Archive for February, 2014

Honeymoon Destinations for the Adventurous

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

It’s possible that your honeymoon will be a once in a lifetime chance for exotic travel, but it’s definitely a much needed break after the stress of planning and executing a wedding. It’s easy for traveling to become a low priority as life takes over, but since it’s expected after your wedding, you should be sure to take advantage of the opportunity! This week I’ve put together a few interesting honeymoon destinations that will prove memorable for even the most adventurous couples.

Chincoteague Pony

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Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland & Virginia
If you’re lucky enough to get married at the right time (end of July!), you could take your honeymoon on Assateague Island during the annual Pony Penning festivities. The ponies, most likely the descendants of Spanish shipwreck survivors, are herded across the Assateague Channel during the Chincoteague Volunteer Firemen’s Carnival. The size of the herd is limited to 150 ponies so, after being checked by a veterinarian, each year most of the foals are sold at an auction benefiting the volunteer fire company.

The Pony Penning is a great local tradition, and the many luxury bed and breakfasts on the island—I recommend the Garden and Sea Inn—provide a wonderful setting for a romantic honeymoon.

Kalinzu Forest Reserve
More adventurous animal lovers might also be interested in visiting one of the last remaining habitats of the mountain gorilla. Lonely Planet recommends a 9-day trek from Kampala through the Kalinzu Forest Reserve followed by rafting down the White Nile River before returning to Kampala. Not for the easily exhausted, this is a hard trek with the great reward of getting to see what remains of the mountain gorilla population in Uganda. Lonely Planet even offers a discount to those that sign up through their website!

Guest room at the ICEHOTEL

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The ICEHOTEL 
A small village in northern Sweden is host to one of the most unique hotels in the world: the ICEHOTEL. Just what it sounds like, the hotel is constructed from 1,000 tons of ice and 30,000 tons of “snice” (snow and ice). The hotel, a protected and copyrighted work of art, is rebuilt and redesigned each year by around 50 artists from around the world. The ever-changing nature of this beautiful hotel give guests the chance to return year after year for a completely new experience. If you are looking for a honeymoon where snuggling in a warm bed is encouraged, the ICEHOTEL is right for you!

Volunteering
Some couples see their honeymoon as an opportunity to give back after the excess of a wedding. A new trend of volunteering honeymoons has been developing, and many couples find this rewarding vacation a great option. And with private rooms and weekends and evenings free, you won’t be denied the alone time we expect on a honeymoon. Global Volunteers offers programs from one to three weeks with trips as simple as delivering essential services or as intellectual as teaching conversational English.

There are many more options for adventurous couples, but as long as you are spending time together–and doing what makes you happy–the choice is yours. It’s your honeymoon!

Choosing the Wedding Cake that Fits You!

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

 

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Although the tradition of the wedding cake has been around since medieval times, the modern wedding cake didn’t appear until 1882 at the wedding of Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany. In ancient Rome, the cake—which was actually bread—was crumbled over the head of the bride and groom for good fortune. Luckily, we’ve come a long way since then! The cake for Prince Leopold’s wedding was the first to be completely edible and featured the tiers that we are familiar with today. But what if you don’t want a traditional wedding cake? We have a few fun “out-of-the-box” ideas for you!

Wedding Cake Pie

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Hate cake and love pie? How about a Pie Cake! Pie has certainly grown in popularity over the years, possibly soon outdistancing cupcakes, and this proves it’s versatile enough to serve as a wedding cake. Bonus? It stacks easily into tiers, and everyone gets to try their favorite flavor!

Can you imagine wearing your wedding cake as a dress? Well, we found one! I’m not sure how many brides feel the need to be this intimately involved in their wedding, so luckily enigmatic Icelandic artist Lukka Sigurdardottir created this dress as art rather clothing intended to be worn. But it’s still an interesting idea!

For the anti-sweets couple, it’s possible to avoid pastry altogether. This unusual “cake” proves that wedding celebrations can include anything the happy couple love, including hamburgers! From the Tumblr Fat & Furious by artists Thomas & Quentin, this cake is also more art than food, but definitely provides some inspiration!

 

A couple pours syrup onto their waffle wedding cake.

photo courtesy of Becca Rillo Photography

Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?

Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation

That is a great question, Leslie! Brunch wedding receptions are not only less expensive, they feature the best food in the world: breakfast food! This waffle wedding cake fits the bill both ways. It’s an awesome and unique wedding cake, plus it looks absolutely delicious!

Your wedding cake is the centerpiece of the reception. As long as it is tasty and personalized, it will be memorable for you!

Did you have an amazing and unusual cake at your wedding? Post it to our Facebook so we can all see!

5 Romantic Wedding Traditions from Around the World

Monday, February 10th, 2014

We all know the romantic wedding traditions in America, from jointly cutting the cake to the sweetheart table, but if you’re looking to mix things up a bit there are many traditions from around the world you can incorporate into your ceremony! We’ve chosen five to feature this week, but there are hundreds to choose from.

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An interesting variation of the bouquet toss comes from Peru. Wedding charms are placed between the layers of the wedding cake with ribbons attached. Prior to cutting the cake, unattached female guests pull the charms out. The idea is that the woman who pulls out the wedding ring charm will be the next to marry!

In Russia, grooms pay a ransom for their brides. At the start of a traditional Russian wedding ceremony, the groom will arrive at his bride’s residence and ask for her. Her family will then have a bit of fun asking him for gifts and making him complete silly tasks. He may have to tell jokes, perform funny dances or solve riddles. But it doesn’t stop there! After enduring their teasing, the bride’s family will often bring out a different family member disguised as her. The groom will then have to pay still more ransom to get to his actual bride! Once her family is satisfied, the ceremony moves forward, but watch out! The bride (or her shoe!) can be stolen again during the reception and require still more ransom to be returned to the groom.

From either Hawaiian or Native American tradition (the history is unclear) comes the unity sand ceremony. In this tradition, the bride and groom pour sand into a glass vessel symbolizing the coming together of lives. Unlike the ephemeral unity candle ceremony, the result is a beautiful keepsake that can be displayed forever. This tradition adapts well to modern times with the use of different colored sands. In blended families, children can be involved in the ceremony by adding their own colored sand representing their joining into the new family.

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In Mexico, rather than forming a circle around the bride and groom for the first dance, guests hold hands and form a heart!

Last, there is a wonderful tradition from Navajo culture is for the couple to face east during the ceremony. Facing the direction the sun rises symbolizes a new day dawning and a new beginning together.

Let us know in the comments if you know of any romantic traditions from around the world. We’d love to hear from you!