Holiday Beauty Gift Sets: Perfect for our Destination Brides

If you happen to be one of our destination brides, forgetting anything on your wedding day could be a matter of life or death – figuratively speaking. With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to score on all of these travel size goodies that our favorite brands have to offer, at great prices. These sets have everything you could ever need and the possibilities are endless with these all-in-one palettes and products. Sized for convenience, each set will fit in any carry-on and help make packing for your destination nuptials that much easier.

Holiday Gift Sets for the Destination Bride

1. Estée Lauder Lipstick Collection Gift Set: Includes 4 of Estée Lauder’s best selling lipstick colors including: “Envious”, “Tumultuous Pink”, “Dynamic”, and “Desirable”, these popular shades are perfect and totally wearable at any occasion. Comes in a navy metallic cosmetic case perfect for traveling! $37.50 with any Estée Lauder purchase or free with a $60 purchase.

2. Shiseido Sparkling Party Palette: This palette comes with 2 eye colors, cream eyeliner, cream eye color base, blush, a cream lip and cheek color, and applicators. The possibilities are endless with this all-in-one palette and is perfect for any holiday party or bride going for a more dramatic look. $50

3. YSL ‘Wildly Gold’ Palette (Limited Edition): This chic leopard wrapped palette includes 4 eyeshadows, blush, and 2 vibrant lipstick shades for a little pop of color and a glamorous look. This compact all-in-one palette is perfect for on-the-go brides and fits nicely in any bag. $95

4. Butter London “Gilded Gears” Collection: This steampunk inspired holiday line offers 4 miniature polishes in “West End Wonderland”, “Early Grey”, “Goss”, and “Clockwork Heart”.  At 0.2 oz, these mini quick-drying and chip-resistent polishes are perfect for last minute touchups. $28

5. Bumble and Bumble: Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Travel Kit: Ditch the hotel shampoo and conditioner with this amazing travel kit from Bumble and Bumble. The kit comes with sulfate free shampoo, conditioner, and primer.  Each are under 3 oz, which happens to be the perfect amount for a destination wedding, and you can carry them on! $30

6. L’eclisse Holiday Glow Gift Set: This particular kit comes with natural shades of blush and lipgloss, as well as, a blush brush.These natural products will leave you gorgeous and glowing without synthetic dyes, oil, fragrances, or talc. The brush also happens to be vegan and is made from 100% premium synthetic fibers. $59.99


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 }


How to Travel with Your Wedding Dress


You’ve got everything set but you have one little last detail that isn’t in place: how am I going to get my wedding dress to my destination? Perhaps you haven’t started planning your destination wedding and you’re freaking out about traveling with luggage, a fiancé, family, and a big white wedding gown. No worries! We’re here to make traveling more enjoyable and less stressful!

1.Never check your dress in with the rest of your luggage. An important thing to remember is that your dress must come with you as a carry on. It’s important to double check with your airlines policies before you go but chances are they’ll be extra accommodating for the bride-to-be. Checking your dress with the rest of your luggage is risky as you run the chance of it getting damaged or lost so we don’t recommend it! 

2.Learn the proper way to pack your dress. Your dress can either be packed in a garment bag, wheeled carry on, or carry on box. A garment bag can be used for all types of dresses and are ideal if your airline can hang it for you in a 1st class closet. A wheeled carry on is ideal for wedding dresses that are larger, think ball gowns, and can be stored in an overhead compartment. Wheeled carry ons work best for larger gowns since they may be to heavy and large to store in a closet. A carry on box can be used for all dresses and is ideal if your airline won’t let you hang your dress in a closet and the airline allows a box in that size. A carry on box allows you to safely package your dress and it’s the perfect size to fit into an overhead compartment. Carry on boxes can be found in many of your local bridal stores.  But first and foremost, we suggest you pack it in a garment bag and then double pack it in a second garment bag in case the first one rips!  Two layers of protection (and fewer wrinkles)!  Put in layers of tissue and your dress will be almost as good as new when you arrive.

3.Buy a ticket for your wedding dress. Some brides don’t want to go through the hassle of carrying, storing, and fitting their dress into different compartments. So, you can choose to buy a ticket for the dress to sit right next to it on the way to their destination. Now we know this might sound a little costly but it can reduce a lot of the stress of traveling with your dress. This option obviously doesn’t work for everyone as it can be expensive and works best when the dress is too big for any of the above options.

Keep in mind that no matter how expertly you pack your wedding dress it may still get wrinkled but don’t freak out! Most wrinkles fall out naturally off the dress 24 to 48 hours within hanging it and the hotel should have a steaming service or steamer if need be (but be sure to call ahead and find out).

4. Know what to do when you arrive to your hotel room. Make sure to remove your dress out of any bags or boxes once you get to your hotel room and hang it up. The weight of the dress itself will help reduce wrinkles.

5. Invest in a handheld steamer if the property is lacking in one. A handheld steamer will come in handy if you do get pesky wrinkles, not just for the bride but the maids, groom and family members too.  Call ahead and if you are fearful things on location may not go as planned, pack the tool accordingly!

6.Forgot your steamer? No worries! Hang your dress in the bathroom with out a garment bag and take a hot steaming shower. The steam will help get rid of any wrinkles on your dress.

Hopefully these tips will ease some of your traveling stress! Happy Traveling!

{Photo: Elisabeth Millay via Elizabeth Anne Designs}


Pop Up Wedding Project in Vancouver, Canada

Elope to the beautiful city of Vancouver, Canada for a unique destination wedding experience! For the first time, Pop Up Wedding Project is going to be in Vancouver during the September 14-15 weekend to help couples that want to marry or renew their vows.

So what exactly is the Pop Up Wedding Project? It’s a creative and unique collaboration between Vancouver wedding vendors that are responsible for planning your very own pop up wedding (all done at a very afforadable price)! This is perfect for the couple that wants an intimate getaway, or the married couple that wants a simple vow-renewal without sacrificing the aesthetics of a ceremony. You can bring 20 of your nearest and dearest (although they can accommodate for 10 more) to celebrate you and your significant other’s special day. The folks behind PUWP will be there for every step of your pop-up style wedding– from the photography to the food.  Keep an eye out for their upcoming pop up wedding events!

Pop Up Wedding Project Vancouver




Unique Destination Wedding Aisles

Who says you have to walk down a aisle trailed or lined with flowers? Take a look at what these brides did with their wedding aisles! You can decorate your aisle according to the setting of your destination wedding as these brides did! How perfect is it to use banana leaves and tropical flowers if you are having your beach wedding; or maybe even paint the sand or ground with colorful sawdust. You can also use your favorite prints to line your aisles (like chevron, or even quilts with cute patterns on it). The possibilities are really endless…you can even use glitter if you want to add some extra sparkle to your wedding ceremony! Which one of these ideas is your favorite?

unique destination wedding aisles

{Photos: Sawdust: John Newsome Photography, Banana leaves: Comfort Studio, Chevron: Heather Lynn, Distressed wood planks: Aaron Young Photography,  Quilts: Ever Whim, Glitter: Max Wanger}