8 Honeymoon Trends for 2014

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Ah the honeymoon!  Your first vacation as newlyweds, a once-in-a-lifetime trip to indulge on just for two!  But where to go?  What to do?  We’ve got eight hot honeymoon trends to consider if you want that oh-so romantic getaway post-big day!

1.  GLAMPING!  Yep, that’s short for glamorous camping!  It’s great for those who love the great outdoors but want a little luxury too and for couples who want an active honeymoon.  Perfect for domestic travelers since we know not everyone has a passport and it’s easy to get to if you have a short window of time to enjoy together.  Consider places like, Dunton Hot Springs in Colorado – located in a romantic ghost town across the mountain from Telluride.  They’ve got luxury tents, gorgeous rustic cabins, and everything glamping should be – lots of adventure in the great outdoors.  You can fly fish, horseback ride, hike, mountain bike, rock climb white water raft and even take archeological tours of the nearby desert.

2.  If you are an adventure seeker, then you’re in luck, ADVENTURE HONEYMOONS are all the rage so your options are growing!  This is for those who lead an active lifestyle and can’t imagine doing nothing on a beach for a week.  You could hit a city and see a sporting event, go on safari and stay at one of the luxury tent camps, do a bike tour of a foreign country, take a helicopter to the top of a glacier, or even dive the Great Barrier Reef.  Anything on your bucket list can be on your honeymoon checklist!

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3.  For the utmost privacy and to get away from the big hotel chains, consider renting a PRIVATE VILLA instead!  Private owners or villa rental companies will help you find the best place for you.  You can typically book with staff or without (chefs, butlers, housekeeping and even activities directors).  This travel style is very private and great for both people who want lazy days or highly active schedules.  Europe or the Caribbean are peppered with private villas for your honeymoon pleasure, but really anywhere in the world you’ll find homes you can rent by the week for the trip.

4.  Or if being left alone in a villa is a little too slow paced for you, then consider ALL-INCLUSIVE where you’ll likely make all kinds of new friends!  These great no stress packages are perfect for those who want to know in advance what they’re spending, especially if finances and spending is a sore spot in your relationship.  Although these aren’t cheap trips, you’ll be able to budget almost to the dollar of what you will spend on location.

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5.  And if you just can’t wait for the honeymoon, consider getting away for a MINI-MOON or even a PRE-WEDDING MOON.  A mini-moon is a shorter trip, right after the wedding if you can’t get enough time off to take that big trip then or you want to wait for the right season to touchdown on your dream vacation.  Think of this as a long weekend to recover together.  And a pre-wedding honeymoon is just as it sounds – a chance to get away together for a long weekend during the wedding planning process and reconnect, remind each other why you’re marrying one another, despite the stress of planning the big day.

6.  And if you do have time for a longer honeymoon, then consider COUNTRY HOPPING when you go!  It’s a great chance to see a whole region in one part of the world.  You can travel by tour or package to save and see a lot at once or simply opt for a change scenery to keep things interesting for the active traveler.  It’s also a good way to compromise on places you both do or don’t want to go to.

7.  And if you can’t decide where that is – you could always GO WHERE THE STARS GO!  Some of the celeb hot spots to consider for your honeymoon include: St. Lucia (think Matt Damon and his wife Luciana at Sugar Beach, or Kendra and Hank at Jade Mountain).  Or perhaps The Seychelles (islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa), where Prince William and Kate Middleton went for a very private honeymoon.

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8.  Then, no matter where you opt to go, consider hiring a HONEYMOON PHOTOGRAPHER while you’re there!  You’ll make beautiful memories and capture them with minimal effort.  Book out an afternoon to see the sites while a pro captures your photos (you’ll be thankful for coming home with more than just selfies).  Talk to your hotel about great local wedding photographers who might do it for cheap on a weekday afternoon.

All Photos by Beautiful Day Photography.

Happy Travels!

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Airport Beauty Tips

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Traveling can be harsh on anyone, you easily get dehydrated, you lose sleep, and you’re stuck eating terminal food for days. As you’re traveling for your destination wedding or honeymoon you obviously don’t want to break out or wake up feeling like a cranky bridezilla. Follow our 6 tips to help alleviate some of your airport beauty dilemmas.

1. Moisturize, moisturize, and moisturize! The air in the plane can be really dry so protect your skin by hydrating it with your favorite moisturizer. Make sure to choose something that is non-greasy, you don’t want to feel sticky and icky during your flight. Don’t forget to moisturize your lips either! Make sure to pack a light chapstick to protect that pout of yours because no one likes chapped lips!

