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The Tuscany Wedding Planners

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Location Europe


Ms Chevron

I will admit to watching the wedding scene in ‘Letters to Juliet’ and wishing that I could do my own wedding all over again… in Tuscany! So when I saw a repin from The Tuscany Wedding on my Pinterest page, I couldn’t help but spend the next hour pouring over their beautiful images.

Since I was headed to Tuscany on holiday, I contacted Bettina and Beatrice from The Tuscany Wedding to find out exactly how they can help couples planning a destination wedding:

Describe a typical day at The Tuscany Wedding office? 

Since we have two offices – one in Berlin and one in Florence – we usually have an early morning call to coordinate and update each other about our daily to-do list and program.

If we have an upcoming wedding then we’ll do a last visit to all our partners. This includes checking the wedding location  to ensure it’s tidy, the gardens are in shape, and everybody knows about the exact schedule; we’ll check in with the caterer to make sure the menu and the set up for the event is all clear; we’ll meet with the florist to confirm all flower orders are placed; and we’ll stop by the selected hotels to drop off small gifts for the guests and the couple.

We will also touch base with the band, lighting designer, and all other partners we are working with. Our phones are on 24 hours because everything has to be perfect for this special day. Last, but not least, we talk with the wedding couple to make sure they are happy and reassure them if necessary.

If there is no upcoming wedding, then our days are filled with researching new locations, finding and testing new partners/vendors, attending fairs, and creating new business opportunities/partners in other countries.

I’m sure all of your weddings are beautiful, but tell us about a particular favourite? 

We still remember a very romantic wedding that took place in one of the most beautiful corners of Tuscany. A lovely young couple decided to get married without family and friends, just the two of them. We found a gorgeous venue with a private chef, the setting for the ceremony was a stunning ancient ruin accompanied by a small classical quartet. Everything was just perfect and so romantic. Of course we had prepared a nice card, which got filled with pictures from the wedding and was mailed from Italy to all the family and friends while the couple was still honeymooning.

What makes Tuscany such an idyllic location for a destination wedding? 

Tuscany has everything you can imagine! Beautiful landscapes, most of the time beautiful weather, great food, nice people, and of course an enormous quantity and variety of gorgeous venues, castles, villas, vineyards, and the seaside with its beautiful beaches. This said, Tuscany is where everyone can find the perfect place for his or her taste (and pocket).

What services can you offer couples from Australia (and around the world), wanting to plan a wedding in Tuscany? 

Well our philosophy and goal is to make every couple’s wedding the most beautiful day of their life. Especially if couples are travelling from around the world to get married in Tuscany, you need to offer a full service and make their stay memorable. We offer a full program including wine tastings, cooking classes, golf tournaments, etc. Couples and guests from abroad often like to stay more than just a long weekend, so our goal is to pamper the couple and their guests so they are all relaxed and can enjoy the wedding without worrying about the detail.

If you’d like to find out more, visit The Tuscany Wedding.

Images provided by The Tuscany Wedding

The Polka Dot Travel Lounge – Honeymoon Travel Advice from Jessica from

by | Destinations, Honeymoons, Polka Dot Travel Lounge


Ms Herringbone

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We’re back in the Polkadot Travel Lounge for 2014, and can’t wait to hear the tips and secrets from our Travel Experts we have lined up ‘specially for you! Today I am joined by the lovely Jessica Byrnes of! Since launching back in 2002, has successfully established itself as one of Australia’s leading online accommodation booking destinations, offering access to the hottest hotel deals from over 150,000 properties in Australia and worldwide.

Jessica has been generous enough to share with us her honeymoon travel advice, including the best  hotels and destinations – and some particularly unique tips for a romantic proposal!

What is your favourite region?

The Kimberley in Western Australia. It is one of the most natural and unspoilt regions in the world. Also home to Broome and its stunning Cable Beach sunsets.

Stay: at the Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa

Experience: A sunset camel safari



Top Resort Recommendation?

For absolute luxury? Gili Lankanfushi Maldives. The overwater villas on this intimate island are perfect for honeymooners, private & luxurious and dining options are beyond romantic. Think private dinners on a secluded island, seafood over the lagoon or the underground cellar where you can taste incredible wines, handmade chocolates and artisanal cheeses.


Suggestions for great honeymoon activities.

Do something adventurous together. Skydive in Fiji; go diving with sharks in the Cook Islands; climb a volcano in Peru; learn to surf in Maui. That way you take something home that you’ll remember forever.

