How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon

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Who said wedding planning stops at “I do”? As you’ve probably heard, your wedding day will fly by, so you’ll want to have something you can still look forward to after the chaos has died down. It’s important to not get so caught up in wedding planning that you forget to plan your dream honeymoon until the last minute. Take some time, follow these tips, and you can have the honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of!

Start the planning early
Don’t wait until after you’re married to start thinking about your honeymoon. For many reasons, you should start the honeymoon planning shortly after you’ve begun the wedding planning process. Although you don’t necessarily have to book your trip before getting married, the earlier you start planning, the better. Planning early will allow you to find more options, and have your pick of resorts and flights instead of filing through everyone else’s leftovers. An even better perk of planning and booking early is you’ll find better prices, which means you’ll get to enjoy more than you anticipated!

Find room in your budget
Speaking of better prices, be sure to fit your honeymoon into your wedding budget. Most couples tend to focus on how much money they’re going to spend on each detail of the wedding day, but forget to set aside a specific amount for the celebration after. Don’t make that mistake; decide how much you can afford to spend on your trip and create a separate account to budget for that. If you create a budget for your honeymoon, you’ll be able to break up that money into amounts to cover your flights, your hotels, and then your food and adventures along the way. If you fail to set aside a budget, you’ll end up just using the money left over from the wedding (if there is any).

Go with something that fits your personality
While it might be easy to just ask your friends and family what they did for their honeymoon and plan the same trip for yourself, it’s not always the best choice. Whoever you’re getting a recommendation from could have an entirely different personality than you, so you want to choose something that’s going to work for you and your new spouse. If you’re more of the relaxing type, you won’t want to plan a honeymoon backpacking across Europe. Or if you’re in between and like to relax but also like to have fun, you might want to book a cruise that has amenities that allow you to lay low and get a tan but also enjoy entertainment and nightlife. Plan a trip that satisfies your likes and hobbies!

Find the right destination
Once you’ve decided what kind of vibe matches your character, you can start researching specific destinations you want to visit. Maybe consider checking off a bucket list destination, or pick a region you’d like to visit and look into honeymoons available there. Picking the right destination is crucial in your experience, and you want to enjoy yourself fully on this newlywed adventure. Once you have an idea of where to go, you can start planning your activities, your meals, and your relaxation as well!

Use an agent
While it’s likely that you could plan a honeymoon all on your own with the research you do online, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use a travel agent. An agent will be able to plan a completely cohesive trip that has all the amenities you’re looking for. They will also be able to work with your budget to get you what you want (and maybe more) for the amount you’re able to spend. An agent will likely have connections all over the travel community, and will be able to fit you into a certain hotel, or find better accommodation than you could have on your own! So don’t shy away from using an agent right from the get-go.

Who run the world? Girls.

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Today is International Women’s Day, and while we shouldn’t limit our love for all the fab and fierce ladies in our lives to a single day, it’s still important to acknowledge the cause and encourage #BalanceforBetter. So in honour of this day, we’re sharing 10 of our favourite female quotes to inspire your next personalized gift. Whether its a milestone birthday or school graduation, a new chapter in life or simply “just because” these sayings will leave you and your recipient feeling #feministAF.

1. “Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another steppingstone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey

2. “I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day.” – Amy Poehler

3. “If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” – Margaret Thatcher

4. “For most of history, Anonymous was a woman.” – Virginia Woolf

5. “Each time a woman stands up for herself, she stands up for all women.” – Maya Angelou 

6. “A girl should be two things: who and what she wants.” – Coco Chanel

7. “If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” – Katherine Hepburn

8. “There is no limit to what we, as women, can accomplish.” – Michelle Obama

9. “Feminism is the radical notion that women are human beings.” – Cheris Kramarae

10. “A woman with a voice is, by definition, a strong woman.” – Melinda Gates

How to Spend Valentine’s Day

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Love is in the air! Can you feel it? Whether or not you’re in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is a holiday for every one of us. While there are so many ways to celebrate the occasion, here are the top date and gift ideas so no matter who your Valentine happens to be, you’ll be looking forward to the 14th this year.

Your SO
The Date:

Dinner is a must, but restaurants are way overrated, not to mention way overcrowded for this occasion. Instead opt for a night in where you cook for your love, or maybe even prepare your meal together over some good conversation and a bottle of wine. Plus, when you’re already at home it’s much easier to transition into the Netflix and Chill part of the evening.

The Gift:
I’m not usually a fan of super cheesy but on VDay, I usually make an exception. When it comes to what to gift your Valentine, make sure it’s something that will remind them of you each time they see it. For example, these puzzle piece necklaces for two are so freaking adorable, not to mention absolutely ideal for this type of occasion. It’s a great reminder how perfectly you fit together and can even be engraved with coordinated messages to make them super special.

Your Friend
The Date:
What could be yummier than a brunch date for you and your Galentine? In true Leslie Knope fashion we encourage you to plan the ultimate waffle breakfast or brunch party to celebrate all your exceptional gal pals who make life all the better.

The Gift:
Remember when best-friend necklaces were all the rage? Good news is they’re totally back in style, and if that’s not exciting enough on its own, gifting one of these Share & Pair Rafiki Bracelets from ME to WE can actually make a difference to someone in need! Handmade with love by a woman in Kenya, every Rafiki purchase gives one of five life-changing impacts in a developing community, and these ones give health!

Yourself
The Date:
Self-love should never be put on the backburner, and especially not on Valentine’s Day. After all, you’re the most important person in your world, so don’t you forget it! If you’re solo this year, pick your favourite activity and make a day (or night) of it. When it comes to making yourself happy, you’re the only real expert.

The Gift:
There are literally a million different gift options to spoil yourself with, but since we’re all about gifting with intention around here I’m gonna suggest something a little off the cuff. Have you ever considered buying yourself an embroidered plush animal? Because if not, you definitely should!  Stuffed animals were once our greatest comfort and the amazing thing is their magical properties never go away, no matter how old we get. Embroider yours with a personal message to yourself to make it the ultimate self-gift!  

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