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Last-Minute Honeymoon Ideas for a Summer Wedding
So you’ve had a lot on your plate lately, what with planning a wedding down to the last detail, from the perfect his and hers matching ring set to the best reception playlist.
But in that whirlwind of activity, you didn’t get around to one small detail: planning your honeymoon. Now, as your wedding date approaches, you’re starting to get a little nervous, worrying about high-season airfares and sold-out accommodations.
Relax. You still have time for planning your honeymoon. In some cases, procrastinating can actually pay off when you are able to snag some last-minute deals.
To get you started - and excited about your romantic trip - here are a few last-minute honeymoon ideas that won’t deplete your budget or add to your stress.
Look for last-minute travel deals
It’s counterintuitive, but sometimes you can find excellent airfares, cruise packages and hotel room rates when you wait to book until just before your trip. You will have to be willing to be flexible and play a bit of travel roulette, however; you might not find the Costa Rican resort vacation you had your heart set on, but you could find a great deal on a stay in Istanbul instead.
Keep an open mind, and search these websites for last-minute honeymoon ideas:
- TravelZoo: airfare, hotels, cruises, spas and more
- Vacations to Go: cruises discounted up to 82%
- Groupon: flight, hotel and activity packages
- Costco Travel (for members): vacation packages, hotels cruises and theme parks
- Priceline (name your bid): hotels, flights and rental cars
Consider the off season
Think creatively about where you’d like to spend your honeymoon, and explore travel destinations that are not in season in summer. For example, look at mountain ski resorts that offer horseback riding, spa treatments and nature hikes in the summer. You’ll often find good rates for places when tourists aren’t flocking there in high season.
Don’t underestimate the romantic destinations that are right in your backyard! Research places you could drive to within a few hours - from state parks and mountain getaways to seaside villages and charming small towns. Follow your interests, whether the two of you enjoy wine tasting or cycling or camping.
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4 Creative Summer Proposal Ideas
Looking for the perfect opportunity to pop the question this summer? The season is already starting to heat up, so now is a good time to make plans for your romantic proposal.
Make a moment to remember with one of these sweet summer proposal ideas.
At the Fair
There is something timelessly romantic about going on a date to the state or county fair. Go in the evening, when it’s not as hot outside, and do all of the activities she loves. Speed around in bumper cars, eat cotton candy and hold hands on all the roller coasters. Pick a simple but heartfelt moment to propose. Wait until you reach the very top of the Ferris wheel, with a view of the whole fair, and ask her to marry you. Or play a game to win her a giant stuffed animal, then hand it to her along with a diamond engagement ring.
If the two of you love being active in the great outdoors together, use nature as the perfect backdrop for your romantic proposal. Head out on a night hike close to home, bringing flashlights, a few blankets and a romantic surprise, such as champagne and strawberries. When you reach your destination, propose under a blanket of stars.
Plan an entire day of fun, throwback-to-childhood summer activities. Go for a long bike ride. Get ice cream cones. Run through the sprinklers or do cannonballs in the swimming pool. At the end of the day, suggest you make chalk art on your driveway or sidewalk. Make it into a game, saying each of you should draw a picture with a hidden meaning that the other person has to guess. Turn your backs to each other so she can’t see your masterpiece, and write your romantic proposal.
Rainy Day Romance
Have a custom jigsaw puzzle made of a photo of you holding the diamond engagement ring and a sign that says, “Will you marry me?” Wait for a summer storm, and spend the day at home putting together the puzzle together. Wait for the big reveal, and have the real ring ready for her!
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Eco-Friendly Wedding Ideas on a Budget
When you plan a large event, like a wedding, you might be surprised by how much waste you produce by the end of the day. Leftover food, empty bottles, plastic packaging, abandoned decorations and party favors… not to mention the fuel required to ship items from distant locations.
If you are environmentally conscious and want to reduce the impact your wedding has, it can be intimidating once you start looking at the cost of green alternatives. Planning an eco-friendly wedding while sticking to your budget is a challenge, but you can do it with a little advance planning and creativity. Here are a few ideas to help you throw a gorgeous wedding that represents your values and stays within your means.
Green Wedding Planning Tips
Remember that not everything has to be brand new to be beautiful. Vintage and thrifted items add stylish and unique touches to your wedding, while reducing your footprint and your expenses. Look for a one-of-a-kind vintage wedding gown on Etsy, or shop at garage sales or thrift stores for antique vases for table centerpieces.
