May 2017

Honeymoon Essentials Box

Photo credit: The Yes Girls

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Couples already have a lot on their plate when it comes to the wedding, so we have compiled a collection of our favorite honeymoon products to make packing easy and celebrating their once in a lifetime trip unforgettable!

Our Favorite Honeymoon Products

Protect your wedding ring with a Qalo Ring

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1) A QALO ring

The QALO ring is hands down a favorite amongst newly married men because it’s perfect for traveling and avoiding losing that new wedding band. Even women are digging the silicon wedding band for the honeymoon since it’s ideal to wear while swimming, hiking, snorkeling, during spa days and other Honeymoon activities they plan to experience. It’s such a hit we included it in our new Happy Honeymoon Gift Box!

Pack some great sunnies for your honeymoon

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2) Sunnies

We love a cute pair of shades to rock the all-natural look on your honeymoon. What’s even better than some stylish sunnies is a pair that gives back to a cause while you’re at it! It can feel overwhelming to pay all the wedding vendors and honeymoon travel expenses so when you’re buying something practical (like sunglasses) it lessens the sting when you are giving to a charity too! We specifically love Diff Eyewear because each pair of Diff sunglasses sold provides a pair of reading glasses to Eyes on Africa. Amazing right?

Honeymooners reading on the beach

3) A Good Read

Have a good go to read for traveling and down time. One of our personal favorites and on the Best Sellers list is The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman. It’s informative and an easy read as a couple launches into marriage!

Wet bikini bag in Honeymoon Essentials Box

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4) Wet Bikini Bag

Whether you are traveling to a tropical destination or not, chances are you will be packing a swimsuit for a late night Jacuzzi session or beach day. To avoid dampening your dry clothes pack a wet bag from the Honeymoon Essentials Box or your wet bikini or personal items.

Travel cards say I'll Follow Your Anywhere

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5) Travel Card For Your Love

There is never a better time to write down what you absolutely love and adore about your new husband or wife. Sometime during your trip, write a card to your loved one listing all the things that you have enjoyed together on your honeymoon and/or specific qualities you love about him or her. Save it in a safe place and have them open on your first wedding anniversary! There are a handful of gorgeous travel themed cards out there like this one from Type Shy Shop.

Pack right for your honeymoon

Author Bio:

Heather Vaughn, Founder and Marriage Proposal Planner at The Yes Girlsstarted The Yes Girls after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder because she loved the idea of helping guys propose in completely personalized and romantic ways. She discovered there were thousands of searches for proposal ideas but no real resources which resulted in The Yes Girls, the 1st marriage proposal planning company. Years later, she is still hooked. A leap of faith and incredible clients turned her passion for love and thoughtfulness into the best job ever!


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Think outside the box with your wedding ringThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

It’s a piece of jewelry you’ll wear forever, so it’s really important that your wedding ring matches your personal style. But in a world of seemingly endless choice, how do you ensure that your wedding band is a true reflection of your style? With the trend for personalization growing by the day, many couples are customizing their wedding ring designs with incredible individual touches.

Choose an alternative stone for your wedding ring

If you’re looking to make your mark on your wedding ring, here are six inspirational ways to personalize your wedding ring design.

#1.  Have your electrocardiograph engraved on the inside of the wedding band.

Yes, you read that correctly – you can have your own heartbeat engraved on your wedding ring! This impressive personalization technique enables you to record your heart activity on the inside of the wedding band and will ensure you’re known forever for your envy-inducing displays of affection.

The ultimate way to give your heart to your fiancé, an electrocardiograph ring engraving starts with your heart activity being recorded and visualised before being engraved on the inside (or outside) of your wedding ring, leaving you with a completely unique ring design and a lasting memory of how being with your partner makes you feel.

Add meaningful touches to your ring

#2.  Inscribe the wedding band with special dates, meaningful song lyrics, or even, your fingerprint!

A longstanding lovers’ tradition, inscribing wedding rings, has been a popular trend since the middle ages. In the courts of Medieval Europe, couples chose lines of romantic poetry to decorate rings made from precious metals. Inscribing words and numbers on wedding rings is a design technique that’s still used today and is one of the easiest methods of personalizing your wedding band. Is there a meaningful phrase, address or nickname that connects you with your partner? Subtle yet impactful, hand-engraving heartfelt messages, significant dates, and even evocative song lyrics can give your ring an extra-special touch. You could even engrave a lyric or phrase that starts on your ring and ends on your partner’s as a way of linking your wedding rings as a matched pair.

