Destination Honeymoon

Hon·ey·moon ˈhənēˌmo͞on/ noun: a vacation spent together by a newly married couple, otherwise known as the calm after the storm!

If you and your groom have chosen to go on a honeymoon you may now be wondering where to spend it. There are millions of options for a vacation and I feel that a honeymoon needs to be exactly what you want it to be. It is so easy to become overwhelmed with all of the choices out there and really the honeymoon should be the fun part of the planning process, but sometimes it can bring more stress than relaxation.

When thinking of your dream honeymoon it is important for your groom and you to get on the same page. Ask yourselves some questions: beach or mountains, adventure or relaxation, city or rural. Some of these may seem silly but it is really important to talk through these.

Beach vs. mountains- obvious pros to each, a beach vacation being the more popular type of honeymoon we see. Think secluded islands and beaches for miles. But do you and your groom love to hike, ski and do outdoorsy things? A mountain vacay may be right for you! Think the French Alps or the Great Smoky Mountains.

Adventure vs. relaxation- are you two ready to not lift a finger for seven days or are your boots packed and you are ready to explore? Some folks (including my hubby and I) did not want to do a single thing but lay on the beach the entire time so when booking a resort the pool and the beach location were key to us. For adventure seekers ask about activity packages or even check Groupon.

City vs. rural- want to hit the town and party the night away? Maybe a city would be right for you. Think Honolulu, you get the beach and the city! For those who could go to an island population 2 look for something secluded and research relaxation packages.

All inclusive? This is critical to decide early on as it will impact the type of property you will book. Some pro’s to all inclusive are that you never really have to take your wallet or purse with you. You pay everything up front and generally stay within the property to reap the all inclusive benefits. Forgoing all inclusive allows you and your new hubby to explore the town, eat off property and maybe even save a little money. Both are great options!

Whatever you two decide make sure there is something for each of you. If he wants a round of golf and you want a mani/pedi make sure to make those happen- this is the time for you two to enjoy each other and bask in newly-wedded bliss!

Categories: Inspirations, Planning

Bridal Beauty

When I was a bride I remember spending hours looking on Pintrest and in wedding magazines about what I wanted my ‘wedding day look’ to be. I had had my dress for months, had already started practicing walking in my shoes and my jewelry picked out. I was a few weeks out from my makeup trial and I was just panicking about what I wanted my makeup to look like.

On a day to day basis I don’t wear too much makeup. I’ve worn false eyelashes once before (my senior prom!) and my only true makeup staple is lipstick. I knew I wanted to look natural but I still wanted to look more beautiful than I did everyday. I also knew that with the Savannah heat and humidity I needed something to really stay on my face. No one wants a melty bride!

A couple things I considered when choosing my look:

Airbrush foundation was a must. Again, with the Savannah heat I wanted my look to last all night.

Lips were crucial! I love lipstick. Lipstick of all colors. I own probably 30+ tubes. BUT- my groom hates it. So I knew I had to choose something subtle yet feminine and that wouldn’t completely rub off on him during our first kiss.

I wanted a little drama with my eyes. Not a black smokey eye but something to really pop!

All of these things I shared with my makeup artist during my trial. And what she created was absolutely amazing! I could not have been more happy with how my trial and my day of makeup looked. And let me tell you, that airbrush foundation is bullet proof! The morning after I hopped out of bed and was immediately ready to go because I still had make up on. Win!

Here are a few style boards I created to help our brides out there conceptualize their own wedding day look. Enjoy!

 

pink bridal beauty

dramatic bridal beautfy

nude bridal makeup

Burberry nail polish
bloomingdales.com

Bobbi Brown Cosmetics toiletry kit
$53 – selfridges.com

Nars cosmetic
bloomingdales.com

Nars cosmetic
net-a-porter.com

Shu uemura fake eyelash
$22 – harrods.com

Categories: Uncategorized

Let's Get Real

Real weddings are near and dear and close to our hearts. As planners, we are honored to be charged with planning the most important day of your life. We pride ourselves on being up to date on the newest trends, knowing the best vendors in our area and assembling a rock star team. We meet with brides and they give us their list of questions, pour out their ideas and enlist their trust in us. Bring a bride is tough business and that is why we are here, prepared to answer all your questions, make [most] of your dreams come true and send you down the aisle.

