10 Honeymoon-Friendly Carry-On Suitcases

Posted by Caitlin on Jun 23, 2014

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Photos (from left to right): Tommy Hilfiger Santa Monica Carry On Expandable Spinner Suitcase, $200 on Macy’s; Samsonite Luggage Cruisair Bold Spinner Bag, $200 on Amazon

Looking to add some cute carry-on suitcases to your registry for that amazing post-wedding trip? And for pretty much every vacation thereafter. Do you research on the different types available (i.e. rolling, duffel, garment, and weekender), then check out our Travel Editor’s of-the-moment stylish picks that are totally worth lugging to and from the airport here.

Sponsored by The Wedding Salon

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If you’re recently engaged and living in New York City or Los Angeles, you’re in luck! There are two Wedding Salon bridal shows coming to you in March. Here are all the details:

The Destination Wedding & Honeymoon Salon will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 4pm to 8pm at The Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC. Whether your considering a destination wedding or planning a trip-of-a-lifetime honeymoon, this event will feature representatives from top resorts and destinations from all over the world including Curacao Tourism, Fiesta Americana Grand Coral Beach Cancun, All Inclusive Hard Rock, Puerto Rico Tourism Board, The Villa Group, The Rack at Rock Creek, Iconic Weddings and more. And, oh yeah, celebrity wedding planner Colin Cowie will also be making an appearance. This event will also  include cake tastings, cocktails, makeovers, gown previews, raffles, giveaways and an amazing goodie bag!

For all you Los Angeles brides, check out the Wedding Salon Los Angeles on Monday, March 10 from 4pm to 8pm at the Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. At this exciting event, you’ll find a TAO Bachelorette Suite where you and your pals can discover how to plan the ultimate bachelorette party, cake tastings from Charm City Cakes and Hansen’s Cakes, reception tablescapes from top designers, gorgeous wedding gowns, representatives from top venues and destination wedding sites worldwide, delicious treats from Eco Caters, beauty consultations, and an amazing goodie bag!

For more information or to purchase tickets, check out the Wedding Salon’s website!

Top 4 Spots for Beach Weddings in Mexico

Posted by destinationweddings on Dec 02, 2013

One of the most popular destinations for weddings outside of the United States is not surprisingly Mexico. Resort choices are plentiful, the beaches are spectacular, and you can’t beat the price for you and your guests. Many couples, who flock to Mexico, have their heart set on a beach wedding. You cannot beat the relaxed vibe of a beach wedding, and your wedding photos are sure to be memorable. So, how do you decide at which beach in Mexico to say I do? We asked our seasoned Wedding Specialists to list their picks for beach wedding locations in Mexico. They consistently answered: too many choices to list in a blog! After looking at their lists, here are four spots that appear on many lists for Mexican beach weddings:

El Dorado Maroma – There is just something magical about the beach wedding setups at this resort.  The beach itself is picturesque and inviting and the attention to detail in the resort’s wedding setups in impressive.

 Spectacular views at El Dorado Maroma beach weddings

Barcelo Puerto Vallarta – Surrounded by the jungle, the mountains and the sea, the Barcelo Puerto Vallarta offers the complete package for an amazing beach wedding backdrop. The sunsets in Puerto Vallarta are legendary, offering an unmatched background for those wedding photos!

Destination wedding in #Mexico at Barcello Vallarta

Excellence Riviera Cancun – If you are looking for a secluded sugar white sand beach, Excellence Riviera Cancun is your resort!  This adults-only resort caters to the romantic and their beach wedding location will not disappoint.

Gorgeous #beachwedding resort : Excellence Riviera Cancun

Sandos Playcar Resort & Spa – One word one of our specialists used to describe beach weddings at this Riviera Maya resort: captivating. The combination of the incredible turquoise ocean water, the white sands and the beautiful wedding setup is stunning.

romantic spot for a destination wedding: Sandos Playacar

How can you lose with beach weddings? Sand between your toes, happy, relaxed family members and guests, fantastic photo opportunities all add up to memories of a lifetime!

 

 

 

 

Why You Shouldn’t Skip the Honeymoon

Posted by csancho on Oct 09, 2013

When a couple gets engaged the focus immediately turns to planning a perfect, dream wedding, and unfortunately, the honeymoon can become a side note.  I am not saying it is a bad thing to put your energy into planning your wedding, a wedding takes a TON of work, BUT if you are pushing off planning for the honeymoon or have decided that your budget just won’t allow one, I invite you to reconsider.

A honeymoon has been a part of of the wedding tradition since ancient times. At first it just referred to the time that the newlyweds would first get to know each other physically, but as time has gone on, a honeymoon has included exploring new destinations on a relaxing vacation. The honeymoon is that special time that you and your husband get to spend together basking in the glow of your forever love and exciting new commitment. It is when you can deck yourselves out in Mr. and Mrs. gear and show off your new marital status. You don’t have to worry about bills, you can start your thank you cards later, and you don’t have to worry about the in-laws getting along anymore. It is just you and your new hubby.

Worried about money? While it may seem more exciting to explore castles in Ireland or go on a Caribbean Cruise, a honeymoon really is not about the location. Even if you just spend the weekend at a hotel, it is important to go on a honeymoon. Imagine having your beautiful ceremony under that large willow tree that’s leaves are dripping down with twinkling lights and then dancing under the stars at your reception, your guests sending you off through a tunnel of sparklers and wedding confetti, and then you go home to your one bedroom apartment or cute starter house.  A honeymoon is a necessary part of the wedding celebrations and more specifically it is the part of the celebration that is completely and irrevocably about you. Sure the wedding day is all about the bride, but let’s face it, it is also about the mother, the in-laws, the father walking you down the aisle, and even perhaps the competitive sister. The honeymoon on the other hand is only about what effects you and your groom. Don’t miss it. When are you ever going to have the opportunity to spend even just a single night away ignoring any other obligation again?

Sponsored by Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa

We asked Angela Encarnación, Director of Sales at Breathless Punta Cana Resort & Spa to share her top tips for planning a destination bachelorette party!

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What are some of the benefits of hosting a destination bachelorette party, as opposed to having one in your hometown?
Bachelorette parties are meant to be a final hurrah for the bride-to-be as a single lady with her best girlfriends. Making a trip out of it makes it a more memorable event – rather than just another night on the town.

How should a wedding party and bride select a destination? What are some factors to consider?
When choosing a destination, it’s important to pick a location that’s a convenient flight for the attendees. You don’t want to spend half the trip travelling. Then you want to be sure that the location has something for everyone. At Breathless Punta Cana for example, guests can enjoy gourmet dining, spa, watersports, relaxing by the pool or on the beach, nightlife, adventure etc.

How much should a bride be involved with the planning?
The planning is typically done by the bridesmaids, but usually the bride has a hand in choosing the location/destination as well as when the event will occur. That’s the beauty of choosing a resort for a bachelorette party – especially one where everything is included. There is little planning to do, just book your flight and stay and get ready for an amazing time.