29 Nov 2016

Selecting the perfect wedding gift for the bride and groom is easy — their registry certainly helps! — but what about an anniversary gift?

Wedding Anniversary Gift Ideas
{Photo by Donna Newman Photography}

Whether you’re after a traditional present or a modern surprise, here’s the go-to guide on anniversary gifts:

Wedding Anniversary Gifts

Don’t forget the card… Stuck on what to write? We just love these anniversary message ideas from Hallmark.

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Along with all the wedding planning excitement, you and your hubby-to-be get to shop for your wedding bands.

Wedding Bands 101

{Photo by Munoz Photography}

Our friends at The Knot recently shared their ultimate ring buying guide with tips for selecting wedding bands you will love and cherish for years.

We just had to pass along The Knot‘s 11 ways to pick the perfect wedding bands…

  1. Narrow down your choices
    “Since this is one of the few pieces—if not the only piece—of jewelry you’ll shop for together and wear every day, it’s smart to make some preliminary choices before you even hit the stores.”
  2. Consider buying your rings and your bands together
    “If you prefer to be surprised by the engagement ring, or you already have it on your finger, this may not work, but knowing what bands go with the engagement ring can help you make a decision.”
  3. Start your search early
    “Once you have a basic idea of what you’d like, it’s time for the fun part: trying on rings! Give yourselves at least two to three months before the wedding date to ring shop.”
  4. Mix it up
    “Don’t fret if you like platinum and your partner likes yellow gold. There’s no rule that says you have to choose the same metal or even style.”
  5. Set a budget
    “Shop with the assumption that you’ll spend about 3 percent of your total wedding budget on the rings.”
  6. Keep your lifestyle in mind
    “What’s the point of buying a pricey, pretty band if it feels uncomfortable on or if you have to remove it often (and increase your chances of losing it)? Remember: You’re going to wear this band every day, so the goal is to choose something that seamlessly becomes a part of your life.”
  7. Take your time trying
    “You may love the idea of a braided rose gold ring or a diamond eternity band, but once you get to the store, try some rings that aren’t on your inspiration board.”
  8. Think long term
    While you shouldn’t be afraid of being trendy, make sure the style you choose is something you’ll want to wear for, say, the next 40 years. This ring is meant to last through all the jobs, PTA meetings and social functions from now until then, so pick one you love that you can picture yourself wearing for a long time.
  9. Consider maintenance
    “To keep a wedding band with stones clean and sparkling, you’ll need to wash and soak it in warm sudsy water, then gently brush it with a soft toothbrush or eyebrow brush, rinse it and pat it dry with a soft lint-free cloth. Sound like too much upkeep? You may want to opt for a fuss-free gold or platinum ring.”

  10. Size it right
    “Most people rarely take off their wedding bands; they wear them through summers, winters, exercise, pregnancies—all times when your fingers swell and contract from heat, cold, water retention or weight gain. To find the right size that will best weather all of those changes, schedule your final ring fitting at a time when you’re calm and your body temperature is normal.”
  11. Check for quality
    “Make sure the ring has two marks inside the band: the manufacturer’s trademark and the quality mark, 24K or PLAT. If the ring consists of two or more metals, make sure there’s a quality mark for each.”

See The Knot‘s full wedding band guide.

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As far as day dreams go, we’re obsessed with Neiman Marcus‘s new Christmas Book. The catalog includes the coveted list of 10 “Fantasy Gifts“—and happens to feature something extra special on page 138…

His & Hers Island Cars

{Photo by Lilly Pulitzer}

Meet the exclusive His & Hers Neiman Marcus Island Cars featuring custom blue and pink prints by Lilly Pulitzer. The best part: The playful pair was photographed on our very own Front Lawn at The Breakers.

His & Hers Island Cars

{Photo by Neiman Marcus}

Perfect for island loves, the magazine notes these stylish cars are “thoroughly modern updates of the surrey-topped little lookers that zipped around Monaco, Nice, and Cannes in the 1950s and ’60s.”

As Neiman Marcus shares, these special edition His & Hers Island Cars “come bedecked in authentic Lilly Pulitzer prints” and feature “clean electric motors, long-range batteries and a sound system with Bose speakers and Bluetooth capabilities.”

Learn more about these bespoke rides—and order yours ($65,000 each) today—at neimanmarcus.com.

We’ll take one of each, please!

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18 Oct 2016

Eeek, you’re engaged! Congratulations! Now it’s time to start planning…

The Breakers’ destination wedding team is often asked if we recommend hiring a planner to help coordinate your wedding – this is an important decision, so we have compiled a list with our top five reasons hiring a wedding or event planner is a great choice…

Should I hire a wedding planner?
{Photo by Donna Newman Photography}

1. Professional Pros: Planning a wedding or event can be a full time job. From researching vendors, taking care of the details, and coming up with creative ideas to make your celebration amazing, a planner will save you hours of legwork. A professional keeps you updated, makes detailed itineraries for all involved, including other vendors, and assures you that everything will happen on time and on schedule. They will flawlessly execute your event.

2. Expert advice: Your planner channels your tastes, taking into consideration your style and personality. They make sure that your event day surpasses all expectations and turn your dreams into a reality, and can offer etiquette and ideas along the way.

3. Vendor Loyalty: Great planners have built outstanding relationships with vendors in all categories. In turn, vendors want to work with these planners because they know the event is going to run smoothly. You are assured to get the best prices from the finest, most reliable vendors who love working with your planner.

4. Just In Case: A planner is educated in handling situations that involve any unforeseen circumstances relating to your event day with grace and ease. Their goal is to go above and beyond and to devise solutions to make your day perfect, no matter what it takes.

5. In the Know: A savvy planner will keep up with all the latest industry trends and stay ahead of the curve. They have the ability to suggest out of the box ideas that will add personalization and a wow factor to your event.

Our team has had the opportunity to work with many talented wedding planners. Here is a list of The Breakers recommended wedding and event planners…

Wedding & Event Planners


New York


West Coast

  • Laurie Arons Special Events, LLC: (415) 332-0600, Laurie Arons; LaurieArons.com

Say “I Do” at one of the most beautiful places on earth. Contact us today to
start planning your dream wedding at The Breakers!

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