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Cyber Wedding Album – Cristy and Kurt

Cristy and Kurt – Palm Beach, FL
Met in December, 2004
Engaged in April, 2006
Married in November, 2007
Met on?Met on Eharmony?

Cristy and Kurt are the perfect example of a happy couple meeting online. Their courtship took a natural path on eharmony.com?and they are very happily married! ?Congratulations to Cristy and Kurt from your friends at CyberDatingExpert.com.

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A Romantic Honeymoon in Aruba

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The island of Aruba which boasts year-round ideal weather, world-class beaches and breathtaking sunsets is a picture perfect place for a destination wedding or honeymoon.

Aruba offers everything couples need to celebrate the beginning of the rest of their lives together.

Destination Weddings in Aruba

Couples choosing to get married in Aruba generally first have their civil ceremony – the legal part of the wedding – in the morning, followed by a beach blessing in the afternoon or evening. ?Civil ceremonies always take place in the Civil House, which is a historic, sea-colored renovated mansion in downtown Oranjestad. Couples then have the choice of many luxurious hotels and resorts in which to hold their ceremony and reception. From beach blessings on the sugar-white sands at sunset, to receptions aboard a catamaran, to reciting vows to the gentle rhythm of steel-pan drums, Aruba offers an authentic island experience for couples tying the knot.

Below are some wedding packages that you might want to consider in Aruba:

Customized Weddings at Bucuti Beach Resort

At Bucuti Beach Resort, weddings are designed individually for each bride and groom. ?The resort offers a choice of packages to begin the planning process which includes a decorated wedding area on the beach, services performed by a non-denominational officiate, flowers, champagne and music, plus planning assistance from the resort?s award-winning wedding coordinator. ?In addition to the beach blessing, Bucuti Beach Resort will also coordinate a couple?s civil ceremony, and can offer a sit-down wedding reception dinner on the beach for up to 12 people, or a buffet-style dinner on the beach for up to 50 guests.

?Free Caribbean Wedding? Package at The Holiday Inn Resort Aruba

The Holiday Inn Resort Aruba offers a ?Free Caribbean Wedding? package exclusively for couples who book a minimum seven-night stay on the all-inclusive plan in a Superior Ocean Front Room. ?The package includes a romantic wedding location on the beach, professional wedding planning services, a non-denominational pastor, one-tiered wedding cake, garden-fresh bridal bouquet and boutonni?re, a bottle of champagne, marriage certificate, preparation of all documents and a special gift from the resort. Themed decorations and a complimentary candlelight dinner for two are also included in the package. Videography and photography services, music and reception/banquet options are also available at additional costs.

Kunuku Traditional Wedding Ceremony at The Aruba Marriott & Stellaris Casino

At The Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino, couples have the option to get married under an archway replica of a traditional Aruban kunuku house on the resort?s pristine beach. Champagne and cake are served after the ceremony amid the sounds of Caribbean steel drums. ?Components of the package include a palm- fringed walkway to the kunuku archway decorated with tropical flowers; a professional photographer; a one-tier wedding cake; flower arrangements for the signage table, bridal bouquet and groom?s boutonniere; a bottle of champagne; one-hour of live steel drum music before and after the ceremony; the service of a non-denominational pastor; a wedding certificate as a keepsake; and services of the resort?s on-site wedding coordinator. ?This package is available year-round, and starts from $2,350, excluding service charges and taxes.

Rehearsal Dinner or Wedding Reception at Sea

For couples looking to celebrate their love at sea, they can host their private event aboard a catamaran on the Caribbean. ?For those planning their rehearsal dinner, Red Sail Sports offers a Dinner Sail experience, including views of the sunset along Aruba?s scenic coast, followed by a Caribbean buffet catered by award-winning chefs. Private charters for up to 38 people (seated) or 80 people (reception-style) are available, and prices start from $105 per person, for a minimum of 20 people. Red Sail Sports can also accommodate wedding receptions on their catamarans, and the relaxing sail is a perfect way to end a beach wedding. ?The boat departs from the Palm Beach pier and sails along Aruba?s scenic coastline. ?Guests can enjoy music, hors d?oeuvres and a complimentary bar featuring wine, beer and cocktails as they watch the sun go down over the water. Private charters for up to 100 guests are available, starting from $45 per person.

