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Brides Magazine June 2016 - July 2016 Archives - New Orleans Weddings - Reception, Venue & Planning
Jun 292016
 
Kelly Wearstler Desert Glam Wedding Theme

Photo: Kelly Wearstler; Janneke Storm Photography; Paperless Post; Braedon Flynn; Gerardo Somoza/Indigitalimages.com; Courtesy of Designers; Flour and Flourish

Dreaming of a designer-curated wedding? Your wish is our command! Kelly Wearstler, the ultrachic L.A. interior designer, has pulled together all of the elements of a seriously chic wedding for us to fawn over — and for you to steal! Consider yourselves lucky: She's an elegance expert, after all, having decorated homes for celebs like Cameron Diaz and Gwen Stefani, designed the interiors of Viceroy resorts in Anguilla and Palm Springs, created invitations for Paperless Post, and seasonal collections of lighting, bedding, and rugs. (Phew!) Now she can add one more thing to her résumé with the launch of her new bridal registry at KellyWearstler.com, which features perfect product recommendations and curated style categories, easy access for your guests to shop your wishlist, and access to an ultra-exclusive one-on-one design consultation with Kelly herself. See? Told ya she's an expert! Wearstler's current wedding inspiration? Desert Glam — and we can already feel the heat...

The head of the global lifestyle brand gave us the exclusive deets on her foray into bridal registry and we couldn't think of a more perfect match other than, well, you and your hubby! "We want to be a place where couples can find great-looking, quality pieces," Wearstler told BRIDES. "An incredible dining table is so much more meaningful than the everyday stuff." We couldn't agree more! But before you and your soon-to-be spouse gather around that dining table, you can't forget about your reception table. And with the help of Wearstler, it's sure to be super stylish with this über-glamorous desert vibe.

"I love that juxtaposition of rawness and refinement," muses Wearstler. To capture that beautifully barren atmosphere, start with an effortlessly elegant wedding invitation suite. "We selected a paper that was very raw in hand but then you have the refinement and the delicate nature of the graphics and the metallic," Wearstler noted of this naturally luxe invite, a piece from her Paperless Post collection.

As for your day-of bridal style, a pair of unexpected lace-up ankle boots and an easy, breezy tulle gown as hot as a desert heatwave are both on our wish list. Don't forget to grab a bushel of desert-inspired blooms for that walk down the aisle. Pop in a show-stopping King Protea and you'll be the undisputed queen of the desert.

After the "I dos," dine on dinnerware fit for Sahara royalty. The animalistic striping on these Kelly Wearstler plates are the definition of safari chic. And don't forget to set the mood with lighting that glows with the setting desert sun. "Light, I think, is so critical and it can just make a space so beautiful," says Wearstler. This metallic statement pendant everything.

After a slice of wedding cake ("Always chocolate," according to Wearstler!), your guests will be ready to dance the night away — to Sting's "Desert Rose," of course!

Clockwise from far left: "Strada" round pendant, $1,575, Kelly Wearstler; "Allegro" invitation, $50 per 100 digital invitations, Kelly Wearstler for Paperless Post; Earrings, price upon request, Irene Neuwirth; "Savannah" lace-up leather ankle boots, $905, Malone Souliers available at StyleBop; "Bedford" dinner plate, $130, Kelly Wearstler

See More: Queue Up the Stevie Nicks for This '70s Inspired, Bohemian Wedding Theme

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Classic Black Bridesmaid Dresses That’ll Never Go Out of Style

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Jun 142016
 

Breakfast at Tiffany's fans, this one's for you. Every girl loves a little black dress — and bridesmaid dress, for that matter. If you're still searching for a haute hue for your 'maids, we're throwing it back to black — the classic go-to hue for a city girl's girls.

