Honeymoon/Vaca Packing List

Today’s post is inspired by my own little getaway that I have to pack for … because you can pack for a honeymoon or a trip and you’re going to want the same stuff, just sometimes you have to account for swap outs depending on destination.  My two brides honeymooning in Alaska will want to swap out things like “swimsuit” for “parka”, and “high heels” for “hiking boots”.  See what I mean?  Still need the same equivalent of “stuff”.

I know this is something that you can just google and people will give you their two cents, but my list is worth a buck fiddy.  Why?  Because it’s REALISTIC.  I did a little perusing on the inter-web and saw that people said things like “pack 2 dresses” – ‘scuse me?  That is cray cray.  Now if you know me, you know I hate pants, so I will wear a dress every day of the week if I can, but that’s not realistic for you.  However, I do believe you wear a few more dresses on a honeymoon than every day life. This is a list for the average girl.  Some people definitely need less, and we all can’t travel in Rachel Zoe fashion (below), but by all means, modify for you. I am basing this on a tropical honeymoon since it’s most typical.

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Plus I’m throwing in a little list for your man, because I always end up packing my husband’s bag for him now, because a) he doesn’t understand the concept of being spacially aware, and b) one time we were in Mexico and he only brought golf shirts.  This from a former New Yorker with great fashion sense. I could’ve died.

MUST HAVES/CARRY-ON
tickets/itinerary/hotel confirmation/emergency contact’s names/numbers
travel books/guides
passport/driver’s license/visa
some currency of where you’re traveling to (get from bank or travel agency)
2 different credit card – split up b/w you two in case one gets stolen
aspirin & meds – may want this on the airplane!
condoms
condoms (just bring more)
camera & charger/battery
ipod/ipad/kindle/book & charger/headphones
protein bar & candy (maybe that’s just me)
hand sanitizer

HER
1-2 pants – one jeans and one colored pants
1 neutral jacket
1-2 neutral cardigan
3 day or casual sundresses
2-3 nice dresses (LBD equivalent)
1-2 shorts or skirts
3 cute casual tops
1-2 nice going out tops
(if you hate dresses, swap number of dresses with shorts/tops)
work out clothes if you’re active/planning on hiking or activities
2-3 swimsuits
1 cover-up
1 flip flops for pools/walking
2 cute sandals
2 neutral heels (think black and nude, or gold and silver)
1 sneakers
3 purses total – 1 tote for airplane, 1 satchel for daytime, 1 clutch for nightime
socks, underwear, bras for all your different styles
lingerie.  just do it.
accessories: hat, sunglasses, scarf, earrings, necklaces, bracelets

FOR HIM
2 pants – nice jeans and khakis
3+ nice shirts for nightime
5 t-shirts/casual shirts
belt
1 sports coat and tie (optional)
2-3 shorts
workout clothes
2 swimsuit
1 sneakers
1 sandals
1 dress shoes
socks and boxers (guys, no holes in these, bring a new sexy pair)
cologne.  we like it, in not overwhelming doses
backpack

NON-OBVIOUS TOILETRIES/EXTRAS (I opted to leave out things like toothbrush, hope you can handle it)
a mini, nylon foldable tote for pool/extra items
sunscreen & chapstick (check where you’re going – in the DR sunscreen is $18/bottle!)
insect repellant/antihistamine
aloe if you’re a burner
hats
tampons – you never know, your hormones are all crazy, just bring some
tweezers
visine
hair dryer and conversion plug – not all intl places provide hairdryers
perfume

Let me know if I’ve missed any must-have’s that you love to bring with you! Always eager to find good tricks

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Wedding stress?

I hate peer pressure. *side note, when I was little I always thought it was pure pressure.  like the strong stuff. yeah.*  It is something that takes most of us years to finally overcome post teens.  So I don’t know why in wedding planning so many peeps get taken back to that horrible place!  Whether it’s family requesting a specific wedding day, mother-in-laws strongly “suggesting” a good idea, or the baker at the cake-shop saying they don’t “do” what you’re requesting and you should settle for something else.

