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Hurricane Guarantees/Hurricane Insurance
Wed, 15 Apr 2009 17:45:00 +0000
We've got a new article on TheBigDay about what's known in the industry as "hurricane guarantees". Of course, no one can guarantee anything about a hurricane--what these really are are compensation packages offered by resorts and destinations should a hurricane affect your vacation or honeymoon there. Check out our new hurricane guarantee
article in TheBigDay's Travel Advice section.
Villas in Tuscany
Thu, 05 Mar 2009 00:47:00 +0000
One of the most popular honeymoon destinations is of course Italy--and renting a villa can be both luxurious and cost-effective, as well as getting you to see more of the real country than you might if you stayed in a traditional hotel.
Robert Eastman, a well-known authority on villa rentals and creator of The Villa Portfolio, recommends not only some of his favorite villa rentals in Tuscany
but also recommends activities and restaurants in Tuscany
in his newsletter this month ("Villa Confidential"). See the newsletter here
; to explore luxury villa rentals all over the world, visit www.thevillaportfolio.com
Luxury Villa Rentals for Honeymoons and Destination Weddings
Fri, 05 Dec 2008 00:34:00 +0000
TheBigDay is pleased to be partnering with Robert Eastman and his new company, The Villa Portfolio, which offers luxury villa rentals
for romantic locations all over the globe, including Barbados, St. Martin, St. Barts, Anguilla, St. Thomas, St. John, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Turks & Caicos, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Mustique, Provence, the French Riviera, Tuscany and the Greek islands. In 2009, villas in the South Pacific including Hawaii, Tahiti and Fiji will be added as well. Villas are not only a fabulously romantic option, but can be very cost-effective and convenient--especially for a destination wedding.
See the press release
The best time of the year to visit....
Fri, 27 Jun 2008 18:02:00 +0000
I can't tell you how many times a customer will ask us what the best time of the year is to go to their destination. What's interesting is that it isn't just a matter of seasons being different in the tropics--there's weather patterns that are very different in Fiji vs. Tahiti vs. Hawaii vs. the Caribbean...and I'm not just talking about hurricanes. Pricing varies a lot between low season and high season, and it's very important to know EXACTLY when low season starts, as sometimes moving your departure date for your honeymoon just a few days can save you 20% or so on your air and hotel.
Of course we've written about this in each of our travel guides in a lot of detail, so here's the links straight to those pages for your convenience:
Carbon Offsets: "greening" your honeymoon
Wed, 11 Jun 2008 17:54:00 +0000
Today, in partnership with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation
, TheBigDay is pleased to add a new option for your registry:Green Tags
Transportation accounts for about 1/3 of global greenhouse gas emissions. But by adding green tags as gift registry options through TheBigDay, you can offset the environmental impacts of your honeymoon.
Green Tags to offset the carbon emissions from your honeymoon can be purchased in $20 increments. When you add this option to your registry, you'll see in the registry item itself a link to our green tags calculator, which will help you determine how many green tags are needed to offset your honeymoon. Then, edit the quantity for your registry, and your wedding guests can purchase one or more green tags as all or part of their wedding gift to you.
Typically for this kind of registry item, we see wedding guests combine it with an experience gift for you--i.e. they'll buy you the massage in Hawaii, and add a green tag or a charity donation on as well.
By purchasing Green Tags, you are supporting the development and operation of clean wind and solar energy projects. The emissions that you generate by driving your car or flying on a plane are offset by the delivery of environmentally-friendly power to the electricity grid.Photo courtesy GE Wind.
Nerd Wedding Rings
Wed, 23 Apr 2008 22:52:00 +0000
Occasionally, we spot truly awesome wedding things floating around on the internet and have to share. These Cat 5
rings, for example, warm the inner geek cockles of our .com hearts.
TheBigDay Wedding Vendor Listings and Reviews
Fri, 18 Apr 2008 00:04:00 +0000
When TheBigDay first started back in 2001 as a registry company, we noticed that couples kept asking us to help them with their honeymoon travel plans. After we added honeymoon travel advising a few years later, brides started inquiring about destination weddings. After we incorporated those services, couples wanted to know, could we help them with their domestic weddings?
