Amidst all the wedding planning you’ll have to carve out some time to plan your honeymoon as well. The honeymoon is meant to be a fun and relaxing time for you and your new partner to celebrate your marriage and love for one another. But with all the stress and pressure of planning the actual wedding, the honeymoon often falls to the backburner and in turn suffers from the lack of preparation. We’re here to help you avoid these horrible mistakes couple make when planning their honeymoons.
1. Do not procrastinate
We know that planning the wedding day is stressful and busy enough as it is, but if you want to travel someone (especially internationally) for your honeymoon, you need to leave yourself ample time to plan and book everything. Ideally you will book your honeymoon six to eight months in advance so that you have plenty of time to adequately research flights, hotels, activities and transportation and book things within your budget.
2. Set a practical budget
You’ve probably been planning your dream wedding since you were a little kid, so you’re probably allocating more of your total wedding budget to the ceremony and reception. But, you don’t want to leave your honeymoon budget so small that you’re scrounging for bargains and deals that are not the appropriate caliber for your honeymoon. We’re all for doing things cheaply and staying wallet-friendly, but don’t pinch pennies so much that your entire experience suffers. Remember, more often than not, you get what you pay for. Set a realistic budget ahead of time and if your initial research indicates your first choice destination is too expensive, perhaps it’s time to choose a different destination.
Many times couples have an idea of where they want to go and what they want to do and they book the first flights and hotels that meet their minimum requirements. This is a terrible idea as you could be vastly overpaying for something if you don’t conduct any research first. Do your homework and compare different flights and accommodations in terms of price, schedule and quality. There are many resources online to help you with this task, such as TripAdvisor and Yelp. By spending some time researching potential honeymoon options, you can book the best possible honeymoon. Continue reading →
Matt and I decided to DIY (or hybrid-DIY) some of the details of our wedding. We started early and have done a little at a time which has kept everything pretty low stress. If we hadn’t had a year and a half to plan I don’t think we would have done as much ourselves. It would have been way too much for my sanity.
I added the “hybrid-DIY” above because of the invitations and other stationary. We printed, assembled, addressed, etc. on our own but we worked off the templates of others. We bought our invitations one box at a time from a craft store each time I got a 40% off coupon in my email. We saved a ton of money on these and we love them! I stole an idea from Pinterest about addressing envelopes. We printed addresses in very faint gray on each envelope and then traced with a calligraphy pen. They looked great! I must say that I regretted it about half way through because it was so tedious, but they look hand-written and are not in my less-than-fancy handwriting, so I’m happy.
For our other paper designs we looked to Etsy. We found an affordable set of templates that match our colors exactly. We used these for programs, table numbers, the seating chart, and welcome basket notes in guests’ hotel rooms. The paper was cheap (yay sales!) and the ink was costly (boo crappy printer!). I am not sure how much we saved here by going the DIY route, but I am happy we got exactly what we wanted.
Autumn is upon us, and this glorious season is synonymous with changing colors, pumpkin-flavored treats, brisk weather and cozy outfits. Although spring and summer are oftentimes referred to as “wedding season,” fall is a wonderful time to tie the knot with the cooler weather, beautiful leaves and vibrant color schemes. If you’re planning on holding a fall wedding, these centerpieces are the perfect way to inspire your wedding décor and really embrace the changing seasons.
1. Bright orange and dark red flowers displayed in a pumpkin vase are the perfect fall wedding decorations.
Most brides pick their sisters, friends from college, current friends from work or cousins to be their bridesmaids. Many of these ladies are not connected to each other in any other way, and sometimes, the first pre-wedding event is their first time meeting one another. Same goes for the groom and his groomsmen. You have such a large variety of people in your wedding party that have to do so much together, yet this can get uncomfortable if they are unfamiliar with each another. What better way to solve this than having a pre-wedding bonding day to get your wedding party to get to know one another? These 8 suggestions below are not your typical spa day or brunch, but a way to get your groomsmen and bridesmaids ready to take on your big day together and in unison!
Create a little competition between the bridesmaids and groomsmen once again. Pick random words, such as marry or love. The point of the game is to have a keyword for each round. When you state the word, the groups have to come up with a song that has that word in the lyrics, and it goes back and forth between the groups until no one can come up with a song that has the keyword anymore. Then move on to a new keyword. For example, if the keyword is “marry”, the first group could start singing “Marry You” by Bruno Mars, and the second group responds back with “Marry Me” by Train. This goes back and forth until no one can think of a song with the keyword in the lyrics.
Who Am I?
When your party arrives, have them write down a celebrity or fictional character on an index card. Go around and randomly assign an index card to each person, taping the card on their back. The guests must go around and ask only “Yes” or “No” questions about the person on their back. They may ask questions such as “Is my character a female?” and not “What movie am I in?” Your party will interact with everyone and this is sure to bring out some laughs! Continue reading →