All About My Bridesmaids

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I remember soon after we got engaged, I was already thinking about this blog post! I decided to hold off until after we were married because I wanted this to be in all in one kind of blog post. So, here you have it! In this post you will find how I asked my bridesmaids, a little background about each of them, bridesmaid dress shopping tips & tricks, and how we scheduled the day of. Without further ado… let’s meet my bridesmaids!

MY BRIDESMAIDS

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Maid of Honor, Becca

You have probably already heard this story a million times, but just in case you haven’t! Becca is one of Tim’s older sisters and I have known her since I was about 10 years old. Growing up I was a dancer and I went to the same studio for about 15 years. In our classes, we had a teacher and a teacher assistant that helped with the students. In my favorite class which was jazz, Becca was the teacher assistant. I grew up with her as one of my older sister figures at the studio, and then when time passed and I became old enough, I was the TA and she was the teacher. Fast forward to now, and she has become an older sister figure in real life as my sister-in-law, which we never saw coming! She took the Maid of Honor roll head on and planned the most beautiful bridal shower with my other sister-in-law making my dreams come to life. Not to mention my bachelorette, which was a girl’s weekend straight out of a magazine. She is still a phenomenal dance teacher to this day, who teaches our niece and hopefully one day Tim and I’s little girl too.

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Matron of Honor, Kristin

Tim’s family older goes Kristin, Becca, and then Tim who is the baby of the family. Kristin was my Matron of Honor who somehow balanced being a mom of two littles and keeping up with all of my wedding shenanigans—HA! I’ve been planning my wedding for what seems like my entire life, at least ten years! I’m one of those girls who had a ton of visions and knew exactly what I wanted. Kristin was my right hand when it came to thinking out loud about ideas, texting 24/7, what I wanted, and all my hopes and dreams. Since Kristin has been married for seven years now, she knows how the wedding planning process goes, the decisions you need to make, and she’s been to so many she had so many great recommendations on dos and don’ts. All I have to say now about my Maid and Matron of Honor is…God knew EXACTLY what he was doing when he chose Tim to be my husband. Because he knew I needed his sisters, duh! ;)

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Bridesmaid, Nicole

My one and only sister from the same Mr., Nicole! Oh, and sister from the same Mrs., lol. My sister and I are ten years apart in age, so growing up a lot of the time people that didn’t know us would assume that we were half siblings given the age difference. In reality the story was after my mom and dad had Nicole, they were told they were not able to have any more children. I ended up being a huge surprise 10 years later, as I was completely unplanned. Something I’ll never forget from my childhood is growing up with an older (way older) sister, because it made such a difference. My music taste is because of her, my love for dance is because of her, and so much more is because of her. Only she can understand the inside jokes with my family and how we grew up. Isn’t she so lucky that my mom and dad gave her a built in best friend? Ha, but really, I’m the lucky one!

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Bridesmaid, Allison

My dad was one of six children, being number four in the birth order. With that many kids, and all of those kids having kids, and then those kids having kids…my dad’s side of the family is HUGE, and it is truly the biggest blessing, especially with him being gone now. Allison is technically my second cousin, being my Aunt’s daughter (my cousins) daughter. I am the youngest grandchild on the Reyes side out of 14 grandchildren, with the oldest being over age 50. With me being the huge surprise, I am a lot closer in age with my second cousins and grew up hanging out with them at family gatherings. Alli and I have always been the same person, literally. Our styles, personalities, likes, dislikes, and everything else you can think of are very similar. Growing up together throughout every phase in life, and now being in the wedding stage, has been SO much fun. Alli will also be tying the knot in June of 2020 and I get to stand by her side as Matron of Honor and I could not be more honored and thrilled!

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Bridesmaid, Sydney

Remember back at the top when I said I grew up dancing? Well not only did I meet Becca, but I also met Sydney at my dance studio growing up. I still remember walking into ballet class and being next to her, and we instantly clicked as I think fifth and sixth graders. Still to this day we never stop talking (ask the husbands) and will never run out of things to talk about. I also mentioned that I loved planning my wedding for the past ten years, and the wedding planning pretty much started with Sydney. Oh, if I could go back in time and pay money to see what Sydney and I did in class! Hint: It wasn’t dancing 50% of the time. We day dreamed of flowers, boys, wedding dresses and how we would get engaged. It is now 2019 and my wedding has passed and Sydney is next in November! I also get to stand by her side as Matron of Honor, and it brings me to tears just thinking about it! I know some people day dream about having a life long best friend and Sydney truly is mine—we’ve been though it all together. And what speaks the loudest is that we are still best friends!

