Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Choose your own adventure honeymoons

It's tempting to spend your entire honeymoon in the room, but you need to have a few stories ready for the in-laws when they ask, “So how was your honeymoon?”

The devil’s in the details as they say, so start planning your honeymoon when you start planning the wedding. Planning in advance also lets you price shop and take advantage of specials and off-season booking.

Adding on meals and tips can get pricey, especially if you’re in a foreign country and need to find an exchange office or bank. Packages including food, drinks and airfare take the hassle out of your trip.

Here are three adventurous packages we found online:

Romantic Scottish Castle Getaway

You can truly be the King of the castle with this Scottish honeymoon package. Fly to the island’s capital Edinburgh and spend two days exploring on foot or in your rental car. Castles and high rises exist within blocks of one another in this historic city, and the four-star restaurants will show you that there’s nothing boring about British cuisine when done properly.

Next, explore the Scottish highlands with a tour through the country side and stays at stately manor houses and castles along the way. Tour the Whiskey Trail and sample the wares at some of the finest distilleries in the world, visit Loch Ness and breathe deep to take in the fresh air of the Scottish Highlands.

You will wake up each morning to a hearty Scottish breakfast, so work up and appetite the night before because this is no Denny’s $2.99 special.

Hit the Links in St. Lucia

Go golfing. No, seriously. This Sandals Resort in St. Lucia offers so much to do your better half may not even notice you missing for a few hours.

When you arrive visit the spa for a couple’s massage, or mud bath, to get into the honeymoon mood after your flight. On day two visit the complementary on-site 9-hole course with rental clubs that may even top yours. Teach her to swing a driver and show her your famous putt.

The Millionaire Suites come with a private pool and butler service, but don’t let the stunning pictures scare you off. Staying at a resort is an easy way to honeymoon in style without breaking the bank. Packages often include the room, food and drink, and airfare so you only need to pay once. Booking well in advance, and choosing an off-season honeymoon can help keep costs low.

Vegas is no gamble

Stay stateside and keep the luxury of a resort by taking your honeymoon on a Vegas getaway. The Bellagio is one of the classic hotel casinos on the strip, but offers so much more than just slots and shows.

The AAA Five Diamond rating guarantees your needs will be met, and then some. On-site amenities include spas, restaurants ranging from casino buffet fare to personal demonstrations from a world renowned chef, and the famous Fountains of the Bellagio.

You can even get married at the hotel, with on-site bridal services, chapel and even live webcasting of your nuptials for everyone back home.

Now that’s getting lucky.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Choose Monogram Cake Toppers To Celebrate The Happy Couple's New Name

Monogram cake toppers are all the rage when it comes to cake decorations. Designed to show off the initials of the wedding couple, they are a timeless and beautiful keepsake from your most special day. These cake toppers can be found in every shape, size, color and font imaginable. They are also available in a huge range of prices, depending on the materials and size you choose.

Monograms can be designed with one, two, or three initials as the focus. In the case of one initial, the initial is usually the first initial of the groom’s last name, the name the bride will be taking once married. For the two initial designs, the first initial of the bride and groom’s first names or the first initial of the bride and groom’s last names can be used. Most popular in the two initial designs is the use of the first initial of their first names. With the three initial monogram designs, the middle initial is the largest of the three and represents the first initial of the groom’s last name, with the first initial of the bride’s and groom’s first names on either side of the center initial. All of these designs make for a beautiful cake topper.

You can purchase these cake toppers in every possible material and color imaginable. From etched Swarovski crystal to sandblasted glass, there is a monogram topper for you. There are also terrific monogram choices which are available in acrylic and metal, too. Because of the availability of digital media, every font and color can be used to make a spectacular cake topper that is unique to you as a couple.

Monogram cake toppers are a great way to customize either an elaborately decorated or simply decorated wedding cake. They range in price from as low as $25 on upwards into the hundreds of dollars. There are many vendors and cake top suppliers online and locally, who carry these spectacular decorations and, they are all waiting to customize one just for you. Your cake topper is one of those things from your wedding day which, often times, gets a cherished place to be displayed in your home following the wedding. Why not make it as unique as your monogram as a couple?

This article was written exclusively for Groomsday by Chloe Wilson whose Wedding Supplies website offers advice to those about to get married on all of the bits and bobs they do not want to forget. She talks about popular themes such as beach weddings as well as individual items including monogram cake toppers and much more.