While I wait for my professional photos to come back so I can start recaps, I thought it might be fun to share some of my favorite moments from the Blue Moon honeymoon!
Even though I’m a control freak, I gratefully accepted Mr. Blue Moons’ parents’ offer to plan our honeymoon for us as their wedding gift to us. Lots of ideas were tossed around, from Iceland to the Dominican Republic, but ultimately Mama Blue (my mother-in-law) wanted to keep the honeymoon a big surprise until after she booked it.
She settled on a week-long stay in Cozumel, Mexico, and when we found out, we could not have been more excited. Mr. Blue Moon has traveled extensively, and we have taken several trips together to the mountains and beach, but we’ve never traveled internationally together before.
We ordered omelettes, fruit, and sweet rolls (sort of like doughnuts, but not as sugary) for breakfast every morning, and also enjoyed some amazing meals at the resort’s restaurant. I basically lived on fajitas and this roasted cheese for the entire week, and I’m not sorry. The swim-up bar and unlimited margaritas, strawberry daiquiris, and piña coladas kept Mr. Blue Moon and me well hydrated, too!
As we get closer to wedding day, I’ve been running around doing a lot of last minute tasks. I told myself at the beginning of wedding planning that I would be well prepared and plan things well in advance so that this last month would be relatively stress free. What I’ve come to learn is that a lot of vendors don’t want to discuss the details of your wedding until about a month out, so it’s sort of unavoidable. One such vendor that I needed to wait until closer to the wedding to meet with was my hair and makeup artist.
Early on I had booked Sarah from Whik’d Hair and Makeup for my bridal and bridesmaids’ hair and makeup on the wedding day. The good ones book up fast (or at least in my area they do), so make sure to book yours early! Since she’s usually busy on weekends with weddings, I took a day off from work last Friday for my trial.
I presented her with the inspiration pictures below but ultimately left the final product up to her, the expert.
Hello there, hive! In case you missed it, we launched our brand spanking new Classifieds section a couple weeks ago, and we wanted to catch you up on some of the new features. We put a lot of thought into this improvement, and our tech team worked hard to make it a reality; we’re hoping it will make the Classifieds section safer, easier to use, and just an all around better experience for all of you.
What are the new features of the Classifieds section?
1. Trust score! Note the Vote Up or Vote Down feature on each Classifieds listing, where any user can vote on the listing’s trustworthiness. If the listing seems fishy, feel free to give it a thumbs down, which will help other users to be wary of potential scams. See a listing you love? Vote Up and help out a fellow bride. 🙂
2. Open comments. Each listing gives users the ability to comment, so you can directly communicate with the seller instead of having to correspond via PM. You can also use the comments as a place to communicate with other users why you think a certain listing may not be trustworthy.
3. Easier to post a listing. Now there’s no need to wait for a Classifieds Key to post or edit your listings. Just create a post like you would on the boards. Easy-peasy!
A couple of things to note:
If you smell a scam, don’t hesitate to say so, and fellow brides can help each other out a bit more and help ensure hive members conduct safer online transactions.
Remember that Weddingbee does not facilitate exchange of money, so it’s up to users to find methods of payment that work for them. If you are wary about purchasing from a particular seller, trust your instincts.
A few Saturdays ago I celebrated our upcoming nuptials with a bridal shower hosted by my aunty (mom’s sister). It was hosted at a local Japanese buffet restaurant and it was a great time all around. It was wonderful being surrounded by family and friends.
My favorite part of a shower is always the games and my cousin planned some great ones.
Wedding Party Gifts for Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, and Parents
Giving gifts is one of my favorite parts of the holidays (besides the amazing food, of course!). Shopping for gifts for our wedding party and families was one of the best parts of wedding planning. Now that the shopping and wrapping is over, seeing the box of gifts in my office every day brings me a little boost of happiness.
Mr. Feather and I spent a lot of time thinking about what our family and wedding party would use. We didn’t want to get them anything that we would require them to use or wear during the wedding and stuck to practical gifts that matched their personalities.
First up, my dad. He’s always been difficult to buy for, and I wanted to get him something a little different than the usual tie or pocket square. He doesn’t drink often, so a flask or nice whiskey was out. I took some time to think about things that he’d use often and find cool.