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We love the idea of registering for a honeymoon to remember rather than just things. After all, you only have a honeymoon once. Honeymoon Pixie is a honeymoon registry that consistently receives 5-Star ratings from newlyweds and earned the Bride’s Choice Awards 2012 for excellence in quality & service, so you’re in good hands. Since I just booked a vacay trip to Italy and France with the hubs, we just started picking destination spots and things to do – with a mix of countryside and beach. Sounds like the perfect honeymoon, so I thought I’d share some of our must-see picks and a lose itinerary (not listed in order) + some ideas on items you can add to your honeymoon registry that you will use besides just lodging and dinners:

Portofino Genoa italy honeymoon spots
Register for a car rental (you will certainly use it!), so you can go visit Portofino beach, in Genoa.

Venice Italy honeymoon itinerary

Gondola rides are pricey, but are a must if you’re visiting Venice for the first time! So add them in stat.

Trevi Fountain Rome honeymoon itinerary ideas

Scooter rental for an authentic Roman holiday!

Cinque Terre honeymoon ideas in Italy Monterosso

Visit Cinque Terre and the beach in Monterosso – it’s penciled in for us! There are bus tours leaving from Rome, so it’s a must add item to your registry to anyone looking for a day trip in Italy. Once in Tuscany, you can taste wine in San Gimignano after a day of walking around town. Check out this real honeymoon registry for Italy for more ideas!

San Gimignano Italy

Honeymoon Pixie makes the entire process stress-free. Simply select one of the pre-made registries to the most popular honeymoon destinations and you’ll have your own free honeymoon registry webpage to share with family and friends. Their website is a simple “point-and-click” and they provide optimal security for you and your guests. Best of all, they deposit your gift funds directly into your bank account so that you’ll have access to the money when you need it most – on your honeymoon to a tropical island or exotic destination. Especially for the the Eco-conscious couple, honeymoon registries are great for the environment because there’s no gift wrapping, no shipping, no returns, no car transportation, and no duplicate gifts!

Louvre Paris honeymoon

Tickets to the Louvre are better reserved before you go. And by better we mean cheaper too.

A few days at the beach in Nice, a nice stop along your way to Paris (if you’re coming from Italy) or Rome (if you’re headed south way instead)

Mont St Michel France honeymoon ideas

Mont St Michel as a day trip from Paris. You can add a bus tour in your honeymoon registry for this stop.

Verdon National Park Provence honeymoon ideas in France

At last…Verdon National Park in Provence. Tickets + transportation for your list!

Couples can utilize any of the free tools that they provides including: uploading unlimited photos, selecting a beautiful registry theme, redeeming your gift funds at anytime, printing Thank You lists, receiving their expert travel tips and more! Andrew and Gina, the founders of Honeymoon Pixie, believe in giving back to their community and are involved in a number of local volunteering activities, including Camp Korey – a Paul Newman SeriousFun Children’s Network Camp – which is 100% free to all families who have children with life-altering medical conditions. In this spirit of giving back, they include a “Charity” gift category with all of their pre-made honeymoon registries. Couples have the option of choosing a charity that is meaningful to them, so wedding guests can contribute money to the specified charity as a wedding gift. Check out Honeymoon Pixie for ideas and get your registry started!

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The Wedding Bliss Thailand

The Wedding Bliss is one of the leading destination wedding planners in Thailand. Our highly qualified team of wedding planners mainly focuses on top holiday destinations including Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, & Bangkok.

We believe in every couple’s uniqueness. Thus, we always make sure that every wedding concept is different, reflecting couple’s personalities and preferences. Our weddings are meant to be luxurious, fun, meaningful and have a distinctive character. We combine high international service standards with famous Thai hospitality to bring an unforgettable, timeless and stylish events to all our clients. We have hand-picked the best wedding vendors around Thailand and abroad to provide nothing but the finest products & services. Our wedding portfolios have been featured in many luxury magazines and online publications.

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Local Wedding Guide: Ontario, Canada

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Kicking off our very first international Local Wedding Guide is Ontario, Canada — highlighting wedding pros in the area not just for local brides, but to anyone who fancies hiring talented folks. After all, they love to travel! We’re selecting various locations to highlight the numerous resources available from our vendor guide members and their favorite pros they love to work with. To recap, we have showcased 7 locations to date: North Carolina, Texas, Massachusetts, Florida, the Pacific Northwest, Indiana + Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Want your area to be featured next? Let us know in the comments and we will make it happen!

Ontario:

Sandy Tam:
Ontario canadian local wedding resources
sandy tam toronto ontario canada wedding photographer

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
Sandy Tam: My previous life was an auditor at one of the big four accounting firms here in Toronto. When I made the transition to become a full-time photographer, everyone around me told me I was giving up an amazing career and that I was crazy. I told them I was not doing it for the money. I was doing it because I wanted to be happy. I cannot describe how grateful I am for everything I have today. My couples treat me as their friend. I am able to photograph in the most beautiful locations and be blessed with couples who have such amazing personalities. Many fellow photographers I have met along the way have become my greatest support to pull me through stressful times (and yes, there are panic-attack moments). I cannot say I am better than other photographers out there but I can pretty darn well say that my couples wouldn’t become my friends if they didn’t like what I did for them. That, I believe, is the best feedback I could ever ask for.

