May 08, 2010
I've been updating our post-wedding blog which chronicles our food, travel, and life adventures: http://darcela.blogspot.com/
I'm also now a travel advisor and I can help you plan your honeymoon. We had the most amazing honeymoon in Tahiti/Moorea/Bora Bora and it is now my passion to help brides plan the BEST honeymoon. Contact me if you have any questions!
Here's a link to my Bora Bora Honeymoon Planning site.
We got our highlight video from our videographer, CaptureMeVideography. I loved the highlight and it really brings back happy memories of my wedding day: http://capturemevideography.com/blog/2010/07/dan-marcela-wedding/
Here are pictures from our awesome photographer, Janae Shields.
Please credit her if you use any of the photos below.
We got ready in the morning and everything went well. Everyone tried to force me to eat breakfast but I really had no appetite that day :p
In the middle of getting ready, my florist came to drop off the my hair flower. I had real peony as my hair flower and loved it!
We decided to do a first look. I havent' seen or talked to DH all day. It was soo emotional when I finally got to see him, we both got teary eyed. All the emotions came rushing in and we both couldn't believe that we finally were getting married!
We took pictures around the beautiful venue.
Bridal Party Pictures
It's really cool to see how everything finally came together. From picking what kind of flowers, choosing the cake design, linens, etc.
Pae Baek Ceremony (Traditional Korean Ceremony)
DH is Korean and his parents wanted to do a simple pae baek ceremony. They did all the setup, and she measured me a couple months beforehand to have the hanbook made in Korea.
The wedding day was absolutely amazing! Overall I was very happy with everything. Weather turned out wonderful, food was amazing, vendors were great! Of course there were some minor things that didn't go as planned, but at the end of the day, it doesn't really matter :) Don't let the small things get to you. On your wedding day, just let go and enjoy the day!
- We had a "first look" prior to the ceremony and it was one of my favorite moments of the day. The emotions were just so overwhelming when we saw each other for the first time that day.
- We both did our own vows and I am glad we did. I felt it was very personal and reflected who we were.
- Our first dance. was so much fun! The crowds loved it and we actually enjoyed our private lessons. I would highly recommend dance lessons for couples considering it.
- Our love story video from our videographer: http://capturemevideography.com/blog/2010/05/dan-marcela-love-story/ > Dan & Marcela's Love Story. We did this highlight a couple months before the wedding but have not seen the final products. We were pleasantly surprised with the result and everyone commented how great the video was. Not everyone knew how we met and how the proposal went, so having the video tell our story was a good way to share it.
- Our dessert buffet was a huge hit!
- Our vendors overall were amazing and I couldn't be happier!
- Beginning at rehearsal dinner, you have to start "letting go" and let your team/planner take care of the wedding. Do not worry about the small details because you really are the only one who knows if it's not as planned. Just enjoy the day!
- Don't let the small things get to you. Things might (and probably will) go wrong, but don't let these small things ruin your day. Just take a deep breath and move on.
- Take pauses during the day and soak in the moment, and try to steal time alone with DH. The day is a blur to me now but I do remember specific moments where I tried to soak in the moment.
- DO NOT use bleaching pens to remove stains. I made this very mistake and actually made bigger stains from the lipstick smudge :( oh well :p
- If your ceremony is outdoor and if it's windy, try to pin your veil. I didn't pin my veil because I was only planning to wear it during the ceremony. But the day was quite windy and the veil actually flew halfway through the ceremony :)
- Hire a videographer! The day went by SO FAST...it's still a blur for me. I really enjoyed looking at pictures, but I think having a video of our vow and just the day would be very special.
All in all it was such a wonderful day and made all the planning efforts worth while!
We went to Tahiti, Moorea, and Bora Bora for 11 days/10 nights for our honeymoon. We had such an AMAZING time and would definitely recommend going there :)
We booked our travels from Costco Travel and was very pleased with the prices and how everything went.
I would recommend only spending 1-2 days in Tahiti (there really isn't much to do there)...all the pictures you see about Tahiti is actually pictures of all the other islands (Moorea, Bora Bora, Tahaa, etc). They do have the overwater bungalows but water clarity in Tahiti is not that great compared to the other islands. Tahiti is really just a big city, and the beaches aren't that great...I would recommend spending more time in Moorea for activities, and then Bora Bora for relaxation.
This was our itinerary:
2 nights in Tahiti
3 nights in Moorea
5 nights in Bora Bora
Here are some of the more popular hotels:
- Tahiti: Manava Suites, Radisson, or Intercontinental (We stayed at the Intercontinental and the resort was ok, but a little older. Looking back I probably would have chosen the Radisson or Manava, which are both newer).
- Moorea: Hilton, Sofitel or Intercontinental
- Bora Bora: Four Seasons, St. Regis, Intercontinental Thalasso, or Hilton Bora Bora Nui (The Nui is where they filmed the Bachelorette and prices are considerably lower than the 4Seasons, St Regis, and the Thalasso).
To save some money, we only stayed at an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora. While in Tahiti we stayed in a regular hotel room, in Moorea we stayed in a garden bungalow.
- If you are staying at the Intercontinental Hotels, enroll in the Gold Ambassador program. For a fee of $150, you get a guaranteed room upgrade and free water every day (water is expensive in Bora Bora :). The room upgrade alone per day would pay for itself in just one day.
- Make sure you let your credit card companies know that you will be travelling outside of the country. Once you do, you do not need to bring a lot of cash. We only exchanged $300 in cash and charged everything else to credit card.
- If you are interested in doing activities, then visit Moorea and try to do the majority of your activities there, since it's a lot cheaper than Bora Bora. If you really just want to relax and enjoy the beautiful view, then you can go mainly to Bora Bora. I would suggest visiting both Moorea and Bora Bora though, and splitting your time evenly: Moorea for activities, Bora Bora for relaxing.
- A lot of resorts are now including breakfasts as part of the package. If you can, try to get this, if not, breakfast buffet alone costs around $45 per person! Our package with Costco Travel came with breakfast included which saved us a ton of money. For the Bora Bora hotel, the package even included dinners which saved us even more!
- Bring books and DVDs with player. One of our favorite "free" activities was reading on our deck with the view of the lagoon.
- Order room service one time and eat lunch or dinner from your deck with the view of the lagoon :)
- Research free activities at the hotel. Our resort in Bora Bora has daily sting ray feedings, and various activities free of charge: kayaking, pareo makin demonstration, poisson cru cooking demonstrations, etc.
- You can book your activities once you arrive in Moorea/Bora Bora. No need to book in advance, especially since the weather can be unpredictable.
- Also you do not need to book activities through the hotel concierge. It is more convenient, but also may cost more as compared to a local tour/activity company.
- Book dinner at Le Villa Mahana. Totally worth it!
Here are some of the activities that we did:
- Downtown papeete, visited the market and shopping mall, walked around a little bit. It's quite small I think a couple hours is definitely enough.
- ATV with Albert Tours: highly recommends this. So much fun. We went to visit pineapple plantation, flower garden, and go to the top of the "magic" mountain to enjoy the beautiful view.
- Tiki Village: Traditional polynesian village for a traditional dinner and dancing show.
- Jet ski: around the blue lagoon. so much fun!
- Spa at the hotel: soo relaxing :)
- Kayaking at the hotel: was nice and was free!
I know finding the right songs could be somewhat difficult.
Here's what we chose in case you ladies need some ideas :)
We ordered our canvas print from Costco Photo Center online (not from the actual store). http://www.costcophotocenter.com/ and it turned out great! And their prices are great! We ordered the 20x30 and the total including shipping and tax is $87.