Thursday, September 30, 2010

A "Sweet" Gift for Bridesmaids

When searching for gifts for bridesmaid’s, the bride is often looking for something cute, sweet, unique, and something they will always remember. Well look no more, we have found the perfect gift: Custom Bridesmaid Dress Cookies!

These cookies can be custom made to match your bridesmaid dresses. How fun would it be to give these to your bridesmaids and see their faces when they realize the cookies are just like their dresses! If you didn’t want to give them as gifts, they would also be so adorable at a Bridesmaid Luncheon!

When the order is placed, each bridesmaid will receive

6 dress cookies with your choice of icing color

1 Personalized Elegant Note Card

To order your Bridesmaid Dress Cookies, visit Bride Coutoure‘s shop on Etsy.

Bold & Beautiful Bride


A bride’s gown is just about the most important part of her wedding day ensemble, but what wedding gown would be complete without jewelry, right? Pearls, drop earrings, delicate bracelets and dainty pieces are some of the most popular choices for brides. Timeless and classic is often what a bride is thinking when she picks her jewelry for her wedding day.


It has been a long tradition for the bride to keep her jewelry simple and feminine . None of these choices are wrong, they are beautiful and all up to the bride as to what she feels like wearing. On the other hand, a bride should not be afraid to be BOLD and step outside the box. Some of the most interesting Bridal fashions out there includes not only the gowns, but the jewelry and accessories that the gown is paired with.

Long, layered necklaces has been something we have seen more and more brides embrace. It takes the right dress to be able to pull off a bold piece of jewelry whether it be earrings, a necklace or several, chunky bracelets. If you are contemplating a bold piece, try it on with your dress before you decide to play it safe with a strand of pearls. You never know until you try and things always look different once they are on.

If you typically where bold pieces with your everyday look, then don’t be afraid to do the same on your wedding day. Same goes for someone who is a bit more simple with their day to day look, if that is your style then stick with it, even on your wedding day.

Whether a bride steps outside the box or sticks with the traditional pieces, it is important that she feels comfortable in what she is wearing! Feel good and confident in your wedding day ensemble and most of all, be you!!

By: Lindsey Conrad Nabors

Jewelry from DebraJill Fine Handcrafted Jewelery

Photos by: Indesign Creative

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

A Very Special Meeting


A trend growing in the Wedding Photography field is the Bride and Groom seeing one another in full dress prior to the wedding.


This is a multi purpose trend, first the emotions of seeing each other for the first time is still very high, and relieves the stress of seeing each other for the first time in front of a church full of friends.

This first meeting is done with just the bride and groom, no one else is allowed, except the photographer. Second it gives the bride a much fuller experience walking down the isle. Of course for the photographer this allows the photography that usually takes place after the ceremony to be done prior to the ceremony. This allows the wedding party and parents to proceed directly to the reception at the end of the ceremony. Also, it allows the Bride, Groom and photographer a window of time to get the SPECIAL photographs brides see and love to have for themselves. This special photo may be a number of different locations that in the normal wedding photo process would be impossible to accomplish.


By: Terry Sweeney, Southern Visions Photo


Contact Terry at 662.380.3107. You can also see more of work his work by visiting his webiste,SouthernVisionsPhoto.com and his Facebook page.


Saturday, September 25, 2010

First Dance Friday

An adorable pair, Abby & Jeremy are our First Dance Friday couple this week. They were married in Huntsville, Alabama on June 5, 2010 and their reception was at the Historic Huntsville Depot Roundhouse.


This second photo is quite special because it not only captures Abby and Jeremy during their first dance, but you see their parents in the background and her Dad wiping his eyes as he watches them dance. What a priceless moment!

Abby and her Dad dancing together! The Father/Daughter dances are just as special as the “first” dance!

These wonderful photos were taken by Alyson with Eternal Refelctions Photography. To see more photos from Abby and Jeremy’s wedding/reception and more of Alysons work, check out ERP’s Facebook page.

Congrats to Abby and Jeremy! May you dance your way through life together for many years to come!

“To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak”
~Hopi Indian Saying~

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

CAKES by Cory Lewis

“Creating the perfect wedding cake is the result of a collaborative process between the client and designer as well as the perfect blending of the purest ingredients, seasonal produce and skilled preparation. This is how I make your cake.” Cory Lewis

More than a sweet bite at the end of the celebration, the cake is an edible work of art.

