4 Reasons You Should Plan a Destination Wedding

You can save money AND have choices

Traditional weddings are now averaging about $29,000 or more, which is an amount some couples just aren’t interested in spending. You can save a good amount of money by planning a destination wedding, and you’ll have many different package options and sizes to choose from.

You will be in control

By taking your wedding to a totally different destination than somewhere familiar, like your hometown, allows you the freedom to do and plan what you want. You’ll be less likely to be tied to traditions and rituals and more likely to choose ways to celebrate that are unique to you and your relationship.

Your plans will be simplified

Planning for your honeymoon can take almost as much time and effort as the actual wedding. A destination wedding is the perfect way to do everything all at once, making the planning process easier and less stressful for you.

You’ll enjoy more quality time with your guests

Destination weddings tend to be smaller than traditional ones, so you’ll have more time to be with your guests. An intimate group of family and friends will give you a more quality experience, even if the quantity of guests is smaller.

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.

HOW TO PLAN A FLAWLESS BACHELOR / BACHELORETTE WEEKEND

Saving the date, choosing invitations, making fun decisions with your Destination Wedding Travel Specialist—there’s a lot going on between “Will you” and “I do.” Yet the highlight of the anticipation leading up to your big day, without a doubt, are the bachelor and bachelorette parties. Who doesn’t love a weekend filled with champagne and beer, besties and bros and those scandalous moments that hopefully stay in Vegas?

In the 2,500 years since bachelor parties were invented by Spartan soldiers, it has never been a good idea to throw it the night before the wedding. In fact, there are many dos and don’ts to planning the event.

So heed these pointers carefully, and share with your bridal party, to throw a weekend so epic that even the Kardashians will be jealous of your Instagram feed.

FIND IT

Do you choose a city everyone knows well, one filled with familiar night spots and activities that will add a touch of nostalgia to the weekend? Or do you choose a destination no one has ever been to, infusing the getaway with an element of the unknown? Ask a few probing questions to the bride-to-be to get a sense of where she’s leaning. And always consider how far invitees must travel to the destination you choose.

THEME IT

Choosing a theme gives the weekend a fun, cohesive feel. It can be generic like “sports” while attending several sporting events, or “pampering” and spending time in a spa, or it can be super specific to match the bride or groom’s areas of interests and passions. How about a “Superheroes” weekend where the fellas dress in the color scheme of different characters, or a “Sex in the City”-inspired romp filled with shoe shopping and cosmo drinking?

PLAN IT

This is not the time to wing it. Any successful party, especially one that stretches over several days, needs a schedule of events complete with venue locations. This gives the participants a clear idea of what to expect, what to budget, and more importantly, what to pack. Having a schedule also gives the weekend a sense of momentum as the party continues from one amazing event to the next. However, always leave a little wiggle room in any schedule to encourage organic fun and spontaneous sleeping in.

FILL IT

Every wedding includes people you had to invite to not ruffle any family feathers. Those people should not be included in the bachelor/bachelorette party. Only invite those special people who the couple feels comfortable letting loose with—high-energy peeps who will keep spirits high and the fun ongoing.

ROCK IT

The most important part of an awesome bachelor/ bachelorette party is having the time of your lives. There are no wrongs during the celebration—wear what you want, dance how you want, sing at the top of your lungs and simply own the weekend. The key is to wake up the following day filled with amazing memories and no regrets.

Be careful in how much your group shares via social media. What happens at your bachelor/bachelorette party may need to stay at the party! Give your party a hashtag, so everyone can search and see the pictures!

The Romance Travel Consultants at Violet Clover Travel Group are ready and waiting to help you with your awesome celebration. Contact us today at 216-236-8450 to get started!

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15 Reasons Couples Should Go On Vacation Instead of Buying Stuff

If your boyfriend, girlfriend or spouse has a birthday coming up, your anniversary is near or you want to plan the perfect holiday surprise, you should consider using your money to fund a vacation instead of buying a gift item.

Here are 15 excellent reasons why it’s better for couples to go on vacation than buy each other stuff:
1. People who collect experiences are happier than those who collect things
“That’s in part because the initial joy of acquiring a new object, such as a new car, fades over time as people become accustomed to seeing it every day, experts said. Experiences, on the other hand, continue to provide happiness through memories long after the event occurred,” according to CNN. The New York Times says, “Our own recent research shows that in addition to buying more experiences, you’re better served in many cases by simply buying less — and buying for others.”
2. You can see the world
It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and never leave your hometown, but there’s no way to experience the world like travel. It’s like TV come to life!
3. You can visit family or friends
Why not go meet your 81-year-old Aunt Gracie in Ireland? You only live once — and she won’t be here much longer! Hop to it! It will likely be a life-changing experience for everyone involved.
4. Travel is educational
You can read about the history of the world all you like, but to truly understand it, you have to travel to the places history has touched. Which is to say as many places as possible! Once you develop a curiosity for the world, you’ll only want to travel more, learn more and understand more. It’ll make you and your relationship more interesting.
5. It can be cheaper
For the price of two iPads you can go abroad! Why not?
6. It puts you in touch with nature
Vacations don’t have to be to far off places and they don’t have to be expensive or long, either. A weekend in the nearest natural setting will work wonders for your mental health and your feeling of connection to the earth and to each other.
7. You can take time away from the kids
Sometimes you just need a chance to relax and unwind without the kids around. A few days at a seaside B&B will make you better parents!
8. Or you can bond with the kids!
Then again, family vacations can be a blast, too. Your kids will certainly thank you for a fun weekend at the water park!
9. You often do things on vacation you wouldn’t otherwise.
Physical activities like skiing, hiking or snorkeling are bonding exercises for you as a couple. The pride you’ll feel after having tried something new together will give your relationship a boost.
10. Learning about other cultures and ways of life helps you appreciate your own life
I visited Europe several times with my husband while we were married, and as much as I loved it there, it also made me appreciate the things I love about being American, too.
11. Sleeping in a hotel makes you happy to come home to your own bed
Hotel beds are great! But they make your own bed an even more welcome sight when you get home.
12. Your relationship grows on vacation in a way that it can’t at home
Working together to navigate a strange place, having time to just relax and chat, exploring new cultures and ideas … vacations provide lots of opportunities for relationship growth. They can also test the strength of a rocky relationship, too! So try to pre-plan your vacation at least a little bit to avoid fighting and maximize your enjoyment.
13. You’re making a lasting memory
You’ll never forget the time you went swimming with dolphins or sipped umbrella drinks on that perfect beach. In fact, your vacation memories will likely sweeten with time.
14. Your home will remain less cluttered
Who needs more “stuff” cluttering up their house? Playing with gadgets can be fun, but not as fun as real-life adventure!
15. It’s fun!
Bottom line: vacations put people in a good mood. Traveling lets you de-stress and get back to the basics of enjoying each other and all of the good things life has to offer. Here’s to your next trip!
written by: Carolyn Castiglia
Call Tiffany at 216-236-8450 or visit www.violetclovertravelgroup.com to book your next romantic getaway!