Wedding perfect setting: Canadian Rockies, Fairmont Hotel's Jasper Park Lodge. Photo: Fairmont Hotel
“Mrs. Maxfield, I received word that you wanted to speak with me!”
I spun around to see Mr. Robert Famjoy, the front desk manager of the renowned Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, at the screen door to my cabin, after I what I surmise was his brisk, ten minute, cross-resort jaunt from the Fairmont Front Desk.
Nonplussed, I expected a call back, not a personal visit. His congeniality, his ever-present smile, his determination that whatever I wanted would soon be at my command, made my 15-day visit to the Canadian Rockies, and specifically, the sumptuous four days at Jasper Park Lodge, all the more, one for the made-in-heaven memory books.
Perchance, if this is what he does for me, can one only image what he and his well-trained staff, in the art of pluperfect service, will do over the course of a wedding weekend for the bride, the groom, the parent’s, in-laws, relatives, bridal party, and friends?
Now that Mr. Famjoy is at my door step, I enlist his encyclopedic knowledge of the history of this world class Canadian Rockies resort. My queries were focused on the bridal who, what, when where, and the possible role this immensely popular international destination could play in an out-of-this world destination wedding.
As I write this blog, I found I am not alone in my exuberance. Today, the storied editors of the New York TimesTravel section gives a thumbs-up to JPL’s home, Alberta, Canada, and its unique winter event. In its NY TimesStyle Magazine, readers are further persuaded to capture the pleasures of the Canadian Rockies with a visit to Baniff National Park, home of Jasper’ sister cities, Lake Louise and Baniff.
Who’s Who at JPL?
Celebs?! Who all has graced these hollowed grounds since the 1922? A social media mogul and friends from Silicon valley flew in for the nearly week-long wedding festivities in early autumn. Networking, personal and corporate, was constantly in the air. The identities of the couple, their ceremony and reception at Jasper Park Lodge were, naturally, a well-kept secret. However, it was divined from a young waitress on the terrace who mentioned in very hushed tones “the big wedding & Silicon Valley.”
Hmm. Who else? Like Falstaff in Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part I, Mr. Famjoy realizes that Discretion is the better part of valor and his lips are sealed for a litany of recent high profile personalities that have married, honeymooned, skied, snowboarded, golfed, relaxed and entertained themselves and others at this pristine resort.
He offers memorable Americans of the past: the Kennedys, Rockerfellers, Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Bing Crosby and famed others.
Could this be the “Happy ever-aftering” from the famous Broadway play, Camelot? Jackie O was quoted as saying this was Jack’s favorite song, which started the Camelot-era.
Camelot and Canadian Rockies' Jasper Park Lodge for "Happy ever-aftering," Album cover from the Orignal cast recording.
Jasper Park Lodge, a book on the resort that I picked up in the gift shop, further chronicles its visitors as famous film stars, heads of state, politicians, sports stars as well as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who penned the Sherlock Holmes mysteries and whose photo graces the wall next to Mr. Famjoy, who has begun to answer my next question. Tell me about those two magnificent cabins… He leads the way.
Point Cabin: the ultimate at JPL, a 5,000 square foot wooded cabin with a fairy tale honeymoon in mind. 2 fireplaces, Great Room, terrace, and modern conveniences of a Tribecca flat. Photo: Fairmont Hotels.
Within googling distance is Point Cabin, a 5,000 square foot, five bedroom luxurious retreat with private views of Windex-blue Lac Beauvert, towering pines, foot paths, and an occasional meandering Elk.
A stand-out in a series of stand-out accommodations, Point Cabin’s decor is in the high-style of an English Hunting Lodge with a Great Room and stone fireplace. Holiday Inn it is not! Vintage exterior, circa 1925. Charming in the autumn; dazzling in the white winter!
On the far side of this splendid cabin, is Outlook Cabin, known in Sovereign circles and bridal parties as, The Royalty Retreat.
With a conservatory, enclosed verandah, two fireplaces, two dining rooms, a Great Room, and a grand terrace with midnight light shows of the Milky Way and a possible sighting of the Aurora Borealis. It is fit for a Queen and King. Bride and Groom. More? Modern conveniences, at every turn. One of the remaining original nine buildings, it is continually updated and reflects a Tribeca or Beverly Hill sensibility of a modern kitchen, bath etc. Balmoral (the Queen’s Summer Home in Scotland) eat your heart out! You get my drift.
