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Honeymoon Essentials Part 1 – It’s All in the Planning!

by | Honeymoon Essentials, Honeymoons


Ms Filagree



Image via Austin’s Wedding Guide Bridal Blog via Packing for Your Honeymoon

The days following your wedding are moments of pure bliss with you and your loved one. All the hustle, pre-wedding planning and moments of stress are now behind you and it’s nothing but relaxation and romance for the next days, weeks or months (for the super lucky ones!) on your honeymoon – so let’s make that time the best it can be!

It’s All in the Planning!


This is key! You want your honeymoon destination to be a reflection of who you are as a couple and to be ideally suited to what you want from a honeymoon. When looking for the perfect honeymoon destination, there are a number of factors you need to consider.

1. Dream Destination: Everyone has that dream honeymoon destination (Maldives over the water bungalows anyone?!) so now is the time to dig out those travel brochures or create a Pinterest board and dream up everything you want from your ideal honeymoon.



Image from One&Only Reethi Rah Maldives via Honeymoon In The Maldives At The One&Only Reethi Rah Resort

2. Budget: Now that you’ve got an idea of what you want, it’s time to get to the nitty-gritty part of determining your budget. No one likes being restricted by a budget, but when it comes to your big day (and the days following) it is important to keep your budget in check as this is a time with many expenses at once.

If your budget doesn’t meet your initial thoughts of your dream destination, do your research to find similar places a little closer to home – eg: Over the Water Bungalows are plentiful in the Asian Pacific region for a much more attainable price point

3. Weather: This is a huge factor when choosing your ideal location. If you’re headed to a neighbouring island for their tropical weather, take note of their wet seasons. A simple Google search will give you all the answers you need.

4. Time frame: Always dreamt of doing a round the world trip on your honeymoon but you only have 2 weeks off work? You should apply budgeting principles to your available time. Pick the absolute key places you want to see and prioritize your time in those areas. You’ll have more time to enjoy the culture and lifestyle by focusing on only a few places if you’re strapped for time.


To make sure your honeymoon is completely stress free, there are a few crucial elements that need to be arranged prior to jet setting off.

1. Travel Insurance: Nothing spoils a perfect holiday like loss of luggage, sickness or a myriad of other incidents that can occur, so travel insurance is an essential part of planning your perfect honeymoon! Be sure to read the fine print as some policies don’t cover various activities you might be planning while you’re away.

2. Passports: If you’re planning an international honeymoon, double check your passport will still be valid throughout the entire duration of your honeymoon and if you need to arrange a passport, make sure this is done well in advance to allow plenty of processing time.

3. House Sitting/Pet Sitting: Before you leave for your honeymoon, think about if you’re going to want to arrange a house sitter and if you have pets, where are they are going to stay. If your friends and family aren’t able to look after your furry friends, your local area is sure to have boarding kennels to keep your pets safe.


Image by Memory Bank Photography via Kerrie and Mark’s Surprise Wedding

4. Confirmations: In all the planning and preparations in the lead up to your big day, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the details. Keeping a spreadsheet of all your vendors and travel arrangements is a simple way to track what date you booked, who your contact is and when you confirmed your bookings.

5. Airport transfers: If you’re traveling to your dream destination via the airport, there are a number of transfers that you need to think about. How will you getting to and from the airport to begin and end your trip? Will you be driving yourselves, having a friend or family member drive you, using public transport or splurging on a chauffeured drive? However you may be travelling, be sure to arrange this well in advance to your departure date. Your airport transfers at your destination can easily be booked through a travel agent with multiple options to suit every budget.

6. Luggage: In amongst shopping for your perfect dress, selecting wedding presents and approving a cake design, give a thought to the luggage that you’ll be taking on your honeymoon. Quality luggage is always a worthwhile investment so choose wisely if you are purchasing your own.

7. Medications/Vaccinations: If your honeymoon involves overseas stops, be sure to check with your doctor about any vaccinations that you may need for each of the countries you are staying. Also make sure that you have any medications that you may be on!

8. Packing: In the lead up to your big day, be sure that you schedule in some time for packing (and shopping – new lingerie perhaps?) in the weeks prior to your wedding – no last minute packing stress!

Organizing your honeymoon is one of the most exciting aspects of planning your entire wedding. It’s just you and your loved one doing exactly what you want to do to begin your lives together – make sure it’s everything you want!


COMING UP: We’ve picked out some of our dream honeymoon destinations from around the world – special places for adventure junkies to those just wanting to relax on a secluded beach for the week! Part 2 of our Honeymoon special will be Australian based locations whilst Part 3 will showcase locations from every corner of the globe.


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Ms Chinoiserie Says: Great advice on how to plan the perfect honeymoon; I can’t wait to read the next post on dream destinations!

Luxurious Pretty Beach House

by | Honeymoons, Location Australia


Chloe van der Werf

The luxurious Pretty Beach House offers guests an all-inclusive sumptuous escape. Combining the perfect balance of effortless hospitality with an intimate feel and tucked high above the inlets and coves of Bouddi Peninsular rests the elegant Pretty Beach house.

