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16 lucky couples selected for complimentary wedding in the Bahamas

After four months of promotions and submissions from more than three thousand couples from throughout the United States of America, The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism (BMOT) announced today that 16 lucky couples have been selected to have their dream wedding, on sixteen of its 700-islandschain, all of which will occur at 16:00 hours on January 16, 2015.

The unique, social media promotion aptly named “16 Weddings, 16 Islands, One Priceless Day,” commenced on February 14, 2014 and ended on June 31st, 2014. The promotion was opened to residents of the United States of America only and showcased The Islands Of The Bahamas as the premier destination in the region for romance – weddings, honeymoons, vow renewals and romantic escapes. In addition to this, the promotion also highlighted the diversity, beauty, charm and distinct characters, flavors and cultures of each of the 16Bahama Islands and simultaneously provided an opportunity for 16 newly engaged couples to have a complementary dream wedding.

16 lucky couples selected for complimentary wedding in the Bahamas
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The priceless wedding experiences are expected to take place onAcklins, Crooked Island, Abaco, Andros, The Berry Island, Bimini, Cat Island, Eleuthera, Exuma, Harbour Island, Grand Bahama, Inagua, Long Island, Nassau, Paradise Island and San Salvador, Bahamas.

Each lucky couple will receive complementary round trip airline tickets from their respective towns to The Bahamas, hotel accommodationsincluding meals for 4 nights and a wedding ceremony, cake, flowers and reception for up to four guests. Wedding rings, a bridal gown, tuxedo and personal wedding coordinator will also be given to each couple.

The 16 lucky couples were selected by a panel of travel and romance experts, based on interviews conducted and the total number of voteseach couple received from their Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook accounts of their shared story of romance and reason for wanting to get married in The Bahamas.

Winners include:

1.From Houston, LaShaundra Coleman and Roderick Dowel who will wed in Acklins;

2.Rachelle Powell and George Stover from Washington, D.C. to wed in Crooked Island;

3.Wanjira Banfield and Pierre Alex Demosthene from Florida to be wed in Abaco;

4.Patrice Prescott and Jose Macias from Florida will wed in Andros;

5.Krystina Barbella and Ryan Saja from New Jersey who will wed in The Berry Islands;

6.Crystina Gaston and Rudy Lechshorn from Miami to wed in Bimini;

7.Darius Smith and Ariana Viega-Barbosa of Indiana will wed on Cat Island;

8.Breauna Brown and Anthony Harley from South Carolina will wed in Eleuthera;

9.Deana Whitlow and Henry Coleman from Texas will wed in Harbour Island;

10.Lauren Gough and Steve Swangstu from Texas will wed in the Exumas;

11.Shametria Almond and Victor Courtney from Ohio will wed in Grand Bahama;

12.Sheri Smith and Roth Johnson from California will wed in Inagua;

13.Najean Lucky and Benjamin Meza-Wilson from Michigan will marry on Long Island;

14.Aurelia Balint and Phillip Gomez from Pennsylvania will marry in Nassau;

15.Katherina Smith and Ezequiel Medina from Texas will wed on Paradise Island and

16.Shannon Morgan and Alex Jester from California will get married in San Salvador.

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Modern Wedding Launches New Wedding Magazine

Modern Wedding has launched a brand new wedding magazine. Following the success of their Styling Handbook supplement, the company decided to dedicate an entire magazine to the art of styling and decorating. The magazine is now on sale.

Brookvale, New South Wales -- (ReleaseWire) -- 08/08/2014 -- Modern Wedding has just announced the launch of their brand new wedding magazine. The magazine devoted to wedding styling, wedding themes, colour palettes and decorating details. Originally included as a supplement with Modern Wedding’s quarterly title, the demand for such a publication in the market lead the company to produce it as a stand-alone title. To showcase unique styling ideas the magazine features collaborative shoots, real weddings and engagement portraits with a difference.

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“We were seeing all these amazing shoots collaboratively put together by photographers, stylists and florists and we wanted to share these with our brides. This is how the idea of The Styling Handbook came about,” says Modern Wedding Art Director Kimberlee Kessler.

He continues, “The Styling Handbook was an immediate success among inspiration hungry brides. We received more and more shoot submissions and the brides were eager to get their hands on it each year.”

Modern Wedding is seeking to fill a gap in the Australian market with the new stand-alone Modern Wedding Styling Handbook. “This magazine presents pure visual inspiration with a coffee table book feel. This hasn’t been done before,” says Kimberlee.

Far from novices the team at Modern Wedding really know brides and weddings. “We pride ourselves on meeting brides where they’re at,” adds Modern Wedding Managing Director John Haslam. The company’s Facebook page, which regularly posts visual inspiration and wedding know-how, has attracted an audience of nearly 1 million worldwide. Modern Wedding already works closely with many stylists, florists and photographers in the Australian wedding industry so a magazine highlighting their expertise is a natural progression of these partnerships.

About Modern Wedding

The Modern Wedding brand, as well as a successful quarterly title includes a range of annual publications that focus on specific elements of the wedding planning process. Modern Wedding Cakes, Modern Wedding Flowers and Modern Wedding DIY are just a few of these titles. Modern Wedding is already accepting submissions for next year’s Modern Wedding Styling Handbook magazine and they invite all kinds of style concepts and shoots for consideration.

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Top 10 Wedding Gift Rules You Should Know

This summer, all over the country, people will be visiting an online John Lewis wedding gift list to buy one of a pair of cappuccino towels (because it’s the only thing left for under £50). Selecting a gift for the bride and groom is as traditional as cutting the cake or watching the first dance, but it’s also one aspect of weddings that’s a political minefield. It isn’t just the wedding guests who vex about gifts; the happy couple also worry about whether or not it’s polite to specify what they want or what should and shouldn’t be expected of their guests.

