Top tips to help prepare you for your wedding day

The lead up to your wedding day can cause a certain amount of stress for every couple. On top of everything you need to organise, the emotional whirlwind of excitement and anticipation can at times feel overwhelming.

Wedding arch on the beach at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Weddings on the beach at Halaveli

Our Spa & Wellness Manager, Marissa Garcia Junio, at Constance Halaveli gives her top tips to help you look gorgeous, and leave you feeling on the top of the world as your big day approaches.

1. Good sleep

Try to get a few good nights’ sleep before your wedding day. If your mind is buzzing, try a calming warm camomile tea with honey every night for a week before your special day. It will help you relax and at the same time assist in cleansing your body of toxins.

2. Pamper yourself

Give yourself a day off from all the preparations and book a full day of pampering at your favourite spa. Start with an invigorating scrub and wrap, followed by a relaxing massage and facial. Don’t forget your hands as lots of people will want to take a look at your ring.

At Halaveli’s Spa de Constance, we offer the cult organic brand Ila spa. These products are ideal for couples looking for an antidote to pre-wedding stress, and the chance to to unwind and revitalize.

3. Time to yourself

Wedding on the beach at Constance Halaveli

Romance on the beach

As you get busy preparing everything for that very special day, take some ‘me’ time to gather your thoughts and prepare yourself physically and mentally.

The day before your wedding prepare a warm bath filled with scented salts, light some aroma candles and set the mood with relaxing music while drinking your favourite champagne.

Spa at Constance Halaveli

At Constance Halaveli, we offer 2 spa treatments that can be included in your wedding package.

  • Kundulini back massage for 2, which relaxes and restores the chakra energy levels
  • Space for Togetherness Massage encouraging relaxation

Find out more about wedding packages at Halaveli.

Planning your wedding

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Destination weddings with Constance hotels

Tropical islands, sheltered beaches, deliciously fresh food and no reception to organise. Cast yourselves away to one of our 7 beautiful resorts for the wedding you always dreamed you’d have.

Wedding ceremony table at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Wedding ceremony table at Lodge Tsarabanjina

We offer special 5* wedding packages designed to give you a personalised luxury experience. And our wedding planners will work with you to organise your day exactly how you want it.

Find out more about creating your dream destination wedding at one of our luxury hotels.

At Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina you can enjoy total escape and seclusion from the noise of the outside world.

Enjoy these photos taken at the Lodge recently of a beautiful barefoot wedding.

 

 

Wedding ceremony at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Wedding ceremony

 

Bride signing the wedding certificate

Romance in paradise

 

Bride and groom by the water's edge

Casting out to sea

 

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Top wedding trends 2012

Guest blogger Fay Millar, Creative Director of Pink Rose Cakes, gives us the lowdown on the latest wedding styles for 2012.

The beauty of getting married these days is there are no hard and fast rules about how you should do it.

Wedding couple

Romance takes centre stage

With brides and grooms, events planners and the wedding industry coming up with ever more elaborate ideas, just about every dream can be fulfilled.

Vintage and rustic top the list

But just like fashion the wedding industry follows trends and there are several which are proving popular in 2012 with vintage and rustic topping the list.

Several years ago, there was a real revival in vintage styling – catwalks harked back to the Fifties and suddenly retro was cool. At weddings bunting was de rigeur and cute jam jars filled with flowers and sweets littered many a reception table.

Vintage has definitely found its spiritual home with weddings and the trend is even bigger this year but with more glamour and sparkle.

Modern elegance meets glamour of the silver screen

Brides are clamouring for accented dresses with lace, faux fur and beading that combine modern elegance with a firm nod to the golden age of the silver screen.

Antique brooches, pearls and vintage jewellery are worn not only by the brides and bridesmaids but can also be seen reflected in the invites, on the cake, in the reception styling and even in the food.

Vintage style wedding invitation

Vintage wedding chic

Companies hiring out vintage crockery have sprung up everywhere and event planners are being asked regularly to style venues with everything from bunting and old apple crates, to suitcases and even gramophones.

Neon colours

But vintage isn’t the only trend capturing the imagination of the wedding market. This year’s spring fashion collections saw bold splashes of colour and this has been translated into a rise in popularity of receptions decked out in hot pink, lime green and vivid orange as well as bridal gowns with accent colours.

And for those where one colour, albeit a bright one, just isn’t enough there is also a trend towards rainbow-inspired weddings incorporating every colour. From the flowers and bridesmaids to the cake and menswear multi-colour is proving very popular.

Dessert tables overflowing with sweet treats

Dessert tables are a relatively new import from across the pond andAustraliabut their popularity is growing in theUK, the idea being that just a wedding cake isn’t enough. In addition to the cake a table, themed to match the rest of the reception, is adorned with a layer cake, cup cakes, cake pops, French macarons, cookies, meringues and sweets to create an amazing visual and culinary experience.

And leaving your reception in style…

Wedding cake by Pink Rose Cakes

Beautiful wedding cake by Pink Rose Cakes

As if all that weren’t enough there is an increasing trend to create a dramatic exit for the bride and groom. Where once a a bit of confetti or rice might have sufficed, now couples are trying out unusual departures such sparkler archways, horse riding, quad bikes or even paddle boards (beach weddings only of course!).

