The Best Places to Safari on a Honeymoon

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Planning your honeymoon should begin by looking at the top of your travel bucket list and checking the box!  This is no ordinary vacation, nor should you treat it as such.  What have you always wanted to do together that perhaps you’ve never done?  Where do you want to go that you’ve never been?  Where can you find romance, relaxation, and a bit of adventure all-in-one with something for both of you to enjoy?  Have you considered a honeymoon on safari?  Chances are it will be a new experience for you both and even if not, no two safari experiences are the same.

You’ll find peace and quiet, privacy, relaxation and romance, but you’ll also find adventure, a connection and bond with nature, and based on my personal experience, an awe-inspiring set of memories you’ll never forget!  A safari is truly a once-in-a-lifetime incredible experience!  But where to go and what to?  How do you plan that unforgettable trip?  We chatted with safari and honeymoon experts, DK Grand Safaris to get the scoop on where and how to plan the perfect safari vacation for newlyweds.

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A trip to East Africa is a must according to DK Grand Safaris.  You can visit the Masai Mara Game Reserve, a world-renowned safari destination and even end on a beautiful beach so you get the best of both worlds (just in case that tropical honeymoon sounds good to you too).

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For a jaw-dropping sight courtesy of Mother Nature complete with natural romance all around, make sure to select a safari with a stop at Victoria Falls, where the boarder of Zambia and Zimbabwe forms.  Talk about a romantic walk in the park!

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Or maybe a sweet hot air balloon ride for two is more your speed.  Then experience the Masai Mara from above with views you can’t get any other way and you won’t soon forget.

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And if seeing the famous “Big Five” is at the top of your bucket list, then DK Grand Safaris also suggests the Masai Mara for a great chance of catching them all.  They recommend you “focus on the private conservancies, and if you’re visiting between the August to November migration, your chances of seeing lions on the hunt are high.”

Or consider the private reserves that border famed Kruger National Park, specifically Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve.  DK Grand Safaris say leopards are fairly common here and you’ll often see the Big 5 in just a couple of days.

One more recommendation for checking the Big 5 off your bucket list?  “Private game reserves in the Eastern Cape as well as the far northern Madikwe Private Game Reserve offer fantastically easy Big 5 game viewing in a malaria-free, family-friendly environment though it should be noted that leopards are extremely elusive in these reserves.”

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Or visit one of the new seven wonders of the world.  You can experience the famous wildebeest migration complete with millions zebras, elands, and topis.  You can do this two times during the year either in the Serengeti National Park (in Feb/March) or Masai Mara Game Reserve (in July-Sept) and you’re in for a NatGO-style real-life movie!

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You can plan a safari experience that suits your needs to take you just where you want to go for as long as you see fit.  So determine in advance just how much time you plan to spend in the great outdoors and select a safari that runs the right amount of time for you – between one day and two weeks typically.  DK Grand Safaris suggests a minimum of 7 to 10 days for a great range for honeymooners.  Remember, you’ll have a bit of wedding lag and jet lag to start, and you’ll be traveling between locations so this ensures plenty of time with the animals too!  But whatever suits you best, they can customize accordingly!

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Then for a bit of a beach honeymoon mixed with the adventure of a safari, head to the East Africa Indian Ocean at the end of your journey and experience calm blue waters and all the beach sports you can imagine (and let DK Grand Safaris do all the planning for you).

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DK Grand Safaris has something for everyone looking for that ultimate safari honeymoon experience. From meals to lodging to touring the Serengeti, they’ve curated packages to ensure you have the best possible safari experience…and if you don’t see one that’s just right, they’ll customize for you too!

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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.

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{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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