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Honeymoon in Jamaica — Ideas & Inspiration

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!

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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.

Couples Negril

The Couples Negril is a beachfront, all-inclusive resort without distraction from anything — no crowds, no traffic. Just relaxation.

Honeymoon in Jamaica -- Ideas & Inspiration |

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!

Honeymoon in Jamaica -- Ideas & Inspiration |

Imagine all the wedding planning stress just melting away as you dip your toes into the sand — right outside your hotel room…

10 Things to Pack for the Honeymoon

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…

10 Things to Pack for the Honeymoon

1. This pair of really fun t-shirts

mr mrs tees

by blackbird tees

2. This lace honeymoon robe

lace wedding robe

by walkin’ on air

3. A huge tote bag for the beach

Fill it with drinks, cups, your favorite book, towel, sunblock, and shades.

best day ever tote

by dreamstate

4. This sunhat, because it’s too cute for words

Plus, it’s packable so it won’t get crushed in your suitcase.

floppy sunhat with bow

by jtc

6. A pair of sunglasses

I mean, with shades like these… wayfarer style, gold, ‘just married’… what more could you want? ;) We couldn’t resist sharing these.

just married sunglasses

by eyepster

7. These flip flops that write ‘Just Married’ in the sand

just married flip flops

by impressive steps

8. This personalized swimsuit to show off your new last name

custom last name bride bathing suit

by made sew cool

Or one of these:

bride bikinis

by the little bridal shop

9. A sparkly mini journal to write down your adventures

It’s surprising how quickly the honeymoon goes! Be sure to remember every step of the way with a journal.

chevron journal

by linen laid felt

Giveaway: Win a Luxurious Robe for the Bride

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.

robe for the bride | by doie | via

robe for the bride | by doie | via

robe for the bride | by doie | via

(click keep reading for the giveaway details)

Honeymoon Planning Tips: 3 to 6 Months Before

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…

honeymoon planning tips

luggage: nine west

Honeymoon Planning Tips

1. Cross off the first tips.

If you haven’t completed these yet, do it first.

2. Schedule your transportation.

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! ♥


How to Plan a Honeymoon: 8 Months – 1 Year Before

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!

How to Plan a Honeymoon

photos: left – via | right: alexa’s photography | bottom: via

How to Plan a Honeymoon – Part 1

Eight Months to One Year Before the Trip

1. Set your budget.

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.

Win a Bride Maxi Dress via How to Plan a Honeymoon (Part 1 of 4)

Giveaway Details

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

Good Luck!

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Look for part two on How to Plan a Honeymoon coming next Wednesday! Better yet, subscribe for FREE so you don’t miss it!

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Honeymoon Venue: Secrets Resorts & Spas

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

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.

Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas


Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

Honeymoon Venue:  Secrets Resorts & Spas

If you like what you see here, you can find out more at There are some fantastic specials going on now, too.

This is a sponsored post by Secrets Resorts & Spas.

Plan a Las Vegas Wedding: ARIA

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

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:

Plan a Las Vegas Wedding

Plan a Las Vegas Wedding - Ceremony

Plan a Las Vegas Wedding - Bride and Groom

Plan a Las Vegas Wedding - Waterfall

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 or contact one of their Wedding Chapel Planners at 877.371.2742.

This is a sponsored post by ARIA Resort & Casino.