Moroccan Wedding Blankets

Hosting a destination wedding in Morocco?  Have you heard of the wonderful tradition of the Moroccan wedding blanket (also known as Berber wedding blankets).  They are beautiful woven blankets made by the bride’s female relatives.  A collection of silver sequins and soft fabrics; the ladies of the house weave for weeks leading up to the big day until the blanket is ready to be given to the bride, along with some words of wisdom about marriage (among other things).  Once the wedding ceremony is complete, the bride wraps her head and wears it like a cape before retiring it in her new home.  The blanket then serves as protection for the newlyweds – keeping out evil and bringing fertility.

Your family may not be weaving one of these beauties for you, but why not register for one?  Or use several as an aisle at your ceremony?  We even found one wedding tent made of these good luck charms.  If you are gifted one before your big day, be sure to take it with you and the two of you can snuggle under it for a few special photo ops.

moroccan wedding blankets

{Photos: Top Left: Beyond Marrakech, Right: Song of Style, Aisle: White Tea via SMP, Bottom Left: Scott Clark via 100LC, Right: My Marrakesh}

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African Safari Planner

African Safari HoneymoonThinking of an adventurous honeymoon and post-wedding getaway? How does an African safari sound?  Oh the headache of planning a trip across the world into the great unknown!  Where to begin for that once in a lifetime trip as new husband and wife?  How about an African Safari Planner to help!?  Launched by Natural Habitat Adventures, the African Safari Planner offers couples packages and opportunities to cater to all your wants and needs through a simple interactive online tool!  Are you anti-package or don’t see one that appeals to you?  Then build your own amazing and customized trip, with just a few clicks!African safarisAfrican Safari Planner can help you plan every aspect of your trip, whether it’s choosing from many beautiful countries to tour, over 300 luxury camps to stay in, travel routes, activities and more!  If you want a beautiful getaway in Zimbabwe to see the magnificent waterfalls and wild animals, there are dozens of fantastic locations at your fingertips.  If you prefer something along the coast, they’ve got that too.safaris in africaAll of the camps were chosen with a careful hand, working with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in order to preserve the surroundings and integrity of the African lands.  You can plan your trip knowing that you and your honey are not the only ones in safe hands, but the wildlife surrounding the areas are being protected as well.  The symbiotic relationship between the WWF and Natural Habitat Adventures are dedicated to creating an environmentally friendly travel experience that benefits all parties, not to mention the breathtaking locations and sights you get to see along the way!

Now what’s your excuse not to take that exotic tour and see the big five after your big day?!?!

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Hay Adams, Washington DC Wedding

Washington DC weddingsHAPPY NEW YEAR!! Welcome back from what we hope was a happy and safe holiday spent with the people you love most!  And congratulations to those of you who are newly engaged over the past few weeks and welcome to our blog!  We’re kicking off the new year in high style with high society at the historic Hay Adams Hotel in Washington DC.  This magical event was produced and designed by our friend Julie and her team over at Strawberry Milk Events.  And while Jet Fete a destination wedding blog, this wedding doesn’t exactly fit that description entirely.  What do we mean?  Well, Washington DC wasn’t a destination for the bride and groom, but their goal was to make all in attendance feel like they were far far away in Africa!

Sarah and Elliot met on a high school trip to South Africa, so it was only fitting that their wedding fit that very theme.  After their fateful meeting, the couple spent time apart (she was living in NYC and he is CA).  Their relationship grew from long distance but eventually distance kept them too far apart.  Cut to years later when they were both living in DC and fate would strike twice, leading us to this happy ending.

With our national monuments in the background, this bride and groom said “I do” at a black tie affair with friends and family from all over present to witness their big day.colorful bridesmaid dressThe ceremony took place at the beautiful St. John’s Church, nearby their famed reception site, the Hay Adams.Hay Adams weddingsFrom traditional to anything but, the cocktail hour quickly transplanted guests into a lavish African safari.  Such an incredible idea and executed flawlessly!  We just love, love, love this decor!  Jungle fancy we’ll call it for now…safari wedding decorGuests were greeting by this massive moss elephant!  So lifelike!elephant at weddingThey continued to weave the theme in through place mats, rugs, wooden stumps acting as coffee tables, and even some tusks and animal print pillows to complete the look.  Enhanced by lots of candlelight, the mood was set just right.  How did they ever get guests to leave this cozy area and into the reception?!  I could have stayed here all night!orchid wedding

