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perfect wedding site
On any given day, you can find a bride at The McNay Art
Museum in San Antonio. While they can't all afford to wed there
(reservations start at $4,500), the stunning grounds create a setting
many San Antonio brides want to be photographed within.
grounds, columns, porches, the natural scenery -- the McNay has a lot more than
just architectural interest," says Kay Sharp, special event coordinator for
the museum. "You're not just renting the space, you're renting a gorgeous
estate." The original works by Rodin, Cézanne, Picasso, Gauguin, Matisse,
O'Keeffe and Hopper also add a certain attraction.
House, the McNay requires that you use caterers on its list and that guests and
hosts are gone by midnight. The McNay will accommodate 300 guests for a seated
dinner or a buffet-style reception.
To find local museums in
your area, contact your local chamber of commerce. Wedding planners will also
know many popular picturesque sites close to your home.
Yes. Polite? Questionable.
Some couples want the spirit of an elopement,
but with an audience. Thus was born the destination wedding, an event where not
only the honeymoon, but the entire wedding, is set in an exotic, away-from-home
location. Are these weddings more fun? Possibly. Are they inconvenient? Definitely.
Are they rude? Questionably.
In her book, Miss
Manner's Guide for the Turn of the Millennium, etiquette advice columnist
Judith Martin addresses the concerns of a destination wedding. An inquiring bride
plans to be wed aboard a cruise ship. She asks Miss Manners if her guests would
be offended that they would have to purchase passage to the event.
Manners promises you they will be," writes Martin. "While it is nice
that you prefer your friends' company to wedding presents, the real decision is
whether you prefer their company in a place where you can afford to entertain
them to the glamour of being married on shipboard."
avoid hurt feelings, you should be prepared to foot the bill. Depending on the
size of the guest list, destination weddings can be quite costly. Even so, some
couples might want to go ahead, with or without all their friends and family.
"They are difficult to do and certainly much more stressful,"
says Huntress of destination weddings. "It requires traveling to the location
to make plans beforehand." Huntress also adds that the couple planning the
wedding is, in most circumstances, unfamiliar with the surroundings, local businesses
and the area in general. Because of the unfamiliarity with local florists and
caters, Huntress recommends that if you are planning a destination wedding, you
should hire a wedding planner local to the area of the wedding.
day for a Walt wedding?
There's only one Prince William to go around,
and he's a little young. So all girls who dream of being a real princess will
have to settle for a Walt
Disney World wedding. Ceremonies, receptions and honeymoons can range from
the relatively normal ceremony and sit-down reception, to lavish affairs including
delivery of the bride via Cinderella's Glass Coach, delivery of rings on a glass
slipper, trumpet heralds and a fireworks display. Packages budgeted for 100 guests
range from $20,000 to $55,000.
Another popular destination
wedding site is the Hawaiian Islands. Haiku
Gardens on the island of Oahu offers several wedding packages on the beach.
Prices range from $1,000 (which includes a romantic wedding garden with rose petals
sprinkled at the site) to $3,000 (which includes a floral arrangement and photograph
Back to reality
If all these choices seem a bit overwhelming, Huntress offers these final words
of wisdom. "People can become so obsessed with the cake and the reception,
but what really makes the wedding is the people you invite. It's about having
the people who care about you there."