I.Am.Inspired

I am often inspired by color palettes…to the extent that I think I have my heart set on a color palette & scheme for MY wedding one day…I am official inspired and look forward to creating a vintage chic blue/green wedding one day…Check out my two inspirational boards…

Here are a few color palette inspirations as well that I know I want to use:

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Away.From.The.Norm

Who said that you have to spend a fortune to represent your love & commitment to each other? I was recently online looking for alternatives to engagement & wedding bands and came across these sparkling alternatives. Prices range from $100 to $3,000 for some of their heavier carat rings.

ShopNBC has expanded their scope of products to these diamond rings. So I started digging around their site and found some really great finds…who said a diamond ring was the only way to go? Jewelry trends are actually moving away from the standard diamond solitaire engagement rings & ­­encouraging color!

So check out their unique sparklers…and make someone smile! Or even better…treat yourself to some bling…there is never anything wrong with spoiling yourself from time to time.

Client.Review

It always warms my heart when my clients review my services…I get a knot in my throat with excitement & satisfaction as I read…thank you once again Lindsey & Peri for yet again validating WHY I love planning weddings so much…your words touched me!

By: Lindsey & Peri – Wedding 3/5/2011 @ the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, NY {Click Link to direct you to Wedding Wire Review}

Laura was amazing! At first my family was not 100% convinced we needed a planner/coordinator and kept telling me it was unnecessary, and then during and after the wedding, every member of my family thanked me for hiring Laura because the wedding would have been a logistical disaster without her! She helped with everything from organizing our ceremony and making sure everything was set up perfectly and according to our vision, to helping giving out our payment envelopes and helping us plan our surprise first dance. She was extremely professional and fun to be with all day, but also kept everything running smoothly and kept everyone in line! Laura really made it so my mom and I were able to enjoy the entire wedding without having to worry about anything. I am so thankful that I hired her, and have already recommended her to a bunch of my engaged friends! Laura clearly loves everything about weddings and it shows…she is excellent at what she does!

Quality of Service: 5.0 out of 5.0 (5.0/5.0)
Responsiveness: 5.0 out of 5.0 (5.0/5.0)
Professionalism: 5.0 out of 5.0 (5.0/5.0)
Value For Cost: 5.0 out of 5.0 (5.0/5.0)
Flexibility: 5.0 out of 5.0 (5.0/5.0)

New Vera Wang

{images: david’s bridal}

When I heard the news I couldn’t be more excited. Vera Wang has designed a line for David’s Bridal! The wedding dresses by David’s Bridal are not only whimsical & elegant but extremely affordable. Who said getting a high end designer’s dress had to cost you fortunes. Her new “WHITE” line is absolutely stunning. Every bride should be able to say they wore a Vera Wang at her wedding. Dresses range from $600 – $1300.

Check out their site or visit a nearby location & view the new designs by Vera Wang at David’s Bridal.

2011.Brides.Choice

Three years in a row…Thank you Wedding Wire for giving us another years award for Bride’s Choice Award 2011. We appreciate it…it’s an honor…and we will continue to bring our clients exceptional service & deductions.

Planners.Diary

I wanted to apologize to my readers for not keeping on top of the posts recently…as you all may know June is High Wedding Season & I’ve not only been working on a few weddings for this month {one of which I’ve been working on for over a year}, but I also traveled to Spain. I would have loved to visit these venues {https://wevowtoinspire.com/2010/02/11/weddings-in-spain/} but with going from Barcelona to up north on the French border, then out to Madrid all in 5 days…I didn’t see a slot to fit a site tour this go around…but it was lovely nonetheless.

On my travels I started thinking about enhancing my blog…maybe I don’t have time to create beautifully pictured posts & visual boards…but I can keep my readers up to speed on my thoughts & process while I plan weddings for my clients…I can bring you all into my world…I can give you a view of some of the “Day in the Life of a Wedding Planner” visuals…

So starting today…with a wedding that I’m doing tomorrow…I will start my VOW Diary Entries. I’m not only a blogger but I started & run my own Wedding Planning Company called VOW Wedding Consulting, of which I am very proud of having started & built a great reputation for.

Tomorrow I have a wedding for my clients Jennifer & Gene at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. I was there last night and saw the grounds. They were stunning & they have made some incredible improvements. Beautifully LED lit pool & waterfalls, new stone on the terrace & Thomas Reitano is by far one of THE best Event Managers I’ve had the pleasure working with {and for my fellow Wedding Planners out there, we all know how difficult & uncooperative they can be sometimes, especially when a client comes in with their “own” wedding planner}. So I’m really looking forward to working this event tomorrow.