The JPL guest registry would also reveal that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip of England prefer to stay there at Outlook Cabin. Her majesty’s travel planners understand that Jasper Park Lodge is a must-stay. What’s on your itinerary?
Having gotten the formalities aside, I ask Mr. Fomjoy, Now, that we have a Royal Honeymoon Cabin for the bride and groom, is there ample availability of Signature Luxury Cabins for the entire wedding party. I am driving the question because I can immediately imagine a splendid wedding weekend set-up: Outlook Cabin for the bride and groom; Point Cabin for their immediate wedding party; and…
Mr. Famjoy interrupts my train of thought to say, “We have smaller cabins for the in-laws, close family, as well as well-appointed guest rooms for all the friends and family.”
EEK! Two Elks stand within a few yards of us. Big-bodied Elk are grazing along there path through the pines with splendid vistas of sparking lake waters and geese landing and taking off in magnificent formation. I’ve seen some big white tail deer in south Texas; however, the Elks are big, beautiful and, alas, formidable.
Mr. Famjoy now has a twinkle in his eye; he advises on what to do if I run into an Elk unexpectedly while playing golf on Jasper Park’s course, rated #1 in Canada: Raise two clubs high in the air like you have antlers, and the Elk will think you are bigger and will go away!”
I immediately extrapolate and visualize the many JPL guests of honor: Marilyn Monroe, Queen Elizabeth, Sir Doyle and that illusive Silicon Valley Mogul lifting high their clubs to let their intruder-guest Elk on a little secret: they may appear bigger, they may be known by millions on sight, but they all have the incredible good luck to spend one enchanting evening, or possibly a honeymoon at a place that we romantically call, Camelot.
Next stop: A mountain high wedding above Lake Louise Canadian Rockies!
Would you describe yourself as a vintage bride? Then, here’s a step-by-step guide to help you achieve an old-world glam, smokey eye, and red lip look for your big day:
The Skin – The texture of the skin should be matte and polished. A way to achieve this is to use airbrush makeup or an oil-free foundation. The coverage should be full. Next, apply powder all over to set the foundation. This will also help to get the “polished skin” finish.
The Eyes – The eyes are the most distinctive part of the look. They are to be smoldering, but not over the top. Warm tones like creams and browns are best. Start with the light cream eye shadow and apply it over the entire eye as a base. Next, apply the brown on the lid, up to the crease of the eye. Blend with a separate, clean eye shadow brush to soften the look.
Apply a black eyeliner pencil to the entire top lid. Smudge it with a small detailed brush to blur the line. Sweep the same brown eye shadow below the entire bottom lash line. Proceed with the black eyeliner pencil along the outer 2/3 of the bottom of the eye, smudging the line as you did for the top. Avoid the appearance of a heavily lined eye. The eyeliner should be blending into the eye shadow. False lashes may be applied at this point, followed with mascara on the top and bottom lashes.
The Cheeks – The blush should be a neutral color applied on the apples of the cheeks and swept back towards the ear. This will give a lightly contoured look.
The Lips – Finally, the lipstick should be creamy in texture. There is no gloss to the vintage lip. The color can be a deep rich red or a warm brick red.
Let’s review: the old-world glam look consists of polished, flawless skin, smoldering smokey eyes, neutral cheeks, and a rich creamy or semi-matte red lip.
Rosemarie Pomilla, FIT graduate and former Frederic Fekkai makeup artist, is a licensed and certified beauty stylist, who founded N.Y. Prostyle Bridal in 2001. While she has styled hair and makeup for print, runway, film, and television, wedding day beauty is her specialty and passion!
One of the most popular destinations for weddings outside of the United States is not surprisingly Mexico. Resort choices are plentiful, the beaches are spectacular, and you can’t beat the price for you and your guests. Many couples, who flock to Mexico, have their heart set on a beach wedding. You cannot beat the relaxed vibe of a beach wedding, and your wedding photos are sure to be memorable. So, how do you decide at which beach in Mexico to say I do? We asked our seasoned Wedding Specialists to list their picks for beach wedding locations in Mexico. They consistently answered: too many choices to list in a blog! After looking at their lists, here are four spots that appear on many lists for Mexican beach weddings:
El Dorado Maroma - There is just something magical about the beach wedding setups at this resort. The beach itself is picturesque and inviting and the attention to detail in the resort’s wedding setups in impressive.
