Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
I'm thrilled to report that Globetrotting Bride (and five other amazing blogs) has gotten its second shout out in their weeky What's Hot in Weddings on the Web.
In case you missed the first mention, just click here.
Have a great weekend everyone!
Who's ready for a hip and luxurious stay at The May Fair? This centrally located (in the heart of London's West End) hotspot is a celebrity favorite (Pink, Paris, Penelope, Whitney...). The hotel features an amazing collection of over-the-top suites, a pampering spa, an award winning bar, casino and much more. Want to shop while you're there? London's chicest shopping is just a few minutes away.
Pack your bags, the hotel is offering a weekend special (about $250 US!) now through March 31.
The 40 trip prizes range from two to seven nights and each trip will focus on Virginia's most popular travel passions such as wine, music, history, adventure and luxury. I'm hoping to win trip #9 - Shopping and Spa Sensations at the Ritz-Carlton but I'd also be happy with trip #35 - Coastal Culinary tour with chocolate, wine and native cuisine along the sea in Virginia Beach.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Check out this elaborate invitation suite she designed for a Nicole and Michael's destination wedding in the Bahamas:
Wish I was invited! The couple arranged chartered flights and hotel rooms for all their guests.
here. And keep in mind that her invitation suites can be as minimal (invite and RSVP) or maximum (directions, programs, table cards, place cards, menus, etc.) as you want. Oh an if you want to see some of Jeremy Lawson's photos from Nicole and Michael's destination wedding, click here.
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Ok ladies, Dana from The Broke-Ass Bride is one of the Costa Rica Honeymoon finalists for the Green Wedding Contest sponsored by Trees Instead. Remember their great eco-friendly wedding favors and gifts?
It's a super close race so please help her out with your vote! The deadline is Thursday. Click here for the most up-to-date contest answers.
We tested it out in Mexico and it worked like a charm! I should add that the Globetrotting Groom was very impressed with its durable and well constructed pouches that snap into the outer bag.
There are also picnic basket coolers and elegant wine carriers with glasses and corkscrew. Check them out quickly while they're still on sale. I think they're a really great present for a newly engaged couple or really anyone who likes to travel.
On a side note, if you're buying alcohol at Duty Free, you'll need to check it in your luggage if you have a connecting flight home. I learned this the hard way last year...
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
Here's the scoop:
Lisa Hoffman of CeCi, Sylvia Weinstock of Sylvia Weinstock Cakes and Thomas Preti from Thomas Preti Catering will all be taking part of a bridal inspiration panel discussion in addition to Josh Friedman, owner of Elan Artists, Jessy the owner of Fleurs NY and Christine Merser who is a design expert for Classic Party Rentals.
After the 1 hour panel, our panelists will be available for Q & A and cocktails, while we have tastings of Sylvia’s cakes as well as the new White Label Collection of Ceci. Finally, for those brides who couldn’t make it last time, there will be another Catwalk of the Pronovias bridal gowns and accessories.
The entire event will begin at 1PM with the Panel and wrap up at around 4PM. The cost is free, but space is limited! RSVP here by Friday.
1) I'm often called a hypochondriac.
2) I took 100 engaged couples to Jamaica to test drive their honeymoon for a day.
3) I can write backwards with my left hand. Yup!
4) I once swallowed a marble playing Chinese Checkers.
5) I am named after a red-headed cheerleader my mom knew in college.
6) I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch daily from elementary school to high school. Every. Single. Day!
7) Even thought I drive maybe 10 days a year (this is normal for a New Yorker...), I can drive a stick shift.
8) I am not afraid of powertools, even after the emergency room visit.
9) I was once a serial dater!
10) I learned how to play croquet from Robin Leach (yes the one from Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous!)
I'm tagging five fabulous bloggers with this one:
- Lemiga Events - One of Atlanta's most creative party planners
- Classic Bride - Your everything wedding planning site. Don't miss her new calligraphy shop!
- Veiled Vows - Inspiring thoughts from an almost-bride-to be.
- The Wedding Decorator - For oodles and oodles of decorating ideas.
- Well-Heeled, with a mission - In search of financial stability and great shoes.
Monday, January 26, 2009
In short, this is an ingenious way to hold your hair back off your face leaving you free to wash your face, get a facial, take a shower or relax with a mud mask while your hair stays safe and dry. Better than a ponytail or headband since you can splash away without getting the infamous ponytail dent and it doesn't flatten your hair. It's made of soft terry cloth (pop it right in the wash) and comes in lots of fun colors (mine is hot pink).
I just got bangs last month, it has seriously saved my sanity in a way no guy could ever understand (sorry Globetrotting Groom).
A real must have for brides-to-be since every hair stylist hates working with just washed hair (a good tip in case you didn't know). And a great gift idea for the gal who has everything.
Here's your chance...one lucky Globetrotting Bride reader will win her very own Tassi. Just visit the Tassi shop and comment below with your favorite color by end of day Friday.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Looking for an adrenaline packed honeymoon? Why not choose the adventure capital of the world and one of my favorite spots, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Expect five-star accommodations at three-star price tags, a safe environment and the greatest adventures in the world.
