Honeymoon in Grenada by Rayna Wallen

What is sexier than a black sand beach, cascading cliffs, natural hot springs and the rain forest?  Well, as you'll see.  Not much. 

It's no secret that we are mildly obsessed with Sandals and Beaches Resorts.  And with good reason–not only do they offer an incredible value for your vacation dollar, but the level of service is unrivaled (I have tried to find better service, and it just doesn't exist); their locations are some of the most exotic and romantic in the entire world and they just keep getting better. 

One of their most recent additions is a stunning resort on the island of Grenada.  Known as The island of Spice and located in southeastern Caribbean just north of Trinidad and Venezuela. Only three and a half hours from the Miami airport, Grenada is unspoiled, authentically Caribbean and utterly romantic. 

LaSource Grenada is the ultimate in luxury and sophistication, with 225 rooms and suites including 69 Millionaire Suites, Rondovals and Skypool Suites; 3 Freshwater recreational swimming pools and 2 river pools plus 10 all inclusive dining options.  A state-of-the-art fitness center and spa is available and is located only 5 minutes from the Maurice Bishop International Airport (GND). 

The latest resort to the Sandals family is definitely making a splash on the resort scene and is quickly becoming a top destination for trendsetting honeymooners, vacationers and couples around the world.  We predict that LaSource Grenada will be THE PLACE to honeymoon in 2015!

If you are interested in this resort, or any other Sandals or Beaches Resort, we would love to help you to plan the perfect honeymoon or your next vacation.  Our sister company, AP Luxury Travel is dedicated to providing you the best deals and latest information about all of the resorts in the Caribbean.  Give us a call today at 859.619.1841 or shoot us an email info@alwaysplanned.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!

BHLDN Wedding Gowns by Rayna Wallen

With oh so many gorgeous designer gowns out there, it is definitely easy to get over-whlemed with options. We have always loved Anthropologie and their BHLDN line never seems to disappoint.   Here are a few of our favorite items:


Carina Corset and Ahsan Skirt - $930-$1,860

Carina Corset and Ahsan Skirt - $930-$1,860

Dakota Gown - $1,035

Dakota Gown - $1,035

Vivienne Gown - $1,800

Vivienne Gown - $1,800

Ines Gown - $700

Ines Gown - $700

Shimmering Thigh Highs - $36  

Shimmering Thigh Highs - $36


Jamaica: Coup de foudre by Rayna Wallen

There’s something you should know about me.  

I LOVE Jamaica!

My love affair with this gorgeous country started a few years ago, when I had the opportunity to visit with one of my closest friends.  Back in 2009, Leona (of Leona Morelock Designs) and I were invited by Sandals to check out their newest Jamaican resorts—some of the most incredibly romantic and luxurious all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean.  

Since then, I have been back to Jamaica at least ten more times, and stayed at every Sandals resort on the island!  I’ve had the time of my life.  Each visit has been consistently wonderful, yet altogether a unique experience every single time.  From Montego Bay to Negril, Ocho Rios to Kingston, and everywhere in between,  I’ve fallen in love with Jamaica more and more.

Recently, Joseph and I went on a real vacation.  You know, the kind where you turn off your phones and limit your social media interaction...  It's rare when we get to sneak away and not call it work.  It was going to be his first time to Jamaica, and so I really wanted to make a great first impression.  I have to say, as far as these things go, the island of Jamaica pretty much nailed it!

Ya, mon!
We started in Montego Bay, at one of my favorite Sandals Resorts in Jamaica, the impressive Sandals Royal Caribbean; then, made our way to Ocho Rios, where we rented a little SUV and started our journey up and through the mountains—destination: Kingston. 

Sooo... driving in Jamaica is not for the faint of heart!  They happen to drive on the right side, and many of the secondary roads are, let’s say... not as polished as one would prefer.  They are working on it, though, Jamaicans will assure you, and will keep getting better as tourism thrives and Jamaica reinvests to further develop its infrastructure. 

That being said, driving across the island was one of the most awesome adventures I have ever had and after a 45 minute drive, all uphill, we find ourselves at the entrance to Strawberry Hill.  What started as a drink with a view, turned into an overnight treat in their Honeymoon Suite, dinner at their incredible restaurant and a phenomenal experience that left us wanting more.  I have a feeling someday we will found ourselves back at Strawberry Hill. Words fail me to describe our experience, so I created a gallery.

As you can see Jamaica is one of those places that easily makes its way into your heart, and you will never want it to leave.  Ya mon!


If you are interested in visiting Jamaica, or any other island in the Caribbean we would love to help you plan your journey.  Contact us today or visit our sister company AP Luxury Travel.

New Hiring Fall Interns by Rayna Wallen

Here at Always Planned we believe in getting things done, having fun and planning some pretty awesome parties.  If you, or someone you know, would be interested in joining our team we are now accepting applications for Fall 2014 Interns!

