Engage!14 – Wedding Welcome Bag Ideas

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We’re back with more great destination wedding ideas from the Engage!14 wedding industry summit in the Cayman Islands.  Today we’re talking about the swag.  Yep, you read that right.  Engage gives it’s guests enough goodies and gifts to require extra luggage and just about all of it would make the perfect welcome gift amenities or welcome bag products for your wedding guests.

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The talented team at Gifts for the Good Life created all these amazing products, custom branded and of course in the matching color palette of the event.

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The hosts chose to display the swag bag products behind a bar as guests picked their favorite patterns and got to enjoy products perfectly suited for them.

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Most of the goodies were meant to be enjoyed on island (a great way not to overload guests with gifts they have to get through customs on their way home).

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My personal favorite?  An ipod speaker system for the beach that looked like a retro radio!

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Stay tuned tomorrow, when we take a look at an amazing property that could be home to your destination wedding or honeymoon in the Cayman Islands.

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Photographers for Engage!14: Carla Ten Eyck, Rebecca Davidson, Picture This Studios, David Wolfe Photography, Melissa Wolfe Photography, Better Angle


Travel Inspired Gifts for the Groom

Finding gifts for men is hard. And if you’re planning a destination wedding, finding a perfect gift is even harder. Have no fear! We have put together a compilation of travel inspired gifts that are absolutely perfect for your globe-trotting groom. From masculine weekenders and travel kits to compasses and cameras to capture every moment, we’ve found gifts that guys want. If you’re looking for more classic gift ideas, we love the idea of an awesome pair of sunglasses or watch, or an even more amazing boudoir photo album for your hubby. These gifts are sure to be adored and actually used by your man – not to mention, they’re extremely convenient and easy to carry. What could be better?

Travel Inspired Gifts for Your Groom

{Ray Ban Clubmasters: Discover0, Cameras: Will Hereford via Bon Appétit, Travel Kit: Fancy, Weekender Bags: J. Crew, Compass: Artfire, Watch: Leoni Bolt Photography via BridalGuide, Lingerie: Intimissimi }


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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5 Beauty Essentials You Need for Your Honeymoon


Today one of our destination guru friends has stopped by to share some of her favorite finds for you!  Sarah Carrillo Riswick, the editor over on Destination42 knows a thing or two about bridal beauty and packing your bags and hitting the road.  But what does she pack?  What does she suggest you take on your honeymoon?  What bridal beauty is a must after your big day?  Well, Sarah’s got all the answers for you today!

honeymoon-beauty-essentialsAfter getting all glammed up for your wedding day you’ll probably want to take it easy on your honeymoon. But it’s worth it to bring a few products with you so you can nail that “I just woke up this fabulous” look.

No. 1: Tinted lip balm with SPF
A subtle pop of color on your lips will make you look pulled together, even after one-too-many margaritas And you can dab a little on your cheeks to give you a natural-looking flush. I love Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Treatments, the color is sheer but lasts.

No. 2: Eyelash curler
Mascara (even waterproof) is more effort than you really need to be making on your honeymoon, especially during the day when you’ll rarely take off your sunglasses. But curling your lashes will open up your eyes and make you look more awake. Plus, it only takes a few seconds.

No. 3: Smoothing serum
Most beaches = serious humidity and frizzy hair. So bring along a good smoothing serum or leave-in conditioner. Bonus: using these products before you go in the pool or ocean can help protect your hair and keep it soft.

No. 4: Dry shampoo
A must for greasy roots (aka brides trying to make that wedding-day blowout last just a little bit longer) or to give your hair more volume and texture. My favorite is Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray, it smells amazing.

No. 5: Nail stickers
OK, so maybe these aren’t essential but they’re a great way to update your nails if you stuck with a safe nude polish or French manicure on your wedding day. You can apply them in your hotel room easily (or on the plane since there isn’t a strong polish smell but they can be a bit messy). Most will last at least a week, sometimes two, without chipping.

You may notice that sunscreen is missing from this list, but come on, that’s a no-brainer, right? One tip though, make sure you pack plenty because many resorts will charge outrageous prices for a tube of Coppertone.

Thanks so much Sara for these great honeymoon finds!  For more on her favorite travel musts, locations and advice, be sure to check out Destination42.


Glamping for Your Wedding with Shelter Co

What does a wedding planner do when she can’t find the perfect tent for her glamping clients?  Or when someone wants a space they can create outside that invites guests inside to mingle, snuggle, and enjoy during cocktails or even a wedding reception?  Well, one wedding planner went to work and thus – Shelter Co has answered the call! They create swanky tents for your special celebration, destination wedding overnight group or even just a fun decor element in your outdoor event.  If you’re looking for linens, luxury and a complete setup with furnishings, Shelter Co can take care of it all!  Literally.  If you want full service, they’ll even setup restrooms and cater the affair.  Or if you simply want the tents setup as part of your after party at home, they can do that too.  How fun would it be to host your intimate destination wedding under the stars in one of these?!

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{Photos: via Shelter Co, Fire Pit Image: Sunset Magazine, Bottom Image: Allan Zepeda}