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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon

Filed under: Honeymoon,Honeymoons,Wedding Tips — Larry James @ 10:30 am

A lot of people would agree that your wedding day is one of the most important, emotional, and happiest days in a person’s life. However, it’s at the same time exhausting and tiresome. That’s why newly married couples dream of a perfect honeymoon to start right the next day after their wedding ceremony. Tired of pre-wedding preparation and the long day of receiving gifts, they can’t wait to get away to some nice place and spend a wonderful week or two with their soulmates.

 

But here’s a tricky part: not only the wedding day itself requires planning and preparation but so does the honeymoon. You need to think of the right location, choose the best hotel, book tickets, and pack your bags in advance. So here come some important questions. What are the best practices of honeymoon planning? Are there any tried-and-true tricks to ease the process? Just how well in advance should one start planning?

 

As experience confirms times and times again, early booking helps save newlyweds a lot of money. That’s why it might be reasonable to start searching the right travel package for a honeymoon as soon as you’ve chosen the perfect diamond ring and decided on the date of the ceremony. According to statistics, the majority of people book their honeymoons at least 4 months in advance. This way, they can save themselves a lot of time and nerves. As most of the people prefer the same destinations for honeymoon (the most popular spots are Mexico, Caribbean, Maldives, and Hawaii), the best hotels tend to be booked before you even know it. That’s why planning things in advance helps get the best room in the best hotel in a chosen location.

 

Larry’s Tip:  Don’t plan to leave on your honeymoon immediately after the wedding. The wedding and reception may cause extreme exhaustion. It’s a big day. The honeymoon is very special so give yourself a couple of days (or more) to rest. Open gifts, write “thank you” notes, sleep late, rest and just be together. When you are fully rested, go for it! Don’t worry about not being able to take a big fancy honeymoon. You have the rest of your lives to make money and take big, wonderful, fabulous vacations. But you only get “one” wedding. Do it well and be happy.

 

Also remember to leave your hotel accommodation details (room and phone number) and itinerary with your family so they can contact you in an emergency. Don’t take your cell phone. Give it it’s own vacation. While your cell is recharging its batteries, you can do the same. This is a very special get-away for only the two of you. When you are ready to plan your honeymoon, check out my “Honeymoon Checklist!”

 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Must-Do List for Every Sandals Destination Honeymoon Bride!

Planning your honeymoon at a Sandals Resort? Here’s the latest scoop!

1. Hair and Makeup Trial

SandalsYou’d never buy your wedding dress without trying it on – the same goes for hair and makeup. Although you may know what works for your hair regularly, tropical climates can be a bit trickier. Fluctuations in humidity, temperature and breeze can be challenging for a bride to handle without some serious experience. Trust your stylist and do a trial before the big day. You’re stylist won’t let you leave unhappy. You’ll feel confident on the big day without worrying about whether or not your hair and makeup can stand up to the tropical climate.

2. Digital Photo Album and Videographer

This is especially important if you have family members that are unable attend the ceremony. Your pictures and video will stay with your forever without worry of damage and you can share your memories with generations to come.

3. Private Candlelight Dinner

Experience a private paradise with your brand new spouse under the stars. Weddings are wonderful, but the private moments that you and your love can spend alone are the topper to your wedding cake. Take advantage of your destination location’s private dinner services or have a rose petal drawn bath with ambient candles to set the mood in the privacy of your own room.

4. Sand Ceremony

Similar to the tradition of the unity candle, the sand ceremony is a popular tradition in the Caribbean. Here’s how it goes: Each person choses a color and during your ceremony, you will each pour your colored sand into a decorative jar to signify that you have become one – no one will ever be able to separate each sand color again. It’s a significant way to show your oneness that you can take home with you.

5. Couple’s Massage

Need I say more? Book a couple’s massage to experience a blissful state of mind with your spouse. Many couple’s rooms come equipped with a shower and hot tub so you’re pampering doesn’t need to end with a massage. Not only is it a great pre-wedding practice, but it’s also a fab way to start your first day together!

6. Explore!

Sandals-Honeymoon-160x600You want to ensure your Weddingmoon® is truly memorable so book that once in a lifetime tour and explore the destination of your dreams.