The bride & groom are just absolutely lovely & been a pleasure to work with. And it will also be my first experience with a Korean Ceremony {Paebek}. The couple has done a few DIY projects for this wedding & they came out looking like they were done by a professional, quite stunning actually. {custom tags for their favors, DIY Reception Menus, ceremony programs & an incredible escort table set up – pictures will be posted after the event are just a few}

As always, I take tons of pictures of the event so that as soon as I get home, I edit them & create an Online Photo Album for my clients to view immediately after the wedding {it’s something nice to look at & get a taste of prior to getting your final professional shots, but I think I do a decent job capturing the details if I do say so myself}.

So stay tuned to my “VOW.Diary” Entries, along with the regular posts & finds…Pictures of the event will come this weekend! Hope you all look forward to getting a closer & more inside look into my world..whether it be pertaining to outside information or a deeper look into me! Enjoy!

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{credits: wedding planner: vow wedding consulting, photo – tae photography}

Weddings.In.Spain

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am when I received an email from a Company called Romantica…they are an exclusive destination wedding planning Company that plans ceremonies & receptions in….SPAIN!!! {most importantly they’ve been doing this for 17 years so you know they will offer the most amazing locations to hold your wedding}…

So their venues are all located in Spain…places such as Madrid & Barcelona…incredible baroque palaces…a medieval castle…a beautiful & quaint country house…or a warm & inviting Cortijo close to the beach!

The venues are not only perfect for ceremonies & receptions…but your guests can stay there too…thus allowing for a truly intimate destination wedding experience not only for you & your partner…but for family & friend!

So if you want to plan something different for your wedding…why not try a destination wedding at one of these incredible venues…

I was looking at some of their venues & had to create a collage of some of the places that I could dream of getting married in! Check them out. They are absolutely stunning…

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Wedding.Salon.Bootcamp

Discover the Latest Tips & Trends to Help You Plan Your Wedding

This educational seminar features the best vendors from the weddings industry. Let the experts teach you how to avoid hidden costs and save. Get the step by step details, loopholes and “tricks of the trade.”

Learn proper etiquette for the ceremony, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties, showers, and bachelorette parties. Enjoy cake tastings, cocktails, gift bags, and more! The Wedding Bootcamp – New York, NY

Show date: Monday February 22, 2010
Show hours: 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Venue: Dylan’s Candy Bar
Address: 315 East 62nd Street
New York, NY 10065

Be.Featured.On.VOW

Calling all creative wedding photographers…I’m looking to feature unique, extravagant & stunning wedding photography on my blog…

{Send me your website & one of your favorite weddings you’ve shot for a chance to be featured on our site}

{email: vow-weddings@hotmail.com}

Wedding.Candy.Is.Here

That’s What She Wed
DailyCandy Weddings Launches

dailycandy weddings!

Dearly Beloved Readers,

We’re here on bended knee, finally ready to pop the question: Wanna join DailyCandy Weddings? It’s a new weekly e-mail hopelessly devoted to your big day.

Take the leap and you’ll receive unconventional inspiration (boozy snow cones, modern ketubahs), floral trends (rhinestone bouquets), and new designers (bridesmaid frocks you’ll actually wear again). We’ll keep you prenuptually preoccupied with fresh ideas on how to make your wedding day, well, yours.

To sweeten the deal, we’ve partnered with Crate & Barrel to give away an Ultimate Wedding — with a whopping $100,000 budget — to one lucky couple. The day of perfection will be brilliantly organized by our favorite A-list planner, Jo Gartin.

Love is forever, but the clock is ticking, so hop to.

It’s vow or never.

2010.Bride’s.Choice

Press Release for my Wedding Planning Company!!! I’m truly excited…& honored!

{1.19.2010} – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, just announced VOW Wedding Consulting has been selected to receive the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™ for Wedding Planning services!

The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ recognizes and celebrates excellence in quality and service within the wedding industry, as determined by recent reviews and extensive surveys from over 500,000 newlyweds.

VOW Wedding Consulting is among the top five percent of all vendors in the WeddingWire community, which includes over 100,000 wedding professionals across the US and Canada. Awards were given to winners across 19 different service categories, from wedding venues to wedding photographers.