2. Keep your makeup light. Putting on too much makeup while flying can actually clog your pores. Choose something lighter than foundation like tinted moisturizer in order to prevent clogging.

3. Sleeping masks are a must! Sleeping masks will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed during long airplane flights.

4. Stay Hydrated. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water while you’re flying. Staying hydrated is important for your skin and for your health of course! If you know you have dry skin and  need some extra hydration for your skin, pack a facial mist.

5. Don’t forget your daily cleanser. Whether you’re traveling for your destination wedding or your honeymoon don’t forget to pack your daily facial cleanser! Changing cleansers while on vacation can disrupt your skin’s acid balance causing you to break out.

6. Relax! Enjoy a good book, play a game of cards, or watch a movie. If you can’t sleep, make sure to bring some eye drops to apply so that your eyes won’t be red and tired from staying up and watching movies, reading books, etc.

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Mustique Honeymoon Villa Where the Royals Stay

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Mustique is quickly becoming a hot spot for honeymooners thanks to Wills and Kate who recently took time off for a babymoon on the island.  Mustique is a small island in the Grenadines (in the West Indies).  A lovely place to unwind without the hustle and bustle of big ports or cities, this oasis boasts some pretty spectacular villas you can call home on your honeymoon.

One such villa is where the prince and princess actually stayed!  Aurora Mustique is a spacious 3 bedroom suite house with awe-inspiring views of the island. The house includes a media room, a great room, viewing and dining gazebos, as well as a quaint little cottage with two extra bedrooms. You can live lavishly at the Aurora House, as it’s air-conditioned and fully staffed with a butler, chef, maids, gardener, and even Reggie, an adorable island dog ready to love! Of course, if you want you time spent here pet free, that can be arranged.

While you may want to just stay at your own private villa the whole honeymoon, there are also many things that can be done on the island during your stay! Of course you can visit the beach with its crystal clear waters. Or you can view the island by riding horses: super romantic! Or you can just stroll/explore on your own, walking along the paths (take Reggie too if you like!) So whether you are going to spend your honeymoon here or your babymoon (like Will and Kate), the Aurora House on the island of Mustique is a breathtaking location to spend your first few days of being newlyweds!

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How to Wrap a Sari

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts have an online magazine for travel lovers (and one for brides too!).  Today’s post is a quick video they shared for those of us who like to embrace the culture (and couture) of the location where we wed and travel to.  This video quickly and easily explains exactly how to wrap the perfect sari to look your best when on an exotic honeymoon or planning a destination wedding where  this wardrobe fits the bill!

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How to Pack for Your Honeymoon

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As all those summer weddings approach us here in the US, you might be starting to think about what (and how) to pack for that perfect dream vacation – your honeymoon!  Well today we’ve got a few tips for packing efficiently and making the most of your hopefully unwrinkled wardrobe!

Best tip I ever learned?  Roll your clothes – don’t fold!  It saves space and helps clothes ward off wrinkles.  And on that note, consider fabrics that don’t wrinkle as easily like microfibers and light weight cotton (avoid heavily weaved fabrics).

Skip packing items like umbrellas and other tools you can find at your hotel if need be.  Call ahead and find out if adapters are in the room or any other amenities you might be able to skip shopping for.

Wear your bulky shoes on the plane.  If you’re going somewhere where boots will be useful, don’t forget, they take up a lot of room in your luggage so save space by walking them on.  However – if this pair is difficult to get on and off in security, consider your time constraints first.  Also layer what you wear on the flight, this will keep you warm when the plane gets chilly and gives you additional items you don’t want to pack.  Just be prepared for those un-layering moments at TSA, but this is your honeymoon, you’re in no rush right?

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Map out your itinerary or potential adventures and of course, plan all the proper shoes, clothes, gym clothes, evening wear and outfits to fit accordingly.  Try to plan for clothes that go with the same few pairs of shoes so you’re not packing every pair in your closet – a great walking shoe, evening shoe, beach shoe/sandal (or after ski shoe depending on where you’ll be), and a daytime casual pair.

Don’t forget to pack a purse for day and purse for night (if you can limit yourself to just two).

Consider your destination and perhaps don’t pack all the jewels he’s given you, as romantic as that might be, better to be safe than sorry (hint: some women travel with fake jewelry to dress up with).

Pack clothes you can dress up or down with a pair of heels, some different jewelry, and even double up as a bikini cover up.

