How to Make Your Guests Feel Special at Your Wedding Abroad

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This is a guest post by Georgia Selih.

Weddings abroad are not just for those who want to elope; sometimes you will want to travel somewhere warmer, more romantic, or perhaps to your dream destination that just so happens to be in another country. 

However, if you’re planning on hosting your wedding abroad, it does make things a bit more complicated, which is why you should try to make the whole experience as comfortable for your guests as possible. 

With that in mind, here are a couple of suggestions that should help you make your guests feel special on your big day.

Stylish Engagement Rings for Non-traditional Brides

This is a guest post by Ron Burg

Engagement rings are a very important component of the engagement process. An engagement ring is a symbol of a couple’s commitment to each other and, often, there is a lot of pressure for an individual to find something that is suited perfectly to the taste of their future partner.

There are many brides who are looking for a traditional engagement ring, which usually includes a gold or silver band, with one centered rock in a round or square cut. While these looks are very feminine and timeless, many brides are now opting for designs that are a little more unique and more reflective of their personal style and preferences.

If you’re a budding bride who is looking for some inspiration, or a partner looking for some ideas
for the important purchase, the following are some stylish engagement rings for non-traditional brides.

Wedding Fashion Bible for 2018

This is a guest post by Georgia Selih. 

When speaking of the hottest bridal trends for 2018, we have to say that the following year will be fabulous on so many levels. If your big day is coming, we’re sure that you want to know what’s hot and what’s not in terms of wedding dresses, shoes, and accessories, so stay with us and keep on reading if you want to figure it all out. Here’s what you need to know about the bridal trends for the upcoming year.

Rock 'n Roll Bride: Tips for an Alternative Wedding

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This is a guest post by Helen Bradford. 

Long gone are conventional weddings. Nowadays you can witness all kinds of styles and preferences by the bride and groom. Suffice it to say that it’s a wonderful era to get married. You can wear trainers like the female protagonist in the Father of the Bride or an elegant vintage suit like Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City.

It’s okay to have the wedding you want, even if it’s alternative to the usual practice. If rock’n’roll shook the world in the mid-20th century, it can also give a whole new dimension to your wedding with more than the melody. So, in order to be a rock’n’roll bride, check out these tips to help you have a smashing wedding ceremony.

Mystical, Magical Gifts to Give Your Bridesmaids

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Whether it's a bridal shower, bachelorette party, bridal party thank you brunch, or bridesmaid proposal, you'll want to get your bride tribe gifts they'll adore. A gift they'll look at and say, "This is the most amazing gift I've ever received!" Or something like that. :)

Of course I'm partial to items of the magical variety, but I'm assuming, since you're reading this blog, that you are too.

So here are some mystical, magical gift ideas you can give your bridesmaids.

4 Tips for the Ultimate Santorini Honeymoon

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This is a guest post by Zoe Price. 

There are reasons why millions of travelers visit Santorini every year. The Greek island is not only beautiful, but it also offers a long list of activities and attractions to enjoy. The towns of Fira and Oia with its white houses are always fascinating. The beaches you can find on the island are just as remarkable.

It is no surprise that Santorini is also a popular honeymoon destination. A romantic trip to this island is the perfect way to spend your honeymoon. These next four tips we are going to discuss in this article will help you plan (and enjoy) the ultimate honeymoon in Santorini.

Think Luxury

You want to enjoy the best of Santorini in order to have the ultimate honeymoon experience. Fortunately, enjoying a luxurious trip to the island doesn’t always mean spending a lot of money in the process.

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Luxurious Santorini villas are available at great prices from sites such as, who have a range of villas around the island for a wide range of prices for people on different budgets. There are honeymoon packages and all-inclusive rates too, so you can travel in luxury without breaking your honeymoon budget.

Being a popular holiday destination, it is also easy to pre-book virtually everything for the trip online. Make sure you arrange airport pickup before the trip. Book activities such as snorkelling or island hopping beforehand for a truly convenient trip.

Go Island Hopping

Speaking of island hopping, there are several interesting islands near Santorini. Spending a couple of days to visit them will add sparkles to your already exciting honeymoon for sure.

The island of Paros lets you sample the authentic Greek culture and cuisines. Crete offers great structures and beaches to explore. Of course, you can’t skip Mykonos if you’re visiting the Cyclades. All of these islands offer unique experiences and visiting them is highly recommended.

You don’t have to spend the night if you want to stay in Santorini. Most trips to the nearby islands are arranged as day trips. They are a short boat ride away and there are boats catering to tourists and visitors all day long.

Try the Cuisines

There are two things you absolutely must do on a honeymoon in Santorini. The first one is trying the local seafood dishes. Nothing beats the incredible taste of fresh, delicately-prepared dishes made from local fishes, clams, and other ingredients. You only need to find a seafront seafood restaurant to have a great meal.

