PLANNING THE PERFECT HONEYMOON

After months of planning the perfect wedding, the honeymoon is your time to truly unwind and enjoy those first few moments of wedded bliss. Here are some factors to help you choose the ideal locale for your ultimate getaway.

Make a list of your favorite vacations and determine what you liked best about each one.

  • Consider how much time you can take off work and the availability of flights to the destination you are considering from your departure location, along with the seasonality of the location.
  • Determine your budget and find a package, a tour or a cruise that gives you the most bang for your buck. Ask the Romance Travel Consultants at Violet Clover Travel Group for options.
  • Don’t be afraid to splurge on a romantic meal, VIP tour or spa treatment—you deserve it!
  • Do plenty of research into the location before you book—do you need a visa? What kind of currency do they take? Is there a language barrier? Ask the Romance Travel Consultants at Violet Clover Travel Group for advice.

Contact us today to start planning for honeymoon.

Should you have a Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Registry?

Should you have a Honeymoon & Destination Wedding Registry?

Yes! It’s fun, free, and much more personal than, “No gifts please, Just send us cash.”

You may be part of the growing trend of bridal couples that already have a household setup prior to getting engaged! If that’s the case, a Honeymoon / Destination Wedding Registry could be a great fit for you.

SO HOW DOES IT WORK?

Instead of buying pots and pans, toasters, or towels, wedding guests can purchase all or portions of your destination wedding or honeymoon experience.

IT’S ALL ONLINE

This will allow you to list anything you want to do on your honeymoon / destination wedding (And you can create your own wedding website).

THE BENEFITS

EXTRA MONEY TO SPEND

Who doesn’t want more money to spend on their honeymoon / destination wedding? Couples who create a registry, on average, have an extra $2500 to spend.

SAVES TIME

Everything is organized in one online account – no envelopes to handle, no accounting to do. The gifts given by your guests are put directly in an account for you, which you can cash out when you are ready.

YOU GET A FREE WEDDING & SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE, PHOTO GALLERY, AND BLOG

The Romance Travel Consultants at Violet Clover Travel Group can help you set up your website, and if you are having a destination wedding, we can add airfare and hotel booking information, so your guests will know who to contact to set-up their travel. You can also upload images and blog about your wedding and honeymoon plans.

BENEFITS TO YOUR WEDDING GUESTS

TAKES THE GUESSWORK OUT OF BUYING GIFTS FOR YOU

Your guests don’t have to drive to the store. It’s convenient and fun, no sales tax, and no gift wrapping!

GET STARTED

Ask the Romance Travel Consultants at Violet Clover Travel Group about a free honeymoon / destination wedding registry and have them send you the link to get started. Give us call at 216-236-8450 to learn more.

Honeymoon Checklist

Planning the most important trip of your life can be an overwhelming experience. Let our experts take the wheel, so you can focus on simply enjoying the start of your new life together with an unforgettable honeymoon.

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9 MONTHS FROM HONEYMOON

WHAT INSPIRES YOU? A romantic movie, a friend’s honeymoon in Italy or your Pinterest board? Put a list together, add some photos and bring it to your appointment with your travel agent.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO MEET WITH YOUR TRAVEL AGENT – Bring your Inspiration List to share with your travel agent, to help get started planning!

  • THINK ABOUT RESORT AMENITIES
  • SET A BUDGET
  • EXPLORE DESTINATIONS

6 MONTHS FROM HONEYMOON

  • CONFIRM YOUR TRAVEL PLANS WITH A DEPOSIT
  • CREATE A HONEYMOON AND WEDDING REGISTRY

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GATHER TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:

  • WEDDING LICENSE: What name was your trip booked under and what documents do you need to bring?
  • MAKE SURE YOUR PASSPORT IS VALID

1-2 MONTHS FROM HONEYMOON

BOOK EXCURSIONS & SPECIAL AMENITIES

Consider booking a surprise for your spouse, like a sunset dinner cruise.

1 WEEK FROM HONEYMOON

START PACKING “Must haves”:

  • Travel Itinerary
  • Prescriptions
  • Sunscreens
  • Chargers for your electronics or converters
  • Reading materials, movies, and a fresh music playlist
  • Cameras: Have them charges, so when you land you can start shooting

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SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE - Share your favorite honeymoon moments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Don’t forget to write a glowing review of your travel agent.