In response to these questions, we're happy to announce our new wedding planning section, where wedding vendors can list their company, review other companies they've worked with and ask for reviews of their own services. We've included lots of goodies like an optional Google Earth map with your location, a large image and a link to the vendor's website.
Learn more about the wedding vendor
program on our sign up page or check out existing listings for inspiration or research in our wedding planning
Airport Health Clinics and Flight Refunds for Illness
Tue, 15 Apr 2008 23:50:00 +0000
The flu season must be running long this year, because I'm seeing lots of stories about flying while sick...or, how to get out of your flight because you are sick.
Not surprisingly, because airline tickets are so expensive - and airlines so inflexible - most people board the plane, even when they have contagious things like the flu, bronchitis or, as evidenced in 2003, SARS. Chris Elliot has a number of suggestions on how to take on the airlines, but there is definitely no magic bullet. Looking like you're on your death bed only works sometimes...ditto with asking nicely or escalating to a supervisor. Read the full article on traveling when ill
Alternatively, if you can't get out of your flight and you must fly, more health care options might become available, such as a airport clinic
. These businesses will diagnose anything from strep throat to providing flu shots - much like walk in services at your local pharmacy. You can spot them in Atlanta and Newark and they'll soon open up in Philly and JFK.
Shakespeare at Sea
Mon, 14 Apr 2008 21:56:00 +0000
I've heard about Semester at Sea, but now, thanks to a Tony-award winning local group, students can experience the wonder of Shakespeare on the water as well.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival
is sponsoring their second Shakespeare Cruise in November, touring through the French Caribbean.
The trip aboard Holland America stops in Tortola, St. Lucia, Barbados, Martinique, St. Maarten and the Bahamas, with three live performances, seven lectures, two cocktail hours, four workshops and a half-dozen movie productions of the theatrical works.
For more on the Shakespeare cruise, check out Insight Cruises
Historic Preservation: Portland, Oregon
Thu, 27 Mar 2008 23:09:00 +0000
We usually blog and brag about far flung sand-and-sun destinations around the world, but from time to time, we like to to draw attention to our own hometown city of Portland, Oregon, which, despite its size, gets a lot of compliments from visitors who come here and fierce defensiveness from its inhabitants. The most recent kudos came from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. By way of CNN
, I learned that PDX is doing its part to keep up and restore the old architecture. I see this every day - I'm taken aback to learn of homes near the city center that are less than 70 years old and even the building TheBigDay is housed in - called the Studio Building - has neat busts of famous composers on the facade. It's nice to know that we're keeping up our old architectural gems.
The Green Bride Guide
Tue, 25 Mar 2008 20:46:00 +0000
The eco trend of reduce, reuse and recycle has entered the famously over-the-top wedding space. One bride, Kate L. Harrison, as incorporated her experiences on planning a green wedding
into a book, the Green Bride Guide. It's not due out until the start of the 2008 engagement season - the holidays - but she's blogging with plenty of eco wedding advice
. My favorite suggestion of hers so far is the time-consuming but beautiful use of small-increment stamps
Locating your resort
Wed, 19 Mar 2008 20:53:00 +0000
Location, location, location - it's one of the most important things when you buy a house and it's one of the most important things when you book your honeymoon. Although the hotel claims to be near the beach, just how close is it? When your resort says it's in the heart of downtown, how big do they consider 'downtown' to be?
Put these worries to rest by checking out the newest section of our resort listings: Location! Although we've had Google Earth links that show the resort position for a long time, not everyone has Google Earth enabled. Now, anyone with an internet connection can view these resort locations with a different Google program, although close up street views are limited with Tahiti resorts
and some other overseas destinations.
For comparison, look at Fiji's Likuliku resort in Google Earth
and then check it out the Location section of the Likuliku brochure
. Let us know what you think!
Fly Free to Tahiti
Mon, 17 Mar 2008 18:18:00 +0000
When I read the above line in my email last week, I immediately scoffed. Free airfare...all the way to Tahiti? Yeah right, I can't even fly 2,000 miles for under $500 or track down a frequent flier ticket for less than 50K miles.
However, somehow, amazingly, Star Clippers
has made it work - and they are extending the special to TheBigDay customers! Right now, when you book select 7, 10 or 11-night sailings aboard the Star Flyer, you can fly free from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti
These aren't just off-season dates, either. There are openings for peak season sailings in June, July, August and December! If you're interested, contact the BigDay Tahiti specialists
to learn more about this awesome special.