What is your favorite tip for couples for being photographed on their wedding day?
Sandy Tam: My #1 Tip To Brides: Focus on your husband. This proved to be very helpful when I got married last year and it was my turn to be on the other side of the camera. I am usually very camera aware and camera shy. What helped me most was to focus on having a great time with my husband. Looking at him, chatting with him and just recalling what a great day it was. By doing all this, it distracted me from where the photographers were standing. When I am shooting my couples, I generate topics for them to talk about as a way to have them focus on each other rather than me.

bride getting ready
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Any favorite photo spots for engagement sessions or must see sightings?
Sandy Tam: I don’t have any one particular spot. I do find that some of the events and festivals we have in Toronto are quite interesting and make a very good backdrop for engagement photos. I often time my engagement sessions so that we can hit up one of the events or festivals. Nuit Blanche is one of them where we had spectacular lighting and was one of my favourite engagement shoots from last year. Doors Open Toronto is another good one. At the end of the day though, the advice I always give to my couples when choosing a location is to pick something that reflects who they are and what they like because if they are not comfortable in an environment, then they won’t look natural in the photos.

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wedding day beauty

Above images from John Schnack Photography

Venues:
Windermere House, Muskoka ON
Bellamere Winery, London ON
The Rosewater Room, Toronto ON
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, Toronto ON
Art Gallery of Hamilton, Hamilton ON
Miller Lash House, Toronto ON
Idlewyld Inn, London ON
Ancaster Mill, Ancaster ON
The Berkeley Church, Toronto ON
Strathmere, North Gower ON
At the School House, Ottawa ON


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Above images from Scarlet O’Neill Photography

Photographers:
HRM Photography (view portfolio), Ontario + will travel worldwide
Scarlet O’Neill Photography (view portfolio), Toronto ON + will travel worldwide
Sandy Tam (view portfolio), Toronto ON + will travel worldwide
Amy and Stuart Photography, Toronto ON + will travel worldwide
A Brit and A Blonde, Toronto ON + will travel worldwide

Event Planners + Stylists:
Cynthia Martyn, Toronto ON
Casamentos, Toronto ON
Oh How Charming, Toronto ON
Weddings Unveiled, Ottawa ON
Marry Me Productions, Ottawa ON

Florists:
Durham Florist Durham ON
Seasons Floral Studio, Tottenham ON
Dandie Andie Designs, Hamilton ON
Petals Stems and Leaves, Richmond Hill ON
Rachel A. Clingen, Toronto ON
Pink Twig, Toronto ON
Mimosa Flower Studio, Niagara Region ON
De Rose Designs, Toronto ON

bride groom field
bride groom desert

Above images from John Schnack Photography

Catering:
The Green Door Cafe, Wiarton ON
Glenn Burney Lodge, Seguin ON
Whitfield Farms, Shelburne ON
Ida’s Kitchen, Richmond Hill ON
Dish Catering, Ottawa ON
Thyme and Again, Ottawa ON

Bakeries:
Flour Studio, Toronto ON
LPK’s Culinary Groove, Toronto ON
Hello Cupcake!, Richmond Hill ON
The Wedding Cake Shop, Toronto ON
I Do Wedding Cakes, Toronto ON

bride groom bouquets
bride groom ceremony

Above images from Scarlet O’Neill Photography

Beauty:
Chobeauty, Toronto ON
Amplified Soul, Toronto ON
Allure Hair and Makeup, Toronto ON
Lotus Hair Studio, Toronto ON

Stationery:
Papillon Press (view portfolio), Subdury ON
Flakes Paperie, Cambridge ON
Paper & Poste, Toronto ON
Paper Damsels, Mississauga ON
Carte Blanche Design, Toronto ON
Mr. Boddington’s Studio, Toronto ON

Entertainment:
Indie Wedding DJ (view portfolio), Toronto ON
Maximum Music, Toronto ON
Enjoi DJ, Toronto ON

Tell us a little bit about you and what you do.
Justin of Indie Wedding DJ: Indie Wedding DJ is a boutique wedding DJ service. We specialize in DJing weddings for couples who love indie music. We love to get the dance floor moving with a variety of genres, however, we stay away from the cheesy wedding standards you always hear.

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The Wedding Bliss Thailand

The Wedding Bliss is one of the leading destination wedding planners in Thailand. Our highly qualified team of wedding planners mainly focuses on top holiday destinations including Phuket, Koh Samui, Krabi, Hua Hin, Chiang Mai, & Bangkok.

We believe in every couple’s uniqueness. Thus, we always make sure that every wedding concept is different, reflecting couple’s personalities and preferences. Our weddings are meant to be luxurious, fun, meaningful and have a distinctive character. We combine high international service standards with famous Thai hospitality to bring an unforgettable, timeless and stylish events to all our clients. We have hand-picked the best wedding vendors around Thailand and abroad to provide nothing but the finest products & services. Our wedding portfolios have been featured in many luxury magazines and online publications.

