Articles & Tips

Wedding articles and tips to help inspire, educate and transform ideas into action. From tips on planning your destination wedding to selecting the perfect honeymoon location, our team of experts will cover it all.

The Ultimate Girls’ Getaway for Every Bachelorette’s Style

In the midst of picking the perfect venue, color scheme, flowers and the countless other elements of the big day, you and your girls deserve a getaway that’s tailored just to you. Transform your Bachelorette Party into the ultimate escape with a destination guide for every bride-to-be’s style.

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Top fashion illustrator will sketch your wedding

When Dallas Shaw hears the wedding march, that’s her cue to start sketching. The fashion illustrator is now lending her talents to weddings at a luxury resort on Kauai’s North Shore.

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Wedding Traditions from Around the World

When it comes to wedding celebrations, every culture has its own set of traditions. From stealing the groom’s shoes to tossing loose change for good luck, discover some of the unique ceremonies, happenings and customs that take place at weddings around the world.

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10 Top Spots for a Destination Wedding

You’ve said “yes.” Now it’s time to select a venue. SPG Weddings helps couples select the right wedding locales for your personal style, spotlighting must-visit hotels in each.

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Make the Most of Destination Wedding Planning in 5 Steps

1. Hire a wedding planner.

Let’s face it: Weddings are stressful. Planning them from a different city or state? Even more so. If a wedding planner is in your budget — or if you have the guts to rearrange some dollars — this is the best step you can take to de-stress your wedding. Your wedding planner will know the ins and outs of your destination (she’s a local, after all!). You’ll save time, eventually save money (special relationships = vendor discounts!) and save heartache when something goes awry — your wedding planner will have it fixed in no time.

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Fall Wedding Inspiration

Grab inspiration from the fall season from the autumn leaves, scent of hot apple cider, colorful pumpkins, and many other seasonal favorites that will bring such warmth and love to your wedding day. From mountain resort destinations to tips and tricks for your centerpieces, allow us to walk you through some of our favorite elements of the season to inspire your fall wedding.

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Say “I do” with SPG Weddings & earn points toward a sun or ski vacation!

Throughout the wedding-planning process, brides-and grooms-to-be have one thing on their minds: the big day! Spending months getting wrapped up in choosing flowers, linens, and décor, couples often leave planning their honeymoon on the back burner. While a wedding is a wonderful time to celebrate with loved ones, romantic getaways provide newlyweds with the chance to experience moments to themselves while enjoying marriage in a beautiful setting. Whether you desire a sunny vacation or a snowy escape, you’ll cherish quality time with your newly minted spouse wherever you go.

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Chic Winter Wedding Venues in Picturesque Mountain Locations

Discover six resorts perfect for wintry celebrations.

While “wedding season” takes place in the spring and summer months, many couples desiring a unique celebration will find a wintry mountain location attractive. Many hotels, lodges, and resorts in snowy areas offer picturesque views, cozy décor, and the opportunity for winter-loving guests to get in a few ski runs between wedding festivities. While some couples choose to go all out and host their winter wedding ceremonies outside, there are plenty of indoor facilities that provide exceptional event spaces and gorgeous landscapes of the mountain scenery without the frigid temperatures.

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Tropical Destination Wedding Venues in the Caribbean & Mexico

Whether you live in the middle of America nowhere near the ocean or on the coast, it’s common to consider a tropical beach wedding for your nuptials. A ceremony on the sand or one overlooking the vast ocean waters is a relaxing way to start your life as newlyweds, and choosing an oceanfront wedding location often offers the ability for loved ones to gather for an exhilarating vacation on a faraway island or in a charming beach locale. The calm, turquoise waters of the Caribbean lend an especially exciting place to say “I do,” and a destination wedding in Mexico is sure to amaze couples desiring elements of relaxation, adventure, and culture.

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6 Romantic Wedding & Honeymoon Destinations in Hawaii

As one of the most popular destination wedding locations, Hawaii offers many beautiful places to say “I do” or enjoy a relaxing honeymoon. White sand beaches, turquoise waters, tropical landscapes, and breathtaking sunsets make the Hawaiian Islands a picturesque location for nuptials or getaways in any season.

With a number of islands to choose from – each with its own charm – there are a variety of options for your wedding or honeymoon. Say “aloha” to the famous Waikiki Beach on Oahu, explore the lava-lined coast on the Big Island, view lush greenery on Kauai, and indulge in romantic activities on Maui.

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How to pick the perfect honeymoon destination

With our never-ending, constantly growing travel lists, picking the next spot to vacation is a feat. Picking a honeymoon destination can be equally difficult. A location dense in culture or beautiful beaches – tough call. We’ve rounded up a few destinations that are sure to suit you no matter what your liking, or season you are getting married in!

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Wedding Planning Advice & Tips from the Experts

Planning a wedding is not easy. From trying to decide a date, location and guest list, the process can be very overwhelming.  We surveyed our experts to compile the list of 12 planning tips every couple should read before they start the planning process. 

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Exceptional North American Wedding Destination

From the active waters of the Pacific Ocean, to the peaceful San Francisco Bay, and to the warm beaches of the Atlantic Ocean, a wedding near the water offers the kind of romantic backdrop sought by many. Add to that a venue’s remarkable history and heritage, and the setting brings as much of a story to the wedding as the couple that chooses to exchange vows there. Every newly shared commitment and celebration of love leaves an indelible mark on the locale where it takes place, contributing to its living story. In three of The Luxury Collection’s North American hotels, discover a wedding venue perfect for two.

