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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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January 23

DIY Welcome Kit

Traveling out of town for a wedding weekend—while completely worth the cost—can definitely add up for guests. Give your friends and family members a sweet surprise when they check into their hotel with a thoughtful welcome kit! We put this one together with a focus on the locale, none other than our beloved San Francisco.

What’s Inside

  • Local favorites to munch on, including sourdough bread, fortune cookies and Ghirardelli chocolates. Yum!
  • A cute map to help them find their way around the area.
  • Local magazine featuring fun things to do and sites to see while they’re in town.
  • A card welcoming guests and listing out the details of the kit—this is especially cute if you write it on stationery that plays up your theme or location.
  • Wrap up all your goodies in a cute box, bag, basket or tote your guests can take home.

Isn’t it cute?

If  you try this idea yourself, or if you have any DIY ideas to share, send your photos to blog@weddingpaperdivas.com and we’ll post them for all of our fans and followers.

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July 15

How Much is Too Much: Rant or Rave

Everybody knows that weddings aren’t cheap (to put it mildly). But the parties leading up to them can really add up for the guests. Gifts. Travel. Accommodations. Outfits. The list goes on. What do you think is too much? If the couple is having an out-of-town wedding is it too much to have a destination bachelorette party and expect people to come? Is bringing a gift for every event (engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party and wedding) too much or just plain courtesy?

We are so intrigued to find out what you guys think… so, go ahead, rant or rave!

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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.

Editor Series

Producer Series

Ambassador Series

Aviator Series


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January 6

New! Wedding Invitations to Match Your Dream Destination

Whether you’re jetting off to St. Barts or staying local with a trip to Napa, our brand new collection of wedding invitations, suite items and more offers something unique for any engaged couple. These designs are hot off the presses, so feel free to let their fresh, modern style inspire your daydreams while you jump headlong into wedding planning!

For a Beachside Ceremony in St. Barts

Beach Bungalow Wedding Invitations St.-Barts

For a Dreamy Mountain Wedding in Aspen

Distant Mountains Wedding Invitations Aspen

For a Tropical Wedding in Maui

Watercolor Hibiscus Wedding Invitations hawaii

For a Wine Country Wedding in Napa Valley

Winery Gate Wedding Invitations napa

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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.

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  • 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.

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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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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 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 1

Rant or Rave: Out of Town Bachelorette Parties

Bachelorette parties are supposed to be fun, stylish and silly, encompassing everything that a particular bride could ask for from her girlfriends. But what if the bride wants to jet off to Mexico, Vegas or a tropical island? Would you come along for the ride?

Many brides take their bachelorette party as a fun excuse to get out of town, but some fail to realize that this means their bridesmaids and close friends all feel obligated to dip into their savings to come along for the ride.

As this bachelorette party planning checklist from The Knot attests, it’s important to give the bride the bachelorette experience she wants, but when do you draw the line? Would you sign up for a trip to Palm Springs? New York? Mexico? Europe? Would you be excited or annoyed?

Do out of town bachelorette parties make you want to rant or rave?

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