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.

Why are destination weddings so popular?

Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments in a person’s life. But now the thought of planning your wedding leave you feeling overwhelmed? Good news—we are here to help! Have you considered a destination wedding? It can be a great alternative to a traditional, hometown wedding, and here’s why...

NEUTRAL TERRITORY – Most couples today don’t live in the town they grew up in. You left the nest when you attended college out of state, then graduated and moved to another place to start your career. And on top of that, all your college friends moved across the country, our fiancé’s parents live on the coast, and your parents and siblings are spread out over the globe. Having a destination wedding can bring these people together in one location, that is neutral territory, for all to celebrate your big day.

YOUR MONEY GOES FARTHER – Have you seen how much a traditional wedding costs today? The average wedding in the U.S. runs $26,000, rising as high as $60,000 in larger cities! Gone are the days of running off to a Las Vegas wedding chapel with Elvis as your officiant! The good news is that destination weddings offer an attractive, affordable option.

YOU WANT FIREWORKS AND FIRE DANCERS? – Brides want what they want. It used to be that you had to choose pre-packaged wedding bundles, but today your destination wedding can be completely customized to your desires. The Romance Travel Specialists at Violet Clover Travel Group can work with you and your chosen resort’s on-site wedding planner to customize your wedding. From fire dancers, to mariachi bands, color coordinated linens and flowers, fireworks and more!

96 HOUR RECEPTION – A destination wedding is a great way to celebrate with friends and family for more than just two hours at the reception. Many couples often say that once the wedding day is over, that they wish it could have lasted longer. With a destination wedding, you and your guests can celebrate for multiple days and enjoy a vacation as well.

THERE IS A PLACE FOR EVERYONE – Finding the perfect resort for your destination wedding is easier than ever. From adults-only to family-friendly, there are styles to fit every couple and their guests. Many resort chains have multiple properties in one destination, allowing you to hold the ceremony at one upscale resort while your guests stay at other properties to accommodate various budgets and needs.

EXCITING INCENTIVES – Many resorts offer a test drive pre-wedding visit for couples considering a destination wedding to see the resort and wedding décor options, speak with the on-site wedding photographer, or pick out the reception menu. Plus, many resorts offer incentives and credits for the wedding couple and for each guest who attends.

RESORTS HAVE ON-SITE WEDDING PLANNERS – If the resort you are booking offers destination wedding packages, then they are sure to have a wedding planner on-site. These specialists will meet with you upon arrival to finalize any details you have yet to complete as well as arrange the necessary legal documents. Your wedding planner will take the time to verify your plans, show you the venues, and be there each step of the way on your special days.

PICTURE PERFECT LOCATIONS – If you have dreamt of exchanging your vows on a white sandy beach overlooking turquoise blue waters, or perhaps a vineyard setting in Tuscany, destination weddings offer the opportunity for you to have the world as your backdrop. Work with your travel agent to determine what location is ideal for you and your finance.

Contact the Romance Travel Specialists at Violet Clover Travel Group to find the perfect destination wedding for you!

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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Destination Wedding Checklist

Have you been considering a destination wedding, but you're not exactly sure of what you should be doing when? Well we have found the answers for you. Take a look at the Destination Wedding Checklist created by Destination Bliss....

A destination wedding is a magical way to celebrate the biggest day of your life. We have created a checklist to help you navigate the planning process.

18 MONTHS FROM WEDDING

WHAT INSPIRES YOU AND YOUR FIANCÉ? A favorite movie, an amazing photo spread, or a special vacation spot you have shared? Put a list together, add some photos and bring it to your appointment with your travel agent

12 MONTHS FROM WEDDING

BRING YOUR INSPIRATION LIST WITH SOME PHOTOS TO SHARE WITH YOUR TRAVEL AGENT so you can start planning!