Ultimately you can expect to see less and less matching colours, themes and styles for the rest of 2012 and more and more mix and match than ever before – different dresses, colours, crockery, shoes, bridesmaids dresses and even place cards will all contain individual details but no doubt with a healthy dose of vintage and rustic still thrown in.

Destination weddings

But if you’re not keen on organising, or want to escape with your loved one, destination weddings continue to grow in popularity, with couples by-passing the expense and organisation of an elaborate at-home wedding, and combining their big day with a honeymoon. Read about one of our Constance guest’s dream wedding at Constance Moofushi, Maldives.

More wedding ideas

Don’t miss Fay’s previous article on Trends 2012: Wedding cakes

Honeymoons

Planned the wedding and looking for honeymoon ideas? Check out our article on Honeymoons at Constance Hotels 

And if you want to book your holiday at Constance – visit our website for the latest special promotions.

 

 

 

 

Romance on the beach at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

A holiday to Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina offers one of the best types of luxury – the chance to really get away from it all.

Lobster dinner on the beach at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina

Romantic dinner for two at Tsarabanjina

Head to this beautiful island off Madagascar, and lose yourself to the romance and beauty of the exotic location.

Dine under the stars

Our lobster dinner on the beach is a wonderful way to celebrate a romantic evening with your loved one.

Dine under the stars with the sea lapping gently by your feet, and candles lighting the beach around you.

Grilled lobster is served with an assortment of sauces, and an excellent choice of wines to accompany the meal.

A truly unforgettable experience.

 

Have you been to Lodge Tsarabanjina?

Dinner table on the beach at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar

Beautiful views across the ocean

We’d love to hear about your holiday at Constance Lodge Tsarabanjina – romantic meals, diving, exploring the hidden pathways, watching the sunset across the ocean. Post your comments here or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Special private dinner at Jahaz Wine Cellar

Indulge your love of great food and wine at a private dinner in the atmospheric Jahaz wine cellar at the 6* Constance Halaveli.

Jahaz wine cellar

Jahaz wine cellar

Our chef and sommeliers will serve you a 6 course degustation dinner with matching wines and champagnes. During dinner, you can explore the secrets of these great wines and discover the food that goes best with them.

Constance Halaveli has one of the largest and best stocked wine cellars in the Maldives. For the connoisseur, the conservation of wine requires it to be kept in the optimal environment, in a storeroom specially designed and prepared for its storage.

At Halaveli, we now have almost 20,000 bottles and 800 different labels and vintages, and we are continuously extending and improving our selection.

Find out more about Constance Halaveli on our website, and catch up on these articles you may have missed:

Constance Hotels – where glamour meets pure escape

Stunning island locations, dotted across the Indian Ocean, make the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable holiday.

Constance Moofushi Resort, Maldives

Constance Moofushi

Add to this the Constance blend of first-rate service and high functioning luxury, and you have 7 exquisite resorts that you’ll want to visit time and time again.

From comments on Facebook and Twitter we know that for many of our guests, there’s often one resort that really captures their heart.

Here’s a glimpse into the world that makes Constance Hotels so special.

1. Location

Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius and Madagascar- these paradise islands conjure up images of romance, sun-filled days and warm tropical nights.

At Constance we’ve gone one step further – seeking out the best locations on each island to create our luxury resorts.

Anse Georgette at Constance Lemuria

Anse Georgette, Constance Lemuria Resort

Beautiful Anse Georgette

On the island of Praslin, Constance Lemuria is nestled next to the pristine beach of Anse Georgette. Regularly featured in lists of the top 10 beaches in the world, Anse Georgette offers super-soft white sand, warm clear sea and not a sun-lounger, bar or restaurant in sight. This is nature at its very best.

If you want to escape for the day to this paradise, we can arrange for a beach picnic to be brought to you for when you’re feeling peckish.

World-class diving at Constance Moofushi

Widely regarded as one of the best diving spots in the world, Constance Moofushi in the South Ari Atoll is a mecca for anyone wanting to experience the full technicolor beauty of the underwater world of the Maldives.

Moofushi is one of the few resorts in the Maldives to be surrounded by a spectacular house reef.

The main reef is just a few metres off the beach, rich with marine life and diverse coral habitats. Visibility is fantastic, usually between 20 and 25 metres, with a slow to moderate current creating perfect diving conditions.

Migratory ocean species such as mantas, whale sharks, dolphins and sea eagles all pass by along with a diverse array of fish including stingrays, sea cucumbers, lionfish, snappers and eels.

Find out more about diving at Constance Moofushi.

2. Delicious food and rare wines

Special beach dinner at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Special beach dinner at Le Prince Maurice

At each of the restaurants and bars in our 7 resorts, you’ll find first-class chefs from around the world creating culinary delights that draw inspiration from local and international dishes.

Special meals in special locations at all our resorts

We also offer unique private dining experiences that allow you to enjoy a wonderful meal in a truly exotic location.

