The Top 3 Reasons You Need A Personal Stylist for Your Destination Wedding Or Honeymoon

The Top 3 Reasons You Need A Personal Stylist for Your Destination Wedding Or Honeymoon

So you and your fiance are planning your dream destination wedding in the most perfect place on earth.  You know you’ll need to hire an officiant, a photographer and videographer, someone to make the invitations, the flowers and of course your wedding dress.  You’ve hired a dedicated Destination Wedding Planner to help you navigate the details for you and your guest’s travel needs, from the flights and resort to the ceremony and reception and everything in between.  Now it’s time to think about YOU.  That is, you are going to be photographed approximately 8 million times before, during and after your wedding and it’s important to make sure that each photo looks perfect!  I know you have found or will find the perfect wedding dress, but what are you going to be wearing both before and after?  What are you going to be wearing in all those pics?  Is everything coordinated?  How does it look in relation to what your fiance is wearing?  If you, like most brides having a destination wedding, you could very likely be at the resort for several days, at least. There’s rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions, brunches, dinners, it’s *a lot* of outfits to think of!  Or maybe you’re planning your honeymoon, where the opportunities for Instagram worthy shots are endless.  This is where a personal stylist could be a lifesaver.  A personal stylist can advise you on the latest fashion trends and clothing styles.  She helps individuals and couples on what will make you look your best, both inside and out.

green potted plants on a brown wooden rack showing off clothes

When you have something as important as your wedding or honeymoon, knowing what you want to wear before you go is just smart planning

I spoke with Lucy Bedewi a personal stylist and owner of Wanderlust Wardrobe to find out more about what she does and how she might be able to help that stressed out bride, wanting to look her best but could use guidance through the process:

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Lucy explained to me that she got into the business through retail initially, but went her own way after seeing how retailers focus on buying and not actually helping people find clothing that they truly love.  She’s been a stylist for 3 years and her favorite part of the job is seeing women get dressed with ease and become the most confident versions of themselves.  What’s a personal stylist’s biggest challenge?  The fashion industry’s inconsistent sizing!  Thankfully many websites offer free returns so you can try things out and return what doesn’t work.

a woman in a white dress holding a basket while sitting near a waterfall

So many Instagrammable opportunities, so little time

So how would Lucy help a destination bride find that perfect style?  Lucy conducts an hour long consultation where she dives deep into what her clients want to look like as well as present themselves.  Typically, Lucy searches commercial brands, but she’s definitely willing to go thrifting or into luxury lines if that is what the client prefers.  She truly prides herself on doing  whatever it takes to help a bride find that perfect piece.

I asked Lucy, what’s a current trend that she would encourage?  She said right now, it’s a sweetheart neckline. It’s universally flattering and can be paired with lace, tank top straps or an illusion neckline to fit the bride’s unique preferences.  Now I feel like I need to go online and start shopping!  Finally, I asked Lucy, what are her three top reasons for a bride to hire a personal stylist to help her with her destination wedding and honeymoon wardrobe?  Lucy’s top three were:

1) There are A LOT of outfits changes –and a personal stylist is someone to help you navigate them seamlessly.  A lot of brides today are professionals, they are working full time and have a lot on their plate.  Having one less thing to think about running up to the big day can be a huge relief!

2) It can help you pack intelligently and still look amazing!  It’s not just about packing everything and the kitchen sink and hope you have what need – pack smart and you can have every outfit put together before you get to your destination, and know that each outfit is put together, designed with YOU in mind so you don’t have to think about what to wear and that’s one more thing you can cross off your list.

3) It makes getting dressed easy so you can focus on your spouse and guests.  I remember my own wedding and I can just remember that I wanted to treasure and cherish every moment.  I knew this moment was fleeting and I wanted to remember it forever.  Having a personal stylist will make it so much easier to know what to wear and when, and you can just focus on your spouse, your guests and yourself!

three happy people jumping for joy at the beach

 We hired a personal stylist and couldn’t be happier!!

