Packing for your Honeymoon

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The packing list is long when it comes to travel itineraries that extend beyond one week. And with the added pressure of “honeymooning,” sometimes it’s easy to overlook to the most obvious must-packs.

Above, I’ve highlighted three of the things I found incredibly valuable on our trip, as well as one item I wish I would’ve brought along.

Versatile Cover Up | $148
An easy-to-pull-on cover up that goes from breakfast to beach to cocktails and looks appropriate at all three is essential to truly relaxing and minimizing runs back to your guestroom. The lace trim neckline and cold shoulder detail of this Holy Caftan option are the perfect mix of sweet and sultry.

Jet Bags for Traveling with Wine | $14.99 for 3
One of my favorite memories from our time in Bora Bora was uncorking my favorite bottle of wine by our private pool during a drizzly afternoon. I’m so glad that we had the foresight to bring along a couple of our favorite bottles in our checked luggage.

Kindle Paperwhite | $99
From guidebooks for your honeymoon locale to magazines on the plane and novels for down-time reading, I love how easy it is to tote around the Kindle Paperwhite, rather than a bulky stack of books. It’s simple to download books using WiFi and if you have a local library membership, you can even borrow e-books for free using an app like Overdrive.

Beats Pill Portable Speaker | $170
One of the face-palm moments that we had during our trip was not packing one of our portable speakers. I love my Beats Pill speaker (although, we admittedly rely on Google Home most of the time these days) and it would have been ideal for playing music on the balcony of our guestrooms or as we set up shop on the beach.

These picks barely scratch the surface, of course. There’s a multitude of regular old travel needs (sunscreen! phone charger!) that you’ll want to remember, as well as all of the honeymoon gifts that friends and family have probably gotten for you. Narrowing everything down and smartly packaging it within your luggage can be a task, so pre-plan and pack ahead of time if you’ll be heading to the airport shortly after your wedding!

Our Honeymoon {Bora Bora, New Zealand & Australia}

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It took a while, but I’ve finally pulled my sh*t together and am ready to wrap-up our honeymoon overview! It was good. It was really good. Maybe so good that I felt {for a year, approximately} that I couldn’t do it justice in summary. But, here goes. I’ll give it my best.

Let me start with a bit of background. While I was busy planning the nitty-gritty details of our Big Day, Trevor took on the work – and I do mean the entire responsibility – of planning our honeymoon. That was excellent because I didn’t really have the energy to get into all of the necessary travel research, and also, because we completely trust each other when it comes to vacation planning. The only requirement that I had, which I stressed, was that it had to incorporate some element of relaxation for at least part of the trip. {You-know-who sometimes defaults to adventure mode, and I knew that I’d appreciate winding down after the wedding craziness ended.}

On top of planning the full vacation, my lovely husband also thought it would be fun to keep it a surprise. So, a surprise it was! An amazing surprise. Our trip was a perfect mix of luxurious relaxation and wild adventure. We slept in stunning accommodations – from a waterfront thatch-roof villa to a lakeside yurt. Lord knows how I was able to fit both wardrobes in one suitcase, but I did it.

Our Itinerary:

  • Day 1 – 5 // Bora Bora, The St. Regis
  • Day 6 – 7 // Flight + New Zealand, Aukland
  • Day 8 – 10 // New Zealand, Queenstown
  • Day 9 // New Zealand, Wanaka
  • Day 10 // New Zealand, Kaikoura
  • Day 11 – 12 // New Zealand, Marlborough Region
  • Day 13 // Australia, Sydney
  • Day 14 // Flight home

Bora Bora

We arrived at the tiny Bora Bora airport {via DTW – LAX – PPT} with several other couples and were greeted with fragrant purple and white leis before we climbed aboard the St. Regis yacht to head toward our resort. It was raining, but even in the drizzle, the endless blue of those French Polynesian waters are something spectacular. It was early morning, so we arrived just in time for breakfast while we waited to check into our room. The process was seamless, with a golf cart tour of the property and a few hours to lounge while our villa was prepared.

