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Elope to Niagara Falls

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

When you are looking for a memorable wedding that doesn’t cost a fortune, eloping may be the economical and romantic choice. When you elope in Niagara you choose the size of your event, the venue, and the amenities at the price you want to pay.

Here are five of the top reasons to elope to Niagara.

5 Reasons to Elope in Niagara

1.  Location, Location, Location

Enjoy your Niagara Falls location

In Niagara Falls Canada, beauty and romance surround you everywhere with SO much to do:  wineries, ziplining, hiking, dinner and lunch cruises, bicycle and Segway rentals. Feeling adventurous? There are so many rides to choose from: horse n carriage, helicopter, jetboat, an areocar over the rapids and 175-foot high skywheel, antique car and limo tours.

There are museums, arcades, nightclubs, theatres, casinos, the famous festival of lights, and of course romantic walks and views, and enjoy fireworks displays over the falls in the evening. We are surrounded by 2 lakes, historic forts,  mouth watering cuisine, artisans and really cool gift shops. Niagara has it all year round!

You make the rules for your wedding

2.  You Make the Rules!

When you elope, there is no one to please but yourselves. No cake? No worries, you didn’t want a cake anyway.  No reception with favours? Nope, you didn’t want to buy favours or worry about booking a venue and try to please everyone (which is virtually impossible). When you elope, you can literally wing it, eat wherever and whenever you feel like, and do whatever you wish on your day. Create your own intimate wedding memories and spend the day on your own agenda. Say “I do” and then go hiking, or do a wine tour or wander around in the magnificently groomed parks around the falls.

Reduce wedding stress

3.  Less Stress

NO stress or family drama! No divorced parents to worry about! Avoid religious and cultural clashes! Eloping eliminates all the disagreements on things like colors, style, venue choices, food choices, who’s doing what, who’s in your wedding party, who’s on the guest list, ceremony style, parents that don’t talk, and that’s just the beginning! Eloping is the solution to avoid all of the stress and worry that planning a big event can create.

Save your wedding dollars

4.  Save your money!

Why go into debt at the start of your life together? The average cost of a wedding is $30,000.00, which could be well better spent in any kind of investment including a house purchase. It’s best to have no wedding regret: ask any couple who are still making payments on their wedding loan 5 years after if they wish they would have eloped. Enjoy a romantic intimate ceremony, a fabulous honeymoon and not bear the heavy burden of debt for years to come.

It's your secret when you elope to Niagara

5.  It’s Your Secret

It’s fun to keep it a secret!  “It’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission” is a great motto and there are so many fun ways to announce to everyone that you eloped. Planning such an intrigue is so romantic and charming. It’s just you and your lover. The only two2 involved in the “secret” and it’s such a special and exciting secret too! Those who are upset about the elopement will get over it, and if anyone wishes to plan and pay for an extravagant gathering afterwards then all you have to do is show up! Couples have announced they got married with surprise social media posts, photos and videos to rave reviews and excitement from family and friends.

Those who are upset about the elopement will get over it, and if anyone wishes to plan and pay for an extravagant gathering afterwards then all you have to do is show up! Couples have announced they got married with surprise social media posts, photos and videos to rave reviews and excitement from family and friends.

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Bio: Childhood friends Kathy and Kim offer exciting options for eloping to Niagara Falls. Niagara’s ONLY little log chapel located on a private log home property features a 1/2 acre treed area designated for intimate weddings Nestled on a lovely little creek that runs off the famous Niagara River, this picturesque location is ideal for 2-12 people, The Little Log Chapel is unique, cozy and quaint! Our packages include a non-denominational officiant and professional photography sessions are available. Also offering “Drive-through” weddings, the chapel is perfect for couples having a destination wedding and needing the legalities to be completed in Canada. Lickety-split, easy and fun! (By appointment only) call to book: 905-382-1490.

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Packing for your Bora Bora honeymoonThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

After your wedding, it’s the second most important moment you and your love have been waiting for, the honeymoon in Bora Bora! Before you skip off into the sunset and unto sandy beaches, we want to make sure you are fully prepared to have the best time and that you pack everything you’ll need and nothing that you don’t. After reviewing several travel blogs and learning what first-hand Bora Bora enthusiasts recommended, we compiled these top items to bring along.

