We’re kicking off our Weddings Done Well series with what’s arguably one of the most exciting parts of planning nuptials – the trips! We’ve rounded up our top picks for bachelor and bachelorette parties, a destination wedding and what’s sure to be a well-deserved honeymoon – because even though you may spend countless hours crossing to-dos off your list, there is fun to be had.
BACHELORETTE PARTY : Seattle, WA
Seattle gets a gloomy reputation for its wet weather (rainy season peaks between October – April), but the comfortable daytime temperatures and mild summer evenings make it a great place to explore with the girls during the drier months. Visit a winery within city limits or just 20 miles northeast in Woodinville, where the largest concentration of them can be found. Follow it up with a tasting tour of locally brewed coffees or a visit to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room. For a little history, check out Pike’s Place, the country’s oldest indoor market, the Experience Music Project Museum, which is dedicated to pop culture, or the famed Space Needle. For a more outdoorsy group, visit the beaches along Lake Washington, take a hike in a local park, grab tickets for a whale watching excursion or relax in Olympic Sculpture Park.
BACHELOR PARTY : Denver, CO
The Denver skyline in front of the Rocky Mountains.
Home to Super Bowl 50 champions, the Denver Broncos, the mile high city also boasts an additional 6 professional sports teams – so no matter the season, you and the boys can watch some of the best players in action on the court, field or rink. Coors and a smattering of local and large scale brewers call Denver and the surrounding cities home, so visit during the fall for The Great American Beer Festival or throughout the year to tour and taste straight from the producers. For the foodies in your group, check out The Source, an artisan food market. For a little outdoor fun, kayak in a local park or take a short trip outside of city limits for white water rafting, skiing or hiking.
DESTINATION WEDDING : San Diego, CA
Mild, sunny days, low annual precipitation and the mountainous and beach landscapes make San Diego an ideal place for an outdoor, destination wedding. More affordable than its Los Angeles neighbor, guests can keep themselves entertained with family friendly local activities including the museums in Old Town, special experiences like breakfast with Koalas at the 100 acre San Diego Zoo or dining and shopping along the Seaport Village Waterfront.
HONEYMOON : Iceland
For a truly one of a kind trip, consider Iceland. Make the most of your time by taking advantage of the long periods of summer sunlight. Attending music, art and food festivals, horseback riding, hiking in the diverse terrain, whale watching and bathing on black sand beaches or inside the hot springs and geothermal spas are just a few ways to explore this unique destination. Year round, adventurous travelers can visit the many parks, waterfalls and geysers.
If the low winter temps don’t scare you off, opt for December – February when seeing the Northern Lights is almost guaranteed. You can also enjoy skiing, glacier climbing and snowshoeing. If you find yourself in need of a nature break, check out Reykjavik, the country’s capital which boasts a vibrant nightlife scene and museums.
- Plan Ahead: Give ample notice to all prospective attendees. For weddings specifically, etiquette maven Emily Posts recommends save the dates should be sent immediately after confirming a venue and invitations 2-3 months out from the big day.
- Designate Responsibilities: Lean on your most organized friend to lead the charge for bachelor and bachelorette hotels, activities and bookings – you’ve got a wedding to plan! For a destination wedding, lean on the venue concierge or a wedding planner with local experience to get things done smoothly. For the honeymoon, share the weight with your partner and make sure you’re on the same page regarding your activity to relaxing ratio for a truly blissful trip.
- Don’t Stress: Relax and enjoy! If you’re taking the time to travel, make sure to soak up your surroundings and relish in your company; and remember – even Prince William and Kate Middleton delayed their honeymoon ensuring it happened at a time that was best for them.
Dallas Art Fair is just under a week away and we’re already thinking about what to wear and looking forward to catching a sneak peek of this year’s exhibitors – who range from the local Talley Dunn Gallery, to Carbon 12 from Dubai – at the 2016 Preview Gala.
Let the graphic works of Bernhard Buhmann and the whimsy florals in Sebastiann Bremer’s pieces inspire your look for the Dallas Art Fair season. Opt for this chic Alexander McQueen sleeveless, leather dress for a cocktail appropriate feel.
Pair it with a chain metal Tom Ford shoulder bag and strappy, studded Christian Louboutin sandals for a little edge. Top off the look with the new Dior Set earrings, which can be worn separately in each ear or together as a single statement piece.
For more info on this year’s event, which kicks off next Thursday, April 14th, and to see a full list of the exhibitors, visit DallasArtFair.com.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the Highland Park Village team is ready to play cupid with the best gift ideas for everyone on your list.
Stop by The Village for these items and more!
Does anyone else have a difficult time shopping for the men on their Christmas list? Surely we are not the only ones who are stumped when it comes time to buy presents for our fathers, brothers and significant others. Whether the man on your list is a techie, outdoor enthusiast or sports fanatic, Highland Park Village has the ideal gift to suit them all.
Here are a few items any man would be happy to find under the Christmas tree.
WISH LIST FOR HIM:
Anne Fontaine – Limited Edition Rocker Tee and Candle
St. John – 2013 Resort Collection Necklace (value $545)
Q Custom Clothier – Custom Shirt
Frederic Fekkai – Beauty Day (value $500)
Robert Talbott – Robert Talbott Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
Five and Ten – Wallet
Number One/Le Jus – Two Day Cleanse
Leggiadro – Italian Olive Oil
Escada – Earrings
Trina Turk – Earrings and Necklace
What’s on our holiday wish list from Five & Ten at Highland Park Village? You mean… we can’t say everything?? Well, if that’s the case, we have our eyes on PS1 handbags from Proenza Schouler, Lanvin flats (for the little ones too), and chic coffee table tomes. It’s stores like Five & Ten that make it EXTRA hard to remember that giving is better than receiving… we do try!
The incredible Madison boutique at Highland Park Village has assuredly taken over our Christmas Wish List! From an array of stylish tabletop tomes, to personalized guest towels, to oversize animals for the little ones – you are sure to find a gift for everyone on Santa’s list this season.
Windows at Bergdorf Goodman
New York Parties Private Views by Jamee Gregory
Monogram Night Shirts by Elizabeth Cotton