You might be thinking, isn’t Bora Bora known for its over-the-water bungalows? Indeed, it is! In fact, if you’ve seen the movie Couples Retreat, you’ve seen this resort up close … they filmed the whole movie on site and in honor, the movie is looped continuously on one channel at the resort ūüėČ

We, however, didn’t stay in an over-the-water bungalow. Based on the photos, Trevor angled for something a bit more private, with some swimmable space that wouldn’t be shared with other travelers. Instead, we booked one of five Beachside Villas with Pools, which turned out to be more ideal than we could have imagined.

You see, we hit a bit of a rainy patch during our stay, so while bungalow guests were holed up inside and asked to stay out of the deeper, stormy waters underneath their rooms, we spent the entire day hopping in and out of our private pool and lounging beachside under the leaves of palm trees. It was magic. A bottle of wine and some cocktails delivered to the room? Yes, please!

When we weren’t outside, we were enjoying the Miri Miri Spa by Clarins. Not once, but twice. We indulged in 90-minute couples massages and when it rained the following day, we trotted back over for another, without a twinge of guilt. It was our honeymoon, after all!

During our stay, we met several other honeymooning couples because let’s be real for a second. Bora Bora is ALL honeymooners. Honeymooners, or anniversary celebrators, or romantic vacationers. It’s luxurious and exquisite, but a party island it is not. Not even a little bit. If you’re visiting, expect to be back in your room no later than 10 p.m., because there’s not much to do elsewhere, with restaurants and bars all closing unusually early. {Of course, the time difference is impactful here, so most folks are ready to head back to their rooms earlier than later anyway.}

Because the property was so amazing, we only ventured out – via the shuttle boat – for a couple of dinners.

Our best meal, hands down, was at Villa Mahana, on the main island, which offers two prix fixe menus – one French, and one Tahitian inspired – at each of its seven tables. Trevor claims that it’s the best meal he’s had … and I don’t disagree. The service is phenomenal, the courses are masterpieces and the setting is intimate and special. Book your reservations early, definitely before you arrive on the island.

Our second dinner out was to the legendary Bloody Mary’s. After I made myself comfortable on the wooden stool seating, our server told me that only a week ago, Jennifer Aniston had sat in the same place {if he was lying to impress me, it worked!}. The food was good – not extraordinary – and the drinks were delicious. Most importantly, the vibe was fun and entertaining, with a sand floor and live music.

New Zealand

Aukland

From our “pit stop” in Bora Bora, we flew to New Zealand’s north island, into Aukland, where it was necessary to spend the night before catching our connection to the south island the next morning. Not a lot to report on Aukland … it was a big-feeling city but unusually empty due to a government holiday. Somehow, we landed in a chaotic pub and had a few brews before calling it a night.

Side note: Traveling from Bora Bora to New Zealand, you’ll lose an entire day due to the International Date Line.

Queenstown

Ah, Queenstown. What a breath of fresh air! As soon as we stepped off the plane, it felt like we were where we needed to be. While it was spring at home, the fall season was just cresting in April in New Zealand, and as a fall-sorta girl myself, I was in heaven.

Queenstown is beautiful. The foliage was brilliant against the deep blue of Lake Wakatipu, which the entire city looks out over. Downtown was a bustle of people and tourists, with casual bars and high-end shopping and a little bit of everything else squeezed between.

We stayed at the charming Cherry Tree House, a part of the Trelawn Place B&B. Positioned above and overlooking the fjords, this tiny slice of countryside felt like it was far from 2016. Low ceilings and a pot-belly stove warmed the cushy interior, and a bedroom upstairs offered a Juliet balcony that opened up to amazing views. Each morning, our hosts either delivered breakfast fixings to us or offered it hot in their own dining room, where we made friends with fellow travelers.

There’s SO much to do in Queenstown that it was tough to leave. We hiked during the day, visited the nearby Arrowtown – an old timey village tucked among the hills for window shopping and wine, and got our adventure on zipping down the world’s steepest zip line with Ziptrek Ecotours.

One afternoon, we headed out toward Glenorchy, west of the city, to walk the long mountainside beach. The town held little interest, but the drive … the drive was awe-inducing. I’d recommend splitting your time behind the wheel so that you can truly soak up the scenery, but also experience the smooth and winding blacktop. Lots of fun, whether you’re in the driver’s seat OR the passenger seat.

