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March 5

Win the Honeymoon of Your Dreams!

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January 26

Bride’s Diary: Planning the Honeymoon

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

I can’t believe there are only three more months until Adam and I say “I do!” With almost all of the big things now booked and taken care of, we are now focused on our honeymoon. A few months ago I asked Adam where he wanted to go and right away he said, Italy—one of my favorites to visit! Since he had never been before and I have a couple times, I suggested we go to the northern part of Italy, as it (I feel) would be the best place to go for his first time.

We sat down and came up with a plan. We would start in Rome, then head up to Siena and Florence, then finish off our trip with a drive down the Mediterranean coast. When planning your honeymoon it is important to have a plan of what cities you would like to visit, and then you can build your trip upon that. It is also important that you do/see something each of you would like, especially if one of you has been to your destination before.

After we booked our flight we started looking at hotels. Adam realized he could use his Marriott points and ended up booking the beautiful Boscolo Palace Roma hotel in Rome and because he used his points, we got the fifth night free! We are also going to be using my Visa Rewards points to book our hotel in Florence!

Next we will sit down with my Uncle—who is from Milan and travels to Italy many times a year for work—and plan out the rest of the details. Because I have been Rome and Florence before, I know which places we should see and which we should skip, but having someone who knows the area well will help when it comes down to the details like where to eat and what off-the-map places we should see.

Here are my tips for planning your honeymoon:

  • Decide where you both would like to go early on in your wedding planning so you can start looking out for deals.
  • If you have points (i.e. frequent flyer miles, credit card points, etc.) see if you can use them on your trip. This really helps to cut down on cost!
  • Remember this is a trip for the both of you to celebrate your new life together. Compromise and do/see things you both want. And if you are going to a foreign country, like Italy, make sure you pick a hotel/resort at some point on your trip where you can take a break and relax for a couple days. Enjoy this time together!
  • If you know someone who is from or has traveled to your destination before, use them as a resource. You will probably get tips and ideas from them you can’t find in a travel book or on a website.
  • Lastly, book the big stuff first (flights, hotels, car) worry about the details later. Don’t stress yourself out early on in your wedding planning with the honeymoon details, you have enough to stress about. Two-three months out is a good time to start planning the little things.

Happy Honeymooning!

Meet Ashley

Ashley and Adam met a little over three years ago when they were both out with friends at a bar. They spent the night talking about sports and dealing with other friends’ drama. A few days later they went on their first date and have been inseparable since. Three years later, Adam popped the question to a very surprised Ashley!

Ashley and Adam are getting married April 28, 2012 at Villa Montalvo in Saratoga, California.

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December 8

Bride’s Diary: Planning, Pictures and More

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms- and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

We’re right in the thick of all the final touches (pretty good for still having close to 6 months, right?). Since I last posted we decided on the honeymoon. We’ll be flying to Lisbon, Portugal and spending a few days exploring the neighboring cities. From there we will head to Seville, Spain and travel around the whitewashed towns by car. Next we’ll jet off to Barcelona to take a cruise to Palma De Mallorca, Malta, Sicily, Naples and Genoa. Then back to Barcelona to spend our remaining days exploring the architecture, experiencing the Spanish nightlife and dining on local delicacies! To say we can’t wait would be an understatement.

We also took engagement photos with our wedding phorographer, Gavin Holt. Despite the fact that this was our second engagement shoot, I wasn’t any less awkward. I am not exactly a camera ham, but we got some really great shots nonetheless. Here are our three favorites. (Ok, I know the middle one is a compilation of a bunch of photos but it was hard to pick just three.)

Meet Jessica

Jessica and Dan met nearly 7 years ago on Myspace. (Remember Myspace?) It took weeks of contemplation until they decided to finally meet… and I guess you could say the rest was history. After discovering their mutual shoe addiction, surviving countless Thanksgiving family meals together and three apartment/house moves later—they are officially ready to tie the knot.

Jessica and Dan are getting married May 27, 2012 at Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Los Angeles.

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October 18

Bride’s Diary: I Said “Yes” to the Dress!

