Archive for April, 2008
Posted on April 29th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Locations
Posted on April 28th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Anything Goes
The beautiful Bolongo Bay Beach Resort in St. Thomas is offering an opportunity to earn a free honeymoon, wedding, discounted rates and much more. If you book your destination wedding at Bolongo Bay Beach Resort you can earn a free five-night European Plan (EP) honeymoon, wedding, welcome reception and room discounts as part of the resort’s Friends & Family Wedding Package.
Depending on how many rooms you book for your wedding group, you can earn more and more perks. With the resort’s Friends & Family Wedding Package, wedding groups that book a minimum of 10 rooms for five nights or longer will receive a 10% savings off nightly room rates.
Wedding groups that book a minimum of 15 rooms for five nights or longer will receive the 10% discount plus a complimentary one hour “Welcome Rum Punch Reception” with hors d’oeuvres and a FREE five-night EP honeymoon stay for the couple featuring accommodations in an oceanview room, one “discover scuba diving” in-pool lesson per person, and complimentary use of non-motorized watersports (snorkel gear, paddle boats, sunfish sailboats, windsurfing equipment, kayaks and much more).
Couples who bring 20 rooms of friends and family members to Bolongo (five nights or longer) will receive the 10% discount, welcome reception, free EP honeymoon plus a FREE Barefoot on the Beach Wedding package (valued at $800) featuring the services of a wedding coordinator and clergyman; the ceremony on the beach; a bottle of champagne with two flute glasses; and Bolongo bride and groom T-shirts.
The Friends & Family Wedding Package is available for travel booked directly with the resort for travel from Aug. 1 – Oct. 31, 2008. You can’t book this deal with your travel agent or other source. Call the resort directly at 1-800-449-1577 or 340-775-1800 ext. 2530, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about this awesome package deal.
Remember U.S. citizens don’t need a passport to travel to St. Thomas or the other U.S. Virigin Islands (St.John and St.Croix). Bolongo Bay Beach Resort features 65 beachfront guest rooms curved around crescent-shaped, palm-lined Bolongo Bay. It’s certainly a beautiful location to spend your wedding and your honeymoon. Each of their rooms has a private balcony as well as many of the comforts of home including a mini-refrigerator, coffeemaker, ceiling fan, air-conditioning, cable television, hair dryer and much more.
If you are planning an exotic destination wedding at a beach resort, check out the collection of beach wedding favors available at Truly Wedding Favors. These wedding favors incorporate elements from the beach, such as seashells, starfish, palm trees, flip flops, sand and more.
Posted on April 18th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Locations
Adesso Albums Instant Photo Guest Books are a unique combination of photo album and a guest book. These photo guest books and photo albums capture your wedding instantly. Their patent pending formula combines instant Polaroid photos and hand written personalized sentiments from your wedding guests to make the unique Adesso Photo Guest Book.
Lesley Mattos, founder of Adesso Albums, offers these fabulous tips for budget savvy couples who are looking for ways to stretch the dollars.
1. Skip the five-course meal and just do appetizers and/or a dessert bar. Way more fun for your guests to mingle and get to know each other than getting stuck at a table for two hours with Uncle Henry!
2. Forget the high-priced professional band! Contact your local college music department and give the musicians a chance to show off their talents. You can pay them with dinner and lots of applause!
3. Photography can easily take up a big chunk of the budget. Have your guests help create your wedding album instantly with Polaroid instant photos accompanied by their handwritten sentiments in stylish instant photo guest books like those from Adesso Albums.
4. Grow your own flowers – It’s not as hard as it sounds! Plant simple flowers like tulips in terracotta pots, add moss and pretty silk ribbon and your creation can rival any professional florists.
To learn more about Adesso Albums, please visit their website at adessoalbums.com.
Posted on April 18th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Celebrity Weddings
Planning a destination wedding?
If you are thinking of getting married in Mexico, the Sandos Hotels & Resorts on the Riviera Maya are having an incredible deal.
If you book a minimum of five rooms for five nights for your wedding group (and every destination wedding would need at least five rooms for friends and family), then you will get the following fabulous services free of charge:
- Personalized service from the wedding coordinator
- Decorated wedding site such as a private area on the beach or a tropically-inspired, private location (including guest seating)
- Wedding cake
- Décor for the entrance to the wedding ceremony
- Background music during the ceremony (or bring your own songs and use the hotel’s CD player)
- Commemorative wedding certificate
- Room upgrade for the wedding couple (based on availability)
- In-room amenity of fine pastry, fruit basket and sparking wine upon arrival
- Special guest room decoration
- Plush bathrobes for the wedding couple to use during their stay
- Gifts for the couple including a basket of aromatherapy products, “Just Married” “his” and “her” t-shirts, and a commemorative wedding photo of the couple, presented in a keepsake Mexican-style picture frame
- A romantic dinner for the bride and groom at one of the resorts’ a la carte restaurants with VIP service and a special menu
- Priority reservations at the resorts’ a la carte restaurants (subject to availability)
- 15% spa discount that can be used throughout the stay on all treatments
- 10% discount on motorized sports including banana boat rides, jet skiing and parasailing
To qualify for this FREE “Sandos Wedding Package,” you must book a minimum of five rooms for five night each, now through the end of October. You also must make and pay for the reservations at least seven days before the wedding date.