Also, consider the following:

  • EXPLORE DESTINATIONS
  • DO A SITE VISIT
  • CONSIDER CEREMONY LOCATION
  • BUY YOUR DRESS
  • SET A BUDGET
  • ACQUIRE TRAVEL DOCUMENTS Ask your travel agent what you need to bring along
  • WEDDING LICENSE clarify which steps need to be taken in order to get married outside of the U.S. as some countries require you be to there so many days prior to the nuptials.
  • CONFIRM YOUR WEDDING DATE, TIME, AND LOCATION
  • MAKE SURE YOUR PASSPORT IS VALID
  • SEND UT YOUR SAVE THE DATES CARDS

6 MONTHS FROM WEDDING

  • CONFIRM YOUR TRAVEL PLANS WITH A DEPOSIT
  • SEND OUT INVITATIONS TO GUESTS

3 MONTHS FROM WEDDING

  • CREATE A HONEYMOON AND WEDDING REGISTRY
  • CONFIRM DETAILS WITH YOUR VENDORS. Speak to your wedding planner at the resort to be sure all of the details are complete. And get everything in writing.
  • BUY GROOM’S ATTIRE When looking for your groom’s attire for a destination wedding, be sure to think about location temperature and color.

1-2 MONTHS FROM WEDDING

BOOK EXCURSIONS & SPECIAL AMENITIES

  • Consider booking a surprise for your spouse, like a couple’s massage.
  • How about special requests upon arrival at your hotel for you and your guests?
  • Make arrangements for pre-wedding events/ activities for your guests, such as excursions, a welcome reception, and a rehearsal dinner.
  • Assemble and ship welcome bags for your guests or arrange with your resort to provide.
  • Have your gown fitting
  • Write your vows and choose the readings for your ceremony.
  • Check-in with you travel agent to ensure hotel reservations for your guests have been completed.

1 WEEK FROM WEDDING

START PACKING – Don’t forget to:

  • Pack your wedding attire as a carry-on for the plane, as your flight attendant will put it away for safe keeping, until you arrive at your destination
  • Print your travel itinerary and an agenda to hand out to your guests upon arrival.
  • Grab your prescriptions, chargers for your electronics, sunscreen, snacks, treats, and entertainment for the airplane ride, and cameras that are charged and ready to go!
  • Surprise your spouse with a special gift, perhaps some wedding night attire

UPON ARRIVAL AT DESTINATION

  • Meet with the wedding planner on site.
    • Inspect ceremony and reception sites
    • Confirm details with your ceremony officiant.
    • Confirm delivery time of flowers.
    • Make an appointment to have your hair and make-up done. Bring photos to help show what you are looking to do.
    • Have your dress pressed/steamed
  • Apply for a marriage license.
  • If your destination requires an on-site blood test, make arrangements to have them done.

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Destination Wedding Planning, You Are Not Alone

As you’re probably already seeing, planning a wedding is like a full-time job. There are definitely some fun parts to it, but if you’re working or going to school or busy with family, the whole process can get overwhelming in a hurry.

I want to let you know: you don’t have to go through the process of planning a wedding and honeymoon alone. You don't have to plan a huge romantic getaway on your own, as well as studying or going to your job or doing all the other things that require your time and attention.

I know the feeling. I’ve been there. I know you worry about the cost of the honeymoon, and you have very real time constraints in your life. I hear you loud and clear. And you don’t have to struggle with planning this honeymoon or destination wedding alone.

I am here to help, and here’s why:

1.    I know what goes into planning all this out, because I’ve done it myself, personally and professionally. As a travel expert, I have planned hundreds of destination weddings, honeymoons and vacations. I have a robust network of contacts at different resorts and destinations. This allows me to be your point person, to accommodate special requests, to troubleshoot the nitpicky stuff — so you don’t have to.

2.    I love what I do. I love to help other couples who are in the same position I was. I am passionate about travel and sharing it with others, because I see how it brings people closer together and how it opens us up to beautiful, expansive experiences.

3.    My Integrity and experience. I’ve been a travel expert for years, and I believe in being straightforward and transparent with my suggestions. I respect your budget, and that means I will not upsell you or suggest something that is not a good fit for you.

4.    I help you make sense of it all. Based on your personality and needs/wants for your honeymoon, I give you custom-tailored options. Every resort is different; they all cater to a different clientele, and they all have a different vibe. My team and I take this process seriously. One of us has already been to each resort, scoped it out, taken detailed notes, made connections — and that means I can tell you with confidence, which one is a good fit for you.

5.    I will not cost you more. I get paid from the suppliers I work with, not you.

Your honeymoon or destination wedding is more than a vacation. It should be intimate, thoughtfully-planned, filed with romantic details that make you feel pampered, relaxed, and totally taken care of. More than just memorable, it should be magical!

If you’re ready to let go of the stress of trying to Do It All, let’s work together!

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Why not have a cruise ship wedding?

