• 17
    Nov 2017

    9 top tips for destination weddings!

    Fabelle-London

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    Destination weddings are undoubtedly popular at the moment and it’s no wonder why. Travel is easier than ever before and with tools such as the internet and social media, couples can research and get information about locations easily.

    There is something magical about whisking off to an incredible location with your loved ones to start your happily-ever-after, but planning a destination affair has it’s own quirks and considerations. With lots of moving parts, cultural considerations and pressure to create an experience, we want to help you navigate the destination wedding planning process, so you can host the ultimate destination wedding bash of your dreams.

    With the world as your oyster, where do you start? Choosing a location for your destination wedding might be easy – you’ve always dreamed of going to Greece or you were engaged in Paris and want to celebrate your nuptials there too. A location might have deep meaning to you as a couple, or it might just be a great excuse for a fabulous vacation (on which you also happened to get married).  And keep in mind, a destination wedding doesn’t mean a tropical island. There are tons of amazing European and US destinations to choose from as well.

    But before sending those save-the-dates, here are some important points to take into consideration:

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    1: Hire a Wedding Planner:

    Most couples are not aware of the numerous logistics that go into a destination wedding including cultural considerations and additional responsibilities that a local wedding doesn’t necessarily have to deal with. Working with a wedding planner who is familiar with destination events will not only save you time and stress, but also money.

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    2: Travel & Accessibility:

    There is more to a destination wedding than gorgeous scenery. Think about where you and your guests will be traveling from and going to.

    • Where is the closest airport and how long will the travel take?
    • Is public transportation easily accessible or will you need to hire private transportation?
    • Will guests have to take additional ferries, hopper planes, trains or taxis to get to their ultimate destination?

    Try to choose a location that will not only be enjoyable for your guests but is also fairly easy to get to.  Remember to keep in mind that guests are usually responsible for their own travel and accommodations so if it is an expensive venture, some guests may not be able to join you.

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    3: Accommodations & Transportation:

    If your guests are traveling, they are going to need a place to stay. In large cities such as Rome, Paris, Charleston or London, you’ll typically find lots of options between hotels, hostels, AirBnB’s or private villas. But if you are planning your wedding at a castle in the Irish countryside that accommodates 12 guests, for example, where do you expect everyone else will stay?

    You need to ensure that you have a plan for your guests. Find out where the closest hotel or overnight sleeping option is if the location you yourselves are staying at is not an option. Hotel room blocks can be secured, usually for special group rates. You should secure enough hotel rooms, either at one central location or multiple hotels, to cover the number of guests you are expecting (factoring in couples and families, of course)

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    4: Weather:

    If you have a specific date you have to get married on or have already chosen, be sure to check the weather in the location you’re considering. For example – if you’ve already chosen September 2nd for your wedding date and want to get married in the Caribbean, you’re taking a high risk of a hurricane showing up as additional, uninvited wedding guest.

    Another part of this consideration should be your weather backup plan. Rain, in most parts of the world, can be a factor regardless of season so if you’re planning a rooftop reception or beach ceremony, don’t ignore a venue’s backup indoor location (especially ensuring that there actually is a Plan B location!)

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    5: Tourist Season, Holidays & Other Events:

    Research what high and low season are, local holidays, festivals and celebrations and ask your venue if there are other events happening there on the dates you plan to be there. Prices can fluctuate greatly from week to week based on high or low tourist season and the availability of accommodations and ease of travel will be affected based on other events happening in the local area.

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    6: Language & Cultural Consideration:

    During the planning process, and of course once you are in your destination, language can be a barrier and the way that certain cultures conduct business can be a huge source of frustration for destination couples.  If you do not speak the language, consider hiring a local tour guide or translator to assist you. This is one point in particular where a destination wedding planner can be a huge asset. One golden rule: Always get it in writing.

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    7: Cost, Expenses & Exchange Rate:

    Couples sometimes choose to have a destination wedding because it’s “less expensive”. At times this is true, but remember to look at local exchange rates when doing your calculations.