“We are excited to recognize and honor the success of the top wedding professionals within the WeddingWire Community” said Timothy Chi, WeddingWire’s Chief Executive Officer. “The annual Bride’s Choice Awards™ program has given us the unique opportunity to highlight the best wedding professionals in each region as reviewed by brides and grooms who have utilized their services in the past year.”

We are happy to announce that VOW Wedding Consulting is among the very best Wedding Planning Service within the WeddingWire Network, which includes WeddingWire and Martha Stewart Weddings. We would like to thank our past newlyweds for nominating us for the 2010 Bride’s Choice Awards™.

For more information, please visit our WeddingWire Storefront today at {VOW Wedding Consulting}.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire is the only online wedding planning resource designed to empower both engaged couples and wedding vendors. WeddingWire enables engaged couples to search, compare and book over 100,000 reviewed wedding vendors nationwide, from wedding photographers to wedding cakes. WeddingWire also offers an online community and a suite of cutting-edge planning tools, including wedding websites and wedding checklists, all at no charge. For wedding vendors, WeddingWire provides free online management tools creating the only market opportunity that gives businesses control over their clients, reviews, leads and performance. In addition, WeddingWire has partnered with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. (NYSE: MSO) to provide its network of local vendors and online wedding-planning tools in the Weddings section of www.MarthaStewartWeddings.com. For additional information, please visit www.WeddingWire.com.

Real.Wedding: Karen & Jon

As the owner of VOW Wedding Consulting, I like to always feature our weddings. Most recent I did a wedding in New York City…What a truly classy & elegant event it was. It was by far one of my favorite weddings that I ran & the clients were absolutely wonderful…

*Also check out the wonderful review Karen {kdecastro} gave us on Wedding Wire: CLICK ME!

Dress {Monique Lhullier}, Shoes {Manolo Blahnik}, Headpiece {Maria Elena}

Bridesmaid Dresses {Love by Enzoani}

Photography {Anthony Vasquez (recently did the Jonas Brother’s Wedding)}

Videography {Magic Flute Films}, Music {Hank Lane}

Ceremony {St. Ignacius Loyola}

Cake {Cheryl Kleinman Cakes}, Flowers {Lenox Hill Florist}

Venue {The Central Park Boathouse}

{all photos by: anthony vasquez}

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Unforgettable.Venues

It was a cold day in NY again…and I happened to be watching a special on WE Entertainment…the topic…their top 10 unforgettable wedding venues, hosted by David Tutera {who also happens to be my favorite celebrity wedding planner}…for those who didn’t see the show I wanted to share their fabulous finds…Here goes!

No. 10 – La Quinta Spa Resort – California

For a Spanish style wedding plan your special day at La Quinta Spa Resort. Gretta Garbo & Ginger Rogers were both married at this old Hollywood style wedding setting. With it’s 800 Spanish style rooms & 41 swimming pools, La Quinta is a dessert paradise with 305 days of incredible weather year round. There are several locations where you can have your wedding, whether indoors or outdoors in their beautiful courtyard.

No. 9 – Tavern on the Green – New York City

A truly New York City experience, Tavern on the Green is a hidden gem in the heart of Central Park. This glittery venue can be a sparkle amongst the hustle & bustle of the city. In 1934 it was turned into a restaurant from a shelter for sheep. It has 6 different rooms and the Crystal Room is a truly exquisite room with chandeliers that glitter in the night. You can also hold your cocktail hour outdoors in the garden courtyard, where the trees are all lit up with tiny lights. It’s truly a beautiful venue that can make any bride feel like a princess.

Next on the list is a place that holds for a more romantic, small & exclusive wedding. We go down south to the Keys…

No. 8 – Little Palm Island – Florida

Located on it’s own private island…Little Palm Island is truly a wonderful destination wedding location that will have your guests talking. It has 28 Bungalows & 2 Suites, and a magnifacent lagoon style pool. This island is perfect for a small destination wedding where your guests will feel like they are in a tropical paradise with no distractions {note: there are no phones or tv’s in any of the rooms & children under 16 are not permitted on the island}. You can have your intimate ceremony on the dock with water surrounding you & then head over to the terrace for an outdoor reception under the stars. Guests arrive by a private boat from the mainland & are greeted with rum punch to start the festivities. This place is actually MY favorite pick of the list!

