Need inspiration for your honeymoon? Let us help in three words: Honeymoon in Jamaica! Your cares will drift away into the sand and sea with this island getaway in Jamaica. After seeing these amazing photos over at Apple Vacations, I’m ready to add Jamaica to my own travel list. Take a look for yourself — you won’t believe the oceanic views and sandy beaches, not to mention the treehouse I found that you can enjoy private gourmet dinners in. Read on for more!
Honeymoon in Jamaica
To explore how you can honeymoon in Jamaica, we’ve brought in the experts from Apple Vacations. One of their preferred resorts is the Couples Negril in Jamaica. Here are just a few glimpses into what you can expect once you embark on your own Jamaican honeymoon retreat.
The Couples Negril is a beachfront, all-inclusive resort without distraction from anything — no crowds, no traffic. Just relaxation.
Play in the sea, dance under the stars, indulge in spa treatments, or take naps together on a hammock in your own private balcony. Have the extra dessert. It’s all included!
Imagine all the wedding planning stress just melting away as you dip your toes into the sand — right outside your hotel room…
We’re excited about this post because it’s two-parted: first, it’ll help you with some fun ideas on what to pack for the honeymoon, and second, it is a giveaway from our friends over at StockinGirl! They’re giving away a pair of custom wedding stockings to one reader for her wedding day — and beyond. But first, check out the fun honeymoon accessories we spotted…
Hey, loves! Happy Monday! What a wonderful weekend that was. We celebrated Andrew’s 1st Birthday and it was amazing. We’re happy to kick off a brand new week with all of you! To start things off… when you hear Doie, what do you think of? I think of my Doie robe, honestly the softest and most delightful thing to wear while reading a book. Or sipping on coffee in the morning while it’s still dark outside. Or putting on my makeup for date night with the hubby. I love my robe. And I am so excited that one of you will win a Doie robe of your own as our latest wedding giveaway this week! The robes from Doie are made of modal jersey so they’re ultra soft and feature kimono-style sleeves for added style. There’s also a 100% silk trim with a pattern, which I adore. The robes also have a permanent exterior belt AND interior belt so you won’t, you know, disrobe unexpectedly (yikes!) during your getting ready photos. And, last but not least, it can be machine washed and laid flat to dry — and let me tell you, it comes out AMAZING every single time. You can also dry-clean it, if you prefer (but I don’t have time for that). :)
Anyway, check out some of these styles and enter for a chance to win your robe!
Win a Robe for the Bride
The lovely designer of Doie, Sara Kirsner, tells us more: “As a 12-time bridesmaid (yes, really!), I know a thing or two about bridesmaid gifts! Doie Lounge was born from the idea that these glamorous, super-soft robes make the perfect gift for a bride to give to her maids. These robes make beautiful and practical gifts for the bridal party, while infusing an often-ignored moment (getting ready the morning of), with elegant detail. The robes look amazing in the pre-wedding primping photos and are a gift that your best ladies will surely wear again and again.“
Plus, we wanted to note that if you’re buying bridesmaids for your wedding party, bulk discounts apply: 15% off when buying 3 or more, 20% on 5 or more, 25% off with a purchase of 8 or more, and 30% off when buying 10+ robes.
Hi, loves! It’s time for our 2nd installment of our honeymoon planning tips (part 2/4). Last time we discussed how to plan a honeymoon, we gave you tips on what to do 8 months to 1 year before the wedding. Today we’re talking about what you need to plan a honeymoon 6 months to 3 months before the wedding. Read on to see what’s next on your to-do list…
Need to rent a car? Now is the time to take care of it. Don’t forget about transportation to and from the airport.
3. Renew (or get) your passport, visas, and any documentation.
The most important of the honeymoon planning tips? Getting your passport! Sometimes it can take longer than you’d like to get a passport. If you’re going out of the country, make sure you have the required documentation for your trip.
4. Get tickets for events.
If there are particular events or sights you’d like to see, register for them now (or at least add them to your schedule). You don’t need to plan too many activities, but having a few scheduled is a fun idea.
5. Figure out what you’ll be packing.
What do you need to bring with you? Do you need new luggage, a bikini, beach attire, comfy foldable flats, cute new sunglasses with polka dots (I totally just bought a pair because, polka dots, duh), chic sandals, a wide-brimmed sunhat, beach towel… you get the idea.
