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About Leah Blankespoor

I have always loved love. Being engaged, I have a passion to help other engaged couples with wedding planning, advice, DIYs, and anything related to their big day. I am a senior in Event Management with a minor in Entrepreneurial Studies. Just recently I returned from a semester abroad in Europe. I was a blog intern for the Iowa State Study Abroad Center which is where I fell in love with the blogging world. -Iowa State University - Ames, Iowa

WILL YOU BE MY BRIDESMAID? PART III

“I’ve got my guy, but I need you by my side, will you be my bridesmaid?”

Popping the question to your girls is almost just as exciting as being proposed to (almost!) This time the ball is in your court. There are so many ideas, cute sayings, and ways to pop this important question. If your creativity is running dry and lack of time are stressing you out, the team from Beau-Coup wants to help you out! In fact, we found so many cute ideas that this has been turned into a blog series and for the whole month of March we will feature a “how to ask your bridesmaids” invitation every Tuesday! Here is Part 3 :)

Pampering Spa Package

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Everyone loves feeling pampered and relaxed, so this set is perfect for getting ready the day of, a spa bachelorette party, or even just a relaxing movie night at home. Pretty and practical, these florals will make any girl delighted. Whenever they wear this feminine lounge wear they can look back fondly on your memories of your wedding day bliss.

Whats Included: Personalized Card, Monogram Champagne Flutes, Monogram Makeup Bag, Pink Soap, Monogram Slippers, Monogram Floral Robe

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WILL YOU BE MY BRIDESMAID? PART II

“I’ve got my guy, but I need you by my side, will you be my bridesmaid?”

Popping the question to your girls is almost just as exciting as being proposed to (almost!) This time the ball is in your court. There are so many ideas, cute sayings, and ways to pop this important question. If your creativity is running dry and lack of time are stressing you out, the team from Beau-Coup wants to help you out! In fact, we found so many cute ideas that this has been turned into a blog series and for the whole month of March we will feature a “how to ask your bridesmaids” invitation every Tuesday! Here is Part 2 :)

Destination Wedding Gear

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This gift just screams beach babe. We could definitely see this as being the perfect gift to utilize during your bachelorette party for social media worthy group photos. Keep your ladies hydrated with the monogramed tumbler, and safe from the suns rays with the personalized floppy sun hat.

What’s Included: Personalized Card, Gold Tote, Team Bride Sunglasses, XO Flip Flops, Monogram Tumbler, Monogram Floppy Hat

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Will You Be My Bridesmaid? PART I

“I’ve got my guy, but I need you by my side, will you be my bridesmaid?”

Popping the question to your girls is almost just as exciting as being proposed to (almost!) This time the ball is in your court. There are so many ideas, cute sayings, and ways to pop this important question. If your creativity is running dry and lack of time are stressing you out, the team from Beau-Coup wants to help you out! In fact, we found so many cute ideas that this has been turned into a blog series and for the whole month of March we will feature a “how to ask your bridesmaids” invitation every Tuesday!

Day of the Wedding Must-Haves

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What we love about this package is how it will keep your ladies prepared for everything the day has to offer. They will feel completely taken care of while they celebrate your big day with you! The wooden hanger is perfect for keeping those dresses all hung up in a row while getting ready at the beginning of the day, and those folding ballet flats are just what they will need when hitting the dance floor at the end of the night.

What’s Included: Personalized Card, Survival Kit, Champagne, Compact Mirror, Champagne Gummy Bears, Geo Tote, Monogram Hanger, Folding Flats

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The Best 5 Honeymoon Resorts in the Caribbean

Wedding planning is stressful enough, and we know you want to relax after the vows are said. So where do you even start looking for the perfect honeymoon location when you already have an extremely long wedding to do list? We have the perfect solution for you. Shannon Green is a travel agent, and 50% of her clients contact her about their honeymoon. She is based out of Edina, Minnesota. “I started Great Escapes Travel Agency in 2012 as a hobby because I enjoyed planning trips for my family and friends.  It really took off and now I am a full-service travel agency specializing in Mexico, Caribbean, Hawaii and French Polynesia.  I am set apart from other agents in the industry because of my secondary job as described below. As a Corporate Event Director specializing in Corporate Incentive Trips for top-producing sales employees, I have the opportunity to partner with many international vendors like hotels and ground suppliers.  From this, I gain first-hand insight and knowledge of the destinations that I sell to my leisure clients.  I spend 6 months out of the year traveling meanwhile siting new destinations and properties for my clients.”