Spring has arrived and the weather warming up, so clients are beginning to look for different options and destinations to tie the knot. Cruise ship weddings provide an ideal opportunity for couples hoping to celebrate that special day either on the ocean or at an exotic port of call.

More than 2,600 couples each year exchange their vows on Carnival Cruise Line ships, and this year the line has completely revamped its wedding program, with upgraded amenities and new choices for flower arrangements, decorations and photography, as well as new culinary selections and a greater variety of on-island ceremonies. Some of the destinations include Grand Turk and Freeport, complementing Barbados, Grand Cayman, St. Thomas and the private Bahamian island of Half Moon Cay. The “Just You & Me” package provides a ceremony for up to eight people starting at $1,355 and includes a bouquet and boutonniere, tiered wedding cake with keepsake wedding topper, photography service, champagne toast with keepsake flutes and an officiant (couples are also welcome to bring their own clergy).

There are also packages which can cater to larger groups, such as the “Time to Celebrate…Big!” program, which can cater to up to 20 guests and starts at $1,975. All of the amenities of the Just You & Me package are included, along with a one-and-a-half-hour reception, open bar, a selection of hot & cold hors d’ oeuvres and a custom-designed ice carving.

Holland America Line is also offering a variety of wedding services this season, as well as packages for anniversaries and vow renewals. Wedding cruise itineraries include a personalized ceremony with wedding coordinator services, flowers, cake, champagne, a photo album and a keepsake wedding certificate. Photography, music, receptions and pampering appointments can also be added to customize wedding cruise packages.

The programs are available on multiple ships in Holland America Line’s fleet and start at $999 for a simple ceremony for two for North America and Caribbean sailings, or $2,999 for European sailings.

Princess Cruises creates three different wedding itineraries for couples with varying styles. The first package is ideal for couples looking to tie the knot at sea, with a ceremony set in either the chapel or library, depending on the ship. The legal ceremony is performed by the captain, and the package includes a one dozen rose bouquet, boutonniere, 9-inch single layer wedding cake, a bottle of sparkling wine, two Princess logo champagne flutes and a keepsake wedding certificate.

There is also a program designed to cater to couples who may have non-sailing guests, with similar offerings as the sailing package. The ceremony is performed by a local officiant at the specific port of call. For guests looking to take the celebration ashore, there is also an itinerary that includes a beach, garden or glacier ceremony (depending on the port of call), bridal bouquet, boutonniere, specialty cake for two, a bottle of sparkling wine and a keepsake wedding certificate.

Tip: After the initial celebration is over, Princess Cruises also offers a new Honeymoon Wishes Registry, providing a way for friends and family to give newlyweds the gift of personal contributions to cruise fare, beverages, spa treatments, added shore excursions, and photographs.

Royal Caribbean has three different wedding packages for couples to select from, based on their personal preferences. The line’s “Royal Proposals Package” includes a personal event planner, day-of-event coordinator, and sets up a private location of the guests’ choosing. A photography service is optional.

Clients looking for a bit more of a lavish celebration can opt for the “Ultimate Love Story Wedding Package“, complete with priority check-in with pier-to-ship escort for the couple and all guests, a private wedding venue, officiant, photographer, three-tier wedding cake and musical accompaniment. The couple will also enjoy a bottle of Moet & Chandon Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries and a decorated honeymoon room, among other amenities.

For guests looking to say their vows in a more private setting, the “Just Us” package is ideal. There’s nothing extravagant or over the top with this program, which includes a simple private venue, non-denominational wedding officiant, keepsake wedding certificate, photography service, a bottle of Moet & Chandon and a mimosa breakfast-in-bed for any morning of the couple’s choosing.

Good to know: These packages charge an additional fee for photography service.

Norwegian Cruise Line offers up a variety of wedding packages for that special day. Wedding celebrations can be created on multiple ships sailing through for the Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda, Hawaii, Alaska, or Europe.

Ceremonies can be celebrated with just the couple, or with friends and family, and the line’s wedding planners can also design for vow renewals and set up a honeymoon registry. Wedding photography packages, flower bouquets and boutonnieres, wedding cake choices and enhancements and décor can all be customized to the couple’s preferences. In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line also offers special group cruise discounts for guests booking eight or more staterooms for the ceremony.

Originally posted at: Travel Agent Central written by By Michelle Krol | March 23, 2016

For more information about any of these packages, contact Tiffany at 216-236-8450 or visit violetclovertravelgroup.com/contact.html

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