What’s not to love about a destination wedding?

Whether your bride is interested in sun, sand, and surf or is looking to be wed amid colorful bursts of fall, the idea of getting away holds appeal and creates a truly memorable event. The question becomes not if to do a destination wedding, but where? International Wedding Concierge, Lisa Light, brought her vast experience to the table and added the insights of destination pro JoAnn Gregoli, MBC™, and The Knot’s Carley Roney to pull together their Top 10 Destination Picks. What are they? Look inside to find out (p 8)—and be sure to check out the lovely destination Real Wedding from Puerto Rico (p 27).

Inside this issue, you’ll also find wonderful advice on the booming eclectic rental market, the importance of considering special diet needs in catering selections, and what to put inside your emergency kit. Plus, we’ve added some great information for the business end of your business.  Speaker, Trainer, and Consultant Chris Evans shares tips on unlocking the potential of co-marketing. In the first of a three-part series called “Exit Strategies,” Angela Dupont, ABC™, CPCE, discusses how to value your business for a potential sale. And, Elise Enloe, MBC™, talks education—specifically the Association of Bridal Consultants’ seminar series four, five, and six.

Tucked in among our many other fine features is an exclusive interview with Susan Southerland in which she shares her savvy secrets to success with Wedding Planner Magazine readers. If you want to know more about Susan Southerland, plan to see her in person by attending the ABC 2013 Business of Brides Conference, “Palm Beach Chic,” in West Palm Beach, Fla., Nov. 10-12. You’ll also hear from her fellow keynote speakers Matthew Robbins and Simon T. Bailey, and many other presenters. Register at BusinessofBrides.com or BridalAssn.com. We’ll look for you there!

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