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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Your wedding is a special day for you and your closest friends. Why not put a bit of extra thought into how you ask your besties to be your bridesmaids?     Materials: wool felt small embroidery hoop thread  needle pencil scissors glue gun glue stick

    Step One Place the felt into the embroidery hoop and begin stitching. You can freehand the lettering, just use a lightly colored pencil to write out your message onto the felt. The thread will cover it when you're finished.     Step Two Tie off any loose thread ends on the back     Step Three Trim the felt, leaving about 1/2" around the diameter of the embroidery hoop.     Step Four Using your glue gun, secure the excess felt to the inside of the hoop.       Step Five Package up the completed project in a box with a simple "will you..." tag attached to the front.     Not only will your friends appreciate your thoughtfulness, they'll treasure the special handmade memento.  
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  • Project & Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Looking for a less traditional cake topper for your wedding? These vintage fabric stars will bring a dose of bright charm to your cake or dessert bar.     Materials: To make them, you'll need basic star frame(s), mod podge, fabric, and scissors. Small cardboard star frames are available at your local craft store, while larger metal frames can be readily found at thrift stores or at many big box stores.     Materials (cont.): Find a fabric that coordinates with your wedding day. Search Etsy for a wide variety of pretty vintage florals or check your local fabric store for vintage replica fabrics.     Step One: Cut your fabric to the approximate size of your star and dredge it in a bowl of Modge Podge until completely wet. Place the fabric on top of your mold and use your fingers to gently shape it into form. Let dry overnight.     Step Two: Once dry, cut the fabric closer to the frame shape and turn over. Secure any extra fabric in the back with glue.     Step Three: Use wood glue to attach a stick to the backside of a large star frame. Many smaller frames come sold with small wooden sticks already attached.     Display Tip: Place one large star in your cake for a bold bright touch or scatter smaller stars atop cakes, cupcakes and desserts.          

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Where tranquil desert meets the sparkling sea (expert advice)
    Sponsored by Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

         Destination: Los Cabos What's the one thing that is sure to put a damper on an outdoor wedding? Rain. Couples can rest easy when planning their destination wedding in Los Cabos – it only rains five days of the year! Add in a beautiful backdrop, where tranquil desert meets the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll find a destination beyond compare.     Sport & Adventure Los Cabos is more than just a pretty face. Newlyweds and their guests can tee off at eight championship golf courses designed by world famous golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Roy Dye, Tom Weiskopf and Robert Trent Jones Jr. These world-class golf courses include Cabo Real Golf Course, Cabo Del Sol, Raven, El Dorado, Palmilla, Querencia, Club Campestre San Jose and Puerto Los Cabos. Or, set sail on a sport fishing adventure led by some of the best charters in the world.     Sites to See Those looking for more relaxing activities will enjoy whale watching from late December thru late March or can explore El Arco, a distinctive rock formation at the Southern tip of Cabo San Lucas (commonly referred to as 'Cabo').  It's one of Mexico’s most famous natural wonders. Nearby, you'll find the charming colonial city of San Jose del Cabo, a must-see!         Where to Stay When looking for the perfect host resort for a destination wedding or honeymoon, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos should be at the very top of your list. A proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos offers adults an Unlimited-Luxury® experience – where everything is included! Located just twenty minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, this seaside escape is an all-suite, all ocean view resort featuring unique, one-bedroom casitas each with their very own private pool. The expansive, indulgent 15,000 sq. ft. Secrets Spa by Pevonia, recognized as one of the top spas in Mexico, provides guests with blissful pampering and services designed to relax, refresh and rejuvenate the senses. Imagine hosting an evening soirée next to the pristine infinity pool, overlooking the Sea of Cortes... pure magic! Newlyweds and their guests will have a truly unforgettable experience.     photos by Secrets Marquis Los Cabos  
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  • Where tranquil desert meets the sparkling sea (expert advice)
    Sponsored by Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