Tips For Packing For Your Honeymoon In Bora Bora

Shoes & Clothing

Reef shoes or swim shoes are at the top of the list. They will protect your feet from the pieces of coral that run throughout the beach when strolling along the Lagoon. Flip flops, sneakers, and closed toe flats may also be a good idea when you’re out and about on the island.

Bring your raincoat or windbreaker and light cardigan for cooler evenings. But the day time will be for sun dresses, cover-ups, shorts (sometimes pants), sarongs and swimsuits. In fact, sources say to bring at least 3 swimsuits as you will most likely wear them on hot days which is almost every day. For guys, your clothing should be light, breezy, and cotton and you should pack both long and short sleeved options.

Protect your hair & skin in Bora Bora

Hair & Skin

Many of you already know not to sit in the sun without sunscreen, but be sure to bring enough to last both of you on your entire trip. Experts suggest at least an spf 30 and then follow-up with aloe vera to sooth your skin. Carry some non-toxic bug spray. Mosquitos are quite a problem around the airport. You’ll also need your sun shades a sun hat or wide-brimmed cap. You will most likely take advantage of the swimming and snorkeling which means your hair will take a hit. Bring your favourite detangler to keep your tresses manageable after your daily dunk.

Food & drink to enjoy in Bora Bora

Food & Drink

Without a doubt, you will need to stay hydrated so it’s good to have water handy in a reusable water bottle. Liquor can be expensive at the bars, so you can bring your own to enjoy in your suite, if it’s not included in your honeymoon package. Alcohol can be purchased in the Carrefour supermarkets or in Papeete.

You should also bring along some snacks and zip lock bags to hold them when you’re touring the island. You can pack a knife in your checked baggage in case you need to slice and enjoy some delicious island fruit. It’s also recommended to bring a small/collapsible cooler to hold refrigerated items if the fridge in your room does not suffice.

Water fun in Bora Bora

Leisure & Activities

And now for the fun part! You probably won’t want a used snorkel or flippers, so bring your own with some goggles too. Be sure to get them in the mesh bag so you can dry them out afterwards. Speaking of bags for wet things, an additional mesh or breathable bag will be great to keep your wet and dirty clothing until you get home.

A backpack or tote bag is going to be perfect to carry items after you’ve done a little shopping; you’ll save on having to buy a bag in the store. For the quiet indoor evenings or rainy days, pack a few books or magazines and a DVD player or iPad with pre-loaded offline games. As we mentioned, you’ll be spending loads of time in the water and may not have anyone to watch your stuff, so you may want to invest in waterproof cases for cards, money or your room keys. An underwater camera will help you capture some great snorkeling shots and you can bring your own raft or lounger for sun soaking in the water.

First aid in Bora Bora

Good to Have

Some things that may also be good to have are a travel sized first aid kit with Tylenols, Motrins, Immodiums, antacids, Band-Aids, Neosporin and any other light meds that will help fight allergies, headaches or indigestion.

There are no streetlights, so if you know you’ll be out in the evening, bring a portable flashlight and you will likely need a power adapter (2 round prong), chargers, and extra batteries for your phones and other electronic devices and memory cards for all the photos and videos you’ll be capturing. As a rule of thumb, you should always travel with a copy of your passport and driver’s license and sewing kit. It is also great to have on-hand whether you’re traveling or not.

What not to take to Bora Bora

What NOT to Take or Do

With all of what you should do to prepare for Bora Bora, there was a small list of things you should not do or bring which include: do not touch the corals as they could be very hot, do not feed the fish, do not bring heels (the locals will laugh at you trying to skip over all the road cracks), and do not bring jewelry. There will be lots of island jewelry to browse and buy when you get there.

Of course, it’s hard to anticipate and prepare for every need but this guide will assure that you have the basics to prevent mishaps or complaints and make your trip one of loving and long-lasting memorable moments. Safe travels!

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Bio: Sandra Gabriel is the Managing Editor at Bride & Groom Canada Magazinea digital magazine that can help you plan your special day.

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