I’m SO excited to announce that Lucy is offering my readers an amazing FREE 20 minute mini-session!!  How cool is that?  Simply click HERE to sign up for your session, remember to add TRAVELFORALWAYS in the subject box so you can get your mini consult – did I mention for free?? 

I would love to hear from you!  What would you use a personal stylist for?  Be sure to tell me in the comments below!

3 Great Tips to Help You Navigate your Post-Covid Destination Wedding Plans  Without Causing Even More Stress and Worry

3 Great Tips to Help You Navigate your Post-Covid Destination Wedding Plans Without Causing Even More Stress and Worry

You’re newly engaged.  Congratulations!  What a crazy time to start planning a wedding, am I right??  Perhaps you’re even thinking,  we really want to have a destination wedding, how is this going to happen?  Perhaps you’ve set a wedding date or close to picking a date, and now you find yourself social distancing, staying home, and anxiously trying to make decisions about when, where, and how to start planning your wedding as the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic. To say these are uncertain times is the understatement of a lifetime. But… you have a lifetime ahead of you, and God willing, you get to spend it with your newly betrothed. That’s something to celebrate and think of what you’ll tell your grandkids someday!  And I firmly believe that when we’re all on the other side of this, there will be no more meaningful experience than a social celebration. So here’s my advice. Start planning! Here’s how… 

 

 

Tip #1: Pick a wedding date (or dates)

If you haven’t already, it’s time to determine when you’d like to be married. And then you need to select a few alternative dates. Now more than ever, flexibility is critical. Even if you’re planning an intimate celebration of less than 50 people, you may very well confront a shortage of available Saturdays in 2021. In many wedding markets, Saturday venue availability can be hard to come by in normal circumstances. That’s particularly true in coveted wedding destinations. That hardship may be amplified in 2021 because so many 2020 weddings have already had to postpone and reschedule into new 2021 dates. Take a deep breath, and remind yourself of the following:

  • The day of the week does not change the value, purpose, or meaning of your marriage, or of the way that you celebrate that marriage.  In fact, if you’re planning a destination wedding, depending on where you want to have it, might very well end up on a day that is most advantageous to your travel plans.  For example, you decided on a cruise and you’d love a beautiful beach wedding while you are at port.  Well if your ship is at that particular port on a Tuesday then your wedding will be on a Tuesday!
  • When we all emerge from our current reality, the world will be very different. Like you, your guests will also be craving meaningful social celebration. If they can make it happen, they will be there to celebrate you… on a Friday, a Sunday, or maybe even a Thursday.  The great thing about a Destination Wedding is that if everyone is there to celebrate your wedding, they are also there on vacation and that doesn’t mean confining yourself to a weekend in the slightest.  

Tip #2: Decide when you want to be married (as in married married, legally)

Do you want to be legally married this year?  That’s the first and most important question, and there is no right or wrong answer.  If the answer is yes, you want to be married, no matter what, there are several ways to approach this:  You can choose to forge ahead with your current wedding plans and prepare for how you might react if you are restricted to a smaller or different style event.  Or…You can decide to take a proactive approach and postpone your big party to next year. This is a good option if you find yourself obsessing over the news or constantly worrying “what if.”  This approach has been a popular choice among couples, as there are still a lot of unknowns – stress has no place in your engagement season!  With this option, you can still create an intimate wedding ceremony this year with a delayed reception in 2021, and something really amazing to look forward to!  Even if you are married in a small ceremony this year, you can still share a ceremonial exchange of your vows in front of your larger group of guests at your delayed reception in 2021.  And if you want permission to wear your dress twice, you have all our blessings!   If you’ve decided it’s safest (and less stressful) to postpone your original wedding plan (ceremony, party, and all) to a new date in 2021, an extra year of engagement may just mean extra joy on your wedding day!