If we've said it once, we've said it a thousand times: Black is anything but boring. There's a reason why no matter all the trendy rainbow shades taking over the wedding scene — from pretty pastels to bright, bold hues — our hearts always soar when we spot this luxe, classic shade on bridesmaids. It's a terrific trifecta of effortless elegance, glamour, and timelessness. Yes, we're saying it will literally never go out of style. Never. Seriously, when was the last time you saw an old-school wedding photo of bridesmaids dressed in black and thought, "Embarrassing?"

Oh, and did we mention that the infamously-slimming color is a major crowd pleaser? In fact, when you tell your gal pals that they'll totally be able to wear the dress again, they'll actually believe you. And the sophisticated shade is guaranteed to flawlessly fit any wedding color palette, even allowing the bridesmaid bouquets to pop against the midnight hue.

Before you ask, yes, black bridesmaid dresses are suitable for a summer soirée. The inky hue is unmistakably elegant and fabulously fitting no matter your wedding season. The trick to bringing such a dark color into the summertime shade is all in the accessories.

Wondering how to have your own city girls wear the sultry staple? Whether you're envisioning short and sassy frocks or long and elegant gowns, we've got you covered.

Short Black Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

Photo: Gorman Studio; Styling by Alex Silva

Short
LBD's can work for a number of big day styles, depending on the fabric. The soft charmeuse skirt and one shoulder detail of this White by Vera Wang frock make it a summer wedding staple. Add a few floral accessories — like a bloom tucked away in their hair, or a floral-detailed clutch — to make the look even more seasonally-appropriate. If you're going for a more formal affair, classic black lace has never failed a bride. Pair with colorful accessories to keep the look celebratory. (One-shoulder dress, $159, White by Vera Wang available at David's Bridal; Lace top and skirt, $100 and $152, Watters)

Long Black Bridesmaid Dress Ideas

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Long
Okay, okay, so we know this glittery gown doesn't exactly fall in the "black bridesmaid dress" category, but hear us out! Put this shimmery siren Stella York gown on your maid of honor and your bridesmaids in similarly-shimmery black bridesmaid dresses, and you've got a stand-out MOH and a bridal party so stylish they'll rival that of any A-list bash. Or if you're feeling a little daring, slip into the sparkly gown yourself for your reception for a truly glamorous bride-and-bridesmaids combo look. We're also loving this tea-length lace dress by Self-Portrait. The sheer circle-lace and beige mesh breathes new life into the classic style. Pair with a bold red lip and your girls are ready for a fashionable after-dark "I do" affair. (Sequined gown, $299, Stella York available at Essense Designs; Strapless lace dress, $515, Self-Portrait available at Matches Fashion)

See More: Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses From Real Weddings

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We Dare You to Show Some Leg in These Luxe Little White Wedding Dresses

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Jun 092016
 
Short Wedding Dress Ideas

Photo: Coliena Rentmeester; Dyad Photography; Styling by Miako Katoh; Courtesy of Vendors

We'll keep this short and sweet (much like these fantastic frocks!): LWDs — that's little white dresses — are having a major moment. Actually, it's a moment that has offically spanned decades. Audrey Hepburn wore one for her 1969 nupitals to Andrea Dotti. Yoko Ono went hippie-chic when she donned a white minidress for her wedding to John Lennon. And June Carter also kept things cool when she wed Johnny Cash in an above-the-knee lace sheath. Will you be the next bride to show some leg on the big day? One look at these luxe LWDs and you'll be saying "I do," too!

Not just for courthouse weddings and elopements — although there is no denying that an LWD does look particularly fabulous on the courthouse steps and is totally travel and suitcase friendly for an impromptu "I do" getaway — little white dresses are cropping up (get it?) at both receptions and even traditional ceremonies. If you're worried about tearing up the reception dance floor with a train of tulle holding you back, just slip into an LWD after your vows and suddenly you're free to bust a move. And who ever said that you have to say "I do" in a big white wedding dress? Whether you want to stay cool at your summertime soirée or destination nuptials, or just want a modern alternative to the traditional bridal gown, walking down the aisle in an LWD will definitely have your guests' heads turning. And if you're the type of bride who wants to rock the white shade as much as possible during her wedding journey, LWDs are also the perfect fit for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, and other pre-wedding parties. Best of all, while you can't exactly wear a big ball gown again, you can totally recycle your wedding day LWD. More bang for your buck? Ahh, we see we have your attention!

