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Saying 'I Do' to Far-Flung Weddings and Honeymoons

Kelly Rummelhart and Houston Harreld are planning a traditional wedding in eastern Iowa, to be near friends and family. Their honeymoon will take them farther afield – to the rainforests of Bali with some beach time alongside the Java Sea.

"We wanted to do something different," Kelly said of their decision to jet halfway around the world to celebrate their wedding.

These far-flung honeymoons, along with weddings to destination spots like the Mexican Riviera, are increasingly popular and attainable. Allied Travel, in Johnston, even has a full-time staffer designated as a wedding navigator, co-owner Jody Valentine.

Destination weddings and destination honeymoons may at first glance seem to be interchangeable, but there are subtle differences on why you would choose one over the other. And they aren’t typically combined, Valentine said.

A destination wedding often will be to a resort in Mexico or the Dominican Republic. The couple would likely opt for an all-inclusive resort because it would most likely house and feed guests.

As for honeymoons, "95 percent of them want someplace relaxing after the stress of the wedding," Valentine said. So a zip line in Costa Rica might not fit as a wedding locale, though it would for a honeymoon.

Valentine has worked many years in travel, so she has handled many destination queries involving most corners of the globe. Europe seems to be a more popular destination, she said, and even cruises have popped up. And yes, even some Disney cruises.

Kelly, a wedding consultant at Schaffers Bridal in West Des Moines, and Harreld, a banker in Leighton, have previously gone on a cruise to the Mexican Riviera, and for a honeymoon considered Europe.

"I want to experience the culture and the food," said Kelly, who said she’s up for an adventure. She figures she can do that just as well in Bali, and especially found that to be the case when a friend who is a travel agent wrangled her a deal that makes it more affordable than Europe.

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Got a Million Dollars? Here's Where You Can Live

You just came into a million dollars cash and now want to blow town for the bright lights of a bigger city. Where can you stretch those dollars farthest?

Try Houston, where GOBanking Rates estimates your kitty will last 25.96 years as you dole it out on housing, groceries, transportation and utilities. That’s the most affordable of the nation’s 50 large cities that GOBanking recently ranked. Groceries in Houston were dirt cheap in the study – just $2,896 yearly. They weren’t much more in Oklahoma City, which came in 49th at 24.58 years.

The most expensive city was New York, mostly due to sky-high housing expenses. You can stretch $1 million only over 17.48 years there. Boston wasn’t far behind and neither was San Francisco, both due to high housing expenses.

In the Midwest, $1 million will last 22.14 years in Kansas City and 23.6 years in Omaha. The Nebraska city was cited for housing costs that are just 76 percent of national averages.

Des Moines was not listed. But if the average home price in Omaha is $168,300, and it’s $141,000 in Des Moines, and housing costs are a big component of this study, then we ought to be living maybe a little longer in Iowa. Certainly longer than in the Big Apple.
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