         Destination: Los Cabos What's the one thing that is sure to put a damper on an outdoor wedding? Rain. Couples can rest easy when planning their destination wedding in Los Cabos – it only rains five days of the year! Add in a beautiful backdrop, where tranquil desert meets the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll find a destination beyond compare.     Sport & Adventure Los Cabos is more than just a pretty face. Newlyweds and their guests can tee off at eight championship golf courses designed by world famous golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Roy Dye, Tom Weiskopf and Robert Trent Jones Jr. These world-class golf courses include Cabo Real Golf Course, Cabo Del Sol, Raven, El Dorado, Palmilla, Querencia, Club Campestre San Jose and Puerto Los Cabos. Or, set sail on a sport fishing adventure led by some of the best charters in the world.     Sites to See Those looking for more relaxing activities will enjoy whale watching from late December thru late March or can explore El Arco, a distinctive rock formation at the Southern tip of Cabo San Lucas (commonly referred to as 'Cabo').  It's one of Mexico’s most famous natural wonders. Nearby, you'll find the charming colonial city of San Jose del Cabo, a must-see!         Where to Stay When looking for the perfect host resort for a destination wedding or honeymoon, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos should be at the very top of your list. A proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos offers adults an Unlimited-Luxury® experience – where everything is included! Located just twenty minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, this seaside escape is an all-suite, all ocean view resort featuring unique, one-bedroom casitas each with their very own private pool. The expansive, indulgent 15,000 sq. ft. Secrets Spa by Pevonia, recognized as one of the top spas in Mexico, provides guests with blissful pampering and services designed to relax, refresh and rejuvenate the senses. Imagine hosting an evening soirée next to the pristine infinity pool, overlooking the Sea of Cortes... pure magic! Newlyweds and their guests will have a truly unforgettable experience.     photos by Secrets Marquis Los Cabos  
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  • Your wedding day should make history (expert advice)
    photo by Colonial Williamsburg
    By Project Wedding for our Sponsor, Colonial Williamsburg

    Want to revel in old-fashioned romance?  A destination wedding here is an opportunity to delight in curated, 18th-century ambiance, while enjoying the luxury of 21st-century amenities.

    Start your future together in a setting where history was made. A setting that is both a step back in time and a threshold to the future. With personalized planning services, a full-service spa, fine dining, elegant lodging and world-class golf, your planning process and stay will be easy and relaxing.

    For the ceremony and reception, choose between pristinely manicured gardens or the breathtaking restoration of colonial architecture.  The Williamsburg Inn and the Williamsburg Lodge offer two unique venue options at this historic wedding destination.

    For more information, call 757-220-7476 or visit colonialwilliamsburg.com/weddings

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  • DestinationWeddings.com gives us the inside scoop on five resorts off the beaten path (expert advice)
    photo by DestinationWeddings.com
    Sponsored by DestinationWeddings.com

    Searching for the perfect, out-of-the-way location for your destination wedding? We chatted with the experts at DestinationWeddings.com to discover five incredible resorts that you've likely never heard of. From boutique hotels to private islands to luxe villas, put these on your list to explore before you make your final decision.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 1:  Petit St. Vincent

    When we say hidden, we mean really hidden. Why not say 'I do' on the private island of Petit St. Vincent?  This tiny Grenadine Island is home to lush rolling hills and white sand beaches. Think seclusion and serenity, a perfectly suited paradise for taking vows.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 2: El Dorado Maroma

      

    Go for intimacy and relaxation by choosing El Dorado Maroma to host your big day. This boutique hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico is surrounded by secluded beaches and awe-inspiring views.

     

    Hidden Gem no. 3: Curtain Bluff in Antigua

    Sit in the lap of luxury at Antigua's Curtain Bluff Resort.  The setting is pure magic with private pools overlooking the ocean and the finest of simple pleasures. Depending on the number of guests attending, you may even opt to rent out the entire resort! 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 4: Azul Villa Carolla

    The Azul Villa Carola is a well-kept secret just waiting to be discovered.  Located next to the Azul Beach Boutique Hotel on a stretch of pristine, white-sand beach, you'll enjoy the privacy of a luxe villa vacation, with the service of a five star resort and in-house butler. If you're jetsetting with just a few close friends to bear witness, up to twelve guests can spread out in this 10,700 square foot haven with an idyllic master bedroom and dozens of fabulous amenities. 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 5: Sugar Ridge in Antigua

    If breathtaking views paired with the charm of a boutique hotel sound right up your alley, Antigua's Sugar Ridge is a must-see!  This stylish and romantic setting features an Aveda Concept Spa and special perks for brides, grooms, and honeymooners.  

