Five Tips for Planning Your Honeymoon

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Okay sure, you're wedding is still seven months away and you haven't even had the time to give much thought to the idea of your honeymoon. But I'm here to tell you that it's never too early to start planning! And that goes for every detail of your wedding. Trust me, the sooner you finish up your honeymoon plans, the more time you have to get excited for it! To make it a little easier, I have five tips that will jump start your planning process so you can have more time to relax.

One: Book Early

Now considering what I just said above, this one might be a given. Especially if you're getting married between the typical "wedding season" (March-Sept). The further you start booking your flights, hotels, and rental cards, not only will it be cheaper, but there will be more options for you to choose from!

Two: Work With A Travel Agent

Often times, they have the inside scoop on where the best deals are. Not to mention they know where the best restaurants are, the best beaches to visit, and what activities are a must during your visit. They, like a wedding planner, will take off a lot of the planning stress that you don't have the time to deal with. Remember, it is supposed to be a vacation after all!

Three: Add Travel To Your Registry

Have plenty of bowls and spoons? Ask your guests to contribute to your honeymoon on your registry instead! Consider hosting your registry on a site like Wanderable or Honeyfund to make it easier to send more cash you way!

Four: Fly From A Smaller Airport

I have my best friend "Hopper" to thank for this tip! Seriously, it's the greatest app, go download it. Instead of flying from your closer, larger airport, consider flying from a smaller hub a few miles outside of your city! You could save a significant amount of money just by flying through a smaller port, and the lines will be a lot more manigable! 

Five: Go All Inclusive

Sites like Groupon and TravelZoo are still successful for a reason: the all inclusive trips. Most cases there is an itinerary to follow, but if you're a go with the flow (and save a bit of $) kinda gal. This is your best bet! I'm also willing to bet you even know someone who has done this before, and loved it. I say it's worth looking into! 

 

Everything You Need To Know About Cake Tasting

Everything You Need To Know About Cake Tasting

Hands down, one of the best parts about being engaged is cake tasting. The wedding cake is probably what most of your guests look forward to at the end of the day, and it's your honor to find the right one! But what goes into the session? How can you not only find a tasty wedding cake, but a pretty one? And what level of customization goes into the creation of the dessert? 

One of my favorite bakers in the Portland/Hood River areas is Paula of Windflower Cakes. I reached out to her to pick her brain on these very questions! She provided insight into her world as a baker and how she can help make that delicious dream cake we all drool over. Read this fantastic Q&A below!

Ten Bachelorette Party Ideas

Ten Bachelorette Party Ideas

Potentially the second best party you ever attend (your Wedding Day is the first obviously), The Bachelorette party is a necessary component of your wedding planning process. After all, the whole point of throwing a wedding is to have a party with your family and friends! The Bachelorette Party is essentially a more curated version of that without your boo by your side. Sometimes these parties get a bad rep for being the ‘wild child’ of parties. If strip clubs and going out drinking until 2am is NOT your jam, then this blog is dedicated to you.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with celebrating with booze and Channing Tatum, but it’s not every babe’s cup of tea! I’ve found it difficult to find a middle ground of parties to throw that are 1. fun and 2. not boring. Sure, an evening of board games and wine is a perfect night in, but this list is a little more special. I hope you get inspired to plan your future event! If you’re married and did something exciting for your Bachelorette party that isn’t listed here, leave a comment below to help the future brides out!

Pantone 2019 Color Combinations

Pantone 2019 Color Combinations

Let’s talk about PANTONE! Last week I mentioned a couple of ways you can add this years Spring/Summer palettes to your wedding bouquet. Today I wanted to continue that conversation to inspire any element of your wedding day! If you’ve had a chance to review this year’s colors, you might find them a little challenging to use or wonder what are the best pairings to really make the most out of the colors. Recently I’ve found myself encouraging my clients to be inspired by color combinations more than outfit ideas to inspire their looks for their photoshoot. It’s because of both of those thoughts, I decided to create this post!

Whether you’re looking to revamp your closest, need some ideas for your photoshoot outfits, or are looking for ways to tie this year’s colors into your wedding, I hope you’ll find these combos inspiring! I tried to make use of color as often as possible, but some tones really required muted colors to balance their vibrancy. When in doubt, you can use any of the Pantone colors with white, grey, or black! Or simply use them on their own!

2019 Wedding Bouquet Trends To Try

2019 Wedding Bouquet Trends To Try

One of my personal favorite details of a wedding day, is of course the flowers. I’m such a sucker for the alters, tablescapes, and entrances that are decked in fresh blooms! I am so excited for the 2019 wedding season because that means more opportunities to photograph gorgeous flowers!

Since we’re still at the beginning of the year, some of you might have not even started considering what kinds of flowers or bouquets you want for your upcoming wedding! Whether you’re frantically searching for 2019 bouquet ideas, or haven’t even had the time to start brainstorming, I think you’ll find this post to be insightful! Below I’ve listed six different ideas for your wedding flowers. Either bookmark this tab, or start taking notes because this is going to give you all the inspiration you need!

How to Find The Perfect Suit

How to Find The Perfect Suit

Yes, you read that right. I could talk for days on how to get your perfect wedding dress, but how about a little love for the handsome suits out there! Whether you yourself are looking for some advice on getting the right suit, or you’re on the hunt for the right look for the wedding party, this post will give you ALL you need.

A fitted and well cared for tuxedo or suit will make a world of a difference to the style and elegance of the wedding day. Sure, the decor might look nice, and the dress might bring to you a lot of compliments, but if the guys aren't put together the photos will look unprepared or unfinished. So today I want to give you five of my best tips to avoid any mishaps and take your gorgeous event to the next level! 

Flower Costs FAQs

Flower Costs FAQs

Yes, the questions we ALL want to know the real and honest answer to: why do flowers cost so much?! I hear this question all the time and see some couples making the mistake of taking this beast of a task head on- alone! There are a number of reasons to hire a florist, and it doesn't start and stop with experience (although this video alone should convince you to not DIY this step).

So in order to get the details I needed to help educate my clients and continue offering them the best opportunities for fabulous wedding photos, I reached out to my friend Alyssa Lytle of Color Theory Collective. Here are the highlights from our FAQ.