7. Private Transfer

Your Weddingmoon® starts the moment you step off the plane so to avoid any delay in getting started and arrive in style by booking a private transfer for that true VIP service.

Is there anything you should/shouldn’t be doing before the big day?

While you definitely want to avoid the big “No-No’s” like cutting your hair, over doing the sun or drastic skin procedures there are some things you should avoid the “morning of” as well!

Don’t Have that Large Coffee. While a hot double latte sounds like a great idea first thing in the morning … don’t! Wedding day jitters plus a double dose of caffeine equals a really shaky bride.

Don’t drink too much. I know I know… it’s time to celebrate; however you still have a wedding to get through. A drunken bride is not a pretty bride and slurred vows won’t be something you want to see on your wedding video later. Save the champagne toasts for the reception (and the honeymoon).

Don’t Tan in the Can. Fake tan is especially a “no-no” for beach brides who will be taking vows underneath a Caribbean sun and may risk a little perspiration (and a brand new tan streak down the front of their white dress). If you’re bent on having a bit of a tan, try and get some sun in small safe doses in the months leading up to your nuptials or hit up a tanning salon. A light dust of make-up bronzer may be all it takes to give you a hint of color.

Don’t make drastic last minute changes. Pass on making any extreme last minute decisions period. Don’t wake up the morning of and decide to try that new tight curled hairstyle J-Lo had on American Idol two nights ago. Sometimes the desire to change your mind is just pre-wedding jitters or “performance anxiety”. Will everyone love my hair? What if my make-up looks too plain? Stop! Remember your wedding is not a show!

Don’t stress about it! This one may be easier said than done but avoiding pre-ceremonial stress may be as simple as turning your cell phone off. If the thought of no cellphone gives you separation anxiety jitters, then hand it over to your maid of honor to screen your calls and answer on your behalf. The morning of is not the time to stress over tiny little details. We’re sure all the bows on your favor box ribbons will be tied with a double knot instead of one and all your chocolates will be the same flavor. Your guests will not pack up and leave if you’re running a few minutes late and no one will notice their steak came with Idaho potatoes instead of Irish potatoes! Do you want to know a secret? You’re the only one who knows how everything is “supposed to go!” No one will know that your shoes were supposed to be eggshell instead of ivory if you don’t tell them.

The best advice that I can offer to any bride the morning of her wedding is to stay relaxed and think of your fiancé’s face the moment he sees you walking down the aisle. Everything else pales in comparison!

Larry’s NOTE: I have personally visited Sandals Emerald Bay, Great Exuma, Bahamas. It’s secluded within 500 tropical acres along a pristine, mile-long beach, civilized pleasure coexists with exotic adventures, from three impressive pools – including a half-acre, zero-entry pool with a dramatic fire pit in the middle – to seven exceptional restaurants. I never ate better in my life. The service by the staff was exceptional. Click the banner above right for more information or call me an allow me to share my experience!

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Monday, March 10, 2014

Honeymoon Q & A

Sam Becchetti, Guest Author

Your honeymoon is one of the most important aspects of the wedding planning process. Think of it as you reward for making it to the finish line of the marathon of planning your wedding. Let’s face it, it’s been your part-time job! This is the first chance for you and your groom to reconnect as a couple and recover in bliss. It’s also one of the most memorable aspects, so make sure to give it some thought.

Q ~ How do I get a passport?

HoneymoonQ&AA ~ First of all, be sure to start the process at least eight weeks before travel, or you may have to pay for expedited service. Step 1: Obtain your official birth certificate from your birth state by visiting www.cdc.gov/nchs/wes.htm. Step 2: Complete the application form. Step 3: Obtain a valid passport photo. Step 4: Make an appointment for an IN PERSON application – you cannot go for your intended spouse! For information on fees and other details, visit www.travel.state.gov/passport.

Q ~ Will I also need a Visa?

A ~ In most cases, no, but a few countries will require one even for a shorter term stay. Be sure to check with http://www.travel.state.gov/visa or your travel agent for requirements for the country(s) you plan to visit. If they do require one, and you do not have it upon arrival at the destination, they can refuse to allow you to exit the airport.