Keep the future in mind.
While shopping for everything from wedding jewelry to reception decorations, ask yourself, “Will I ever use this again?” Avoid cheap, flimsy items that you’ll throw away after your wedding day. Look for opportunities to reuse items in the future. For example, choose wedding jewelry you would wear again for a fancy dinner out or potted plant centerpieces that double as wedding favors.
Choose a naturally beautiful setting.
To save money and reduce waste, opt for a wedding venue that has its own natural decorations. Get married in a botanical garden or a funky art museum where the decor is already stunning.
For a more eco-friendly wedding, cut down on the amount of transportation needed. Plan the ceremony and reception in the same place or within walking distance of each other.
Use Paperless Post or a similar service to create elegant paperless save-the-dates and invitations.
Pick green wedding vendors.
Ask your wedding caterer, florist and other vendors if they offer any environmentally friendly options. For example, can you find a caterer who will use mostly local products, offer many vegetarian options and compost food waste? Can you find a florist who will make bouquets only from local, in-season flowers?
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8 Instagram Accounts to Follow for Wedding Planning Inspiration
Instagram, with its neverending feed of stunning photos from around the world, is ideal for an inspiration boost when you are planning your wedding.
Not sure what style of men’s wedding bands or bridal ring sets to choose? Having trouble making decisions about flower arrangements or invitations? Instagram has the answers to all of your wedding planning questions.
Here are just a few of our favorite Instagram accounts to follow while planning your wedding:
It’s OK if you get a little misty-eyed when scrolling through this one. It features photos of “proposal stories, engagement rings, and all things love,” and you can tag your own proposal photo with #HowHeAsked.
This feed is beautifully curated with photos from real weddings and links to wedding planning tips, with a focus on personalized details.
This California-based event design company has a swoon-worthy lookbook of everything from floral arrangements to inventive space design.
Fans of “Say Yes to the Dress” will need no convincing. Drool over Kleinfeld’s incredible selection of wedding gowns.
Warning: do not look look at this account if you are hungry! Sugar Flower Cake Shop in New York City creates gorgeous cakes with realistic-looking sugar flowers.
Scroll through an extensive collection of wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, wedding jewelry and other details, plus photos of real weddings.
This artisan letterpress shop creates handcrafted wedding invitations that jump off the screen.
Of course no list would be complete without our own fabulous Instagram account! Follow to find your perfect rings - including diamond engagement rings, women’s wedding bands, men’s wedding bands, trio ring sets and bridal ring sets.
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Ideas for Wedding Day Attire: Something Old, New, Borrowed & Blue
“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue…” You know the old saying, but are you planning to incorporate this tradition into your wedding day attire for good luck?
There are many different ways you can find your own unique something old, new, borrowed and blue. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
This item can be an accessory you already own and love or something vintage you find secondhand. Start by looking through your own closet and jewelry box to see if you have a pair of shoes or a bracelet or a shawl that would complement your wedding attire. Then search at antique stores, thrift shops and Etsy stores for unique vintage finds. You can also take pieces of lace or material from a secondhand piece of clothing and use it in your wedding outfit. For example, make a handkerchief from the lining of an old coat belonging to your father, or sew lace from a thrift store dress onto your clutch.
This should be the easiest one to check off your list! You’ll likely be purchasing at least one new piece for your wedding day attire - from your dress and shoes to your veil and wedding jewelry.
An especially meaningful way to honor the past is to wear a borrowed item from a close family member or friend. This might mean incorporating something your mother or sister wore on her wedding day or a memento from someone who has passed away. Choose to wear one piece of wedding jewelry from someone special to you - earrings, a necklace, a brooch. You could also use jewelry as an accent on your bouquet or as hair accessories (transforming an antique pin into a hair comb for a fascinator, for example). Or wear a veil, headpiece, shawl or purse borrowed from a family member.
Even if blue isn’t one of your wedding colors, you can add a tiny accent into your wedding day attire. Wear azure or turquoise shoes (or paint the soles blue). Add blue stitching to your veil, purse, undergarments or handkerchief. Sport pale blue nail polish or eyeshadow. Incorporate blue flowers into your bouquet.
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