    Learn more about booking a destination wedding at one of these hand-picked venues over at DestinationWeddings.com.

     

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    Chief Design Officer, Laura Ching, gives us the scoop! (expert advice)
    photo by Wedding Paper Divas
    By Project Wedding for our sponsor Wedding Paper Divas

     

    As Chief Design Officer at Wedding Paper Divas, Laura Ching brings a fresh perspective to customers at every stage of the wedding planning process. She looks to fashion, fabrics, interior design, travel and international cultures for inspiration.

    We wanted to know what her favorite designs for summer are...here are her top five:

    1. Wildest Dream. “I love the vibrant pops of color and fresh watercolor technique in this new Stina Persson invitation.”

    2. Photo Future. “Photo cards are a truly modern trend. The bold color and minimalistic type details in this design frame the couple perfectly.”

    3. All The Roads. “Such a unique sentiment deserves a distinct treatment, like this ornate script with vintage flourishes.”

    4. Two Together. “With an unexpected circle format, standout typography and super crisp color combination… what’s not to love?”

    5. Soft Bougainvillea. “This floral design is dreamy and romantic with just the right artistic flair.” 

    Which wedding invitation do you like best?

     

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    1. Mesh Colanders

    Made of stainless steel that will never rust, these fine-mesh colanders are great for draining everything from greens to rice. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.

     

     

    2. Staub Mini Cocottes

    Oven to table perfection! Enameled cast-iron cocottes are ideal for baking and serving individual portions of soups, sides and more. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.

     

    3. Block Knife Sets

    Block sets include all the essential knives you'll need. Start with one and then add specialized knives to complement your cooking. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

     

    4. SodaStream Fizz

    The fun is in the fizz. Make your own soft drinks in reusable bottles. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

     

    5. Five-Piece Parker Bowl Set

    Of course, your kitchen collection won't be complete without stepped earthenware bowls in matching, tonal brights! Available at Crate & Barrel.

     

    6. 10-Piece Punch Bowl Set

    Be the hostess with the mostest; entertain in style with a schmancy punch bowl set. Available at Crate & Barrel.

    7. A Mixer

    KitchenAid 5-Quart Stand Mixer. Outfit the most important room in your new home—the kitchen!—with these essential registry items from Kohl's. Start with a sunny buttercup mixer to blend, mix, and whip dozens of family recipes

     

    8. Calphalon Cookware

     

    Cooking with Calphalon® 10-Piece Set. The hard-andonized, non-stick coating will ensure clean, even heat for years—and the clear lids will help you keep watch on your food. Available at Kohl's.

     

    9. Barware Collection

    Fun and unique patterns set a festive mood with a glass for every occasion. Cheers to you! Available at Macy's.

     

    10. Keurig Coffee Maker

    No need to compromise; have any beverage you'd like and keep your brew budget in check with a Keurig B70 Coffee Maker. Available at Macy's.

     

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    Jeweler's Mutual tells us how you can protect your most valuable, personal possession (expert advice)

    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Jewelers Mutual

     

    He proposed. You said yes.  Now What?

    Your engagement and wedding rings could be the most meaningful jewelry you’ll ever own. So what happens if you drop your ring down the garbage disposal? What if you take a chip out of your diamond? What if that heirloom piece mysteriously disappears during a swim? Avoid an unfortunate loss (and that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach) by looking for the right insurance for your rings.

     

    Are you really covered?