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The second thing you absolutely need to try is the fine dining experience on the island. There are some interesting restaurants with unique ambience to explore. Having a nice meal while enjoying the view of the sea at night is easy. Simply make a reservation and you are set for the night.

Take Long Walks

Santorini is perfect for long, romantic walks. The towns are interesting with their unique architectural features, local shops, and friendly people. The beaches and the nightlife on the island are just as interesting to explore.

Be sure to pack a comfortable pair of shoes if you’re going on a honeymoon in Santorini. Walking is a big part of life on the island. You can go for donkey rides or use one of the available cable cars to reach certain places, but why take cable cars when you can enjoy a nice walk with your partner?

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Walking in the towns can be challenging at times. You’ll get invited to a lot of restaurants and shops, especially when walking around Fira and Kamari. Remember to reject those offers politely and you will have no trouble enjoying a nice walk.

Having a great honeymoon in Santorini is very easy. The island is beautiful and full of vibrant new things to try. These four tips we covered in this article, however, will make your honeymoon in

Santorini a once-in- a-lifetime moment that you will always remember.

Steps to Finding a Great Wedding Photographer

This is a guest post by Georgia Selih.

Your perfect day is almost here. Everything needs to be planned to the smallest detail, and you will make sure that the day is captured in the most beautiful photographs. But how can you make sure that your photos are the best? Well, the most important step is to choose the right photographer. And doing that is no easy task, so here are the things you need to consider before you choose who gets the honor of taking your wedding photos.

Chic Rooftop Wedding Inspiration

Today's wedding takes you to a chic city rooftop at the Emerson where Kristi and David said their vows among an intimate group of friends and family. "I envisioned a beautiful summer afternoon and something simple with pops of color," Kristi said. "The Emerson was our first thought as it’s truly the perfect classy rooftop. Crisp white tables and chairs on top of synthetic grass giving an easy “Sunday lunch” feeling. Then we added bright flowers and buckets of colored shots to get the party started. It turned out better than I imagined."

Take a look at the gorgeous photos by Darin Collison and you'll see the laid back Sunday vibes throughout the wedding venue and decor. But laid back definitely doesn't mean lazy. I especially love that the couple gave shots out as favors. Party on!

Winter Wedding Idea to Love: Hot Chocolate

This is a guest post by Georgie Selih.

Most people think that if you want your wedding to be perfect, you should avoid organizing it during the colder months. However, ‘tis the season to be jolly, so if you love snow, winter scenery, and the festive spirit, don’t hesitate to organize your wedding in winter. 

You might be worried about your guests being cold, but there are plenty of ways to keep warm, and one of the most delicious ones is definitely enjoying a cup of hot chocolate. So, if you have your date set and you love chocolate, here are some unique ways in which you can serve hot chocolate at your wedding and warm your guests’ hearts.

Your Beauty Wedding Timeline: What to do and When to do it

This is a guest post by Kacey Mya.

Planning your wedding can be an overwhelming task, to say the least. It’s hard enough to say “yes” to a dress, but you also must schedule a venue, choose your bridal party, put together a color scheme, and taste-test a lot of cake — okay, that last one is pretty easy, but the rest can seriously stress a bride out.

That’s why we’re here to make one task a whole lot simpler: your wedding beauty plan. Figuring out which appointments to take and when is a tough task, but a suggested timeline is sure to help make your life a whole lot easier. There’s no one-size-fits-all schedule, of course, but even loosely following this order will make planning your big-day look a whole lot simpler.

Benefits of Purchasing Wedding Bands Online

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This is a guest post by Jarrett Abbott. 

So you have proposed to the woman of your dreams, placed an expensive ring on her finger that came fitted with a one carat diamond, and now you are looking for the perfect wedding ring to go with that engagement ring.

The problem is, adding another ring to her finger on your wedding day might be somewhat inconvenient. Two rings that have a diamond on top will not only look like it is taking over her entire finger, but it will also cost you a significant amount of money – money that could have been spent on the wedding or even on the perfect honeymoon.

Instead of opting for another wedding ring, people are often turning toward wedding bands, a simple ring that does not come fitted with an expensive diamond, which can fit in perfectly with the ring you placed on her finger when you proposed. In fact, some companies even create sets that include both an engagement ring and a wedding band, designed to fit into each other like two pieces of a puzzle.

4 Accessories Your Bridesmaids Will Love

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This is a guest post by Kacey Mya. 

Shopping for your bridesmaids doesn’t end with their dresses. For one thing, you want to help your girls choose their accessories so that everything matches and looks the way you envision. This is especially true if every bridesmaid’s dress is a bit different, or if each one is a different hue. Coordinating jewelry will bring everything together.