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Bridesmaid, Shannon

College was an interesting experience for me. It was exactly what I needed, but it was interesting. I came in with a plan and thought I knew exactly what I was doing (which now looks absolutely nothing like that plan) and left learning one of the biggest life lessons: make plans and God laughs. Also, his plans are way better than your own. I went to a local community college, and had no intention on making any life long friends there. I wanted in and out as soon as possible, and was just focused on me. It was on the first day of school that I met Shannon in the very first class that I had. I immediately recognized her from across the room as a friendly face, and pretty much decided in my head that I was going to be friends with her. I’m almost positive (you would have to ask her!) that I walked up and said “Hi, nice to meet you. My name is Danielle and we are going to be best friends.” If I had to guess, I think she laughed and smiled and said, “Ok.” Ever since then she’s stuck with me through everything, and that says a lot.

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Bridesmaid, Melanie

I don't talk about this a lot on social media, and there is really is no particular reason for it. I think I just forget sometimes or think that nobody has any genuine interest. So, I leave it out even though every time I ask, people say they want to hear more. With that being said, I became open and had more interest in my faith starting my Junior year of high school. High school was a little hard for me, as it is for everyone, but I think we all have that friendly face that we know—but not too well. Melanie I’ve known since seventh grade, as we went to middle school and high school together. We always had different schedules, friend groups, and she was on cheer and I was on dance. I think we were both kind of just “there” for each other until one night, at a football game, we had a moment together and then asked ourselves…why aren’t we best friends? Life happens though, and Melanie and I sort of lost touch for the next two years. Until one day, she posted something on Facebook and I all of a sudden heard God telling me, “Message her. Talk to her. Meet her for lunch. Be her friend. Make this happen.” So I did…and here we are.

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Bridesmaid, Bryana

Remember when I said I went to college to get in and out and not make any friends? Well, not only did I get an interesting experience and make one best friend, I made TWO best friends. Math was never my strong suit—and I mean never. To this day I can really only do basic math. After that, it is way over my head and I am completely lost. With that being said, when I was testing into classes for college, I hated math so much I bubbled in “YOLO” on my exam, turned it in and walked out. Yeah I know, not many people believe me when I tell them that story now but I guess you can say I was a rebel in high school, ha. I got my results back and I tested into the second lowest math class you can get into to. And when I say second lowest, I mean the first lowest class is literally learning addition and subtraction over again. Did someone say winner? Anyways, I didn’t expect anything different and was actually really happy because I felt like I would re-learn stuff I didn’t get in high school and probably get a really good grade since it was going to be so easy. As far as people go though, you can imagine it wasn’t filled with the brightest. I felt out of place, since knowing if I actually took the exam, I would (hopefully lol) probably have placed in a higher class. I sat down next to a friendly face, whose name i learned was Bryana, and once I learned we shared a hatred for math together, among a ton of other things, we were friends for life.

HOW I ASKED MY BRIDESMAIDS

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Bridesmaid Boxes | Robes | Champagne Glasses | Mini Champagne Bottles

I scrolled through TONS of ideas on how to propose asking your bridesmaids. In my head, since I had so many, I wanted it to be resourceful since I knew it was going to be expensive. On the wedding day, it was a must for me to get getting-ready photos, so I decided to supply them with everything they needed for that morning along with asking them to be apart of the day. Doing it this way, I killed two birds with one stone! If you are like me and are picky, just buy it for them so you don’t have to hear complaining! ;)

BRIDESMAID DRESSES: TIPS, TRICKS, & HOW I SCHEDULED THE BIG DAY

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MY BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESS | COLOR: OYSTER

Ok, so I wish had a whole bunch of tips and tricks, but I don’t—I only have one. Here it is: Get whatever bridesmaid dress is going to make you happy. Get whatever dress bridesmaid dress you think is pretty, flattering and fits your theme. Make sure it goes within the average amount to spend on a bridesmaid dress, which is (IMO) in between $0-$350. Forget anything else that anyone tells you.