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In conclusion, now that you know how to plan a honeymoon 4 to 6 months before, it’s time to start thinking about lingerie. We’ll be covering it next week in the next edition of our honeymoon planning tips series! ♥
Hi, loves! This post is an important one: pin it, tweet it, facebook it (however you’d like to share it) because you’ll want it for later! Today we’re sharing part one (of four) on How to Plan a Honeymoon. In this post, we’ll cover what you need to do to plan a honeymoon eight months to one year before your trip. (Did you know you needed to start planning that early? It was news to me when I planned my honeymoon, too.) We’ll be doing one post a week, so by the end of July you’ll be on your way to planning the perfect honeymoon vacation. Now, some of these may seem obvious, but it helps to have them all in one (easy-to-reference) place. Let’s get started, shall we? Oh, and I wanted to mention that there is an awesome giveaway happening inside this post by ArenLace… so don’t miss it!
Set your budget right off the bat. This will also help determine where you’d like to go, based on what you can (comfortably) afford. Don’t forget to allocate funds for activities, food, and incidentals while you’re there. It’s always better to have more than enough money than to be worried about every penny while on your honeymoon. Need help setting a budget? Read how to plan your honeymoon on a budget.
2. Call a travel agent (if you plan to use one).
If you want to take the guesswork out of planning your honeymoon, a travel agent can be an invaluable resource. A good travel agent will know the best locations, deals, and places to visit while you’re there. Most times, the fees that travel agents charge is nominal.
3. Pick a place.
Narrow it down and pick your perfect honeymoon destination. We’ve showed some amazing destinations in the past here.
4. Make travel arrangements (flight + hotel).
Once you’ve picked the place, book it! Book your flight and hotel accommodations as soon as possible. Read this excellent post about the best time to book airline tickets before you buy — it could save you a bundle. Look up ticket prices on Kayak — I’ve always saved the most money on my own trips using that service. Don’t forget to pick the best seats on the plane before you book by using this. It will actually look up the type of plane being used on your flight and then give you a breakdown of the best seats on the flight. I used to book corporate travel for a past employer and I always picked the best seats (most legroom, away from the lavatory and galley, largest armrest).
5. Get a passport or renew yours (if you need one).
Since a passport lasts four years, you can renew or get yours now and save yourself the headache closer to the wedding.
Giveaway: Win a honeymoon dress!
Now that you know the first steps on how to plan a honeymoon, it’s time to win a little something to take with you! We’ve teamed up with ArenLace to offer a ‘Bride’ honeymoon maxi dress to one lucky reader! It is black and white with ‘Bride’ on the front in rhinestones. Dress is long-length and has a strapless top. So cute! Perfect for wearing on the beach.
o Enter between 7/2/14-7/9/14 (11:59pm EST) using giveaway form below
o Prize: Bride maxi dress by ArenLace
• 95% rayon 5% spandex
• Machine wash cold, gentle cycle, hang dry
o Winner will be randomly selected and announced on 7/10; winner announced on this blog post and emailed
o Winner has 72 hours to respond to email or new winner will be selected
o No purchase necessary
o Winner has 6 months to claim prize
o Prize value: $35.00
o Shipping included to U.S. only
o Past giveaway winners within 30 days not eligible to win
o Use entry form below to enter
o No cash value
We love to find a new honeymoon venue for our readers, so when we saw the gorgeous images from Secrets Resorts & Spas, we knew we couldn’t help but share them. If you are looking to get away and enjoy paradise after planning your wedding, this may be the perfect location for you. Read on to find out more…
Honeymoon Venue: Secrets Resorts & Spas
At Secrets Resorts & Spas, you’ll enjoy dining at gourmet a la carte restaurants, toast the future with premium brand cocktails at any one of the multiple chic bars and lounges, and enjoy each other’s company with endless daytime activities, dance classes, snorkeling, Hobie Cats, and more.
If you like what you see here, you can find out more at SecretsResorts.com. There are some fantastic specials going on now, too.
This is a sponsored post by Secrets Resorts & Spas.
Have you thought about a destination wedding but want something a bit closer to home? Las Vegas makes a beautiful destination spot and we have a spectacular recommendation for you today! Have you heard of ARIA Resort & Casino? It is a luxurious, stylish venue created to express your individual style and preferences. Read on to find out more about this resort and how to plan a Las Vegas wedding of your dreams…
Plan a Las Vegas Wedding
Whether you dream of a traditional chapel service, an intimate fireside affair or a festive outdoor celebration, ARIA Resort & Casino has a wedding package for you! Here are some images from this venue:
When you plan a wedding with ARIA, you’ll have a team of experts who will turn your vision into a celebration of your dreams. We love the idea of a Las Vegas wedding because you (and guests) can travel without a passport AND you can extend your stay with a Las Vegas honeymoon!