Forget the LBD — LWD's are about to become your bridal wardrobe style staple. We love pairing the short, flirty frocks with rose gold accessories for a look that truly pops. The result is elegant enough for the ceremony, fun enough for the reception, and did we mention oh-so-chic? A stylish stiletto in a rose gold hue kicks your LWD up a trendy notch, while a dainty rose gold bracelet keeps the look feminine and as sweet as the woman inside that little white dress.

It's time to show off your gorgeous gams (and your style status symbol!) with an LWD, brides-to-be! Don't worry, they're Audrey Hepburn approved.

Clockwise from top left: Embroidered dress with tulle hemline, $450, Pankaj & Nidhi available at BHLDN; Clutch, $375, L.K. Bennett; Dress with embellished bodice, $1,720, Ellis Bridals; Earrings, $330, Bounkit; Tea-length dress with corded cut-out lace, $4,500, Amsale; Gazar dress with hand-cut flowers and illusion bodice, $3,080, Angel Sanchez; Heeled sandals, $795, Monique Lhuillier; Embroidered-tulle dress, $3,130, Liancarlo; Silk-guipure-lace dress, $2,490, Monique Lhuillier; Bracelet, $145, Michael Kors

See More: 60 Short Wedding Dresses You Can Buy Now

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Beachy Blue Bridesmaid Dresses for Nautical Summer Nuptials

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Jun 092016
 

Who said your bridesmaid dresses couldn't be your something blue? In fact, what could be better for a summer soirée than beachy blue frocks for your 'maids? The muted tone can have a magnificent effect on both your girls and your big day, complementing both an array of complexions and a seaside "I do" destination.

Perfect for a spring or summer wedding, outfitting your bridal party in this soft, nautical hue is a sea-worthy way to inject your beachy wedding theme into your bridal attire. Plus, it's a universally flattering color that looks good on nearly any skin tone — looking posh on paler complexions and contrasting a stellar tan — and in any style. Little blue dresses are just the thing for sandy, barefooted nuptials, while long blue-hued gowns are the easy, breezy choice for more formal, oceanfront vows.

Ready to dress your bridesmaids in this blue hue? From pretty prints to stunning solids, check out the beachy blue bridesmaid frocks below.

Solid Blue Bridesmaid Dresses

Photo: Gorman Studio; Styling by Alex Silva

If the gorgeousness of an ocean view is enough eye candy for you, stick to a solid colored gown for your 'maids. Classic and chicly minimalist, these soft blue frocks are almost too easy to rock. The dreamy crinkle chiffon and sheer straps of this Amsale bridesmaid dress (left) calls for a romantic spin on the alfresco dance floor. And this strapless Dessy dress is a traditional choice that'll work for almost any venue — and bridesmaid! The draped and rouched bodice and column skirt are ultra flattering and will earn rave reviews from your gal pals. (Silk chiffon gown, $310, Amsale available at Nordstrom; Style 8167, strapless sweetheart bridesmaid dress, $190, Social Bridesmaids available at Dessy)

Blue Print Bridesmaid Dresses

Photo: Gorman Studio; Styling by Alex Silva

Punch things up with a pretty print that still complements your natural and beachy bridal style. Get nautical with a preppy striped print, perfect for your beach club "I dos." The ruffled one shoulder detail of this Gül Hürge frock (left) screams "summer soirée," and the Mediterranean-inspired cotton and linen-blend will keep your girls cool in the hot sun. Style it with tan leather sandals for a surf-and-sand-friendly look. Meanwhile, a gold jacquard embroidery print, like on this dazzling dress from Alice and Olivia, is just the thing for a formal venue or nighttime wedding. Anyone up for dancing on the beach, under the summer stars? (One shoulder ruffle-trimmed striped dress, $672, Gül Hürge available at Matches Fashion; "Carrie" jacquard dress, $484, Alice and Olivia available at Shopbop)

See More: 30 Ways to Style Your Wedding Party

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Jun 062016
 
honeymoon awards adventure lodges

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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite adventure lodges under $350!

1. Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $320; arenalnayara.com)

2. El Silencio Lodge & Spa, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $310; elsilenciolodge.com)

3. Blancaneaux Lodge, Belize
(Doubles from $289; blancaneaux.com)

4. Treehouse Lodge, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $265; costaricatreehouse.com)

5. Daintree Eco Lodge and Spa, Australia
(Doubles from $243; daintree-ecolodge.com)

6. Garonga Safari Camp, South Africa
(Doubles from $245; garonga.com)

7. Lapa Rios, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $340; laparios.com)

8. Hotel Si Como No, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $240; sicomono.com)

9. Glamping Cononici Di San Marco, Italy
(Doubles from $196; glampingcanonici.com)

10. Morgan's Rock, Nicaragua
(Doubles from $265; morgansrock.com)

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Jun 052016
 
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite all-inclusive resorts!

1. Velas Resorts, grandvelas.com

2. Secrets Resorts & Spas, secretsresorts.com

3. Zoëtry Wellness and Spa Resorts, zoetryresorts.com

4. Sandals Resorts, sandals.com

5. Excellence Resorts, excellenceresorts.com

6. Karisma Hotels & Resorts, karismahotels.com

7. Hyatt Zilara, allinclusive.hyatt.com

8. Couples Resorts, couples.com

9. Paradisus Resorts, melia.com

10. Dreams Resorts & Spas, dreamsresorts.com

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Wedding Planning Without My Mom: How One Bride Walked Down the Aisle Without Her Closest Confidant

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Jun 052016
 
planning with my mom

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Not all brides get to plan their big days with their moms by their sides. Here's how writer Michelle Ward Trainor learned to face down her to-do list without her closest confidant.

Like most people, I was ecstatic when I got engaged. Matt proposed to me on a snowy night in the West Village, at the spot where we'd shared our first kiss in New York City, before whisking me away for a romantic evening out. But as I stepped into a waiting car and took out my phone to start telling my friends and family, I felt a wave of sadness. I couldn't call the one person I wanted to the most, my mother, who'd passed away from breast cancer six years earlier.

My mom was the eldest daughter in a family of 10 children. Raised in a big farmhouse, she was a second-mother figure to a home full of rambunctious boys and two girls. To say she was patient and selfless is a major understatement, and when I came along — after she'd been trying for years to have a child — she poured all of that selflessness, patience, and kindness onto me. My younger brother was born a couple years later, and we were the center of her world.

I watched her fight cancer on and off from the time I was 13. One of the things I admired most in her was the positive attitude she kept. She would get up, put on her makeup, and go to the doctor, notepad in hand, with a smile on her face. And — good news or bad — on the way out, she'd be laughing and holding hands with my dad. She was determined to fight the disease because she wanted to be there for her kids — to help us to adulthood and beyond.

Some of my favorite times with her were the long walks we would take. We'd grab the dog and wander around the neighborhood in our western-Massachusetts town, talking. After college, when I moved to L.A., we'd stroll along the beach when she visited. On one such walk, she shared the story of how she married my dad at 29 ("ancient back then") because she'd refused to settle. "I would hide during the bouquet toss at weddings because I'd be the only adult out there!" she said. At this point, most of my close friends were still with their college boyfriends, whom they would go on to marry, while I was in no hurry to settle down. Telling me this story was her way of encouraging me to wait for the right guy.

