory crinkled overlays, gold chargers, gold Chiaveri chairs and custom-made golden flower holders that evoked an Art Deco theme. A riot of light, fluffy flowers such as lisianthus roses, hydrangeas and orchids created a lush counterpoint to the architectural lines of the floral base.

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kids table at wedding Costa RicaWe set up a table just for the kids, covered in craft paper with small pots filled with markers, crayons, stickers and small toys. Professional nannies kept watch, allowing the parents to enjoy the party while the children had their own fun. Win win for everyone!

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cigar roller Costa RicaCigars, get your cigars. As a surprise to their guests, the bride and groom hired a cigar roller to demonstrate the fine art of creating the perfect stogy. Fun fact – the tobacco in Costa Rica is grown from Cuban seeds, making these robustos smooth smoking.

Carnival dancer Costa RicaCarnival!! The fun and surprises continued with a group of drummers and dancers known as Carnival or comparsa, similar to the tradition found in Rio. Befeathered and bedazzled dancers shook their tail feathers to booming drums and then had the wedding guests up dancing and shimmying in a conga line. Too. much. fun!

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bride and groom on beach Costa RicaWhat a celebration! Felicidades to Maggie and Thibault on one fun-filled festival of love.

Real Wedding – Neda & Stan at Punto de Vista, Manuel Antonio

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Cross-cultural weddings are always so memorable and Neda and Stan’s definitely was one of a kind, with a Persian &  Jewish ceremony overlooking the rainforest. Neda is a wedding planner in LA so needless to say, her own wedding had loads of style.

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Love the invitation set with the gold foil.

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Neda opted for long curls, which showed off her luscious locks.

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Seriously, this is the best idea ever! Nike running shoes that are platforms! The ultimate comfy shoe that works under a wedding dress. Brilliant.

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Transparent Chanel chairs gave an airy feel to the ceremony. A garland of eucalyptus and flowers outline the jacuzzi where the sofreh was set up.

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Close up of the elegant yet modern sofreh.

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Cool refreshments and Persian sweets awaited guests as they arrived at the ceremony.

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Beautiful shot of Neda!

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Calas, lisianthus, roses, orchids and a touch of eucalyptus created a soft, romantic bouquet with some added bling.

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Stan sported a boutonniere of orchids and eucalyptus on a dove-grey suit.

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Live music always adds a special element to the ceremony.

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So happy together!

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During the cocktail hour, we turned the 5th floor where the ceremony had been into the dining space, complete with hanging flower beds!

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Ivory sequined tablecloths added a modern yet elegant touch to the tables.

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A gilded cake sat atop a glass pedestal cake base and a white sequined tablecloth.

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How adorable are these custom dessert forks, with their wedding date? Perfect for sharing their first piece of cake.

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Although we did see some rain during the ceremony, the sky created a dramatic backdrop for their first-look session.

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Put a flower in it! Nothing says a tropical cocktail hour like a Coco Loco in a fresh pipa.

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Custom-made Persian delights were sent all the way from New York .

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Mmmm, champers…

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Imperial tables, decked out in ivory sequined tablecloths,  garlands of eucalyptus, candles and mercury vases of romantic flowers sat under hanging beds of roses, hydrangeas, lisianthus and orchids with crystals and hanging candles. Wow!

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Gold Bride and Groom signs adorned the chairs at the sweetheart table and matched the table numbers and cake topper.

View More: http://jennysmithandco.pass.us/nedaandstanCocktails, dancing and speeches all happened before dinner in the ballroom.

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Love is sweet!

View More: http://jennysmithandco.pass.us/nedaandstanMazel tov and تبریک  to Neda and Stan! Was an incredible experience working with you and wishing you both many years of happiness!  Huge thanks to Jenny Smith & Co. for the great photos!