I should mention here, too, that when we arrived in Queenstown, we rented an SUV. All of our travel through New Zealand after landing in Queenstown was on wheels.

Wanaka

Just when I thought that New Zealand couldn’t feel more special, we drove to Wanaka. For some reason, Wanaka felt like home to me. Maybe it was that we arrived at dusk, as the sun was setting over Lake Wanaka, all slanty and orange, with people settled along the beach just watching it slowly set. But it could have also been the uniqueness of our lodging – a “glamping” style yurt – that was positioned approximately in the middle of nowhere, overlooking a lake, and underneath a blanket of the brightest stars I’ve seen in a long time.

Our New Zealand yurt¬†was dubbed Mt. Gold by Explore Life and offered a comfy bed with plenty of layers for keeping warm, seating outdoors, a flushable toilet, shower and working sink. It was a cool night, which made a good excuse to drink an extra glass or two of wine and cuddle up, but when morning came, we were rewarded with expansive views of the lake; I’m not lying when I say that it was difficult to leave.

Kaikoura

We then drove up the coast – a long and windy and slightly scary-in-the-dark coast – to the little beach and fishing town, Kaikoura. I’m hesitant to say that I had a favorite accommodation on this trip because they were all so wildly different, but if I had to choose, it might just be our night at The Factory.

We arrived late, but our hosts were incredibly gracious, with fresh bread, local honey and jam, yogurts and more awaiting us for the next morning’s breakfast. For that night, however, a bottle of bubbly – sparkling sauvignon blanc, my favorite! – was chilled and ready for popping.

With a champagne flute in hand, I walked the unit, marveling at the spirited decor {including an adorable black Smeg fridge} and choosing between two bedrooms before we headed out to dip into the hot tub.

The next day, we lazily enjoyed our morning in our spacious suite before chatting up our hosts on must-sees in the area. We walked the small downtown, swung by “The Original” Kaikoura Seafood BBQ for fresh-grilled crayfish {pricy little suckers, but scrumptious} and then made the short hike up Oahu Stream, where you’re guaranteed to find dozens of baby seal pups splashing underneath a waterfall. An instant antidepressant, those seal pups and absolutely worth seeing.

Marlborough

Marlborough was our last stop in New Zealand, so we stayed for two days, allowing ourselves plenty of time to sample the several sauvignon blanc wines that the region is known for. We booked a day with Wine Tours by Bike, where we were picked up from our lodging and taken to be fitted with a helmet and bicycle for some wine tasting on two wheels. Because the vineyards are so close to one another, biking is the perfect way to roam around, and this vendor allowed us to explore separately and at our own leisurely pace, which I appreciated. Thankfully, they also provided wine bags that attached to our cycles, and also offered to pick up boxes for those folks who wanted to ship home a crate or two.

While in town, we stayed in Adelaide’s Barn, a separate garden suite to the Marlborough Bed and Breakfast. With a cozy bedroom, lounge area and full kitchen, we made ourselves comfortable for two nights, and at this point in the trip, even enjoyed hitting the grocery store to make an easy meal of pasta in one evening.

From Marlborough, we also explored the tiny port town of Picton, picturesque and perfect for spending the morning stationed on a cafe patio.

Australia

Sydney

Between you and me, our trip was not supposed to include a night in Sydney. Yet, the travel gods declared that it be so, and we – not at all begrudgingly – found ourselves with 24 hours in the harbour. Because of our travel dilemma, we simply got a room at the hotel airport in order to make our early flight easily, dropped our bags, and headed into town immediately.

It doesn’t get any more cliche, but our first stop was to the Opera Bar at Sydney’s famed Opera House. With seagulls diving all around us, we ate overpriced but decent sandwiches and sipped on beers, soaking up the beauty of the area. Afterward, we walked the Royal Botanic Gardens next door, and then boarded a ferry toward Manly Beach, where we bought cheap beach towels, changed into our suits and found some sand. The beach was different than I’d expected, rather shallow and long, with tall, tall pine trees and fallen logs. It was crowded, too, so after an hour or two, we headed up for a snack and to catch a ferry back to the harbor.

