A traditional registry doesn’t always make sense, especially for couples who already have all the household items they need. A honeymoon registry, on the other hand, is never a bad idea! After all, who doesn’t love the idea of some post wedding R & R- especially when a pristine beach is involved?
If you’ve already spent a bundle on your wedding, you might be thinking that lounging on a distant beach with your sweetheart is just a dream. That’s where a honeymoon registry comes in!
With the new Bahamas Wedding and Honeymoon Registry, anyone can create their perfect Caribbean honeymoon registry (that’s easy to use too)!
Using the registry, couples can list any part of their Bahamas honeymoon – from accommodations at their dream resort to sightseeing excursions and activities – for guests to purchase instead of traditional gifts. All you have to do is plan your dream vacation and the Bahamas registry will take care of the rest. Piece of cake, right?
As for what to add to your registry, with 700 islands to explore, you certainly won’t have to worry about finding enough things to do or places to stay. Want a little time alone with your spouse to relax? Spend a few days on the untouched paradise that is Cat Island. Want adventure? San Salvador has diving and fishing excursions that will keep you out on the water all day. Or maybe you just want to check out all of the 16 major islands in the Bahamas. You can do that too!
Whether you choose to island hop your way across the Bahamas or put your feet up in one place for your entire stay, your dream Caribbean honeymoon is literally just a few clicks away. Check out the Bahamas website to see all that it has to offer for your dream honeymoon and get you registry started today. Unlike that deep-fryer you could get from aunt Betty, we promise you won’t regret it!
Sometimes a wrong turn can lead you to the happiest of happenstances. Such was the case for Eva and Craig when, on taking a random highway exit while searching for wedding venues, they stumbled upon Beamer Falls Manor. The charming country farmhouse checked all their criteria boxes – home-like, cozy, and elegant – and the couple were thrilled to be able to snatch it up for their entire wedding weekend. The intimate nature of the venue naturally limited their guest list and provided them with the tight-knit family feel they were looking for as they exchanged their vows under the property’s majestic old willow tree. Despite the rain-soaked reception, the newlyweds partied on into the night with their guests, and they both agree that they couldn’t have asked for a more perfect wedding day!
Special thanks to Jennifer Ballard for sharing Eva and Craig’s beautiful and rainy day with us!
Eva, 29 & Craig, 32
Wedding Date: August 30, 2014
Number of Guests: 72
Wedding Ceremony Location: Beamer Falls Manor
Wedding Reception Location: Beamer Falls Manor
Why did you have an intimate wedding?
We loved the idea of a small and relaxed wedding where we could spend time with our nearest and dearest. We toured around southern Ontario looking for a venue that would feel like home, but with a touch of elegance, and stumbled across Beamer Falls Manor after taking a random exit off the highway. We couldn’t believe that this intimate country house could be ours for the whole weekend! Once we had found a place that had the same feeling as getting married at home, we wanted to keep the guest list similarly cozy.
What are some the challenges that you faced planning an intimate wedding?
Luckily we both agreed that we wanted an intimate wedding from the start. We knew that it would be challenging, but we tried to stay true to our vision of a tight-knit family feel, and made that known to family and friends upfront so there were no surprises.
Was it difficult to pare down the guest list?
Our choice of a smaller venue naturally restricted the guest list, but it was definitely challenging. We tried to come up with clear principles that made it easier to defend our choices, such as limiting the number of +1 invites to partners that each of us had met before. Our intention was to treat everyone equally and to provide clear explanations in order to avoid any doubt.
Did you have any ‘issues’ with the small guest list from friends and family? If so, how did you address them?
We took a proactive approach and let friends and family know our philosophy early on. If any questions arose, we dealt with them directly and were firm on our reasoning.
What were the highlights of the ceremony?
It was the hottest day of the year and threatened rain most of the day, but when it came time for the ceremony, the skies cleared and there was a welcome breeze in the air. We got married under a beautiful old willow tree. Music for the ceremony was provided by our longtime friends and there was no greater feeling than looking out at those we love, particularly when they were asked to pull their surprise noisemakers out from under the chairs and make themselves heard!
What were the highlights of the reception?
The rain finally came as we were nestled under the tent for speeches, but the impromptu karaoke toasts and kraft paper table runners with crayons for guests to leave messages made sure that everyone had plenty else to focus on. Guests finished off the night by taking cannonballs into the pool, dancing furiously in between bites of mac ‘n cheese, and hopping on the school bus shuttle to continue the party. We couldn’t have imagined anything better!
What was the best thing about having an intimate wedding?
Being able to look out into the crowd during the ceremony and feel a close bond with every single person looking back at you.
What advice do you have for couples who are considering an intimate wedding?