Everyone is very different when it comes to this, so I’ve learned. Which is totally ok! Some want all of the bridesmaids to match, some want them wearing different colors, different styles, to pick their own, etc.. I wanted mine to all match, I wanted to pick the dress, and for it to be in the same color and style. I personally did my best to find a dress that did all of the things I listed above, and I think I did a dang good job!

When it comes to asking your bridesmaids how much money they want to spend on a dress, I would personally (what I did and I would do it again) not ask them. Whether you have four bridesmaids or eight bridesmaids, you could get a whole wide variety of answers when it comes to this question. You are welcoming in opinions that are not your own, and opening a can of worms that is really hard to close. Remember, it’s your day, and bridesmaid should know before accepting the job that they WILL have to spend money, regardless of how big or small your wedding is.

I listed a price range above that some people might think is too much, but others (like me) may think it is normal. If you are aware of someone in your bridal party who does not have a job, is really struggling, or another sort of circumstance, of course take that into consideration. Not everyone has the same financial situation. But also remember as a bride, to not feel pressure to take on anyone in the bridal’s parties burden or worry…after all, they accepted the job in the first place and it is their responsibility to think of these things ahead of time, and be prepared.

DAY OF SCHEDULE

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Makeup: Starting at 6:30 AM, with two girls at a time.

Hair: Starting at 8:00 AM, with two girls at a time.

***We had 11 people who needed hair and makeup done, including 8 bridesmaids, the bride (me), and two moms. We needed to be leaving the hotel to get to the venue at 1!:30 AM.

One of the bigger questions when it comes to weddings for being a bridesmaid is, what is happening for hair and makeup. This question is broad, so let me tell you what people mean when they ask this. They want to know whose paying for it, if they have to get it done (or if they can do it themselves), do they need to hire their own people, where are they getting ready, basically what the heck is happening.

I hired a hair and makeup artist and paid them to do all of our hair and makeup. I also hired for both artists to bring assistants knowing we had a lot of girls to get through. i then paid for hotel rooms for the bridesmaids so we could all spend the night the night before, so everyone was in the same place the next morning so I didn't have to stress. If I were to do it again, I would do it the same way and recommend doing it this way too. It costs money, yes, but it takes away a lot of stress and worry which is what you don’t want on your big day.

I was VERY relaxed on our wedding day, and I mean VERY. Leading up to our wedding though, a lot of tears were shed and the stress and panic of planning was non-stop. It was so worth it to me though, now knowing the outcome of that day. Of course, it was all about me and Tim though and really nothing else mattered. But you know, us brides put in a ton of work and we want it to all pay off! I truly believe it worked out great because I planned so much, and I let no one do anything for the bridal party- everything was set for them and they didn’t have to figure out anything. It was all planned for and paid for them, so there was no complaining, whining, or uneasiness about the day of due to things being last minute. Because nothing was, so when the day came all we had to do was enjoy and have fun. And that’s how it should be!


I hope this blog post helps some of you future brides, because I know I went to read something like this when I was planning and I could find nothing. No advice or anything. So, I did everything the way I thought it should be done and the way that I thought would work best, and it turns out I was right! Everyone has a different budget for their wedding, and everyone has different wants and needs, because everyone is different! Sharing my experience though with you guys is something that was important to me because I got SO much feedback shortly after our wedding that everyone was shocked with how relaxed I was, because truly everyone was expecting the opposite. Not only that, but letting you into my personal life a little bit and getting to know the girls that stood by my side is also so fun! I’m excited to share more about our wedding day, so stay tuned for more posts! If you have any questions that I didn’t answer in this post, comment below and I’ll get back to you ASAP.

XO,

Danielle Alana

My Bachelorette Party: The Last Flamingle

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What a weekend to remember! Where do I even begin? This girls trip (AKA my bachelorette) is EXACTLY what I needed before the wedding! At first I was really stressed about having this the weekend before the wedding, but in the end it worked out perfectly. If you missed it, this was basically my only option as a weekend away if I wanted ALL my bridesmaids to be able to make it. We spent the weekend in the beautiful city of Palm Springs, CA and it was nothing short of amazing. In this blog post I am going to give you ALL the details! A link to the VBRO we stayed at, our itinerary, outfits, decor, and anything else you can think of. Now let’s hop right to it because I am SO excited to share with you all!