From traveling herself, as well as booking trips for couples, Shannon is a highly credible source for the perfect honeymoon. I asked for her insight on the Best 5 Honeymoon Resorts in the Caribbean:

Best 5 Honeymoon Resorts in the Caribbean

Jade Mountain St Lucia-This boutique property is a luxurious option starting at $1100 per night.  Their suites are spacious, individual private villas, each with a private pool overlooking the majestic pitons that St Lucia is known for.  For the honeymooner that is looking for romance and privacy, this is one of the best options.  Starting rates do not include any meals but there are upgrades available for meal plans.  One of the Southernmost Caribbean islands, St Lucia is a 6 hr flight from NYC and 4 hrs from Miami.  Known for it’s rugged nature and traditional Caribbean charm, St Lucia offers activities such as scuba diving, hiking, boating and snorkeling.  Albeit, the majority of visitors come for romance, rest and relaxation.

Best 5 Honeymoon Resorts in the Caribbean

Excellence Punta Cana-Extremely popular among honeymooners, this property is an easy non-stop flight from many US cities, situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, affordable compared to many other Caribbean islands, an all-inclusive property and a 5* accommodation.  Dominican Republic is one of the most popular destinations right now for all of these reasons and honeymooners are no exception.  With special romance suites like swim-up suites, honeymoon ocean suites and terrace suites with private plunge pool, guests appreciate that they have options for upgrades even at a larger property like this one.  Rooms start at $615 per night double occupancy, all inclusive.  A wide range of activities are offered on the island and include but are not limited to snorkeling, boating, zip line, ATV and cultural tours.

Best 5 Honeymoon Resorts in the Caribbean

Sandals Whitehouse Jamaica-The all-inclusive, ultimate luxury included destination.  Honeymooners love the Sandals collection for the unique individual suites that they can select and guarantee.  Luxury included items like gourmet dining, upgraded wine and liquors and some activities like sunset cruise are also included.  This property is expansive but feels like a boutique, there is something for everyone without having a massive feel.  Service is impeccable.  It is also adults-only and caters to couples and romance.  Non-stop flights are offered from major US cities making this one of the easiest destinations to get to.  Jamaica offers more excursions than most destinations and really one can do about any water or land activity.

Best 5 Honeymoon Resorts in the Caribbean

Somerset Turks and Caicos-Situated on world-renowned Grace Bay Beach, the Somerset offers oversized guest rooms with full kitchens, ocean view and luxurious amenities.  The island is very safe and easy to get around making the destination one of the highest rated in the Caribbean.  Only 2 hrs from US East Coast cities, this is also one of the easiest to get to.  For foodies and those looking for an upscale experience with no luxury overlooked, this is the place for them.  Turks and Caicos is all about the water sports-jet ski, parasail, snorkel, scuba and boating are some of the options.  There is some of the finest dining available as well.  Rates begin at $850 per night, double occupancy.

Best 5 Honeymoon Resorts in the Caribbean

Ritz Carlton St Thomas-I wanted to include this one especially because it is in the USVI and therefore does not require a passport for US citizens so the convenience factor is high.  It is also near the other US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands so is a great base for day trips.  Rooms start at $799 per night for double occupancy.  The room categories are that of a typical resort beginning with resort view and up to ocean view with club level access.  This is another luxury property with upgraded amenities and all the romance options honeymooners need.  Activities include sailing (very popular here), ATV, snorkeling and boating.  USVI is a 5 hr flight from East Coast major cities.

 

We believe that all of these locations will make blue skies, sand between your toes, and an adventure to celebrate your marriage a reality.

