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You guys! Our favorite event of the year is quickly approaching and we are insanely giddy. It is time for The Cream Event, which by the way, is THE perfect way to kick off wedding planning for all you newly engaged gals. Why? For starters, The Cream brings together the best of the best in the wedding industry (get it? CREAM of the crop?) to showcase their wares and skills in a way that feels a lot like a wedding–complete with cocktails, tiny bites, tons of fashion and style, oh, and a crazy fab dance party. Plus, to top it all off this year, in collaboration with Wanderable, The Cream is giving away a 7 day Paris honeymoon. This is reason enough to get your tickets and come party with us on March 15th! Ready for this year’s design theme? We love.

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Did your ears perk up when we mentioned Wanderable? They should have! Wanderable is a new kind of honeymoon registry that lets you register for experiences, over things.  Chartering a sailboat in Thailand? No problem.  Sunbathing in the Caribbean? You got it. But there is so much more to this honeymoon registry than just your dream trip.  With over 2,800 curated experiences in 180 different cities, they’re the perfect solution for the modern couple who doesn’t need anymore “stuff.”  The best part is that each one of their experience providers is vetted by their team— and with over 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor, so you know you’re getting the best of the best.

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You heard us right. Goddess. Today, we’re talking registries, and one thing we’ve learned is that the task of picking out goods for your new abode can be a tad overwhelming. But thanks to our friends over a Zola, we’re going to give you 4 tips for succeeding at this whole registry business. Are you ready? Get your notepad!

Step one: Make your registry personal.

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Not only does your registry reflect your personal sense of style, but it is also a reflection of the two of you! Love cooking? Can’t wait to host friends? Prefer to travel instead? Your registry is a great way to tell a part of your story, so be sure to add fun notes, unique collections, personal pictures and a custom URL. Is it no surprise to you that Zola makes all this easy? And cute?

Step two: Register for what you really want.

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Don’t feel forced into the standard mixer routine–although no judgement–that’s a killer gift and we are obsessing over this copper one:

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Feel the freedom to explore all the other fun options you can add in too. What about a mixology class or an outdoor hike? Do you have your eye on a super pricey couch or heirloom china? Consider group gifting to make those pricey options a possibility. Honeymoon and cash funds (for that down payment maybe?) are always super great additions that allow for plenty of freedom! PLUS, with Zola, those handmade unique one-of-a-kind items from local stores or niche sites can easily be added to your registry with the “Add to Zola” Button!

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Step three: Get inspiration and help when you need it.

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We know you love all the pretty things, but what do you actually NEED for your new married life? It’s easy to get distracted by All. The. Cocktail. Glassware. Do you really need a glass set just for serving mojitos? Okay, maybe, but the point is that you might be forgetting some of the essentials. So, enter the Zola Buying Guide, which breaks down what you need from each category. They’ll help you even further with their Starter Collections which are there to help kick start your inspiration. We love that you can browse curated collections based on the essentials, your style, or interests. Plus, Zola’s Registry Concierge is always there to help you + your guests, and will even import your other registries–because we know that for those of you that have already registered, you’re feeling a little registry envy.

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Step four: Make it easy on yourself and let technology do the hard work and heavy-lifting.

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For most of us busy gals, technology is a huge help in keeping us organized and sane. Where would life be without our smart phones? Seriously. So of course, Zola has an easy to use iPhone App, so you can register for anything using on-the-go with features like a barcode scanner, mobile alerts, and Registry Planner. With the Gift Tracker you’ll know who gave you what, which is a HUGE a lifesaver when it’s time for thank you’s. With their Virtual Exchange it is easy to swap your gifts for ones you want before they are sent! And while we’re on the subject of shipping, if your living room is piled high with DIY projects for the wedding, or if you’re planning on moving right after the big day, you can opt for the Send It Later feature, which allows YOU to decide exactly when you want your gifts shipped.

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Le sigh. All so easy, right? We heart Zola! And guess what? Grey Likes Weddings readers will receive $25 to spend on Zola when they set up their wedding registry on Zola. New registries must be started (but not necessarily published) between 2/24/15 – 5/24/15. Credits will be placed into the couple’s Zola account 4 weeks after a couple’s registry is published live.

*Zola is a sponsor of Grey Likes, but seriously, we love them! All opinions are bloggers’ own.