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Let me start off by saying that the planning was super easy. My Maid & Matron of honor did a phenomenal job at making sure my needs and wants were met and heard, and they really went above and beyond. Not only that, but we were helped out along the way by Abbie from Got Your Bach. If you’ve never heard of this company before, get ready to have your mind blown. Got Your Bach is a boutique bachelorette planning service that helps the bride-to-be or the MOH plan the party of your dreams. If that doesn’t sound like heaven…I’m not sure what does! GYB customizes your trip and makes it fully personalized to each bridal squad. The easy process of filling out your questionnaire, a phone call to chat about all your visions, and then…sitting back and relaxing. Yes, you read that correctly. They do ALL the hard work for you— including cost-splitting and making a bill for each individual attending the bachelorette. I highly recommend using Got Your Bach for any upcoming bachelorettes you have, as it is a total game changer with the lessened stress and hard work. Head over to their Instagram to see all the inspiration and learn more!

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After arriving at our house (see below for link!), we set up before the rest of the bride tribe arrived to make sure it was perfectly ready! My theme for the bachelorette bounced between two. Danielle’s Last Flamingle & It’s My Flocking Bachelorette. One was appropriate for the day, and the other one was appropriate after drinks settled in, lol! Overall though, the theme was tropical, lots of pink, flamingos, and Palm Springs related. I found out about this company called Shop Stag & Hen while I was searching one day for decor for the house. I instantly fell in love and realized they had EVERYTHING I wanted! If I could have, I would have bought the entire online store. I had to pull myself together though and just get a few things. The items were all what I was looking for and not to mention the overall shop! Even if you ARE NOT having your bachelorette in Palm Springs, they have something for each city. Once you browse through Shop Stag & Hen, you will find something (guaranteed) for your party and theme!

After all the girls arrived, we had to get ready for our first night out. I must say, I forgot how fun it is to get ready with a house full of girls—especially my favorite ones in the entire universe. Night one was nothing short of fun, much needed girl time that involved drag queens and alcohol- HA! When we got up the next morning for a day full of food, photos, and laying by the pool, we were all WIPED from the night before. Including me— I’m not a drinker, but I go to bed every night pretty early, like before 10 PM. So with how late we were out, I honestly felt like I got hit by a truck. Nevertheless, we all got ourselves fed and ready for a full day of sun. Saturday was the day I invited friends who weren't apart of the wedding party out, so our Palm Springs house was full of girls. We took photos, tanned, got massages, had girl talk, and ended the afternoon with a lingerie party before friends who were staying for the day, headed home.

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Now, before I go onto to the rest of the trip, I have to address something that you just read. I just listed everything we did, and you might have noticed I wrote “got massages”. Well, I didn’t mention the best detail about this “getting massages” part. And that best part was: they came to the house. YUPP! Not only do bachelorette planning services exist, but traveling massage services do too. Not trying to brag or anything (ok, maybe I am.), but I think I won for bachelorette of the year. During our girls day by the pool, each bridesmaid or girlfriend got to head on into the house for their very own massage with Chy Massage. Chy Massage is a traveling massage service that comes to your location, serving the entire Coachella Valley. Not only do they do bachelorette parties, but they’ll do any occasion— from couples to corporate events. I’m not trying to persuade you to have your bachelorette in Palm Springs or anything, but this is a pretty good reason as to why you should! I’m still getting text messages from my friends saying how they LOVED this special touch that was apart of Saturday day. The massages were absolutely killer, and it was what everyone needed. From being tired from the night before, and for the drive that some girls did, it was like the cherry on top to a perfect day. If you live in this area or are debating whether or not to have your bachelorette out here, check out their Instagram to see more of the work they do or their website. I recommend them for their service— but also for the price. You can’t get anything better!

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So now you get the point- we got massages while not having to go anywhere, basically went to heaven and back, and it was amazing. ;) Moving on now though to Saturday night and Sunday morning. Since we spent the day poolside and drinking, and the night before was still hanging over our heads a little, this night was pretty low key. We enjoyed a delicious dinner, did a little bar hopping, and then came back to the house for a girls night. The evening was one to remember from the food all the way to the silly games, really filling my heart and being the best end to a great weekend. Friday and Saturday came and went, and Sunday it was time to go home. We fueled up with a quick breakfast and headed home to prepare for yet the next weekend…OUR WEDDING!