Barcelo Puerto Vallarta - Surrounded by the jungle, the mountains and the sea, the Barcelo Puerto Vallarta offers the complete package for an amazing beach wedding backdrop. The sunsets in Puerto Vallarta are legendary, offering an unmatched background for those wedding photos!
Sandos Playcar Resort & Spa - One word one of our specialists used to describe beach weddings at this Riviera Maya resort: captivating. The combination of the incredible turquoise ocean water, the white sands and the beautiful wedding setup is stunning.
How can you lose with beach weddings? Sand between your toes, happy, relaxed family members and guests, fantastic photo opportunities all add up to memories of a lifetime!
A lot of brides will design their weddings around the colors that they want to use. So, they will pick flowers, centerpieces, and styles that compliment the color scheme rather than a particular theme. In this case, paying attention to the colors would be a matter of choosing the colors and sticking with them since the colors are the thing. However, if you are having a particular theme – like beach, fairy tale, military, vintage, country, or seasonally based – then your wedding color choices are much more limited. A country-themed wedding does not go well with coral and turquoise, and a beach themed wedding would be hard to pull off with a plum and gold. So if you want to do a specific theme, your wedding colors are going to be affected by that theme. Yes, there is that rule of thought that it is your wedding, so you can do what you want, BUT for a complete wedding look, you MUST pay attention to the coordination of your wedding theme and your color scheme. To figure out what colors go well with your theme, it may be a good idea to create a color board, or find an image that embodies that theme or tone, and then pull your main colors from that. When focusing on a theme, you may end up with more colors scattered throughout your wedding decor, but it is still a good idea to have 1-3 main colors that will act as an anchor for the overall look of the wedding. Too many colors can cause your decor to be disconnected and distracting.
Wedding Cake Toppers
The wedding cake topper is a decor detail that can sometimes be overlooked, but it is an important detail to pay attention to. Some of the choices are the traditional bride and groom figurine cake topper, humorous, monogram, heart, floral, and vintage. It is an important detail to pay attention to because the wedding cake is one of the main symbols of weddings, and is often a center for the wedding reception and wedding traditions. Basically, the wedding cake might as well have a spotlight on it during your reception. There are so many different styles, so you want to make sure to choose the most appropriate to your theme. For example, a super sexy wedding cake topper would be a strange addition to a fairy tale or religiously centered wedding, just like -perhaps more obviously – a fairy and prince cake topper would be odd at a country or beach themed wedding.
The tradition of a wedding cake acts as a centerpiece to most weddings, but this does not necessarily mean that your wedding cake needs be traditional. If you have been dreaming of that four tier white frosted cake with roses or a traditional cake topper, go for it! If not, then why not have some fun? A lot of brides are taking creative liberties in their wedding cake designs, formats, and are even throwing out the cake for something more their taste!
Non-traditional Designs: New inventions in how to design a wedding cake include specific themes and abstract designs. This is probably the most personalizeable route to take in designing your wedding cake. The above image features a couple’s nightmare before Christmas wedding cake. This cake holds the traditional features of multiple tiers, rounded layers, and flower accents, but stands out as a one-of-a kind design. This cake is obviously not for every bride, but represents how every bride can create a unique wedding cake for them. Why not push the boundaries on the classic wedding cake look?!
Cupcakes: One of our favorite wedding cake twist trends is wedding cupcakes! This is one of those occasions that anything mini is automatically adorable. With this, we have seen cupcakes made to look like mini wedding cakes, as well as a small cake at the top of a display with the lower tiers as cupcakes. Both options are definitely workable, but the second may be easier. What is nice about having the top tier be a small cake is that you are still given the option to keep the traditions of cutting the cake and keeping the top tier to share on your one year anniversary.
Pies , Cheesecakes, Ice Cream Sundaes:Never been a fan of cake? Then don’t have cake at your wedding! There are so many different types of dessert options that there really is no need to restrict yourself to a wedding cake. Why not wedding pie? We have even seen a couple have a wedding pie and mini pies just like the small cake and cupcake tier design. Take a peek at Tara Guerard’s Bon Bon Blog for some great tips on making and serving individual pies. With this option you can still have a cute wedding cake topper or have flower accents, so you are in no way sacrificing decor for your favorite desserts!