Tip #3: Hire a Destination Wedding planner

This is the step that most mainstream wedding media articles will skip over. After all, it’s a luxury to hire a wedding planner, right? Yes it is. It’s also a luxury to hire a photographer, caterer, band, hair and makeup artist… and the list goes on. Have you ever heard the saying “Failing to plan, is planning to fail”? Well, it’s time to take that to heart.

Since quarantine measures were put in place, destination wedding planners have seen a steep rise in the number of couples reaching out, frantically seeking advice. Many couples have been forced to navigate uncharted territory of decision-making, contingency-planning, rescheduling, contract negotiations, cancellations, and extreme anxiety on their own. This is happening for couples of all budgets.

The bottom line is this: couples who have a full-service wedding planner have found themselves in a much better position. The rescheduling process has been smoother, more efficient, and grounded in expertise. Couples who do not have a planner have had to fend for themselves – or they’ve had to scramble to find someone to hire who can help them.

There are ample reasons to hire a destination wedding planner, but most people think the reasons to do so are just so that the wedding will be “organized”, “beautiful”, or “stress-free”. This is especially important when you are dealing with locations that are unfamiliar to you and you might not even see (or at most see once) before your big day.  In addition to your destination wedding planner being able to help you coordinate all the details for the actual ceremony and reception, she also can coordinate not only your travel needs, but also those of your guests so you are getting the most value for your (and their) budget.

We understand that a successful destination wedding or honeymoon, doesn’t just depend on a beautiful location, but also must have impeccable service, great restaurants, romantic suites and rooms, plus make your wedding and honeymoon a priority. That’s why every single destination wedding and honeymoon we design is perfectly matched to a resort and location that is based on your unique personality, dreams and vision as a couple. There are no cookie cutter experiences with us, and that is why we have a 100% success rate at giving our couples what they want.  Click here to request a free 30 minute consultation with me to discuss the destination wedding and honeymoon of your dreams without the stress and worry.  I can’t wait to hear from you!

XOXO,

Arielle

Top 11 Excursions While Visiting Nassau

Top 11 Excursions While Visiting Nassau

From unwinding on gorgeous beaches and indulging in world-class food, to embarking on thrilling underwater adventures, there’s something for everyone in Nassau.

With more than 700 islands in The Bahamas, the capital of Nassau continues to be one of the country’s most popular vacation destinations thanks to its incredible shopping, dining and adventure.

Nassau offers guests a glimpse of the picture-perfect paradise that was once a pirate’s haven, including historical streets that bootleggers traveled, local cuisine that reflects Spanish, West African and British influences and crystal-clear waters where guests can swim with dolphins, stingrays and more.

I’ve mapped out an ideal eight hours in Nassau, narrowed down to the must-dos along with a healthy dose of powdery sand and Bahamian blue waters. Read on for how to make the most of your port day in this special place.

Known for dishes like Conch salad, local Bahamian cuisine combines the flavors of Spain, West Africa and Great Britain to create a culinary experience unlike anything you’ve ever tried.

Credit: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation

If you’re a foodie:

Taste the Best of the Best of Graycliff

Time it takes: 1-hour excursion.

Combine a chocolate tasting and cigar-rolling demonstration with a museum visit at the renowned Graycliff property, an 18th-century mansion (built by a pirate!) turned hotel in the heart of Nassau. From learning about the chocolate factory’s fair trade and organic farming practices, to watching master torcedores (highly skilled and specifically trained cigar rollers) roll finely made cigars, this excursion encompasses the best of this famous hotel.

Tru Bahamian Food Tours

Time it takes:  3-hour excursion; wear walking shoes.

Eat like a local with this off the beaten path tasting tour that takes guests through Nassau’s vibrant downtown neighborhood. Try local delicacies like conch fritters and rum cake, while exploring the colorful streets of colonial Nassau and mingling with local chefs, artisans and business owners.

The Fish Fry at Arawak Cay

Time it takes: 25-minute walk or 10-minute taxi ride from the port.