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I still cannot believe that this was my bachelorette. It blows me way! Even though the wedding is over, I wish I could re-live this weekend over and over. it’s not every day that you get to have all your favorite girlfriends in the same place, celebrating you. Like I said, I was initially really worried about having the bachelorette the weekend before the wedding. When my mind gets going, it basically starts running! But in the end, it ended up being perfect and we all got two weekends of FUN. Well, I at least know I did. ;) But, like I promised you all, LINKS! Everything that is not linked above you will find down below. Please let me know if I missed any links, or if you have any questions about anything that I mentioned. My emails, DM’s and comments are always open.

Our House

This place was the perfect place to have a bachelorette. It was close enough to everywhere went, and fit 9 girls overnight and even more during the day comfortably. Not to mention the price that we got it for was such a steal. I will be staying here again, especially since we go out here so often.

Bachelorette Planning Service

Got Your Bach Co. is an amazing company, like I said! If you struggle with ideas or really need help and guidance, hiring a company like this is a great idea. They can figure out almost everything for you which let’s be real, is a genius idea.

Dinner, Night One

So, I originally picked this place becuase of the menu. But let me be the one to warn you— don’t get too attached to it! The menu changes very frequently, so we went none of food I wanted to order was available, because the menu changed. Still delicious, but not the best choice if you are/have picky eaters.

Drag Queen Show

This was nothing short of entertaining. If you don’t want to be dragged up on stage, or have any of the attention on you, this is not the right place to go. We stayed here for a good 2 hours and had a GREAT time! Make sure you check the link above for the schedule of shows, because they aren’t every weekend.

Massage Company

One word: life changing. Even if you don’t have a bachelorette, they do parties or just no occasion, come to your house massages. I want to get one next time I go out just because they are so good!

Dinner, Night Two

We originally didn’t plan on eating here. We had reservations somewhere else but they didn’t end up having hours. I REALLY wanted Chips & Guacamole, so this restaurant had it and they also had room for our big party. However, it was listed as “Chips & Avocado Dip” on their menu. We were cracking up for hours, I will never forget it. I loved the food though!

LINKS:

“Same Penis Forever” Sign

Bride’s Babes Tattoos

Plates

Goody Bags

Customized Beach Towels

Tumblers (dollar section at Target)

Names & Flamingo on Tumblers

REMAINING DECOR:

Photos:

Photographer, Mckenna Elsner | Editing, Sydney Bliss Photography

Everything linked above is either my outfits from this weekend, above items linked again, and inspiration/similar things.

XO,

Danielle Alana

Our Honeymoon

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And just like that, all things “wedding” related is OVER! We had the best day of our life on June 8th, and I wish I could relive that day all over again. We were surrounded by family and friends, and the day went absolutely perfectly. When our wedding photos come back, I plan on doing a blog specifically on our wedding including all the vendors, details and of course photos. For now, I’m talking about our HONEYMOON! In case you haven’t been following along on Instagram (follow here) we went to Fiji and stayed at the Fiji Marriot Resort Momi Bay. We went for the week and had an absolute blast! This blog post will be covering my Fiji outfit guide, questions regarding the resort/honeymoon, and everything else you need to know. Let’s get started!

WHERE WE STAYED

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I knew from the beginning, and by beginning I mean when I started planning by wedding at age 10, that I wanted to honeymoon in an over water bungalow. It was a must—without a question, without a doubt, that it is what I was going to do no matter what. When the topic of honeymoon destinations came up, I told Tim about my life long dream and he easily agreed. I mean…would you need persuading to stay in an over water bungalow in a dreamy destination? Probably not! We started looking and weren’t sure where we wanted to go, since several locations have these types of places. Tim’s mom ended up sending us a link to Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay and I fell in love within seconds. Without even browsing through photos or doing any research, just by looking at the main page, I told Tim “this is it!”. Our honeymoon was booked that day and we were all set.

