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7 Reasons A Destination Wedding Is The Best Kind

When you were little, did you ever picture your dream wedding?

Did you think it’d be on a beach, turquoise waters framing your walk down the aisle? Did you imagine exchanging vows in an old castle? Tying the knot under the beams of a rustic barn?

Personally, I was convinced I was going to marry J.C. Chasez (of *NSYNC) in a field of wildflowers, kind of like Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in “Runaway Bride.”

What can I say, I am a product of early 2000s pop culture.

But whose hometown or current living situation is equipped with ANY of these fantasy locations?

If yours is, congrats on living in a supremely cool place. But, if you’re like the rest of us, you’d have to travel a fair distance to get to any of these dreamy locales.


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Destination weddings used to be reserved for the rich and famous — those with unlimited funds. But, recently, they’ve become more prevalent.

Monday morning Facebook News Feeds are flooded with nuptials at resorts, vineyards, farms and everything in-between.

It’s not just the upper class doing it anymore, it’s those who want a unique affair to remember. It’s those who want to give their guests a vacation and a dope party.

We should give in to our childhood fantasies and plan a destination wedding. Here’s why:

The Wish Fulfillment

While the grooms we envisioned as kids – Devon Sawa, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, [insert boy band member here] – are out of our reach even now, the setting of the big day doesn’t have to be.

With a destination wedding, you aren’t limited to your surroundings. Anything you dream can be the backdrop of your marriage.

And you can make the 13-year-old girl inside of you ecstatically happy.

The Wedding/Honeymoon Combo

Weddings alone are expensive, and then you still have a honeymoon to plan on top of it.

The beauty of a destination wedding is it can double as a wedding and a honeymoon.

In the week following your “big day,” you’re too exhausted from the months and months of planning to deal with the hassle of traveling to and exploring an exotic locale.

You cut all that out in a destination wedding, getting the travel out of the way before beginning the celebrations.

The Guest List

No one WANTS more than 100 guests at his or her wedding.

Who would prefer their incredibly personal celebration become a circus? Wouldn’t you rather know the people popping champagne with you?

But familial obligations often make a small guest list impossible. Every family friend, distant relative and grocery store clerk becomes a must-invite when you have a local wedding.

Destination weddings are the perfect excuse to limit the guest list.

Given the level of commitment asked of those attending, you only need to invite people you actually want to be there. And then, of those people, not everyone will be able to go due to varying budgets and schedules.

The Décor

When you choose the setting for your wedding, you’re deciding on a location that encapsulates your desired vibe.

If you want it to feel laid-back and breezy, you’ll settle on an island resort. If you want a more rustic vibe, you’ll book a vineyard or farm.

The point is, you’re picking a place that already has everything you need.

When it comes to a destination wedding, your venue can speak for itself. Decorations are not a necessary part of making your first statement as a married couple.

The Photos

No life event screams “pics or it didn’t happen” as much as a wedding. These photos will be the ultimate memory, whipped out at holidays for the rest of your lives.

After all, how many times in your life are you going to be dressed in a fancy gown with full hair and makeup? You’ll want all of your kin to see that spectacle.

You’re going to be looking your best, and you need the backdrop of your photos to live up to your appearance.

The backdrop of a destination wedding will require no filter, and it’ll stun for years to come.

The Unique Factor

Once wedding season hits, each event starts to run into the next.

Every banquet hall starts to look the same, and you won’t be able to remember if that conga line was at your cousin’s wedding or your college roommate’s union.

With a destination wedding, your guests are having an experience unique to your event. They’ll leave remembering exactly which couple they were celebrating that night because it’ll look like nothing else they’ve attended.

The Cost

It’s hard to fathom, but in many cases, the destination wedding has become a cost-effective option when planning your nuptials.

Consider all the elements we’ve already discussed that make a destination wedding better, and consider the result: You’re saving money!

With less décor, an easier honeymoon and a smaller guest list, you’re cutting your budget significantly without compromising on your dream day.

That totally makes up for the price of a plane ticket, and might even leave room to go all-out on other important wedding details, like mouth-watering food and a kickass band.

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Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher and wife Elizabeth share wedding day details with HELLO!

Emmerdale's Kelvin Fletcher has said he feels "complete" after marrying the girl of his dreams in a ceremony covered exclusively by HELLO! magazine. The actor, whose on screen character is less than lucky in love, wed long-term love Elizabeth Marsland in London on 28 November.

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"I knew I wanted to marry Liz the day I met her. Deep down I knew she was The One," said 31-year-old Kelvin - who plays Andy Sugden in the long-running soap - of his long-time love, singer and actress Elizabeth Marsland, 32.


