I’ve come to believe destination weddings are another sign of a society in decay. They are on the list right between global warming and the Tea Party. It’s hard to believe that people have begun to shun the church around the corner and want me to travel to a place someone else has convinced them is the “ultimate” destination. Now, to further trick us, they’ve stopped calling them weddings and now call it a “celebration of our union” so they can justify the extra charges. Or just so their kids can come to the event. When did this start and whose idea was it and why did they think it would be a good idea to foster it upon cynics like me? Did some travel agent convince one of Conrad Hilton’s daughters that this would be a good thing and that got the ball rolling because now everybody’s doing it? From Cabo to Cancun, Bimini to Beirut, Hawaii to Hungary…no corner of the world is any longer immune to a destination wedding. Where do all your friends live? California? This will be great…we’ll have the wedding in the Republic of Bhutan. They’ll love it. A 23 hour plane ride, then a rickety train to the base of the mountain and the final 9 miles uphill on the back of a donkey. And when you have feeling in your butt again, you have to put on a bridesmaid’s dress the color of a yak’s gall bladder. Won’t that be fun? You’ll never forget it. I think the big problem is the term…destination. You might think Hawaii is in my backyard but I live in a zip code and once I cross the line, it’s a destination. You want me to use MY time, MY vacation, MY money to get YOUR gift, celebrate YOUR wedding at YOUR destination. I gotta tell ya’, that’s not how I like my pronouns to work. I have to go to one this weekend and it’s in the desert. Did I mention it’s formal? So now I have to dust off my tuxedo so I can wear it in the desert and get more dust on it. Perfect. I’m going to look like a penguin on Mars. Try as I may, I can’t think of anything more inappropriate than that. Maybe I can wear a Speedo to a Bat Mitzvah next week. And these are people I like so you can just imagine how upset I’d be if I didn’t like them. I mean, it’s the last weekend I can shop for Christmas presents, the first weekend of decent bowl games and the last weekend of the regular NFL season so my preferred destination is the couch. I’ll be in my boxers but if you trim the guest list a little, everyone can fit in the house. I made up a new joke so tell me what you think. Question: When do you go to a destination wedding? Answer: When a gravy boat just won’t do.
It’s not really that different in business. IMC will go to the ends of the earth to satisfy you and your customer and we have products for every promotion, event or occasion. We value our relationships and as 2013 winds down we, at IMC, have much for which to be thankful and we take our business relationship seriously and we want you to enjoy, give and receive our products and be able to use them every day. We wish the best for you and yours and eagerly anticipate the coming year. Our 2014 catalog has gone to print and we are excited about new business opportunities and our new products. We will be updating the IMC website with these new products and brands. All new items will be easily accessible in the section of our website. The 2014 IMC catalog will also be virtual on Zoomcatalog.com if you’re tired of fighting paper catalogs. It can be viewed nicely with your laptop, iPad, tablet or phone. IMC is the recognized leader in the introduction of new retail brands to the promotional product industry and has multiple design awards from both ASI and PPAI. Since introducing Waterford® Writing Instruments and MoMA years ago, IMC has presented more than 35 retail brands from global suppliers to enhance the selections you can offer your clients. This summer we brought you Filter2Go, Ten Design®, Stewart/Stand® and Trendex so look for new and exciting promotional products next year from IMC. We invite you to browse any of our 2,500+ products on the IMC website to see items suitable for any occasion or event and pieces you can use to personalize your relationship with your clients. We have promotional products for every event, show, convention, corporate store and company program that will keep your client looking to you for new ideas. What do you think? Let us know with a comment here or on Facebook or Twitter. IMC wants to know…what’s your destination?