If you did see all my photos and stories while we were, I’m sure you know how beautiful it is! But just in case you didn’t see or you forgot, don’t worry, I got you covered. ;) Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay is located in Nadi, Fiji about 45 minutes away from the main airport. This resort sits right along the water, giving you views of the South Pacific Ocean and a private beach that flows into the resort giving you the over water bungalows and a few private beach areas. The property itself is huge, and of course absolutely stunning. This hotel just opened in 2017 after 10 years of construction, and is one of the top resorts in Fiji. Known for a great honeymoon location, but also very much a family resort. Serving mostly Australian families, this is like their Hawaii since it is only a 5 hour flight. They have an adorable and entertaining kids pool—so much that I told Tim it is my goal to come back and bring our future babies! Overall, this hotel checks off everything you will ever need for your honeymoon (or family vacay!) and we are SO happy with how our experience was. A lot of you DM’d me with questions about our honeymoon and the hotel while we were there, so I wanted to make sure I answered all of them. Here they are— I hope this helps! If you have more or questions in the future, don’t be afraid to comment or message me. I’d be more than happy to answer!

HONEYMOON QUESTIONS

What is the weather like?

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The answer to this question really does change depending on what time of the year you are going. While we were in Fiji during late June (June 16-23), the weather was perfect. It was in the high 80s, but there was also a bit of humidity. The humidity was barely any so it was totally doable, and the sunshine made for beautiful skies and perfect pool days. Before you leave, I would do research and simply google, “what is the weather like in Fiji during ___”. You most likely get an on point answer that way, since I can only answer what the weather was like during June. But do note—the seasons in Fiji are opposite.

Is Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay all inclusive? How was the food situation?

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No, it is not. I got this question quite a few times actually! I think I got this question a lot because if you saw my stories, Tim and I did not leave the resort at all. We stayed at Momi Bay the whole time and ate a bunch of different places, so I think that made it look like/gave the idea that it was an all inclusive. With that being said, Fiji Momi Bay Resort has 3 restaurants that you can eat at. Lagoon House & Bar, Fish Bar, and Gogi Kitchen & Bar. Those are the only places they have as far as restaurants go, and that’s where we ate the entire time! We started each day with a buffet breakfast at Goji Kitchen that was delicious. Their french toast is the best I’ve ever had! The Fish Bar has a swim up bar that connects to one of their pools, so you could find me ordering mudslides almost everyday there ha! We also grabbed lunch inside and were able to order and eat on our lounge chairs. Highly recommend getting the french fries & onion rings— the dipping sauce made them spectacular! For dinner we switched off between the three restaurants, but mostly ate at Lagoon House and Fish Bar. Goji had jaw dropping views but it was kind of trek from our room, and it was only plated. We had dinner their on our fancy night (not the restaurant, just the night Tim and I dressed up) and it was nothing short of dreamy. Over looking the infinity pool and watching the sun set…something I will always remember! Overall, the food was pretty delicious, and please keep in mind I am a picky eater. I did eat a lot of snacks like french fries and onions, and side dishes, as a lot of the entrees weren’t my jam. I’d say dinner was maybe the “hardest” for me in the sense but that’s because I’m picky, like I said. On the resort as well they had WHSmith which was a store where you could grab things like snacks and water bottles. It was basically a one stop shop for anything you could need from medicine to pool toys. We didn't find the need to leave the resort to get anything!

Did you feel safe the entire time?

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Absolutely yes. If anything, I am overly cautious because I have heard so many horror stories. You know, the ones where couples go missing on their honeymoon? Those ones. So, whenever we travel (within the US or outside) I am overly cautious and sometimes paranoid. Before we go to our resort, we did stay at an airport apartment hotel because we landed at 5 AM and our room definitely wasn’t ready yet. Not to mention the 12 hour plane ride that we didn't get much sleep on! During our couple hours here, I did feel a little iffy. We were on our own, and walked to lunch into town, and I did feel paranoid. BUT, looking back now it definitely wasn’t the town or the people that made me feel that way. It was the fact that I was trusting Tim to navigate us through a place we’ve never been before which makes me instantly anxious. Lol, if you couldn’t tell by that, he’s gotten us lost in places we’ve never been before which makes me scared. Little bit of a rough patch for us ;)

Were any excisions offered? Did you leave the hotel?