exotic wedding flowersTable names were of famed spots throughout Africa while the music further transformed the space into an exotic locale.wedding cigar rollerFor the reception, the bride and groom opted for a more traditional aesthetic, with formal florals of pink and white cascading up the candelabras.  Julie tells us that no detail overlooked.  “The mirrored head tables really emphasized the sparkle of the candlelight and crystal once the sun set.pink and white wedding flowersThe meal was amazing (clearly from the looks of these photos), with an exotic flare and lots of seafood delicacies. wedding cocktail hour foodsBut it was the dessert bar that truly delighted! With an array of sweet treats, they served up an assortment of pastries, macarons, and cakes including chocolate raspberry, almond cake and Tupelo honey.  Yum!  And the centerpiece to it all – a traditional two tiered wedding cake complete with the couple’s monogram!wedding dessert barAfter dinner, the bride and groom and their guests jetted up to the rooftop of the property for an evening of dancing underneath the stars and overlooking the White House.  What a way to end the night!  Congratulations Sarah & Elliot!hay adams weddingsWedding Vendors: Wedding Planning & Designer: Strawberry Milk Events, Ceremony Venue:  St. John’s Church, Reception/Catering:  The Hay-Adams, Photography: Eli Turner, Florist/Lighting: Edge, Rentals: DC Rentals + Syzygy, Cakes:  Kendall’s, Invitations:  The Dandelion Patch, Day of Paper Goods: Little Bit Heart, Band:  Nation/Elan Artists, Hair:  Andre Chreky Salon, Makeup:  Victoria Stiles, Dress:  Ulla Maija, Bride’s Shoes:  Prada, Groom’s Shoes:  Ferragamo

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South Africa Destination Wedding – Tasha & Gordon

destination wedding in south africaTasha and Gordon define the term “jetsetters” to a tee! The couple got engaged during a romantic rendezvous in Bali and held their wedding in equally as exotic South Africa, but with a Balinese twist. With the help of the creative talent at The Aleit Group, the couple pulled together a stunning outdoor ceremony at the Suncoast Hotel with vibrant pops of fuchsia, teal and gold. A sitar player accompanied Tasha’s walk down the aisle, and guests cooled down with wooden fans turned ceremony programs.destination wedding in South AfricaTasha wore a truly unique gown by local South African talent Klûk with an intricate scalloped edge. A string of orchids wrapped around her wrist complemented her non-traditional dress in place of a bouquet.South Africa WeddingsIt’s obvious this couple wasn’t afraid of making a statement, and their dramatic place card display was no exception! What seems like hundreds of strings hung with escort cards delicately tied on, with pops of hot pink of course! Over-sized cages in their palette flanked the reception space, The Czar, which fittingly means “a place of magic.”Aqua and pink weddingTasha and Gordon’s reception tables were beautifully curated displays of vivid florals and Southeast Asian-inspired vessels. Above hung sparkling chandeliers, from which menus and table numbers were creatively displayed.South Africa destination weddingNot only did the venue bring Bali and South Africa together cohesively, the food and drinks (which included a Chai Martini) were also Asian inspired. And we’re loving those teal and gold linens, too!pink teal and gold destination weddingsAt a wedding this vibrant, the dance floor couldn’t be anything but a confetti filled, lantern topped celebration! Who wouldn’t want to have their first dance in a setting like this?!bright wedding colorsFrom the drinks to the dinner tables, and everything in between, this couple perfectly infused a location that had great meaning to them while celebrating thousands of miles away. Congratulations Tasha and Gordon!

Destination Wedding Photographer: Joe Photographer

Wedding Vendors: Ceremony Venue: Suncoast Hotel, Reception Venue: The Czar, Wedding Planning: The Aleit Group, Wedding Flowers: Lifestyle Bazaar, Lighting: Something Different, Catering & Wedding Cake: Olive Twist, Tent: Nomadik Tent, Stationery: Elsje Designs, Hair and Make-up: Luciano dos Santos, Wedding Dress: Klûk

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Airstream Trailer Hotels

airstream trailer hotel{Photo: Grand Daddy Hotel}

Thinking of driving across country for your honeymoon?  Do you love the open road and local hipster hotels but don’t really want to rough it for your first vacation as husband and wife?  Then consider the growing trend of airstream hotels!  Yep, you read this right, literally, four star airstream trailer hotels in cities across the US and the globe.  For domestic honeymooners, consider the appropriately named Hicksville Hotel in Joshua Tree, CA.  Your stay will come complete with a saltwater pool, fire pits, hotel bar (inside a trailer of course), roof deck with a hot tub, and all kinds of old fashioned American games for you and your new spouse to enjoy a little vintage fun after the big day festivities.

airstream trailor hotels{Photos: Hicksville Trailer Palace}

For the granddaddy of airstream hotels, check into the Grand Daddy Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.  Seems like a far distance to travel for a little trailer fun, but perched atop a hotel with views of the city and nightlife combined, this polka-dotted penthouse is quite the talk of the town.  The hotel hauled seven vintage Airsteam Trailers from the US to their rooftop, each appointed with their own unique theme, and complete with a familiar mailbox from home.

cape town hotels{Photos: Grand Daddy Hotel}

If you’re honeymoon follows a road less traveled, then check out these Airstream-appointed properties along the way too!  The Lakedale in Washington, Ten Thousand Waves in Santa Fe, NM, and The StarLux in New Jersey will all make you feel at home in your own fabulously fancy double-wide.

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