Another popular honeymoon location I have heard from my brides lately is the oh-so-romantic Italy.
How cute is this gift basket from Olive and Cocoa for your best friend who has just announced their Italian honeymoon plans? This basket retails for a very reasonable $138. I promise you’ll be remembered as one of the best wedding-gift-givers!
Where are you headed on your honeymoon? Would love to hear from you!
Many of our brides are opting for a Fairytale Honeymoon– Mickey Mouse Style. They’re headed to Disney. When I came across this article on Newsweek’s BudgetTravel page, I immediately thought of them. Take a look at this article. Where are you headed on your honeymoon?
How many rides do you ride on a day at Disney?
Posted by: Brad Tuttle, Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010, 3:36 PM
The number of rides enjoyed by the average Disney park visitor may seem surprisingly low.
So what’s the average? Nine rides. In a whole day. Considering that a one-day adult ticket costs $87 and change, and entrance for a child age 3 to 9 is $78.81, this means typical visitors are paying roughly $9 or $10 per ride.
A recent New York Times storyhighlights Disney’s secret strategies for shortening the lines at park rides, and these efforts — which include starting parades to draw park goers into less crowded areas, and sending out a Jack Sparrow actor to amuse folks in line at Pirates of the Caribbean—have sometimes been able to inch the average number of rides to 10 per person per day.
Though some Disney enthusiasts enjoy shopping, parades, and other aspects of the experience just as much as the rides, the cost-per-ride ratio still strikes us as pretty excessive. What do you think? Is a three-minute Disney ride worth the equivalent of $9 or $10 a pop?
For that matter, if you’re an avid Disney visitor, do you tend to hit more or less than 10 rides in a typical day? If so, would you care to offer tips for newbies who are trying to get the most ride-age for their dollars?
Instant translations of street signs with your cell phone camera
What if you could point your cell phone video camera at a foreign-language sign and see an instant translation of the words on it? Word Lens allows just that. The iPhone/iPod Touch-only app, released mid-December, uses your camera to perform Spanish-to-English translations, without making a single keystroke on your phone.
Want to know what “las salchichas a la parrilla” means on a restaurant sign in front of you? Just point your camera and Word Lens pulls up the relevant English translation (“grilled sausages”) immediately and displays itwithin the image, replacing the Spanish words. So you don’t have to go to another screen or wait for more than a half-second.
Another huge plus for travelers: Word Lens works with a built-in dictionary. It does not need to connect to the Internet, and your phone is not hit with data charges while roaming in a foreign country.
Being offline makes it different to Google Goggles, a straightforward translation app for Android and iPhone devices that provides more accurate translations because it pulls results from the Web.
Downsides: Word Lens translations are far from perfect so far, and the tool doesn’t recognize handwriting yet. Translations for other languages are in the works, and the focus on Apple products is just the beginning.
Word Lens is “free” to download but you have to pay about $5 for each language you want to translated. The tool is available via iTunes. Find more info about the tool at questvisual.com.
Many of us haven’t left our couches for the past three days. Many haven’t gotten out of pajamas. If you’re a bride, you’ve used this snow time to do lots of research and blog stalking. Hopefully our blog has been one of the ones you’ve checked out regularly.
It’s really important to us that you have all of the checklists and planning tools you need to make your wedding planning process easy and fun.
One of our brides is using this snowed in time to address her invitations. If that’s you, here’s a great guideline for how to address your invites correctly.
According to the Association of Wedding Ministers, the average wedding engagement is seven to 12 months. If you were one of the lucky ladies who got engaged on Christmas Day or will be getting your ring on New Year’s Eve, odds are you will share wedding vows during the months of July to December. This makes sense seeing as the most popular wedding month in Atlanta is October. There’s a lot to do between now and October!
So what do you do first?
My very first recommendation is to find a venue. A couple of questions to ask yourself before trekking all across the Metro Atlanta area:
What will my wedding date be? This is a question that you might not be able to dictate. Especially if you are looking at a September or October wedding, venues may have a limited number of Saturday’s available. That’s when you might consider a Friday or Sunday celebration. Many venues will discount their food and beverage minimum or site rental fee on those “off” days.
What is my general style? Do I enjoy the historic feel of one of Roswell’s Antebellum mansions? Or is it more important to me that the guests can just take the elevator to their room after the reception?
Where do I want to have my wedding? One of the biggest trends is to have a mini-destination wedding. Choose a venue that is about an hour and a half from your home – someplace like Serenbe or a winery in North Georgia. Having your celebration there cuts down on the number of guests – generally just getting rid of the ones who are just coming for free food.
Your second task is for you and your fiancé to ask your maid of honor and best man to share your special day with them. Make this proposal memorable by taking them out for a really nice dinner and popping the question over their favorite meal. They will remember it forever.
Thirdly, discuss with your fiancé what each of your Most Important elements of your wedding will be. Do you have your heart set on a band instead of a dj; is his most important element the food? By bringing him into this conversation early on, both of you will enjoy the planning process more because each of you knows what’s a key ingredient for your partner.
Above all, remember, you are not planning a wedding. You are planning the first day of your married lives together. The two of you are planning a marriage celebration. That’s what is Most Important.
Byline: Erica Prewett is a wedding expert and owns A Big To Do Event, planning weddings all over the country. You may contact Erica at 404.547.5712 or Erica@ABigToDoEvent.com.
Breast Cancer affects all of us. I don’t know one person that has not been affected by breast cancer. One of my favorite local embroidery vendors (Faye Tarshes with Red Vine Creations) has designed this gorgeous scarf. Each scarf sells for $18.00 and $3.00 from each sale is donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
In talking with Faye about this fabulous gift, she reminded me that “the $18.00 price tag is symbolic as the number 18 in Hebrew is a chai and a chai means ‘to life’.”
The daughter of a mutual acquaintance of Faye and me being diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 27, Faye felt the need to do more than prepare a meal or make a one time donation. “By doing this, I feel that with each scarf I embroider, I am helping long term,” says Faye.
What a fantastic gift for your bridesmaids as well as the moms and grandmothers of the wedding!
To order these, call Faye at 770-241-6775 or email her at Info@RedVineCreations.com. Tell her we sent you!