The number one reason people visit Victoria Falls is to see the amazing falls. You’ll want to do a walking tour of the falls through the natural rainforest as well as an aerial ‘Flight of Angels’ by helicopter or light aircraft.
For adrenaline junkies, Victoria Falls offers more than a fair fix -- arguably the planet’s wildest whitewater rafting and river boarding (surfing) through ferocious rapids aptly nicknamed The Boiling Pot, The Devil’s Toilet Bowl, The Terminator and Commercial Suicide.
Try the heart-stopping 364 feet bungee-jump off the historic bridge straddling two countries, or a harnessed bridge swing giving a 360-degree view of the river, gorge and bridge. Or take the new bridge slide from the lip of the gorge to the center of the bridge.
For more information on all the exciting activities offered at Victoria Falls, click here.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
- The first (closest to entrance)
- The second
- The last (furthest from entrance)
Correct answer: The first (closest to entrance)
Here's a handy discovery I read about on HipCompass. If you're honeymooning in Europe or the USA, this will definitely be of interest.
MizPee.com (MizPee.eu in Europe) is a website dedicated to helping people find clean bathrooms. Just type in where you are and a list of nearby restrooms appears with cleanliness ratings, hours of operations and reviews from fellow-toilet seekers.
It's fairly new in the states so not all U.S. cities are listed but more are being added ever day. European cities include Berlin, Brussels, Parma, Udine, Treviso, Verona, Pisa, Florence, Genoa, Trieste, Palermo, Naples, Bologna, Venice, Milan, Rome, Barcelona, London and Paris.
I tested it out and it gave me many fine New York City options in addition to the expected Starbucks and McDonald's.
Want more bathroom trivia?
Which European people use the most toilet paper per person?
- The English
- The Germans
- The Swedes
Correct answer: The Swedes
Which city calls itself the Toilet Paper Capital of the World?
- Seattle, WA, USA
- Newark, NJ, USA
- Green Bay, WI, USA
Correct answer: Green Bay, WI, USA
The average person spends how much of their life on the toilet?
- 1 year
- 2 years
- 3 years
Correct answer: 3 years
Which country used flat sticks before the introduction of toilet paper?
Correct answer: Japan
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
She had on a really great white silk Dior gown with a taffeta bustier and an eye catching turquoise and diamond necklace from Van Cleef & Arpels. Don't you think this look could double as a great wedding dress for a destination wedding in Greece or Mexico or the Caribbean? I sure do.
Click here to see more images.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
If you're in NYC, here's a little something to warm your spirits...J.Crew is having a sample sale today - Sunday. What a great chance to stock up on one-of-a kind designs and classic spring and summer favorites for your upcoming honeymoon! Or maybe you'll even luck out and find some bridesmaid dresses. Who knows...
Click here for details and leave a comment below if you go since I won't be able to make it till later this week : ).
10) You've traveled more than two hours for a Running With the Brides wedding dress sale
9) You're just as excited for the honeymoon as you are for the wedding
8) You live in California but you read Brooklyn Bride, Southern Weddings and An Atlanta Bride every day
7) You keep your fave summer sun dresses and sandals under your desk, just in case of a last minute weekend getaway
6) You have as many Trip Advisor friends as you do friends on The Knot
5) You help your bridesmaids with all the planing for your fun Bachelorette Getaway
4) You're thinking about honeymooning in Australia so you can meet Polka Dot Bride
3) You spend $40 a month on glossy international wedding magazines even after the wedding
2) You register for fancy luggage AND fancy china
1) You're excited about getting married because now you have a lifelong travel partner
And, don't forget, you can also be a Globetrotting Bride on Facebook, Facebook Networked Blogs and Twitter.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Well, this popular wedding trend is based on an Asian tradition. The crane mates for life and symbolizes peace and longevity in Asian cultures. According to Japanese lore, a bride who folds 1,000 paper cranes before her wedding will have a prosperous marriage! Mini origami cranes make great escort-card holders or favors so start folding. Click here for directions or check out Thousandfold Origami for some custom project ideas like this.
Friday, January 16, 2009
Hawaii is stunning and the Four Seasons knows pampering. What more do you need for an amazing wedding, honeymoon or both? Here's the scoop on the Four Seasons Resort Hualālai:
* Who: Couples who want eco-friendly wedding and ultra luxurious honeymoon. Think tropical, romantic and pampering with a "love butler" at your beck and call to arrange anything you desire.
* What: Eco-conscious couples will love the Sustainable Nuptials Package which includes everything from a wedding planer, ceremony set up, officiant, music, florist, and photographer to wedding cake, champagne and a 50-minute couples massage. Best of all, the package includes a carbon credit to offset the wedding's carbon footprint (up to 25 guests)!
* When: Hawaii offers sun-filled days year-round. High season (crowds and high prices) is mid-December through April.
* Where: Located on the exclusive Kona-Kohala Coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. A six hour flight from Los Angeles.
