Top Five Valentine's Day Tips For Engaged Couples

With the season of love in full swing, all of the buzz is around how to make this Valentine’s Day special. As newlyweds, you want this day to be equally as memorable as it is romantic. If you want to look beyond the heart shaped boxes of chocolate, these tips are sure to help you exceed all measures of romance… Of course, a little chocolate still never hurt 😉

Check out these top FIVE tips on how to make your Fiance V-Day as special as your blossoming relationship:

1. Pack Your Bags

Nothing screams romance like breakfast in bed with the love of your life on a beautiful Valentine’s Day morning. We’re in luck with the holiday falling on a weekend this year so nothing is stopping you from sneaking away with your sweetheart for a love infused weekend getaway. Maybe something domestic like Maine?

2. Rub Out All That Tension

Everyone loves a little downtime to unwind and relax. Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to hit your favorite spa with your other half and just unwind. If you’re looking to spice things up, perhaps try giving one another massages at home. Light some candles, stay in and let Cupid do the work.

3. Put A Ring Name On It

You’ve already put a ring on it. If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your special soon-to-be, look in to something personalized. Whether it be catered to solely them with their name or initial or you both as a couple, this is a gift that could send Cupid’s arrow straight through the heart. Some examples are jewelry (wink, wink), video/photo albums, and even ties or cuff links for him.

4. The Fastest Way To The Heart Is Through The Stomach

Along with Valentine’s Day being the day of love, it is also a day of good food. Take this opportunity to make reservations at that new restaurant in town that everybody is raving about. If you’re looking for something more low key, try making dinner together at home. But don’t forget to leave plenty of room for dessert!

5. Something Sexy

This is for the ladies. If you’re trying to keep the soon-to-be newlywed romance at its peak, a great idea for a Valentine’s Gift is… you! Think about doing a romantic boudoir photo shoot and giving the end result to your fiance. Sexy and classic.


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High End Raffles at New York Wedding Salon

Wedding Salon Exhibitors are offering amazing raffles at our luxury bridal showcase on January 26th at the Metropolitan Pavilion. Offers include dream honeymoons and getaways, special dining packages, discounts on services worth hundreds of dollars, exclusive products, and so much more. This truly is a bride and groom’s dream come true! Please be sure to stop by each space and sign up to win something amazing from our Top Vendors. Trust me, you will not want to miss these incredible opportunities!

Carlo’s Bakery– Two grooms cakes giveaways

Casa De Campo– Three day, two nights stay in an elite room with daily breakfast included and touring cart

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Chefworld / Bridal Registry- Two “His and Her” wedding bands

David Fin– Free custom monogrammed wedding tie

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Design By Nasha– A set of 12 silk-screened notecards from Design by Nasha stationary collection along with a set of mini cards (set of 12)

Fearrington Weddings– Gift certificate for overnight stay at Fearrington House Inn, a 5 Star Diamond inn and dinner for two at the Fearrington House restaurant

Fiesta Americana Resort Collection– Free three night stay at one property of Fiesta Americana Resort Collection for two guests

Glo Beauty Bar– One free bride trial (value $255+) in gift certificate form for hair & makeup

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Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio, Como, Italy– History book of Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni signed by the owner

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau– David’s Bridal dress from the “Love is Love” campaign

Hallak Cleaners / Bergen Linen– Free gown cleaning and preservation

Hawaiian Airlines– TBD

Hotel Del Coronado– Large spa basket

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Insatiable EATS– Free tasting for two with a one night stay in a Hampton’s accommodations

Jenny Yoo Collection– Bridesmaid dress

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John Charles Cook – Guitarist- Swarovski crystal bracelet

Laluna Resort & Villas– 20% discount on a destination wedding booked during the Weding Salon showcase

Manhattan Cosmetic Dentistry– $100 off home bleaching kit

Marry In Maine– Luxury one night stay in Kennebunkport, Maine at the Breakwater Inn and Spa

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Mexico Tourism Board– TBD

Salamander Hotels & Resorts– A 3 night honeymoon stay at the brand new Henderson Resort in Destin, FL

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Simple Travel Solutions- $3000 Hard Rock Resorts destination wedding

Sonesta Resorts With Celestial Weddings St. Maarten– Complimentary three nights stay for 2 people at the limitless, all-inclusive Sonesta Ocean Point Resort in St. Maarten

The Biltmore Hotel– Complimentary two nights stay

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The Dermatology And Laser Group– Free HydraFacial MD treatment for two people, a $400 value

The Haciendas, A Luxury Collection Hotel– Complimentary three nights stay at any of the haciendas, two breakfasts per day and one romantic dinner for two

The K Club– Stay for two guests, with golf, dinner and spa treatment

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The Place On The Lake– TBD

Wedding Protector Plan– $100 Amazon gift card

 


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Top Places to Escape the Winter For Your Honeymoon or Destination Wedding

Happy New Year! This time of year has everyone thinking about warmer days and how much we would rather be laying in the beautiful sun. In the spirit of all things sunny,  check out these fabulous places to escape the winter chill for your destination wedding or honeymoon! These sites are a must see and include the most amazing beaches, dining, excursions, beaches, romantic hideaways, and did we mention beaches?