At CAKES, Cory Lewis ensures that the details of every cake are custom tailored to your individual occasion and personal vision. Blending her knowledge of design with artistic skill and culinary expertise, Cory serves up cakes of extraordinary beauty, taste and presentation.

Cory holds a Masters degree in Fine Arts and has been a ceramic sculptor for nearly twenty years. After spending years refining her craft of mixing, shaping and intricately decorating clay with her hands, she went to Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School to study baking. Cory now combines her skills as a sculptor with the magical touch of a confectioner to create cakes that are truly works of art.

Traditionally, the cake was to be made with the finest ingredients symbolizing abundance and ensuring the same for the newlywed couple’s life together. A rich cake signified a well-formed marriage alliance and under no circumstances was the bride to bake her own cake or taste of it before the celebration, dooming herself to a lifetime of hard work.

All guests must have a least a bite of cake. To refuse is considered unlucky for the guest as well as the bridal couple. If an unmarried girl should tuck a piece of cake under her pillow, she ensures that her dreams that night will be of the man she will marry.

If you are looking for a beautifully designed cake with an unforgettable taste, contact Cory Lewis at 662.832.3638, or e-mail her at m.corylewis@mac.com. You can also visit her website, corylewiscakes.com and her Facebook page to get more information and see more photos of her cakes which are all truly each a masterpiece!

Castleton Farms, Nothing Less Than Unforgettable


Situated on 108 acres of rolling pasture, Castleton Farms is home to a Greek Revival Antebellum Manor surrounded by the beautiful mountains in Loudon, Tennessee. Modeled after the New Orleans Plantation, Houmas House, the home boasts five bedrooms, four bathrooms, a beautiful spiral staircase in the main foyer, and a circular driveway complete with a twelve-foot, four-tiered Palazzo fountain.



The outdoor features at Castleton Farms are every bit as amazing as the home itself. The back of the home opens on to an incredible lawn with some of the most intricate landscaping in East Tennessee. Imagine an in-ground swimming pool with floating candles shimmering in the water on a perfect summer evening.


In front of the pool is an extraordinary water feature beginning with a Koi pond at the far end of the yard that pours into a brook just before flowing down several waterfalls. The last waterfall plunges into a large pond on the other end of the lawn that even has its own island accessible by an amazing land bridge. On the island sits a towering Jeffersonian-style Grecian gazebo…perfect for amazing photographs. Two brick bridges on opposite sides of the lawn take you across the stream.



Enveloped by lush flowers and greenery twinkling with white lights…patios, tiered gardens, and stairways take you down to the back lawn where a 150 foot walkway is waiting. On both sides of the path are Grecian columns just waiting to be decorated according to your taste. Surrounded by magnolia trees, weeping willows, and more Greek statues, an elegant tent for your guests is sitting under the beautiful canopy of the night sky. At the end of the walkway is a 20′ x 30′ raised platform where a covered pavilion with electricity and lighting await . . . just right for an elegant wedding, entertainment, or dancing.

Further across the property to the right is our vineyard. A walkway lined with Grecian urns leads to a beautiful patio, giving you a second option for your wedding or event site.

The Carriage House is a recently modified equine facility retaining all original woodwork and wrought iron accents. While the simple structure reflects a southern barn, the intricate vaulted ceilings create a cathedral feel for any event.


It illuminates an intimate and warm feeling while the large imported wrought iron chandeliers add the right touch of class to host any occasion. From a country barbecue to a chic 5-course dinner this venue will seat up to 150 guests.


Castleton Farms is an extraordinary venue and truly a place where all your wedding dreams can come true. To find out more about this breathtaking venue, visit their web-site: CastletonFarms.com or call them at (865)376-9040. You can also check out their Facebook page for more exquisite photos!


Castleton Farms, a magical place, perfect for your magical day!