Find a wedding venue that captures the essence you are looking for, then build your guest list to fit the space. Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself and others about what you want, as long as you communicate it respectfully. And consider doing a ‘first look’ before the ceremony – this was one of our favourite moments, as it provided us with a truly intimate escape all to ourselves.
Photography: Jennifer Ballard
Venue: Beamer Falls Manor
Dress: Lea-Ann Belter’s Alexandria
Shoes: Nine West
Flowers: Tellie @ Coriander Girl
Hair: Nikol Daniel
Make-up: Jennifer Schulz
Groom’s suit: Gotstyle
Groom’s shoes: Ted Baker
Caterer: Earth to Table Bread Bar
Invitations, Menu Cards, Table Numbers, Small Display Signs: Papier Lapin
Ceremony Band: Sontag Shogun
Cake: Earth to Table Bread Bar
Cake topper: LEGO
Bridesmaid and Flower Girl Dresses: David’s Bridal
Earrings: J Crew
Officiant: Bev King @ All Seasons Weddings
Stress-free and stylish are the keywords when it comes to intimate weddings at The Toronto Wedding Chapel. If you’re looking for a relaxing wedding planning experience then this venue in mid-town Toronto might be the place for you. With a variety of packages and additional options to choose from you can give your ceremony and reception a personal touch without the hassle.
With professional wedding and event planners at the helm, you know you’re in great hands. If you have a small guest list it can be tricky to find a venue that can accommodate your needs. At Toronto Wedding Chapel, weddings are designed for 25 guests or less but the team can offer planning services for off-site venues. The wide range of packages ensure that you can have the wedding that works best for you as a couple and your guests. You can have a Private Signing at the Chapel before you jet off for a destination wedding. Or with the Ultimate Package, everything from invitations, a buffet dinner and fresh bouquets to photography and a wedding cake are included. So there’s no need to source different vendors yourself as the wedding coordinators will help you with everything that you need.
The Toronto Wedding Chapel offers a decorated space with wooden floors, clean white walls and gorgeous drapery that you can add your own style and inspiration to. You can find out more information on having your wedding at Toronto Wedding Chapel here.
After the wedding is over, it is a little sad to think about what will happen to all of those decorations, accessories and leftover wedding items. Is there some kind of “island of misfit toys” for leftover wedding items? Do they go up to the wedding heaven in the sky? Unfortunately, after the wedding is done, you will have to find something to do with the stockpile of wedding things you accumulated over months of planning. After the “thank you” cards are mailed out and that feeling of wedding nostalgia sinks in, consider some of these ideas for things to do with your leftover wedding items:
1. Donate: There are many causes out there that would greatly appreciate used wedding items. Think about the good feeling you will get from donating your dress or decorations to someone who might not be as lucky as you. Even some food banks might appreciate leftover candy, desserts or food.
2. Sell: Think about the number of weddings each year and then think about how many other brides are also looking to get rid of wedding items. The wedding marketplace is a huge place now with many brides wanting to buy items for less money. List the items on a large selling site like Etsy, or try a few smaller, niche wedding listing sites.
3. Trade/Swap: Another benefit to so many wedding resources out there is that you can also trade or swap wedding items with other brides. Try BridalSwap for example, or any other trading site.
4. Re-purpose: There are many ways to re-purpose your wedding items for your house, entertaining or for gifts, such as these mason jar lanterns.
5. Gift: Along the lines of re-purposing items, you can certainly use leftover vases, frames, ribbon and cards for other gifts throughout the year. Your family and wedding party might appreciate an extra memento from the wedding as well.
6. Keepsakes: DIY brides already know how to get creative with wedding items. So thinking of a keepsake or some way to capture those wedding memories is another fun project. Make a shadow box, scrapbook, wedding card album or bring the items to a crafter or Etsy vendor and let them create something memorable. For example, what about using some flowers from your bouquet to create a DIY Dried Flower Pendant?
7. Keep: There is also nothing saying you have to give away or sell all of your wedding things. If you want to keep the things because they hold special meaning to you then do that–as long as you have plenty of storage space available.
8. Contact wedding professionals: Some wedding planners , event planners or wedding vendors may be interested in your wedding items too depending on the condition of the items. Place a few calls to see if they can take some things off your hands.
9. Throw another party: Who says you can’t have another party to use up the rest of your wedding items? Throw a party to use up leftover candy, games, balloons and favors. You don’t need a special occasion to get friends together for some fun!
10. Give to another bride: A family member or close friend may appreciate some help with finding wedding items although not everyone is as keen on “leftover” items, so definitely ask before giving. Even if the recipient doesn’t want to use everything, tell them to pass the rest along to another bride and let the process continue.
Your save the dates help to define your wedding style. Whether you go for a simple reminder or go all out with the presentation, we’ve found 12 stunning save the date ideas from Etsy that have a truly personal touch.
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