I'm not sure exactly when my mother knew the end was near, but I'll never forget the day I did. I got a call from my father telling me that I needed to come home immediately, and I did, one day after my parents' 30th wedding anniversary. She never wanted to burden anyone around her with her pain. The fact that she let my father make that call told me everything I needed to know. Three days later, she was gone. I missed her immensely and immediately. As anyone who has lost a loved one knows, one of the most difficult moments comes when you realize he or she won't be there to experience the rest of your life. I was 25 when my mom died, and with all the loss I was feeling came a gut-wrenching thought: My mother is never going to meet my husband or see me get married or know my children. When that first major life moment arrived, it hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks.

So even though I couldn't wait to marry Matt, when it came to planning, I dragged my feet. The thought of doing it without my mom was crushing and overwhelming. I gave myself a grace period. (I couldn't be expected to visit venues over Christmas, right?) But after one too many questions from friends and family, I decided to rip off the Band-Aid and start with what I thought would be hardest: the dress.

On my first appointment, I found myself awkwardly explaining why my mom wasn't there. "I'm here with my aunts and my best friend, um, my mom passed away, so, um..," I muttered to the saleswoman. "But, um, I'd love to see something with lace sleeves." Carissa, my best friend and matron of honor, shot me a sympathetic look. "I just don't want anyone to think she wouldn't come or we're estranged or something," I whispered. As I tried on each dress, the three of them beamed and told me how beautiful I was, but my mom's absence was palpable. After that appointment, I didn't go on another for five months.

Whatever your relationship is with your mother, a wedding tends to magnify it. My mom and I were exceptionally close. She understood me so well and could help me work through any process. I carried her spirit around with me, from the stories I'd tell about her (which Matt said made him feel like he knew her) to wearing her wedding band, which I put on my finger after her funeral and have never taken off.

The best way to honor her was to not let her death stop me from enjoying this special time in my life. So I decided I had to stop wallowing in her absence and start planning. Sometimes it was difficult, but I tried focusing on the positive, just as my mom always did. I had a wonderful support system: a loving family, including my father, who had been my rock and gave me amazing advice along the way, a great group of girlfriends, and Matt's family, who were warm and welcoming. And then there was Matt. Without my asking, he started researching bridal salons, sending me links to dresses, and setting up appointments for me. Not many grooms want to spend their weekend shopping for wedding gowns, but he was right beside me with a big smile on his face. The sales associates couldn't believe I'd let him see me in the dress before our wedding day, but we didn't care; it worked for us. Before long, I found myself gaining enthusiasm for the process. It did feel like every bridal salon I visited was filled with giddy brides and their equally giddy mothers. But then I'd come out of a dressing room and find Matt drinking champagne with the other brides' moms, and I'd shift my focus from what I didn't have to what I did. And when I finally tried on the dress and saw his reaction, I knew it was the one and that my mother would've loved it. More important, she'd have loved the way Matt and I became our own family. We were facing a challenging time and growing closer through the process.

Which brings us to the wedding itself. I knew this would be the day I missed my mom the most, so I had a plan: The night before, after the rehearsal dinner, I went back to my room and wrote to her. I cried, but it was cathartic. I woke up comforted (albeit with puffy eyes, which my makeup artist magically banished), knowing that even though she wasn't there, she was present. I carried lilies of the valley, her favorite flowers, and her treasured rosary was my "something blue." Holding it while I exchanged my vows made me feel like she was alongside me. My childhood priest, who was very close to my mother, offciated the ceremony and made her a part of his homily. When he said, "Jeanne is with us here today," he was right. And she was proud.

See More: How to Honor a Deceased Relative at Your Wedding

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Jun 042016
 
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite city resorts under $350!

12 Apostles Honeymoon City Hotel

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1. Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa, Cape Town, South Africa
(Doubles from $327; 12apostleshotel.com)

Peninsula Bangkok Honeymoon City Hotel

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2. Peninsula Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
Doubles from $211; peninsula.com

Bellagio Honeymoon City Hotel

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3. Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada Doubles from $159; bellagio.com.
Shangri-La Honeymoon City Hotel

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4. Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Doubles from $195; shangri-la.com.