Aruba Offers Exclusive ?One Cool Honeymoon? Program for Newlyweds

For those who have already planned their wedding, Aruba also offers wonderful honeymoon options for those who have recently tied the knot. Honeymooning couples have always received the red carpet treatment in Aruba, and now they have access to even greater amenities through Aruba?s ?One Cool Honeymoon? program. Honeymooners at participating hotels and resorts receive a bottle of champagne in their room upon arrival, a souvenir gift from their resort, as well as one free hotel night stay upon their return anniversary visit. Honeymooning couples also receive special discounts on spa treatments, island tours, snorkeling excursions and on meals at select restaurants. ?Newlyweds only need to identify themselves while booking their hotel accommodations to automatically receive these special offers.

 

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Cyber Wedding Album – Robin and Dave

Robin and Dave – Rochester, NY
Met in February, 2002
Engaged in March, 2003
Married in July, 2004

Met on?Match.com

It was Valentine’s Day, 2002, and Robin, a member of Match.com checked her Inbox to find an email from Dave, with just the words, “Happy Valentine’s Day.” There was no personalized message or even a profile photo attached to the note. Normally, Robin would have deleted the message, but for some reason her curiosity got the best of her and after she viewed his online profile, she realized that she had noticed him the week before and actually had been interested in him as well.

Robin knew she was moving out of state in six weeks and did not want to start a new relationship. However she met Dave ten days later for lunch. Unfortunately there were no sparks for her, no chemistry, and no pitter patter of her heart. She agreed to go out with him again with the understanding that they would be “just friends.” Dave’s nice guy personality eventually won Robin’s heart. Just as she was leaving town for good, he told Robin that he had fallen in love with her. The following week they went ring shopping, and one year later he proposed.

According to Robin, Dave is the best thing that ever happened to her and she is grateful that he was so patient with her. The moral of the story, it’s fine to be friends with someone, patience is a virtue, and the best things in life are worth waiting for. She never made it to Martha’s Vineyard, but is living a lifetime of love with Dave.

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Cyber Wedding Album – Janice and Mark

Janice and Mark – Irvine, CA
Met in May, 2003
Engaged in November, 2003
Married on September 18, 2004
Met on Match.com

Janice and Mark met online on Match.com and their first memorable date was in May, 2003 in Laguna Beach. The couple’s brunch date lasted three hours, and they were inseparable from that day forth.

They were engaged six months later, with a very romantic proposal from Mark where he had set a 30 foot long red carpet that led to a 1933 Rolls Royce limousine. Inside the limo, music from Bocelli was playing in the background, as Mark took Janice’s hand and proposed. According to Janice, he took her breath away!

Their wedding took place the following year in Venice, Italy. The wedding featured their children from their prior marriages. It was truly a family affair with three generations sharing, experiencing, living, and loving in Italy.

Janice and Mark are examples that true love can happen as a result of online dating, even after 50. They consider this the best chapter of their lives and want to share the good news to give hope to others.

Congratulations to Janice and Mark who prove that fairytale dreams can come true from your friends at CyberDatingExpert.com.

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The Red Wedding

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I am a fan of the Billy Idol Song, “White Wedding” which hit the charts over 25 years ago as #36 on the Billboard Top 100 list.

However, recently I was introduced to the concept of a red wedding, and since red is my favorite color, I thought I’d look into it further and found that The Knot Wedding Shop
has a terrific supply of red wedding favors to brighten up your special day.

Dreams of walking down the aisle in a red Valentino gown will have to remain a dream for now, but if you are considering brightening up your look, check out the selection on their site. It will be a wedding people will never forget, as you will be remembered as “The Lady in Red” long after the honeymoon is over.

