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If you’re both keen on angling, why not get married on the shores of beautiful Hubbard Lake in Michigan? You can exchange your vows in the morning, enjoy a quick spot of fishing and use your catch to cater for the reception.

Hubbard Lake is seven miles long and two miles wide, and is over 80 feet deep at its deepest point. It’s well stocked with bass, yellow perch, northern pike, tiger muskie, trout and walleye. It’s a favourite spot for angling in the summer. But if you fancy a winter wedding there’s good ice-fishing there as well.

You might struggle to find a convenient hotel, though – Alcona County had a population of only 11,000 at the last census. But you could always camp out…

The nearest major airport is Detroit Metro (DTW).

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My initial reaction to (Portuguese) weddings is: “Please, please, don’t invite me, please!” Obviously I don’t actually say that, but it’s what I think when someone tells me they’re getting married.

They cost a fortune here to have and to go to. I must point out at this stage I’m talking about weddings in the north of Portugal. I was interested to find out recently that down south (and around Lisbon) they’re not such a big deal. There is no such thing as a small Portuguese wedding and I don’t think there’s any such thing as a Register Office wedding either. Never heard of one, anyway.

Your typical Portuguese wedding is this. I went to one just like it a couple of weeks ago. It was better than the previous one I went to earlier this year because I didn’t know anyone except the bride and groom. Perfect. So anyway, if you’re a friend of the bride, you go to her house and the same for the groom. You’ll watch her being photographed and generally socialise for about an hour, you might get fed and watered if you’re lucky (traditionally, yes). Sustenance for the church service. Keep one’s strength up. Everyone then drives to the church in convoy.
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After the ceremony the happy couple traditionally travel to the wedding reception together, so the perfect choice of transport can really lend the proceedings that touch of class and fun. You have many options in choosing your transport, some of which may go particularly well with the theme of your wedding.

The traditional limousine is still one of the most popular choices for wedding transport. Modern limousine companies offer a wide range of cars with various special features. You may go for a stretch limo so that close family and friends can travel with you to the wedding reception. This can be a lot of fun because modern limousines offer features such as dance floors and jacuzzis, as well as the standard free champagne. On the other hand, you could opt for a smaller, more intimate limousine so that you have some time alone before the wedding reception, where you will almost certainly not be left to reflect on your wedding day for very long!

If being chauffeur-driven is not really your thing, then another popular form of wedding transport is to hire a two-seater sports car such as a Ferrari or an Aston Martin. These are usually available for hire by the day and can create a truly memorable journey from the ceremony to the wedding reception. This has the added bonus of allowing the couple to spend some time alone before the wedding reception.
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Wedding photos will probably become your most cherished possessions after your wedding day, just as cherished as the memories that were created as well. Because of this you need to make sure that you choose the right photographer so that you can look back on your wedding photos with pride. It is not just about organising the after-ceremony photos and getting everyone standing in the right position, the photographer must be in the right place at the right time so that the whole day is caught on camera.

When looking for a photographer, be sure to ask for a list of references and testimonials. All good photographers will have a portfolio of clients and examples of their work. But don’t just take their word for it; get in touch with previous clients to find out how the day went with the photographer. Remember that this will be the happiest day of your life and you only have one chance to catch those special memories on camera.
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It’s a common misconception that for a wedding gift to be valued, it must be expensive. This is not so – a wedding gift is as much about thoughtfulness as it is about the price tag. Anyone can go out and buy the most expensive item on the wedding list and wrap it up in fancy paper. It is another matter to put some thought into finding a gift that the happy couple will cherish as thoughtful, personal and different.

An example of such a wedding gift can be as simple as a gift basket filled with various items. For example, buy bits and pieces separately and put them all together into one unique gift. You could put together a hamper with a bottle of wine, some nice chocolates and fruit. Throw in a picnic blanket and you have created your own special picnic hamper.
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