 

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Wedding Registry Tips and Tricks

The topic of wedding registries usually comes with sighs, stories of first fights in the silverware aisle, and stress from brides to be when considering everything they need to put on their list. I, personally, was wondering what was typical protocol. Do you go by yourself? Do you bring your groom? Do you take your mom or your maid of honor?

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I interviewed and surveyed recently married couples, as well as couples that have been married for decades. They gave me an abundance of advice on the dos and don’ts of registering.

  • Register for pieces in neutral colors
    Opt away from the turquoise bath rug, avocado green lamp, and hot pink appliances. You don’t know if your style will change in the future, and having neutral colored pieces allows for a more cohesive household. This way you can choose pieces that can be transplanted in or taken out for different seasons, and you aren’t stuck with mismatched pieces.

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  • Include your groom
    Start your marriage with the mindset that you are in this together, that means you should start with the registry process. If you want his help around the house and in the kitchen, let him have say on your wedding gifts. Things like knife sets, grilling equipment, tools, and utility pieces are things that I definitely needed his input on. After all, this wedding is for the both of you, so presents should be applicable for both of you.

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  • Go for quality not quantity
    When shopping on a college budget, most choose the most price efficient option. Yet, when registering, your friends and family want to provide you with the best option out there. This will ensure that you are ready for married life, and that you won’t need to replace your pieces in the future. They are investing in you so that you won’t need to buy these things for yourself down the road.
  • Utilize online registry
    Most major department stores offer an online registry. I would recommend setting this up before arriving at the store to help the process along. I also found it very helpful for updating our registry by adding or subtracting items. Online registries also offer the fantastic feature of reviews. You can see how others rate products.
  • Register at local stores in your hometown for bridal showers
    This helps out friends and family who do not live near a major city or do not want to pay shipping and handling. Utilize your local shops. A lot of times these boutiques offer the best quality of everything so you really can’t go wrong. Plus, they have more personality and provide a more unique gift that the whole nation won’t have.
  • Consider your wants and needs for years to come
    Will you really want the vacuum with the Hello Kitty all over it in a couple of years? Do you really need a blender and a food processor? Keep in mind the size and storage of your living situation. If you are in an apartment now, will you be living in a large house later on where you will have more room?  This includes steering clear of trends that will not be in style for years to come.
  • You will need multiples for some pieces
    Sets of silverware, bath towels, measuring cups, plates, and bed sheets. You will need more than just one set, even if it is just the two of you. If you plan on entertaining others a lot, consider purchasing even more.

wedding registry items and tips

  • Compromise on major pieces with your groom
    To resolve major discussions in the aisles of Target before they begin, agree on a style of glassware, dinnerware, bedding,  appliances and color of towels. Believe me, you will thank me later. And while we’re on this topic, make sure to keep your blood sugar up the whole day by taking snack breaks throughout the day. No one likes to make decisions with someone who is hangry (so hungry that you become angry).

wedding registry items and tips

  • Do your research on the big items, and register for these first
    Like I said before, reviews are very important for finding what the best quality pieces are. This is ideal for technology and appliances like vacuums, grills, mixers, blenders, as well as pots and pans to find out how well they hold up through out the years to avoid having to replace these big ticket items.

wedding registry items and tips

  • Choose items in multiple price points
    This is to respect all of your wedding guests. Family members and close friends might go in on a bigger item and split the price, but not everyone wants to spend a fortune on your wedding gift. After all, many people go to a lot of weddings in a small time span. So in respect to everyone’s budgets, include pieces in every price range.  And a note to those buying gifts for the happy couple: even if it seems boring (like buying wooden spoons or a soap dispenser), the bride and groom will appreciate it. No matter what the price tag was.

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The best way to find what you will utilize the most is by talking to real life couples themselves. Yes, the sales associates at stores are very helpful, but they might not actually own the products. My fiancé and I were approached by a couple in the store who kindly told us their favorite brand of sheets, and actually led us to them. They were married the previous year, and were picking up a second set because they loved them so much. Memories and referrals like this are the most helpful because they guarantee a sense of quality and comfort.

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