Make no mistake about it, this is a real job with real experience in real situations. You will be involved in every aspect of the event planning industry and will learn as much as you are willing to take in. 

Here are the requirements:

  • 20 Hours Per Week
  • Work 3 Events During Your Internship, this will be weddings, corporate and networking
  • Great Personality with a Can Do Attitude!
  • Must Be Creative
  • Being Organized is a Major Plus!
  • Must be able to lift 20 lbs.

We are starting interviews immediately.  Please email your resume to Rayna@alwaysplanned.com

*This is an unpaid internship. College credit given when applicable. 

AP Luxury Travel: Honeymoons and more by Rayna Wallen

A little backstory...

When it comes to weddings, we know what we are talking about!  So, when we made the decision to take Always Planned to the next level, we knew it had to be onto something that our clients would appreciate and that we would enjoy.  Since AP loves to travel, and destination weddings are simply something we cannot pass up, a boutique travel-planning division was born!

AP Luxury Travel has been around for a little while now—4 years!  We had a super cute logo and lots of happy travelers in our little family.  But, since Always Planned just received a total marketing overhaul (all compliments of Maystorm Studio), our travel division was starting to get a bit jealous...

The only option:  to share some of this love with AP Luxury Travel!

So, without further ado here is our new AP Luxury Travel logo!  The website is still in progress, and lots of fun things are happening at the AP Headquarters.


Our website is almost finished!  And lookout, because if you thought this was super cool, you are going to love our new site dedicated to all things travel.  Of course, if you're interested in booking your destination wedding, honeymoon, family vacation or next weekend getaway, don't hesitate to give us a call!  859.619.1841

Rental jewelry? Yes, please! by Rayna Wallen

OK, So you may be asking yourself "Rayna, why would I need to rent jewelry for my wedding day?"  Well, why not? Let's be real for a moment.  This is pretty much the only time in your life when it is completely acceptable to be draped in jewels! So, I ask again, Why Not?!

You're going to buy jewelry anyway, and much of that "faux bling" just doesn't compare to the gorgeous baubles you can rent from these fabulous finds.  So go ahead and treat yourself to being draped in gorgeous jewels! I know I would!

Here are some of my favs!

Haute Vault Sophia Necklace

Haute Vault Sophia Necklace

Adorn Livingston Bracelet

Rent The Runway - bridal

Rent The Runway - bridal

As you can see there is a ton of variety out there! I tend to go for the more diamond encrusted items, but you could rent everything from exquisite diamonds and high end costume jewelry to wedding day accessories, for a fraction of the cost.

Happy Shopping!

hook + ALBERT - Gifts for the groomsmen by Rayna Wallen

Hey guys!  You read that correctly... I said guys!  I know what you're thinking - since when did we target male viewers? Well, we are now! Just like the ladies, guys have their closest buds standing by their side on their Big Day, and what better way to thank them than with dapper gifts from hook + ALBERT.  From lapel flowers, tie bars, cufflinks and black tie ensembles, the collection from hook + ALBERT is sure to style groomsmen nationwide. Check out these stylish details!


hook + ALBERT Metal Tie Bars, $75

·      An eclectic set of hardware in simple and sophisticated options

·      Clip backing for a secure hold

·      Brass designs available in shapes including deer antlers, barbed wire, nail, sword and ribbon

hook + ALBERT Hand Cut Lapel Flower Set, $75  - THESE are my FAVORITE, so much better than a boutonniere!

·      1.5 inches in diameter

·      Shell button backing for an easy and secure fit

·      Available in bright fabrics, solids and bold colors

hook + ALBERT Knotted Cufflinks, $35

·      Elastic and leather knotted cufflinks with a barbell shaped back for function, and a signature twist for a classic yet urban feel

·      Silver hardware for a sturdier and more sophisticated look

·      Available in cord and leather variations

Summertime weddings by Rayna Wallen

After our roller coaster winter, we are definitely excited about summer finally being here, and with summertime comes sweet tea, sun hats, big porches and of course big southern weddings!  We love summer and weddings, so of course, we love summertime weddings! Here are a few tips to keep your guests nice and cool this summer season. 

How adorable is this couple?! (photo credit katiedayphoto.com)

How adorable is this couple?! (photo credit katiedayphoto.com)

Greet them with an icy cold beverage! We love custom Jone's Soda Bottles, Arnold Palmers, and how can you go wrong with a Mint Julep?

Having an outdoor ceremony? Summer heat can be brutal! Why not have a tray of refreshing cold towels for your guests to cool themselves down with. We have done this, and its a fun and surprising treat your guests will truly appreciate!  (OK, so we may have stolen this idea from Sandals Resorts, who treat you to this service upon arrival.)

Your cocktail hour is a great way to treat your guests to something special and signature cocktails are always popular. We suggest a chilled soup shooter! This is a great conversation starter too!

Other great options are fan programs, drink stations and lots of shade trees! If you have any other suggestions, feel free to share!