Located just blocks from San Francisco’s iconic Union Square, the bay, Chinatown, the Financial District and the Moscone Convention Center, the historic Palace Hotel has hosted the likes of Presidents Harrison, McKinley, Grant, Theodore Roosevelt, Taft, Harding, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Clinton, in addition John D. Rockefeller, J.P. Morgan, and Oscar Wilde since the late 1800s. Built in 1875 to celebrate the West Coast boom, this opulent San Francisco hotel is one of the city’s most treasured landmarks, and most coveted wedding destinations.

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Exchange Vows in the World’s Most Exotic Settings

The location of a wedding should be the easiest decision one makes when planning this all-important day. The menu, the invitations, and the guest list… these are the details that may take the most energy, but do not linger long in memory after the day is done. What is never forgotten is the moment, the sounds, and the setting all around. The destination completes the experience, and an exotic, inspiring locale makes it all the more romantic.

Ideally situated in Bali’s southern peninsula of Nusa Dua, the Laguna Bali resort offers an unrivalled beachfront tropical setting. Where the Great Indian Ocean meets an uninterrupted stretch of pristine white sand beach, a tranquil backdrop of vivid tropical gardens and sparkling lagoons sets the ambiance for the most intimate of celebrations.

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Destination Wedding Tips

Planning a destination wedding doesn't have to be a lot of work. Just take it from Stuart Kotake, Associate Director of Catering for Starwood Resorts of Waikiki. When asked about destination wedding tips, he responded with many insightful wedding planning tips that every bridal couple should read.

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Destination California: Planning A California Wedding

The state of California has so much to offer brides living all across the country. With miles of coastline, beautiful wine country, and stunning mountain sites, there is a destination in "The Golden State" for everyone to love. Hosting a celebration in California is a great option for locals and visitors alike since the state provides a wide range of wedding venues in a comfortable climate. Tropical beach parties, opulent ballroom soirées, and cozy cabin affairs in the mountains offer gorgeous settings to say "I do" and impress loved ones.

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6 Dazzling Desert Wedding Venues in the Sophisticated Southwest

With the rise in popularity of rustic weddings, decorating with succulents, and infusing Southwestern bohemian accents into décor, many couples now also desire a desert wedding location to complement an authentic Southwest theme. The gorgeous sunsets and exceptional mountain views that characterize desert destinations create stunning settings for celebrations that are both unique and picturesque. And since the desert features temperate weather year-round, the romantic oasis is perfect for both outdoor weddings and ballroom events.

From Scottsdale, Arizona, to Las Vegas, Nevada, and even Palm Springs, California, there are a wide range of desert wedding venues that offer exceptional event spaces, luxurious accommodations for out-of-town guests, and exciting activities for loved ones to enjoy throughout an extended weekend.

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Get Ready To Meet Your Dream Destination Wedding Venue

Is there anything more dreamy than a destination wedding for paying homage to a shared sense of adventure or a love of travel on your big day? For destination venue options that ramp up the romance and include a team of talented coordinators to lend a hand with every last detail, start your honeymoon a little early and tie the knot at a resort or luxury hotel.

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New York Weddings For Lovers of Style

Wherever you live, you’re likely dreaming of a magnificent wedding unlike anything anyone has ever been to before. One where you’ll be waited on hand and foot, where everything you ask for is there when you need it, when the seven-tier pink-and-gold striped cake you imagined has been turned into reality, where your limo awaits, where you can have your Carrie Bradshaw moment, where you and your beloved can feel free to act on your love, with sweet kisses in the lobby en route to the ceremony or off to see the city sites with your in-laws the day after the wedding. In short, you want to have your wedding weekend full of WOW. And we’ve found it. In five wonderful places, no less.

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SPG Weddings by Starwood Hotels

There are some major decisions to be made when planning your big day, that’s a given. And after you’ve decided with whom you’ll spend forever, you’ll need to decide just where those “I dos” will take place.

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The Marchesa Bridal Capsule Collection for St. Regis Hotels & Resorts

St. Regis Hotels & Resorts has partnered with luxury fashion brand, Marchesa, to create four exclusive and one-of-a-kind couture bridal gowns inspired by a few of our most iconic urban and resort destinations: Mumbai, Dubai, Punta Mita and New York.

With their refined design perspective and timeless sophistication, Marchesa designers, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig, were recently named St. Regis Connoisseurs, ambassadors of the storied hotel brand who represent commitment to excellence and speak to the passion of the St. Regis guest. After showing Marchesa’s Bridal Collection at The St. Regis New York during International Bride Week, the exquisite designs of Marchesa Bridal found an ideal home with St. Regis, where weddings are always an affair beyond expectation.

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Memorable Proposal Ideas Just in Time for Valentine's Day

With February 14th approaching this Sunday, many couples are searching for the perfect Valentine's Day gifts for their beloveds – or maybe getting ready (or hoping) for a proposal. So whether you're planning on an engagement this weekend or just want to plan a romantic evening or getaway for the special holiday, we've gathered an array of unforgettable moments offered at hotels across the country.

Since couples typically desire either an out-of-this-world proposal that goes viral, an intimate proposal for just them, or a mix of both, many hotel concierges now offer a dedicated romance director or proposal concierge to make dream proposals come true in a stunning setting.

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2016 Pantone Color of the Year: ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY

For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.

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