Aruba

Aruba is a beautiful South Caribbean destination where there is never a shortage of white sand beaches or crystal blue waters. With amazing dining, spas, and endless breathtaking sites to see, it is hard not to want to plan a beautiful getaway! Their secluded beach coves and luxurious resorts are perfect for the most romantic honeymoon. It’s hard to say no to 82 degree year round weather.

Barbados

With more than 70 miles of stunning white sand beaches, Barbados is another must when you want to exchange the blankets and blizzards for beaches and bikinis. The abundance of exquisite, ancient churches and breathtaking fields of sugar canes makes Barbados one of the most perfect places to exchange your vows. Why not take advantage of their private cabanas and island sun for the honeymoon while you are there?

 

Palace Resorts

Everyone loves options. Palace Resorts has more than anyone could need! With all inclusive resorts in Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Isla Mujeres, and Jamaica you can customize your perfect honeymoon or destination wedding exactly how and where you want it! All of the Palace Resorts boast perfect honeymoon packages that include the perfect touches for the perfect getaway! Chocolate covered strawberries, spa treatments, and champagne, oh my!

Islands of the Bahamas

The Bahamas is the picture perfect place that comes to mind when planning a romantic getaway. The Bahamas boasts over 700 individual islands with each offering something amazingly different to its guests. From underwater cave explorations to swimming with the local dolphins, there is never a shortage of fun an exciting things to do!


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Vendor Spotlight

Happy Holidays! This week’s vendor spotlight is filled with vendors you should absolutely check out while sipping on that hot chocolate or eggnog. Never a better time to casually plan your wedding than snuggled home for the holidays.

Hinoki and the Bird
Hinoki and the Bird is a travel inspired dining concept that pushes modern California cooking to vibrant new bounds. Set in a canopy of cedar beams and lush greenery, it is the perfect destination to plan your life celebration.

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Fearrington Village
Located in Fearrington Village, a Relais & Chateaux destination set just outside of Chapel Hill, NC. Our pastoral farm setting is complemented by award-winning gardens and cuisine. Providing quintessential Southern garden and barn weddings.

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The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe offers 80 guest rooms and cottages dotting the 21 landscaped acres, an enchanted village offering the perfect rustic and romantic San Diego wedding venue.

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Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian Airlines has led all US carriers in on-time performance for the past 11 years as reported by the US Dept. of Transportation. With nonstop service from eleven US gateway cities to Hawaii and beyond,Hawaiian Airlines assures guests the sights, sounds, tastes, and authentic Hawaiian hospitality, including complimentary meals and beverages for all passengers.

Soli Studios
Soli Entertainment is your premier provider of professional music entertainment and professional music talent. From rockin’ DJ’s who know how to get a room to party to the most elegant of string quartets, Soli Entertainment has it all. Owned and operated by two professional musicians themselves, you can be sure that no matter what genre or instrumentation you desire for your wedding, it will only sound good if it’s Soli!

Savannah I Do
Savannah Weddings Magazine: Discover America’s wedding destination: beautiful Savannah, Georgia, and its Creative Cost. We’ll introduce you to breathtaking venues, top-notch talent and the secrets of sophisticated, Southern romance- in print and online.

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Maya Brigadeiro Brazilian Sweets
Brigadeiro is an elegant, handmade Brazilian treat. Perfect for dessert tables that really want to stand out above the rest. These bite- sized morsels are silky, rich, and undeniably unique.

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Red Stone Photography
Alexis is an award winning photographer who has captured weddings across the US and internationally for the past 9 years. She is known for her vibrant, emotional images and has been published in many magazines, blogs, and books.

The K Club
Nestled in the heart of Co Kildare, The K Club provides bespoke wedding days, making your wedding the once in a life time event you always dreamed of. This is an intrinsic part of the service you will receive here at The K Club.

Glo Beauty Bar
Heather Adessa, CEO, founder and lead makeup artist of Glo Beauty Bar, began her career 13 years ago. She is one of the top called-upon wedding makeup artists in suburban NYC and Westchester County and specializes in Weddings. They hope to be your On-Location Makeup & Hair Go-To Salon!

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St. Regis Princeville Resort
The St. Regis Princeville Resort is Hawaii’s address for life’s special moments. Elegantly appointed, it offers 251 guest rooms including the exclusive Crown Suite Collection and famed St. Regis butler service. Experience uncompromising luxury and bespoke service.


