The year around resort Catalina Island has a great wedding package that can accommodate any budget. Catalina Island is 26 miles off the coast of California. It is an ideal combination of sanctuary for wildlife and surf and sand. If you have ever dreamed of being on your own island with a love one, Catalina Island is both affordable and easy. The hotels along the port of Catalina offer various accommodations. In the off season which is during the Winter and early Spring you can literally enjoy its beauty undisturbed.
Catalina Island has some great cafes and restaurants you can simply kick back and take in the ambiance of the quaint sea resort. You can also rent bikes, and golf carts to transverse the island. Motor vehicles are prohibited so you can hike,walk, bike or golf cart your way around the picturesque island paradise. There is so much to do on Catalina Island. If scuba diving is something you have never tried, Catalina Island is a great place for novices. If you enjoy golf, there is a great course available. If you like native plant life, Catalina will enthrall you by its range of 400 species and counting. The discoveries on this Eco paradise is a continuing process.
The Wedding Ceremony:
There is a wedding planner who will make all the arrangements for you depending on your preferences and inclinations. The Isle of Romance Wedding Package is offered by a planner for a total cost of $1600. It does not include minister gratuity or witness fee. The package does include round trip tickets for the couple aboard the Catalina Express from various ports in Southern California. The package also includes flowers for the bride and a boutonniere for the groom.
Two nights hotel and three days at the Seacrest Inn is offered. The inn is a truly wonderful old Victorian setting. The rooms feature either an in room whirlpool or oversize tub for your enjoyment. The bubble bath and rubber ducky are yours to keep. A continental breakfast each day of your stay. There are also arrangements that can be made by contacting the Seacrest Inn directly. Their friendly staff will provide you with a range of prices and surprises.
The service is officiated by a non-denominational minister. You must have a valid California marriage license. Your Catalina Island marriage certificate is an additional feature of the package. The bride is treated to a stylish up do at the Island Breeze Salon. A complimentary make up is also included. The salon is used for a dressing room for the bride. The ceremony is concluded with complimentary champagne or sparkling cider. Photographs of the happy couple are also included. Additional guests you may want to bring along will be charged $44.50 for the Catalina Express. Their hotel accommodations will be charged separately. If you want to customize the service and package that is no problem all you have to do is contact the private planner at (310) 510-2367.
The Day Trip Wedding Package:
If you decide all you want is a packaged wedding and would like to make your own honeymoon plans either on Catalina Island or elsewhere that is possible through the wedding planner mentioned above. The Day Trip Wedding package includes round trip tickets on the Catalina Express. You may travel over in the morning and be back state side by that evening. The package includes flowers for the bride. A boutonniere for the groom and two rolls of film shot by Norfleet Photography of the wedding ceremony. The minister fee is included and the ceremony is chosen by you from an assortment of vows. A portfolio of your marriage certificate and the lovely ceremony vows you have chosen. The ceremony is conducted in a beautiful spot. The total cost of the day trip package is $750. Again, you must have a valid California marriage license. There is also services offered on the Catalina official page which will allow you to arrange for a private service for as little as $175.
Catalina Island Activities:
An extended honeymoon on Catalina Island is both romantic and has endless forms of outdoor activities. If you like to fish the coves and various fishing areas will challenge your imagination. Some of the biggest catches take place on Catalina Island. If you enjoy plant life a hike around the island will literally blow you away. There are bison on the island that have grown in numbers. They were originally brought to the island to shoot a film in 1924 for Zane Grey entitled, The Vanishing America. Zane Grey was an obvious visionary for his time. The island is pretty much the same as it was then due to vigilance of the inhabitants.
A visit to the Wrigley Memorial Botanical Gardens is definitely a sight to behold. Many of the unusual species were originally cultivated by the chewing gum magnet and are a treat for all visitors as well as the locals numbering less than 4,000. Mr. Wrigley was the original benevolent owner of the island whose vision it was to for preserve the island in its most pristine state. The residents of Catalina are of the same mind.
The setting of Catalina Island for your celebration of love is a perfect way to say I, do. It is also a great vacation spot that you will always remember. The wedding planner takes care of the details so the happy couple can enjoy the event. If you are a working couple and simply do not have the time to plan a wedding this is the simple and elegant solution. Many couples today have little time and may want to consider spending their hard earned dollars on something other than a wedding service. If someone else is paying for the wedding then that may not be an issue. However, many couples do pay for their own weddings and this is an ideal wedding for couples who might otherwise not have a memorable and romantic wedding experience.
The average wedding costs in the range of $7,000 at the minimum. The costs go up significantly depending on your guest list. This option provides couples with a life time wedding experience they can afford in time and money. It is worth looking in to for all who want romance and style, but may be limited by their budgets.