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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 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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July 29

Honeymoon Guide: Santa Barbara, California

Nestled in between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Santa Barbara is one of California’s most beautiful cities. With sweeping ocean views, pristine beaches, world-class restaurants and premium shopping, it’s like a little piece of heaven on earth—making it a great option for a honeymoon or romantic weekend getaway!

If you are considering a trip to Santa Barbara, check out some of these hot spots for food, fashioned and fun:

Where to Eat & Drink

Food

  • The Santa Barbara Shellfish Company: At the end of Santa Barbara’s historic Stearn’s Wharf, The Shellfish Company provides a casual dining experience coupled with some of the best seafood the city has to offer.
  • Arigato: Santa Barbara is full of amazing sushi restaurants! Arigato offers a delicious range of rolls, sushi and other menu items with plentiful wine, beer and sake options.
  • Opal: Cozy up next to your new spouse in one of the chic tables facing all the action on State Street. The perfect place to watch the many parades and festivals go by, Opal combines California cuisine with international flair.
  • The Biltmore: This Four Seasons Resort offers breathtaking views and the utmost in luxury. Stop by for brunch that can’t be beat at the Bella Vista restaurant.

the-biltmore1Drinks

  • Soho: Check the website for Soho’s calendar of events, or just slide up to the bar to enjoy Santa Barbara wines and a range of premium cocktails.
  • The Boathouse: Enjoy your cocktails while taking in an amazing view of the Pacific! The Boathouse offers great happy hour specials, a fun crowd and some of the best scenery in the city.
  • Joe’s Cafe: Strong drinks, cushy booth seating and a casual vibe combine to make Joe’s the go-to spot for late night cocktails.

the-boathouse

What to Do

  • The Santa Barbara Zoo: It might be small, but the Santa Barbara Zoo is full of cute little animals and amazing views of the surrounding area. You’re sure to love the quaint and cozy atmosphere.
  • Whale Watching: Every year gray whales migrate past Santa Barbara on their way to Mexico, providing the perfect reason hop aboard a boat for the afternoon!
  • The Santa Barbara Mission: Step back in time with a tour of this California landmark, and then fall in love all over again in the Mission Rose Gardens (a popular site for weddings!).
  • Beaches: Santa Barbara has a wealth of beautiful beaches where you can spend days lying in the sand and soaking up the sun!

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Where to Shop

  • State Street: This famous stretch of road features some of the best shopping in California! Cruise down toward the beach to visit shops like Blue Bee and Blue Beetle, which feature fun and fashionable designs for you and your hubby, respectively.
  • The Closet: Also known as designer resale heaven, The Closet offers vintage and consignment designs that will make a thrift store convert out of you!

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July 9

Honeymoon Guide: Sydney, Australia

I returned from my trip to Sydney nearly two months ago, and I’ve just now started to recover from the depression I fell into once I left. The city is full of delectable cuisine, world-class shopping, breathtaking vistas and some of the friendliest people you’ll ever meet.

Sydney is so vibrant and beautiful, I promise you’ll never want to leave.

Where to Eat & Drink

Food

  • The Australian Hotel: Nestled in the Rocks—the oldest and one of the most lovely neighborhoods of Sydney—the “Oz” offers a delicious selection of gourmet pizza and beer. We sampled chicken pesto, duck and kangaroo pizza, and loved them all!
  • Spice I Am: This Thai restaurant offers  a divine selection of spicy dishes, including green papaya salad, crispy pork belly and a variety of mouthwatering curries. It’s a locals’ favorite, and it’s definitely worth the wait for a table. You won’t be disappointed.

Drinks

  • Altitude Restaurant at the Shangri-La Hotel: Perfect for pre-dinner cocktails, the Shangri-La offers some of the best views of Sydney Harbor, the Harbor Bridge and the Opera House.
  • Opera Bar: We spent our first night in Sydney sipping cocktails at this gorgeous outdoor bar, which is snuggled right underneath the famous Opera House. The view is stunning, the drinks are strong and the atmosphere provides a perfect introduction to the vibrant fun of Sydney.

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What to Do

  • Royal Botanical Gardens: Wander around the gardens for a little while, and you’re sure to feel inspired and rejuvenated. Keep your camera ready for some spectacular photo ops!
  • Sydney Opera House: The Opera House tour was delightful, but watching an actual performance in the Opera House is unforgettable. Check the schedule to see what’s playing when you are in town.
  • Museum of Contemporary Art: This free museum in the Rocks is home to a variety of cool exhibits that range from fun and quirky to intensely thought-provoking.
  • Taronga Zoo: Hop on a ferry (a fun activity in and of itself!) for the chance to get up close and personal with native Australian wildlife. You walk through the kangaroo exhibit like it’s a petting zoo, with no cages or bars to keep the ‘roos from hopping right up next to you.
  • Bondi Beach: Stroll along the Bondi to Bronte beach walk, visit the Underwater Bondi Experience and make time to lounge on this extraordinary stretch of the coastline.

bondi-beach

Where to Shop

  • Gertrude and Alice: Order a pot of chai tea, gather an armful of used books and get cozy—this bookstore is the kind of place you could happily spend hours in.
  • Paddington Markets: Visit these Saturday markets to find everything from original artwork to jewelry, chocolates, furniture, clothing and fresh flowers. The Paddington Markets let you do all your souvenir shopping in one place!
  • Bondi Street: Venture down Bondi Street for a collection of chic boutiques that are ideal for traveling fashionistas.

