Making Memories Last

Journal - The KnotI was one of the last of my friends to get married, so of course I was always getting advice on what to do and what not to do. One of the best pieces of advice I had gotten came through a bridal shower gift.

I was given a beautiful journal with the advice for my husband and me to write down our wedding day memories together while relaxing on our honeymoon. So while sitting in a hammock overlooking the Caribbean Sea we did just that. It was a great way to capture our memories while they were still fresh in our minds, and we were still on our wedding “high”. We also took it one step further and wrote down our honeymoon adventures, (well the PG ones anyway). It was really cool to read again shortly after returning to the real world, it helped us stay in denial about being back. And almost two years later we can instantly relive our wedding day or travel back to the beaches of St. Lucia just by perusing a few pages in our journal.

Besides photos or video what are some of the ways you plan to preserve your wedding day memories?

Hotel, Motel, Not A Holiday Inn

This month’s Association of Bridal Consultants’ meeting was held at Hotel Indigo, a new boutique style hotel here in Jacksonville.  We were treated to a yummy buffet of hors d’oeuvres and a tour of the hotel by the Director of Sales, Beth Long. 

The first thing I thought was ‘what a perfect location for out-of-town guests’.  Whether your wedding is at the beach, downtown, or anywhere in between Hotel Indigo is located in the center of everything Jacksonville has to offer.  Conveniently located in Southside’s new Tapestry Park the hotel is minutes from shopping & entertainment at Tinseltown, and the St. John’s Town center. It’s just a 20 minute drive to the downtown area or the beaches, and less than 30 minutes from the Jacksonville International Airport.

Hotel Indigo’s banquet room is great for rehearsal dinners, bridal luncheons, showers, or a farewell brunch for your guests.  And their two-room suites are spacious enough for families, or for getting ready with your bridesmaids on the big day.  There is a café and cocktail lounge on-site, the chocolate-Twix martini is a must try!

For more information and photos visit Hotel Indigo on the web.

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Get Out and Vote!

As I’m sitting here planning my day a sense of dread comes over me.  I begin to wonder when I am going to make it to the polls.  What’s the best time to beat the crowds?  For a fleeting moment I think, “Ugh, I’m not even going to bother.” “I don’t have time for this.” “What if I’m there for two hours?”

I snap out of it with this following thought, “Women before me fought for over 70 years to win the right to vote; and I’m going to whine over an hour or two.” So I’m heading out, and whether it takes me 5 minutes or 5 hours I will be casting my vote in gratitude and pride.

Melanie Wishes She Knew…

From our “I Wish I Knew…” series!

I wish I had known how much I was going to want our wedding festivities to last; I would have made an extra effort to plan a farewell brunch with all of our guests.  Many of our friends and family just happen to run into each other during breakfast at a restaurant close to their hotel.  I’ve heard many stories about how fun it was to spend some extra time together and reminisce about the night before.  And each time I’ve said to myself, “I really wish we had been there.”

Your wedding will probably be the only time you have so many of your loved ones celebrating together in the same time and place, and it is a very touching experience.  The farewell brunch is a great way to spend more time with your friends and family in a more relaxing and informal atmosphere.  You’ll get to hear about parts of your wedding that you missed, and of course how fabulous it was!  So when you begin to think that you couldn’t possibly plan another wedding related gathering consider adding just this one more:  I wish I had.

Cute Find…

These adorable purses are hand crafted by Brooke Galardi, founder of BeeGee Bags.  I think they’re a great gift idea for bridesmaids, birthdays, the upcoming holidays, (or your hardworking intern)! Custom orders for bridal parties are also available!

Check out all of the great designs at