*Photos by Bill Waldorf of Waldorf Photographic Art

A Few Tips When Making the Guest List

For those of us who have already walked down the aisle, we have been there when it comes to making the guest list. Trying to make sure no one is forgotten, comparing lists with parents and groom, gathering addresses, creating a guest list is quite a task and can get stressful! So here are a few tips that should be helpful as you make your guest list:

  • Know your budget! This will dictate just how many guest you should invite.
  • Split the list 50/50. It usually works best for the bride and groom to each make up half of the guest list, unless one person has a much great number of family or friends.
  • Once you have sent out the invitations, if you begin to receive regrets early, then do a second mailing of invitations. Just be sure that you are still allowing guests enough time to respond.
  • Make sure the venue or location you are having your wedding/reception holds the number of guests you are planning to invite. This is also a good way to determine how many guests to invite. If the church only holds 100, but you have 150 on your list, then you have some thinking to do. Different venue or cutting your guest list?
  • If you haven’t spoken to someone in years, chances are they will not expect to be a guest at your wedding.
  • Dealing with family can get complicated, second cousins, third cousins . . . . as I just mentioned before, if you have not spoken to them in years, don’t feel obligated to invite them. Only invite the family members that are closest to you.
  • Do I really have to say this one . . . . no exes, period!
  • If you are really concerned about your budget, then it’s simple . . . . having fewer guests will extend your budget.
  • Since parents are usually involved and foot the bill for the wedding, it is a good idea to consult with them on the guest list.
  • Most importantly, invite people that you cannot imagine not sharing your special day with! Invite people that will share the joy of your big day!
By: Lindsey Conrad Nabors

Friday, September 17, 2010

First Dance Friday


This week’s First Dance Friday couple is Cindy and Matthew. They were married on April 17, 2010 in Parkland, Florida. They had a fun filled reception with lots of love and rockin 80′s music! Their photos were taken by Emily Harris of Emily Harris Photography.

Congrats Cindy and Matthew! May you dance through life together for many years to come!


“Dancing with the feet is one thing, but dancing with the heart is another.”

~Author Unknown~

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Q&A: The Art of Henna and How Brides Are Using It Today

Henna is a modern trend that is seen more and more today by brides and ladies who are just wanting to do something unique and beautiful. Whether it is your wedding day or a fun party for just the girls, Beth Hendrickson of New World Henna is the expert when it comes to the history and application of Henna! Beth answered some questions to explain more about the art of Henna and what it is exactly.

Q. What is Henna?

A. Henna is known to most people as very popular hair dye but is also used for a form of temporary body art in which the skin is decorated with elaborate designs, typically done freehand. The henna paste is applied directly on the skin and leaves behind a stain that starts out orange and then in 2-3 days darkens to a beautiful mahogany/cherry brown color. It lasts about 2-3 weeks after that.

Q. What is it made of?

A. Henna powder/paste is made from the leaves of the henna plant which grows in hot arid regions, such as the Middle East, the Mediterranean, South Asia and North Africa.

Q. How long have you been a Henna artist?

A. I bought my first henna kit about 3 years ago and I was immediately passionate about it. It was about 6 months after that that I did my first festival event and I was hooked. I love meeting nice people and talking to them and drawing on them and I love it when they smile when I’m done- best feeling ever. For the last year and a half or so, I’ve added bridal work to my repertoire.

Q. How is Henna used for weddings?

A. In Arabic countries and in India, henna is used to decorate the bride’s arms, hands, legs and feet. In India, henna is referred to as “mehendi’ and is a must-have for the wedding. And Indian bride without her mehendi is like an American bride without her bouquet. The family and friends also get hennaed, but they get smaller designs. The rule is that you can’t get anything more intricate than the bride.

Q. How does a Bride go about selecting the type of Henna design that she wants?

A. The bride can pick from design books provided by the artist. The Internet also makes it very easy for brides to find designs on their own. They can either go to my site (www.newworldhenna.com) to pick a design or just browse the Internet for other artists’ designs. I usually try to customize the design for each bride to make it unique for them. Arabic brides usually go for elegant floral design that trail up the arms and legs. Indian brides, however like very intricate and dense designs that cover the arms and feet like a glove or boot. And they usually want to add elephants, peacocks, Ganesha or even a cute little bride and groom. Those are more time-consuming but they are fun to do. I’ve had several American brides get henna done for their wedding as well, usually opting for something very light and delicate.

Q. What is the process of applying Henna on a Bride for her wedding day?

A. I have the bride wash and pat dry her hands and feet. Then I begin applying the designs with the henna paste, starting with the legs and feet and them moving up to the arms and hands. The paste will dry as we go along so once I am done with the application, I go back and begin applying stretchy, breathable medical tape directly on top of the dried paste. She will sleep with the tape on overnight and then remove the tape and paste in the morning.

Q. How long does it take?

A. Depending on how much coverage the bride wants and the artistic difficulty involved in the specific elements that she requests, the full Indian bridals can take anywhere from 2-8 hours, including food breaks, chatting, stretching breaks and aftercare.

