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October 1

Destination Bachelorette Party Etiquette: Today’s Diva Dish

Here’s an email from a bride-to-be who has found herself in a party planning pickle…

Dear Divas,

My maid of honor really wants to throw me an out-of-town bachelorette party, but I’m a little concerned that not everyone can afford it. From airfare to hotel accommodations, food and entertainment, I know it’s going to get pricey. What’s the best way to navigate the situation?

Thanks,

The Bachelorette

Dear Bachelorette,

This is one of those tricky wedding situations when honesty is the best policy. Be upfront with the guests about exactly how much they are expected to chip in, and then let them know that you won’t be upset if they can’t attend.

Talk with your bridesmaids about how much they are comfortable spending as well—often the bridesmaids will take care of food and entertainment costs as long as the guests pay for their own airfare and accommodations.

If it sounds like a lot of people are struggling with the cost, you might want to consider making your trip a weekend getaway with just a few friends and changing the bachelorette venue to somewhere nearby. After all, your bachelorette party doesn’t need to be a big vacation—it’s simply supposed to be a celebration with your friends!

Good luck!

The Divas

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June 27

Eye Candy: Steamline Luggage

If you’re dreaming of jetting to your faraway honeymoon destination, add this gorgeous eye candy to your wish list! Steamline Luggage has six artful collections of luggage born in grand tradition—all worth swooning over. Here are a few of my favorites that will ensure your bag is never mistaken for again.

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June 11

Honeymoon-Inspired Destination Favors

The wonderful thing about deciding upon a wedding theme is that you then have a general direction to help you select everything from flowers to fashion and favors. And when your wedding theme matches your honeymoon destination, everything you pick out will make you more and more excited not only for your wedding but for your big trip, too!

To finish up our week of honeymoon-inspired localista weddings, we’ve collected a few of our favorite travel and destination-themed favors below. I absolutely love the suitcase tins! Imagine all the fun you could have personalizing them…

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June 10

Honeymoon-Inspired Wedding Fashion

This week we’re giving you fresh ideas for a faux destination wedding inspired by your honeymoon location. From food and drinks to decor and wedding stationery, we think a honeymoon-inspired wedding blends together the drama and luxury of an exotic locale with the comfort and affordability of a local celebration.

To continue this trend, we’ve selected a few of our favorite wedding gowns and bridesmaids dresses to match a haute couture honeymoon destination. Which look would match your wedding best?

Mykonos

Look like a Grecian goddess when you walk down the aisle. This one-shouldered gown is perfect for a day spend daydreaming about island hopping in the Mediterranean.

Buenos Aires

Ruffles, refined elegance and a pop of vibrant color combine to make this gorgeous look from The Dessy Group the ideal way to infuse your big day with the style of your South American destination.

Paris

Paris is a city full of love and luxury, so make sure to have a bit of fun with fashion on your big day. I love this wedding dress from J.Crew. Doesn’t she look like a high fashion version of the Eiffel Tower?

Tropical Escapes

Dress your bridesmaids in bright hues with colorful bouquets to bring a little island style to your celebration. This fun ruffled dress would be the perfect complement to hot pink blooms.

Out of Africa

Don’t be afraid to use prints and patterns in your bridesmaids dresses, especially if you are jetting off on a safari for your honeymoon. This look has the right blend of neutrals and bold hues.

Kashmir

The vibrant pink and subtle gold hues on this dress seem perfectly suited for a wedding that foreshadows a few exciting adventures in India.

London

Give your wedding a bit of an Alice in Wonderland theme with crisp green hedges, Alice-blue bridesmaids dresses and playful checkered patterns.

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June 8

Local Destination Decor

Just because you’re not jet setting across the ocean to say your vows doesn’t mean your local celebration can’t have the charm and wonder of a destination wedding. Planning a honeymoon-inspired wedding can give your local celebration that dreamy allure that destination weddings are made of. With a little creativity in your menu selections and some thoughtful decor, your guests will easily get lost in the charm of a faraway place.

Here are a few colorful, cultural and oh-so-accessible local destination decor ideas…

What’s your favorite? If you’ve planned a honeymoon-inspired wedding, we’d love to see your photos! Send to blog@weddingpaperdivas and we’ll feature your savvy style on the blog!

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June 7

Honeymoon-Inspired Food & Drinks

Wedding themes come in all different shapes and sizes and we love hearing how resourceful brides are getting creative while planning theirs, without straying from their budgets. One hot trend that we’re gushing over right now is honeymoon-inspired weddings. Not able to pull off the lavish destination wedding? Fret not, recessionista bride—let your honeymoon destination inspire your local celebration instead! No matter where your post-wedding travel plans will take you, incorporating that locale’s provisions into your occasion will be sure to leave all your guests filled with wanderlust.