The ideal location for a proposal?

Somewhere intimate – get away from the city – the more remote the location, the better. Think like Prince Will who proposed in a remote Kenyan hut. What about a beautiful treetop hotel in South Africa?  Or for something a little more local – try glamping at Paperbark Camp in Jervis Bay, NSW.

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Best kept secret honeymoon location?

Everybody goes to Bora Bora & The Maldives but if you want to do something different, try Samoa.

Stay: At the Sinalei Reef Resort & Spa

Experience: a swim at the stunning Togitogiga Waterfalls.

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Thanks so much to Jessica for sharing her time and expert knowledge with us today, it certainly has me pining for a remote island somewhere! For more amazing getaway ideas, head over to and spend some time!

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Storybook Switzerland For Honeymooners

by | Destinations, Honeymoons


Ms Chevron

Switzerland is picture postcard perfection. I had heard it was beautiful but couldn’t have fathomed exactly how true that would prove to be. We had a 9 hour rail journey from Venice (Italy) to Engelberg (Central Switzerland) and I was mesmerised by the storybook scenery along the way.


We met our lovely host Susanne at Hotel Edelweiss and were taken to a corner suite with a big comfy doona (each!). We awoke the next morning and caught our breath as we took in our beautiful surrounds. The room had floor to ceiling windows that overlooked the sleepy little village nestled among pine trees. There was a thin blanket of cloud at eye level separating the homes below from the snow-capped mountains above. It was serene and a moment I will never forget.


After rugging up, we decided to go for a walk and explore the village. I loved the gingerbread-style buildings and quirkiness of the stores. We walked to the outskirts of the village (it’s only very small) and saw some fluffy-eared cows. Even they looked happy to be in Switzerland!



We decided to swing by Schaukäserei Kloster Engelberg after seeing a good review, and watch how they made the Engelberger Klosterglocke (bell-shaped cheese). Entrance to the cheese factory is free and it was really interesting to see them turn large vats of milk into cheese. We ordered fondue for two (the cheese variety) along with some sausage and bread for dipping. It was really rich and smacked you in the mouth, but enjoyable in small portions.


The next day at breakfast, Susanne greeted us all smiles saying it was a good day to venture up the mountain. We took three cable cars to reach the summit of Klein Titlis (3,028 m) from Engelberg and we were blessed with a beautiful view. It was -5°C but with the sun shining on our layers of thermals, it was somewhat ‘warm’. We took the Titlis Cliff Walk (the highest elevation suspension bridge in Europe) and walked through the illuminated glacier cave.



Three cheek kisses later from Susanne, we were on a train again headed for our next stop in Switzerland. Lucerne (or Luzern as its spelt there) is about an hour north of Engelberg and is built on the shore of Lake Lucerne. We stayed at the Art Deco Hotel Montana in a suite that overlooked this very lake with the Swiss Alps in the distance.


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Art Deco Hotel Montana is a four star superior hotel with membership in the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. This hotel has serious credibility receiving the 2013 HolidayCheck Award. Apart from its gorgeous location, I can vouch for the impeccable service of the staff too: that night we ate dinner at Scala Restaurant where our waitress scraped stray crumbs off the table between courses with a little silver instrument! Everything at this hotel screams service and luxury.

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There’s something for the boys too with the recent opening of the Hemingway Lounge with an exquisite variety of rum, as well as cigars. The Louis Bar on the other hand, is the only bar in Switzerland to boast a range of over 130 single malt whiskies including the largest selection of rare bottles. There was a live pianist filling the room with smooth jazz tunes when we were there, and the guests were loving it.

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If you’re considering a destination wedding, then Art Deco Hotel Montana would be a serious contender. The stylish Art Deco Hall has a seating capacity for over 110 people and can be divided into different rooms, which makes it the ideal venue for larger to more intimate wedding receptions. Ceremonies can be held on Scala Terrace with a panoramic backdrop of Lake Lucerne, and it’s not far to travel for a honeymoon should you wish to indulge in one of their luxury Penthouse Spa Suites upstairs.

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To this day, when I’m asked what my favourite country from our trip was, my answer is Switzerland. Sure I have a very close second, third, and fourth answer, but there is simply something about Switzerland that makes you feel like you have been transported to another world. The mountains. The snow. The lakes. As for Switzerland for honeymooners, you’ll love it because everything is storybook.

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Engelberg Images taken by Mr + Ms Chevron.

Lucerne Images provided by Art Deco Hotel Montana.

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