Archive for January, 2011

Homeward Bound

Honeymoon Rental Properties on Airbnb

Your honeymoon couldn’t come a day sooner. After the hustle and bustle of the past year, you’re in need of some peace and quiet to enjoy your new status as Mr. and Mrs. If sipping wine in a Parisian pied-a-terre or escaping to an English castle sounds like your honeymoon style (and you’re willing to part with room service), check out Airbnb’s posh listings of private rental homes.

From Malaysia to Massachusetts, Airbnb is an online marketplace that allows users to post properties in categories based on popular cities or themes (we recommend Life’s a Beach, Romantic and In the Lap of Luxury). Thrill seekers can book a renovated airplane in Costa Rica, while homebodies can snuggle up in a hideaway cabin in Yosemite. To keep everything private, safe and secure, Airbnb requires both guests and hosts to submit a user profile and oversees all financial transactions (don’t forget to check out each property’s reviews from former guests). Once you’ve signed up, guests and hosts can use Airbnb’s onsite messaging service for easy communication.

There’s no place like home.

Visit airbnb.com.

Announcing Chantilly Weddings

In celebration of Chantilly’s one-year anniversary, we’re delighted to announce the launch of Chantilly Weddings, featuring real couples and their fabulous fetes. Enter our Weddings contest for a chance to be the first-ever couple profiled on Chantilly! Just follow these steps:

1. Submit your favorite photo from your engagement, shower, wedding or honeymoon from the past year to editors@chantillyonline.com. The deadline for submissions is February 14 (one photo only per entrant). Include your names, city and wedding date.

2. To win, tell friends and family to join Chantilly’s Facebook Fan Page (click “Like”).

3. Visit the Weddings Contest album on Chantilly’s fan page and vote for your favorite photo by clicking the “Like” button underneath the photo.

4. Voting will run until February 28. The winner will be determined by the most number of “Likes.”

The winning couple will be announced on March 1, so enter now!

We Glove You

Wills & Kate Gloves by Donna Wilson

Any 2011 wedding faces tough competition from the likes of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The royal couple’s got a monopoly on monarchy-based romance, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a touch of Queen-approved style.

Practice your bridal wave this winter in Donna Wilson’s cheeky camel lambswool Wills and Kate gloves. Complete with an engagement ring on the left hand (labeled “Kate,” of course), they’re the perfect accessory to keep you warm as you bustle about on pre-wedding appointments.

Fancy that.

Donna Wilson Kate & Wills Gloves

Candy Coated

Wedding Cake Chocolates by The Little Candy Cake Company

The cake is cut, the slices are served, and suddenly the edible work of art you dreamed of for months is gone in a flurry of crumbs.

If your guests were too busy dancing to sample the cake, send them home with something that will travel better than a to-go slice. The Little Candy Cake Company creates miniature two-tier wedding cakes made of solid chocolate. Design a custom version that’s decorated to replicate your actual wedding cake, or choose a chocolate decked out in your color theme, and delight chocoholics with a favor that looks too pretty to eat (almost).  Available in four sizes and white, milk or dark, the mini “cakes” are created by a former celebrity stylist turned confectionist.

What a sweet life.

Visit thelittlecandycake.com.


Happily Ever After

Wedding Dresses by Ivy & Aster

You had to kiss a few frogs first, but your sweetie surprised you with an engagement ring on New Year’s Eve, and your days since have been a whirlwind of planning. Ring in 2011 with Ivy & Aster, a bridal and bridesmaid collection that debuted this month.

Founded by two best friends who share a love of storybook romances, Ivy & Aster offers a magical bridal collection of sweeping and short gowns, from a cascading silk organza gown with a tiered skirt to a strapless Guipure lace party dress with full skirt. Add your own personal touch with an Ivy & Aster netted rose shrug or one of their intricately embellished sashes.

Available in sizes 0 to 16, Ivy & Aster gowns are available in 20 bridal boutiques worldwide. The dresses take about four months from order to delivery, and while custom gowns are not currently available, small tweaks like straps and trains can be made upon request.

Now onto the glass slippers.

Visit ivyandaster.com.