Fabulous Friday: Essentials for Your Tropical Honeymoon

What could be more fabulous than buying new essentials for your tropical honeymoon? Pure Luxe Bride has compiled some of our most favorite items that we deem essential to any tropical honeymoon. Let the packing begin....

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1 | This everyday, black clutch from Madewell is a necessity on any vacation - including your honeymoon! It’s always useful to have a small, cross body bag for moving through crowds or even just so that you don’t have to think about keeping your belongings safe. Black and gold go with everything, and so will this bag on your honeymoon!

2 | These beautiful, leather travel sized cases from Cuyana make traveling a breeze. Use them to store makeup, toiletries, jewelry, or carry it as a clutch to dinner! Small case sets like these are very useful, no matter where you’re traveling with your hubby!

3 | Josie Maran's nourishing, bohemian mist that textures, volumes and moisturizes your hair so it looks like beach waves. The mist is perfect for when you don’t feel like styling your hair for dinner, or want to control those salty locks.

4 | This is my favorite new look from Jack Rogers for the Spring/Summer 2014. While flip-flops are essential for tiptoeing on the sand, cute sandals are important to have for meals, dressing up or heading into town.

5 | Is there anything easier to accessorize with other than a set of bangles? These Ralph Lauren hammered bangle bracelets can be worn to the beach, to climb a waterfall or for brunch with your new husband - and did we mention gold goes with everything?!

6 | Another of my favorite looks from Tory Burch are her Panama Sunglasses. Timeless and simple in nature, but stylish and elegant no matter the occasion. Sunglasses are a must for everyday use to protect our eyes - why not do it in style?

7 |  One of the best lip balms I’ve seen yet - Clinique’s Chubby Stick is full of color, moisture and comes in 16 colors for all moods! Protect your lips from wind and sun burn with a moisturizing lip balm that’s full of color.

8 | Find a nude, lacey bra to compliment your tan. It’ll go with all your outfits, and look great against that freshly bronzed skin by itself...

9 | Just like sunglasses, hats are a must for everyday use to protect our skin and eyes. With a little more edge and style than a baseball cap, this Panama hat from Cuyana completes any bathing suit/cover up duo.

10 | Lush Cosmetics' Bare Naked Lady is formulated to give us a little extra shimmer on our skin before a night out on the town. Complete your sun-kissed glow from the beach with an extra golden sparkle. Leaves your skin feeling “sextraordinary”.

11 | Why not have a coverup that can be used both day and night? Hair tossed up in a bun with a bikini underneath makes for the perfect beach look from MILLY, while heels and some gold bangles will give this dress the look it needs at night.

Fabulous Friday: Wedding Registry Trends to Watch!

Attention all Pure Luxe Brides! These hot wedding registry trends definitely have our attention and we think you'll love them too. It's Fabulous Friday here and we encourage you to celebrate by choosing which of these fabulous items you'd love to add to your registry! Thanks to The Knot's Lauren Kay for the inspiration! Screen Shot 2014-02-26 at 4.57.41 PM

Classic China

Register for a timeless and classic china pattern that will remain in style for as long as you are married.. forever! It's easy to mix and match classic china with fun accent plates and colors so why not plan for the long haul with a classic set? Timeless does NOT have to mean boring though, people! Look for metallic and neutral colors - you know we love anything gold! We suggest you register for twelve place settings; that way, you have enough for a dinner party and if your pattern happens to get discontinued, at least you'll have a full set plus more!

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Gold Flatware

Gold, gold and more gold! Register for some gold flatware to accompany your new beautifully, patterned gold china. Add a little glamor to your dining room table! Nowadays, many gold flatware sets are dishwasher safe so they don't just have to be for dinner parties. You can use them every morning to glam up that bowl of Cheerios!

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Cocktail Essentials

Whether you love to host or prefer cuddling up on the couch with a martini, cocktail essentials should be added to your registry! Glasses are at the top of any cocktail essentials list, follow by a bar set. Bar sets typically contain items such as shakers, jiggers, bottle openers and tongs. Appetizer plates, linens and even a bar cart would complete any cocktail essentials set! Oh, and don't forget to fully stock the bar!

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Hobby Items

Due to online registries, our grooms are getting more in on the registration action. Barbeques, appliances and more are at the top of every groom's list. However, what better way to make both the groom and bride happy than with hobby items? Register for things you two can do together outside of your home - tents and fitness equipment are perfect for this! Get matching tennis rackets so you can dominate the court together, or buy climate-controlled sleeping bags for that snuggly camping trip you've been planning next fall.

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Luggage

Not only should couples register for the wedding, but let's not forget the honeymoon! Luggage sets are the perfect item for every couple, for any honeymoon, to anywhere. Luggage lasts a lot time too so you know you'll get very good use out of it not only now, but also in the future. Look for lightweight pieces, carry-ons and duffles, as well as garment bags depending on your needs. Only register for the pieces you know you'll use!