But for those brides who want a less formal approach to their wedding WE took us to Sin City for a truly unique wedding option…

No. 7 – A Little White Chapel – Las Vegas

Sometimes brides don’t want the whole “hooplah’ when it comes to their ceremony, or the couple wants a more fun & spontaneous approach to their vows..A Little White Chapel would be your stop. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, this Drive Up OR Drive Thru wedding center actually has it all. They have a full service Wedding Salon where brides can stop in & pick from their hundreds of dresses to wear down the isle…or snazzy up your groom with a tux & finish your look off with their hair & makup services & rent one of their many available accessories. Don’t have time to do a full ceremony…drive your car through the “Tunnel of Love” & for $40 you & your fiance can get hitched in a matter of minutes! Talk about a time efficient bride! It may not be for everyone, but it’s a surely fun option!

No. 6 – Columbia Gorge Hotel – Oregon

Columbia Gorge Hotel has a beautiful outdoor setting that overlooks the Columbia River. The historic hotel was built in 1921 and is considered the Waldorf of the West. Providing brides with either a scenic outdoor wedding ceremony area or an indoor fireplace area, this venue is a great place for a more outdoors, rustic {although the hotel is far from rustic} type of bride. The hotel has an English Garden feel to it and also has a waterfall that can provide for a wonderful backdrop.

No. 5 – Walt Disney World Resort Weddings – Florida

For the bride who truly wants to feel like a princess on her wedding day, Walt Disney World offers numerous packages & offers to brides who want that fairytale feeling for her special day. David Tutera has also teamed up with Disney…and customized 4 couture looks that brides can pick to have on their wedding day. There are many romantic venues to pick from…such as an aquarium, a grand ballroom or wedding on a private island that overlooks Cinderella’s Castle! Their bridal studio can help you customize your entire look down to every little detail.

The next venue is perfect for the weather we are currently experiencing…up next…a winter wonderland…

No. 4 – Cordillera Lodge Resort – Colorado

Sitting 8200 feet high above the Rocky Mountains, Vail Valley nestled on a secluded cliff sits Cordillera Lodge Resort..This place feels like a home away from home type of venue…for a cozy intimate not overly stuffy smaller wedding, this place is it. You can have a cocktail reception near the fireplace & then situate yourself in the reception room overlooking the mountains. They also have a gazebo should you choose to have an outdoor wedding ceremony sitting high above the clouds. It has breathtaking views & a  cozy feel.

No. 3 – The Grand Del Mar – California

Want to have a European feel to your wedding, but can’t bring your entire party there? Well with The Grand Del Mar you don’t have to travel very far. The hotel was completed in 2007 & it’s architectural wonder takes you to Spain, Morocco, Italy & the Mediterranean. It holds a 21,000 wine cellar & offers culinary sophistication to their guests & events. It has a Tuscan feel to the property & the landscaping brings you to a far away land. I would say this venue is perfect for the sophisticated bride who wants her guests to experience culinary & visual excellence.

No. 2 – Four Seasons Lana’i at Manele Bay Resort – Hawaii

This place has to be one of the top beach destination weddings out there. It’s absolutely incredible views will make for an unforgettable wedding. It used to be a pineapple plantation before it was turned into this high end resort. The wonderful thing about this place is that it holds only 1 wedding at a time, so the bride & groom will always feel like they are top priority. You can have your ceremony on the cliff with the panoramic ocean views {if you decide to have your wedding between November – January, you & your guests might catch a glimpse of whales in the distance}. Should you decide to have a beach ceremony, but want a more countryside reception, Four Seasons has another location that you can have your reception at, thus providing two very different experiences for your special day.

And last but not least…WE Entertainment & David Tutera’s No. 1 most Unforgettable Wedding Venue is….

Oheka Castle – Long Island, New York

For an experience like no other…having your very own castle to hold your truly spectacular event will truly be a special treat for your guests. Not only are the grounds amazing, but the inside of this Luxury Hotel/Castle will leave all your guests thinking that they have stepped back in time. Also…for brides you will also know that your event will be the only one taking place for the night. Your guests can wander around the castle & then for those who choose to stay the night, they can rest up in one of their 32 guest rooms. Oheka Castle will make any couple feel like a King & Queen for the day.

So there you have it…Top 10 Unforgettable Wedding Venues according to We Entertainment & David Tutera. I have to say that out of all places…Palm Island would be my pick…what’s yours?

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Fabulous.Edible.Find

Thank you Intimate Weddings for writing this post on this wonderful bite-size brownie idea. I had to share it with my readers!

{images & recipe: intimate weddings, pan: wilton}

Here is how to do it!

