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You’ve set the date, picked the dress and sent the invitations but one thing remains to be decided; where to go for your honeymoon. Are you looking for a quiet destination where you can lay on the beach or are you looking for that sense of adventure that comes from traveling abroad? Here are some of the world’s top honeymoon destinations to help you with that final stage of wedding planning.
Escape to the Hawaiian Island of Maui for a sun-soaked romantic honeymoon. Tour its volcanoes, hike its jungles even learn to surf or if you just need to relax after the wedding chaos, head to one of its beautiful spas, resorts or beaches.
Caneel Bay – Virgin Islands
This beautiful resort is nestled in the 5,000 acres of the Virgin Islands National Park. The resort is perfect for young lovebirds and offers 7 beaches, luxurious spas, fine-dining options and ocean views. If you get restless there are plenty of activities like yoga, kayaking and scuba diving to keep you occupied.
Walt Disney World
Bring out the kid in you and your loved one by heading to Orlando, Florida and staying at the Walt Disney World resorts. The resorts offer a wide variety of honeymoon packages that include park passes, a variety of amenities and accommodations. They also offer a package that includes a cruise to the Bahamas for those that can take the time to really get away.
If you have your heart set on a European honeymoon there is no place more romantic than Venice. With its amazing food, canals and gondolas not to mention its rich cultural and artistic history it is no wonder that this has long been a favorite destination for newlyweds.
The Bora Bora Lagoon Resort in French Polynesia offers its guests tiny bungalows built on stilts in its beautiful blue lagoon. Breakfast and flowers are delivered to your door every morning by canoe or head over to the main resort to enjoy nightly entertainment. There are plenty of scuba, safari and beach activities to keep everyone busy though out your stay.
Alberta – Canada
If beaches and sunshine are just not your thing, then why not head to the Fairmont Chateau in Alberta to enjoy all the beauty of the Canadian wilderness. Sitting on the edge of a glacier-fed lake the chateau offers luxurious accommodations couples with fun winter activities like dog sledding, ice skating, snowshoeing and skiing. After a long day of playing in the snow enjoy relaxing meal by the fire or a trip to the spa.
Even if you don’t elope you can still enjoy all the fun of a Las Vegas honeymoon. From the wild and diverse nightlife to the luxurious hotels and casinos a Vegas honeymoon is sure to be unforgettable. Shop the designer stores at Caesar’s Palace or check out the aquarium at Mandalay Bay before heading back to your hotel to soak up the sun by the pool.
Acapulco – Mexico
With year round temperatures staying in the 80’s, Acapulco has long been a romantic destination. The area is still surprisingly affordable making it a good destination for those on a budget and offers a wide array of activities like swimming and snorkeling.
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After getting married, you need some time to unwind. The stress of planning a wedding is almost enough to break many couples due to the many complications that arise during the planning stage and the mind boggling expense of organizing everything. After all that hectic planning, the last thing you want to do is go through the trouble of booking a honeymoon vacation piece by piece. Some couples avoid the extra headache by looking into all-inclusive honeymoon vacation packages at popular resorts, and this may be a good option for you. It will certainly spare you a lot of stress, but can it save you money as well? Read the rest of this entry »
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While you may be keen to spend early June in Hawaii or follow up your winter wedding with a trip to Aspen, these traditional honeymoon destinations will probably cost more than your entire wedding. And since you’d probably like to wear something a little nicer than a flour sack when you walk down the aisle, it pays to do your homework and find a honeymoon locale that fits your limited budget. So if you want to enter into wedded bliss without going into debt to get there, here are just a few fantastic options for a honeymoon that won’t break the bank.
- Kauai, Hawaii. If you’ve absolutely got your heart set on the Hawaiian Islands but you’re just not sure it’s in the budget, consider the oft overlooked Kauai. The beaches are just as lovely as more popular tourist destinations and you’ll never miss the madding crowd. Everything from lodgings to food is a bit less expensive here, and if you’re willing to wait until the off-season (end of March, early April) you’ll enjoy wonderful weather (around 70-80?F) along with incredibly cheap airfare (as little as $300-400 per ticket from the west coast).
- Los Olivos, California. Forget about prissy and expensive Napa; these days it’s all about drinking the vino in the tiny southern California community showcased in the movie Sideways. The nearby Danish community of Solvang has plenty of cute hotels and eateries and you can tour dozens of wineries within a square mile. And it’s just a hop, skip, and jump to the California coast, where temperatures are moderate year-round.
