Archives for December 2015
Last week I shared with everyone where Aaron and I will be headed for our honeymoon! (If you missed it, click here to catch up.) So to keep that theme going, this week I’m sharing some tips and things to think about when you’re planning your honeymoon!
- Think About Your Flight Time. This may sound silly, but I cannot tell you how many brides I have worked with that plan to leave for their honeymoon at 6am the day after their wedding! That means that you have to be at the airport at 5am, which means leaving the hotel by 4:30… I mean who wants to get up at 3am when you probably didn’t even go to bed until 1!? No one. That’s the answer! So think about the flight departure times!
- Plan Your Travel Days. For me, I knew that I would want to have a couple of days after the wedding to “come down off my wedding day buzz” and relax before hitting the beach. I also want to be able to make sure that all the gifts got back to our home, my dress was being taken care of, etc etc. I’m a planner and a Type A personality to knowing those things were taken care of would help me to relax and enjoy my honeymoon more. SOOOO, Aaron and I will not be leaving for our honeymoon until 6 days after our wedding. We will take a week to be at home together and do a little “staycation” and then fly out to the Caribbean to enjoy the beach together!
- Pack ahead of time. And what I really mean by that, is pack early! If you are leaving the day after your wedding then you don’t want to be stressed about your suitcase the day of your rehearsal! So start packing early on and you’ll be all set. (That includes throwing in all your incredible lingerie from your bachelorette shower!)
- Don’t change your name yet! I know some gals are super anxious to get their name changed and get started on that process, but do not do it before your honeymoon. ESPECIALLY if you’re traveling out of the country! Your passport must match your drivers license / id / credit cards so being in the middle of that name changing process when you’re in Mexico just will end up being a headache.
- Things to do. We all know what happens most on a typical honeymoon, but you’ll also want to make sure to pack some non-sexual things to do together! Throw in a deck of cards, or a great Table Topics stack, or even a couple of DVDs into your suitcase. The worst case scenario is that you don’t use them; but wouldn’t you rather have them and note use them, than want them while you’re away?!
- BE TOGETHER. This one I cannot stress enough. Put away your cell phones! Do not get on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram. Just enjoy each others company! For most couples, a vacation like this (that’s all about the two of you and you’re all alone) is a rarity! Remember to soak up every moment of your newly-wed bliss and enjoy.
Think about your most memorable Christmas. Chances are, it was significant because of the traditions that went along with it. Whether this will be your first Christmas with your significant other, or your 20th, it’s never too late to start the holiday traditions that will last a lifetime!
- Matching Christmas pajamas– Feel like a child again by wearing cozy, matching pajamas. You’ll be reminded of simpler times, and your mood will instantly be boosted!
- Baking cookies– The way to anyone’s heart is through their stomach. What better way to bond than baking and decorating Christmas cookies? Spend the rest of the night eating the whole batch, or packaging them up for friends and family. (Image Credit)
- Favorite memory of the year– On New Years Eve, cozy up by the fireplace and relive your favorite memories of the year. This is a great way to end the year and start the new one on a bright note.
- Gingerbread house competition– Play up your competitive sides by hosting a gingerbread house decorating competition. Bonus points if you make it through the whole night without eating a wall or two! (Image Credit)
- Movie night– It’s likely that you already do this, so why not make it a tradition? Stick to the classics, and you won’t mind missing a scene for a kiss or two!
- Christmas Eve gift– Christmas morning can be pretty chaotic. On Christmas Eve, set aside one gift to exchange with your partner. The calm and anticipation of Christmas Eve will make you appreciate their thoughtfulness that much more! (Image Credit)
- Help out– Nothing will spark the holiday cheer like helping others in need. Volunteer as a couple or adopt a family to make yours, and someone else’s holiday, a little brighter.
- Pick out a live tree– You haven’t truly experienced Christmas if you’ve been putting up a plastic tree all these years. There’s a lot of fun to be had in going to a Christmas Tree Farm, strapping it to the top of your car, and hanging ornaments on the real branches. (Image Credit)
We have one week until Christmas, which means ONLY 7 days to finish up your holiday shopping… and I haven’t even started yet! If you’re looking for that special gift for that special person this year, look no further! I found some amazing vintage engagement rings from Kurt Rothner’s Excalibur! This collection is filled with gorgeous art-deco pieces from the 1920’s to the 1950’s… all of which are extremely breath-taking and elegant!
“From the beginning Excalibur has provided a special kind of history to its clients – dazzling estate jewelry and antique one of a kind pieces from bygone eras.” Check out my favorites…
This 1920’s Art Deco era engagement ring is crafted in platinum and features one 1.32 carat Old European cut diamond rated I color, VS1 clarity.
This 1920’s engagement ring is crafted in platinum and features one 1.23 carat Old European cut diamond rated L color, VVS2 clarity.
This 1930’s engagement ring is crafted in platinum and features one 1.58 carat Old European cut diamond rated H color, SI1 clarity.
This 1950’s engagement ring is crafted in platinum and features one 1.00 carat Marquise cut diamond rated E color, VS2 clarity.
Paul and Katrina love camping and exploring together. They planned on taking a 2 week long camping road trip down the Oregon Coastline in early November! So we planned a surprise proposal on the beach in Florence, Oregon. Paul knew that his gal would want sometime simple but sweet (pun intended) so we had a traditional campsite picnic created! A campfire on the beach, s’mores ingredients, a classic plaid picnic blanket, and a cute “S’more Love” sign created the ideal proposal space for the couple.
Proposal Planning: The Yes Girls Events
Venue: Cape Cove at Devil’s Elbow State Park
Photography: Heartwood Films
Florist: Petal Pushers
Wooden Calligraphy Sign: Lindsay Love Letters
Engagement Ring: Americus Diamonds