#3.  Engrave the outside of your wedding band.

Make your unique love story one for everyone to see by engraving motifs or designs on the exterior of the band. From scroll patterns frequently seen on antique and vintage style rings, and classic wheat (as pictured below), to entirely bespoke patterns, your wedding band engraving will give an instant representation of your style.

There is an outer engraving design for every personality and the only restriction is your own imagination! For feminine brides, what about an organic, floral design? Or for couples who want to subtly highlight a special day or time, numerals allow for a dramatic statement in an unassuming design. You could even use a flowing scripture like the magical language of ˜Elvish’ to decorate the band, icons from your favorite movie, or bring the nostalgia of the place you first met to your ring by featuring a set of beautifully engraved coordinates in the outside of the band.

#4.  Set a gemstone on the inside of the wedding ring.

If you are looking for a subtle way of personalizing your wedding ring, setting a small gemstone set on the inside of the band could be the perfect option. Secretive and meaningful, this customization technique is an intimate declaration of love, highlighting the special connection that you and your partner have with each other. It enables you to personalize your wedding ring without changing its external appearance, making it ideal for couples who prefer less overt displays of individual design.

Unique to Taylor & Hart, they set a signature ruby inside the band of every ring – a secret treasure known only by you and your partner. Why not take the personalization even further and have your partner’s birthstone or favorite gemstone set into the inside of the band? This design technique integrates with a personalized engraving beautifully, as shown in the image below with the phrase, to the moon and back.

Select an alternative finish for your wedding ring

#5.  Select an alternative metal finish to your chosen wedding band.

Imagine you’ve found a wedding ring design that you love but want to give it a personal touch. That’s what this technique can offer you and your partner. No matter what your wedding ring design looks like, we can customize the band for you with a final aesthetic of your personal choice. Each band can be finished differently to achieve an entirely unique look that’s just right for you.

Whether you choose to give it a traditional polished finish or a contemporary satin look, you’ll be able to impart your style onto the metal and get the individual look you’re after. Popular finishes for wedding rings include traditional polished, satin, hammered, and pebbled – each one giving your band a slightly different variation of reflectiveness and texture. For a cutting edge finish, why not choose wire brushed, soft brush finished, sandblasted, matte or even florentine – a beautifully textured metal finish featuring hundreds of tiny raised sections of metal in an almost weaved pattern.

#6.  Choose two-tone metals for your wedding band.

For brides and grooms with a love for contrasts, two-tone metal wedding rings are a great choice. Fast becoming a modern wedding trend, these unusual looking rings provide make a great statement. Using two precious metals for the wedding band brings color, personality and your individual tastes to the design of your most treasured jewelry piece.

Often resulting in a contemporary finish, mixing metals is a great way to incorporate your favorites without feeling restricted by one color. You can also enhance this color contrast by setting diamonds or colored gemstones into each metal so that it really stands out as something personally chosen by you.

By using a metal color that will complement the color of your stones, like rose gold with pink sapphires, for example, you can really emphasize the beauty and color tones of your selected gemstones or diamonds. As shown in the image below, you can add an antique edge to the contemporary look of mixed metals by merging them with delicate milgrain – a pretty metal beading technique that’s ideal for vintage-loving brides to be.

Unique wedding ring touches

With a huge range of techniques to personalize your wedding ring, we’re sure you will be able to stamp your own style on your most important piece of jewelry. What’s really exciting is that personalizing wedding rings for you and your fiancé can result in either a pair of rings that feature identical elements that are special to you as a couple or two completely unique wedding bands for lovers with their own individual style. Whether you choose vintage style rings with traditional internal inscriptions or contemporary wedding bands with trend-setting metal finishes, be sure to make your rings as individual as you are with one or all of these design elements.

We’re excited to see what you come up with to make your ring design unique to you so don’t forget to share images of your personalized wedding bands with us!

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Personalize your wedding rings

Author Bio:

Taylor & Hart is a custom jewelry store that offers personalized engagement rings that tell the unique story of a couple’s love. Formerly called Rare Pink, the store is an online store with physical locations around the globe.

If you are looking for a unique engagement ring, you can select the metal, type of ethically-sourced stone, ring design, stone cut, and stone quality, along with any custom touches. Experts are available to speak with you throughout the process as you select the ring of your dreams that is special to you. Once you have selected your ring, you can expect delivery within four weeks. To minimize the risk of buying online, Taylor & Hart offers an unconditional30-day return policy.

For more information, check out the website at or, in the U.S., call (646) 712-9358.

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