Asking your best girlfriends to be in your wedding may seem like an easy task, but you may want to consider putting a little extra umph when asking them, especially your maid of honor. Your wedding may be all about you and your groom, but your best friends are going to want to celebrate with you, plus they are meant to be your helpers through all the wedding drama and planning. It is not only a sweet honor to be asked, but it is a lot of work that they would be signing up for, so when you decide to pop that special question, do it right!
Seven Ideas on How to Ask Your Best Girls to Be Your Bridesmaids
Spa Day: Take your girls out for some pampering to tell them how special they are and perhaps give out special bridesmaid robs, slippers, or a handy-dandy bridesmaid survival kit!
A Cute Gift Box: Whether it is at your engagement party or if you plan a girls date with your bridesmaid hopefuls, giving your future bridesmaids a cute and personalized gift box can help you “pop the question”. Creme de la craft offers a great DIY gift box with easy how-to instructions. This is a perfect solution to the how-to-ask question because it can be perfectly personalized to you, your wedding, and your bridesmaids. You can choose designs based on your wedding theme, or do a different design based on the personality of the bridesmaid or your relationship with her.
Send a Card: If your bridesmaids are long distance or you don’t know when you can get together, sending a card to ask them to be your bridesmaid would be perfectly appropriate. Whether you send one that is spunky or sentimental is completely up to you!
Photo Strip/Collage: Make a collage or create a photo booth strip with a few of your favorite photos of you together and write a message on the back. This one is great because it is fun and sentimental.
A Cute Picture Frame: Personalized gifts are one of the best ways to ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding and a picture frame is absolutely perfect. These are great because they are functional, personal, and your bridesmaids can put pictures from the wedding inside! Etsy is a great place to look for a gift like this!
Jewelry! You can pretty much always count on jewelry to say what you need it to. For this, you could give out necklaces or earrings you want your girls to wear on the wedding day, or a cute charm bracelet to show off your friendship.
Just Ask! At the end of the day, asking them to be your bridesmaid is just about the relationship you have, so if you are not up for a cutsie card or hand making gift boxes just isn’t your thing, then go ahead and just call each girl up, or find some face to face time, and just ask. Don’t even sweat it! It is not like you are proposing marriage!
In all the world, there is no other relationship exactly like yours. Of all the people who have met, fell in love, and devoted their lives to one another, your love is unique. Shouldn’t her ring be unique as well?
Verragio engagement rings and wedding rings are all about the individual. There are six collections of rings (Couture, Eterna, Insignia, Paradiso, Parisian, and Venetian), but buyers are encouraged to “mix and match” elements from different collections, to create a ring that captures the individuality of each relationship. You can further customize a setting with accent stones (like emeralds, sapphires, rubies, or nearly any colored gemstone) for a truly one-of-a-kind ring.
All Verragio engagement rings are intricately detailed and meticulously designed. A beautiful, scrolling lacework is the signature of every Verragio ring. A choice of possible metals (rose, yellow, and white gold, as well as platinum) only adds to the variety of design possibilities, and accents of a complementary-colored gold can be used to highlight the setting pattern even further.
A lifetime commitment deserves a lifetime warranty. Any and all Verragio engagement rings purchased through an authorized retailer is guaranteed to be free of any defects in workmanship or materials, and if there is a problem, Verragio will make it right, so you can rest assured that her ring will be perfect in every way.
Whether she loves the 360 degrees of sparkling diamonds, the exquisite designs and craftsmanship, or the endless customization possibilities, she is guaranteed to love what Verragio has to offer. Visit one of our locations today, and start creating the ring of her dreams. One that is every bit as unique as your love.
If you have always wondered why weddings have a familiar feel even when they are very unique, here is the inside scoop on how wedding ceremonies are structured and designed.
If you are anything like me, you have probably watched a gazillion movies with a wedding scene. Have you ever noticed how they all feel very familiar, even if the actual words aren’t the standard, “I take you to be my wedded husband…‘til death do us part?” Why is that? What makes all weddings alike?
Well, there is a rhyme and a reason to how weddings are arranged. A wedding is a rite of passage—the passage from being single to being coupled, and rites of passage of all kinds—baptism or baby welcoming, coming of age or funeral—have an organizing principal to their design. Their structure has a rich history but at their core all ceremonies tell a story. A wedding ceremony is also a performance, kind of like a play. There is a stage (an altar or NYC skyline), script (the ceremony words), players (bride, groom, attendants) and audience (the guests!). Just like a story or play, all weddings have a beginning, middle and end.
