Finding The Perfect Wedding Chapel

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I will admit that being a photographer in Las Vegas has given me a skewed vision of wedding chapels. Even so it seems like they have changed a lot from the way they used to be. Back in the day, there was no difficulty with picking out wedding chapels. In most cases, you would simply be married in the church you had attended since birth. Your wedding chapel was just, well, your chapel. It made a lot of sense, if you think about it. Although not all wedding chapels are gorgeous, the one you were raised in is the one that most accurately symbolizes your faith. A wedding is not so much a new beginning as a relationship meant to symbolize your continued commitment to community life. Why go to some exotic location, when you can do it at home?

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Las Vegas chapels, of course, are the antithesis of this. In some ways, they actually seemed to pride themselves on their phoniness. Las Vegas wedding chapels are almost unreal. Some of them have gigantic, ornamental organs that don’t play – mere props to create an impressive, Gothic image. Other ones are set up to look like ancient Egypt, or perhaps a woodland scene complete with neon flashing trees. Basically, modern American weddings have become something much different than what they used to be. Rather then symbols of lasting commitment, they are journeys into fantasy. It is no wonder that so few marriages last.

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Of course, as a wedding photographer, I am definitely a part of it. Wedding photography, after all, has nothing to do with capturing reality, or even personality. Because images of beauty have become more and more standardized, good wedding photographs should be digitally edited until they most closely resemble conventional standards of beauty. Granted, there are some couples that want a wedding photographer with an artistic touch, but they are fewer and fewer. Just as people want their wedding ceremonies to be held on California beaches, they want their wedding pictures to show them as California beach dwellers – lean, tan, and flawless.

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Don’t get me wrong – there is nothing wrong with using a wedding chapel you find beautiful. Wedding chapels should be beautiful. Everything about the day should be beautiful. Even so, however, it is helpful to keep in mind that a wedding ceremony and a wedding party are different things. The ceremony should be quiet and sacred. the party is where you let loose.


Rachael is the CEO and Founder of Rachael Academy. The online educational business and entrepreneurial platform. Rachael’s passion is to see men and women fulfill their life long dream of starting their dream business whilst living life on their own terms. Find out more about Rachael here.

Why Use a Hotel Wedding Co-ordinator for Your Jamaican Wedding?

Getting married in Jamaica isn’t that complicated, so why should you consider paying for the hotel wedding co-coordinator to do what you can just as easily yourself? Well there are a few reasons for this, and the first one is to do with stress. Getting married at home is stressful enough, even once the arrangements are made, and you know the system. Getting married in a country where you don’t know the rules, and only have a few guidebooks to help, can put undue pressure on what could otherwise be a relaxing wonderful day.

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Your hotel wedding co-coordinator should be familiar with all of the protocol surrounding getting married in Jamaica. You should have contact with them prior to your arrival in Jamaica, and all of the necessary paperwork should have been discussed and assembled. If you don’t have prior contact, there could be problems later that could have been avoided if you had spoken to them on the telephone or via email before you leave home.

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Talk through what arrangements you’d like to have. When you’d like to have the wedding, what venue options there are, whether you’d like to have a bridal bouquet of local flowers, do you need to hire a dress, how many guests will you have and will you require a meal to be provided for them? A wedding co-coordinator should be able to handle all of this so that all you need to do is turn up on the day, and upon production of the relevant paperwork be able to show you where to obtain your license to get married. If anything goes wrong with the arrangements, even on the wedding day itself, your wedding co-coordinator should be the person that deals with the stress of sorting it out so that your day is stress-free.

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Even if all you want to do is get married barefoot on the beach, it’s still worth hiring the wedding co-coordinator simply because they know their local system, and they know how to get around it if they need to! When you’re hiring the wedding co-coordinator however, make sure first that they are experienced in their job, and that they have handled many other weddings in that location – everyone has to learn somewhere, but you don’t want them learning with your wedding plans!


Rachael is the CEO and Founder of Rachael Academy. The online educational business and entrepreneurial platform. Rachael’s passion is to see men and women fulfill their life long dream of starting their dream business whilst living life on their own terms. Find out more about Rachael here.