    Many brides and grooms assume homeowner’s or renter’s insurance is all the coverage they need. But you may be surprised at what homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover. Since those policies are created to cover things like sofas and stereo equipment, they don’t always cover a broken prong or chipped diamond. They rarely replace a ring that mysteriously slips off at sea or is left on a hotel room sink. And if you lose just a part of the ring, say a gem or a diamond, homeowner’s insurance could leave you lacking. Most importantly, the fire and theft coverage on a homeowner policy is usually limited to $1,000. Your wedding rings could easily be worth five times that much. 

     

    Consider jewelry insurance.

    There are insurers who specialize in protecting your precious jewelry and cherished memories. A company like Jewelers Mutual Insurance can give you broader coverage than your homeowner’s insurance policy. As jewelry insurance specialists, they create policies that cover nearly every situation such as jewelry loss or theft, damage, partial loss, even those mysterious disappearances.  

     

    Not just any insurance.

    Chances are, a jewelry insurer will better understand the sentimental value of your jewelry. With certified jewelers and gemologists on staff, they can work closely with you to repair or replace your ring so it’s as beautiful as the day you got engaged. While many insurers require that you work with their replacement company, a personal jewelry policy often lets you choose the jeweler you want to fix or replace your ring. Also, making a claim with a jewelry policy doesn’t drive up your homeowner’s premiums. 

     

    How valuable is valuable? 

    Personal jewelry insurance isn’t just for some vast collection of jewelry. After all, it’s the meaning behind your ring that makes it invaluable. So make certain you get a complete appraisal from a respected jeweler. (If you have other jewelry you haven’t had appraised in some time, this would be the perfect time to bring those pieces as well. The value of gold and diamonds has soared recently, and your jewelry may be worth more now than it was just a few months ago). Give yourself peace of mind; jewelry insurance is more affordable than you think!

    See more tips on how to protect your cherished memories, at www.insureyourjewelry.com

     

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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Your wedding is a special day for you and your closest friends. Why not put a bit of extra thought into how you ask your besties to be your bridesmaids?     Materials: wool felt small embroidery hoop thread  needle pencil scissors glue gun glue stick

    Step One Place the felt into the embroidery hoop and begin stitching. You can freehand the lettering, just use a lightly colored pencil to write out your message onto the felt. The thread will cover it when you're finished.     Step Two Tie off any loose thread ends on the back     Step Three Trim the felt, leaving about 1/2" around the diameter of the embroidery hoop.     Step Four Using your glue gun, secure the excess felt to the inside of the hoop.       Step Five Package up the completed project in a box with a simple "will you..." tag attached to the front.     Not only will your friends appreciate your thoughtfulness, they'll treasure the special handmade memento.  
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  • Project & Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Looking for a less traditional cake topper for your wedding? These vintage fabric stars will bring a dose of bright charm to your cake or dessert bar.     Materials: To make them, you'll need basic star frame(s), mod podge, fabric, and scissors. Small cardboard star frames are available at your local craft store, while larger metal frames can be readily found at thrift stores or at many big box stores.     Materials (cont.): Find a fabric that coordinates with your wedding day. Search Etsy for a wide variety of pretty vintage florals or check your local fabric store for vintage replica fabrics.     Step One: Cut your fabric to the approximate size of your star and dredge it in a bowl of Modge Podge until completely wet. Place the fabric on top of your mold and use your fingers to gently shape it into form. Let dry overnight.     Step Two: Once dry, cut the fabric closer to the frame shape and turn over. Secure any extra fabric in the back with glue.     Step Three: Use wood glue to attach a stick to the backside of a large star frame. Many smaller frames come sold with small wooden sticks already attached.     Display Tip: Place one large star in your cake for a bold bright touch or scatter smaller stars atop cakes, cupcakes and desserts.          