Perhaps more importantly, jewelry is a great option for a bridesmaid’s gift too. You’ll want to show appreciation to your bridal party, after all, since they sacrifice and spend so much time to stand by you on your big day. A piece of jewelry is just one way to say thank you to your bridesmaids.

And, if you find the perfect accessory, you can knock two to-dos off of your list: make it the jewelry they wear on your big day and give it as a gift your bridesmaids take home as a token of your appreciation. 

Ready to start shopping? Here are four accessory ideas to buy your bridesmaids that they’re sure to love wearing on your big day and beyond.

White-washed Romantic Wedding in a Garden

Carla and Dean, who initially met through a mutual friend, wed at the ever-romantic Oatlands House in NSW. The two wanted a simple, yet elegantly styled wedding and couldn’t think of anything more perfect but to say their vows outdoors under the Chateau in the garden.

The day was filled with lots of soft, white light, secret garden details, and even a couple of sports cars. 

A Cozy and Elegant Winter Wedding

Stacey and Michael met by happenstance, as most strangers do, but these two actually met at a wedding. 

"An old school friend of mine was marrying Michael’s cousin," Stacey says. "Michael’s sister had planned to set him up with another old school friend at the wedding, but when she introduced them the match was not meant to be and Michael and I ended up chatting for the most of the night. At the very end of the wedding I saw Michael striding over to me out of the corner of my eye and I was overcome with butterflies. He asked for my number and a date once we were both back in Sydney and the rest as they say is history."

5 Wedding Details You Really Don't Need

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Let's face it, the wedding industry is just that - an industry - and there are loads of businesses in it trying to make money. That's what businesses do. They market to potential customers. They tell them they NEED this or that. They tell them they will regret life if they don't have these special things. 

Take the diamond ring for instance. Jewelers will tell you diamonds are rare, but, newsflash! they aren't. The diamond myth all started with a little company you might know as De Beers. Don't believe me? Click on over to read The Engagement Ring Story: How De Beers Created a Multi-billion Dollar Industry from the Ground Up.

So no, you don't need a diamond ring to be officially engaged. It's just one of those things that's chalked up to tradition, along with a ton of other stuff.

I'm not here to burst anyone's bridal shower balloon. If you want to include these things in your wedding, go ahead! No judgment. I'm just here to point out a few details that you really don't have to worry about, and the less stress you have while wedding planning, the better.

What Kind of Ring Fits Your Personality?

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This is a guest post by Kacey Bradley. 

It seems as though every fiancĂ©-to-be has a vision of her perfect ring… except for you. In your defense, it’s hard enough to decide on the perfect piece of jewelry, let alone one you’ll wear every day for the rest of your life.

Perhaps the easiest way to decide on the perfect engagement ring is to consider your everyday style and go from there — it turns out, particular rings go better with certain aesthetics. And, since your style is likely a great representation of your personality, matching your ring to that will ensure you’ll love your bling for years to come. 

Want to know what works best with your look and your personality? Read on to find out.

5 Ways Paperless Post Makes Inviting Wedding Guests Awesome (and easy!)

Some folks will tell you that a wedding really starts with the invitation. It's the mood/theme/feel/vibe of the wedding personified on paper. Like a first date, when potential guests open that cream-colored envelope and scan over the design that was so carefully chosen by the to-be-wedded couple, a judgment will be made. Or maybe they'll just jot down the date on their calendar and tuck the invitation into the pile of junk mail still sitting on the counter.

Whatever the case, as a couple planning their wedding you'll want to make a good first impression. Not because you're trying to woo your friends into attending (although kind of), but because the invitation should be an expression of you as the couple and your wedding style. 

Enter Paperless Post - every modern couple's stationery dream. Why? Because they make inviting your guests easy peasy lemon squeezy AND they offer designs to fit a variety of styles. 

"Paperless Post helps you create online and paper stationery that reflects your individual aesthetic. Our distinctive, customizable designs and powerful online tools make it easy to communicate expressively on any occasion—from everyday correspondence to milestone life events. Paperless Post collaborates with leading fashion and lifestyle designers, including kate spade new york, Oscar de la Renta, Jonathan Adler, and John Derian. To date, Paperless Post users have sent over 85 million cards."

Need more reasons? Keep reading!

Wedding Planning Tips for the Introverted Bride

This is a guest post by Helen Clark.

Being an introvert can make life very difficult – there are always so many things that are unsaid in the mind of a person that's closed to the outside world. A mind like this never really stops wondering about that notorious question of "what if?" and those questions never really get answered.

However, your dream wedding is definitely the right time to fight this so that you can actually have the perfect one. I know that it already sounds difficult because there’s so much communicating necessary, but I think I can help you out a lot with just a couple of pointers.