- Costa Rica. Unfortunately, most of the ports in Mexico are out these days thanks to the problems between law enforcement and the drug cartels. But their neighbors to the south in Central America have a pretty good thing going with tons of natural attractions (seriously, national parks galore), temperatures in the mid-70s whether it’s June or December, and best of all, a dedication to promoting tourism. The airfare will cost you, but you’ll definitely save on lodging and associated costs. However, there are plenty of travel companies offering all-inclusive vacations that may just save you both money and time.
- The south of France. The French Riviera may sound like the height of romance, but when you see the astronomical prices associated with this resort mecca you’ll have no problem heading to the nearby inland region of Provence. Pastoral scenery is peaceful and inviting, the amount of wine will boggle your mind (literally, if you drink enough), and you can rent a quaint cottage or holiday at a B&B for a lot less than you’d spend elsewhere.
- Anywhere close to home. You don’t necessarily need to book luxury resorts across Europe or secure time shares in the U.S. Virgin Islands in order to enjoy your honeymoon. In fact, you can save a lot and still celebrate your first days as a married couple while staying within driving distance of your home. All you have to do is pull out your trusty map, draw a circle with your maximum range, and then choose a nearby destination to try out. Look for a place that has a couple of attractions (in case you ever leave your hotel room) and a few nice restaurants (you will actually have to eat at some point). You’ll save on travel, and likely lodgings, especially if you find a great deal on Groupon beforehand.
For many brides, the only thing they look forward to more than the perfect dream wedding is the romantic honeymoon to follow. Traditional honeymoon destinations include tropical locales like Hawaii and the Caribbean, or rustic getaways to the countryside of France and Italy, but modern brides are increasingly searching for an alternative to these outdated honeymoon options. If you have a classical sensibility, an eye for historical artifact and an appreciation for ancient culture, the isles of Greece present the perfect place to spend a romantic honeymoon. With a unique combination of traditional cuisine, stunning natural beauty and an irreplaceable link to our civilization’s forbearers, Greece is a honeymoon destination defined both by the pull of present passions and paeans to the past.
Brides across Europe have long recognized Greece as a premiere honeymoon setting and now American newlyweds have a chance to explore the island’s classic blend of old and new world appeal. Depending on your individual inclinations, you will find a city in Greece which is perfectly suited to your dream romantic honeymoon. If you are searching for an exotic seaside retreat on the shores of the Mediterranean, the resort city of Santorini boasts a picturesque, singularly exquisite Red Beach. You can sun yourself while dozing on the city’s vibrantly crimson and black volcanic seashore before taking a leisurely swim in the warm sea waters. For adventurous, party minded newlyweds the city of Mykonos has earned its reputation as one of the hottest cosmopolitan centers in all of Greece. Non-stop music and nightlife are ready to embrace daring honeymooners who visit Mykonos. Combining the best of both worlds, Greece’s largest island of Crete is another top honeymoon spot filled with charming coastal villas, antiquated Minoan ruins and pristine Mediterranean beaches. The city of Paphos, located on the island of Cyprus, is unsurpassed for its affordable yet indulgent accommodations, as well as for its distinctive blend of contemporary design and classical Cypriot styling. Paphos hotels are renowned as among the most luxurious in Greece and many specialize in catering to newlyweds enjoying a romantic honeymoon.
If you are an old soul yearning to explore the remnants of the great Greek civilizations of yore, cities like Athens, Olympia, Knossos and Delphi offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to walk through streets which were once home to Homer, Aristotle and Plato. These ancient seats of civilization are home to some of the world’s most precious monuments and you can spend your honeymoon arm in arm with your new lifelong companion, trekking through preserved ruins, religious temples and famous battlegrounds. Athens is home to the rock of the Acropolis, on of humanity’s lasting architectural masterpieces and a tribute to the genius of ancient Greek culture. The temple at Delphi has been a beacon for curious visitors from around the world and today honeymooners find themselves drawn to the mysterious and supposedly prophetic site. No matter what you are looking for in a romantic honeymoon, Greece has the perfect destination for you.
