Wedding planning help not required? Think again.

Whenever someone in my family announces they are engaged, I say two things.  “Congratulations! I vote for a destination wedding in Palm Springs!” and “If you need any help, call me.” No one ever calls. Why? The reason is something that trips up many couples planning weddings.

Engaged couples are convinced they don’t need anyone’s input. This wedding thing? They’ve got it down. They’re educated consumers, and no one’s going to pull a fast one on them.  0508Holly_AmirBut the thing is, and I hate to say it, but the wedding industry has made planning a wedding frustratingly complicated. Contracts can be long, and skilled salespeople up-sell things you don’t need.  Simplifying the process is one of the attractions many couples have to planning a destination wedding in Palm Springs. Our vendors know each other, and help create a seamless experience within your budget.

So yes, maybe you know what you want.  But take a moment and think about the people in your life who’ve offered help or advice.  Did you listen, or brush them off? Don’t go this one alone, folks.  The people you trust and listen to will help you get the celebration you want – and beyond.

Be well, and love well.



Sometimes books that help you plan your wedding aren’t about weddings at all- but about relationships. Keeping in emotional touch with your partner during this stressful time is incredibly important.

“Men are from Mars Women are from Venus” sounded like the kind of self help drivel I normally wouldn’t touch, but a trusted friend told me there was some wisdom in there worth checking out. Boy was she right! Learning how men and women have different needs when it comes to lasting love strengthens my husband and my relationship to this day. I highly recommend checking this book out before you get married, to make sure you’re both ready for interplanetary travel.

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Be well and love well.


Ready, Set, Honeymoon!

Getting ready for a trip, I’m reminded of all the planning that went in to our honeymoon even in the midst of wedding prep.  I remember packing and unpacking, realizing our suitcases were too heavy, trying on shoes for comfort, and buying special electrical converters. Somehow through the fog of dress fittings and table arrangements, we managed to spend some quality time packing for our adventure. And it was fun!

If possible, reclaim a little time to plan together for those unforeseen honeymoon moments: when someone catches a cold, or your elegant clothes are soaked by a sudden downpour. Traveling together as newlyweds is in many ways a microcosm of life – and it’s priceless to know that you’ve got a steadfast partner by your side, to hold your hand as you explore and discover new places both around the world and within yourselves.


Live well and love well.



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