Wedding Travel + Honeymoon Registries

Are you on the hunt for the perfect honeymoon hot spot but wondering exactly how to pay for that once in a lifetime vacation?  Well, have you registered yet?  Consider a registry alternative with our friends over at NewlyWish.  NewlyWish makes registry fun by providing you with everything unique for your I do – from the best in kitchenware to the most luxurious couples massage, experiences and of course, honeymoons!

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What’s new to NewlyWish?  They now offers cash and honeymoon funds that give your loved ones the chance to contribute to your lives after the wedding day! Already got those pots and pans that you need? Register for some cooking lessons and invite your friends over for a celebratory dinner! (Your loved ones won’t regret buying you those lessons.)

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Better yet, skip the cash if you don’t want to ask for money and ask for gifts towards your honeymoon!  NewlyWish allows you to add your own experiences and items that you don’t see on the site to allow you to create a registry that truly represents you as a couple and the trip you want to take. (How great is that!?) Trying to raise money to be able to fly first class to your honeymoon destination? Create a cash fund on your registry so that your friends and family can help contribute to the ’cause’.

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NewlyWish offers it all from scuba driving at the bottom of the ocean to flying high above the ground in a hot air balloon! And with the ability to make a custom registry where could you go wrong? So sit down with your special someone and shop site for everything that you want and scour the globe for the trip you can’t live without taking. Creating a registry has never been so easy and honeymoons have never been so sweet to plan!

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A Sweet Honeymoon in Thailand

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Today’s story is not a real wedding but a real honeymoon – in Thailand!  Kevin and Meredith wed in April and just days after their big day, they departed for a trip of a lifetime across the globe!  Meredith shared the story of their journey with us.  “We spent the first week in Chaing Mai, visiting temples, attending cooking class and riding elephants. Then we flew to Koh Samui where we relaxed on the beach!”  

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How did they select such an exotic location?  They looked at what they really wanted to get out of the experience.  Be honest with what you want your honeymoon to be. Kevin and I love to travel and explore new places but also like to relax and be lazy – so we planned a little of both! We took advantage of this special time in our life and planned a huge trip we’d been dreaming of. Lots of guests gladly pitched in (we registered at Wanderable.com) and we were able to have a fantastic time.” 

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And what about where they stayed?  “We relied fairly heavily on Lonely Planet’s Thailand guide and picked our hotels from their recommendations. Our guest house in Chaing Mai was called Minicost and was at a great location inside the old city walls. The woman that worked the front desk, Yosita, was wonderful and helped us plan nearly all of our excursions. In Koh Samui, we stayed at the Tango Beach Resort which was located right on the beach and had a great breakfast buffet in the morning. It was a little up the beach from all of the party resorts on Chaweng so it was a little bit more quiet but still accessible to some fun night life!”  

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One of our most favorite parts of the trip was getting to hang out with the elephants – It was awesome getting to ride them, but I think our favorite part of the day was feeding them! They would eat entire bunches of bananas, skins and all, right out of your hand! We also loved the cooking class we took in Chiang Mai & getting to relax on the beach in Koh Samui – book & coconut in hand!” 

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Neither Kevin nor I had been to Asia so we were amazed by the intricate temples in Thailand. They were so beautiful and you could just feel the history inside them. I also loved that it was pretty hot so it forced us to slow down, have a little afternoon nap or stop inside for a Chang and some air conditioning!” 

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Meredith just so happens to be a professional photographer, but if you can’t take one with you, consider booking an afternoon with a local photographer and get honeymoon memories in print as pretty as these!

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Photographer: Meredith McKee Photography and Design

Hotels: Tango Beach Resort, Minicost  

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Escort Cards for Destination Weddings

When it comes to weddings, no detail goes unnoticed. Why not wow your guests with escort cards made specifically for your destination!? Saying “I do” at a beach getaway? Let your friends and family find their tables with a message in a bottle! Or what about a tuscan vineyard wedding? Your guests can find their tables in a basket of freshly picked grapes. (Yum!) We love when a couple can incorporate their venue into the details of their big day and these escort cards are the perfect way to do just that!

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{Photos: Pine Cone: Camille Styles via Buzzfeed, Animal: Front + Main via Buzzfeed, Compass: Laura Hooper Calligraphy, Grapes: Matt Edge Weddings via SMP, Message in a Bottle: Wanelo, Passports: True Photography Weddings via Exquisite Weddings Magazine}

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Appy Couple Destination Wedding Website Discount Giveaway

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Our generous friends over at Appy Couple are back today with another great gift for you!  A big savings on your wedding website and app purchase – perfect for your destination wedding!  Every wedding should utilize a wedding website to give guests additional information and a place to refer to when that invitation gets lost in a drawer or they simply want to learn more about the couple and their bridal party before the big day.  And what better way to share all that than through a wedding website that comes complete with a matching app at no additional cost.  And now, you can save – enter promo code BB25 at checkout and get a great deal on your destination (or hometown) wedding website with Appy Couple!