From there, we explored the options in Darling Harbour, which were aplenty. We ended up at a casual Italian chain – Criniti’s – that’s tucked behind the lit-up ferris wheel and simply relaxed. The food was fine, but the conversation, recapping our two weeks away, was most memorable.

Our honeymoon was a little bit of everything. A bit of relaxation, a bit of adventure. Lots of planes {those flights are a doozy} and quite a bit of time behind the wheel, too. But we saw and did SO much in our two weeks, simply enjoying the company of one another, rehashing our favorite wedding moments along the way, and indulging in some amazing food and wine along the way.

It was a perfect balance, I think. And it was also a once-in-a-lifetime excursion.

I wouldn’t trade it for anything.¬†

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Cocktail at the beach? If I must …

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The rain had just ended, but here’s a partial view of our villa’s beachfront and pool

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Bicycling the overwater bungalows

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The view from Cherry Tree House in Queenstown, New Zealand

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A moment to pause in Glenorchy, after our amazing drive

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Another view from our drive to Glenorchy

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Hiking in Queenstown; don’t worry, there was wine and cheese in the backpack

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That slanty Wanaka sun! Gets me every time.

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Glamping in a yurt near Lake Wanaka

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Walking a beach near Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Pardon the helmet hair; a stop on our bicycling wine tour in Marlborough, New Zealand

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Manly Beach area in Sydney, Australia

To Do or Not to Do? Wedding Welcome Gifts

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Merigold & Gray’s “Glitter & Gold” Pre-Made Gift Box ($109)

If spare time was infinite and budgets didn’t exist, I’m pretty sure that every bride would design sweet welcome gifts for their overnight guests. They’d spend hours flipping through the gorgeousness of the¬†Merigold & Grey Instagram account and then they’d shed just a tear or two imagining the “ooohs” and “ahhhs” of guests gleefully receiving their packages as they enter their hotel rooms. {Wait. Is that just me?}

As destination and semi-destination (northern Michigan, for instance) weddings become more common, it’s not unusual that friends and family are shelling out for not just one, but two, nights at your primary hotel or resort dependent on the weekend’s itinerary.

I loved the idea of a little “welcome gift” that would be given to each guest as they arrived at the hotel, as a thank you from us. So, inside small, black fabric baskets, I organized a couple bottles of water, some snacks (popcorn, pretzels and chocolate-covered fruit) as well as mini vase of flowers. {Tip: In hindsight, lose the flowers … they require way too much work – like buying and arranging them – on the weekend of your wedding.}

Additionally, it’s worth nothing that our crew of out-of-town guests was really only about 15 couples, so the workload was considerably less than if we’d been hosting 50 or more travelers. Had it been more, I definitely would have adjusted the cost and approach to our gifts.

HOW TO DIY WEDDING WELCOME GIFTS

  1. Call your primary hotel (where you’ve booked a block of rooms for your wedding) to find out the total number of rooms booked for your guests. Note the number of gifts that you’ll need to create; one per room.
  2. Ask the hotel if they are able to hand out gifts to guests as they check-in to their rooms, or if room delivery is required. If so, ask what fees apply. 
  3. Determine what your welcome gifts will consist of and get to buying things in advance; you’ll want to pull these babies together at least a week in advance so that they’re not on your to-do list in the last days before your wedding.
    • Vessel: What type of vessel will you use to deliver the gifts in? A soft basket like I used worked nicely {Dollar Store FTW!}, but wooden crates, fabric bags or even inexpensive paper gift bags get the job done.
    • Hydration: Unless your hotel offers free bottles of water for guests, these are a MUST. After a night of festivities – and likely, an open bar – everyone wants to stay hydrated and cross their fingers for a hangover-free morning.
    • Snacks: I like the idea of either late-night or breakfast snacks. If you’re sticking with the late-night theme, consider salty and sweet options like chips or chocolate. If you’re looking for breakfast options, consider pastries {doughnuts!} or granola bars.
    • Other: Aspirin … no explanation needed, tissues for the emotional criers among us, gum for close conversations, simple bud vases, fans {for outdoor summer weddings}, maps of the venue, weekend agendas and itineraries.