Why must we settle?!  Well, yes, there is that whole budget thing, but budgets aside, this is about two people.  That’s it.  And as long as you two are happy, give up the rest!  You will never please everyone, even your fiance at times.  It is time to start being strong about your preferences.  Notice I said strong, not rude.  You can still be classy and polite with everyone (yes, even your to be sister-in-law) without crossing the line.  Then listen to what they say, genuinely consider their POV, and make a choice.  If you decide you don’t care, then awesome.  But move on, don’t let it dwell.

And if your cake-vendor won’t do a lace pattern that you like because someone else down the street does it already as their signature and they can’t handle being same-same, then great.  Go to that other person.  Because there are tons of bakers out there who will give you what you want.  It is about what you want, not about their pride in not giving you something similar to the competition.  They clearly don’t need the business, so don’t feel bad and cave in and say you don’t “need” that lace.  Go GET it.  Say “thank you so much, we’ll be in touch” and leave.  *sidenote: classy peeps do follow-up and email that they are going in another direction.  make your planner do it *
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The last bit of overcoming peer-pressure and not agreeing with what mom/sis/vendor tells you, is that budget cannot rule every decision.  I don’t want you to throw it out the window, but you have to be realistic.  Good service comes at a price.  Just like with everything.  So yes, you may get that amaze-balls bargain that defies all odds…but that saying “you get what you paid for” is around for a reason.

In the end, you’re MARRIED!  So that’s pretty great.  Don’t let all the little things get under your skin, because it should be so much fun.  If not, call me for a pep-talk.

Florist Consideration

Now I realize I’ve done a few floral posts this past month.  But let’s discuss not just making your own flowers, but talking to the person who IS making your flowers!

We are so lucky today to have pinterest and our fingers on the tips of all things visual these days…no tearing out of magazine or looking through a million photos at the florists to try and find what you’re looking for.  No second guessing, just straight up, “this is what I want”.

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Well, unfortunately, there is SO much more to flowers than finding one photo.  When you bring your pin board into the shop and you have everything all thought out, there are still a few key things to keep in mind.

1. What is the florist’s style? Is she conservative and classy and does a lot of in home arrangements? Is she creative and bohemian and more of an artist? Make sure you check out their work before you ask them to conform to your style, because even if they “can” do it, it doesn’t mean it’s their passion style, and therefore their best work. Feel free to ask them before a meeting if its something they’re interested in. They can hopefully guide you to someone else if not.

2. Where are you getting married and when? You may have found your perfect bouquet and table arrangements, but if its August and you only want ranunculus, you’re either going to pay up the wazoo for them or are going to get tiny flowers that look nothing like that spring Californian wedding from your board. Trust the florist when you talk to them. They should be Having a conversation with you and telling you realistically what they can provide, what are some alternatives, and if what colors are likely to be around. If they say yes to everything you want, you either got lucky, have a glorious budget to ship ’em in, or they’re not being upfront with what is going to show up on your big day. It is just not likely that everything is going to be available, so ask what she would do as alternatives “in case” or as fillers. We rarely love surprises.

3. Be realistic when it comes to budget. Who doesn’t fall in love with the best weddings featured on blogs? Honestly, no one is really “pinning” a $50 bouquet or centerpiece. So when you bring in your fav pics, don’t be surprised if when they say they can do that and their proposal comes back to you with a $200 bouquet and a $250 centerpieces. Talk with your planner beforehand to figure out what you should be spending on flowers and know that going in. If the florist asks, tell her! She is not going to mark things up just because you play your cards. It’s difficult to ask what a certain arrangement costs on the spot because they have to determine season, quantity, etc, so be patient as they get their quote back to you.

That said, happy floral shopping! I mean, who doesn’t love a gorgeous arrangement of flowers! With expectations managed, it should all be fun and stress free!

Tilden Park Perfection!

The only thing better than one bride, is two!  I feel so lucky to have gotten the chance to meet and help plan Ashley and Katrina’s wedding.  The second the two landscape architects began explaining their vision to me, I knew we would be in sync throughout the process.  And the love these two radiate is infectious!  They absolutely make you want to be one of their friends and join in on the fun that they are having, and I am so lucky to have been welcomed into their gorgeous NYE wedding!

Venue: The Brazilian Room, Berkeley, CA
Planning & Styling: Christina Logan Design
Flowers: Christina Logan Design
Photography: Sarah Trent Photography
Catering: Ann Walker Catering
Attire: Oscar de la Renta & Enzoni

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