Hello ladies. Are you engaged to be married? Isn't it an amazing feeling?
Let's talk about ideas for the ceremony, invitations, flowers, hair, bridal showers, special touches, DRESSES, how to stay in shape for the big day, and everything else having to do with planng our wedding.
On Monday we rounded up some tips to ensure that you eat well on your honeymoon, and today I'm going to supplement that list with a few tips on how to find the best restaurants in your honeymoon destination. In fact these tips don't limit themselves to honeymooners, as they could come in handy for anyone planning a trip.
First of all, determine where in the world you're going. When you book your hotel reservations, you may want to book your restaurant reservations then too. Most places can take reservations far in advance - just be sure to call and confirm your reservation closer to the date.
Research the area. If you're headed to an area you're not familiar with (be it Hawaii, Napa, Iceland, Sydney, etc.), start by asking friends and family for tips. Also check out guidebooks, such as Lonely Planet, for some good ideas.
Beyond travel books and magazines, I also recommend an online search. There are tons of fantastic food bloggers all over the globe and many of them love to talk about the places they've eaten. Find ones in your destination and go through their archives and see what looks good. You might even have luck dropping them an email! Also, be sure to check out online recommendations like the ones at Yelp.
Let me guess: wedding planning has taken up all your time and you haven't yet thought of a packing strategy for your honeymoon. Fret not because Fab is here to help! Whether you're jetting off to Tahiti, Paris or Vegas, there are basic packing tricks to save space and time - including beauty essentials. To avoid a major headache, be sure to learn some tips on getting organized pre-honeymoon.
Roll every possible item of clothing you can along the inside of your superfly luggage creating a border along the suitcase wall. You can fold pants and jeans, and then plop toiletries in the middle of your border of rolls.
Put your shoes in shoe bags or old plastic bags and wherever you see empty space in between clothes, shove your shoes there!
To save space in your luggage, and to prevent theft, pack your jewelry in your carry on.
Carry the biggest purse you're planning on taking on the plane. Pack the smaller ones (i.e. clutches, etc) in your luggage - remember you only need a couple favorites that go with everything!
Pack black, white and nude bras - and maybe one fun colored one. Oh, and don't forget your strapless bras for those scanty tops!
Travel detergent is a must; when I travel is the only time I hand wash. Plus, foreign countries have really harsh detergent sometimes. Try this Travel Laundry Kit, $8.
Scarves are great for travel because they can serve as headgear, neckgear, a cuddle up on the plane, purse accessory or belt.
For this week's Beauty Mark It challenge, I want to know which cosmetics, fragrances and other beauty essentials you can't live without during those first few weeks of marriage. Tell me by Beauty Marking your favorites and tagging your choices with the phrase "honeymoon essentials." I'll feature the readers' favorites on BellaSugar next Tuesday, July 3.
To learn what a Beauty Mark is and how to make one, click here. To see some of my favorite online beauty stores, read more
I know people say you're not supposed to travel with attractive luggage, because it might get snatched along the way for being so pretty, but it really makes traveling more chic when you have a fun piece to lug around. And with all the latest offerings, from retro-inspired shapes to reasonably chic backpacks, there is no excuse to not fancy up your trip via some superfly luggage. Check out my picks below - the purple and red Samsonite Black Label collection is to die for. So toss your plain black rollies to the curb, there's a new gang of suitcases in town.
Welcome to Part II of this week's honeymoon series! Going abroad for your honeymoon? Lucky you! Not only will you be vacationing with your hubby, but you can sneak off and get some international beauty buys, too! One of my favorite parts of traveling is seeing the various products that are rare in the States, so I've created a guide to beauty brands available in three common honeymoon destinations.
If you're going to Paris, head to Printemps, where you'll find the largest beauty department in the world. More than 300 brands are available, so set aside some time to shop. Start by browsing the full line of adorably-packaged Paul & Joe cosmetics, which are hard to find in the States. Stock up on the La Roche-Posay skin care line, which has the best sunscreen I've ever tried, Anthelios SPF 60 (!) for around 15 euro. Anthelios is available in the US, but very rarely at that level of sun protection (and never so cheap). Don't bypass the Lancome and Chanel counters, which often have colors that aren't available in the US. For two more honeymoon buys, read more
Even if you're the type of person that dedicates months or years to planning your actual wedding day, the honeymoon tends to always be one of those leisurely trips you purposely under plan. Whether you're a list maker, who tends to over organize and pack, or a "fly by the seat of your pants" type of traveler you'll want to plan a honeymoon that has a moderate schedule. Sure, you need time to decompress from your wedding, but what better way to bond with your new spouse than exploring a foreign place together? Here are some websites to consider when beginning the planning process.
Hint: Experts say to plan your honeymoon at least six months in advance to secure inexpensive flights and accommodations.