Island Paradise

Whether you’re headed to a dreamy resort in Indonesia or a cruise through the Caribbean, island fare is all about fresh seafood, colorful ingredients and flavorful spices—not to mention bright cocktails!

Mediterranean Marvel

From the Greek Isles to the Amalfi Coast, Mediterranean food is known for being hearty and delicious with a romantic appeal. Serving it family-style will add extra charm and inspire conversation! Also, don’t forget the red wine and an assortment of olives for every table! Think skewered meats, bright tomatoes and handcrafted pasta.

Pacific Northwest

Outdoorsy type? Tie in your love for Mother Nature by throwing a locavore feast! Grab the chef and find your favorite farm or farmers’ market to hand-pick the freshest herbs, organic produce and sustainable meats and seafood available in your area. Your event will be as chic as it is eco-friendly.

East meets West

Take the delicious flavors of Asian cuisine and present them in a stylish yet familiar fashion—like sushi pizza and pork sliders! Add some additional eastern flair to the dessert table or party favors with custom fortune cookies from Beau-Coup! Don’t forget chopsticks, sake to sip and chic white dishware for added flavor!

Eating Your Way Through Europe

European fare offers a wealth of options—all of which will add a healthy amount of charm to your wedding menu. French macaroons, Spanish paella, delectable cheese plates, warm baguettes and Guinness beer are only a small handful of ideas that come to mind. For added delight, serve your food on tapas-style small plates!

Are you planning your wedding menu around your honeymoon destination? Send us your ideas to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll feature them on Diva Dialogue!

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June 6

Hot Trend: Honeymoon-Inspired Weddings

The recessionista bride might not be hosting a lavish destination wedding, but we love how resourceful brides are letting their honeymoon destinations inspire their local celebrations instead! From sweet seaside inspiration to elegant and exotic locales, this hot new trend in wedding planning is sure to leave all of your guests daydreaming about a getaway of their own.

Can’t envision what a honeymoon-inspired wedding would look like? Here are a few popular destinations and the wedding decor they might inspire:

Maui

Bold orchid hues, tropical flowers and a hint of sunshine yellow will transform your celebration into a beach-worthy event (even if you’re in a landlocked state without so much as a lake nearby!).

Paris

Known as a city full of romance, style and glamour, Paris is the perfect honeymoon destination. Add a touch of chic Parisian style to your reception with favors and invitations inspired by the City of Love.

The Bahamas

When you want to spend your honeymoon lounging on a beach and soaking up the sun, there’s no better destination than the Bahamas. A touch of coral and a few stylish seashells will have all of your guests daydreaming about blue seas and white sand.

Tokyo

Full of culture, couture and cuisine, Japan is a stylish destination for jetsetting couples. Encourage your guests to get in the fun with chopstick favors and these gorgeous little flower petal sushi rolls.

Tuscany

Give your elegant event a touch of casual Mediterranean flair with these simple ideas inspired by Italy’s wine country. Luscious tomatoes will add a pop to your centerpieces, while bold blues and charming patterns will transform your invitations into a classic work of art.

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May 22

Rant or Rave: Paying the Price for Your Dream Destination

This week, we’ve been talking a lot about destination weddings. We love the idea of jetting off to some distant shore to tie the knot in style, but with any discussion of a destination also comes the question of cost.

What would you expect your family and friends to dish out for your destination wedding? How would you try to keep the costs down? Do you think prohibitive prices are a detriment to wedding destinations, or is the fact that your wedding would end up small and exclusive a plus? Does the price of your dream destination make you want to rant or rave?

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May 20

Destination Wedding Planning

Traveling to a new city can be intimidating. Sure, you have your Lonely Planet guidebook and recommendations from friends and friends of friends, but many travelers want to find out more about their destinations on a local level.

If you are planning a destination wedding in a faraway city, try scouring the web for local bloggers to find some insight into the best restaurants, nightlife and day trips to recommend to your wedding guests. On a recent trip to Australia, I met the lovely, talented and hilarious blogger behind the cake + the knife, an Aussie food blog that’s as entertaining and endearing as she is. With camera in hand at a spectacular Moroccan restaurant, she gushed about all of the  fabulous places I should visit while in Sydney. Talking to her was definitely one of the highlights of my trip!

Blogs like the cake + the knife exist in cities all over the world. One of our office favorites is Little Brown Pen, which is dedicated to the blogger’s undying love of Paris. You can also find sites full of local reviews and tips, like Bahamas Local—a resource that will surely come in handy if you plan to enter to win our Bahamas honeymoon sweepstakes!

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