Auberge Saint Antoine Honeymoon City Hotel

Photo: Courtesy of Auberge Saint-Antoine via Facebook

5. Auberge Saint-Antoine, Quebec City, Quebec
Doubles from $136; saint-antoine.com.

Hotel Campo De Fiori Honeymoon City Hotel

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6. Hotel Campo de Fiori, Rome, Italy
Doubles from $249; hotelcampodefiori.com.

Four Seasons Las Vegas Honeymoon City Hotel

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7. Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, Nevada
Doubles from $279; fourseasons.com.

Banyan Tree Honeymoon City Hotel

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8. Banyan Tree Bangkok, Thailand
Doubles from $170; banyantree.com.

Cotton House Honeymoon City Hotel

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9. Cotton House Hotel, Autograph Collection, Barcelona, Spain
Doubles from $350; hotelcottonhouse.com.

Hotel El Convento Honeymoon City Hotel

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10. Hotel El Convento, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Doubles from $185; elconvento.com.


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Jun 032016
 
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see our favorite beach resorts under $350!

Turtle Inn Honeymoon Beach Resort

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1. Turtle Inn, Belize
(Doubles from $289; turtleinn.com)

Hotel Punta Islita Honeymoon Beach Resort

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2. Hotel Punta Islita, Costa Rica
(Doubles from $253; hotelpuntaislita.com)

Westin St John Resort

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3. Westin St. John Resort, USVI
(Doubles from $254; westin.com)

Turtle Bay Honeymoon Beach Resort

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4. Turtle Bay, Oahu, Hawaii
(Doubles from $299; turtlebayresort.com)

JW Marriott Honeymoon Beach Resort

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5. JW Marriott Phuket Resort & Spa, Thailand
(Doubles from $160; Marriott.com)

Victoria House Honeymoon Beach Resort

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6. Victoria House, San Pedro, Belize
(Doubles from $199; Victoria House)

Ti Kaye Honeymoon Beach Resort

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7. Ti Kaye Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

(Doubles from $320; tikaye.com)

Waimea Cottages Honeymoon Beach Resort

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8. Waimea Plantation Cottages, Kauai, Hawaii
(Doubles from $169; coasthotels.com)

Komandoo Honeymoon Beach Resort

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9. Komandoo Maldives Island Resort & Spa, Maldives
(Doubles from $289; komandoo.com)

Bucuti and Tara Honeymoon Beach Resort

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10. Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts Aruba
(Doubles from $333; bucuti.com)

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Jun 022016
 
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Picking the perfect honeymoon location is no easy feat — countless destinations, endless hotel options, and finding the ideal spot to suit both you and your new spouse's needs... how do you choose? Well, we've got you covered. Whether you're looking for inexpensive honeymoon ideas, ultra-romantic getaway locales, the trip of a lifetime or a combination of all three, you've come to the right spot. BRIDES teamed up with the A-list agents at Virtuouso, a network of more than 11,000 luxury-travel specialists, to find the most romantic, luxe hot spots in the world. Presenting our 2016 Honeymoon Awards — dive in to see the most romantic honeymoon cities!

Paris France Honeymoon

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1. Paris
Why is the City of Lights our number one most romantic city in the world? If you can't answer that question, book a trip to Paris immediately. Spend your days visiting world-renowned museums like the Louvre and the Musée d'Orsay, strolling the serene banks of the Seine River, or having a picnic lunch in verdant Tuileries Garden, and we guarantee you and your husband will fall in love all over again.

Venice Italy Honeymoon

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2. Venice
The Italians know a thing or two about romance—and it's easy to see why when you're gliding through the Venetian canals by gondola, sipping Bellinis at the famed Belmond Hotel Cipriani, or watching the sun rise over centuries-old buildings at Piazza San Marco. After days perusing the main city (burning off that pasta lunch!), indulge further at the newly opened JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa, a stunning hotel on its own 40-acre private island in the Venetian Lagoon???with numerous gardens and pools, a cooking school, wine academy, and restaurants by Michelin-starred chef.

