Dear Readers:

The Association for Wedding Professionals International (AfWPI) is pleased to welcome you to the premier issue of our new magazine—Weddings Elsewhere—which we are publishing in conjunction with Apogee Publications. Thank you for visiting us here at www.weddingselsewhere.com.

The focus of Weddings Elsewhere echoes AfWPI’s mission—to connect wedding industry professionals worldwide to prospective couples, making a perfect match.

Did you know that there are more than 2.1 million weddings a year by U.S. couples alone? Of those 16 percent are destination weddings. That’s more than 336,000 weddings held elsewhere!

We’ll be exploring such topics as how to choose a wedding vendor/location; hidden destinations; cruise weddings; pros and cons of using wedding planners & destination wedding planners; how to take the best wedding photos ever; legal requirements for non-U.S.-based weddings; travel tips for wedding guests; colonial/historic wedding locations; adventure wedding ideas; beach weddings; all-inclusive weddings; bed and breakfast weddings; how to decide on the right wedding reception. In other words, anything about planning the perfect destination wedding!

And if there’s something you want to see covered, or a question for one of our hundreds of AfWPI members, just email me at Richard@afwpi.com or contact our editor, Nicole Millman-Falk, at Nicole@apogeepublications.com.

We are thrilled to go on this journey with you so that your destination wedding is all that you’ve ever dreamed it would be.

Richard Markel
Association for Wedding Professionals International