Expedia.com Unveils Create-Your-Own Hawaii Weddings

From the aisle of the
plane to the aisle of the chapel, Expedia.com
(R) is helping blissful couples
arrange their travel, accommodations and wedding ceremony in one complete
itinerary.
Expedia(R) is complementing its already successful Las Vegas
weddings selection by now offering brides and grooms-to-be a unique,
convenient and affordable way to tie-the-knot on the island of Maui, Hawaii.
Whether couples are driving to the desert or flying to the coast, they can
marry a wedding ceremony to any Las Vegas or Maui flight, hotel or a
combination of both and plan the trip of their dreams.
 
“As the first online travel service to offer create-your-own wedding
trips, Expedia wants to make it as easy as possible for couples to book travel
and ceremony services for their special day,” said Erik Blachford
, president
of Expedia North America.  “Since the program`s inception in October, more
than 450 people have booked weddings through Expedia.com.”
 
Travelers looking to get married Las Vegas-style or on a tropical Hawaiian
beach can click on the “Romance” link under Expedia.com`s Guides tab, or
simply add a wedding ceremony to any flight, hotel or travel combination in
Las Vegas or Maui.  Depending on a couple`s destination of choice, Expedia`s
wedding services can include limousine service, flowers, photographers,
wedding chapel reservations, a minister to perform the ceremony, catering, and
marriage license assistance.
 
Recent groom and Expedia.com customer Sean Hodges describes his Expedia
wedding experience.  “We booked the entire trip on Expedia.com and everything
was top-notch.  The planning was simple, reliable, and when we arrived, we got
`hitched` without a hitch. Thanks to Expedia, the most important day of our
lives was unforgettable and stress-free.”
 
Wedding ceremonies currently available on Expedia.com that can be added to
a Las Vegas or Maui trip include:

  - Sweet and Simple Beach Wedding includes beach ceremony, two floral
    leis, minister, marriage license assistance, and Hawaiian Certificate
    of Marriage.  Ceremony cost: $318 per couple.

  - Maui Sunset Wedding includes a beach ceremony, custom-made floral leis
    for bride and groom, minister, keepsake copy of vows, 18 professional
    photos, toast for two after ceremony, and all pre-ceremony
    arrangements.  Ceremony cost: $599 per couple.

  - Romantic Beach Wedding with Privately Catered Dinner includes beach
    ceremony, minister; all pre-ceremony arrangements, bridal bouquet,
    custom-made floral leis for bride and groom, professional photos,
    professionally filmed and edited video, and a privately catered, four-
    course meal for two on the beach with personal chef/waiter.  Ceremony
    costs: $1,563 per couple.

  - Little Chapel of the Flowers ceremony in Las Vegas includes a wedding
    coordinator, flowers, candle lighting, photographer, and video.
    Ceremony cost:  $385 per couple.

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  - Candlelight Wedding Chapel ceremony, at the same Las Vegas chapel where
    Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, and Ray Liotta all said “I do,” includes
    limousine service, flowers, and photographs.  Ceremony cost:  $192 per
    couple.


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