Getting married is an expensive endeavor, one that may not leave enough funds for a lavish honeymoon. Fortunately, this is one of those things that you can do on a budget. Here are five affordable honeymoon destinations for LDS couples.
The nice thing about Lake Tahoe is that it’s a great year-round travel spot. If you go in the winter, you’ll be able to participate in activities like skiing and snowboarding while the spring and summer months offer biking and water sports. If you make Tahoe your honeymoon destination, you can stay in an excluded cabin to be alone with your sweetie or in a resort if you prefer to mix it up with other travelers.
Moab is like an outdoor theme park with its abundance of hiking destinations and picturesque landscapes. While chain restaurants are available in Moab, the two of you should consider eating at some of the town’s local eateries, places like the Moab Burger Company or Fiesta Mexicana. Along with amazing hiking trails, Moab is a place where you can celebrate your marriage by taking a scenic flight or a horseback ride.
Affordable flights are often available to Huntington Beach, CA. Consider staying in one of the resorts located across the street from the beach. While these resorts cost a little more, they offer the convenience of being able to walk to the beach. Also, several provide beach equipment like lounge chairs, umbrellas and towels, making it easy to spend the entire day relaxing next to the ocean. You can eat at Ruby’s Diner on the pier or in one of the restaurants within your resort. If you decide to fly in and rent a car, drive down to Newport Beach or Seal Beach. Both feature quaint little shops that are fun to walk through.
While Park City has a reputation for being on the exclusive side, you can enjoy an affordable honeymoon there. You’ll spend less if you have your honeymoon during the summer than you will in the winter, but it is affordable year-round. When you’re ready to go out for a tour, head to Park City’s downtown area to wander through art galleries and charming shops. This part of town also features fun places to eat. You can get tasty Mexican cuisine at the Blue Iguana or traditional American fare at 501 on Main.
When it comes to affordable honeymoons, St. George is another inexpensive option, one that offers golfing, spas and outdoor adventures. You can stay at a resort, bed and breakfast or even an antique home if you want to stretch out. Restaurants in St George run the gamut from popular chains to quirky local dining establishments. There’s also plenty of shopping available.
If your honeymoon budget is tight, don’t let it concern you. There are plenty of places to spend this time together without breaking the bank. The important thing is to enjoy it and celebrate choosing each other.
Backyard wedding receptions can be casual events or sophisticated affairs. Holding your wedding reception in a backyard allows you to customize every part of the celebration. It also makes the event more affordable, allowing you to spend more for food or décor. Here are a few tips for planning your backyard wedding reception.
Before scheduling any part of your reception, go over your guest list. It’s important to make sure that the backyard you intend to use for the event is big enough for everyone you want to invite. Confirming that the backyard is set up for the type of reception that you want is also important. For instance, do you want the food to be offered buffet style or plated? If you’re planning a buffet, is there an area for a buffet table? Or, is the backyard large enough for the number of tables you need for a plated dining affair? If you are unsure about the size of your space, talk to a catering or rental company. Most can tell you how much space you need based on the size of your guestlist.
When your backyard wedding reception is about 8 weeks away, take some time to prep the space. If you’re planning your wedding for the summer months, the only thing that you’ll need to do is keep the landscaping watered and trimmed. The spring and summer months will also provide most of your reception décor. If you’re holding the big day a little later in the summer, then plan your flowers and foliage with your reception in mind. In this case, you might want to have your colors selected. If you do, then you, or your parents, can purchase annual flowers in your wedding colors.
Whether you want a simple backyard affair or a fancy, elegant design, your theme will guide most of your decorating decisions. Each theme requires different flowers, centerpieces, linens, food choices, chairs and more.
When it comes to a backyard wedding reception, it’s a good idea to rent a tent. This will help you avoid feeling stressed should adverse weather arise. Not only will it protect you and your guests from less than ideal weather conditions, but it will also provide shelter from the sun or excess wind.
Backyard wedding receptions are always memorable. By planning your wedding celebration in your backyard or that of a family member or a friend, you’ll be able to make it your own. Along with it being easy to customize, backyard wedding receptions are less expensive, and they let you welcome nature into your event.
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Photography by Tasha Rose
LDS temple dresses should be beautiful and comfortable. While temple dresses are not customized to your exact measurements, they are available in a variety of sizes to give you a comfortable fit. Keep in mind that you may need to have yours altered if you prefer a perfect fit. We have new styles available, so take a peek at our site to see what we’ve added.
With its relaxed fit and empire waistline, our San Diego temple dress is pretty and easy to wear. The skirt drapes loosely from the waistline, giving you plenty of room to move. It has a round neckline and sleeves that fit lightly around the wrists. This temple dress features a classic style, one that you’ll enjoy wearing for years.
A unique sweater-inspired pattern makes this LDS temple dress special. The dress’s rounded neckline is becoming while its loose-fitting sleeves make movement easy. Sizes range from extra small to four extra-large. The Saratoga is one of our more ornate LDS temple dresses, so if you prefer to wear apparel pieces that are on the intricate side, this may be the dress for you.
With its charming lace bodice and fitted sleeves, the Rome is one of our new temple dresses designed to make you look elegant. It has a wide waistband and pleats that flow down the length of the bodice. The dress also has pleats below the waistband, and these allow the skirt to flow gracefully to the floor. Because the neckline is round, it is likely to flatter the wearer.
Our LDS temple dresses come in different styles, allowing you to choose one that complements your personality. We have a number of dresses that are 10% off or more. Check out our collection and see which ones are available at a discount. We hope that you’ve enjoyed reading about our new LDS temple dress selections! Happy dress shopping!
You all know how much we adore featuring our real brides and grooms, so today we are stoked to be able to feature Corrine & Reed and their winter bridals & formals in Utah!
Winter gets a bad rap in the wedding world. Everyone dreams of spring and summer weddings, or being the quintessential "June Bride." Visions of fragrant blossoms lining the aisle and dancing under the stars sometimes blind us to the fact that there are indeed other seasons to get married in...even, GASP, winter!
I know, I know, winter in Utah is usually snowy and cold. But winter brides know something many of us sometimes forget...winter is gorgeous in it's very own way. And what is the color that comes to mind the most when we think of weddings? WHITE! So we submit to you that nothing goes together better than white weddings and a beautiful white winter.
Corrine and Reed chose to embrace the beautiful landscape of the canyons of Utah for their winter bridals. We love that Corrine opted to include Reed in her bridal session to make it more of a "formals" or "black tie" session. We love the idea of having these gorgeous photos of the couple together to display at the wedding reception!
Corrine wore the Fairchild gown by LatterDayBride & Prom. This is one of our absolute favorite winter wedding gowns! This amazing long-sleeved wedding dress features a stunning scalloped neckline, a lovely satin waistband, and delicate pearl buttons cascading down the tulle train. The Fairchild is also fully customizable, from the neckline to the sleeve length and is available in Champagne/Ivory/Silver, Ivory/Ivory/Silver, White/White/Silver, and White/White giving you so many different options!
We hope you have enjoyed these gorgeous winter bridals featuring our real bride Corrine in our Fairchild gown! We would love to help you find her perfect modest wedding dress. Visit us online to shop or schedule an in-store appointment!
Photographer: Joce Johnson Photo + Video
Flowers: BYU Campus Floral