Q. How long does it last?

A. The henna stain lasts about 2-3 weeks. Usually by week 3, all of the stained layers of skin have exfoliated away. It is said that the darker a bride’s henna stain, the more her mother-in-law loves her. Also, the bride is not supposed to do any housework until it is completely faded.


Q. What is “black” henna and why is it bad?

A. Some artists, usually in touristy beach destinations, will try to sell you “black henna” tattoos. This stuff is terrible- it contains black hair dye which has PPD (P-Phenylenediamine) in it and can cause a severe chemical burn on your skin, leaving you scarred for life. Stay far far away from this false henna.

Q. Do you do Henna parties?

A. I do henna parties for any occasion- birthdays, bachelorette parties, wedding parties, baby showers, you name it. I’ve even done a Morocan themed baby shower complete with henna tattoos and a belly dance class for all of the guests! I also do henna on pregnant bellies. It’s something special and different that a mom can do for her prenatal photos. I just love working with those nice, big canvases!

Q. Why do you love the art of Henna and why do you think we are seeing it more and more today?

A. The thing that attracts me personally to henna is the fact that it is done freehand and that it is such a temporal art form. Because of it’s fleeting and temporary nature, it reminds us to enjoy the beauty that going on right now and to live in the moment. It’s actually kind of a bittersweet thing, because you know the design will fade away eventually. But then again, it lends itself to the ideas of renewal and rebirth, because you can get another beautiful design a few weeks later. I think that attracts other people to henna as well. Sometimes people don’t want to make that commitment to a real tattoo, but they still want to decorate their body. Another thing that I love about doing henna is that I really enjoy the intense mental challenge of doing those intricate 8 hour bridal sessions and then seeing the finished product.



Beth herself, at work applying Henna to a Bride.

To book an appointment or get prices, contact Beth from New World Henna. You can visit her web-site at newworldhenna.com or e-mail her at gwenlock@gmail.com. You can also check her out on Facebook and see more images of her talented work!

*Photos Provided by McLellan Style

Monday, September 13, 2010

Court Square Weddings


Draper’s Catering has teamed up with Courtyard by Marriott Downtown and Springhill Suites Downtown to bring you unique and amazing weddings in the heart of downtown Memphis. Situated on Main Street across from Court Square, both venues offer the perfect backdrop for your downtown reception.

Courtyard by Marriott

Located on the second floor, Courtyard’s King Cotton Ballroom can accommodate up to 100 guests seated and 125 cocktail style. This venue offers a spacious foyer, a beautiful view of Main Street, and a balcony to provide and even greater ambiance.

Springhill Suites

The Springhill Suite’s Kress Ballroom is located on the ground floor of the recently restored Historic Kress Building. The foyer is beautifully decorated with modern furniture and an impressive mural. The ballroom can hold up to150 guests seated and 175 cocktail style.

In addition to these great spaces, the hotels also have beautiful rooms and suites for out of town guests and even the honeymoon night. They have additional accommodations for rehearsal dinners and are located within a short trolley ride from Beale Street.

Draper’s Catering

Serving Memphis for over 20 years, Draper’s Catering has become an expert at the perfect wedding reception. They are constantly looking at new and exciting ways to serve and present delicious hors d’oeuvres and gourmet meals that your guests will remember for years to come.


Open House

Please join Drapers at the Open House event September 26, 2010 from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm where you’ll have the opportunity to tour both venues, meet the staff, enjoy food, music, and even have the chance to win a door prize. All are welcome.

75 Jefferson Avenue

Memphis, TN 38103

Free Self Parking at Shoppers Garage

NW Corner of Front & Jefferson

Please contact Ryan Draper at 901.830.3360 or ryan@draperscatering.com for more information. Also, feel free to RSVP at www.draperscatering.com/rsvp.

Friday, September 10, 2010

First Dance Friday

We are going to start a fun new post on Fridays called “First Dance Friday.” Each Friday we will show photos of a lovely couple during their first dance. This week our first couple for First Dance Friday is Stephanie and Jacob.



Stephanie and Jacob got married on May 22, 2010 in Hernando, Mississippi. Their photos were taken by Christen Jones Photography. Congrats to this lovely couple and we hope you dance your way through life together for many years to come!



“There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them.”

