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    {Sneak Peek} Destination Weddings in Jamaica

    wedding at sunset in Jamaica at Sandals ResortHi lovelies!  I just wanted to share a little sneak peek with you today of my visit to Jamaica to bring you lots of ideas and inspiration on destination weddings. I traveled far and really had to rough it in a Romeo and Juliet Butler Suite at Sandals Resort to research wedding possibilities for you – tough work, I know! While I’m traveling back to California I wanted to share a little teaser of what’s to come. And you can find lots more on my instagram feed.

    wedding at sunset in Jamaica at Sandals Resort Until the full post, be sure to check out our destination weddings and honeymoon categories for lots of inspiration and tips.

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    {Partnered Post} Top Christmas Activities in London from Holiday Inn UK

    Today’s post is for our friends across the pond, or all of you who’ll be traveling to London during the holiday season (especially you honeymooners!), brought to you by the Holiday Inn UK.  
    The loom of Christmas is well and truly gathering as we near the end of November, and with just over a month to go until Christmas Day, retailers and customers alike are revving up for the busiest shopping time of the year.
    However, contrary to what the supermarkets, bunting, never-ending lights and adverts would have you believe, Christmas is not in fact about spending money; it’s about enjoying time with your loved ones. Today we’re taking a look at some of the seasonal fun you can have on a weekend break in London this December.

    Before heading up for a break you’ll want to find an easy and convenient place to stay – large mid-range hotel brands like Holiday Inn have London hotels across the capital, which could be very useful if you’re wanting to focus your activities on a particular area, or are visiting family in one area.

    With accommodation out of the way, you can focus on the fun stuff. We’ve picked out a few suggestions from the absolute myriad of Christmas events filling up the capital – from free-to-wander Christmas markets to pantomimes, special concerts and shows.

    For the Winter Wonderland experience
    Families and those seeking an extremely amped-up festive experience will no doubt head to Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland complex, which opens on November 23rdand keeps its log cabin-style parameters open until 6th January, until 10pm at night. Come here for rides and carousels, stalls, plenty of food and drink and lots of barrels of mulled wine, to be enjoyed under the fairy lights.

    Or perhaps you want a little less sparkle but still plenty of sustenance – in which case one of the many Christmas markets that are now a fixture across London will be right up your street. The famed Southbank Centre Christmas Market is now open, dotted along and underneath the bridges which span from the Strand across the Royal Festival Hall and National Theatre.

    Alternatively, those looking to pick up vintage, craft and fashion gifts can head to Camden’s Lock Market, which is free to enter and stays open at night until 20thDecember.

     

    A little icy activity

    Ice skating only comes out to play at the end of November, and the city’s usual favourite rinks are already up and glowing. For Somerset House and the Natural History Museum – two of the city’s largest and most popular skating palaces – you’ll want to book in advance, especially for a night skate slot.

    Going out/staying in(side)

    Christmas is also an excuse for plenty of new shows and exhibitions to keep individuals warm and indoors. Take a look at Time Out’s Silent Night, Unholy Night event, running every Saturday until December 15th at the Old Vic Tunnels. Or perhaps you’d prefer some festive fun for the family that involves the stage and some marvellous imagination.

    In that case head to the National for 1927’s The Animals and Children Took to the Streets or try the much-loved Kneehigh’s Midnight’s Pumpkin, on at the BAC from December 8th

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    {Honeymoon Tips} 5 Guidelines for Honeymoon Registry Etiquette

    Today’s post is from Andrew Marino, of sponsor and lovely vendor Honeymoon Pixie.  I think this information is so helpful in today’s world of honeymoon registries, although some of this advice applies to all registries (like tip #1).  So before you register, read this!

    Wondering how to let your guests know about your honeymoon registry? Have you had to politely explain your registry to guests with questions? Honeymoon registry etiquette advice can be hard to find, and when you do, it can be conflicting. Here are the best pieces of advice for honeymoon registry etiquette. By following these five basic guidelines, you will be following the best etiquette practices and you’ll minimize the risk of offending anyone.
    Never Advertise Your Honeymoon Registry in Your Wedding Invitations
    Miss Manners says it is not polite to include your registry website information in your wedding invitations. Instead, you should rely on your bridal party and family members to help spread the word about your honeymoon registry, and you can also put the registry information in your bridal shower invitations. Most people will ask either you, someone in your bridal party, or a family member where you’re registered so they can get gift ideas. Word of mouth is often a great way to get the word out about your honeymoon registry.

    Also, many honeymoon registry websites will provide registry announcement cards for your bridal shower invitations, will post to your Facebook wall the gifts you’ve received from your honeymoon registry, and will help you send emails to people on your guest list. These simple things are enough to make sure that most of your guests are aware of your honeymoon registry, and you don’t have to break any rules of etiquette to do it!

