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3 To Die For Locations For Your Destination Wedding

| October 14th, 2014 | No Comments »

Destination wedding planning is an adventure that can take couples on a virtual tour around the world as they seek out the best, most beautiful places to say their vows. When it comes to topnotch resorts with romantic settings and accommodations that will make any included guests swoon, the options, however, can overwhelm. The truth is there are some amazing spots to create memories that last in just about every corner of the world.

If world-class pampering, exceptional service, ceremonies that delight and settings that are simply breathtaking all matter, some destinations are simply better than others. Here are just a few of our favorite picks for those just starting their destination wedding planning:

  • Secrets Maroma – This adults-only beach resort is located right on the beautiful blue waters in Cancun, Mexico. Surrounded by waters and lush, tropical vegetation, it’s a paradise travelers the world over come to explore. The resort features world-class dining, views that are simply stunning and more amenities than any couple could possibly explore in a single stay. Wedding packages here include a seaside ceremony and reception on the private beach and a reception of choice. Couples can choose a ballroom reception, beachside or terrace location. Not overlooking a single detail, staff ensures everything is picture perfect for its happy couples. From flowers for the ceremonial gazebo to beautiful white chairs lined up on the beach for guests, the décor is sure to please.
  • El Dorado Royale – Facing the stunning waters of the Mexican Caribbean, this adults-only spa resort has received international accolades for its setting, services, food and on-site weddings. Located in the Riviera Maya, the resort boasts 478 suites that are all luxury appointed and just right for romance. Couples who choose this destination for their big days will be treated to assistance from signature wedding designers who help make sure every detail is perfect right down to the gourmet food included in the offered wedding packages.
  • Azul Beach – This boutique family resort features a private beach, pools, restaurants, bars and an all-lobster menu, along with 24-hour room service. Also located in the Cancun area, this is the perfect destination for couples who want to bring their families along to witness the big day. Weddings here are major productions that get the full attention of staff. With all-inclusive pricing, gourmet food, stunning beach-side settings, this resort ensures a day couples will cherish forever.

Ready to start your destination wedding planning by picking a location? Be sure to consult with our destination wedding experts to get all the details on the world’s best resorts.

The Best Way to Score Honeymoon Perks & Upgrades

| October 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

 

Once you walk down that aisle, say your vows and celebrate with friends and family, chances are you and your honey want to be swept away to a romantic destination to celebrate your first days of wedded bliss together in style. The world’s best resorts make it happen by offering honeymooners all kinds of special touches, but there are some tricks that go along with obtaining the royal treatment at your resort of choice.

If you don’t know how to make sure those honeymoon amenities are part of the package, chances are you won’t get them. So, just what type of special treatment and surprises can you expect on your honeymoon?

Packages for honeymooner can vary from resort to resort, but the best offer some basics that just make checking in and getting comfortable a whole lot more romantic. Special touches, such as chilled champagne or wine, are common. A turndown service that includes laying out flower petals on the bed isn’t out of the ordinary. Neither is being treated to a breakfast in bed courtesy of the resort. Other romantic touches might include couples’ massages, a special outing, welcome gifts, fruit baskets, candlelit dinners for two, late check outs, T-shirts, flower arrangements and so much more.

So, how can you make sure you get the very best? Make sure to follow these honeymoon planning tips:

  • Ask your travel consultant – Most all-inclusive resorts offer special touches as add-ons, but the rules vary greatly by resort. Some resorts even offer different levels of honeymoon packages, but almost all require that you’re in a certain room category, for a select number of nights. Your honeymoon pro will know which rooms will offer you the most bang for your buck.
  • Bring the right documents: Most resorts will require some kind of verification that you’re really on your honeymoon, such as a marriage certificate. And many require that you check in within 30 days of your wedding date. Keep this in mind if you’ve decided to delay your honeymoon due to school or work schedules.
  • If you’ve got a special request – Resort honeymoon amenities don’t necessarily have to be on the menu. If you want to, for example, have your sweetie’s favorite dessert delivered to the room from a local eatery, work with the concierge to make it so. The best resorts will go above and beyond to accommodate requests within reason.

