Gettin’ More when Gettin’ Hitched

Weddings are super expensive but NYC’s Carlton Hotel is offering couples special savings and perks galore with their “Gettin’ More when Gettin’ Hitched promotion!

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The newly renovated property has teamed up with some of the city’s most prestigious brands to offer couples exclusive offerings including:

Buff up on Beauty
15% discount on the Bride-To-Be package at Oasis Day Spa including Swedish massage, body wrap, salt scrub, and signature facial.
Get picture perfect at Benefit Cosmetics with a complimentary makeup rehearsal at Bloomingdale’s.
Complimentary bath and shower gel, and hand/arm or temple treatment at Molton Brown.

A Little Sexy Something
Complimentary “Just Married” (or customized “one-of-a-kind behind”) in Swarovski crystals added onto your bikini bottom with the purchase of Malia Mills Swimwear.
Complimentary intimate apparel consultation at Ripplu, as well as 20% discount on lingerie for the bride and her bridal party.

Couples Retreat
For those who fill 100% of their room blocks, The Carlton will treat the couple to a complimentary one-bedroom suite for the bride and groom for the night of their wedding, including continental breakfast for two and Champagne upon arrival.
Service fees will be specially waived for couples booking their honeymoon package though Honeymoons Galore.

The Carlton hotel’s multiple event spaces can be used for a host of wedding events ranging from an intimate rehearsal dinner to a grand scale wedding reception.  With more than 6,000 square feet of elegant space, The Carlton offers seven, unique reception-friendly rooms, accommodating anywhere from 20 to 400 guests.

*Please mention the “Gettin’ more while Gettin’ Hitched” package while booking. Offer valid for wedding contracts signed now through December 31, 2009. For more information contact Bonnie Somerstein at (646) 472-3627.

Free Mexican Getaway, anyone??

Want to win a free getaway to Los Cabos?  Of couse you do!

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Just head over to Origins and enter their “Leave it all behind” sweepstakes.  The grand prize includes two roundtrip tockets on Continental Airlines and a three-night stay at the Marquis Los Cabos beachfront resort.

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You’ll also enjoy two rejuvenating spa treatments AND the entire collection of Origins Gloomaway products (citrusy cleansers, mists and soaps!).

This would be a great bachelorette getaway or honeymoon!  Deadline for entry is August 31, 2008.  Good luck!

Monday Morning Travel Deals

If you’re looking for a last minute summer getaway, be sure to follow Jet Blue on Twitter @jetbluecheeps and check in on Mondays for their last minute weekend travel deals.  Seats are limited and fares must be booked on Monday between 10 am and 6 pm.

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If you’re lucky, you can score a weekend getway for as little as $9 bucks each way plus taxes.

The Wedding Dress Sale to end all sales…..

Yup, its that time again!

You’ve heard of Running of the Bulls right? Now imagine brides chasing wedding dresses instead of animals. Yes, the Filene’s Basement “Running of the Brides” wedding gown sale is underway once again.


If you need a dress and want a bargain, this event is for you. If you’re traveling this summer, you may want to add Boston to your list since that’s the biggest sale. Bring some bridesmaids along and have fun!

Happy Friday!

Are you a Recessionista Bride?

Weddings are expensive but The Broke-Ass Bride just launched a cool new site called Bride$hare to help out today’s Recessionista Brides!


It’s a fabulous way to hook up with other brides to share the cost of rentals, decorations, gowns, bridal accessories and much more. Or maybe you’re just lazy and want someone to plan everything so you can just show up. Either way, recycling is good for the environment!

Looking for a Low Key Destination Wedding? Casa Morada, No Passports Required!

Globetrotting Cindy is just back from the tropical Florida Keys with a great hot spot for destination weddings:

Casa Morada, hidden in the low-key lazy beach town of Islamorda, Florida, is just 90 miles from Miami and only 90 minutes from Key West. The 16-suite boutique hotel tucked away on a quiet side street, is owned and designed by former Ian Schrager employees, who took their combined 24 year experience to bring guests the ultimate romantic and upscale experience. It’s an adults only (16 and up) property and friendly dogs are welcome.

Each of the oversized suites are decorated with a mixture of custom Mexican antiques and modern accents and have private terraces.


The coolest feature of this property is the small private island, accessible by a wooden bridge. The island has a pool, beach chairs, and a cabana serving great cocktails and small bites. Complimentary yoga is also offered on the island every morning.

The Casa Morada offers affordable wedding and honeymoon packages, my favorite is below:


Sunset Elopement Package for up to 20 guests (available mid-week)

– Honeymoon Suite for two nights for the bride and groom
– 5 Garden Suites for the night of the wedding for family and friends
– Continental breakfast delivered to the new couple’s suite every morning

– Sunset Ceremony performed at water’s edge for up to 20 guests

– Bridal bouquet and boutonniere

– Photographer for 1.5 hours

– Photo DVD of 150 – 250 images and a private website to share with your family and friends

– Champagne toast after ceremony
– Wedding cake
– Fruit & cheese platter
– All taxes

Priced at just $5,625.00 now through December 31, 2009

Recessionista Summer Getaway! Life’s a Beach Jet Blue Sale!

If I have a choice, I’ll always pick a Jet Blue flight. I love that they feed me snacks and entertain me with TV and movies making even a long trip seem quick. (Note: We flew to St. Martin last week and I was disappointed to learn that only the movies work once you get an hour away from JFK. What’s up with that Jet Blue???)


Jet Blue is known for their amazing sales and they’ve got a great Life’s a Beach Sale going on now that is offering up some great fares ($29 – $139 each way!) to Mexico, the Caribbean and Bermuda. There are some amazing hotel deals right now so be sure to book a summer getaway if you haven’t already.

Need a bachelor or bachelorette trip, mini-moon or honeymoon? Hurry up, you have to book by Friday and travel between July 14 and October 6.