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Appy Couple has literally hundreds of beautiful designs to choose from so there really is something for everyone (and every wedding location).  And trust me, it’s actually easy to use too!  I’ve built one myself before and it takes no coding or tech knowledge whatsoever!  If you can fill out a form, you can create your own custom wedding website over at Appy Couple!

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Just don’t forget to enter promo code BB25 to save even more on your purchase and then get to planning!  Happy shopping!

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Four Seasons Destination Wedding in Nevis

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Sarah and Nate said I do at a small church on the island of Nevis in the Caribbean before celebrating with friends and loved ones at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Nevis.  But let’s back up a minute and first take a look at how these lovebirds met – in a very unusual way, back when it all began!  Sarah shared with us their love story.

 “Nate and I met on twitter. Our initial exchange debated the merits (laziness) of using the valet at the gym. Nate didn’t see the wisdom of using the valet, but I did. From there it was more weighty debates like how Khloe Kardashian affects Lamar Odom’s play, why anyone would want to be a Montreal Canadien’s fan and how many chicken wings Nate should eat that night. The rest was history!”  True love can be found on twitter!  So great!

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So how did this happy couple land on the small Caribbean island of Nevis for their big day?  “We knew we wanted a destination wedding, but not the typical destination wedding places, somewhere unique and different. It was while in Nevis for the baptism of my goddaughter that the idea was put in motion. We loved the Four Seasons and the attention and care they provide their guests and felt that Nevis would offer our guests a unique experience; an idyllic, unsullied and often unheard of Caribbean island.”

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“To set the mood, the invites were brightly colored and margarita-scented. The RSVP cards were created with special attention to the geographically challenged destination and for our Caribbean friends. We included a photo Welcome booklet in a welcome bag for our guests designed from Minted, as well as Sea Turtle adoption certificates from Sea Turtle Conservancy, Nevis Group. We wanted to give back to the island, so on behalf of our wedding, we adopted two Hawksbill Sea Turtles – Caribelle and Banjo.” 

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The inspiration for the day came from the remoteness of Nevis – the theme was The Great Gatsby entertaining pirates. We wanted guests in black tie and gowns celebrating on this tiny secluded island, dancing on a wooden deck, under the stars.” 

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“Pedro from the Four Seasons understood the theme perfectly and suggested their restaurant Mango.” 

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“To lessen the formality and add a Caribbean laid back vibe, the escort cards had everyone’s nicknames instead of their proper names. One can’t think of pirates sailing around the Caribbean without thinking of rum. We included a Tiki Rum Hut with rums from all over the Caribbean. Guests were invited to rum tastings and to create custom rum cocktails.”

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“We wanted an authentic nautical map of Nevis as our guest book, and chose a navigational map issued by the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office; the same map used by the British Navy.” 

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“Kathy and her team from Meeting Dynamics flew in and built custom shadow box tables. The shadow boxes were filled with sand, twinkling lights, coral and seashells and the table had a centerpiece of candles and hydrangeas. Walking into Mango and seeing the set up with the backdrop of the water was breathtaking.” 

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“One of the best surprises of the evening was recorded message from my ninety-eight year old grandfather who couldn’t attend. It was so nice that he was a little part of our day.” 

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“Nate wanted a chocolate cake but acquiesced to a vanilla sponge cake so I surprised him with a groom’s cake. Nate is an avid baseball fan so the pastry chef at the Four Seasons created a cake that was baseball shaped with double chocolate.” 

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“Being in Nevis with our closest friends and family was so special and wonderful – sunbathing by the pool, the welcome party at Sunshine’s (THE beach bar to visit on the island) and the wedding itself. It was really amazing having this time with everyone who traveled so far to celebrate with us.”

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Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Janice Yi Photography

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony location: St Theresa Catholic Church, Reception venue + catering: Four Seasons Resort Nevis, Reception styling: Meeting Dynamics, Guestbook: Nevis Nautical Map, Wedding favors: Sea Turtle Conservatory, Reception music: Green House Band, Welcome booklet: Minted, Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas, Bride’s fascinator: Blair Nadeau, Bride’s shoes: Christian Louboutin via David’s, Bride’s gown: Justin Alexander via Diva Boutique, Lace capelet: Pronovias via Diva Boutique, Groom’s attire: Tom’s place, Florist: Bloom Bridal

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