The etiquette surrounding wedding-gift giving and receiving has somewhat shifted in recent years, but at the root, there are some unbreakable dos and don’ts that underpin good manners and politeness. With the help wedding buying and selling website we’ve compiled a list of 10 essential wedding-gift rules for the benefit of brides and guests alike.

1. If you’re invited to the actual wedding ceremony, give the bride and groom a gift. No ifs, no buts!

If you’re invited to the evening reception, or a party after the actual ceremony has occurred, you may or may not wish to give a gift, but many people do anyway. If you attend the ceremony, it’s the pit of bad manners not to give a gift. Even if the bride and groom insist that they don’t want a gift, give one anyway.

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Clair Hart from said “One of my married friends warned me ‘not everyone will buy you a gift, and you’ll be acutely aware of who didn’t for the rest of time’. I thought it sounded extreme, but post wedding, when writing down names next to gifts, ready to start penning 150 thank you cards, the absent names of some close friends were as disappointing as that engagement ring sized box containing a fridge magnet I was once given.” In a pole conducted by, 98% of users said that you should provide a gift if you’re invited to the wedding ceremony.

2. What if the bride and groom specify ‘no gifts’?

It is not the done thing for the bride and groom to be to specify gifts on an invite, but you should still buy a gift. If the invite specifically states that you should not buy a gift, this is not your get-out clause. Clair says “You’ve been invited to the wedding because you are important to the people getting hitched, so you should want to buy them a token or gift to help send them on their way into married life.”

3. Should a bride and groom specify what they would like on the invite?

Traditionally it is not polite to specify what gift you would like on an invite (including a gift list or asking for cash into a honeymoon fund). However, times are shifting and the average age of newlyweds is getting older, so people look to avoid ending up with sixteen toasters. Many couples are taking the lead of other cultures and are asking for cash or donations to that holiday of a lifetime.

Clair says “Although it is never acceptable to openly request gifts or money, sometimes a polite poem or hint is enough to inform people that you’d welcome a donation rather than a gift… if you feel that is absolutely necessary.” If an invite suggests that guests should not feel obliged to bring a gift, don’t take it literally. Interestingly, 61% of the poll said that you should clarify what you would like as a gift, whilst 39% said that it’s bad manners.

4. Making a journey to a wedding does not count as a gift!

Destination weddings can end up being pricey for guests. Even non-destination weddings can involve a reasonable amount of travelling. Accommodation, transport, time off work, and other expenses can all add up, often stretching guests to the limits of what they can afford. However, this does not mean you get off scot-free. Clair adds “You can spend a lot less on a gift, which is fine, but it is still customary to provide some sort of token.

Obviously if you have financial worries, the bride and groom will understand if you don’t buy a gift, but you should discuss this with them when accepting the invite.” 64% of the pole said that a gift should be provided even if a guest has travelled a reasonable distance to get to the Wedding.

5. How much should you spend on a wedding gift?

Yes it’s a crass question, but it’s one that many guests toil over. Too little and you seem stingy, too much and you end up looking like a show-off, or you spend money that you can little afford. Clair recommends “I always advise that you should spend what you’d reasonably expect to spend on a night out. You’ll be fed and watered at most weddings, so if you feel that a meal and drinks would typically cost you £60, that would be an appropriate amount to spend on a gift.”

6. Give the gift on the day (or a few days before).

Tradition suggests that you should send a gift within a year of the wedding, but these days, many couples rely on cash gifts to book their honeymoon. Clair advises “Giving a gift on the day will allow the bride and groom to send you a ‘Thank You’ card straight away, avoiding any awkwardness.” 76% of the poll said that the gift should be given on the day of the wedding.

7. Bride and grooms should send ‘Thank You’ notes within three months.

The bride and groom should always acknowledge the gift by sending a ‘Thank You’ note or letter. Clair recommends “This should be done within three months of getting married, and certainly within six. It’s not only polite to acknowledge a gift, but many guests will be wondering if theirs ever arrived, especially if they bought it through a gift list provider.”

A resounding 96% of the survey said that a bride and groom should always send ‘Thank You’ notes to acknowledge a gift.

8. Even if someone didn’t send you a gift, you should still give one in return when they get married?

Even though only 54% of the survey agreed, it’s time to be the bigger person. Clair adds “You should do the right thing and provide a gift, even if that person didn’t give you anything on your wedding day. You don’t need to spend a fortune, but you’ll feel more comfortable within yourself.”

9. Should you provide a gift for a ‘renewing of wedding vows’ or for second marriages?

If you are attending a second wedding, or a vows renewal, and you were at the original ceremony, you are not obliged to buy another gift. Clair says “You’ll have to weigh up the circumstances, but most second weddings are slightly more ‘low key’ and renewals are usually for the benefit of the couple, rather than a celebration of their lawful marriage.” 70% of poll agreed that you should not be obliged to buy a gift for a second wedding or renewing of vows.

10. If the bride jilts the groom at the alter, or vice-versa, should the gift be returned?

Should the wedding not happen for any reason, or the marriage only lasts a matter of days or weeks, the gifts should be returned without exception. If the wedding is delayed for something like a medical emergency, it may be acceptable to hold onto the gift until the postponed date, but you should inform the sender of your intentions. Oliver suggests “To avoid any unnecessary discomfort, don’t open gifts after the wedding has taken place. It’s easier and less embarrassing to return gifts unopened!”

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