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Kelvin Fletcher said he feels complete after marrying long-time love Elizabeth

"The image of Liz coming towards me up the aisle will live with me forever. She took my breath away. She looked so beautiful," he said.

The couple, who knew each other when they were children but only got together when they met again around ten years ago, tied the knot on 28 November in a magical ceremony at London's One Mayfair, a year to the day he proposed.

Kelvin was overcome with emotion during the ceremony, telling HELLO!: "We’re here in a big posh venue but I'm just a working-class boy and it's the simple things that matter to me – like genuine words of love and support."

Among the guests were Elizabeth's long-time friend, HELLO! Online blogger Michelle Keegan, and Kelvin's Emmerdale co-stars, including Danny Miller who said: "I was quite emotional when Kelvin started crying. We’re very close as a cast and it feels as if it’s your brother up there getting married."

The day brought back memories for Michelle of her own wedding to Mark Wright in May. "Seeing Liz and Kelvin looking so happy, I wish I could do it all over again. I knew exactly how she must have been feeling: emotional and a little bit nervous."

Added Kelvin: "We didn't need a piece of paper to prove anything because we know we love each other. But now that it's here, it feels so right," he added. "Marriage completes us."

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Blessings abound in Fond du Lac County

During this Thanksgiving season, we as residents of Fond du Lac County should reflect on the blessings that come with living here.

We have been blessed and have much to be thankful for as residents. We have increasing employment because of strong employers, large and small. Mercury Marine has lived up to its commitments made in 2009, almost doubling its employment and investing nearly a half-billion dollars in Fond du Lac, including an innovation center that is developing new products. Alliance Laundry Systems in Ripon has had two major expansions in the last three years with significant new employment. Advanced Tooling in Mount Calvary has doubled its employment.

Swenson Tool & Die moved to Campbellsport from Washington County because they wanted to be in Fond du Lac County and closer to a quality workforce. Wells Vehicle Electronics has expanded its employment, production capacity and product development. Grande Cheese is building its new headquarters in south Fond du Lac, which will be a showcase for those approaching the city from the south. LaClare Farms built a state-of-the-art goat milking and cheese processing facility in Pipe that has produced international award-winning goat cheese and is now expanding. Fond du Lac has several national and international businesses headquartered in the county. These are only a few examples and there are many more.


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IGNITE! Business Success, a robust network of 17 organizations, provides a seamless resource to support the start-up of new entrepreneurial enterprises and to assist existing small businesses sustain and grow their operations. The Emergent Technology Center, a member of IGNITE!, is a business accelerator for technology-based businesses. IGNITE! is unique in the state of Wisconsin and now is a model for other entrepreneurial development systems in Wisconsin and other parts of the nation. This was founded and started in Fond du Lac County by forward-thinking, ambitious and positive people.

We have many cultural, recreational and educational facilities that other communities envy. The Children’s Museum is one of the best in the Midwest. The Thelma Madoff Center for the Arts is a facility that offers opportunities to experience fine arts, concerts and learning for residents of all ages. The Pankratz Arts Exchange in Mount Calvary offers exceptional, professional musical productions every season of the year. The Fond du Lac Public Library will soon open the Idea Studio, a “makerspace” to nurture creativity and innovation.

Waupun offers some of the best festivals in the region and is known for its public collection of sculptures by world-renowned artist Clarence Addison Shaler. We live in one of the most beautiful countrysides in the nation that provides year-round recreation or just a place to enjoy natural serenity. Again, this is only a small list of the multiple cultural, recreational and educational opportunities that other communities only wish they possessed.

The Commonwealth Companies have invested more than $26 million in downtown Fond du Lac and is in the process of redeveloping the old hospital in Ripon that will provide much needed housing for the city and county. In downtown Fond du Lac, Lillian’s and Edith’s Bridal draw people from throughout the region and state. Marian University has purchased the Nielsen Building and has converted it to the Health Professionals Center where it will house its nursing program. Agnesian Healthcare has occupied a floor of the building for its information technology department.

All of the above are extremely positive endeavors; however, it seems that there are people in the community who can always find and focus on the opposite. Many times when we take actions to improve the community, some communicate negativity and defeatism. There is a small group that wants no change; they want the community to stay just like it is now. In today’s world, that is a formula for decline and deterioration. There is nothing wrong with public discourse but only when it is constructive. Most of what we hear from a small but vocal minority is destructive and adds nothing to building our community.

Every community has challenges, including Fond du Lac County. But there are far more positives and opportunities for the future. There are many selflessly working and dedicated to the future of our community. To those, we say “thank you”!

It is time for all of us to recognize that our county is truly blessed with many exceptional attributes. If you care about the future and progressive growth of the community, please stand up and be counted. You are needed. Become actively involved and engaged so that we can claim the community we deserve.(Source:

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