Take a Curated Honeymoon with Sweet Mun

Planning for your wedding is an exciting and special time, but it can also be quite stressful: months of preparation, an outpouring of opinions, a mountain of decisions on your plate. It can all leave a bride feeling drained. So often, we hear from couples that they were far too overwhelmed to plan a honeymoon during their engagement, especially when you consider that on average, it takes a person 42 hours over 5 weeks just to plan a simple trip. This leads to couples who find themselves reluctantly opting out of a honeymoon simply to minimize the stress, and unfortunately, what they could use more than anything is an escape, a time to adventure together, relax after their beautiful wedding they anticipated for so long for, and connect in a way that can only be experienced when exploring the world together. Introducing, Sweet Mūn.

Sweet Mūn is an experiential travel planning boutique, specializing in honeymoons and mini-moons (perfect for those couples who may need a shorter escape but don’t want to compromise on the experience!).

Sweet Mūn is not your average travel agent and this is definitely not your out of the box, cookie cutter vacation package: this is your opportunity for the adventure of a lifetime with the one you love. Imagine if all you had to do leading up to your next getaway was dream about it–the food, the scenery, the bliss of not having to make a single decision and then, suddenly, you are there, with every detail planned to suit your unique design tastes, travel pace, and exclusive experiences you never knew existed.

Sweet Mūn is not only committed to curating an unforgettable custom travel experience but will also be your best friend leading up to your departure and beyond. Services include everything from a personalized travel survey to helping you identify your unique travel style as a couple, finding you the perfect destination, providing travel tips and etiquette advice for successful cultural interactions, guidance for setting up a honeymoon registry, a custom packing list, and a departure kit with everything you need for a blissful escape. Not to mention, 24-hour emergency assistance while traveling. What could be sweeter?

Photography: Cory O’Keefe

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01.25.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

The 2016 Spring Collection from Tomomi Okubo

In recent years, we’ve seen brides begin to take chances with their bridal gowns, stepping away from the traditional and moving towards options that authentically suit their personal tastes. Designers are now showing an amazing range of styles: bridal separates, more color than ever before, and everything from dramatic embroidery and laser cut appliqués, to the most ethereal, flowing shapes. For all brides who are searching for a wedding dress that reflects your simple, tasteful aesthetic with a vintage-inspired sense of design, we’re excited to introduce the spring collection from Tomomi Okubo.

The spring/summer collection features distinctly romantic designs, bringing a feminine focus to bridal attire. You’ll find fluttering dresses with a delicate flow and open backs, and sweet details that create a nostalgic touch. Several of our favorites showcase thick floral embroidery on tulle over lace, creating a unique pop-up effect that is truly stunning on a deep-V neckline and bodice.

The NYC-based designer has worked in asymmetrical lace motifs, hemlines, and cap sleeves to lend several styles an organic look. New this year, separates with hidden knee-length skirts add more options for brides planning outdoor or casual weddings, or simply wanting to make a different statement.

Next week, Tomomi Okubo will be celebrating the opening of their showroom in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Be sure to visit their instagram for the announcement, and make your appointment to view it in person!

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01.23.16 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

How to Host a Winter Wedding

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White winter weddings are truly magical! Although winter is one of the most romantic seasons, it’s important to remember some of the practical items about a winter wedding. Here are 10 things to remember when planning a white winter wedding from the experts at Bluebird Productions:

1) Prepare for the cold: dress yourself appropriately and make sure your guests are informed of outdoor components, general locations and precautions to take (think high heels and a snowy path on top of a mountain…)

2) Keep your guests cozy: make sure guests know to bundle up but having blankets, hot cocoa and hot toddy’s, mittens, mitten warmers and more make for happy guests!

3) Prepare a back up plan: having a back up plan is important when considering an outdoor winter ceremony, but it’s also important for your vendors. It’s best not to fly in your favorite photographer the day of the wedding in the winter when airline travel can be a bit precarious.

4) Consider travel: travel may be more expensive in the winter months. Additionally, one may want to budget extra days in case of inclement weather.

5) Think about how cold weather impacts your skin: cold weather lends to dry and cracked skin. Be sure to hydrate and moisturize!

6) Plan your accessories: select fashionable accessories that are fitting for the winter season!

7) Candle light: When in doubt, add candles!

8) Flowers and seasonality: flowers may be more expensive in the winter months due to availability and they  may also be more challenging to transport due to the movement from hot to cold climates and back.

9) Prepare for altitude: the majority of white winter weddings occur at higher altitudes. Prepare your guests for the impact and encourage hydration.

10) Be ready for anything: winter weather can be unpredictable. It’s best to be open to the extra snow (or lack thereof!)

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01.22.16 / Featured, Wedding Ideas, Wedding Ideas Blog, Wedding Planning

Effortless Destination Wedding in Greece

Charlene and Gabriel, a couple from France, chose a destination wedding on the amazing Greek island of Paros. Just off the coast from Athens and the island of Santorini, this gem has maintained the essence and natural beauty that make it unique. The bride said, “We were so struck by the beauty of the island that we decided very quickly that we wanted to get married there!” We love the way they planned: working with a French wedding planner, they chose as many local wedding vendors as possible, and hosted their guests at a large villa in front of the Aegan Sea. A swimming pool to one side, the sea to another, and the stunning Greek sunset made for an amazing reception. And can we say, Charlene’s backless dress is completely gorgeous!

Looking for more destination wedding inspiration? Some of our favorite destination weddings have taken place in France, Bali, and Spain.

Photography : Yann Audic for Lifestories Wedding Photography | Dress: Pronovias | Shoes: Valentino | Groom’s Suit: De Fursac | Groom’s Shoes: Finsbury | Tie: Sandro | Cuff links: Lanvin | Shirt: Izac | Catering: Aliprantis Bakery | Wedding Planner: Mademoiselle Chahnez | Fleuriste: Dianthos

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01.21.16 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog