The world is your altar
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Want to combine your wedding with a dream vacation? Dreaming of a less-stressful wedding planning experience? We are here to take all the planning off your shoulders so you can just show up, get pretty and say I DO!
Here are five practical and personal reasons to wed away.
‘Destination weddings are a perfect way to elope with just the two of you or bring friends and family and make it an awesome group vacation to celebrate your union. The unique and creative options are endless with a destination wedding. You can have fire dancers on the beach at your reception. You can have a pig roast for dinner. You can have a cocktail hour by the rooftop pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Now, tell me where you can do all of those things in the Midwest?
Today, the idea of “eloping” has shed its stigma and a growing number of couples are hightailing it away from the traditional formal affair to a casual, intimate occasion in their dream honeymoon spot. The bonus? The just-marrieds can take a second week to disappear on their own and enjoy a honeymoon. The reception is often included at the resort wedding but ALSO it is totally appropriate to have a big party when the couple returns home. I mean, saying I do on the beach, partying with your closest peeps at disco, honeymoonin’ in paradise AND then having a shindig when you get back…no wonder destination wedding popularity is growing like crazy! Pretty awesome, right?!
- They’re Virtually Stress-Free
Plans in Paradise is not only a travel agency; we also are a wedding planning agency so we literally take care of all the wedding and travel planning for you! Our Destination Wedding Planning Specialist will help you from picking where, to taking care of all of the back and forth with the resort, to coordinating all of the travel plans for you and your guests. We literally make it so you just show up, get pretty and say I DO!
Destination weddings are almost guaranteed to be simpler (and faster!) to plan than a traditional wedding and reception. Tourist boards are jumping on the bandwagon, with brochures highlighting all of their beautiful ceremony sites and governments are working to ease restrictions and attract to-be-weds.
Honeymoon-happy resorts and cruise lines around the world have made it easier and more appealing to wed on-site. They have full-time wedding coordinators on staff who are familiar with that country’s marriage license requirements and who offer wedding packages that take care of all your ceremony essentials (photographer, cake, minister, etc.). You step off the plane and sign the papers; they take care of the rest.
If you’re not getting married at a resort, you can still hire our Destination Wedding Planning Specialists who will still do all the work of coordinating the where, the how, the design and all of the coordinating travel pieces. Again, you just show up, get pretty and say I DO!
- They’re Cost Effective
The affordability of a destination wedding has many couples speeding off to the airport faster than you can say “I do.” For instance, a couple can fly to an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica, get married, and stay for a deluxe weeklong honeymoon for a few thousand dollars, including lodging, meals, drinks, and airfare. Compare that with your average 150-guest wedding costing about $28,000 — which can easily skyrocket to more than $100,000 in big cities — plus a few extra thousand for a honeymoon. To ease the financial burden, many couples opt to travel to a place where they can get married, have a honeymoon, and still have some money left over to start their new lives together.
Guests are more apt to attend a destination wedding as they view it as a vacation as well. Our Destination Wedding Planning Specialists will help you determine a location and resort that offers reasonable travel pricing for your guests so the likelihood that Joe and his family of 6 can come, increases.
- You Call The Shots
While formal weddings hold meaning for many couples, linking them to the traditions of their ancestors and culture, others want the experience to be unique, with a ceremony and location that reflect their true colors. Perhaps a safari wedding? A snowy mountain-peak ceremony? A cruiseship wedding? The world is your altar.
- They’re Simply Perfect for Second Marriages
Been-there-done-that couples who are getting married for the second or third time choose destination weddings because they’re simple and private. Either the bride and/or groom have done the Hollywood-scale production before and want something quieter or less expensive this time around, or they want to be someplace out of the ordinary, without the watchful eyes and whispers of the hometown crowd. (Get married at a kid-friendly, all-inclusive resort or cruise to help your new Brady Bunch do some solid bonding.)
- They’re a Once-in-a-Lifetime Reunion Opportunity
At a typical wedding, you’re on the run, meeting and greeting. Destination weddings are on vacation time. You’re usually required to arrive a few days early to fill out the paperwork, so by the time your wedding rolls around, you’ve had two to three days of fun with your significant other, family, and friends. How often do you have the opportunity to spend no-rush quality playtime with dear, far-flung friends? This is your chance.
The world is truly your altar!
Let a Destination Wedding an Honeymoon Specialist at Plans in Paradise LLC. help you plan the most important and intimate trip of your life!
Top Destination Wedding Locations
- Las Vegas
- Dominican Republic
- Costa Rica
- Disney World/Disneyland
Top Destination Wedding Resorts
- The Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada
- The Fairmont Kea Lani, Maui, Hawaii
- Tranquility Bay Beach Resort, Marathon, Florida
- Hard Rock Cancun, Cancun, Mexico
- Royalton Negril, Negril, Jamaica
- Dreams Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Riu Palace Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas
- Dreams Las Mareas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
- Grand Floridian at Disney World or the Disneyland Hotel at Disneyland
- Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines (marriage at sea)
Top Honeymoon Destinations
- Dominican Republic
- Turks and Caicos
- St Lucia
- Costa Rica
Not sure where to start with planning a honeymoon? Need some direction with the many advertisements being pushed on you? Start early and give it a lot of thought and you can have an incredibly special and memorable vacation. Ask your newlywed friends for advice and you will surely see the benefit. We’ve broken the process into 8 planning steps to make it easy to follow.
- Talk to Recent Honeymooners
Firsthand feedback can be the most reliable source of suggestions and information. Also, check out our Facebook page for first hand inspiration from previous honeymooners. We have an extensive collection of photo albums from trips all over the world!
- Consult a Honeymoon Expert at Plans in Paradise
As industry insiders, they can give you advice (such as the best exchange rate is usually at an ATM at your destination) and get you special deals (like upgraded rooms for uber cheap). Leaving the logistics up to an expert means all you have to worry about is picking up your travel documents and packing. Oh yeah…and enjoying paradise!
- Scope Out the Weather
To get a sense of what the climate might be like on your honeymoon, visit a site like weatherbase.com, where you can look up your destination’s average high and low temperatures, rainfall amounts and even humidity levels by month. The Honeymoon Planner on weather.com is also useful for tips on when to go, what weather to expect and what to pack.
- Don’t Wait to Book Activities
Avoid waiting three hours to get into the Uffizi Gallery in Florence or missing out on a shark feeding in Bora Bora by planning in advance. Excursions that are unique to your honeymoon locale can sell out and popular restaurants can get booked up, so make your arrangements around the same time you reserve your resort package.
- Set Up Spa Appointments in Advance
Over the last decade, more and more couples have been incorporating spa treatments into their honeymoons. Make sure you don’t miss out: Ask your agent for a menu of spa services and schedule yours as soon as you can. Also, find out if any extras come with your treatment—you may be entitled to a workout in the fitness center, a session in the sauna or a soak in the hot tub.
- Don’t Overschedule Your First Few Days
You’ll want time to kick back and decompress. But, having said that, if you’re going to a location where you’ll be up early anyway because of the time difference, book morning activities (such as snorkeling trips, bike tours and surfing lessons) for your first or second day. Otherwise, a poolside brunch and an afternoon massage might be just what you need to battle your jet lag.
- Stay at Least Three Nights in Each Place
For itineraries that include more than one stop (such as island-hopping trips in Hawaii or French Polynesia), staying three nights at each locale gives you just enough time to “settle in, relax and see some sights.” If you are only going to one location for your honeymoon, our professional recommendation is to spend a minimum of 4 nights; 7-10 is ideal though so you can truly be immersed into the experiences and culture of your destination.
- Start Racking Up Frequent-Flier Miles Now
Extra miles mean extra upgrades, so accumulate as many as possible. Charge wedding expenses to a credit card with a mileage program, buy miles directly from the airline (prices vary, but 1,000 miles cost around $30 plus taxes and fees), and spread the word that you’re in need of miles—perhaps friends or family will give you theirs as a gift.
The honeymoon registry is a unique idea to help couples create, and pay for, the ultimate vacation. As most brides and grooms know, the perfect wedding often requires a large budget, so honeymoon expenses are an important consideration. However, if you’re not ready yet to give up the idea of toasting each other with expensive champagne from a balcony overlooking some exotic locale, the honeymoon registry will allow you to choose an entirely customized vacation to begin your life together-and it could all be paid for in advance, a gift from friends and loved ones.
Plans in Paradise LLC will need the following information, once you have booked your honeymoon with us:
- Bridal couples first and last name
- Address, home phone number, email address
- Wedding date
Call us at: 563-613-0081 and ask for a Honeymoon Specialist.
Once we receive the above information, your Registry will be created and a Honeymoon Specialist will be assigned to assist you with all your Honeymoon needs.
If you should require cards for your invitations, advise us the number of cards needed and we will send them to you. (50 are included, additional can be purchased)
By your wedding date, gifts that were made to your Honeymoon Registry will be documented and sent to you so that you may start your thank you cards.
Your friends and family will receive a receipt for their contribution or an insert that they can put with their gift/card for your big day.
Final payments are due to the Tour/Cruise Line 45-60 days prior to departure. Any money on your account will be applied at that time.
If you should receive gifts after final payment has been made we will still accept them. We will close out your Honeymoon Registry one week prior to departure and send you a check to use while on your Honeymoon.
If you would like to open a registry, but have not decided what package you would be interested in, you may open your honeymoon registry with a $250 deposit that will go completely towards the cost of your honeymoon package.
Should you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our wedding division at email@example.com