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A ton of excursions were offered at the tour desk, but we did not do any of them and we did not leave the hotel. A little back story as to why. When we booked this trip, we did not realize what big of a time difference it was. From California, Fiji is 19 hours ahead which makes Fiji a day ahead. When our trip was booked, we thought we had 7 days and 6 nights. It wasn’t until it got close that we realized we have 6 days and 5 nights, due to the time difference. If you are thinking about booking a trip here, PLEASE look into the time before you book, because if we did we would’ve stayed much longer. Anyways, with that back story, since we didn’t have as much time on the resort as we thought so we decided to not do any. The hotel is jaw drop gorgeous you guys, and I do not regret not doing any excursions whatsoever! We were able to really take it all in, experience everything it had to offer, try the different restaurants and go to the different pools, and also do activities the hotel offered. When we left on Sunday after arriving early Tuesday AM, I felt like we had finally experienced everything there. Had we stayed longer, that is when I would have felt comfortable to book excursions/activities outside of the resort because that is the point that I felt like we really did everything. I can’t offer any advice on the ones that they offer since we didn’t do any, but I can say if you are only staying for the same length of time we are, I wouldn’t bother booking any. You will find plenty to do and enjoy right where you are.

What was the budget for your trip? How much did it cost?

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This is always the popular question. We got this question about our wedding, and I think it is because people are truly curious and want to know how realistic these things are. Let me start off by saying everyone is different. Everyone’s budget is different, and everyones weddings are different. Some people fully pay for their own weddings by themselves, and completely fund their honeymoons. Then there are some whose families pitch in for honeymoons and host weddings, and we were fortunate enough to be these people. In 2019, it is pretty rare nowadays (or so I feel) for parents to pay for their childrens weddings and honeymoons, so Tim and I are truly blessed and insanely lucky— and trust me when I say we don’t take that for granted. Our honeymoon and our wedding was a dream true thanks to both of our parents, and I will never forget that!

Onto the “is it affordable” part of the question. This truly depends on what you are planning on doing, and what type of room you are staying in. Are you staying in the over water bungalow the whole time? Are you getting a bungalow on the beach? Ocean view or lagoon view? How about the regular hotel room? These are all questions that you need to answer, based on your budget. I do think this resort though is great for people on a budget, because there are options for each budget. All the above rooms I mentioned are different price points, and this also goes with how long you are planning on staying, and if you are going during on season or off season. We met a couple who was staying for two weeks, but they got a regular room and only the most expensive one (overwater bungalow) for 2 nights. This is also an option if you want to experience both!

Even though I’m not going to shout from the rooftops how much our honeymoon costs, I will say this: we booked through a third party and got a huge discount. It’s called Cheap Tickets. I had never booked with them before, but it got us our room (the most expensive one!), flights, a driver to and from the airport when we were arriving and leaving, for a NICE deal. If we would’ve booked through the resorts website, our stay at the resort would’ve cost what we paid for for everything, and probably more. My advice is to definitely book through a third party. This made our honeymoon a little over $5,000, instead of paying $10,000 booking each thing separately.

You mentioned on stories that a lot of families were staying at the resort. Did you feel the kids around the hotel ruined your honeymoon or was it not really noticeable?

I’m a hard person to ask because I’m a nanny. I work with kids, babies and toddlers more specifically, for a living. So, unless the child is a flat out you know what, then I’m not bothered by them. If I was someone who didn’t like children, I probably most definitely would’ve been annoyed by the amount of families that were staying. It wasn’t like kids were screaming constantly, or the whole place was out of control, but… I definitely got splashed at the swim up bar every now and then, and multiple strollers and high chairs were everywhere we ate. Me though? I just got (even bigger) baby fever from all of this. So yes, it was noticeable, but not annoying, and I’m a kid person. I’d say the majority ranged from babies to tiny toddlers which were all so adorable and not whiny or cry babies. The “big kids” were present, but under control acting like normal kids.

I got a lot of repeat questions, so in total these are all the questions I received. If I didn’t get to your question, or you’re reading this in the future, do not hesitate to shoot me an email or message me, I’d be more than happy to help.

FIJI LOOKBOOK

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That about wraps up Fiji! I’m still blown away that its over and now we are married. It is my new life goal to go back to Fiji and next time, bring our babies with us. I mean, did you see the kids pool?! If you are thinking about honeymooning to Fiji, if you couldn’t tell, I HIGHLY recommend it. After going for a week, I am so pleased with our experience at Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay, and I wouldn't stay anywhere else. As much as I love to explore, the resort had everything I needed and more that I don’t need to go anywhere else! The entire week was a dream come true, from staying at the most beautiful place, to getting an uninterrupted week in paradise with my new husband. I hope this blog post helps give you insight on the hotel and maybe some inspiration for your future honeymoon! Do not hesitate to reach out if I missed anything.