1. Purchase all sorts of decorations, maybe stuck to just the color palette you are having for you event. Your favorite kind of chocolate that you want to melt {white, dark, milk} & don’t forget the cookie sticks!

2. Purchase your favorite brownie mix or use the following recipe:

Barb’s  Brownies

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

1/2 cup butter (I use salted butter.)

2 scant cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup flour

5 dessert spoons cocoa

1 tsp vanilla

Cream butter and add sugar. Cream well. Add eggs and beat until fluffy. Add salt and vanilla. Mix in flour and cocoa.

3.  Spray mold with vegetable oil & fill 2/3 the way up.

4. Bake for 30 minutes @ 350 degrees. But check to make sure they aren’t burning. Wilton states 15-20 minutes. Stick a toothpick inside & see if it comes clean after 15 minutes & gauge.

5. Once done, please them on a rack to cool. While that’s getting done, melt your chocolate & prepare the decorations in little dishes to create an assembly line. Cut your sticks to the appropriate size if needed.

6. Once cool, dip a stick into chocolate and then insert it in the middle of the brownie bite {make sure you don’t poke through the other end}. Then dip the bite into your favorite chocolate flavor & decorations!

It’s that simple & I definitely plan on making these for the next house party I plan on throwing.

Ideas for presentation:

  • Fill a jar with your favorite candy, or preferred candy & stick them inside & place on the table.
  • A simple plate sprinkled with one of the decorations you used & place the brownie bites facing down {sticks up} on the plate.
  • Buy clear favor bags and place 3 bites per bag & tie with your favorite ribbon as a favor or as a giveaway for your party.

Thanks again Intimate Weddings for the wonderful idea…And for any readers who need more insight to the process, please visit their site for a more detailed explanation.

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Guest.Hotel.Goodies

As a Wedding Planner my clients are always asking me about ways they can honor their guests if they are traveling. The answer is usually Goodies Bags left at the Hotels the guests are staying at. As someone who has also been on the other side and received a bag upon check-in it’s really appreciated and quite a treat….I mean who doesn’t like to come back to the hotel room and maybe after a few cocktails have a little midnight snack?

But one of the hardest parts is figuring out what to put in those bags…and how to possibly package them…and maybe a novel little trinket that your guests will remember their visit to a specific area. Well…Sara’s Gracious Goodies takes all the guessing work out of this detail for brides. Not only does she couple great snacks & beverages together…but she also does themed bags that can represent a great city such as New York (and it’s not because this is where I’m from & reside)…or a winter wedding!

And don’t think it’s just snacks that you’ll get in these goodie packages…one of my favorite ones is the NYC Treat, which includes 2 Lil Poland Spring Waters , Weekly edition of NY Magazine , NYC Traffic Treats, I LOVE NY Chocolates, Large Black and White Cookie , Kettle Korn Popcorn from The Hampton Popcorn Factory & Chocolate Chip Cookies from Tates Bakery…And they can be packaged inside your choice of a Map Tote (Queens, Bronx, NYC, Manhattan or Brooklyn)…How much more NYC can you get!? Fabulous and your guests will absolutely love it!

Her ideas bring a little more of a high end quality & representation to the classic hotel guest bag. Prices for the goodies range from $10 – $38 per package & then $10 per tote. However, if you don’t want to pay for the tote, atleast you can purchase the goodies and go with a less expensive route of a colorful paper bag from PaperMart (a great wholesale priced supplies store).

Great find…and great bargain…without the hassle!

MyWeddingWorkbook.Organizer

Whether you’re a bride or a wedding consultant, planning a wedding is never an easy job (even though for most it’s certainly a labor of love). But now there are a few new Web-based tools that can help both more easily manage details and stay on top of their events.
My Wedding Workbook is an online wedding software for engaged couples that’s easy-to-use, comprehensive and lets bride and groom manage their budgets, guest lists, calendars and details for every wedding-related event – from the engagement party and bridal shower through the ceremony and reception to the honeymoon. And because its basic planning tools are free, it has become one very popular Web-based wedding planner with brides.
Not only does it provide tools for consultants to manage their contacts, vendors and calendar, but it provides comprehensive tools to manage any wedding event and provides a wealth of reports to help planners stay orgainzed. With packages starting at $19/month, it offers something for every size of business. And as an added bonus, consultants are able to share areas of the software with their clients to review details with them.
There are very few software out there that I would promote but I’ve been extremely impressed with what they offer. So if you need some organization that you can bring with you wherever you have internet access or a computer, MyWeddingWorkbook & MyWeddingWorkbookPro is a software & site that you have to check out.



