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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
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.
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?
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
1. A Pair of Mums
A cute pair of flowers is simply perfect for celebrating the pair of you! Oh, and mums the word on how cheap these invites are.
2. Pastel Patterns
A trend you can’t resist — mixed patterns! This distinctly patterned invite will also reflect your savvy style for a price that fits your budget. Find them here.
3. Flair for Style
Show your flair for style and your knack for scoring a good deal with these flourish wedding invitations featuring a bold element of design.
4. Flowers and Flourishes
A colorful floral sketch accented by faint flourishes creates a touch of whimsical charm on these inexpensive wedding invites.
5. Love Springs
You won’t have to spring much for these! An array of colorful flowers below two lovebirds becomes a trendy display of modern day romance. Find them here.
6. Sultry Blooms
Sultry blooms in rich colors bring an artistic quality of romance to these watercolor wedding invitations
7. Typography on White
Trendy typography looks amazing on this bright white wedding invitation- they’ll never know you paid so little for something so stylish!
8. Simply Modern
A unique look and vibrant colors all for an affordable price.
Shop for more invitations under $100 here
Browsing through the beautiful bridal collections of JLM Couture, we were particularly taken by how many gowns in the Spring 2014 collections featured stunning back designs. From illusion lace to bejeweled keyholes, there were so many pretty styles we couldn't resist sharing a few of our favorites.
1. An open back flanked by jeweled panels (Gown by Hayley Paige)
2. A unique twist on the traditional keyhole (Gown by Jim Hjelm)
3. A romantic one-shoulder style (Gown by Jim Hjelm)
4. A touch Southern, don't you think? (Gown by Tara Keely)
5. Sweet—and just a touch sexy. (Gown by Tara Keely)
Also related: 6 Draped Backs We Adore.
By: Sarah Zlotnick
Weddings come in all shapes, sizes, and styles these days. And while we love a casual backyard celebration as much as the next gal, there's something to be said for getting (way) dressed up to say 'I do'. So we've whipped up a supremely elegant, Art Deco-inspired ensemble fit for the fanciest bride on the block. Pops of deep crimson paired with sparkly statement earrings (and a belt!) amp up the glam factor of this sultry halter gown, and a maribou purse is equal parts playful and chic.
Where to Buy: BCBG Ooversized Rhinestone cocktail earrings ($88) • Ann Taylor Maribou Feather Clutch ($135) • Nicole Miller embellished satin bridal sash ($330) • Chanel matte lipstick in L'Exquise ($34) • Badgley Mishka 'Ginnie' peep toe pump ($130) • Giambattista Valli Twisted Crepe Gown ($2395)
By Sarah Zlotnick
Don't forget about wedding day jewelry! We've rounded up ten stunning necklaces—and picked one for every bridal style.
1. For the Elegant Bride. Unexpected Grace necklace, $288 at Elva Fields.
2. For the Vintage Bride. Dancing Floral necklace, $125 at Ann Taylor.
3. For the Budget Bride. Seeing Bauble necklace, $27.99 at Modcloth.
4. For the Glam Bride. Sari Necklace, $334 at Nicole Miller.
5. For the Gatsby Bride. Deco collar necklace, $885 at Ben Amun.
6. For the Goddess Bride. Stone floral necklace, $98 at BCBG Max Azria.
7. For the Fashion-y Bride. Crystal Compilation Necklace, $165 at J. Crew.
8. For the Winter Bride. Crystal necklace, $98 at Lydell NYC.
9. For the Preppy Bride. Belle Fleur collar, $298 at Kate Sapde New York.
1. The Feather
We love this look for a glam or vintage chic wedding. It also looks best when your hair is all the way up in a tight chignon.
2. The Flower
If you're having a destination wedding, this hair style is perfect. We recommend a tighter up-do and that you choose a flower size that doesn't take over the look, but accentuates it.
3. A little Bling
You can have with this look for truly any wedding style. Go with a lot of bling for a glam look, or a more beaded hair pin for a understated classic feel.