The Knot - I've already shared my love for this website when it comes to wedding planning, but it turns out it's just as helpful for planning your honeymoon. The site features honeymoon basics, ideas for Europe, Africa, Mexico, Hawaii and the Caribbean, as well as updated information about passport laws, a travel blog, guides to romantic resorts and even packing checklists.
Wedding Channel - This site has a simple guide to popular destination spots all over the world. You can check out photos, read about featured vacations, and get tips for romantic tropical, urban or adventure honeymoons.
The Honeymoon - Apparently, one of the hottest trends in wedding planning right now is a honeymoon registry, which allows your guests the chance to help send you on the honeymoon of your dreams. This site offers a complimentary registry and wedding web page; however, it does charge your guests a small service charge when they purchase a gift (it's about the same price as sales tax).
Welcome to our last installment of Wedding Season on the Sugar Network! This week we are celebrating the final phase of the wedding celebration - the honeymoon.
For some newlyweds heading to the beach to sit and relax sounds like the ultimate honeymoon. Others, however, crave adventure. The world has so much to offer and there is so much to see with your new spouse. You could sea kayak around the Galapagos Islands. Island hop in the Aegean Sea via sailboat. What about a bike tour of Vietnam. Or you could scuba dive at the Great Barrier Reef. If you are interested in staying stateside there is hiking and camping on the Nepali Coast in Kauai or rock climbing in Yosemite.
If romance and adventure overlap for you and your newly minted spouse, you should check out Adventure Honeymoons. This website has all sorts of packages on almost every continent. It is worth considering getting off the beaten path and taking advantage of the time you have off together. The other cool thing is that you can register with Adventure Honeymoons so your wedding guests can contribute to your honeymoon, instead of giving you another toaster.
A few weeks ago, we were all about the wedding planning and the big event itself, but this week it's Honeymoon Week! One of my good friends is getting married in a couple of months, and instead of doing the typical, albeit fabulous, beach honeymoon, they decided to do something they've both always wanted to do and trek around Europe!
Help my friend out and pretend you're in her fabulous shoes - find her an outfit that will be attractive to her new hubbie, but at the same time, comfortable enough for her to wear while toting luggage, riding trains, and boarding planes!
I'll start you off with these Versace Round Sunglasses, $190, that will keep the sun out of your eyes (and hide your sleep-deprived puffy eyes!)!
Let's all go Fab Finding for an outfit to wear while trekking through Europe on your romantic honeymoon! Come back and tell me when your Fab Finds are up and tag them with europe honeymoon.
Oh! Now, you can build outfits by creating a list of clothing items. We have everything you need to build outfits with and you can use your Fab Find bookmarks too. This is an even better way to put together an entire outfit when you are completing your Fab Finding missions.
To learn what a Fab Find is and how to make one, click here. For a more detailed explanation of bookmarks from geeksugar click here.
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Welcome to Honeymoon Beauty, my series on what types of beauty essentials you need of three different kinds of vacations. There are definitely a few honeymoon essentials that apply to the princess bride, the natural bride and the daring bride—even if you are taking three very different trips. You must pack something sexy, pack things that don't wrinkle and only bring what is necessary. Most likely night after night it's just going to be you two lovebirds, so trust me when I say there's no reason to overpack!
If you are the type of couple that's dreamed of a long, hot warm tropical getaway, then the theme of your vacation is going to be chic and low-maintenance. Things to remember to pack are sunscreen, sunblock sprays for your hair, lip gloss with SPF and a great bronzer to really enhance your tan. Ideally, your makeup should be fuss-free. Take a look at a few of these tropics-inspired makeup palettes perfect for a honeymoon in paradise!
Lisa Watier Palette Honey Moon is a sunny eye palette created to achieve a glowy, bronzed effect. It includes five powder eye shadows, (one of which can also be used as an all-over face illuminator) that can each be worn alone or blended together. The palette costs £24, which is roughly $50 (and yes, this site ships internationally).
For more tantalizing, tropical makeup palettes, read more
We've finally reached my favorite part of wedding season: the honeymoon! Whether you're relaxing at a spa, lounging on the beach, or adventuring in the mountains, food is an important part of any honeymoon:
Romantic meals like a picnic under the stars or a rooftop candlelight dinner will add intimacy and excitement and can fit into any honeymoon budget.
Speak with your hotel concierge, travel agent, or trip planner to see about arranging special dining situations. Mention that you are on your honeymoon and want to plan something memorable and romantic.
If you and your new husband are total foodies, consider a culinary honeymoon in which you take cooking classes or rent a small villa with a private chef.
Once you've decided on your honeymoon location do your homework. Research restaurants, chefs, and culinary techniques and decide where you want to eat before you arrive.
If honeymooning at a resort with a package deal, investigate if that specific hotel meets your gastronomical needs. Although you're staying in a 4 star hotel it may not house fine dining so look elsewhere to meet your needs.
Paris, Italy, Thailand, New York, and California are all excellent foodie destinations.
Remember that a great way to bond with your husband is to experience new tastes and flavors together, so keep an open mind and give local food a chance.