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Pack your biggest, bulkiest, heaviest clothes on bottom and move up from there.  Speaking of luggage, it’s about time you splurged, treat yourself to a nice set before you say “I do” (or register for pieces before the wedding).  A good set of luggage can go far towards the ease of your travels.

Don’t forget the neccessary accessories (lots of accessories) – sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, any medicines you might need, photo copies of all your travel documents including passport.

Unpack your wallet before you pack.  Downsize the amount of credit cards and “stuff” you’re taking to protect against any major mishaps.

And don’t forget to pack the fun stuff – this is your honeymoon after all, a little lingerie and those shower gifts can go with you!

Lastly, don’t forget to leave behind all your important info with a loved one (including copies of your passports, etc just in case you find yourself in need while in flight).

Safe travels!

All Clothing by Trina Turk.

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Black Honeymoon Beachware

Planning a tropical honeymoon to sit on the beach and sip fruity cocktails while you recover from all that dancing?  Sounds delightful! But what if you’re not the type to bare it all on the beach?  Have no fear, we’ve got a few sexy and not-so risque options to be a beautiful blushing bride in all black.

black honeymoon beachwear Black Honeymoon BeachwareBlack Swimsuit: A one piece can still be sexy and this Calvin Klein mesh wrap bandeau swimsuit is just that!  Covers you up but shows just enough skin to be young and sophisticated too.

Ruffled Swimsuit: Love this low cut one piece by Zimmermann Glasshouse. With a lace trim crossover V neck and beaded straps that tie behind neck, this is a show stopper for a lady who doesn’t want to bare all in a bikini.

Sunglasses: Gotta love Gucci.  Inspired by Gucci’s iconic bamboo, these oversized square-frame sunglasses have tiny gold inserts to add to the detail and update the Audrey look.

Black and White Tote: The perfect staple for during and after the honeymoon is a tote by Hable Construction.  This bag is perfect for the beach, has a zip closure and plenty of room to pack as a carry on and for a day in sun.

Platform Sandals: Go nautical with these hot YSL wedges.  The suede sandals would look perfect with a pair of white shorts and a flowy black top or even your one piece bathing suit coming off the sand.

Cuff Bracelet: This heart shaped cuff by Eddie Borgo is the perfect accessory to dress up that cover up. 

Black and White Bow Bikini: For a bikini that isn’t too tiny, consider this sweet bow-embellished black suit by Miu Miu.

Black Cover Up: For a crocheted cover up, this one takes the cake.  Vix created a tunic will show just a hint of your bikini or suit underneath and still show plenty of leg for maximum sun.Vix,

Black and White Cover Up: Day or night, this silk-chiffon maxi dress is the perfect piece to pack for your honeymoon.  Designed by Norma Kamali, this look can go from sand to sipping cocktails over lunch and even into the evening, depending how you dress it up or dress it down.

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Color Blocking Ideas for Your Honeymoon

Headed to a tropical paradise post-nuptials? Embarking on a luxurious European excursion? Big plans for that exotic honeymoon? Time to get packing! Luckily spring trends are seriously embracing color this year and color blocking is abound! Mixing big and bold solid colors is the perfect honeymoon style. Even if you don’t wear dramatic color in your every day life, vacationing is the place to do so! Not ready for full on colored dresses and bright orange pants? We’ll start with the accessories…

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Now are you ready to take color blocking to another level!? We say go bold for that special night out, catch a few eyes on that daytime shopping excursion, and embrace the pop of color as you pop on over to the pool. You are celebrating after all, so why not do so in a seriously festive style!

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Trash the Dress, Caymans Islands Re-Run

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To wrap up our week of some of the most inspiring shoots and weddings you’ve seen on our blog throughout our first year, we wanted to end with this jaw-dropping trash the dress shoot captured by Beautiful Day Photography.  The shoot was a collaboration with the Cayman Islands wedding website, Crystal Blue Weddings and a group of amazing on island talented wedding professionals.

Our models, Cristin and Dave braved the Caribbean waters as we jetted off to Stingray City, off the coast of Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands.  We took the idea of a day after trash the dress session to a whole new level when we added in some of nature’s creatures in the wild – stingrays!  Luckily for us, these unusual beasts are a bit more like pets than dangerous predators (they meet several thousand people a week so they are quite tame)…and don’t worry, no people or rays were harmed during our shoot!