One thing that makes working with brides so rewarding is helping alleviate necessary stress, and boy do brides have a wealth of that! It is one of our biggest joys to take the reigns and leave you feeling calm. After planning countless weddings it is pretty safe to say that we have experienced our fair share of pitfalls and triumphs. We learn from both, and go forward even more prepared.

I remember when I was a bride, my vision clouded with peonies and paper goods, my ring still sparkly and practicing my new signature. I remember I was beyond excited. I also remember one of the first meetings I had with our planner, and all the insane questions I flooded her with. Most brides sit in the same chair I sat, a huge looming to do list before them and no clue what to do next. And that’s where we come in!

Helping not only plan but also keep brides and grooms happy and calm it is important that we keep some key factors in mind when beginning the planning process. Here are some examples of some of the most important real life issues and topics we deal with-

  • Have the money talk early. Don’t write a single check or wait for any time to pass by before having “the talk” with all contributing parties. I know it is uncomfortable, but it is so incredibly necessary. After this is done you can move forward knowing exactly where you stand without breaking your budget. Remember, no budget is right or wrong, it’s just important that it fits your needs.
  • Enlist help! This is where we come in, the professionals. Whether you want to plan the entire day yourself and just want help along the way and on the day of or you want to hand everything over at the beginning, hire a professional! We are here to be your advocate, your expert and your worker bee.
  • Make time to not plan. While you are engaged you will be engrossed with all things wedding and it is important to know when to step away and spend some time with your hubby to be. Designate one night per week where you and your groom talk about anything but the upcoming wedding. This will help keep stress levels down and lighten the mood.
  • Exercise! In the immortal words of Elle Woods, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.” Exercise not to lose weight but to feel happier and less stressed. Find a fun workout class like TRX or Barre and make it a priority to go.
  • Remember that weddings are emotional. You and your groom may be the ones saying the “I do’s” but don’t forget that family and close friends can, and will, get super emotional during the planning process. You might not understand why mom and dad insist on inviting their neighbors from 1983 but try to remember that this is the day they have been waiting for too, and they still want to have an input.
  • Get extra cooks out of the kitchen. We all know the saying and we all have been in situations where there are just too many opinions flying around. Prepare to make decisions on who will be involved with what. Have 15 bridesmaids? It might not be the best decision to take them all bridesmaid dress shopping at the same time, holy drama! Staff your crew with the people who’s opinion you value most but never forget that this is your day and you and your groom have the final say.

Wedding planning is enjoyable but at times stressful. Remember not to forget why you are getting married in the first place, because you found love! Enjoy the ride and savor all the moments.

Categories: Planning

Falling for Fall

Oh belles, I cannot tell you how much I love fall. The smells, the colors, the pumpkins on front porches. Absolutely everything about fall screams cups of hot cocoa and big blanket scarves. However living in Savannah, we rarely see fall peak it’s head out until December, even January. What is a girl, and numerous brides, to do when she wants to bring the colorful season to the low country?

Being a guest at four weddings this fall, and working many more, I have seen a ton of different ways to weave in the spirit of fall to a big day. From using miniature pumpkins and heirloom gourds, to candlelit chandeliers and family style seating. There are so many ways to subtly and tastefully give a nod to the cooling temperatures and changing colors. Here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate the season:

  • Do an oyster roast for your rehearsal or even the reception! Oysters are synonymous with the fall months, didn’t your mama ever tell you to only eat oysters in months with an “r”?
  • Serve spiked apple cider or hot toddy’s as a signature cocktail- recipe here
  • Throw an outdoor celebration and set out warm blankets or shawls for guests to curl up in as your favor.
  • Use the season’s colors as your backdrop; play with deep purples, grays, and romantic reds. Even better, dress your gals in plum or wine shade.
  • For floral, incorporate seasonal blooms like dahlias, thistles, and gum tree leaves.
  • Use vintage barn tables to create a chic rustic look.
Categories: Colors, Florals, Inspirations, Trends
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