4 To-Dos Before You Say “I Do!” #IDo

As the owner of Music Box Invites, I have been working with brides for a little over a year now and I believe a lot of them don’t realize just how long it takes to plan a wedding. One of the main problems is that there are just TOO many options, too much information and brides today are used to living in a world of instant response (text, emails, skype) but the wedding industry is based on custom made goods and that takes longer.

To avoid the inevitable stress, here are some must-have tips every engaged person needs to keep in his or her repertoire – before they even plan the wedding date! So before you say I DO, Do ….

1.   Collect

Before choosing a date or venue, start collecting things you love about other weddings, gowns, tuxedos, venues, etc. You can keep a folder for each wedding item (flowers, invites, gowns, etc) and put the pictures, notes, torn out magazine pages in each folder. Another great place to collect the things you love is on Pinterest. I believe every bride needs a Pinterest board for her wedding. In fact, I suggest one board for each “folder”.  Then you can share that board with prospective vendors (the invitation board goes to invitation designer, flower board to florists, etc).

2.   Involve

Go over your collection of loved items with your spouse to be and get his or her input. I know most men are not that interested but involving them is a great way to get your marriage off to a good start. You guys are a team. At the very least, if he hates something you can take it out of the “folder”.

3.   Plan

After about a month of “collecting”, go back over the folder and narrow it down – decide your theme and colors, what time of the year you want to be married and what type of venue appeals the most to you. Get advice from your “guests to be” before looking at the venues and choosing a date.

Custom Invites can take up to 6 months!

Custom Invites can take up to 6 months!

4.   Schedule

Understand how long things take — gowns can take 6 months to come in, venues and best photographers are sometimes booked a year in advance, custom invitations can take 3 to 6 months. A bride must give herself time to get things done. I suggest assigning only one to two tasks a week to accomplish in order of the items that take the longest. Creating a timeline on excel can help*. Use your “dream” wedding date and then back up each week to see when you would need to start to get everything done without over-stressing yourself.


If you can afford it, seek out a wedding planner before making any decisions (but after your collection of folders). And meet with at least three before making a decision on which one to go with. Get references, read their reviews and see other work they have done.

*Joann Marks has an excel spreadsheet with tabs that will help any bride with their timeline, budget, guest list, etc – available free for the asking.

Castles and Beehive Homes, Oh My! #Honeymoon Destinations in Turkey

People ask, “What’s the use of traveling if it’s not in the company of someone I love?” To that we say combine your dream of an exotic adventure with your honeymoon! Turkey is truly a hidden treasure and you can make a romantic honeymoon out of any of these Turkish destinations. To completely enjoy your own romantic vacation, inquire your own journey practitioner concerning the recommended hot air balloon trip in Cappadocia. Practical knowledge a fantastic mixture of the ancient culture with modern day lifetime in Istanbul. Keep the Turquoise Riviera on the Turkish coastline in which you will encounter love as well as leisure in your high end vacation from the violet oceans in which the Aegean as well as Mediterranean Ocean meet. These types of stylish leisure activities display the key factor of Turkey among the ideal vacation destinations on the globe. Here are the 6 best places for honeymoon in Turkey.


turkeyIstanbul is very quickly becoming one of the more popular Turkish vacation destinations for travellers across the globe. Its vibrant, ethnical culture is traveller-friendly with many Internet sites, coffee shops, bookstores, sights, and much more. Istanbul is one of those vacation getaways seen in photos that are known for their lovely glimmering lights, downtown areas, and pulsing nightlife.


Antalya is a budding metropolis along the Mediterranean coastline. It’s no surprise why Antalya is among the most popular vacation spot for honeymooners as it buzzes with culture, nightlife, grand hotels, and unique dining establishments to captivate the adventurous heart. For people who wish to get the true Turkish experience, Antalya captures the idea of the country.


Cappadocia is a city built with the vacationer in mind. Couples can fulfil their dream of getting married in a hot air balloon, in the Cappadocia panorama, or in a historical chapel. In Cappadocia, you will probably discover the most amazing places to stay for your honeymoon.


Mardin may be the perfect historical honeymoon destination for you in Europe. Mardin retains most of its historical features and gives the illusion that time stopped with its architectural mastery, historical, archaeological, ethnographic, artistically and visual values. Mardin provides easy access to famed Turkish cotton, the highway, inns, and travelling caravans.


Sanliurfa, prophet Abraham’s birthplace, can be a great spot for your honeymoon. You can travel to closeby Harran and find the incredible beehive shaped homes. Harran is said to be where Prophet Abraham stayed with his wife and children on route to Israel. You can also look at the holy sites in Sanliurfa, or eat from the lakes that hold a variety of seafood.


Artvin is another smart vacation spot classic with its architectural mastery, historical churches, and castles. But that’s not all; Artvin also has rich fauna and virgin woods on mountains that soar up to 3,900 meters high! To get started with your Turkish honeymoon you can’t forget your Visa! Get started online at Turkey Visa. Guest author Zara is a student of Medicine in Scotland. She combines her passion for travelling and writing and is working with Turkey Visa, the best Visa agency for beginning your adventure in Turkey.

#Honeymoon Heaven: Surprisingly Romantic Honeymoon Destinations

The honeymoon represents a time of celebration in the lives of newlywed couples. Choosing the perfect destination should be the top priority when planning a romantic honeymoon. Your choice should reflect your personal interests as well as a symbol of your love for your new spouse. Consider these romantic honeymoon destinations; they might surprise you both!

Tennis in Australia

Tennis interests many people the world over. If your spouse likes to be active, you could go to Australia for your honeymoon. Melbourne offers visitors plenty of Australian charm and other activities like surfing, volleyball and hiking. When you’re not playing a rousing game of tennis, you can explore the city’s many restaurants, bars, theaters, museums, and other activities. The friendly locals will help you to celebrate your new marriage in a way only Australia would be able to. Perhaps if you’re less of an active couple, and more for relaxation consider booking a tennis vacation to the Australian Open 2014. That way you’ll be able to be a part of the action without leaving your seats.

columbiaMedellin, Colombia

During the days of Pablo Escobar, Medellin was considered the most dangerous city on the planet. Times have definitely changed, yet the crimes of the past still deter many people from enjoying this amazing destination, but Medellin today is as safe as any other city in Latin America. The unbeatable climate of Medellin attracts many visitors. The city is nicknamed “The City of Eternal Spring” for its incomparable weather and beauty. The flowers all over the city give it a charm that other cities just don’t have.

Prague, Czech Republicczech

Prague intrigues people all over the world with its history and mystique. The architecture alone in Prague is worth seeing with your new spouse. A walk along the Vltava River provides one of the most romantic scenes in the entire world. You can see the Prague Castle in the background in all of its magnificent glory. Explore the city’s many stores and restaurants. It’s an Eastern European tour filled with magic.

JordanAmman, Jordan

Most people don’t think of the Middle East when they think of romance, but that’s what makes it a surprise. If you go to the top of the Citadel, you will take in all of the city’s sights and sounds in a unique way. Don’t let the differences in culture deter you from seeing an amazing city and enjoying romantic evenings with your loved one.

Your honeymoon should be perfect, and one of these locations may be just what you need. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box. You might discover an amazing opportunity for your honeymoon adventures. It will be a great adventure to start your married life with.

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