  • Dine under the stars on the beach at Constance Halaveli, surrounded by flowers and flaming torches. Your meal is prepared by your own chef and served by your personal butler.
  • Family in-villa dining – for those evenings when you or your kids just don’t want to eat in a restaurant, we can provide in-villa dining. Great choice is available from the menu, or you can ask our chefs for something different. This relaxed dining experience takes the frazzle out of family eating when everyone’s tired from a long day’s play in the sunshine.
  • At Lodge Tsarabanjina, Madagascar we serve fish and seafood as fresh as you’ll find anywhere in the world. You can choose to dine with other guests at the convivial main restaurant or enjoy a fresh seafood platter on the beach as you watch the sun go down.

Wines from around the world

You may not expect to find rare wines at a resort in the middle of the Indian Ocean but our sommeliers travel the world to keep our wine cellars stocked with the finest old and new world wines. There’s a huge selection, from a crisp white to enjoy by the beach while the sun goes down to rare vintage heady reds, perfect for a celebration dinner.

At Constance Halaveli, our renowned wine collection features nearly 20,000 bottles of old and new world wine from 800 different varieties.

Find out more about the culinary spirit at Constance Hotels.

3. Top knotch spas

Spa villa at Constance Ephelia

Spa villa at Constance Ephelia

If you’re in need of a system re-boot, head to one of our spas where we’ll help to restore your sense of well-being.

Leading spa brands

We’ve created our own fabulous range of Spa de Constance holistic products, and partnered with some of the best beauty and spa brands in the world.

  • Valmont Spa, Ila Spa and Spa de Constance – Halaveli
  • Shiseido and Spa de Constance – Belle Mare Plage, Ephelia, Lemuria
  • Guerlain and Spa de Constance – Le Prince Maurice
  • Spa de Constance – Moofushi and Lodge Tsarabanjina

Spa village and villas at Constance Ephelia

If you’re looking to combine a holiday in paradise with a spa-escape, Constance Ephelia in the Seychelles offers the perfect solution. Our spa villas offer the luxury of having your own private spa set in the heart of your villa.

Roll out of bed in the morning and take a few steps to your spa where one of our therapists will give you a treatment of your choice. Each spa villa comes with a double treatment room, hot tub, steam shower and laconarium (sauna/hammam). The spa opens onto a private garden and swimming pool. Bliss.

4. Personal service

Chef serving family at Constance Hotels

Service with a smile at Constance

At Constance Hotels, our guests are known by their name not their room number.

Many of our guests return year after year because they’ve fallen in love with one of our resorts, and because they know that a holiday at Constance gives a feeling of having chanced upon somewhere really very special – it’s the essence of the Constance Hotels Experience.

Fantastic staff

Reviews on Trip Advisor speak for themselves – time and again people praise our staff’s ability to attend to detail while only being there when guests want them to be there, and not when they don’t.

‘The genuine warmth and kindness from all the staff made us feel very special and the candlelit dinner on the evening of our anniversary was totally amazing.’ Constance Le Prince Maurice on Trip Advisor

‘This hotel offered everything we could have hoped for and more. The service was excellent and the staff always went over and above what was expected. Everyone was really friendly from the reception to the dining room to the maintenance.’ Constance Moofushi on Trip Advisor

5. Dream destination weddings and honeymoons

Wedding couple on a boat at Constance Moofushi

Wedding at Moofushi

Destination weddings are a big trend again this year, and at Constance Hotels we go out of our way to make sure your big day is as perfect as you dreamed it would be. Our wedding planners work with you to organise the detail, from pre-wedding spa treatments, flowers, champagne, dinner, and a petal-strewn bath, to a wonderful morning-after breakfast.

Find out more about dream weddings at Constance Hotels.

Perfect honeymoons

Many couples choose Constance Hotels as the destination for one of the most important holidays of their lives. There’s much to appeal to honeymooners from the beauty of the landscape and the allure of a water villa on stilts, to fabulous food and cocktails, and the intimacy of our suites complete with huge beds and baths big enough for two.

Read more about honeymoons at Constance Hotels.

Romance at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Actors Claire Forlani and Dougray Scott travelled to Constance Le Prince Maurice earlier this year. In Harper’s Bazaar, Forlani revealed the resort was the scene of ‘one of the most romantic nights ever’ with her husband.

6. Golf

Legend golf course, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Legend golf course

If you’re looking to combine your enthusiasm for a few rounds on the green with a luxury holiday, you won’t have to compromise on the quality of either at Constance.

MCB Tour Championship – Constance Belle Mare Plage and Le Prince Maurice

At our resorts in Mauritius, you’ll find 2 championship 18-hole golf courses: the Legend and the Links. Every year in December, these courses set the stage for the MCB Tour Championship, the season-ending big finale in the European Senior Tour Championship.

The only golf course in the Seychelles – Constance Lemuria

At Constance Lemuria, you’ll find the only golf course in the Seychelles archipelago. This 18-hole course, par 70, covers an area of 5580 metres with magnificent scenery and views of 3 spectacular beaches. There’s no charge to play for guests of Constance Lemuria.

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