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Wedding Guest Treat Personalities

Everyone loves a sweet treat after their meal especially when its followed by hours of dancing, picture taking and conversation! Picking the right resource for your treat isn’t always easy. Here’s something to consider when deciding: What is your wedding guest treat personality? (As a group)

Les Macarons

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Les macarons are guests who are attracted to the color of their treat. For colorful treats opt for a french macaron, this snazzy almond based treat in combination with the a skilled vendor such as Ladurée, allows you to customize according to the colors of your wedding, or choice.

The Cupcakers

Cupcakes are ideal for guests who love a variety of cake flavors, from chocolate, vanilla, red velvet to lavender buttercream, cupcake vendors such as Magnolia allow you to create a selection to suit all your guests.

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The Chocolatiers

Chocolate lovers can opt for chocolate favors such as dark chocolate truffle boxes or customized desserts, designed just for your wedding day by La Maison du Chocolat. Chocolate oriented vendors will not only provide you and your guests with high-quality chocolate but also design favor boxes your guests will never get rid of.

 

The Pastries

The pastries are those who enjoy a range of savors and textures in the same treat. Crunchy cookie coverings with soft fruit fillings are all too easy for culinary chefs from Maison Culinaire. Give them a challenge, let your inner pastry imagination run wild, your pastry guests will thank you for it!

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Friday Vendor Spotlight

This week’s vendor spotlight is filled with an array of vendors that will make your wedding all the more special. From all aspects of wedding planning, you’ll find everything you need and more.

Olli Studio

OLLI STUDIO Fine Art Weddings is an independent forward-thinking photo & film studio specializing in photojournalistic Photography & Cinematography. With a creative eye, unbeatable talent and a passion for capturing those special candid moments, we create an extraordinary photography and cinematic experience to remind our couples of those fond Wedding Day ‘memorable moments’.

Metamorphosis NY

Recognized as foremost in beauty, Metamorphosis New York’s makeup artists and hairstylists have the ability to create signature looks and styles for their brides and celebrity clients that have earned them recognition as the most sought after makeup artists and stylists of today.

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Hansen’s Cakes

From traditional designs to the most contemporary styles, the Hansen name is recognized as the finest in baking and decoration.

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Allseated

AllSeated offers FREE collaboration tools to easily create, access and update seating charts as well as scaled floor plan management, table layouts, guest lists, 3D design, timeline, RSVP’s and more!

The Villa Group Resorts

Sunny days and the cool ocean breeze await you at our resorts in Mexico where The Villa Group’s Collection of distinct luxury hotel properties are yours for choosing. Our resorts offer the invigorating blend of serenity and adventure,along with beautiful beached. Whether you are planning a Wedding, a girlfriend getaway or seeking activities, there is something for everyone.

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Dash Entertainment

Dash Entertainment is a boutique DJ and Entertainment booking company that has been crafting custom mixes, inspiring dance floors, and elevating special events across the country since our inception in 2005.

Chunk-n-Chip

Chunk-N-Chip is a family owned business creating smiles with their Craft Ice Cream Sammiches®: oven-warmed, ooey gooey cookies served with honest-to-good ice cream – YUMM! We are a small-batch business with a soft spot for fresh, simple, premium ingredients (locally sourced when possible). No artificial whatchamacallits or mass production here. Just old school craftsmanship and a ton of love!

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Ace Party and Tent Rental

New York’s Premier Event Rentals

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Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

Weddings at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas redefine typical nuptials. As the only triple Forbes Five-Star resort, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is the ideal location for a couple seeking an unforgetable, luxurious location to celebrate their special day. A dedicated wedding specialist assists with every aspect of planning including tastings for menu selections, designing event space layout, timeline for “day of” events and much more. Whether an intimate gathering or lavish celebration, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas offers a host of elegant wedding packages tailored to each marriage ceremony to make it simply stunning and memorable.

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By Invitation Only Designs

By Invitation Only Designs is an invitation studio conveniently located in NYC, on the Upper West Side, offering an extensive selection of custom invitations, announcements, save the date cards, personal stationery and more. A wide and varied selection enables us to cater to every taste and budget.

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Marry in Maine

Planning a Maine Wedding? Our organization offers many free services that will ease your planning process, with a team that will be happy to connect you with a variety of established wedding vendors and venues in Maine.

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Dermatology & Laser Group

The Dermatology and Laser Group is located in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Board Certified Dermatologists and aestheticians deliver the most advanced level of medical, surgical, & cosmetic healthcare.

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The Resort at Pedregal

The Resort at Pedregal boasts a brilliant back drop for the beginning of your story. In our world renowned, 5 diamond resort located on the southern most tip of the Baja Peninsula.

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