In weddings, the story begins with your separation from your family and who you were before marriage. Often a bride and groom are walked down the aisle by their parents and “giving you away” is a ritualized way for them to send you off to your future life. Sure, you might not really be moving out of your parents’ home, but from a ritualistic perspective the first section of the ceremony symbolically reflects that departure. It is a lovely way to honor your parents who have contributed so much to get you to this point in life.
The middle of the wedding story is where most of the ritual action takes place. Rituals are a way to emotionally, visually and verbally portray the changes that occur when two people get hitched. The couple must state their intention to marry before an officiant with legal authority in the presence of witnesses. Your “statement” of your intentions can be any combination of words or actions. So, although you may have often heard the traditional vow, “I do!” that wording is not required. You can write your own vows, use a “repeat after me” format, or substitute actions for words, using a unity ritual.
There are lots of different ways to show that bonding: hand fasting (the origin of the expression, “tying the knot”), a sand or candle-lighting ceremony or one of many cultural rituals such as Indian Seven Steps, Native American blanket, Japanese Sake, Greek Crowning or Hawaiian Lei exchange, to name a few. Any of these beautiful and meaningful rituals signify that you and your loved one are connected for eternity.
The finale of your wedding is when the Officiant declares you married and bids you to kiss. So, why is a wedding sealed with a kiss? This symbolic gesture solidifies your matrimonial vows and marks the first time that you are kissing as newlyweds. Although it is the end of your wedding story, it is the beginning of your wedded life. What better way to start your loving marriage?
Rachel Mueller-Lust of Wondrance Weddings is a Wedding Officiant and Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant® who designs and performs custom ceremonies with love, beauty and presence. She is also a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach™ who provides tools and support to brides to make their wedding planning experience more joyful and less stressful.
Dwayne and Rodney Byrum married on TLC’s Wedding Island 12/12/12.
You’ve had the ring for awhile or at least been eyeing “the one.” You’re ready to do it. At least you’re pretty positive you are. Your married buddies are telling you to go for it, your single friends will do ANYTHING to prevent the loss of another member of their Tues/Weds/Thurs night poker crew. It’s a dilemma.
But this is your life. It’s your job to make that big step, take the leap, ASK THE QUESTION. Somebody has to do it if you want to marry that person.
Timing is everything, right? You’ve overheard horror stories from your girlfriend’s girlfriends about how the desperate-to-impress boyfriend hid the ring in a chocolate soufflé, a Big Mac, and even one about a guy, who wadded it up in a paper towel to hide in his pocket, forgot it was there, and then, the couple spent the entire weekend hunting down the missing engagement ring in the hotel room (yes, they found it – and, yes, they were clients of mine, so it’s definitely true), and these stories both challenge and terrify you.
Why does there have to be so much drama? Why did that guy in New York have to hire a mariachi band to serenade his bride while he proposed? Why did your fraternity brother propose at the top of the Eiffel Tower? With Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and all the other social media out there, EVERYONE sees EVERYTHING. Way to set the bar high guys – gee thanks, right? I’d bet that a lot of men are terrified of disappointing their future brides with the manner in which they make the proposal, and it’s delaying the process.
REALITY CHECK – Most people do not care HOW you propose, as long as you DO propose with true feeing, and you actually HAVE the ring there. Don’t be intimidated by the guy who spelled out “Marry Me” in seaweed and flew his girlfriend over the words in a private airplane? Be impressed by the person who worked with a local pumpkin patch to make the corn maze spell something from above so he could propose from a hot air balloon – that was creative and a LOT of work. Yes, these are very visible, tangible, public statements of his love for her and they are noteworthy. But I sincerely doubt that those people love their fiancé(e)s any more than the people, who got the rings in a less dramatic format.l
1 – Have a ring. If budget is the reason you’re considering skipping the ring, get a less expensive ring and make sure to tell her that you want to get her something more when it’s feasible. I know plenty of couples who have upgraded the engagement and wedding rings several years down the road. My dad added stones to either side of my mom’s diamond after something like 15 years. It’s not about what the ring is – it’s that there is a ring at all. You must give her something that says “I am dead serious about this.” A proposal sans ring often makes his future intended feel like the question is spur of the moment. And while we want a proposal, nobody wants to ask the question if he’s not 100 percent certain he’s ready for the whole enchilada.