Looking for more inspiration? Martha Stewart Weddings has a great roundup of real-wedding welcome bags here. Brides.com also highlights five companies that will craft lovely gifts for you.

And if you’re a Detroit bride, we couldn’t end this post without linking to some of our favorite local and state-made shelf-stable products that we think are just perfect for gifting …

 

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The simple DIY welcome packages for our wedding guests

Marking “Year One”

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We did a fantastic job of chronicling our first year of marriage … on Facebook. God forbid that site goes down in a fiery storm some day; all of our photos would be entirely lost! To preserve *some* of them, I turned to Zno.com (where I ordered our wedding album, which I adore) for a 15-page lay-flat book that I could populate with pics from our travels and festivities over the first 365 days.

As you can see in the photo above, I opted to add a title along the binding that’s just a little bit blunt. My vision is that in a decade, we’ll have a pretty little set of black linen books, marking each of our first 10 years. (Let’s hope that Zno stays in business for a long time so that my Type A personality can achieve matching albums!)

To attempt to make it a little bit easier on myself, as soon as I finished this album, I created another identical “project” on the website that I can pop into when I have time and continuously add photos to throughout “Year Two.” Now that I think about it, maybe I should set a monthly reminder on my iPhone …

Anyway. Photo albums not your thing? A few other ideas that I think would help to track the years nicely:

  • Annual Christmas or holiday ornament to adorn your tree
  • A journal in which each year gets a one-page summary or highlights reel from both of you
  • An add-to-it collection (think of a glass vase or trinket box with a shell added from a beach vacation each year)

What ways do you celebrate and document your passing years?

Weekly Wedding Deals + Steals

Another Monday, another round of wedding deals … this week, we’ve found some amazing value, including a summer-bride clutch that comes in at less than $20 (say, what?!). Take a gander and let us know if you end up throwing anything into your cart!

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  • BEAU-COUP: How adorable is this “Hooray” mylar balloon banner? Perfect for bridal shower decor, to jazz up a rehearsal dinner space or even in front of a photo booth wall at your reception! Originally $16.95, now $13.56.
  • TARGET: I hated the idea of spending big money on an ivory clutch that I would use one day and never again, which is why this ruffled champagne clutch is perfect for your wedding day, at only $14.98 (originally $29.99); also love this linen shimmer clutch, ideal for summer brides! It’s an even better steal at $17.48 (originally $34.99).
  • KATE SPADE: This gold-dotted wedding bells pouch leaves a space for your wedding hashtag; what’s cuter than that? Now $69 (originally $98).
  • ANTHROPOLOGIE: Bid au revoir to your friends and family and jet off with this adorable floral passport cover and luggage tag, on sale for $14.95 (originally $24.99). Also makes a sweet bridal party gift for destination weddings!
  • JOANN: These 18″ hanging boxwood monograms are the perfect way to pair your initials or new monogram at your wedding festivities. (Oh, yes, there’s a boxwood ampersand – & – too!). Nab ’em for 50 percent off at $9.99 (originally $19.99).
  • SOMA: This sweet lace cami-and-short pajama set¬†is honeymoon ready and comes in both white or navy, is only $39.99 (regularly $58) online.

Staying Connected Despite Chaos

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Sometimes, trudging through ten months of wedding planning can make a person crazy. Crazy in an “it’s-all-about-me because I have one zillion updates on vendor pricing and dress alterations “sort of crazy. As in, I’ve monopolized the conversation for 45 minutes but, oh gosh, how are you doing? sort of way.

You know what I mean, right?

That’s why I feel that it’s important to take a look at your calendar and schedule dates with each of your favorite people leading up to the wedding. “Dates” that are about them {not you, and definitely not the wedding!}. Dates to simply catch up, laugh a bit, and be the friend that you typically are when you’re not planning the biggest event of your life. Maintaining relationships is part of the planning process that reaps significant reward in your post-wedding life.

And good news; you don’t have to break your wedding budget to brainstorm a great lady date. I was meeting with a friend recently and had suggested happy hour at home, but when my home turned out to be an inconvenient option {commuter nightmare, ugh!}, we settled on happy hour at her house – my treat.