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Crystal Gardens Wedding

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This wedding sent from Heather Roth Fine Art Photography has a couple made in DIY heaven: one supremely crafty bride and one carpenter-by-trade husband who made together one truly beautiful wedding day. The guestbook postcards were given to one of the bridesmaids, who has been mailing them to the newlyweds in small handfuls ever since their nuptials. What a sweet way to reminisce their wedding day!

bride and groomreception menu signs

From the bride, Kate: Joel and I met 4 years ago on a four-wheeling, fun-loving country weekend trip away with mutual friends. We’ve been together ever since. He supports my crazy creative side that leaves our kitchen table covered in bits of paint, moss and beads. I support his dream to live on a farm. Together, we wanted a wedding that was completely us. We wanted our guests to leave knowing that everything from the ceremony to the cake was special to us. And I think we did exactly that!

peach bridesmaids dressessilver wedding shoes

vintage wedding invitations

bridesmaids by barnpurple wedding bouquets

Joel and I can easily be described as a hands-on, do-it-yourself couple. He’s a carpenter by trade and I dabble in a bit of everything art & crafty and have since I was little. I’ve always been really in love with hearing stories from the past, learning about where our families come from and shopping vintage. We both love to garden, he loves to grow vegetables & I love flowers. So from the minute he popped the question I knew our wedding would be filled with DIY, special touches with a vintage flair. We decided to combine our favorite things and to have a vintage garden wedding.

vintage guestbookswedding ceremony signs

seating chart sign

wedding wedding dress embroiderygroom holding bouquet

We decided to have an outdoor ceremony on site to keep it simple and we decided to personalize our ceremony by asking a good friend of mine, James Love to officiate. We were able to completely customize our ceremony to include things that we thought were special and meaningful including a wine and letter ceremony, music by really close friends, a ring warming ceremony by our parents and personalized vows. Our ceremony was perfect for us. And as much fun as I had at the rest of the wedding, the ceremony was easily my most favorite part!

diamond engagement ringspink wedding programs

open wedding reception venue

moss wedding decormoss table numbers

We created a unique guest book by using vintage postcards I found from a antique store that was closing. We invited all the guests to write us a note and drop it in the mailbox which we had placed on the table. All the postcards were addressed to us and stamped. One of my bridesmaids took them home and has been mailing them to us a few at a time. We love getting the mail and finding sweet messages from our family and friends.

bride and groomreception menu signs

reception tables moss numbers

pink white wedding cakesrustic wedding centerpieces

I wanted to make sure to include special touches that reminded me of my family. At the reception we used my parents toasting glasses from their wedding 36 years ago. My Mom and I use pieces of her wedding dress to create flowers for my DIY dress sash (my “something old”). We also used pieces of her dress to create a ring bearer’s pillow. Keeping family memories close by was so important to me. One of my grandmothers passed away almost 10 years ago and the other only a week before the wedding. I wore my late Grandmother’s pearls for the ceremony (my something borrowed) & I included pictures of both of my grandparents in a vintage locket on my bouquet to keep them close by. For my something blue, my mom stitched our wedding date into the lining of my wedding dress with blue embroidery floss.

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seed wedding favorslilypad pond

Advice for future brides? Don’t forget about the ceremony. Make it as special and meaningful as possible. After all, that’s the reason you’re having a big party later on, it should mean something to the two of you! Oh, and ask for help. There are always lots of people offering to help you and sometimes it’s hard to give up control but ask for help so you can enjoy the process!

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Location: Edwardsville, IL / Wedding Photographer: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Crystal Gardens / Wedding Flowers: Les Bouquets / Wedding Dress: Galina Signature via David’s Bridal / Wedding Veil: David’s Bridal / Wedding Shoes: Etienne Aigner / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: ModCloth / Bride’s Hair: Dana of Treo Salon / Wedding Cake: Patty Cakes / Musicians: Lauren Connolly and Phil Hoffman / DJ: Party Time / Officiant: James Love

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Mydolcefarniente – Weddings and Events in Italy

Dear beloved couples,

Thousand of kilometres divide us and you have to take a very important decision of choosing your destination wedding planner. Yes, i know it’s difficult to do without meeting the person. So, before we can have a Skype call to meet each other virtually, just a few lines about me. I’m a Tuscan soul since 2002, can’t stop thanking heavens for having “dropped” me in this marvellous land. Also for me the reason of moving to Italy was love :)
I’m completely in love with the wedding planning that I’m involved in since 2011. Your wedding is my wedding so if you choose Mydolcefarniente, you choose a highly professional team. I don’t apply the same fee for every event. I give the opportunity to the couple to choose the most appropriate solution for their dream wedding to come true. We work in a flexible way and offer different solutions unless we find the right option that satisfies your needs. We don’t have restrictions because the only things that counts is to make you happy.
Hear from you soon, Yuliya

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