Nassau’s famous Fish Fry isn’t just one restaurant, it’s a group of restaurants and bars serving up traditional, fresh Bahamian food, including the signature ingredient, conch. Try conch salad, conch fritters or stewed conch, and make sure to finish your meal with guava duff, a dough spread with guava, then rolled, steamed and served with a vanilla sauce.

John Watlings Distillery

Time it takes: 17-minute walk or 7-minute taxi ride from the port.

The distillery is located on the famed and hallowed grounds of the 1789 Buena Vista Estate in historic downtown, serving guests a taste of the “Spirit of The Bahamas,” handcrafted by Bahamians, using local ingredients and traditional English rum-making methods.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and head to Pearl Island, a private beach getaway just 30 minutes from Nassau.

Credit: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation

If you’re a beach bum:

Junkanoo Beach

Time it takes: 15-minute walk or 8-minute taxi ride from the port.

This free, public beach (with affordable lounge-chair and umbrella rentals) is an easy 15-minute walk from the cruise port, and offers a taste of the Bahamas’ famous blue waters and soft sand with a hint of local flavor. Both residents and visitors gather here to sip a few Bahama Mamas while enjoying their day under the sun.

Pearl Island Escape Day with Lunch

Time it takes: 5-hour excursion.

Just a short harbor cruise away from Nassau, guests can enjoy a beach escape, featuring shaded decks and white sand beaches, plus a range of aquatic activities, including kayaks, stand up paddleboards and beach and board games. Pro tip: pay attention on the harbor cruise to-and-from Pearl Island for fun facts about Nassau’s colonial architecture and culture.

Nassau’s crystal-clear waters make it an ideal destination for water sports, including snorkeling, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding.

Credit: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation

If you’re a thrill-seeker: 

Atlantis Aquaventure

Time it takes: 5-hour excursion.

Truth time: You can’t talk about Nassau without talking about Atlantis, the unrivaled (and huge!) luxury resort and water park on Paradise Island. During a day at Atlantis, you can shoot down intense water slides—including one that goes straight through a shark tank—take a dip in 20 swimming areas, explore fascinating marine life exhibits and jet through the rapids river on an inner tube. Need a break? Pull up a chair on Atlantis’s private beach.

Adventure Yacht Turtle and Reef Snorkel

Time it takes: 3-hour excursion.

Travelers will take a scenic cruise of Nassau Harbor before grabbing a mask, snorkel, fins and vest to test the waters and snorkel with turtles. Afterwards, relax at the beach at Green Cay, a long narrow island known for its New England-style architecture.

Certified Scuba Dive

Time it takes: 5-hour excursion.

Nassau’s turquoise waters welcome certified scuba divers to take stock of the capital’s underwater adventure and enjoy a two-tank dive of the colorful reefs. Check out tropical fish, sea turtles and even reef sharks up close.

Fort Montagu is the oldest fort still standing on the island of New Providence, located at the eastern end of Nassau Harbour. The fort was originally built to defend against Spanish invaders in 1741.

Credit: The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism & Aviation

If you’re a history buff:

Pirate Museum

Time it takes: 8-minute walk from the port.

Explore the seedier side of Bahamian history at the Pirates of Nassau Museum, where costumed staffers answer questions and pose for photos as you browse the exhibits and learn about the days when pirates ruled the Caribbean waters. Learn the Pirate’s Code of Conduct (including which offenses could get you “marooned”!) and see replicas of a pirate ship’s galley and mates cabin.

Nassau Highlights

 

Spend some time getting to know the history of the destination with a tour of the city’s landmarks, including Rawson and Parliament Squares, The Queen’s Staircase, Government House and more. Once acquainted, guests can use the remainder of the day to explore on their own and revisit the sights like the Queen’s Staircase, located in the Fort Fincastle Historic Complex and named in honor of Britain’s Queen Victoria.

Whatever adventure you choose, there’s no doubt you’ll fall in love with the views and the people of The Bahamas. Ready to start your adventure?  Let me know here.  What’s your idea of a perfect day in Nassau?  Tell us in the comments below!

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