If the one you love turns you down because the ring wasn’t big, shiny and expensive enough, she did you a favor. Imagine what life would be like 20 years down the road with somebody who judges the value of a relationship based on the cost of the rock. Oh wait, you probably won’t last 20 years if she’s like that anyway.
2 – Have a plan, but be willing to be flexible. One of my clients recently told me about how the groom had taken her to a city with many parks they love to wander together, and it rained sideways all weekend. Fortunately, he didn’t let it rain on his big moment and he found a special (dry) location to pop the question. But the bride says he’s still bummed about it even though they’re laughing about it now. Remember, the important part is the proposal. There is someplace romantic no matter where you are – find it, make it your moment, and go for it.
3 – Choose a private place to propose – even if you’re surrounded by people. By this, I mean that you shouldn’t pop the question at the dinner table in front of her family or yours. You shouldn’t propose at somebody else’s destination wedding weekend and steal their thunder. This is a serious question – ask it in a serious manner… but with that said, if you are not a quiet or private person, and your personality dictates that you MUST propose at Fenway Park, at the Homecoming game of the high school you both attended, or on a message on the side of a blimp over a concert, that’s a lot of fun. Just remember, you still have to look her in the eye, hold her hand, and ASK THE QUESTION YOURSELF! Even if they’re putting you up on a big screen to do it, she’s not supposed to read the words somebody printed for you and say yes. She’s supposed to say yes to you.
There’s no reason to be intimidated about proposing based on other “Extreme Proposals” you’ve seen and heard about. The big deal is the proposal, the other stuff is just icing on the cake. If she wants to marry you, trust me when I say that breakfast in bed, joined by your puppy with the ring tied to his collar with a ribbon, is just as romantic, memorable and sweet as something done with a large audience. The important question is this: will she say yes?
Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!
Sandy Malone is the owner of Weddings in Vieques, a Caribbean destination wedding planning company based on Vieques Island. A former Wall Street Journal reporter and public affairs expert, Sandy has executed more than 400 destination weddings on Vieques and Culebra islands, and writes a wedding planning column for the Huffington Post.
The nice thing about a bridal shower is that it is 100% about the bride. This means that your gift for the bride can be items to help build the soon to be newlywed’s new home, be sentimental, or can be a gift meant to just dote on the bride.
Gifts for the Home
Gifts for the home, like kitchenware, linens, towels, lamps, etc., are always great. These gifts are more function oriented and are perfect if you don’t necessarily know the bride as well as some of the other guests. A great mixing bowl set, super soft sheets, or a toaster, won’t look like you don’t know the bride, but instead imply that you are excited for the new home and adventure she is about to embark on. These types of gifts are usually what you will find on the gift registry.
A girl’s wedding is going to be one of the more emotional and joyous day of her life. For the bridal shower, something sentimental could be a great way of encouraging the bride to enjoy every minute of it and show her how much you care. These gifts come more appropriately from the mother of the bride or soon to be mother in law, the best friend, grandma, or someone who feels extremely close to the bride. Some suggestions for gifts:
A photo album for the big day that perhaps include wedding day photos of her parents, grandparents, and in-laws.
A locket to tell the bride to never forget the love in her heart (Origami Owl has some great and completely personalized lockets!)
Doting on the Bride
These are the pampering gifts. You want to tell your bride to relax, enjoy the ride, and to remember to always take care of herself. This type of gift can come from anyone and will be much appreciated. Also, these are perfect for the bridal shower because they can be used on the wedding day and for pre-wedding primping. Some examples of this type of gift:
A just-for-the-bride robe or sweats
A gift certificate for a massage
A gift certificate for a mani pedi
Bath salts, lotions, tanning oils
A gift card for something she is specifically interested in, such as Barnes and Nobles, Sephora, or a hobby shop.
And Maybe a Little Naughty
A gift that is always fun when it turns up is some longerai. If you don’t know the bride very well, this may not be the best idea, but it is great coming from a sister, the BFF, or a spunky aunt. Longerai can be found at places like wal-mart and target, but better quality longerai really does come from shops like Victoria Secret.