~Vicki Baum~

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Spotlight On The Bahamas


The moment your feet touch the sand and your gaze meets the clear water you know you’re in the Islands of the Bahamas. It’s the comfortable ease, the instant sense of belonging. Its finding that your departure from everyday life is also your arrival at an extraordinary place within yourself.

There are 700 Islands of Bahamas sprinkled over 100,000 square miles of ocean starting just 50 miles off the coast of Florida. The archipelago is an ecological oasis featuring 2,000 breathtaking islands and cays and boasts the clearest water of the planet – with visibility of over 200 feet. You can see your toes as easily as you can the world’s third largest barrier reef.

The Government

The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas is one of the most politically stable countries in the world. The Bahamas is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations which has Queen Elizabeth II as their head. Her Majesty’s representative is the Governor General. The Cabinet constitutes the executive branch and has control over the Government. The Cabinet is compromised of at least nine ministers including the Prime Minister and Attorney General.

Parliament constitutes the Legislative Branch, which is made up of a Senate and a House of Assembly. Subject to the provision of the Constitution, Parliament makes laws for peace, order and good government.

The History

Even the most experienced explorers have gotten lost in the abundant natural beauty. For centuries our Islands captivated explorers, settlers, traders and invaders while the shipping chanel enchanted pirates who quickly discovered all the great hiding places. To this day there are still tales of hidden treasure.

As early as 300 AD people came to the Bahamas from what is now known as Cuba and lived on the Islands of the Bahamas and relied on the ocean for food. From around 900 to 1500 AD the Lucayan people settled in the Island. They enjoyed a peaceful way of life and developed a viable political, social and religious systems.

In 1492 Christopher Columbus made landfall in the New World on the island of San Salvador. Inspired by the surrounding shallow sea he described the islands as “Baja Mar” which became The Islands Of The Bahamas. When he arrived there were approximately 40,000 Lucayans. Their peaceful nature made them easy targets for enslavement however, and within 25 years, all of the Lucayans were wiped out due to diseases, hardships an slavery they endured.

Fast forward closer to the present day, 1973 to be exact. On July 10th the Islands of the Bahamas became a free and sovereign country, ending 325 years of peaceful British rule. However the Bahamas remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and celebrates the 10th of July as Bahamian Independence Day.

Heritage

The Bahamas are much more than just a tropical destination. A daily celebration of rich culture, diverse heritage and way of life.

Art / Music / Dance – Self expression is at the core of every Bahamian. Whether through colorful art, lively music or soulful dancing. Throughout the Islands you’ll hear traces of African rhythms, Caribbean Calypso, English folk songs and unique Bahamian Goombay traditional music, which combines African musical traditions with European colonial influences Goombay can be traced back to slavery and is story telling and dancing performed to a fast tempo’d “goom-bahhh” beat on a goat skin drum.

Bahamian Cuisine – Being an international destination you can rest assured that you can find any type of food here. But while you are here, give your taste buds a chance to discover Bahamian cuisine. It’s spicy and uniquely flavored. Seafood is the staple of the diet. Fresh conch served with a knife and sprinkled with lime juice and spices is delicious. Other delicacies you’ll enjoy are lands crab and the Bahamian “rock lobster”. Wash down the wonderful cuisine with a cold beverage such as “Kalik”, a Bahama Moma or Goombay Smash. Perhaps give the “Sky Juice” a whirl, coconut water blended with sweet milk and gin.

Straw Markets – EXplore one of the Straw markets and take home a piece of Bahamian culture. You’ll find handmade hats, mats, baskets, woodcarvings or guava jellies. Test your bargaining skills and get a good deal on a great piece.

Language – English is the official language although you may hear “Bahamian English” which is a mixture of the Queens diction, African influence and Island dialect. The “h” is often dropped so it sounds like “ouse” for house and “t’anks” for thanks.

Weather / Climate

Thanks to trade winds that blow throughout the islands the Bahamas has warm weather all year round. The coldest winter averages a comfortable 70 fahrenheit, the coolest time being September through to May when temperatures range between 70-75 degrees. During the rest of the year there is high humidity with temperatures ranging from 80-90 degrees. At night it generally drops 5-7 degrees, so you can fun all day and all night.

Beaches

It’s quite literally heaven on earth in the Bahamas. Take a look at any of the pink or pure white sandy beaches. When you step in to the ocean you will be amazed how clear the water is.