* Don't Miss: The resort's Bungalow 33 - a premium ocean view suite that sits at the edge of a natural fishpond offers super seclusion. You might need to save up for this $3,800 per night splurge.
* Stay for the honeymoon? Yes. The resort's new Lava Love Nest romance package is perfect for newlyweds. You'll be greeted with a fragrant lei and taken to a luxurious ocean view room where a love basket awaits full of snacks, wine, candles and map of romantic spots to stargaze. You'll also receive breakfast daily, a 50-minute couples massage, a dark lava chocolate cake and bottle of red wine and a digital photo frame. Package rates start at $825 per night. Want to kick things up a notch, just ask the "love butler" to arrange a little something special like a beachside dinner with hula dancer, hundreds of orchids scattered in your room, romantic picnics and other surprises.
* Booking: To plan a wedding or honeymoon, call 888-340-5662 or visit online. For more information on visiting Hawaii, click here.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
A bride at her wedding should wear:
And a sixpence in the shoe.
Or, in the United States:
...And a new dime in the shoe.
The "old" must be something which has belonged to a happily married woman. The wearing of such an item insures a lucky transfer of happiness to the new bride. The "new" is the wedding gown, the shoes, or other apparel of the bride. The "borrowed" must be some object of gold to guarantee wealth and fortune in the future. The "blue" is symbolic of the heavens and also of true love. The "sixpence" or "new dime" must be worn in the heel of the left shoe to insure wealth and prosperity.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Here are my best attempts. I'm obviously a novice here.
I found a great tutorial on ring photography from Anne Ruthmann Photography and I'm excited to test out some of her ideas. Since I'm heading off on a Mexican vacation tomorrow, I thought I'd start a new tradition of photographing my rings in exotic settings. I'll share some pics when I return. And, if you have any good shots (travel themed or not) to share, send them on over.
Pink Initiative is a non-profit organization made of wedding industry folk dedicated to funding awareness, outreach, education and research for breast cancer. Emilie Sommer, the founder of Pink Initiative and the owner of emilie inc photography is hosting a raffle where the winner will receive $5000 worth of wedding photography coverage good from now until 2012 for their wedding anywhere in the United States. Raffle tickets are $50 each and all proceeds benefit Pink Initiative.
Hey, you gotta be in it to win it....
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The kit contains mini sized versions of products from Kiss My Face, Tom's of Maine, Colgate, Gillette, TRESemme and more that are expertly packed in handy, reusable totes. The carry-on friendly contents are stowed inside a Ziploc in case you don't want to check your bags. It comes in a really nice gift box making it a great shower or engagement gift.
Minimus also offers other getaway goodies including the Car Travel Essentials Kit and the Business Traveler Kit as well as bridal friendly products like the VIP Clothing Care Kit and the Pink Bag Wedding Survival Gear.
Monday, January 12, 2009
Friday, January 9, 2009
Do you have a Wedding War story? Bluefly wants to hear all about the crazy mother-in-law, bad bridesmaid dress, impossible florist, hair catastrophe and what every else you have to share. Best of all, the winner gets $1,000 towards a new WAR-drobe (like bridal shower shoes, rehearsal dinner dress, honeymoon bikinis and more, oh my)! Click here to enter.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
- foundation, concealer or powder
- blush or bronzer
- lipstick or gloss
- eye shadow and liner
- eye drops
- amazing mascara
- make-up brushes
- eyelash curler
- Kleenex, Q-tips, cotton balls, etc.
- Blotting sheets
- Makeup remover
Pack it all up in a fun bag like this Double-Zip Foldover Cosmetic Bag and you're good to go!
A cute make-up bag filled with goodies or a Sephora gift card would make a great gift for any bride-to-be.
Anything to add to the list?
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
How cute is this short sleeved cardigan with chiffon ruffles from Forever 21? I think it would be fun with some skinny jeans for an engagement photo shoot or afternoon brunch. And, at just $29, you can afford one in every color!
January 31st - Bridal Inspiration Event will be a shopping and learning experience where brides-to-be can hear tips on personalization and style from top New York City wedding vendors selected from the Always a Bridesmaid rolodex. Xochitl Gonzalez from Always a Bridesmaid and "Whose Wedding is it Anyway?" will be on hand to take questions from attendees.
Monday, January 5, 2009
Friday, January 2, 2009
Check them out:
A front view:
You can even customize the back!
Thursday, January 1, 2009
More than 15 studios are participating so call the studio closest to you for exact days and times.
And, if you're in NYC today, drop by for complimentary New Year's Day classes in these two locations:
- Downtown (138 5th Ave.)
Vinyassa Flow 11 - 12:15 and 11:30 - 12:45
Iyengar 12:30 - 1:45 and 1:30 - 2:45
- Westside (37 West 65th St.)
Vinyassa Flow 11 - 12:15
Hatha Blend 11:30 - 12:45
Mat Pilates 12:30 - 1:45
Yogaworks 12:30 - 1:45 and 1 - 2:30
You might even see the Globetrotting Bride there...