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    8: Most destination weddings include auxiliary events:

    – welcome receptions, group excursions, brunches, etc. Don’t forget to think through the entire week and budget for these functions.

    Another factor for expenses are that some destinations aren’t going to have access to items you might take for granted for a local wedding. For example, table linens or certain flowers and decor that can be rented or purchased easily in the states, might not be available in your destination so you may need to factor in additional shipping fees or extra cost for additional luggage.

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    9: Local Marriage Requirements:

    Marriage regulations are very different from place to place. We always recommend getting married in your hometown either before or after your destination wedding and leaving the legalities local.

    However, if you insist on getting legally married abroad, look into the regulations of your destination as soon as possible.

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    And last but not least weigh up the pro’s and cons.  Not everyone wants to or should have a destination wedding but if you are considering it, here are some questions to ask yourself that could help your decision:

    • Can both you and your fiancé(e) envision getting married away from home?
    • Have you always envisioned a destination wedding?
    • Can you, your family & friends afford to travel for your wedding?
    • If some of your family & friends cannot be there to celebrate with you, can you live with that?
    • Do you understand that not everything is available the way it is “back home”, depending on your location, and you might have to make some compromises?
    • Would you look forward to spending an extended amount of time with friends & family at your destination?
    • Are you the type of couple who can give up control to a wedding planner/local vendors and understand that you can’t be the one in charge of everything?

     

    Lots of Love Fabelle-London x

  • 03
    Aug 2017

    Wedding traditions - Shoe Edition!

    Fabelle-London

    Even today, many brides in the UK still adhere to the tradition of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” although fewer adhere to the last bit of the rhyme “and a silver sixpence in her shoe”.  Over recent years, however, the tradition has begun to be revived as increasing numbers of engaged couples seek to combine long-standing traditions with modern preferences.  There are lots of traditions connected with wedding-related footwear and we’ve rounded up some of them.
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    (Imperial) China - Girls created embroidered slippers to encourage suitors

    A marriage-maker would show off the shoes to possible grooms, who could get an idea of what the girl was like through the embroidery.  In addition to showing off her skill as a seamstress, the shoes also showed off her personality and social status.  If the groom liked what he saw, the marriage-maker would arrange a meeting.
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    Marken (the Netherlands) - Grooms made their brides a pair of ornate clogs

    On the island of Marken, by contrast, it was the groom’s skills which were put to the test.  He had to make his bride a pair of shoes for their wedding day.  The effort put in to this showed how much he valued her and the quality showed his ability to take care of his future wife.

    Germany - Hochzeit-Schuhe (Wedding Shoes)

    Traditionally in Germany, girls started saving coins long before they were married and they used this money to buy their own wedding shoes.  The idea was to help girls develop their housekeeping skills by teaching them the importance of being thrifty and making savings.  It also reminded them of the importance of planning ahead.

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    Turkey/Greece - Signing the soles of the bride’s shoes

    This provides a memento of the day and, according to various traditions, can help show who is going to get married next.  In Greece, the groom also buys the shoes for the bride, although he may get a little help in choosing them from her family and friends.  When the shoes are given to the bride, there should be money tucked in them and the money stays in even when she is wearing them.

    Portugal - The happy couple collect money in the bride’s shoes

    In Portugal, the bride takes off her shoes at the reception and the guests put money into them.  Traditionally this money was used to finance the honeymoon, which it still can be, but it can also just be used as a general contribution to starting a new life together.

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    Nordic countries (especially Sweden) - Girls put a coin from each parent in their shoe

    Traditionally girls get a silver coin from their father to wear in their left shoe and a gold coin from their mother to wear in their right shoe.  This is to bring them future prosperity and to ensure that they always have the money they need to live happily throughout their lives.

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    India - Stealing the groom’s shoes

    Footwear is a hugely important part of Indian weddings and it is traditional for the groom’s family to present the bride with a pair of silver slippers, which will have beautiful and ornate decoration.  The groom’s own shoes will also be spectacular and lavishly-embroidered.