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Charity Registry

This day in age, a lot of couples are already living together before they tie the knot. If you already have everything you need, create a charity registry where guests can make donations in lieu of gifts. Check out sites like CrowdRise where you can even set a fundraising goal for you and your guests to reach. Another option includes Just Give  that helps couples create charitable wedding favors supporting an organization close to both your hearts.

The Do's and Don'ts of Honeymoon Booking

Planning a honeymoon can be stressful and overwhelming. Where do you start? What honeymoon destinations are best for a fall wedding? Can we get a honeymoon package at our resort? These are all questions and concerns that couples find themselves struggling with as they start to plan their dream honeymoon. Lucky for you, we have contacted Tara McCoy with Destination Wedding Experts and she was provided helpful information and advice for the stressed Luxe Bride. This information will be extremely helpful as you not only pick your destination, but plan excursions and other details along the way. IMG_1282

How far in advance should the bride and groom book their honeymoon? 

As early as possible! Some boutique resorts or unique room categories fill up a year in advance. Often times there are booking incentives and you’ll save on airfare when you book early. Most packages don’t require final payment until 6 weeks prior to arrival so you’ll have plenty of time to pay off your trip too!! And did I mention that it just feels great to mark things off the list?!

What are some tips for saving money when booking a honeymoon?

Book early.  Use a knowledgeable travel agent, they keep up with all of the deals.  If you’re flying, consider alternate airports. Visit more popular destinations vs. exotic. Also, be flexible with your travel dates.

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Where are the best places for brides and grooms to go on their honeymoon when having a fall, summer, and spring wedding? (Where are the best places to go for each of these seasons)

For couples that want to travel abroad in the fall and spring, it will be much less expensive than in summer months. The Caribbean and Mexico are great year round but, be sure to purchase a good travel insurance policy for the fall hurricane season.

Should one person, or one side of the family, be expected to pay the cost of the honeymoon? (How has the issue of paying for the honeymoon evolved/changed over time) 

Traditionally the honeymoon was the financial responsibility of the groom’s family. Today, most of the couples that I work with pay for at least a portion, if not all of their honeymoon expense.

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What are some additional things that need to be booked/taken care of in advance before arriving at the resort? (airport pick up, etc...) 

Again, I suggest doing as much as possible before you arrive but, things like transfers to/from airport are very important and any rentals (wheelchairs, etc) that you may require. If you have any allergies or special dietary requirements it’s a good idea to notify the resort in advance.

Honeymoon registries have become more popular, can you explain what this is? 

I’m a very big fan of honeymoon registries. Couples these days are combining households when they marry so towels and sheets aren’t necessary. And let’s face it, will you remember who gave you that blender 10 years from now?? But a honeymoon registry allows couples to register for “items” they would like to experience on their trip. It could be something like a special dinner, excursions, or even a room upgrade. Gifts from a honeymoon registry help them make memories that they’ll cherish a lifetime. I’ve even written a comparison of some of the more popular registry sites… check out the Destination Wedding Experts Blog.

What are some tips for determining if a honeymoon destination/package is ‘too good to be true?’ (How can the bride and groom detect if they are being scammed) 

Read the fine print. Most of the deals will have limitations and specific travel dates. Also, don’t be fooled by flawless photographs. It’s always better to work with a travel agent that has actually been there.

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What are some unique honeymoon destination ideas that you have worked on/seen? 

I’ve worked with a few couples planning eco-honeymoons in South American countries including Costa Rica and Peru. In these destinations you’re surrounded by lush rainforests, exotic vegetation, and breathtaking landscapes. These destinations are a dream for the adventure lover with activities like zip lining, rafting, and hiking.

Another unique honeymoon experience is “honeyteering”, it’s a honeymoon mixed with volunteering. This can be an immensely powerful bonding experience for newly married couples. Volunteering abroad takes you out of your comfort zones where you’ll share experiences that bring you closer together. I haven’t had an opportunity to plan a honeyteering trip yet but, would love to help a couple make their first getaway as man and wife a meaningful, life-changing experience.

What are some additional tips that you have to offer Brides and Grooms booking  their honeymoon?

Choose a destination and resort that fits your personality and style. Don’t travel somewhere because you know someone that went there, find the honeymoon getaway that is perfect for you!

Look for a honeymoon package that is a good value, not a good “deal”. Compare the benefits, amenities, and features, not just the price.

Find a travel agent to work with. A qualified, knowledgeable travel professional can help you find the best destination, resort, and package that perfectly fits your style and budget. And when you work with me or other agents at Destination Wedding Experts, our travel planning services are completely free, and you’ll always pay the same as booking it online.

 

Pure Luxe Bride would like to extend a special thank you to Tara McCoy with  Destination Wedding Experts. All of the information found in this post, as well as the gorgeous pictures, were provided by Tara and her broad knowledge and experience working with brides and grooms to plan the perfect honeymoon experience.