To start, we dropped anchor on the Cayman Elusion out in the ocean off the coast of Grand Cayman. Then Cristin and Dave literally took the plunge while our team of photographers captured the moment from the water and a nearby Sea-Doo. trash the dress photos Trash the Dress, Caymans Islands Re RunOnce the bride and groom got wet, we headed over to the sandbar known as Stingray City and that’s where the real magic began!adventure wedding photography Trash the Dress, Caymans Islands Re RunThe photographers jumped right in with the rays while one of our guides fed the friendly creatures to keep them swarming our team.  They were all so brave!trash the dress stingray city Trash the Dress, Caymans Islands Re RunThe rays are so accustomed to people, you can even give them a little kiss. Though at times they looked like something from another planet, they acted like they were part of this new family. stingray city trash the dress Trash the Dress, Caymans Islands Re RunWould you dare something this adventourous for your trash the dress session? Just remember, we took every safety precaution! If you give it a shot, be prepared and be safe and always go with the pros.stingray city grand cayman Trash the Dress, Caymans Islands Re RunAn enormous thank you to Crystal Blue Weddings for putting together an amazing dream team for this shoot!  If you’re headed to Grand Cayman for your destination wedding, these talented folks are people you should certainly call on!

Cayman Islands Weddings: Crystal Blue Weddings

Yacht: Cayman Elusion by Cayman Luxury Charters

Photography: Beautiful Day Photography

Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly Collection

Floral: Celebrations

Just Married Sign: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Hair: Kelly Massias

Makeup: Cristin Alexander

Female Model: Cristin Alexander

Male Model: Dave Connolly

Hair Pin: Maria Elena Headpieces

 

Crystal Blue Weddings, Beautiful Day Photography, and Laura Hooper Calligraphy are vetted and highly recommended advertisers of Jet Fete and/or The Bridal Bar.

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Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the Dress

cayman luxury charters Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressIt’s day two of our “day after” wedding shoot on Grand Cayman and today our darling bride and groom models get wet!  Cristin and Dave braved the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea and swam with the stingrays, wedding dress and all!  They were such amazing and willing participants and the stingrays were hamming it up for the cameras too!  Trash the dress takes on a whole new meaning when wild animals are involved!  But these unusual creatures quickly became more like pets (they meet several thousand people a week so they are quite tame).  And don’t worry, no people or rays were harmed during our shoot!

To start, we dropped anchor on the Cayman Elusion out in the ocean off the coast of Grand Cayman.  Then our beautiful couple took the plunge, literally, right into the breathtakingly beautiful Caribbean waters.  The talented and thrill-seeking photographer, Laura Grier from Beautiful Day Photography captured it all sitting on a Sea-Doo in the choppy waters nearby.trash the dress photos Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressOnce Dave and Cristin “trashed” their couture, we took a quick ride over to Stingray City, a sandbar in the Cayman Islands where stingrays and tourists alike congregate and mingle.  But brides and grooms?  Now this isn’t something we see everyday!  Both bride and groom were very, very brave for this shoot!adventure wedding photography Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressOur photographers jumped right in with the rays, some with underwater video equipment (videos to come later) and otherwise, their wedding cameras were just above water as they hoped not to get them wet!  Well, the rays got a little playful and a splash or two made it onto a lens, but otherwise all parties were a-okay by the end of the shoot!trash the dress stingray city Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressThe rays are so accustomed to people, you can even feed them and give them a little kiss.  Though at times they looked like something from another planet, they acted like they were part of this new family.  Talk about a photo to hang up back at home!stingray city trash the dress Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressWhat do you think?  Would you dare something only thrill seekers do for your trash the dress session?  Just remember, we took every safety precaution; if you decide to get a bit adventurous with a trash the dress session, be sure to be safe first and foremost!stingray city grand cayman Stingray City, Grand Cayman Trash the DressAn enormous thank you to Danielle Cococcia of Crystal Blue Weddings for putting together an amazing dream team for a fantastic day out at sea!  And to everyone who made this shoot possible…if you’re headed to Grand Cayman, these talented folks are people you should certainly call on!

Cayman Islands Weddings: Crystal Blue Weddings

Yacht: Cayman Elusion by Cayman Luxury Charters

Photography:  Beautiful Day Photography

Wedding Dress: Kirstie Kelly Collection

Floral:  Celebrations

Just Married Sign: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Hair:  Kelly Massias

Makeup: Cristin Alexander

Female Model:  Cristin Alexander

Male Model: Dave Connolly

Hair Pin: Maria Elena Headpieces

 

Crystal Blue Weddings, Beautiful Day Photography, and Laura Hooper Calligraphy are vetted and highly recommended advertisers of Jet Fete and/or The Bridal Bar.

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