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Where tranquil desert meets the sparkling sea (expert advice)
    Sponsored by Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

         Destination: Los Cabos What's the one thing that is sure to put a damper on an outdoor wedding? Rain. Couples can rest easy when planning their destination wedding in Los Cabos – it only rains five days of the year! Add in a beautiful backdrop, where tranquil desert meets the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll find a destination beyond compare.     Sport & Adventure Los Cabos is more than just a pretty face. Newlyweds and their guests can tee off at eight championship golf courses designed by world famous golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Roy Dye, Tom Weiskopf and Robert Trent Jones Jr. These world-class golf courses include Cabo Real Golf Course, Cabo Del Sol, Raven, El Dorado, Palmilla, Querencia, Club Campestre San Jose and Puerto Los Cabos. Or, set sail on a sport fishing adventure led by some of the best charters in the world.     Sites to See Those looking for more relaxing activities will enjoy whale watching from late December thru late March or can explore El Arco, a distinctive rock formation at the Southern tip of Cabo San Lucas (commonly referred to as 'Cabo').  It's one of Mexico’s most famous natural wonders. Nearby, you'll find the charming colonial city of San Jose del Cabo, a must-see!         Where to Stay When looking for the perfect host resort for a destination wedding or honeymoon, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos should be at the very top of your list. A proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos offers adults an Unlimited-Luxury® experience – where everything is included! Located just twenty minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, this seaside escape is an all-suite, all ocean view resort featuring unique, one-bedroom casitas each with their very own private pool. The expansive, indulgent 15,000 sq. ft. Secrets Spa by Pevonia, recognized as one of the top spas in Mexico, provides guests with blissful pampering and services designed to relax, refresh and rejuvenate the senses. Imagine hosting an evening soirée next to the pristine infinity pool, overlooking the Sea of Cortes... pure magic! Newlyweds and their guests will have a truly unforgettable experience.     photos by Secrets Marquis Los Cabos  
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  • Where tranquil desert meets the sparkling sea (expert advice)
    Sponsored by Secrets Marquis Los Cabos

         Destination: Los Cabos What's the one thing that is sure to put a damper on an outdoor wedding? Rain. Couples can rest easy when planning their destination wedding in Los Cabos – it only rains five days of the year! Add in a beautiful backdrop, where tranquil desert meets the sparkling waters of the Pacific Ocean, and you’ll find a destination beyond compare.     Sport & Adventure Los Cabos is more than just a pretty face. Newlyweds and their guests can tee off at eight championship golf courses designed by world famous golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Roy Dye, Tom Weiskopf and Robert Trent Jones Jr. These world-class golf courses include Cabo Real Golf Course, Cabo Del Sol, Raven, El Dorado, Palmilla, Querencia, Club Campestre San Jose and Puerto Los Cabos. Or, set sail on a sport fishing adventure led by some of the best charters in the world.     Sites to See Those looking for more relaxing activities will enjoy whale watching from late December thru late March or can explore El Arco, a distinctive rock formation at the Southern tip of Cabo San Lucas (commonly referred to as 'Cabo').  It's one of Mexico’s most famous natural wonders. Nearby, you'll find the charming colonial city of San Jose del Cabo, a must-see!         Where to Stay When looking for the perfect host resort for a destination wedding or honeymoon, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos should be at the very top of your list. A proud member of The Leading Hotels of the World, Secrets Marquis Los Cabos offers adults an Unlimited-Luxury® experience – where everything is included! Located just twenty minutes from Los Cabos International Airport, this seaside escape is an all-suite, all ocean view resort featuring unique, one-bedroom casitas each with their very own private pool. The expansive, indulgent 15,000 sq. ft. Secrets Spa by Pevonia, recognized as one of the top spas in Mexico, provides guests with blissful pampering and services designed to relax, refresh and rejuvenate the senses. Imagine hosting an evening soirée next to the pristine infinity pool, overlooking the Sea of Cortes... pure magic! Newlyweds and their guests will have a truly unforgettable experience.     photos by Secrets Marquis Los Cabos  
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  • Your wedding day should make history (expert advice)
    photo by Colonial Williamsburg
    By Project Wedding for our Sponsor, Colonial Williamsburg

    Want to revel in old-fashioned romance?  A destination wedding here is an opportunity to delight in curated, 18th-century ambiance, while enjoying the luxury of 21st-century amenities.

    Start your future together in a setting where history was made. A setting that is both a step back in time and a threshold to the future. With personalized planning services, a full-service spa, fine dining, elegant lodging and world-class golf, your planning process and stay will be easy and relaxing.

    For the ceremony and reception, choose between pristinely manicured gardens or the breathtaking restoration of colonial architecture.  The Williamsburg Inn and the Williamsburg Lodge offer two unique venue options at this historic wedding destination.

    For more information, call 757-220-7476 or visit colonialwilliamsburg.com/weddings

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  • DestinationWeddings.com gives us the inside scoop on five resorts off the beaten path (expert advice)
    photo by DestinationWeddings.com
    Sponsored by DestinationWeddings.com

    Searching for the perfect, out-of-the-way location for your destination wedding? We chatted with the experts at DestinationWeddings.com to discover five incredible resorts that you've likely never heard of. From boutique hotels to private islands to luxe villas, put these on your list to explore before you make your final decision.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 1:  Petit St. Vincent

    When we say hidden, we mean really hidden. Why not say 'I do' on the private island of Petit St. Vincent?  This tiny Grenadine Island is home to lush rolling hills and white sand beaches. Think seclusion and serenity, a perfectly suited paradise for taking vows.  

     

    Hidden Gem no. 2: El Dorado Maroma

      

    Go for intimacy and relaxation by choosing El Dorado Maroma to host your big day. This boutique hotel in Riviera Maya, Mexico is surrounded by secluded beaches and awe-inspiring views.

     

    Hidden Gem no. 3: Curtain Bluff in Antigua

    Sit in the lap of luxury at Antigua's Curtain Bluff Resort.  The setting is pure magic with private pools overlooking the ocean and the finest of simple pleasures. Depending on the number of guests attending, you may even opt to rent out the entire resort! 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 4: Azul Villa Carolla

    The Azul Villa Carola is a well-kept secret just waiting to be discovered.  Located next to the Azul Beach Boutique Hotel on a stretch of pristine, white-sand beach, you'll enjoy the privacy of a luxe villa vacation, with the service of a five star resort and in-house butler. If you're jetsetting with just a few close friends to bear witness, up to twelve guests can spread out in this 10,700 square foot haven with an idyllic master bedroom and dozens of fabulous amenities. 

     

    Hidden Gem no. 5: Sugar Ridge in Antigua

    If breathtaking views paired with the charm of a boutique hotel sound right up your alley, Antigua's Sugar Ridge is a must-see!  This stylish and romantic setting features an Aveda Concept Spa and special perks for brides, grooms, and honeymooners.  

    Learn more about booking a destination wedding at one of these hand-picked venues over at DestinationWeddings.com.

     

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    Chief Design Officer, Laura Ching, gives us the scoop! (expert advice)
    photo by Wedding Paper Divas
    By Project Wedding for our sponsor Wedding Paper Divas

     

    As Chief Design Officer at Wedding Paper Divas, Laura Ching brings a fresh perspective to customers at every stage of the wedding planning process. She looks to fashion, fabrics, interior design, travel and international cultures for inspiration.

    We wanted to know what her favorite designs for summer are...here are her top five:

    1. Wildest Dream. “I love the vibrant pops of color and fresh watercolor technique in this new Stina Persson invitation.”

    2. Photo Future. “Photo cards are a truly modern trend. The bold color and minimalistic type details in this design frame the couple perfectly.”

    3. All The Roads. “Such a unique sentiment deserves a distinct treatment, like this ornate script with vintage flourishes.”

    4. Two Together. “With an unexpected circle format, standout typography and super crisp color combination… what’s not to love?”

    5. Soft Bougainvillea. “This floral design is dreamy and romantic with just the right artistic flair.” 

    Which wedding invitation do you like best?

     

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    1. Mesh Colanders

    Made of stainless steel that will never rust, these fine-mesh colanders are great for draining everything from greens to rice. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.