Q ~ Customs and Immigration – What’s the difference?

A ~ At the airport, you must pass through both. Immigration is the process of inspecting your documents to be sure you are who you say you are and have permission to enter the country. This is where they validate your passport (and possible visa). For most travelers, this takes just a few minutes with the officer. In some countries, they will also distribute a “tourist card” which you must present upon departure from that country.

Once you collect your luggage, you then go through Customs where they inspect your belongings and your declarations paperwork. Customs monitors the import/export of goods from other countries, so this will take place both at your foreign destination as well as when you return to the U.S. If you have goods that require duties to be paid they will be collected at this point. Customs also checks for items that are not allowed into the country for example, Cuban cigars bought in Mexico are not allowed to cross into the U.S. and would be confiscated. These rules very from country to country. It’s also important to note that just because you buy an item in a duty-free show does not necessarily mean you can bring it into the U.S.

Q ~ What does duty-free mean?

A ~ Duty-free shops, typically found at airports or in cruise ports, offer goods for sale at supposed discounted rates. Customs duties and local taxes are not charged on these items. It’s a good idea to know what the going prices are so you can decide if the duty-free prices represent any savings to you. Each country has different allowances for what you can bing back duty-free. The U.S. has a limit of up to $800. Anything over that is subject to taxing at customs. There are also limits on certain items like alcohol and cigarettes.

JustMarriedQ ~ What if I have an emergency?

A ~ There are two steps you should consider taking before departure to assist you in the event of an emergency. One is to purchase a comprehensive travel protection plan which provides coverage for various situations, as well as medical coverage, as most health insurance policies do not cover you when you travel out of the country. The second is to register with the STEP program at www.step.state.gov so the state department, consulate or embassy can assist you in event of an emergency.

Q ~ What if I still have questions?

A ~ Well in advance of your trip it’s a good idea to check out the www.travel.state.gov website. There you will find answers to questions you may have about the place(s) you are visiting. Do they have any required immunizations or breakout of illness? Political unrest? While this is good information, don’t panic. Remember that it is being provided by the government and they want to make sure they have covered any issues that my potentially be a problem at the time of your travels.

Larry’s NOTE: If you plan to travel out of the United States on your honeymoon or destination wedding, call my friend, Sam @ 480-838-9447. I consider her to be one of the best experts on honeymoon and destination wedding travel.

HoneymoonSAM&ljCopyright © 2014 – Sam Becchetti. Reprinted with permission. Sam Sam Becchetti has been a travel coordinator since 2007 specializing in honeymoons and destination weddings. She is graduate from ASU in Tourism and Special Events and has served the wedding community for 20+ years in Phoenix. Not surprising, her favorite hobby is to travel – whether on the road for work or play she is always scouting new resorts for her clientele. Visit “All About Honeymoons, Weddings & Travel Services” at: www.HoneymoonSam.com

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Honeymoon Q & A ~ Everything You Need to Know About Passports, & More

Sam Becchetti, Guest Author

Larry’s NOTE: If you plan to travel out of the United States on your honeymoon or destination wedding, call my friend, Sam @ 480-838.9447. I consider her to be one of the best experts on honeymoon and destination wedding travel.

How do I get a passport?

passportsThere are a few easy steps. Be sure to start the process at least 8 weeks before travel, or you may have to pay for expedited service.

• Step 1: Obtain your official birth certificate from your birth state by visiting www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm.
• Step 2: Complete the application form.
• Step 3: Obtain a valid passport photo (try Walgreens for example).
• Step 4: Make an appointment for an IN PERSON application; you cannot go for your intended spouse! More details on fees & details can be obtained at www.travel.state.gov/passport.

Will I also need a Visa?

This is a little tougher. Most times no, but a few countries will require one even for a shorter term stay. Be sure to check with www.travel.state.gov/visa or your travel agent for specifics for the country(s) you plan to visit. If they do require one, and you do not have one upon arrival at the destination, they can refuse to allow you to exit the airport.

Customs & Immigration – what’s the difference?