Florence Italy Honeymoon

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3. Florence
There's no place better to experience la dolce vita than Florence, the Tuscan capital and birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Fill your days with cultural high notes, taking in prominent art works like Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus" at the Uffizi Gallery and Michelangelo's "David" at the Galleria dell'Accademia. Afterward, climb the (many) steps to the top of the Duomo for breathtaking views of the red-roofed city.

Rome Italy Honeymoon

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4. Rome
It's hard to summarize a city like Rome, which is equal parts ancient and modern. From sites like the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps to Vatican City's St. Peter's Basilica and Sistine Chapel, you'll want at least a week to experience all that the Italian capital has to offer. And once that week is over, we guarantee you'll want to return on your one-year anniversary.

Cape Town Honeymoon

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5. Cape Town
This bustling port at the southern tip of Africa has become a must-see at the beginning or end of any safari trip. The city—flanked by the wow-that's-really-tall Table Mountain (take the cable car up to the top) and facing the Atlantic and Indian Oceans—is a natural marvel of both land and sea. Spend your days shopping for local wares at the Watershed, sampling fresh fish at restaurants along the buzzy Victoria and Albert Waterfront, and having high tea at the stunning colonial-style Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel (where you'll maybe spot a celeb or two).

Prague Honeymoon

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6. Prague
Located in the heart of Bohemia, it's not surprising that Prague is the go-to destination for honeymooners in search of gorgeous art and architecture. The city is filled with hotels in converted buildings—like the Mandarin Oriental, Prague, a former 14th-century monastery—for an experience that's both luxurious and historically relevant. As far as activities, check out the city's famous Prague Castle (fair warning, it's a steep hike to the castle's location perched above the city!), contemporary art galleries, and iconic beer halls. Note: The Czech Republic has the world's highest per capita beer consumption so you know the brews are good.

Barcelona Honeymoon

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7. Barcelona
Barcelona is a city with it all—gorgeous beaches, artsy neighborhoods, storied architecture, amazing shopping, and more. Post up at the new Cotton House Hotel, a Marriott Autograph Collection property near the Gothic Quarter. From there, it's an easy jaunt to the city's can't-miss spots, like the Museu Picasso, the Gaudi-designed La Sagrada Familia, the Olympic Park at Monjuic, and the beaches of Barceloneta. And obviously, you have to taste the city's famous seafood and sangria.

Buenos Aires Honeymoon

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8. Buenos Aires
When in Buenos Aires, the obvious place to stay is Alvear Palace Hotel, a sophisticated city hotel in Recoleta that's adored by A-listers from around the world. Start your stay with a romantic stroll through Padeo del Rosedal, the city's quaint rose garden, and end with sexy tango lessons at Confiteria Ideal, a salon housed in a 1912 mansion in Microcentro.

Quebec City Honeymoon

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9. Quebec City
Québec City is the perfect spot for a quick trip outside the continental U.S. Honeymooners love the European feel of the French-speaking city, especially while walking through the Place Royale (a charming Medieval square), Domaine de Maizerets (a 66-acre urban park), and Aquarium du Québec (a 40-acre indoor-outdoor aquarium). After all that adventure, rest your head at Auberge Saint-Antoine, a modern boutique hotel with an 18th-centrury façade.

Charleston South Carolina Honeymoon

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10. Charleston, South Carolina
If you're looking for a sweet escape south of the Mason-Dixon, look no further than Charleston. Stay in the heart of downtown at Zero George, a boutique hotel with a cooking school, that's a short walk from Rainbow Row, a snap-worthy line of historic homes in???you guessed it???a rainbow of colors. While in the area, hit up super stylish boutiques (we love Mac & Murphy for paper products and Candy Shop Vintage for jewels) and Candlefish Library for a weekend candle-making class that's BYOB. Extend your stay with a day trip outside the city center to quaint Folly Beach and Boone Hall Plantation for a scenic end to your honeymoon adventure.

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