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Calling All Brides – Bring The Dress, Leave The Stress

According to?Wedding Industry Trends by The Wedding Report, Inc.? 2008, destination weddings have increased by 400% in the last decade. Occidental Hotels is capitalizing on this trend and making it easy for brides to select one of their all-inclusive resorts for their wedding celebration.

allegrowedding 150x150Occidental now has an online “save the date” invitation tool along with several romantic all-inclusive packages at their locations throughout the Caribbean, Costa Rica, and Mexico.?Complimentary weddings are availabe to parties booking a minimum of 15-20 rooms in some locations.?

The hotel chain guarantees that a wedding coordinator will contact the bride within two business days after the online booking request is received to go over the options with the bride, thus resulting in less stressful wedding planing.

Couples can visit their site at www.occidentalweddings.com to review the options.

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Cyber Wedding Album – Natalja and Jim

 

Natalja and Jim – Palm Beach, Florida

Met in November, 2003
Engaged in November, 2005
Married on March 25, 200
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Beautiful Natalja felt she was unlucky in love most of her whole life. Some friends of hers suggested she try?Match.com and that decision changed her life. She decided to stop trying being perfect and after a few weeks online she responded to Jim’s email because she could feel the warmth in his emails.

After one month of exchanging emails, they finally met and it was “love at first sight.” On the second date, Jim brought her a pumpkin pie that he made himself. Natalja realzed on that date that this was going to be the man she was going to marry.

Two year later after their first date, Jim proposed to Natalja and the beautiful Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida. Jim had secretly planted a champagne bottle in the water beachside where they were dining and inside the bottle she found a hand written scroll from Jim asking her to marry him. ? According to Natalja, miracles do happen when meeting online and she didn’t ignore the message in the bottle.

Congratulations Natalja and Jim for being in the?Cyber Wedding Album.?at CyberDatingExpert.com

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Your Mother-in-Law Should Know

daughterinlawrules 100x150Best-selling author, Sally Shields, who wrote the book,?The Daughter-in-Law Rules: 101 Surefire Ways to Manage (and Make Friends with) Your Mother-in-Law! has provided us with some great advice in her book to ease the stress of the wedding planning for the bride.

Sally’s vision is to inspire more harmony among 20 million mothers and daughters-in-law worldwide by providing tips on how to get along with your future mother-in-law.

Sally gives five tips for remaining on good terms and happy with your mother-in-law.

1. Send Your MIL Cards and Flowers on her 3 Special Days (birthday, anniversary, and mother’s day)

2. Call Your MIL Regularly (preferably weekly)

3. Ask Your MIL for Her Advice ? Frequently (And then follow through)

4. Tell Your MIL What a Great Job She Did as Mother ?(She’ll love the compliments)

5. Compliment Your MIL?s Looks?Often! (If she looks young, let her know)

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Cyber Wedding Album – Jaynine and Jerry

Jaynine and Jerry – Jacksonville, NC

Met in November, 2006

Engaged in January, 2007

Married in January, 2008

Met on Yahoo! Personals

Jaynine created a teleclass in October, 2006 to help couples find love online using the Law of Attraction. Following her own advice, only one month later, she met Jerry on Yahoo! Personals.

The couple got engaged in January, 2007 and were married a year later in January 2008. Jaynine is proof-positive you should practice what you preach. ?We welcome the happy couple to the?Cyber Wedding Album?at CyberDatingExpert.com.

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Sandals Resorts – A Dream Wedding and Honeymoon

One of the simplest and romantic ways to get married is to hold your event and honeymoon at one of the 12 luxurious Sandals Resorts in Jamaica or the Caribbean. ?Although my nuptials were not held there, it is a very romantic and beautiful couples resort. ?I had the opportunity to vacation at Sandals in Jamaica as well as Sandals in St. Lucia several years ago.

While on my romantic trip, I watched brides and grooms every day holding their wedding ceremonies with the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean behind them for the perfect photo shoot. All of the arrangements are made with their on-site coordinator and you have a built in honeymoon at a luxurious all-inclusive resort including all meals and activities such as water skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.?Dream Honeymoons; Destination Weddings at Sandals Resorts!

Already married? Why not celebrate with a romantic anniversary trip. Renew your Vows and Reaffirm your love with a Sandals vacation.

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