At the airport you must pass through both. Immigration is the process of inspecting you and your documents to be sure you are who you say you are and have permissions to be where you are going. This is where they validate your passport (and possible visa). For most this takes just a few minutes with the officer. In some countries they will also distribute a “tourist card” which you must then present upon departure from that country.

Once you collect your luggage, you then go through Customs where they inspect your belongings and your declarations paperwork. Customs monitors the import/export of goods from other countries into the one you have arrived at. So this takes place at your foreign destination as well as returning back to the US. If you have goods that require Duty collection, this is where that takes place. They also monitor for items that are not allowed to cross into the country; a good example is Cuban cigars bought in Mexico are still not allowed to cross into the US and would be confiscated. Since these rules vary from country to country, just because it is in a duty-free shop does not mean YOU can buy and return with them to the US.

What is Duty-Free?

Couple_on_beachYou may see Duty-Free shops at the airport or in cruise ports. Here you are able to buy goods at supposed discounted rates because the shops are not paying taxes (or Duty) on the goods as they have not been imported or exported at the time you purchase. It’s a good idea to know what going prices are to know if the duty-free is actually worth any savings to you. Each country has different allowances of how much “stuff” you can bring back into a country that is duty-free. The US has a limit of up to $800, so anything more that you purchase is still subject to taxing at customs. Know also that certain items have limits on the amounts you can return with – like alcohol and cigarettes.

What if I have an emergency?

There are two things you can do preventatively before departure to assist in the event of an emergency. One is purchase a comprehensive travel protection plan which provides coverages for various reasons (sometimes any reason too) as well as medical coverage as most insurances do not cover you out of state, let alone out of country. The second thing to do is register with the STEP program @ www.step.state.gov/step/ so the Dept. of State, consulate or embassy can help you better in the event you need it.

Will I get jet lag?

Possibly. If you are traveling across more than 3 times zone to/from east/west (not north/south) you may develop the syndrome known as jet lag. It means that your body has not adjusted to the new times for eat, sleep, and overall good function. You may have indigestion, lack of concentration and not sleep well. A good rule of thumb is it takes one day per time zone crossed; North/south does not cause jet lag as that does not result in crossing time zones. You may also just have travel fatigue which is effected by being in a cramped space, re-circulated air, and dehydration. This can happen with any longer flight in any direction resulting in headaches, fatigue and/or confusion. This usually takes a good night’s sleep to remedy.

What happens if we cross the international dateline?

The international dateline is an imaginary line designated to help those in travel. If you are traveling east when crossing the line, you “gain” a day, meaning you are repeating the same date again. The opposite occurs if you are headed west, you “lose” a day as the date moves ahead. The biggest thing to remember is that when you depart, your arrival date may not be the same as your departure because you have crossed the line.

What if I still have questions?

If you had not caught on throughout the various topics, one very good thing to do before departure (and not the day before!) is to check out the www.travel.state.gov website. There you will find answers to things on current issues on the place(s) you are visiting. Do they have any required immunizations or breakouts? Political unrest? While this is good information it should also not set you into paranoia, it is delivered by the government and they want to be sure they have covered any issues that may or may not be a true viable problem at the time of your travels. It might be humorous to read the information provided to foreigners coming to the US by their own countries.

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Larry’s NOTE: This article was originally published in Arizona’s Finest Wedding Sites & Services magazine.

HoneymoonSAM&ljCopyright © 2013 – Sam Becchetti. Reprinted with permission. Sam Sam Becchetti has been a travel coordinator since 2007 specializing in honeymoons and destination weddings. She is graduate from ASU in Tourism and Special Events and has served the wedding community for 20+ years in Phoenix. Not surprising, her favorite hobby is to travel – whether on the road for work or play she is always scouting new resorts for her clientele. Visit “All About Honeymoons, Weddings & Travel Services” at: www.HoneymoonSam.com

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Subscribe to Larry’s FREE monthly “LoveNotes for Lovers” eZINE. Contact: CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com, P.O. Box 12695, Scottsdale, AZ 85267-2695. – CelebrateIntimateWeddings.com

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