Three weeks to the big day this Saturday. And I'm still
The biggest thing that I've discovered about this whole wedding planning business is that there is always something that you've not thought about: 'How is everyone going to hear the speeches? (PA system hired), 'What am I going to display the tablename postcards on?' (giant wooden clothes pegs ordered), 'Hell, what are we going to put the cake on?' (cake table requested from the caterers).
But there's still ribbon to order, menus and order-of-services to print, tableplans to do, RSVPs to chase all to fit in with my daily obsession of checking who has bought what from our gift list (trust me, it's addictive).
But one huge non-wedding tick this week is that this year's Brides Honeymoon Guide is out next week! For obvious reasons (I edit the guide) I found choosing my honeymoon hotels one of the most fun but at the same time most difficult decisions of the whole process. We settled on Sri Lanka for the first leg of our trip, partly as not one single person I spoke to who had holidayed there had a bad word to say about it.
One of the great things Sri Lanka has is that it is dotted with unique boutique-style hotels, each with its own character and charm. One of which we are staying in is Kahanda Kanda (www.scottdunn.com/luxury-holidays/asia) near the Dutch colonial town of Galle. Now boutique hotels aren't for everyone, I know. Yes there's no 10-treatment room spa or WIFI in every room, but you almost always find a sense of place, originality and, often, a fascinating local owner cum self-appointed tour guide.
Our second stop was chosen for location as much as it is a gorgeous hotel - this time part of the luxury Aman chain: Amanwella (www.scottdunn.com/luxury-holidays/asia). Sometimes on your honeymoon you just want to feel like you are the only people on the planet (or at least on the beach) and 5-6hrs drive from the airport (yes really, but it will be worth it) Tangalle has just that beach: pristine, deserted, bliss... oh, and fringed with palm trees, naturally. I'm counting down the days.
For more blissful honeymoon hotels pick up the new September/October issue of Brides next week complete with this year's Honeymoon Guide, and get dreaming...
For more luxury honeymoon ideas from Scott Dunn visit www.scottdunn.com/luxury-holiday/luxury-honeymoons
Three weeks to the big day this Saturday. And I'm still
Looking to tie the knot in sunnier climes? Let Centara Boutique Collection in Thailand make your dreams come true.
Weddings abroad are becoming increasingly popular and Thailand is no exception. Think paradise beaches, pristine white sand and turquoise waters. But this is no cliché, barefoot luxury does really exist for those seeking the 'sand between the toes' experience.
For a stylish wedding abroad, Centara Boutique Collection resorts have it covered. The newly launched wedding package caters for couples and their families who are looking for an intimate beach wedding surrounded by the tropical beauty of each of the six resort locations: Hua Hin, Kui Buri, Samuri, Koh Kood, Rayong and Chiang Mai. What's more, Centara only holds one wedding per day so you can rest assured you will avoid the impersonal experience of many large resorts.
For some much needed pre-wedding pampering, each of the properties in the Centara Boutique Collection offer a deeply relaxing one-hour holistic treatment and a romantic dinner for two with a bottle of sparkling wine all included in the package, so you can really start the celebrations in style.
The Boutique Collection wedding package also includes a professional makeup artist and hair stylist to ensure you look like the ultimate beach goddess and a personal wedding supervisor is appointed for each couple to ensure your day runs without a hitch. So all you have to do is say 'I do' and let Centara ensure your beach wedding dream becomes a reality.
For more information and enquiry, visit www.centarahotelsresorts.com
Beach in St Barts? Safari in South Africa? Choosing your honeymoon destination just got a lot easier with The Turquoise Holiday Company's honeymoon hot list evening at the Haymarket Hotel.
At this special event, Turquoise have handpicked their most
romantic, most luxurious and most awe-inspiring list of their
favourite honeymoon hotels and destinations who will be there on
the night offering advice and exclusive offers.
So you can sip champagne and nibble on canapés while you are inspired by one exotic location after another - and don't worry, Turquoise's experts will be on hand to help you decide the perfect destination for you.
Plus, there will be Bliss mini-manicures and at the centre of
the evening the Haymarket's tropically lit pool complete with
synchronized swimmers! Where better to be inspired for your trip of
a lifetime? Quick, book your place now.
When: Wednesday September 7 2011, from 6.30-8.30pm
Where: The Haymarket Hotel, London, SW1Y 4HX
Price: £10 for two tickets
COMPETITION: Win a seven-night stay at The Residence Mauritius including flights in association with Turquoise Holidays. Find out more details at the honeymoon event.
Book now; send a cheque payable to Condé Nast Publications to Brides Retail Editor, Vogue House,
Hanover Square, London W1S 1JU. Or email Bridesretaileditor@condenast.co.uk
What better way to express your gratitude with style and sophistication than with these beautifully crafted cards by Vera Wang at Magenta Ink wedding stationery. Inspired by 19th Century Typographic Graphic Design and printed on 100 per cent Cotton Ecru Folded Card, the messages are simple but straight forward. Thank your guests for their wedding gifts and your bridesmaids for their help and support. Cards are available in four designs. £23.49 for 10 including envelopes; see the range at www.magentaink.co.uk