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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
Photos by Perez Photography
We've all had our fantasies of walking the red carpet with flashing lights in our face and sipping on champagne beside dozens of famous faces. Since you're basically a star on you're wedding day, why not celebrate like one? Check out the ideas below that will help you achieve the Hollywood dream.
1. MARQUEE SIGN
Photo by Onelove Photography
Let everyone know you're getting hitched by displaying a sign just like a movie so everyone can see!
2. POPCORN SNACKS
Photos by Jodi Miller Photography and Cory Ryan Photography
No Hollywood celebration is complete without popcorn. Use it as a favor or offer it as an alternative to dessert (or in addition to).
3. MOVIE REFERENCES
Photos by Andy Sams Photography and Dear Darling Photography
Get creative with your table names! Instead of using a number like everyone else, give your favorite movies a shout-out.
4. ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE
Photo courtesy of Capitol Theatre
This couple took Shakespeare's famous line to heart and tied the knot in a local theater in Tennesse. We love their creativity!
5. SPARKLY STYLE
Photo by Jodi Miller Photography
Channel old Hollywood glamour by outfitting your girls in sequin minis that are guaranteed to turn heads.
6. RAISE YOUR GLASS
Photos by Eli Turner Photography and White Loft Studio
Don't forget to fill your glass with Hollywood's favorite drink. Add fruit for a twist on the classic bubbly beverage.
7. BOLD LIPS
Photo by Michelle March Photography
Whether you're going for a deep red or a bright pink, go bold with your lip color! It's your day and your turn to feel glamorous.
8. SAY IT IN LIGHTS
Photo by Paige Winn Photo
Using illuminated signs throughout your reception is both eye-catching and practical, so guests can read them well after sundown.
Photos by Wink! and Onelove Photography
Celebs love to rock their sunglasses no matter if it's inside or at night. Let your guests feel just as stylish by giving them out as favors!
10. FUR SHAWL
Photos by Sur La Lune Photography and Abby Jiu Photography
What better way to feel like a top A-list celebrity than by rocking a fur shawl? We love this cozy look for a winter wedding.
11. MOVIE NIGHT
Photo by Earthmuse Photography
Turn your reception into your own movie theater by showing off pictures of your and your new spouse on the big screen.
12. RED-CARPET READY
Photo by Mihajaja Photography
Last but least, don't forget to use your aisle as your very own red carpet. It's your big moment as a couple and you deserve to have a grand enterance!
NEXT: 13 Glam Ideas for a Ballroom Wedding
Photos By: Jordan Ferney
This project is super simple and very inexpensive. In the end, your guest will have an adorable little personalized vase with her name in a pretty font! The best part is- if you can get the jars for free- its pretty much just the cost of the flowers and a $5 paint pen. So great!
By: Chelsea FussThis bouquet is so simple and effortless. Pair it with a lace dress or a simple sheath. The burlap adds a rustic touch that keeps it from being too sweet. The best part? This bouquet only costs around $15! Materials: 10 double-petaled tulips 1-2 stems of "cheerful" narcissus Twine A piece of burlap A vase Scissors Directions: 1. Trim the very ends of the flowers. 2. Start with a few of the larger tulips at the bottom of the bouquet; add the smaller tulips towards the top. 3. Add the narcissus blossoms towards the bottom of the bouquet and off-center. 4. Wrap in twine, then wrap the burlap over that. Your bouquet will be bright and fragrant.. enjoy the springtime blooms! By: Chelsea Fuss
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
How sweet would it be to have all of your guests sporting a colorful corsage! Here's how to create them.
Photos By: Chelsea FussYou will need a chocolate cake recipe, along with an equally delicious recipe for chocolate ganache which we found here. Ingredients for this yummy cake typically include unsweetened cocoa, buttermilk, flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda. For the ganache topping, make sure you have plenty of whipping creme and semisweet chocolate chips. Always mix your ingredients together well and let sit for a bit!
Bundt cake pans. Each of these will serve approx. 5 guests. We like these.
Tip: Make the cakes ahead of time and freeze them.