Thursday, January 19, 2012

Destination Weddings - Catalina Island, CA

Considering a destination wedding?  Catalina is a destination wedding location that is both unique, exotic and for those residing in the U.S. west coast, easier to reach than you think!  The calming air of Catalina Island makes for a wonderful retreat where time seems to stand still and one can appreciate the wonderful joys that nature has to offer.  Whether you spend your day exploring the crystal clear waters, enjoying Mai Tais on the beach or visiting a local spa for a couple's massage, Catalina Island is also known as the Island of Romance!

Many different kinds of weddings can be held on Catalina Island.  From extravagant thousand-guest affairs to intimate wedding vow renewals with no guests, Catalina Island can cater to each couple.  When planning keep in mind that most large facilities are booked on Saturdays from May thru October almost a year in advance.  Most hotels do require a 2-night stay when staying on a Saturday night.  The hotels on the island are quaint and many have no more than 50 rooms nor do they offer banquet facilities.  However, most hotels, churches and reception sites are within walking distance of each other. 

The stunning Casino Ballroom is a magnificent place to hold a wedding.  Accommodating up to 1200 guests, the Casino Ballroom is located in Avalon's Historic Landmark, offering on-site catering.  You can visit the official Catalina website: for more information and to also request a Catalina Visitors Guide. 

Catering, florists and other local services are readily available.  Many items can also be ordered online and shipped to your destination site.  Online shopping offers a vast array of gifts for your wedding party including
cufflinks, tie bars, money clips and key rings.  There has been an increase in the number of couples purchasing their wedding bands online.  By shopping online it is easy to cost compare through multiple outlets versus the traditional route of driving from jewelry shop to jewelry shop.  Other items that can also be ordered online, such as wedding d├ęcor items, favors and the internet is also a great source to research various on-site vendors such as venues, catering services and florists.

Having a destination wedding is not as difficult as one may fear, thanks to the advanced technology of today’s society.  With the World Wide Web, planning your destination wedding is only a mouse-click away.  Keep in mind that on the island of Catalina, much of the activities available are daytime activities and most restaurants and shops do close early, leaving many couples to retire early to their rooms.  As mentioned before, Catalina is also known as the Island of Romance.

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