The Travel Channel recently named Harbor Island Beach one of the top ten beaches in the world. While Surfers Beach is considered the world’s second best for surfing. Both of these beaches are on Eleutheria / Harbor Island. If you prefer the quiet there are plenty of beaches where the only footprints will be your own.

Boating & Sailing

There is no finer journey than one that leads you to paradise. Every mile you get closer you connect more with the world. The fish become more colorful. The coral reef brighter. And the water clearer. This is why the moment Columbus set foot in the New World, the Islands became a magnet for sea vessels. Everyone from Blackbeard to Ernest Hemmingway has made the voyage.

Today 10,000 boaters travel here each year for the Boating Fings, sailing regatta’s and an opportunity to escape. The close proximity to Florida and the 32 ports of entry make cruising here easy and convenient. Even if you do not own your own boat, don’t worry, there are plenty catamarans, private charters, boats and yachts to take you on a real water adventure.

Diving

The Islands of the Bahamas of a wide variety of dive experiences like no other destination in the world. There are sunken Spanish galleons, inland blue holes, caves and forest like coral reef, teeming with marine life. There are 25 different dive destinations across the island. Some of the most exciting experiences allow enthusiasts to swim and feed reef sharks, an exceptional experience offered no-where else in the world. More importantly the people of the Bahamas are committed to the art of hospitality as well as preserving the the unique ecology of marine life below the waves.

Family Fun

No matter if you are a kid or just a kid at heart, there is no shortage of fun in the Bahamas. The Islands offer some of the best family fun anywhere. Kayak through Gold Rock Creek. See egrets and blue herons at Duck Pond. Snorkel or ride on a glass bottom boat right over the coral reefs. Swim with Dolphins or Stingrays. Or relax at the pool or the beach at your resort or hotel. Whether you have little ones or big ones, everyone will have the time of their lives, including you.

Water Sports

One thing you have plenty of in the Bahamas is crystal blue water and it feels as amazing as it looks. Averaging 80 degrees Fahrenheit year round its like a warm water bath. So there’s no need to dip your toe in just jump right in. It’s the perfect conditions for water sports, kiteboarding, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, bonefishing, wave-runners, island boat tours, wild dolphin excursions and more. You will see rich marine life while riding the gentle waves and if you ever lose your balance, no worries, the water feels fantastic.

Attractions

While the beaches may be the main attraction they are far from the only ones. Venture inland and you’ll soon discover what it means to be Bahamian. Get a firsthand look at the way of life, the rich history, the extraordinary natural wonders and the striking man made attractions.

Stroll through forts, plantations and remote villages. Cool off in caves. Stand before the “Fountains of Youth”. See the endangered Bahamas parrot and rare flower species. Shop on historic streets. Watch the changing of the guard outside the Government House. Every one of the islands has plenty of onland attractions that tell the unique story of each.

Birding

People are not the only residents in this tropical paradise. The Bahamas parrot also calls these islands home. Bird watchers can enjoy close encounters with over 109 species of birds. This includes 28 species of birds not seen in the USA, Canada or Europe, as well as American redstarts, Cape May warblers and West Indian flamingos, which is the national bird.

Dining & Entertainment

For Bahamians, dining and entertainment go hand in hand. Eating is NOT simply to refuel ones body. No eating is about spending time with friends and family and new friends. If you are looking for good food there is plenty of it. Bahamian food is distinctive. The unique flavors and seasoning awaken taste buds. Beverages, made from fresh limes and coconuts leave you gasping for more. Whether you’re in a low key mood or want something more fancy, Bahamian food is available roadside, beachside and in fine restaurants – with additional international cuisine choices. After trying a few of the food and beverage offering you will not be able to control your cravings. It’s OK, you’re on vacation.

And when the sun goes down the fun doesn’t stop, it’s just beginning. Bahamians love music and dance. So when the moon lights up the islands, clubs, live shows and night spots come alive!

Gaming & Gambling

Treasures have been associated with the Islands of the Bahamas for centuries. Although nowadays it’s easier to get your hands on some without looking for buried ones. The Bahamas has world class casinos exclusively for vacationers.

Play a friendly game of Blackjack on the island Blackbeard once frequented. Take a chance on roulette. Wager on a major sporting event. Or try your luck at slots, which are open 24 hours a day. Are you game?

