March 20, 2007

The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings

The Hottest Trend in Weddings Since the White Dress, Including a Hot List of Properties From Aspen to Anguila, By Carley Roney and Joann Gregoli

NEW YORK, NY (March 20, 2007) — What do celebrity couples TomKat, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, and Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott have in common?

Each couple forgot the church and traditional reception space and took their wedding on the road.

Destination weddings are the it-child of today’s wedding scene. From exotic locations, such as Cabo San Lucas and Costa Rica, to historical cities like Rome or Athens, destination weddings not only epitomize romance, they truly make a wedding memorable and personal for the couple and their guests.

Carley Roney, editor in chief of The Knot magazines and, the #1 wedding website, knows just how memorable a destination wedding can be — but she also knows the unique challenges that come with organizing a wedding from miles away. So she turned to destination wedding planner JoAnn Gregoli, plus the thousands of The Knot brides who have planned destination weddings, to create the most comprehensive resource for every bride who dreams of taking her vows away from home: The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings (Clarkson Potter; March 20, 2007).

With first-class advice on everything from choosing the right destination to applying for a local marriage license, The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings is the first wedding resource complete with a timeline detailing the entire destination wedding to-do list and includes research from a year out to the finite details 24 hours before the ceremony begins.

According to Roney, a destination wedding does not necessarily mean a Caribbean ceremony with a barefoot bride on the beach. It can take place anywhere: the romantic Italian countryside; the lake where the bride spent childhood summers; the ski resort where the groom first said, “I love you”; or a vineyard in Napa Valley. In the latest addition to the extensive library of wedding information from The Knot, this guide provides couples with the tools they need to plan the unique and personalized destination wedding of their dreams.

Throughout the book, readers will be inspired by vibrant color photos, absorb priceless tips, sidebars, and advice unique to destination weddings including:

Budgets: Destination weddings can be a great way to save money, but keep exchange rates in mind — US dollars get you more wedding in Mexico than they do in Italy.

Hiring Vendors (page 49): Choose which vendors to hire locally and which to fly in. (Hint: Always fly in your photographer!)

The Destination Gown (page 18): Call the airline ahead of time to let them know a wedding gown is coming along for the ride! A flight attendant should be able to put it in the first class closet.

Weekend Events (page 103): What ingredients to include in the welcome bag – a welcome letter, a detailed schedule, a map of the area, and so on.

Legalities (pages 26 and 118): Did you know that in order to get married in France, one of you has to be a legal resident for at least 40 days? Different destinations have different rules on how long a couple has to live there before taking vows.

Top Hotels and the Best Time of Year (pages 159-195): Whether you’re looking for the best time to hit the Rocky Mountain slopes or the beaches in Hawaii, this guide fills you in on details such as weather, hot spots for guests to check out, and great hotel suggestions.

The Knot Guide to Destination Weddings is not only the best resource for couples to use while planning their wedding; it’s also beneficial when planning the honeymoon or any future getaways.

About the Authors
After an exhausting experience planning her own wedding to husband and The Knot cofounder David Liu, Carley Roney realized that brides-to-be were in dire need of a resource to make the wedding planning process simpler and more enjoyable. Thus, The Knot was born in 1996. Roney has become a media darling, appearing frequently on shows like Oprah, The View, Today, and The Early Show.

JoAnn Gregoli has planned hundreds of elaborate weddings all over the world, including those of noted A-list celebrities.