We’ve got the skinny on a crazy awesome deal that Starwood Resorts offers, and today we are so excited to share with you some super fabulous incentives, plus introduce you to some of their top resorts! So, first off, what we’ve learned is that for a limited time, when you host your wedding at a participating Starwood hotel or resort, you’ll receive up to 100,000 bonus Starpoints® which you can put toward free honeymoon nights anywhere in the world!!! WHAT? Yes, you heard us. Plus, you’ll receive a complimentary guest room and sparkling toast for your guests on weddings held through December 31, 2015. Cheers to that!

With some of the world’s best resorts from Sheraton, Westin, St. Regis, The Luxury Collection and W Hotels, that means that you can choose from some of the world’s the most desired destinations. That means, when you choose Starwood Resorts for your wedding, you can earn Starpoints® toward free honeymoon nights in places like the beaches of Bora Bora, the exclusive slopes of Deer Valley, or the tropical waters of Hawaii. So first off, head here to explore Starwood destination wedding venues, and then–let’s dream about where you’ll head to on your honeymoon!

The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten

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At the The Westin Dawn Beach Resort & Spa, St. Maarten, you can escape to an island filled exotic European influence. Take in magnificent sunrises through your balcony’s French doors each morning with a Superfoods breakfast for two, rejuvenate together and indulge with a couple’s massage at the Hibiscus Spa and experience private dining on the beachfront and take in the intimate beauty of the Caribbean!

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At Le Méridien Bora Bora, experience the best of French Polynesia in a well-appointed overwater bungalow, allowing for the most romantic and intimate views of the crystal-clear water! Dine by candlelight after a breath-taking sunset over Mount Otemanu in the lagoon, take a dip with marine turtles in their natural environment when you visit the Bora Bora Turtle Center, and relax with wellness activities planned by their licensed Shiatsu Practitioner.

The St. Regis Deer Valley, Utah

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If you head to The St. Regis Deer Valley, Utah, enjoy ski-in/ski-out access to Deer Valley’s legendary terrain at the base of the Wasatch Mountains, with Ski Valets to assist you. Relax with Remède, Park City Spa, offering private spa suites for couples treatments. Enjoy farm-to-table cuisine with slopeside views at the onsite J&G Grill, plus cocktails or a 7542 Mary by the fire at St. Regis Bar & Lounge, plus, exclusive experiences are available in the resort’s two private Wine Vaults, holding 13,000 wine bottles hand-selected by sommeliers.

W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island

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At W Retreat & Spa – Vieques Island, find yourself in an undiscovered Caribbean paradise eight miles off the cost of mainland Puerto Rico. The onsite AWAY Spa offers more than 30 treatments, using custom-made scrubs and rubs, designed to create the ultimate Zen experience. You’ll experience true romance while overlooking Vieques’ Bioluminescent Bay, where light emanates from the ocean after sunset. Horses roam free on the island, and horseback riding tours are said to be the best way to experience secluded Vieques.

The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki

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At The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, Waikiki, enjoy the most coveted corner of Waikiki Beach, and choose from a private beachfront cabana or a luxurious guest room. You can partake in parasailing, catamaran cruises, surfing and snorkeling, all steps from the resort. Couples find their sanctuary in a spa garden oasis at Abhasa Spa, which offers couples a variety of luxurious treatments. The resort’s Spanish-Moorish architecture is showcased at its world-class restaurant, Azure, which serves locally caught fish selected each morning at daybreak

Puerto Vallarta has quickly moved to the top of our list of “Must Visit Places.” We love that the locale combines the romance of tropical beaches with the excitement and flare of a uniquely cultural experience! Today, we are excited to share with you “Puerto Vallarta, Mexico’s Romantic Destination Sweepstakes.” Because this beautiful city is the perfect setting in which to celebrate a unique and unforgettable wedding, honeymoon or anniversary, the sweepstakes will give to one lucky couple a stay at Puerto Vallarta’s Hilton or Velas Vallarta with a Rhythms of the Night or Luxury Sunset Sailing activity with Vallarta Adventure and a dolphin experience with Dolphin Discovery. If you love a good adventure, then this is absolutely the sweepstakes for you.