Ireland has long been associated with tales of love and romance and, for many, the Emerald Isle is the perfect location for a honeymoon. Interestingly, the term “honeymoon” is thought to derive from the medieval Irish tradition of newlyweds drinking mead (honey wine) everyday for a month (or one full moon) after their wedding. The mead was believed to increase the couple’s fertility!
Today, with or without daily mead, any couple will find modern Ireland a fantastic place to spend their first days of marriage. Here are just three ideas for a romantic Irish getaway…
With this Ring
The Ring of Kerry is a popular trail in County Kerry, in the South-West of the country, covering a 179 km circular road, starting at Killarney and heading around the Iveragh Peninsula. The Ring features stunning scenery, from the Lakes of Killarney to some of the finest beaches in Europe. Honeymooning couples looking to spend at least some time outside of their hotel room can enjoy a variety of outdoor pursuits including golf, watersports, cycling, walking, riding and fishing in freshwater rivers or at sea. The Ring is a popular route for bus tours, all of which run in an anti-clockwise direction. As the narrow roads making passing difficult, lovers travelling by car are recommended to tour the Ring in the opposite (clockwise) direction to avoid being stuck behind buses!
The Edge of Glory
Did you know that there is currently an international competition taking place to find 7 new natural wonders of the world? The dramatic, romantic Cliffs of Moher in County Clare have been put forward as the Irish nomination. The cliffs are 214m above sea level at their highest point and range across 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean on Ireland’s western seaboard, providing unbelievable views of Galway Bay and the three beautiful Aran Islands – Inishmore, Inishmean, and Inisheer – which can be visited via a 30 minute ferry-crossing from the nearby village of Doolin.
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Less than one hour from Dublin by road or train, the Mountains of Wicklow are a strikingly beautiful setting for a romantic break. The Wicklow Mountains National Park was established in 1991 to conserve the local biodiversity and landscape, and encompasses delights such as the stunning and historic glacial valley of Glendalough. Couples can simply relax and soak up the heritage or get busy sample some of the many leisure activities on offer including scenic walking and cycling trails, rafting, horse riding and, of course, mountain climbing.
James writes for Skyscanner.net, a travel and flights comparison company based in the UK who compare flights to Dublin, among other destinations. When not writing about his travels, James can usually be found planning his next adventure abroad.
Typically, the bride takes most control over planning the wedding, while groom usually takes the reigns when it comes to the honeymoon. This can be a daunting task, but here are some great tips to get you on your way.
Make it Romantic
Every girl, whether she will admit it or not, wants a romantic honeymoon that she will look back on with stars in her eyes for the rest of her life. She wants to go back home and tell her girlfriends how romantic her honeymoon was, and how wonderfully you treated her.
Make sure there are times to dress up and go out to intimate dinners. Know what your new wife likes in a hotel, and be sure you book something that feels luxurious to her, whether that’s great room service or a stunning view. Plan ahead and know what’s worth a visiting in the area—know what kind of activities you want to do ahead of time. Be sure to have good sunset viewing locations set up ahead of time. This kind of forethought will really help create that romantic atmosphere that’s so important.
What Would Your Bride Want to Do?
Does your bride like to be outside getting dirty and exploring, or does she like to stay clean and pretty? If your girl craves adventure and doesn’t mind getting her hair wet (or even worse, dirty), plan a honeymoon that involves some outdoors action and adventure. Some ideas include water activities and sports like snorkeling, scuba diving, and surf lessons. If your future wife isn’t afraid of danger, white water rafting would be an exciting choice.
If your fiancee detests the idea of messing up her hair and would rather stay inside the hotel or getting a tan on the beach (without hitting the waves), aim for a less adventurous honeymoon. Find a destination that is more of a large city with a lot of night life and shopping hot spots. A good way to have fun without getting dirty is to find the best restaurants in the location of your choice, and eat at a different one for each meal.
5 Important Tips to Remember
1. Think about whether you want to leave straight from the wedding, or have a few days to relax in between your wedding and traveling.
2. Book things ahead of time to get good deals.
3. Don’t forget to work out travel details (passports, shots, etc.) inn advance if you’re traveling abroad.
4. Book all flights and anything else in your bride’s maiden name, as she will not have been able to get her name changed by the time you take flight.
5. Do a few things on your honeymoon that will “wow” her. You want her to remember you this way when you leave your dirty socks on the floor a few months or years later.
