Traveler’s Joy

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Ohhhh, I’ve got the traveling bug right now! And I just have to say that I’m a little envious of all you brides who are planning your honeymoon right now…But before you plan too much, make sure you check out our sponsor Traveler’s Joy — the best honeymoon registry site. Ever heard of honeymoon registration?? Let me fill you in on all the goodness involved when you register with Travelers’ Joy….

1) Instant Registry: You can have a complete registry in just minutes! When setting up a registry you can choose from a list of 50 theme based (think beach, cruise, or mountains) or location specific (think Italy or St. Lucia) item lists. With one click, items and experiences are added to your registry. You can edit or delete any item at any time and also add plenty more of their own.

2) Group Gifting: It’s easy to divide the cost of your expensive items into manageable portions. A camera that costs $1,000 can be split into 5 $200 gifts (or gifts of any size). Since there are many honeymoon items that can be very expensive, almost all couples use this feature in some way.

3) Partnerships & History:  Traveler’s Joy has been in business since 2004 and has served over 100,000 members.  They are Featured Registry Partners with WeddingChannel.com, The Knot, and WeddingWire.  They are also proud members of the Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program (since 2006).  Many (many) companies in the “alternative” wedding registry marketplace have come and gone in the 8 years Traveler’s Joy has been around – and we fully expect Traveler’s Joy to outlive many more!

4) Physical Items: With Traveler’s Joy, you can register for increasing numbers of “accessory” or “tangible”  items related to your honeymoon. Examples include travel guidebooks, cameras, video-cameras, luggage, snorkeling gear, and even newlywed flip flops.

5) Their Real Member Honeymoon Section is an amazing resource where you can read more stories about Traveler’s Joy couples and help you begin your honeymoon adventure!

6) Special Offer that applies to all Members: Traveler’s Joy is giving away $5,000 toward a honeymoon or first anniversary trip to one lucky couple that signs up with Traveler’s Joy between January 1, 2013 and April 30, 2013. The winner will be notified on May 8, 2013.

As a special treat for Once Wed readers, Traveler’s Joy is giving away $500 of honeymoon activities and experiences to one lucky couple –  ”The first $500 of honeymoon activities and experiences are on us. Whether it is surfing lessons, a spa treatment, or an amazing bottle of champagne on the beach, let us treat you!”

To enter to win:
1) Please register with Traveler’s Joy
2) Like their facebook page here
3) And share in the comment section below where you’d love to go for your honeymoon.

01.08.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Get away with Macy’s

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Love kate spade? Today we are excited to offer an opportunity to win the ultimate kate spade new york bachelorette party getaway for one lucky bride-to-be and her three pals from Macy’s Wedding Registry!

The lucky lady and her three friends  will be flown to New York City where they’ll visit the kate spade new york showroom to meet Creative Director Deborah Lloyd for styling tips, get $5,000 worth of the latest fashion trends from kate spade & Macy’s, enjoy luxurious spa treatments, a 4-star dinner and a night out at a Broadway show! Plus the bride-to-be will receive kate spade new york  china, stemware and flatware service for 8 in her pattern of choice.

Entry is easy! Just visit the kate spade Bachelorette PartyGetaway sweepstakes page between January 1 and January 31, 2013 or text “NYC” to 62297. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. Legal residents of the 50 United States & D.C., Puerto Rico and Guam, 18 or older.

Below is a round up of some of our favorite kate spade new york pieces! We just love all the playful patterns and colors to choose from…

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01.07.13 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog

Elegant San Ysidro Ranch Wedding

Photography: Lacie Hansen Venue: San Ysidro Ranch // Invites: Sugar Paper // Makeup: Team Hair and Makeup // Wedding Planner: Jill La Fleur // Florist: Kate of Flowerwild // Dress Designer: Ralph Lauren // Cake: San Ysidro Ranch // Linens: La Tavola // Hair: Richard Corey Lusk

01.03.13 / Featured, Real Weddings Blog

Waterfall Braid Wedding Hairstyles for Long Hair

DIY Waterfall Braid Tutorial

I’m so excited about today’s post. A trio of talented ladies in Los Angeles recently teamed together on a braid how-to series just for Once Wed, which I’ll be sharing over the next month. The first tutorial is a how to for a waterfall braid. I’ve seen this style floating around Pinterest for a while, but haven’t found a great tutorial laying out all the steps for a waterfall braid. And who better to show us than braider extraordinaire, Alison Brislin?

Waterfall Braid Instructions

1. Part hair on it’s natural side.

2. Grab a small piece and divide into 3 sections.

3.French braid for 2-3 inches.  This will secure the “waterfall” and make sure it doesn’t fall in your face.

4. After you’ve French braided for a few inches, drop the top section of your braid.  It’s ok.  Let it fall.

5. Pick up a new section of hair from directly behind where you’ve dropped the top piece. This new piece acts as a new section of your French braid

6. Keep moving around the head.  Remember, every time you grab a section of hair from the top of your head to add to the braid, let is drop and replace it with a new section.

7 +8. When you reach the other side of your head, secure the end of the braid with Bobbi pins.

*This braid can be a little tricky.  But practice makes perfect.

Extra Tips

- You should brush your hair before braiding.  Knots and tangles make it hard for the person braiding your hair.  Might also hurt a little bit!

- Part on your natural side.  Adjust instructions according to your part.

- Day old hair is best.  A little grit is good for braids as they hold-up better. Clean hair is too slippery.

- These tutorials are written for someone to braid your hair, not intended for self-braiders.  Unless you are really clever and talented!

Photography: Jesse of Our Labor of Love // Hair: Alison Brislin // Makeup: Kelly Shew

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12.31.12 / DIY Weddings, Featured