     

     

    2. Staub Mini Cocottes

    Oven to table perfection! Enameled cast-iron cocottes are ideal for baking and serving individual portions of soups, sides and more. Exclusively at Williams-Sonoma.

     

    3. Block Knife Sets

    Block sets include all the essential knives you'll need. Start with one and then add specialized knives to complement your cooking. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

     

    4. SodaStream Fizz

    The fun is in the fizz. Make your own soft drinks in reusable bottles. Available at Bed Bath & Beyond.

     

    5. Five-Piece Parker Bowl Set

    Of course, your kitchen collection won't be complete without stepped earthenware bowls in matching, tonal brights! Available at Crate & Barrel.

     

    6. 10-Piece Punch Bowl Set

    Be the hostess with the mostest; entertain in style with a schmancy punch bowl set. Available at Crate & Barrel.

    7. A Mixer

    KitchenAid 5-Quart Stand Mixer. Outfit the most important room in your new home—the kitchen!—with these essential registry items from Kohl's. Start with a sunny buttercup mixer to blend, mix, and whip dozens of family recipes

     

    8. Calphalon Cookware

     

    Cooking with Calphalon® 10-Piece Set. The hard-andonized, non-stick coating will ensure clean, even heat for years—and the clear lids will help you keep watch on your food. Available at Kohl's.

     

    9. Barware Collection

    Fun and unique patterns set a festive mood with a glass for every occasion. Cheers to you! Available at Macy's.

     

    10. Keurig Coffee Maker

    No need to compromise; have any beverage you'd like and keep your brew budget in check with a Keurig B70 Coffee Maker. Available at Macy's.

     

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    Jeweler's Mutual tells us how you can protect your most valuable, personal possession (expert advice)

    By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Jewelers Mutual

     

    He proposed. You said yes.  Now What?

    Your engagement and wedding rings could be the most meaningful jewelry you’ll ever own. So what happens if you drop your ring down the garbage disposal? What if you take a chip out of your diamond? What if that heirloom piece mysteriously disappears during a swim? Avoid an unfortunate loss (and that awful feeling in the pit of your stomach) by looking for the right insurance for your rings.

     

    Are you really covered?

    Many brides and grooms assume homeowner’s or renter’s insurance is all the coverage they need. But you may be surprised at what homeowner’s insurance doesn’t cover. Since those policies are created to cover things like sofas and stereo equipment, they don’t always cover a broken prong or chipped diamond. They rarely replace a ring that mysteriously slips off at sea or is left on a hotel room sink. And if you lose just a part of the ring, say a gem or a diamond, homeowner’s insurance could leave you lacking. Most importantly, the fire and theft coverage on a homeowner policy is usually limited to $1,000. Your wedding rings could easily be worth five times that much. 

     

    Consider jewelry insurance.

    There are insurers who specialize in protecting your precious jewelry and cherished memories. A company like Jewelers Mutual Insurance can give you broader coverage than your homeowner’s insurance policy. As jewelry insurance specialists, they create policies that cover nearly every situation such as jewelry loss or theft, damage, partial loss, even those mysterious disappearances.  

     

    Not just any insurance.

    Chances are, a jewelry insurer will better understand the sentimental value of your jewelry. With certified jewelers and gemologists on staff, they can work closely with you to repair or replace your ring so it’s as beautiful as the day you got engaged. While many insurers require that you work with their replacement company, a personal jewelry policy often lets you choose the jeweler you want to fix or replace your ring. Also, making a claim with a jewelry policy doesn’t drive up your homeowner’s premiums. 

     

    How valuable is valuable? 

    Personal jewelry insurance isn’t just for some vast collection of jewelry. After all, it’s the meaning behind your ring that makes it invaluable. So make certain you get a complete appraisal from a respected jeweler. (If you have other jewelry you haven’t had appraised in some time, this would be the perfect time to bring those pieces as well. The value of gold and diamonds has soared recently, and your jewelry may be worth more now than it was just a few months ago). Give yourself peace of mind; jewelry insurance is more affordable than you think!

    See more tips on how to protect your cherished memories, at www.insureyourjewelry.com

     

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