You’re in other one or two camps: The bride who can’t wait to try on silk shantung or the one who doesn’t even know what that is and is just enjoying a long engagement.
Either way, wedding venues will be the first item on your agenda–regardless of whether you’re getting married next summer or in 2012.
If you’re aiming for a more intimate affair with just immediate family, consider going to Paradise City: Kona, Hawaii.
With picturesque waterfalls, colorful koi ponds and the gentle slopes of Hualalai in its midst, the Kailua Kona vacation home featured is one of many Hawaii vacation rentals to consider for the big day.
Who needs a boring banquet hall with 300 people you hardly know when all your besties and family can stay and play a under one roof? The seven bedroom home is ideally suited for 50-party ceremony and reception. The owners charge an event fee, but the house includes necessities like chairs, a kitchen and a stunning pool area with an old-school kidney-bean shaped pool and children’s pool surrounded by lava rocks and separated by three lava rock waterfalls cascading into the big pool.
Your guests will enjoy views of cruise ships sailing into Kona Harbor or horses grazing the four-acre estate. At night, they’ll be sitting in the hot tub while an “intoxicating fragrance of Angel Trumpet trees floats in the night breeze,” according to the property owner.
And just for the newlyweds: a separate cottage with queen bed, kitchen, living room and TV and ocean view. Stay in the main house the first few nights, then split off during the “familymoon.”
Valerie Moloney is your resident blogger and the Expansion Markets Editor for Citysearch.com, who oddly enough, feels panicked when asked, "What's the best place to eat in Chicago?" or her favorite, "It's my birthday. Where should we go with a party of six?" No stranger to travel--and traveling with kids--she is a young mom who ODs on the Internet when it comes to planning family trips or buying clothes. Here's hoping she finds you the vacation you deserve.