TheBigDay Mentioned in Elite Wedding Collection Magazine
Mon, 10 Mar 2008 23:29:00 +0000
Because the lead time on magazines is so great, we sometimes talk to reporters and then forget about their stories until we stumble across them a few months later. That's happened recently with a feature on honeymoon destinations in the Portland Monthly Bride and Groom
, which included recommendations from both Patti and David. It also happened today with an article on untraditional registries in Beverly Clark's Elite Wedding Collection
magazine - an interview that happened way back in July!
New tool for save-the-date e-postcards
Fri, 08 Feb 2008 22:48:00 +0000
We've just added a new tool that helps you address your save-the-date e-postcards and your e-postcards announcing your wedding website or registry!
You can use this tool to add contacts from your Outlook, Outlook Express, GMail, Yahoo, AOL, or Plaxo accounts in just a few seconds...just click the Add from my Address Book
button, and it'll connect to your contacts list and let you select recipients from your contacts to send the e-postcard to.(image)
Thanks to Plaxo
for making this widget available :-)
The Brides Ball
Tue, 29 Jan 2008 16:42:00 +0000
I recently came across a wonderful opportunity to use your wedding dress again, if you haven't already donated it to Brides Against Breast Cancer
The Brides Ball
is only happening in Ontario, Canada, but it is also benefits breast cancer charities, more specifically the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation. It seems like a great way to get another use out of your wedding dress or other wedding apparel (bridesmaid's dress, etc) and raise money at the same time.
Mention of TheBigDay on CBS' Early Morning Show
Fri, 18 Jan 2008 17:18:00 +0000
We were mentioned on the Early Morning Show on CBS today by the senior editor of Travel + Leisure
magazine, Ms. Nilou Motamed. We are are the only website she mentioned for Hot Honeymoons
There is also video, which I highly recommend watching, both for her recommendations on honeymoons and also her suggestions on other places to visit, depending on your style of vacation. Ms. Motamed also mentions another website we love, Sustainable Travel International
, which is a Boulder-based company with Oregon ties.
Quest for Best Websites
Fri, 11 Jan 2008 21:45:00 +0000
Ellen DeGeneres is looking for your favorite websites out there. We tend to be partial to TheBigDay, and hope you are too! If you like TheBigDay, or just think there are other websites out there that deserve a little recognition, check out ellen
First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then Comes the Baby Carriage!
Sat, 05 Jan 2008 00:16:00 +0000
For many people, love, marriage, baby is a natural progression. Good examples of this represented online would be something like Match
and its follow up, TheNest
. Although we usually write about websites and trends in the second categories - weddings - this after-the-wedding website was too ingenious to resist.Nymbler
calls itself Your Personal Baby Name Assistant and, based on names you like, suggests other names you might find interesting. It's like Pandora
...for people. It also includes the popularity ranking of the name so you can avoid your child sharing a name with 10 of his classmates or tormenting your daughter with the I-thought-it-was-popular Gertrude.
Check it out at Nymbler.com
Travel + Leisure Case Study Favors Travel Agents
Tue, 11 Dec 2007 18:34:00 +0000
Travel + Leisure recently did a Test Case study on finding the best deal when you're booking a hotel room
. They compared the prices they found for a two night stay at the Riz Carlton New York on FareCast.com, Expedia.com, Ritz-Carlton.com, the Ritz Carlton reservations line, the hotel directly and the travel agent.
While the rates were mostly the same - $695 or $625 for the first night (depending on negotiating power) and $625 for the second night at the online resources and phone reservations - the travel agent was able to snag both rooms for $625, with breakfast and even a room upgrade, based on availability. It just goes to show that sometimes, what you get online isn't always the best deal.
Eating well at A Tuscan Estate
Wed, 21 Nov 2007 22:32:00 +0000
In honor of Turkey day tomorrow, I've written about the best meal I've had in a long time, at A Tuscan Estate
in McMinnville, Oregon. Seven of us from TheBigDay had the pleasure of dining there a few weeks ago and it was a spectacular 8-course meal experience, combined with amazing wines from Walnut City WineWorks
. You can read the full entry over at WorldGirl's Blog
. Enjoy salivating and have a very safe and tasty Thanksgiving.