Organic.CupEcakes.Favors

A few months ago Ada Greenberg, of CupEcakes , paid me a visit with some delicious samples of her Vegan/Organic Cupcakes. I was a little skeptical with how tasty & moist they were going to be considering the vegan ingredients…but I have to say I pleasantly surprised at how delicious, fluffy & tasty they were.

All her cupcakes are made-to-order and are a fantastic favor idea for a wedding or any event really. She also has a cupcake kit where you can decorate them yourself and package it.  And if cupcakes aren’t your thing, then try her tasty cookies & muffins.

I also love the fact that she creates in “mini” versions too…package 2 mini cupcakes in a clear box & matching color scheme ribbon. Ada creates the packaging for you or you can purchase the kits for a DIY project.

Delicious creations such as:

Viola Vanilla Crunch: Vanilla cake, coconut frosting, topped with shredded coconut (Also available in chocolate cake)

Patty Kake: Chocolate cake, mint frosting, topped with chocolate ganache

Mmm….Mmm…Mmm….

I highly recommend her products because they are absolutely delicious…and being a foodie & a fanatical Cupcake lover I know your guests will enjoy them as much as I did…

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Floral.Art.Design

I always like to feature new vendors on We VOW To Inspire, not only to help my clients out, to simply showcase beautiful work by others.

Floral Art’s motto is Live.Breathe.Bloom…and their work is full of life and does take you breath away. I wanted to showcase two of their weddings.

And what’s great about their work is you can also order their floral designs in NYC even though they are based in California.

Whether it’s for a formal event…or you just want to dress up your house for a little get together Floral Art has that available to you. So check out their Flower Bar!

Floral Bar Board 3

The designs are fresh, chic, vibrant and have a great sense of detail. The small nuances they showcase is truly unique and would encourage any bride to take from their style and bring it into their special day or event. Here are some of my favorites.

Floral Art Board 2

Floral Art Board 1

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JetSetSweethearts: Niagara

Niagara Falls: One of the world’s most famous natural attractions, is also North America’s #1 Honeymoon Destination! I was here with my family when I was just five year old, but after a recent trip with my husband, I can see why. The falls are quite a sight from far away, or even in pictures. But, the rush you get when you can walk right near them or hop on a boat and ride right up to them is awesome. It truly is an amazing feeling to be with the one you love and hold on to each other as you get thrown around on the boat as it nears the falls. (If you get sea sick easily, you might want to skip the boat ride) It’s also such a sight as you watch the water crash over cliffs that are more than 20 stories high. There are three falls that make up Niagara Falls: The American Falls, The Bridal Veil Falls (how appropriate is that my jet set sweethearts? Myth says it’s good luck if a bride dips her toe in the Bridal Veil Falls on her Wedding Day), and finally the Canadian Horseshoe Falls.There are many attractions and things to do in and around the falls. My top suggestion is a ride on the Maid of the Mist. What used to be a border-crossing ferry from the 1800’s is now a tour boat that gets you as close as humanly possible to the falls. They do provide you with blue rain jackets, but the spray from the falls is so strong that you might end up either a little wet or soaked by the end of the half hour boat ride.

Journey Behind the Falls are rock tunnels which have been carved out right behind the falls. Take a walk and find yourself behind a wall of water so thick it blocks out daylight…pretty cool!

Just downstream from the falls are the Whirlpool Rapids. It’s considered one of the most lethal stretches of water in North America. If you are brave enough, you can take a ride in the Whirpool Aero Car (see picture below)- a cable car built in 1913 that takes you for a ride over the rapids as you look straight down onto them…scary!If you need a break from the falls, head to Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Located just six miles away, you will feel a world away as you get a chance to check out the beautiful flower display with more than 2,ooo varieties.Many people don’t know or don’t think about the Niagara Region as a great destination for wineries…but, in fact, there are many here. We checked out the Pillitteri Estates Winery which has good Riesling and Merlot, but is better known for it’s Canadian Ice Wine- a very sweet and delicious dessert wine or great to pair with salty cheese and crackers.So now that you know a little bit about Niagara Falls as a honeymoon destination, you may be thinking, where should we stay? Niagara Falls does have a lot of nice hotels, but I would suggest staying in a town called Niagara-On-The-Lake. This town was built in the 1800’s and is still as charming and historic as it was back then. There are great restaurants and shops, and you are close to all of the wineries and of course, Niagara Falls.

{photo: Aria}

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