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10 Tips to Help You Plan an Amazing Honeymoon

Getting organized can help you make sense of all the info out there. It can help you move past analysis paralysis and start making concrete plans. Best of all, when you’re clear on what you need, you can start to get excited for the amazing trip that’s coming up instead of feeling overwhelmed and stressed!

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There are so many options for having a fabulous honeymoon, and my hope is that this list will help you narrow them down.

1.    Be flexible! If you are flexible with your dates, you will get the best value for your money.

2.    Plan Early. The earlier the better! There are no deals to have at the last minute — for real, I promise! The earliest you can book is 10 months from your departure date.

3.    Research airline schedules and daily flight plans. Not all destinations receive daily flights. Even when a destination is closer, it does not mean it is necessarily easier to get there.

4.    Consider other nearby airports to fly out. Sometimes driving a bit can afford you non-stop flights or better itineraries.

5.    Be open to low and shoulder seasons. Four words: Great deals. Not crowded!

6.    Schedule time once a week to go over your options and discuss each other’s priorities. Then reach a happy medium.

7.    Start a research journal (hardcopy or online). Having your wish list and facts in one place will make the process easier.

8.    Be a team and delegate duties. Planning your honeymoon is a great exercise to get better at working together.

9.    Ensure passports and travel documents are up to date. It can take up to 6 weeks to receive your passport, and the passport number is needed to finalize any booking.

10. Work with a professional. A travel expert can help you look past the pretty but misleading websites and biased reviews to find the perfect destination for you.

If you have any questions about any of these tips for planning your honeymoon or getaway — or want to get started making those plans — we're here to help!

Get Your Guide to Saving Money on Your Destination Weddings or Honeymoon Vacations!

Here is what you will be receiving:

  • 5 Tips to Planning a Seamless Destination Wedding
  • 4 Things You Need to Know to Get More and Spend Lesson Your Dream Honeymoon
  • Honeymoon Packing Checklist
  • Best Places to Honeymoon By Wedding Month

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Where Same-Sex Couples Can Get Married Legally in the Caribbean

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Tourists don’t usually associate the Caribbean with same-sex marriage, but you might be surprised to learn that there are five islands in the region where same-sex marriage is legal and a handful of other islands where symbolic same-sex marriages are a common practice.

Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands recently became the two latest Caribbean destinations where same-sex couples can legally wed.

In late June, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled for marriage equality and that same-gender couples have the constitutional right to marry in all 50 states and all U.S. territories. Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are covered by the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Civil marriage equality at the territory level is now legal.

These two destinations join Saba, Bonaire and St. Eustatius as the other Caribbean destinations where same-sex marriage is legal. Ironically, Bonaire and St. Eustatius are not as LGBT welcoming as other islands that do not allow same-sex marriage such as St. Maarten/St. Martin and Curacao.

In fact, most consider Curacao the LGBT capital of the Caribbean, yet legalized same-sex marriage doesn’t exist there.

The Netherlands Antilles, an autonomous Caribbean country within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, was dissolved on October 10, 2010. After dissolution, the “BES islands” of Bonaire, St. Eustatius and Saba became special municipalities of the Netherlands proper, while Curacao and St. Maarten became constituent countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along the lines of Aruba, which separated from the Netherlands roughly 30 years ago.

Because the BES islands became special municipalities, citizens of those islands are entitled to the same rights as those living in the Netherlands.

“The Caribbean has over 30 islands with their own distinct background,” says Andre Rojer, marketing manager for the Curacao Tourist Board. “Then you have the Dutch islands and they won’t bat a brow on the issue. Amsterdam is the first country in the world to legalize gay marriages and they are the first country to bring this open mentality to the U.S.”

Although you cannot legally get married on Curacao, the island does offer symbolic wedding ceremonies and vow renewals for same-sex couples. The island even has its own wedding planner that has been assisting symbolic wedding and vow renewal ceremonies for same-sex couples in the last few months, Rojer says.

And other destinations are coming around as well. St. Maarten also offers symbolic ceremonies as well as the French side of St. Martin, which just started to offer symbolic wedding ceremonies for same-sex couples this year, Kate Richardson, director of tourism for St. Martin, told Travel Agent during the recent State of the Industry Conference in Curacao. Symbolic same-sex wedding ceremonies are also common on Aruba.