    In some parts of India, there is a very popular wedding game in which the groom takes off his shoes after the wedding and the bride and her family try to steal them, while the groom and his family try to guard them.  This can get very creative, for example the groom’s family may come prepared with decoy shoes to distract the bride’s family.  If the bride’s family do manage to steal the groom’s shoes then the groom has to pay a ransom to get them back.

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    21st century weddings

    Choosing footwear for a 21st century wedding is generally about finding stylish footwear, which also feels comfortable, after all, your wedding will be one of the biggest and best days of your life and it would be a real downer to spoil it all with sore feet.  Because of this, the range of wedding shoes has now expanded greatly and includes all kinds of options, from the traditional shoes Victorian brides would have worn with a silver sixpence in them, to wedding flip flops and barefoot sandals.personalised-white-wedding-slippers-for-guests

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    This article was written by John from Poshh. John has been writing articles for over 10 years and is a commanding voice in the health and fitness community with his articles high in demand.

  • 20
    Jun 2017

    Holiday announcement!

    Fabelle-London

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    We are seeing a large amount of orders this year and are delighted to be involved with so many wonderful weddings.  However we are due to go away from the 30th June for 10 days (to attend a wedding abroad)

    We would just like to advise people to get their orders placed by Monday 26th to ensure your order can be completed and dispatched before we head off.

    We will be back and taking orders again by the 11th July.  But if you do place an order during this time there will be a slight delay until we can get these shipped out to you.

    If you have any urgent requests please feel free to drop us a message.

    Lots of Love,

    Fabelle-London

    x

     

  • 15
    Jun 2017

    What sizes should I order for my guests wedding flip flops?

    Fabelle-London

    The good news is here at Fabelle-London we have done all the hard work for you!

    That’s right - no need to ask each guest to supply their foot size with their R.S.V.P!

    All of our party boxes, personalised and handmade crates come filled with the perfect ratio of Small, Medium and Large flip flops or slippers perfect for every guest to slip on and adore.

    We spent a lot of time researching our sizes and developing our flip flops and slippers to ensure that they will fit a variety of foot shapes and sizes. Our dual sizing system ensures that less sizes need to be purchased and each flip flop or slipper will fit a larger range of guests.

    We have a size guide here that outlines how each of our sizes translate in to UK, EU, USA and CM

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    Each party box of 10 flip flops or slippers contains:

    2 x Small

    5x Medium

    3 x Large

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    Each crate of 20 flip flops or slippers contains:

    4 x Small

    10 x Medium

    6 x Large

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    Each crate of 30 flip flops contains:

    6 x Small

    15 x Medium

    9 x Large

    We are always able to amend some of the sizes if required, to allow you more small, or large sizes for example. However we feel that these sizes work for the majority of wedding parties.

    We pride ourselves in being able to cater to any wedding and going the extra mile to make sure you are happy with your order. So get in touch if there is something specific you require and we will always discuss the options with you to ensure you get the best service with your order.

    Lots of love

    Fabelle-London

    x

  • 24
    Apr 2017

    When should I order my Wedding flip flops and barefoot sandals?

    Fabelle-London

    Each order is different and each customer is entitled to their own personal touches on their purchase.

    We try to ensure that all orders are completed, packaged and shipped out within 3  weeks, at the latest.

    Our personalised crates, handmade labels and freestanding signs are all handmade to order, by allowing up to 3 weeks for delivery this gives us enough time to hand-make and perfect each item.

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    Our party boxes and our barefoot sandals are packaged, wrapped and shipped out the same day if ordered by 2pm or the next day if ordered later.

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    All of our UK deliveries are shipped using a next day delivery service through interlink express, this means you will receive an hour time slot that suits your day and will receive text and email notification of when your parcel is likely to arrive. The delivery slot can be easily rearranged and amended to ensure that you don't miss your delivery!

    We are always happy to help and have rushed through last minute orders to ensure a desperate bride achieve her dream day.

    If you have any concerns about getting an order in time or have a specific request for a quicker turnaround, get in touch with us through the website and we will do our best to ensure you receive your order in time!

    Lots of love,

    Fabelle-London

    xx

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