So you’ve just got engaged, and you’re planning a trip of a lifetime. Something that really will embed your marriage into your memory for ever. This article outlines 5 potential honeymoon destiations you might want to chose from. There are several destinations that newlyweds can choose from when planning their honeymoon. Whether you want to stay close to home or travel overseas, with a bit of planning, you’re sure to find somewhere to holiday that you will both enjoy. To get you started, here are the top five honeymoon destinations.
1 Paris, France
Paris is definitely the land of love and a perfect place for a honeymoon destination. From the Eiffel Tower to the Louvre to just wandering around and soaking up the atmosphere, there are plenty of things to keep you busy for a week or two. Perhaps book into a luxury hotel, and do nothing for a week, or take an escorted tour around the city.
2 London, England
London is a wonderful city rich in history and gorgeous architecture. While in London, be sure to visit Westminster Abbey, the London Eye and Buckingham Palace. London is also a starting point for day trips to Ireland and Scotland. From King’s Cross Station you can get just about anywhere in the country that you want to visit. So if you’re pushed for time, take a short city break and cram in as much as you can to make your trip a honeymoon to remember.
3 Niagra Falls, Canada
Niagara Falls is a magnificent site and a great place to take a shorter honeymoon. From the museums to the Niagara Casino, honeymooners will have a fantastic extended weekend touring the city. Take a ride aboard the Maid of the Mist and see the falls up close. Niagra Village is the perfect quiet get-away from the hectic life of the city. If your honeymoon is a time for you to rest and relax, then the southern Canadian border is the ideal location.
4 Williamsburg, Virginia
Many people don’t think about Virginia for a honeymoon but Colonial Williamsburg is a lovely, quaint city to visit, sure to inspire romantic feelings. Full of history, Williamsburg is a great place to visit if you love museums, re-enactments and cobblestone streets. Why not encorporate a stop in Williamsburg into an East Coast road trip. Rent a car, put the roof down, and enjoy the road.
5 Las Vegas, Nevada
Perhaps not as romantic as it is exciting, Las Vegas can be a great place for a first vacation as a married couple. With it’s abundance of casinos, theatrical shows and concerts and amazing views, the city is a perfect honeymoon destination.
As couples steer away from tradition and prices for weddings in the UK get more and more expensive, many couples are considering weddings abroad as an alternative, a way to save costs and have a unique and personal day. Weddings abroad tend to cheaper because guest list is significantly reduced. An average wedding in the UK has approximately 80 – 120 guests, whilst destination weddings normally have less than 20. This means that although flights are often expensive the actual costs of the day with regard to the food, drink and venue hire are much less. In addition couples often combine the wedding and honeymoon so that additional costs can be saved.
If you are thinking about having a wedding abroad however there are a number of things that you need to consider.
Have all the correct documentation: Having a destination wedding is relatively straightforward, but you do need to be organized with your paper work and documentation. Requirements differ from country to country. In the Bahamas, Dominican Republic and Grenada for instance an Affidavit co-signed by a solicitor is required to ensure that the information given is true. A Certificate of No Impediment and Decrees Absolute is also required in some countries.
Your age: The minimum age for marriage in many countries is 18 but in some such as Bali, Grenada, the South Pacific and some American states the age is 21.
The weather: Just because you’re going overseas doesn’t mean that it will be dry and sunny. For instance summer in the Caribbean is also hurricane season, in West Africa the rainy season is June to September where as summer in South America is generally between December and March so you need to plan in advance to make sure that you have the picture perfect day that you’ve always dreamed of.
What the traditional wedding consists of: When you have a wedding abroad you will often be offered a wedding coordinator who will be able to advise you on key aspects of the day. However it’s worth doing some research to see what are the local customs and traditions of weddings in the country. A traditional wedding cake in Barbados for instance is not the same as one in the UK.
Will you miss some special people: Although weddings abroad are a great way to be able to have a small and intimate wedding you might regret it if elderly relatives or close friends cant make your special day.
The wedding party attire: When you choose your wedding dress make sure you consider the climate that you’re in, you don’t want to be uncomfortable in layers of tulle and traditional styles that are fashionable at home might look out of place on a beach.
Most of all do you research and have fun. Weddings abroad will always be memorable but with a bit of forward planning you’ll be able to make sure it’s for all the right reasons.
When Jennifer is not busy planning her own wedding in Barbados she works on behalf of a company that specialises in destination weddings abroad.