Also, keep an eye on Antigua and Barbados as both islands are making some great progress in adapting to the LGBT culture. Both islands are slowly popping up on LGBT clients’ radars as they are both beginning to offer wedding ceremonies but they still cannot get legally married.

Author: Joe Pike

Call 216-236-8450 to begin planning your destination wedding or visit www.violetclovertravelgroup.com

 

Featured Destination – Maui

Where the turquoise sea meets miles of beautiful landscape, Maui, Hawaii is a picture perfect paradise.  The island’s unparalleled beauty can be seen throughout the pristine beaches, stunning attractions, and picturesque communities.  So, exquisite is its landscapes, Maui has been featured in Conde Nast Traveler many times as the Best Island.  The Haleakala National Park preserves Maui’s natural habitats such as waterfalls, rivers, and wildlife.  Standing over 10,000 feet, the park’s glorious hills provide magnificent backdrops of sunsets and acres of pastoral and tropical sceneries.  Whether you chose to horseback ride, hike, or drive up the massive slopes, you will truly be amazed by the wonderful sights waiting at the top of the mountainsides.   This is one of the reasons why Maui entices many visitors to its magical ambiance and stunning features.  It is a destination where time seems to stand still and a place where you can truly enjoy the luxuries of life.

Known as the “Magic Isle”, Maui is the second largest island of Hawaii.  It is a cultural island that is filled with adventures and striking sites.  The ocean is a gateway to an underworld of fun.  You can experience a real-life 3D viewing of the many species of tropical marine animals that decorate the sea by snorkeling or swimming with turtles.  Maui’s waters also offer thrilling oceanic views of observing the way humpback whales behave in their natural habitats. For cultural experiences, there are numerous attractions the manifest the island’s heritage. The town of Lahaina is a journey into Maui’s past with preservations of important collections such as the Wo Hing Temple and Hale Paahao.  Kula is the idealistic location to see how Maui produces its famous onions and to smell the sweet aromas coming from the exotic flowers of the botanical gardens. Kula is also home to the lavender farm, coffee and protea farm, and the Holy Ghost Church, which was a reward from Portugal’s royal family to the plantation workers in the late 1800s.

Along the tropical landscapes are trendy shops and boutiques overflowing with Hawaiian souvenirs.   Shop-a-holics will have the time of their lives shopping for genuine “made in Hawaii” merchandise with panoramic views of the majestic backgrounds.  Maui Crafts Guild offers a plethora of handicrafts such as jewelry, woven baskets, and ceramics.  The Whalers Village attracts many visitors with its provisions of trendy shops and restaurants.  The ABC stores also give tourists the opportunity to nourish their journey with authentic products specifically sold in Hawaii.  By night, local bars and restaurants transform into a vibrant social scene.  At the Ka’anapali Beach Hotel tourists are introduced to Hula shows while the pulsating beats of music fill the air.  In addition, local bars provide panoramic views, great music, and Maui’s trademark cocktail and treats.

The culinary feasts of Maui are phenomenal.  Feast your senses on luxurious cuisines made from the island’s ingredients and spices.  Maui’s makes great use of the products that are freshly picked out of the island’s farms, gardens, and waters.  Fish, meats, vegetables, and fruits provide profound aromas and delicacies that will definitely make your mouth water.  Chefs are also masters at preparing international foods influenced by their multicultural visitors.  No matter what you are craving, the dining experience of Maui will please any food connoisseur.

Maui experiences pleasant temperatures throughout the course of a year but the leeward areas are known to be drier than the windward.  During the summer (May-October), the weather averages around the 80s to low 90s.  In the winter (November-April), the temperatures typically fluctuate between the 70s and 80s.

Getting around Maui is pretty convenient.  Travel Plaza Transportation provides tours around Maui’s fascinating sites. The Lahaina-Lanai Ferry is a deluxe form of transportation between Maui and Lanai. Renting a car is also a convenient way to travel at your own pace.  However, the best way to enjoy Maui’s lavish sceneries and ambiance is by taking leisurely strolls along the narrow trails.
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Why not consider Maui for your #DestinationWedding or #Honeymoon? Let #VioletCloverTravelGroup help. Call today 216-236-8450 or visit www.violetclovertravelgroup.com