A prettily packaged rose bubbly complemented a to-go tray filled with simple snacks … some fresh-cut fruit, olive-oil drizzled and toasted french baguette with a tomato-and-garlic topping as well as kale pesto {thank you, Whole Foods} and a handful of tiny ginger cookies.

Sweet, simple and inexpensive, but oh-so valuable downtime with your fave folks.

What life hacks have you discovered that make wedding planning easier on you and the rest of the people in your life?

Weekly Wedding Deals + Steals

Hey gals: Good news! This week, I’ve rounded up a mix of marvelous, wedding-related deals that I think many of you might find interesting … after all, planning a wedding can be intense – financially and emotionally – so every little “steal” counts!

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  • COSABELLA: Super luxe lingerie (indulge yo’ self!) for your Big Day underthings or honeymoon packing, now 50% off when you purchase an online credit through Gilt through Thursday, May 11th. ($100 through $1,000 credits available.)
  • BHLDN: I LOVE the scent of Capri Blue candles and these “Be My Bridesmaid” or “Be My Maid of Honor” candles have been slashed from $34 to $14. The classiest and most delicious-smelling way to ask your ladies to join the bridal party,
  • DEBORAH LIPPMAN: Nail polishes don’t get any more chic than when they’re poured in Deborah Lippman bottles. Nab your favorite colors (we love the sheer pink Chantilly Lace for brides) at a 50% discount when your purchase an online credit via Gilt City – $60 – $150 credits available through May 21st.
  • RIFLE PAPER CO: These marigold place cards are perfect for a small, summery wedding outdoors and are currently on sale for $5.63 for an eight-pack (regularly $7.50).
  • EBATES: For its birthday week, Ebates.com is offering 15% cash back at a ton of fabulous retailers, including VIX Swimwear, Ulta, Things Remembered, Sunglass Hut, Philosophy, Neiman Marcus (whoa!), Macy’s, Lancome, eBags and many, many more places to nab great deals for the wedding festivities and honeymoon!
  • OLIVE + PIPER: This coral hued “Bridesmaid” trinket box is the sweetest way to gift your bridesmaids jewelry for the wedding day, and at only $10 (originally $28), it’s won’t break the bank!
  • DAVID’S BRIDAL: Top your cake with this silver “Happily Ever After” topper, only $9.99 (originally $32.95), just over 7″ tall and 5″ wide, it will look great on any size cake.
  • JOANN: These gold metal and glass terrariums scream summer! Hang them to create a lush space indoors or use them for centerpieces at your shower or reception; the options are limitless. Scoop ’em up for $14.99 (originally $29.99).
  • RENT THE RUNWAY: This creamy, lace illusion dress is the ideal solution for a sweet and sexy bachelorette party, and the best part? It’s only $50 to rent for four days at Rent the Runway, but retails for $338.¬†Plus,¬†$25 Off First Order From Rent the Runway of $75 Or More

*Please note that all prices and availability above were accurate as of Monday, May 8 when this was posted.*

Instant Download Wedding Planner

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When you’re looking a sweet but helpful gift to calm the nerves of the newly engaged in your life … we’ve got something for you.

Head on over to Etsy and check out our Ultimate Wedding Planner … 31 pages of useful tools and tips to guide today’s modern bride through the excitement leading up to and surrounding her Big Day.

For $12.99, your¬†purchase includes an instant download PDF, which you can edit on your computer or print out for use in a binder or folder for extra chic gifting. {The PDF is sized for printing on U.S. letter-sized paper – 8.5″ x 11″.} We suggest using a three-ring binder where you can store photos, magazine clippings, inspiration + more!

Inside, you’ll find all the organizational goodies a bride’s craving:

– Wedding Budget Spreadsheet
– Wedding Date Considerations + Calendar
– Six+ months out to-dos
РFive months out to-dos
РFour months out to-dos
РThree months out to-dos
РTwo months out to-dos
РOne month out to-dos
– Month of wedding (!) to-dos
– Vendor Research + Notes
– Wedding Registry Checklist
– Wedding Registry Tips
– Bridal Shower Gift List // Thank-You Tracker
– Wedding Reception Seating Chart
– Wedding Day Checklist
– Wedding Gift List // Thank-You Tracker
– Honeymoon Packing Guide
– Master Contact List
– Bonus Faux Gold Foil Place Card Printable (a $5 value!)
– Bonus Faux Gold Foil Menu Template Printable (a $5 value!)