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One of the things we love about Puerto Vallarta is its proximity to most major US cities. While there for your wedding, the location is also perfect for memorable bachelor and bachelorette parties! With excursions like golf, water sports, or even a boat trip to Yelapa where you can hike to waterfalls through the jungle, fish and swim in the calm waters, and visit the local village. There is even a local yoga studio that take place in a renovated home. You can even enjoy yoga on a rooftop studio overlooking the city, while you relax and prep for the big day! Of course, there are a ton of ways to pamper yourself too, with a variety of massages and spa treatments. 

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The best part about choosing a destination wedding and honeymoon is the incredible staff that is behind it all! They’ll plan all of this for you and make the entire process actually FEEL like a vacation!

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A few months back, Bryan and I were invited by Katie from Ever After Honeymoons to experience Four Seasons Bora Bora and all it has to offer! So along we went with some of our dearest friends–who luckily happen to be some of the best in the wedding industry–Jose Villa, Joel Serrato, and Cortnie Purdy (of The Venue Report). Because we all came with our significant others, we were able to experience the resort as honeymooners, but because we came as a crazy fun group, we also had a taste of what it might be like to host a mini destination wedding here! All of which was out of this world! So are you ready for a few images by Jose Villa, a film by Joel Serrato, and a retelling of our trip? Because it’s comin’ at ya!

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The minute you arrive in Bora Bora, you understand that all the photos and everything you heard about the water just does not do it justice. I can’t begin to describe the beauty! Bora Bora is on of the few places in the world where over-water bungalows are viable, so it naturally feels like a dream walking out to your room over water!

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While at the resort, we had a chance to try out several of their excursions. We loved that Four Seasons had so much to do–a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure! With several restaurants and pool/beach areas, there’s always more to discover! We had a chance to take a jet ski tour around the island and it is something I’ll never forget. At one point, we stopped in the middle of the ocean, jumped off our jet skis, and were standing waist deep in crystal clear aquamarine water. Did I mention that we were standing…in the middle of the ocean? Totally surreal!

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While we were on site, we recruited a couple (that had decided to get married AND honeymoon at the resort–kind of the perfect place to do just that sort of thing) to do a mini photography session, because you needed to see just how dang romantic this place is!

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Did I mention the pool, the beach, the private kayak rides to the mini-island, and the service that comes with all of this? We were so well fed, you had to roll us back to the airport! One of the days, while enjoying this view, we were pulled away to enjoy a couple’s massage, which was absolute perfection and one of the only reasons it’s worth leaving this view.

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The view from our private bungalows (with a sunken tub that opened out to your private deck) was pretty unbelievable. Sunsets? Magical. In room service? Felt like a 5 start restaurant. Indoor living room, outdoor dining room,

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Even the arrival to Four Seasons is next level. A boat picks you up from the airport and escorts you to the resort, where you are greeted with fresh juice smoothies. Golf carts escort you to your room, where your bags have magically arrived alongside treats that seem to magically appear throughout the trip, like fresh juices served in coconuts, fruit trays, chocolate assortments, flower petal turn down! Oh my! The surprises never seem to end!

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We also got to go on the adventure of a lifetime. Four Seasons whisked us away on a speed boat with the greatest tour guide of all time (ukelele serenades came as a bonus!) to snorkel with fish and eels, then to swim with sting rays (scary but incredible) and then of course to dive with sharks. Literally–an absolute life changing experience! Oh and then of course lunch on a private island with picnic tables in the water–totally normal, right?

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All in all, what we loved most about Four Seasons Bora Bora is the versatility. You can enjoy the resort with friends as much as you can with just your spouse. Want to get married? No problem–you can elope and keep it intimate, or invite a big group of friends (and we know this because we got to experience what Four Seasons actually does for a wedding reception–complete with decor, candles, live music, passed hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and a four course meal by an award winning chef). Planning a honeymoon or anniversary? If you want adventure–they can deliver. If you want privacy–no problem! Romance? Need you ask? Private dinners, massages, candlelit dinner on your private balcony over the water? Yep, that too. Four Seasons specializes in saying yes and making your requests possible.

Of course, we couldn’t share all the images, without adding a gorgeous video by Joel Serrato.

We can’t thank our gracious hosts at the Four Seasons Bora Bora enough for letting us experience their piece of paradise. We’ve been so excited to share this all with you! And if you are interested in booking a trip, email Katie Frederick of Ever After Honeymoons who can plan it all for you!