Sarah and Mark’s gorgeous destination Bali wedding we featured earlier this week was such a splendid wedding celebration. The newlyweds shared their fun invitations with us and I thought they would provide wonderful inspiration if you’re planning to marry overseas yourself!

Sarah and Mark sent guests a save the date that resembled a boarding pass. It gave all the basic details of the wedding and asked for tentative attendance numbers. (Click here to see it in full)

For their wedding invitation, Sarah and Mark went one step further and delivered a passport to their guests. Inside the navy cover, the couple included essentials for their guests like travel trips (including weather, electrical requirements) they added helpful Bali advice- such as their favourite restaurants and included a schedule of the four day wedding celebration. (See the full invitation here)




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Sarah and Mark

Destination weddings are such a special breed of wedding. There is a lot to be said for a week long celebration with your loved ones- sun, surf and plenty of cocktails by the pool! Sarah and Mark (who met through a mutual friend at a birthday party) chose Bali as their wedding destination- specifically the stunning Ayana Resort & Spa for their big day, Set overlooking Jimbaran Bay,  the resort provided the most beautiful backdrop for the celebrations of Sarah and Mark’s wedding.

Sarah and Mark’s wedding was captured by Photo Factory Bali. I love the captures of the beautiful destination the studio took!

Sarah wore a strapless gown by Suzanne Hardwood with Christian Louboutin heels. The resort provided the bouquets.

Organika Hair styled Sarah and her bridesmaid’s hair and makeup.

Sarah’s bridesmaids wore gowns from Style Stalker with Robert Robert black heels.

The best part of a destination wedding is that the celebrations are not just the wedding. They last for days before and days afterwards. Sarah remarks “We organised a pre-wedding brunch the day before to ensure everybody got to know each other before the wedding day. We got a large Bus to the venue which was an experience to get a full-sized bus through the tiny streets and roads of mayhem to our venue where we enjoyed a great brunch and introduced family and friends in a relaxed atmosphere.

The wedding wasn’t just the actual wedding day – it was a culmination of the Bucks and Hens party, two days before, our introductory wedding brunch the morning before and the wonderful wedding day. All this spend with our closest family and friends.”

Of their photographer, Sarah remarks “They were very professional and got some exceptional shots in a very difficult environment. Amazingly quick to send through our Album which was also very well finished. Overall – very happy.”

The resort provided a decadent wedding cake.

Sarah describes the wedding as “A magical backdrop to a surreal evening filled with love and laughter.”

Sarah and Mark made their own stationery. Sarah notes ” We made our save the date and invitations. We also made our own guestbook in the form of a hand drawn tree with our guests fingerprints for leaves. We also had photos from our past as placeholders for the tables.”

A makeshift photobooth was setup by the couple. Sarah explains “We had a section setup for props. We asked our guests to use the props and pose for photo’s which proved to be an entertaining highlight and provided some very funny photos and memorable moments.” Guests were gifted silver elephant statues as a token of the wedding day.

Sarah and Mark had 44 guests make the trip to Bali to celebrate with them.

DJampiro provided tunes for the guests to dance under the stars to, Including the first dance. Sarah explains “We danced to Michael Jackson – I Just Can’t stop loving you played live by the wonderful band. Several weeks of dancing lessons did nothing to calm the nerves and we just improvised something casual and funny. Great fun.”

Thank you for sharing your destination wedding with us Sarah and Mark! Thank you also to Photo Factory Bali for sharing today’s images!


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Photo from Aman Resorts via Amanpulo, The Phillipines. – Nothing around this resort for miles

Imagine arriving at your honeymoon resort to find that the smooth sand beach and swimming cove are a stone’s throw from the island’s airport. It’s hard to unwind when 747s are gliding in deafeningly so close to your head you can read the lettering on the side of the plane, and everything in your hotel suite rattles every ten minutes as each plane approaches and departs. Imagine how icky it would feel to swim in that ocean cove, knowing there’s probably some airplane fuel and oils in there.

That’s one thing they don’t bring to your attention on a resort’s splashy, colorful, dreamy-looking website. “Hey, we’re right across from the airport!” isn’t something they want you to realize. So before you confirm your honeymoon or destination wedding bookings, take some time to geo-locate your resort on the island or in the city where it’s situated. Google Maps will give you a fine look at how far from aviation central your resort is, and calm your fears.

It’s not just airports, though. I searched a resort recently and found that it was right next to a popular amusement park. The sounds of people screaming on roller coasters wasn’t my worry… but the crazy parking and a hotel filled with families and over-sugared children was. It was a good thing I looked at what’s near the resort.

Another item your search will turn up is how complicated it will be to get to your honeymoon resort. If you have no idea where it’s located on the island, you could find yourself on a super-crowded shuttle bus that stops at every resort along the way. Or, if the resort has its own ferry, you absolutely must check the fine print to be sure that the ferry ride is free. Some resorts charge a hefty ‘transfer fee’ per guest in order for you to reach your destination.

And yet another item to research is how far your resort is from the attractions and shopping centers, restaurants and beaches you plan to visit. It can be a stunner to find that the cabs you have to take charge a jaw-dropping fee because they know they’re the only game in town. You’re not going to walk four hours along windy, cliff-drop roads just to catch lunch at a local-favorite-eatery.

Make it a high-priority research mission to get a wider view of your resort’s setting, making sure you get the beautiful, peaceful, romantic, and adventurous honeymoon you had in mind.

Ms Gingham says: Truly that’s one thing that I would never have thought to do but will be doing now before any holiday! Thanks for the great tip Sharon!

About Sharon: Sharon Naylor is the author of over 35 wedding books, including her newest: “Bridesmaid on a Budget”, “Smart Guide to Wedding Weekends”, and “1001 Ways to Save Money and Still have a Dazzling Wedding”. Her two books for the mothers of the bride and groom are bestsellers, and she has appeared on such top shows as Good Morning America, ABC News, Lifetime, Inside Edition and more – sharing tips and insider secrets to help you plan your dream wedding on a budget, personalized to your love story. Visit her site Sharon Naylor for more on her books, free worksheets and appearances. She lives in Morristown, NJ with her husband Joe and is at work on her next two wedding books.

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