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

The dress has been one of the final outstanding items on my checklist. After going to multiple stores, a few online purchases (yes, it’s worth a try!) and many hours of looking for inspiration… I said “yes” to the dress! Not only was it the first dress I ever tried on, but I found it online at a wedding boutique that was closing and offering a perfect condition sample in my size—at 40% off! Yes, you heard right. When I saw that, I knew it was meant to be. To make matters even better? It arrived last night and fits practically perfect. With my shoes, I don’t even need to have it hemmed. How is that for good luck?

While I can’t show you the dress (c’mon gotta keep some things a surprise, right?), I can tell you it’s designed by Ivy and Aster—one of my favorite boutique wedding dress brands.

In other not-so-fortunate news, we have decided to change our honeymoon location. We had planned to go to Greece and Turkey, but due to the unstable economy, we didn’t want to take a chance. Now we are brainstorming new places to go. So many options makes it that much harder to pull the trigger. Any ideas? We are all ears.

French Riviera?

Ibiza?

Morocco?

Meet Jessica

Jessica and Dan met nearly 7 years ago on Myspace. (Remember Myspace?) It took weeks of contemplation until they decided to finally meet… and I guess you could say the rest was history. After discovering their mutual shoe addiction, surviving countless Thanksgiving family meals together and three apartment/house moves later—they are officially ready to tie the knot.

Jessica and Dan are getting married May 27, 2012 at Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Los Angeles.

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May 20

A Surprise Honeymoon: Rant or Rave

Would you ever let your groom plan a surprise honeymoon all on his own? According to theknot.com, 2011 brides like Chelsea Clinton are leaving the post-wedding travel plans up to their significant others. What do you think about this growing trend?

Would you leave it all up to someone else to plan your honeymoon? Make sure to leave us a comment below and rant or rave!

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September 1

A Honeymoon Diary: Joyce & Alex’s Adventures

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff brides who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

What makes everything so worthwhile after all the intense planning leading up to your wedding day? I can sum it up in two fabulous, exciting, liberating words—the honeymoon!

My wedding was in July and the most exciting part of the wedding planning process was to decide where I was going to skip off to as the new Mr. and Mrs. Most honeymoon spots in different parts of the world endure a severe rainy season during July. We brainstormed over a couple of popular destinations, like the Maldives, Indonesia and Bora Bora, but realized that all of those places would be in hurricane, typhoon and monsoon season. We finally narrowed it down to Dubai and Seychelles—a couple of places in the world that we knew would be rain free during July! There was also something very exotic about going to the Middle East and part of Africa.

Although we didn’t have much time to plan the details of our honeymoon, we found that to be a perfect setup for a relaxing time. We stayed three nights in Dubai and nine days in the Seychelles. Dubai was ridiculously hot, but fun! We went sand bashing (short for riding an SUV in the dessert dunes) and swam along the Jumeirah Beach.

Seychelles was a slow paced island filled overwhelmingly with hospitable and charming people. We visited two of the many tiny islands, Mahe and La Digue. Our personal favorite was La Digue, a cute and quaint town whose main mode of transportation revolved around bikes! As such, we were able to navigate around town effortlessly, picking up our delicious dinner at nearby takeouts and the like. The waters were gorgeous and crystal clear, which made them perfect for snorkeling.

All in all, we had the most wonderful and breathtaking experience.  In fact, we are still reminiscing about it.

One piece of advice that I left with after running into a couple of issues is to prepare months in advance a list of contents to put in your emergency kit. In short, you MUST bring an emergency kit!

Here are a couple items that you can include, to start:

•    Band-aids, antiseptic ointment, gauze for any unexpected injuries
•    Allergy medication like Claritin, just in case…
•    Imodium or Pepto Bismol for stomach related issues
•    Pain killers for the occasional headache
•    Kleenex
•    Any prescription medications you typically rely on
•    Insect repellant

Get to Know Joyce and Alex

Joyce met Alex six years ago at a church event, and the pair have been laughing together ever since! She was enamored by his Australian accent and warm demeanor, and he fell in love with her sense of humor. They got engaged in May 2009 and were married on July 11, 2010 in Saratoga, California.

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