Golfing

All it takes is one look and it’s love at first sight. The championship fairways and green are that impressive. Designed by the likes of Robert Trent Jones Jr, Dick Wilson, and Greg Norman the challenging courses offer many distinctive features. Holes that hug the perimeter of Emerald Bay. Tifdwarf grass for faster putting surfaces. And even the world’s first Scottish style links course on a tropical island. Every detail plus the ocean winds and tight fairways, makes playing a round of golf absolutely incredible. You’ll just be praying for more daylight!

Weddings & Honeymoons

The declaration of love. The gatherings of friends and family. Bahamians love weddings. Getting married here is more than a special occasion, it’s a celebration.

You can’t make a better choice for a Destination Wedding than one of the Islands of the Bahamas. The clear blue sky, powdery white sand and crystal blue waters make the perfect setting for your big day. It’s the reason A list celebrities like Maria Carey, Cindy Crawford, Deion Sanders and even Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder, chose these islands as the place to start their new lives.

To get you ready, even from afar, Wedding Day Away’s professional wedding planners make organizing stress-free. They can even tell arrange special offers to make sure you stay within your budget.

Furthermore the Islands are a great place for one last pre-marriage hurrah with the guys or girls. Finally, being such a short ride from Florida, the Islands are easy for the most important people in your life to get to your nuptials.

The memories don’t have to end when your last dance does. Spend your honeymoon on the island afterwards. With 700 islands, you can go island hopping and really experience it all. Relax on the secluded beaches. Explore underwater caves. Go shopping for hand made crafts. Try some Bahamian rum punch. Swim with dolphins. An island honeymoon in the Bahamas is the perfect way to start your life together.

Quick facts

  • The 700 islands total an estimated land area of 5,382 sq. miles.
  • The Bahamas has the world’s third longest barrier reef. 14.5% of the world’s coral can be found in these waters.
  • The islands are made entirely of calcium carbonate, which is mainly produced or precipitated by the organisms of coral reefs.
  • There are no rivers in The Bahamas.
  • The population is somewhere north of 300,000.
  • The average temp is 70-75ºF during winter and low 80′s in the summer. Generally the Islands have light rainfall and low humidity.
  • English is the official language of the Bahamas.
  • The official currency is the Bahamian Dollar, although US currency is widely accepted, as well as major credit cards.

Most notable, however, is that each island has its own diversity that makes each truly unique.

Here are some examples…

Nassau, Bahamas

Nassau is the capital of the Islands of the Bahamas. It is located on New Providence next door to Paradise Island. Nassau is a genuine Caribbean jewel, with glorious beaches, some popular and booming such as Cable Beach, others quiet and secluded. You can choose from a number of activities including water sports, snorkeling, shopping, gambling at the casinos and all other expected modern conveniences.

Furthermore, it’s an easy flight from the US.


Paradise Island, Bahamas

Right next to Nassau, Paradise Island has all the modern conveniences and lots to do. Just like the other islands, Paradise is easy to get to by plane or by boat.

It caters for all desires from snorkeling and water sports to duty-free shopping and casino gambling.

But the best part is Paradise Island has its own separate beach, called Paradise Beach, a beautiful hideaway accessible only by boat or by foot.


Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas

Grand Bahama Island, the fourth largest of The Islands of The Bahamas, gets its name from the Spanish “gran bajamar” meaning “great shallows” for its many flats and shoals in the waters off the island. Located just 50 miles from Florida, Grand Bahama is easily accessible from anywhere on the east coast of the US.

The island offers two very distinct vacations. The miles of beautiful clean beaches provide a relaxing carefree visit especially along its southern coast where Lucaya is particularly popular all year round.

Alternatively the island also provides a vibrant night life including numerous hotels, restaurants and casinos. Those who crave activity can enjoy water sports and golfing activities. The Island also boasts one of the world’s largest underwater cave systems, three national parks, endless beaches, emerald green waters and enchanting marine life.

Despite its popularity today, Grand Bahama Island was virtually uninhabited for over 250 years. Yet the building of the Freeport and the short distance to the US mainland mean it is now one of THE most visited islands of the Caribbean.


Harbour Island, Bahamas

Three and a half miles of some of the most beautiful beaches you will ever see make up much of Harbor Island. The beaches are known for their distinctive pink sand.

Just next door, at 100 miles long and a slim two miles wide, Eleuthera makes it impossible to wander far from the white-sandy beaches. Together with Harbour Island, Eleuthera charms travelers with colonial villages and pineapple plantations.

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