The four all-inclusive Sandos Hotels & Resorts on the Riviera Maya, Mexico include four properties:
- Caracol Beach Resort & Spa
- Select Club Beach Resort & Spa
- Playacar Beach Resort & Spa
- Sandos Playacar Riviera Hotel & Spa
An all-inclusive Sandos Hotels vacation features: all meals and beverages; sporting activities; watersports; use of fitness center and spa; daily activities program; water and beach activities; supervised “Kids Club” and a “Teen Club;” nightly entertainment and entrance to the disco; and all hotel taxes and service charges.
To learn more about the Sandos Hotels & Resorts, please visit sandoshotels.com or call 1-866-887-5601.
Requirements for getting married in Mexico:
In order for U.S. citizens to get married in Mexico, the bride and groom must arrive in the country at least three working days prior to the wedding date and provide valid passports and a tourist visa (given to all travelers upon entry to Mexico at the airport). Brides and grooms are required to take a blood test in Mexico (arranged by the wedding coordinator at a cost of US$200 per couple, payable in cash) and must have four witnesses to the ceremony who have also been in Mexico for at least three business days prior to the ceremony (witnesses can be provided by the hotel at a cost of US$30 per witness). The Judge’s transportation to the hotel (US$30) and a translation fee (US$40) are not included in the price of the package and must be paid in cash on the day of the wedding.
Posted on April 9th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Wedding Attire
First Daughter Jenna Bush will be walking down the aisle in less than a month at the President’s Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford, Texas. Details have started to emerge in recent days about the wedding between the 26-year-old and Henry Hager.
The bride will have 14 attendants, who will wear short chiffon dresses designed by Lela Rosa. Jenna’s twin sister Barbara will serve as the maid of honor.
Reportedly, the outdoor service will begin at 7:30pm, then the 200 guests will enjoy dinner and dancing under a tent.
As for Jenna’s dress, Oscar de la Renta has created a simple beaded gown for her with a small train. The low key affair will take place on May 10th. Though the events won’t be as extravagant as you might expect for a president’s daughter, I’m sure they will be still be quite beautiful.
“I was raised in Texas and it just felt right,” Jenna told the Washignton Post. “It means a lot to Henry and me to be outdoors. We wanted something organic and low key.” She said she considered a White House wedding but decided it wasn’t for her. “That’s not really my personality. There’s a glamour to it, I know, but Henry and I are far less glamorous than the White House.”
Posted on April 6th, 2008 by Kori Ellis in Celebrity Weddings
On your wedding day, you will be on your feet for a long, long time. Wedding day activities usually start very early in the morning and last well into the night. You don’t want your feet to ache all day, therefore it’s imperative to have a great pair of bridal shoes.
Consider the location of your wedding. For garden and beach weddings, stilettos probably are the best idea. Choose chunkier heels or flats.
You don’t need to stick to white. Metallic sandals are a trendy option. You can also select bridal shoes that are trimmed with rhinestones, gemstones and embellishments.
Here are some top choices in bridal shoes in various price ranges.
Filippa Scott Helena Bridal Shoes
These beautiful designer bridal shoes come with a big price tag – over $300. The white silk satin pump is dyeable, so you can probably change the color and wear them after your wedding day. However, as with any high dollar shoe purchase, make sure you are going to wear them more than once before buying.
Nina Cason Simple sandal with crystal square
If you really want to wear a high heel, these bridal shoes are a great choice. These silver shoes feature a simple silhouette that is accented with glitzy crystals and a thin ankle strap. At $79.95, they are very reasonable priced.
Coloriffics Ballet Flats
These ballet flats are all about comfort. They feature a very simple design, a flat heel and a sueded sole. These shoes are only $25.20, so you really can’t go wrong.
According to People.com, Beyoncé and Jay-Z were married on Friday in New York at the hip hop mogul’s Tribeca apartment.
The wedding buzz began on Tuesday when the couple received a marriage license in Scarsdale. A tent was set up on top of Jay-Z’s apartment building and flowers began arriving on Friday afternoon.
Also spotted heading into the apartment were Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams (Beyoncé’s fellow Destiny Child members), Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Chris Martin of Coldplay.
If they did get married, it was just a small affair for close friends and family. But could they have just been celebrating something else?
Jay-Z recently completed a $150-million deal with Live Nation for all his music-related businesses. That’s certainly reason to celebrate!
I’m not sure if we will ever get all the details on this one. The couple, who have been together for six years, have never even publicly acknowledged their relationship to the press.
Photo credit: Eonline