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May 19

The Islands of the Bahamas: An Island for Every Style

Just last week, Wedding Paper Divas unveiled a new line of invitations inspired by The Islands of the Bahamas.  Perfect for any beach wedding, there is sure to be a suite for any style.   Similarly, The Islands of the Bahamas are each unique in their own way, whether you are looking for peace and tranquility, high-class shopping and dining, or an exciting nightlife with dancing.  Here, we take a look at each island group so you can find the one that is perfect for your destination wedding!

  • Grand Bahama Island:  You can look forward to a memorable mix of historic charm, modern attractions and ecological wonders on your visit to Grand Bahama Island. There’s truly something for everyone. The warm welcome you’ll receive is just extra insurance that you’ll return again and again. (courtesy of Bahamas.com)

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Grand Romance Wedding Suite; Grand Bahamas Island.

  • Nassau/Paradise Island:  You’ll find the capital city, Nassau on New Providence Island, neighbor to Paradise Island. Offering a distinct blend of international glamor and tropical ease, this unique island pair gives you the freedom to do everything or nothing at all. So, kick back. Enjoy. (courtesy of Bahamas.com)

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Nassau Chic Wedding Suite, Nassau/Paradise Island.

  • The Out Islands:  These hidden gems we call The Out Islands come in the form of small remote villages and a simple way of life. Here you’ll find some of the world’s most stunning beaches, dive sites, and fishing sites – a welcome surprise if you’re looking for that perfect mix of relaxation and adventure.  (courtesy of Bahamas.com)

outislandsOut Islands Wedding Suite, The Out Islands.

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May 13

Bahamas-Inspired Wedding Suites PLUS Win a Honeymoon!

I am beyond excited to announce that Wedding Paper Divas has partnered with The Islands of The Bahamas to offer four unique wedding suites that are perfect for any island wedding.  Although I had a hard time choosing, I have to say The Out Islands suite is my favorite–the color of the coral against the cool background just says modern beach chic to me.

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Together, we’re also giving you a chance to win a dream honeymoon escape to Kamalame Cay, an exclusive private island hideaway located just off the coast of Andros in the Out Islands of The Bahamas.

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Enjoy a luxurious week-long honeymoon package that includes:

* Roundtrip airfare for two
* Six nights accommodations in a Beach Suite including breakfast each morning and use of resort amenities, including golf carts, snorkeling equipment, kayaks, tennis courts, pools and more
* An indulgent Bath Butler service and a rejuvenating couple’s massage at The Spa at Kamalame Cay
* A private picnic excursion on a nearby deserted cay
* A romantic beach-side dinner for two
* And more!

To enter, simply visit our Dream Honeymoon Giveaway page and fill out the form.  The contest closes June 12, 2009, so make sure to enter!  Good luck!

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February 26

Eye Candy: Travel Accessories

I recently booked a two week trip to Europe for this summer.  Now with several months to go before our big departure, I can’t help but spend my free time looking at pretty travel accessories.   If you’re dreaming of the white sandy beaches or romantic bed and breakfasts awaiting your honeymoon arrival, check out some of these must-ogle travel accessories.

travel-eye-candy

From L to R: Streamline Luggage; Luxe City Guide Travel Books;  Sony SLR Camera; iPod Shuffle; Eco-Cashmere Slippers; Neiman Marcus Leather Travel Accessories; Stuart Weitzman Cosmetics Bag

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October 10

Fun Finds Friday: Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and with all of the great stuff to help the cause, it’s easier than ever to make a difference. These pink and stylish products can be added to your wedding registry, used on your wedding day, honeymoon or to complete your new home as newlyweds.

1. Pink Ribbon embroidered silk passport holder from the breast cancer site safely holds your passports on your way to honeymoon heaven.

2. Make at statement on your wedding day with M&M’s Promise Blend, a delicious mix of dark pink and white milk chocolate m&m’s.

3. The Special Edition Oreck XL Power Team Vacuum cleaner makes cleaning beautiful.

4. The couple that cooks together stays together. KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure program offers a variety of pink cooking products to help the cause. Blend up your margaritas with the KitchenAid Cook for the Cure 5 Speed Blender w/ Poly Jar.

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