Rooms and suites inside the AAA Five Diamond Award-winning ARIA offer spectacular views from floor-to-ceiling windows, distinctive décor and advanced guestroom technology. Upgrade your stay to the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star ARIA Sky Suites for even more indulgence, including a private porte-cochère, personal concierge services, private limousine service to and from McCarran International Airport, and more.
ARIA also boasts an impressive collection of 16 restaurants from award-winning chefs and restaurateurs, each with their own unique ambiance, offering innovative cuisine and extensive wine collections. You’ll also find some of the hottest nightlife on The Strip to help celebrate your joyous occasion.
Learn more by visiting www.Aria.com/Weddings or contact one of their Wedding Chapel Planners at 877.371.2742.
Hi, loves! Have you thought about what you’ll wear the morning of your wedding? Want to gather gorgeous bridal lingerie for the honeymoon? Do not miss this post! Today we’re sharing Tessa Kim‘s sumptuous, lacy, oh-so-lovely collection of bridal lingerie for your wedding, honeymoon, and more. If you want to wrap yourself up in soft, sumptuous pieces while relaxing on the honeymoon, this is the collection for you. Each piece in this collection is handmade from the finest hand-picked textiles (unlike big box chains), which means these pieces will be your favorites for years to come. Read on to find out more + see what we chose as ‘Editor’s Pick’!
Bridal Lingerie Collection
We’ve had the opportunity to browse the recent photo shoot for Tessa Kim’s new collection and we love what we’ve found! Here are a few of our hand-picked favorites…
It’s hard to pick a favorite, but here’s what we’ve selected as our Editor’s Pick!
The 'Classic' wedding package allows you to create a simple yet elegant wedding in paradise. This wedding package is designed to thoughtfully plan your special day and gather all the elements necessary for an unforgettable ceremony.
Want the perfect balance between simplicity and extravagance? The Royal Wedding Package provides a variety of impressive amenities with the excitement and grandeur of a large celebration; this package is intended to make your special day perfect in every way.
The Caprice Package is their most extravagant, elegant and complete option, created for those who desire an unforgettable and once-in-a-lifetime event. This package provides endless number of extraordinary details and amenities to ensure that your dream of a fairy-tale wedding comes true.
For the Honeymoon
RIU also presents an ideal choice for romantic getaways or honeymoons. The most romantic option is provided by the RIU Palace hotels with its elegant architecture, its relaxed atmosphere and its sophisticated treatment. Added to this, the RIU Palace offers free WiFi at the lobby and in all rooms, specialty restaurants, including fusion restaurant "Krystal" and room service 24 hours.
Honeymooners and couples may find the RIU Palace of their choice in the following areas:
- Riu Palace Aruba in Palm Beach, Aruba
- Riu Palace Paradise Island in Paradise Island, Bahamas
- Riu Palace Peninsula in Cancun, Mexico
- Riu Palace Las Americas in Cancun, Mexico
- Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas in Los Cabos, Mexico
- Riu Palace Mexico in Riviera Maya, Mexico
- Riu Palace Riviera Maya in Riviera Maya, Mexico
- Riu Palace Pacifico in Riviera Nayarit, Mexico
- Riu Palace Macao in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic (Adults Only)
- Riu Palace Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Riu Palace Punta Cana in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Riu Palace Tropical Bay in Negril, Jamaica
- Riu Palace Jamaica in Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Riu Palace Costa Rica in Guanacaste, Costa Rica
RIU Resorts offers a variety of packages that pamper couples with special gifts. Depending on the package you choose, you can receive a bottle of sparkling wine, bowl of fruit with chocolate, romantic breakfast in the room and even a room upgrade category for free (subject to availability). Starting May 14th, 2014 four "Adults Only" properties will also offer candlelight dinner on the beach.
From travel arrangements and legal requirements, to great ways to save and even a bridal registry, we take care of it all! Apple Vacations will help you create the day of your dreams by taking care of your travel arrangements and connecting you with an experienced wedding planner. Even small parties with ten guests can enjoy discounts. Book 10 or more rooms, and get airfare credits on exclusive vacation flights and a free hotel stay.