Not only does the Pretty Beach House allow you to delve into complete and utter honeymoon bliss but you can also get back to nature and learn ancient dreamtime stories told by traditional landowners and indigenous elders. Upon arrival you will be welcomed with a traditional Smoking Ceremony which incorporates dance and didgeridoo around a glowing campfire with cocktails and canapés.

Only ever hosting a total of eight guests at a time privacy will not be an issue. You have the choice of four pavilions. Each with an individual timeless decor, private deck, dive pool and daybed, situated so you can take advantage of the bushland setting. King bedroom suites draped in fine Italian Busatti linen, stocked bar, vinyl record collection and ipod and video libraries are a standard across each pavilion.

Each pavilion is so opulent you may never want to leave. But if you do find yourself wanting to experience all that the resort has to offer the surrounding national park has plenty on show. You can take a lovely bush walk or if you prefer something a little more fast-paced a mountain bike (supplied with no extra charge) ride and explore some of the hidden gems this beautiful landscape has on offer. Pretty Beach House also offers guests charter of their luxurious boat. Whether you want to do a day fishing or exploring the hidden beaches and coves all will be in the lap of luxury. Or maybe you just want to have a couple’s treatment in the Bouddi Spa? Why not do it all?

For me personally a honeymoon isn’t a honeymoon unless it involves delicious food (not to mention beverages). Here at Pretty Beach House Restaurant and Bar the daily menu features seasonal Italian style cuisine! Better yet, you can order at any time of the day, yes any time! Don’t feel like dining in the main area? You have the option of dining privately, al fresco on the stunning property or even on a private boat. Beverages come in abundance also, with an extensive range of premium wines and spirits that complement your dining experience. If you are after something that little more special, the wine cellar is stocked with rare old and new world wines to delight your palate.

Awarded the Harpers Bazaar ‘Luxury Reborn Award for Experience in Travel’ for ‘Creating the quintessential Australian getaway’ in the Contemporary Hotels, Beach House and Villas category, this beach house has earned its badge!

Situated just 90 minutes by car or 20 minutes via seaplane north of Sydney, getting to this secluded location is easy. This luxurious and quintessentially Australian experience is all-inclusive and is an effortless destination for that perfect honeymoon. Like what you see? Enquire here.

All images supplied by Pretty Beach House

Accommodation: Pretty Beach house

Jess and Rick’s Modern Bali Destination Wedding

by | Honeymoons, Inspired Destination Weddings, Inspired Weddings, Location Asia,


Polka Dot Bride

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Jess & Rick

Jess and Rick chose Bali for their wedding- their all white colour palette and modern touches created a dance that was not only theirs but also spectacular and at home with the amazing Bali landscape. They chose Veli Photography to capture every moment of their day.

Jess tells the story of how they met. “When I was living on the Gold Coast we came in contact with each other through mutual friends.”

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Jess remembers, “My something old was a very special surprise from my groom on my wedding morning. When my very special grandma passed away she left me her opal collection. My husband to be made contact with my mum to get these opals. From the collection he chose a white opal and took it to a jeweller, designed a setting for it and got it made into a beautiful ring with a diamond halo framing the white opal. It was such a special and meaningful gift.” Jess chose a strapless gown from Karen Willis Holmes, her bridesmaids in ivory Zimmermann frocks.

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Jess and Rick chose Tirtha Uluwatu for their wedding ceremony.

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Jess walked down the aisle to Jason Mraz ‘I won’t give up’.

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Jess remembers, “Probably the most significant story of the day was when the groom forgot the rings, he only realised just before the groomsmen entered the chapel. Because the traffic was so bad in Bali they had to get the videographer to get on a motorbike and scoot back to the villa and get them…this was all unbeknown to the bride who was wondering what was taking the boys so long.”

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Of their photographer, Jess tells, “Our photographer was called Veli, he was a creative and emotive photographer who lives in Bali.”

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Jess and Rick chose Pandawa Cliff Estate for their reception which also doubled as accommodation for the bride and groom and their families who all stayed on site. Global Weddings decorating the pool with candles.

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Jess notes, “Our wedding day was indescribable….. Words do it no justice, it was a day that felt magical, filling us with an overwhelming sense of happiness, perfect in any way we could have imagined and never ending lifelong memories. It really was ‘the best day of our lives’.”

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Of their first dance, Jess tells, “We decided we wanted something different from the slow romantic first dance songs, so we chose ‘And we danced’ by The Hooters. The beginning introduction was slow which then lead into the chorus where all our guests were invited in, this set the tone for the dance floor. It was so much fun and very unexpected by all our guests.”

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Congratulations on your marriage Jess and Rick! Thank you for sharing your day with us! Thank you also to Veli Photography  and Karen Willis Holmes for sharing today’s wedding with us!

Photographer: Veli Photography / CInematographer: Point One Designs / Bride’s Dress: Karen Willis Holmes / Bride’s Shoes: Nine West / Bride’s Jewelry: Karen Willis Holmes / Groom’s Attire: Made in Thailand / Bridesmaid Dresses: Zimmermann / Hairstylist: Renee Pettit / Makeup Artist: Renee Pettit / Catering: Bali Catering / Ceremony Venue: Tirtha Uluwatu / Reception Venue: Pandawa Cliff Estate / Pool decor, fire dancers & dessert buffet: Global Weddings
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