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DestinationWeddings.com gives us the inside scoop on five resorts off the beaten path (expert advice)
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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.
Sandals reveals the latest in planning a custom destination wedding (expert advice)
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By Project Wedding for our sponsor, Sandals Resorts
Naturally, you're probably intent on bringing to life the most creative, personalized ideas you can find for your wedding day. And why not?! According to Liene Stevens of Splendid Insights, a wedding market research firm, “Millennials see custom as a need and not a luxury; they want custom everything: a custom life, a custom career and a custom wedding.”
Yes, indeed, we think that sounds about right. The same goes for destination weddings. No need to settle for a cookie cutter wedding, just because you're planning from afar!
No matter where they marry, we hear all about couples wanting an experience filled with personalized details that reflect their style. Today’s trend is moving toward a totally customized wedding package-- a destination wedding experience that’s distinctly, uniquely yours.
To help reach brides where they live today – online – Sandals Resorts has created an exclusive online Destination Wedding Designer. This interactive tool allows you to personally style and execute your dream wedding at any one of Sandals’ fourteen luxurious Caribbean resorts.
After selecting a color palette, you can easily browse almost 1,000 wedding ideas for flowers, décor, wedding cakes, entertainment, and more. Traditional or tropical? Modern or romantic? Every design style has been included, so you're sure to find what you're looking for, down to the last detail.
Sound utterly perfect? Head on over to try it out!
By: Sarah Zlotnick
We've definitely got rustic weddings on the brain here at Project Wedding! We styled a dreamy Joanna August chiffon wrap dress with a floral hair comb and sweet dusty rose flats. Simple glimmers of deep brass jewelry and one truly adorable clutch to round out the look.
Credits: Joanna August 'Amanda' gown ($895) • Indulgems pink amethyst gold branch earrings ($88) • Vanessa Mooney 'With a Tiny Tender Kiss' Necklace ($30) • ASOS floral beaded clutch ($66.50) • Seychelles peep toe flat ($89.99) • BHLDN Silvestre comb ($180)
The engagement party is just the first of many more celebrations to come. Here are some unique ideas for your engagement party. (expert advice)
You've said 'yes' to that special man in your life and now it's time to celebrate your upcoming wedding with family and friends. This means you better start planning some sort of get-together or engagement party in order to spread the joyful news. Where do you start? First, you should come up with a suitable and available engagement party location, and possibly toss around a few ideas for an engagement party theme, which is perfect for couples who don’t want to trade traditional nuptials for a theme wedding.
Before You Get Started
Before you start brainstorming for the perfect location for your engagement party, you first need to iron out a few details, including:
• Budget: Your available budget will certainly dictate the location and other aspects of planning your engagement party. Remember – this is a party meant to announce your engagement and should in no way exceed the amount of money spent on your wedding ceremony or reception. Pinch pennies now so that you have more money to spend later.
• Guest List: The number of guests will also affect your engagement party plans, as you must find a space large enough to accommodate the people you invite.
• Party Theme: If you are centering this celebration on a particular theme, it's best to come to a final decision before browsing potential locations.
Unique Engagement Party Locations
When planning an engagement party, keep in mind that you don’t have to fall victim to the space restrictions and rules that apply to wedding locations. This means you can select sites that you'd love to have your wedding at, but just can't pull off in time or with your budget. So, this is the time to explore partying at a sports park, old movie theater, amusement park, or historic garden. Those who wish to splurge on their engagement party location may select sites that are typically reserved for weddings, which include country clubs, reception halls, and wineries. Other engagement party locations to consider, includes:
• Your favorite restaurant
• Parent's home
Unique Engagement Party Themes
Looking to celebrate your engagement in style, with a touch of humor, or absolutely off-the-wall? Consider planning an engagement party centered on a particular theme. Food, decorations, and fun activities usually mimic the theme of the evening, which may include:
• A hula bash with grass skirts and Pina Coladas by the beach
• A romantic affair with dreams of the Eiffel Tower
• Recreating important milestones in your life with your fiancé
• Ball and chain humor
• Costume ball focused on famous lovers
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Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson This DIY flower crown is perfect for the bohemian bride! Ingredients: Seeded Eucalyptus Waxflowers Tansy Flowers + the pretty green leaves Scissors Floral Tape Floral Wire How To: Once you get the flowers home, give the stems a cut and place in a clean vessel with water to let them hydrate for about an hour or two. Separate the flowers from the stems and make mini bouquets. Take the 2 pieces of floral wire and place one piece midway on top of the second piece. Then, cover the wires with the floral tape. Note: to save time, you can also purchase floral cloth wire. This way, you would only have to tape the two pieces together. Now bend the wired to form a circle and measure the crown around your head and cut off the excess wire, but leave enough to make adjustments if necessary. Start adding the mini bouquets of flowers and taping them on with the floral tape. Overlap the bundles of flowers as you add them on. Just have fun with this process and be creative as you like. There you have it!!
Photo By: Mary SwensonSucculents are all the rage for weddings and parties, and with good reason: these little plants are not only completely adorable, but they're inexpensive and easy to work into just about any theme. The popularity of succulents has made them available almost anywhere. We purchased ours for less than $3 each at a home improvement store! There are many different types of succulents to choose from, and all require the same, easy care: a sunny window, and watering only when the soil is completely dry. We love how interesting different types of succulents look together, so we chose a variety for our project. One of our favorite ways to see succulents is when they are paired with neutrals and rustic elements - they add a bit of a modern touch and subtle color to enhance the decor perfectly. We kept things super simple by keeping the succulent plants in their original plastic pots and wrapping kraft paper around each one. Name tags were tied around each pot with a piece of unfussy twine. The options are endless for how to display these tiny favors! We love the look of them arranged on a tiered stand... ...or placed at each guests' spot at the table. Remove the name tags and cluster the plants on a cake stand placed in the center of each table for an instant centerpiece... ...or arrange them inside a wooden box for an ultra-pared down and rustic look. Your guests will love to take home these plants as a memento of your special day! Photo By: Mary Swenson
Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson With just a minimal amount of elbow grease, you can turn old wooden boxes into rustic, one-of-a-kind centerpieces that will add a ton of charm to your tables! Step One: Scour flea markets, antiques stores, eBay, or Etsy for vintage wooden boxes or crates. Boxes will come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and conditions, so give yourself ample time to collect ones that appeal to you and work best for your table sizes. Don't worry if they don't all match - chances are they won't, and that's part of the charm! Step Two: We used a simple stencil and acrylic craft paint to put the table number on the front of the box. We recommend testing out your stencil technique on a piece of scrap paper first; using too much paint will cause the number to bleed at the edges, so it's important to first get comfortable with the amount of paint that will work best. Step Three: Once the stencil is applied to the box and has dried, insert a plastic container inside the box to hold the water for the flowers. Cut a piece of floral foam to fit inside the container, and fill with water. Now you're ready to start filling the box with blooms! Step Four: We loaded our container with ultra-pretty, cottage-y flowers and arranged them in a relaxed, casual way - a lovely contrast to the simple, rustic wood box. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that this centerpiece will add something special to your tables!