Check out the full Etsy shop for a slew of other printables, too, including our new – and favorite! – pink geometric diamond place cards, perfect for Bachelorette Parties and Bridal Showers.

Fall’s Best Bridal Accent Colors

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Wouldn’t you say? All of those sunny summer hues mellow into a palette of ripe golds, and the natural seasonal transition provides an entirely new opportunity to celebrate our surroundings.

For most brides, by the time that their wedding season actually rolls around, all of the planning – including color schemes – is largely complete. But we can’t help but try to convince you to further weave some of our favorite fall shades into your decor.

Whether you’ve selected traditional accent¬†colors in warm browns, harvest oranges, cornflower blues, or rich eggplant hues, we encourage a complementary pop of one of the below colors, which will work magic in creating a perfectly seasonal balance.

  • Rich creams and off-whites¬†
  • Deep and texturized jewel tones
  • Icy and warm metallic accents

Here, a few examples of how you may easily add an accent color to your fall wedding:

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Sources: Off White Mesh Pump | Blush Faux Fur Wrap | Jewel Tone Bouquet | Rose Decor Wedding Cake | Metallic Nails | Metallic Leaves | Gold Accented Wedding Cake

Looking for ways to add that pop without reworking the plan? Consider:

  • Additional decorative embellishments on your cake¬†
    {think graphic pops of pearlized or metallic fondant}
  • Small-scale tabletop elements¬†
    {think DIY metallic-painted leaves or gold glitter dipped votive holders}
  • Creative nail paint for the bride and bridesmaids
    {we love the mirror french manicure pictured above!}
  • A pop of color in the form of the groom and groomsmen’s socks
    {Go for bold argyle or plaid prints in the fall}
  • Wedding shoes with some serious kick
    {Have your soles custom painted or add color with clip-on embellishments}
  • Metallic faux tattoo jewelry and body accents
    {Think outside the box with matching bridal party rub-ons}
  • Add natural harvest hues to your floral with real fruits and veggies
    {Pomegranates, eggplant and heirloom corn add depth and fun}
  • A photo wall or backdrop shapes the look and feel of your entire space
    {Metallic balloons, a foliage-filled wall, chalkboard style…}

What other suggestions do you have? Leave your comments below!

Considering Guestbooks?

MyPublisher Guestbook Wedding Closed

Years ago, a friend of mine used her engagement photos to create a guestbook for her wedding that still sits on her and her husband’s coffee table. I love it. I love flipping through it as we’re sitting around drinking a glass of wine, reflecting on not only my comments but those of my friends.

I knew that I wanted to do something similar, and so, when a discounted offer popped up on RueLaLa for a MyPublisher photo book with lay-flat pages, I picked it up.

MyPublisher Guestbook Wedding Open

I didn’t do my research very well and was sort of annoyed to see that I’d need to download a software program to create the book (ugh), and in all honesty, it wasn’t very easy to use when compared against sites like Shutterfly. But, when all was said and done, the book turned out quite nicely. My favorite parts of the padded, matte cover and the lay-flat pages that will hopefully make it easier for guests to sign and write on at the wedding.

Rather than asking for their names or address (which we obviously already have!), we scattered questions throughout the book – What is your best piece of marriage advice? Where is your favorite couple’s travel destination? Share one of your favorite memories spent with us – and the like. It could turn out terribly, terribly badly… but it could be a ton of fun to read through too. Ha!

If guestbooks aren’t your thing, there are a zillion other options for letting your guests leave a mark. One of my best friends was married earlier this year and used this clever idea from Etsy, which allows guests to leave an ink-stamped-fingerprint on a frameable balloon-style image (I realize that’s a horrible description; just click here).

Other cool ideas? See below … Messages for Memories envelope guestbook idea; Jenga block-signing idea; Polaroid photo notes; a jar full of date ideas suggested by guests; mad libs style cards for guests to fill out; a wedding pinata with notes to read when you crack it open on a future anniversary (can you imagine?).

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