XO,

Danielle Alana


What to wear to rehearsal dinner

Holy crap you guys. I AM GETTING MARRIED TOMORROW! The day I have been dreaming about my entire life…it’s finally here. It still doesn’t feel real quite yet but I am definitely feeling excited, anxious, emotional, and just all the feels! But with tonight being our rehearsal dinner, I thought I would take the time to whip out a quick blog post sharing some ideas of what to wear to YOUR rehearsal dinner. I know since I have gotten engaged some of you have started following me who are also fellow brides, and you want all the advice and help you can get! So, that’s what I’m here for :) And if you aren’t engaged yet, you can keep this post in your back pocket— or if you are know where close or already passed this, think of this as a white dress blog post for all of your Summer needs!

I have included dresses of all different types for you guys so you have a wide variety to browse through. All these dressers range from different price points depending on what you are wanting to spend, and different retailer like Amazon or Nordstrom depending how fancy or casual you want to be. I have decided to be somewhat casual for mine since the big day is such a rush! Also, dressing casual makes me a little more calm. Head on over to Instagram stories today to see me try on a few of the dresses I have linked and to follow along the bridal party!


Happy shopping, and if you have any questions feel free to DM, comment, or email. I may take longer to reply since…tomorrow is my wedding, lol! Happy Friday and I hope you all enjoy the weekend.

XO,

Danielle Alana

Wedding Diary #4 | Holy Shit, I'm Getting Married

Yes, you read the title of this correctly. I try not to use bad words on any of my social media pieces, but this time— it’s appropriate. Holy shit, I’m getting married. In three days! Last time I did a wedding diary (only 7 days ago), I poured my heart out. If you missed it, you can read it here. I talked about the stressful moments, the heart ache, and really just all of my feelings. Not to mention everything I said was going to happen, did! My bachelorette (a BLAST), ear wax removal surgery (so fun), and. Without further ado, here is the FINAL, wedding checklist…

Ha, only two things changed. My hair is ready to go and Tim’s outfit is picked up! The rest of what is left (honeymoon stuff, spa appointments) is all happening either June 7th or not until after the wedding. We waited a week in between the wedding and the honeymoon because we wanted to be here for Father’s Day, and not miss it completely by being on a long flight. All of my checklists compared back to back, you can see a huge jump between diary 2 and 3. I basically finished everything during that time period. When I visioned it from the start, I totally thought it was going to be done in more equal parts. Instead, I just kind of went into “let’s get finish everything” mode which left me two weeks out from the wedding with everything crossed off the checklist. Looking back, I wish I maybe spread it out more evenly so I wasn’t so flustered trying to cram everything in. On the other side though, being two weeks away from my wedding and having nothing to do…the best! It must have been all the horror stories about doing last minute things the night before your wedding that kicked me into gear. ;)

Since I got all the emotions out in last weeks wedding diary, this week is plain and simple, straight to the point. The big day is 3 days away. All I have left to do is enjoy myself at rehearsal dinner, enjoy girl time before then, and marry my best friend. Sounds like the best “all I have left to do” list I’ve ever heard! Really though, the whole point of me doing these wedding diaries was to let you all in on the wedding planning process. Not only that, but also for me to have something to look back on in the future to read and also (hopefully!) show my children one day. Now that this is the last diary, it does make me a little sad! I know some of you found me and my blog through wedding related stuff- whether it was a giveaway, my wedding dress try-on, or just on Instagram. I’ve said it before, but connecting with my followers and creating relationships with you guys truly is one of the best parts of doing this whole thing. If you aren’t engaged or not even close to it, I hope everything I’ve documented can someday help you in the future. If you’re engaged, I wish you the best of luck during your wedding planning process and hope you’ve had fun following along and going though the same steps together! If you’re already married, or have been for awhile, I hope all this wedding talk didn’t annoy you TOO much. And, I hope this brought back all the memories you had while you were in my shoes, and maybe you got to relive it a little.

Whatever step you are at in life, I hope all of this wedding talk benefitted you in one way or another. And, I thank you truly for letting me open up to you guys about everything in the past 9 months. For letting me talk your ear off, complain a little (ok maybe a lot), and sharing everything with you. It has been so much fun, and I can’t wait to share future seasons of life with you all.

Now, for the moment that has seemed so far away, but is somehow already here…so long, wedding diaries.

XO,

Danielle Alana