     
    Create a Wedding Website
    There are multiple online options where you can create a website with all the information about your wedding that’s hard to get into the invitation. Guests will love reading your engagement story, learning about your future plans, and getting all the details on your wedding. This is the perfect place to include a link to your honeymoon registry, since the majority of your guests will visit your site to learn more about your wedding plans.
    Take Time to Explain to Guests Why You’re Using a Honeymoon Registry
    Let’s face it; if you’re doing something a little different – like using a honeymoon registry – you may get questions from friends and family members.  Take the time to explain to people the reasons and the benefits of using a honeymoon registry. If you have lived on your own and have many of the house items needed to start a new home together, then explaining this to your guests will help them understand why you have decided to use a honeymoon registry.
    It’s important that your guests understand that you will receive their gift funds to purchase the honeymoon gift experience they’ve purchased for you. Many guests will find that giving gift funds that they know will be used for a ‘swimming with the dolphins’ experience is more personal and rewarding than just giving cash on your wedding day.
    We also recommend having a traditional registry in addition to your honeymoon registry. This will provide your wedding guests with more options. You may find that your older guests prefer to give traditional wedding gifts – and having both registries will allow you to accommodate everyone.
     
    Gift Variety
    Your guests will also appreciate having a variety of price points to choose from.  Gift prices ranging from $10 to $200 are most common.  You want to ensure that all your guests are comfortable based on their financial ability. Expensive items can be broken down into smaller increments. For example, a $400 honeymoon suite can be listed as 4 gifts of $100 each.
    Send out Specific Thank You Notes
    One of the best parts about a honeymoon registry with Honeymoon Pixie is that you are provided with a thank you list containing all your gifts and the contact information of each gift giver. This gives you the opportunity to thank guests personally and specifically for their generous gift toward your honeymoon.
    My advice is to save thank you note writing for after the honeymoon. Then, you can tell the guests who helped buy your snorkeling adventure about the excitement you experienced when you saw Nemo and other tropical fish, or email the guests who helped upgrade your room a photo of the view from your honeymoon suite. Specific thank you notes make guests feel like they did something really special for the two of you, so let them know how much you appreciate them and their gift to you.

     Who out there is considering or using a honeymoon registry?

     

    PS- some honeymoon registry inspiration from my own honeymoon and my top 5 tips for a perfect honeymoon

     

    *Honeymoon Pixie is a sponsor of Oh Lovely Day and a handpicked member of our Lovely Vendor Guide

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    {Honeymoon} Where to Stay in Kauai: The Villas at Poipu Kai

    honeymoon and destination weddings in Kauai | Kauai resorts | villas at poipu kai
    If you saw Wednesday’s post about a honeymoon in Kauai, then you already saw a glimpse into the fabulous place where we stayed.  But I feel like the Villas at Poipu Kai is such a hidden gem, it deserved it’s own post.  When you’re looking at Kauai resorts for your vacation or honeymoon this one should be the first on your list.

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    We had a full gourmet kitchen with everything you needed to make, cook, bake, and blend anything you could want.  Oh, and a farmhouse sink!  And there was a laundry room IN our condo.  So we didn’t have to pack a ton because we could wash whatever we needed.  If you have kids, this is the only way to go.  To be able to put your kid to bed in their own bedroom and then have an adult dinner and drink cocktails on your lanai and enjoy your vacation is so key.  If you’re on your honeymoon (and especially if you’re on a budget), this place is perfect because you have privacy, you have luxury, but you can still cook meals at “home” instead of eating out every single meal.  I get so sick of eating out on vacation, don’t you?

    honeymoon and destination weddings in Kauai | Kauai resorts | villas at poipu kai
    Another group that the Villas would be perfect for?  Families and guests of couples having a destination wedding in Kauai.  They would have all of the comforts of home, while having the luxury of a vacation.  I cannot think of a better set up for your loved ones than the Villas.  There is a gym, pool, and hot tub on site.  There are tennis courts on the property, golf courses nearby, and the beach is a very short walk away.  The Villas provides beach towels in your room and has things like beach chairs and sand toys for you to use for free – how awesome is that!?

    honeymoon and destination weddings in Kauai | Kauai resorts | villas at poipu kai

    So when you’re looking at Kauai vacation rentals for your honeymoon, family vacation, or destination wedding, be sure to check out the Villas at Poipu Kai.  I can’t wait to go back.  As you can see, we had a ball.

    kauai vacation highlights by oh lovely day
    {all photos in collage above taken via instagram – you can follow me here}
    *other photos above courtesy of Villas at Poipu Kai who also sponsored the lodging portion of our vacation.
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