 

The perfect honeymoon starts with careful planning. Work with your travel advisor to unlock all the resort honeymoon amenities you and your sweetheart think will make your trip even more special.

Fabulous Honeymoon Ideas For Foodies & Picky Eaters

| September 19th, 2014 | No Comments »

Your honeymoon is an adventure that’s meant to create memories to last a lifetime. If you happen to be a foodie and your sweetheart is just plain picky, however, choosing the ideal location can prove quite problematic. While you might enjoy hitting the five-star restaurants of Paris or Rome, your honey would probably be happier eating meat and potatoes at a local diner.

Is there a way to compromise so you both have the time of your life while ensuring you also get to dine in the style you love the most? Absolutely!

Here are just a few ideas that can help ensure you can have your cake and eat it, too, so to say:

  • Go on a cruise – Whether it’s the rivers of Europe, the Caribbean, Alaska or an escape to the Greek isles, cruises are a perfect solution in this type of scenario. Onboard some of the best cruises you’ll find plenty of gourmet eats served up 24/7. Your picky honey will also discover that the constant buffets deliver lots of choices that include plain old meat and potatoes if that’s what is preferred. What is even better is that cruises are inherently romantic and the port of calls in high demand. That means your picky eater will be happy and you can both have the romantic adventure you’ve always dreamed of while still dining in style.
  • Think all-inclusive – Some of the best honeymoon resorts in the world happen to be all-inclusive. That means food and oftentimes drinks go along with the price of the stay. While not always, that also means that dining is available at guests’ whims. When that is the case, your picky eater can dine on dishes that suit while gourmet cuisine worthy of five-star status will be available when it’s desired. All-inclusive resorts are found in just about every major travel destination in the world, too. That means you can plan your dream honeymoon without having to compromise on the destination.

Should you discover that an all-inclusive resort or cruise just doesn’t quite suit your style, there are still options available. Consult your honeymoon travel advisor for ideas on where dine in the location you prefer. Perhaps try picking a great destination for foodie honeymoons and getting a few suggestions for places to dine that offer the best of both worlds.

Ready to book your dream honeymoon? Be sure to reach out to your travel consultant for ideas on where to go, where to stay and almost as importantly where to eat!

 

photo: ©iStock.com/kiuikson

Sunburn? Stuck in the loo? Here’s some tips for tackling those less glamorous honeymoon issues.

| September 16th, 2014 | No Comments »

Your honeymoon is your first adventure together as a married couple. You want everything from start to finish perfect; seeped with enough romance to last a lifetime. Chances are it will be right up until it’s not.

Face it: Perfection is for scripted romance movies. You and your honey are humans and that means it’s pretty likely a few snafus will arise no matter how hard you try to avoid them. It’s how you handle those little mishaps that determines whether you’ll look back on your honeymoon with stars in your eyes or a preference to forgot the whole thing.

Here are some honeymoon travel tips “they” probably haven’t told you about that can help you avoid (or handle) some of the most common mishaps:

Feeling Soggy

If your honeymoon is taking place in a sunny destination, chances are swimming is on the agenda. That also means you and your sweetie are going to be soggy messes, or at least your bathing suits will be. To avoid the awkwardness that goes with trying to get into suits that just haven’t dried out, be sure to bring at least two. That way one can always be hung out to dry thoroughly while you enjoy the sun and surf in the other.

Sunburns and Dehydration

Noting can sideline romance quite as quickly as a burn or a case of dehydration. Be sure to wear lots of sunscreen (and reapply it frequently). Also, limit time in direct sunlight and consider covering up a bit when you can. Drink plenty of fluids to avoid the blah feeling and fatigue that go along with dehydration. When it comes to sunburns and dehydration, an ounce of prevention is really worth a pound of cure. Plus, you’ll look a whole lot sexier for those romantic nights if you’re not burned from head to toe!

‘Loo’ming Problems

It’s uncomfortable and no one likes to talk about it, but the truth is vacations and digestive issues do seem to go hand-in-hand. Your honeymoon isn’t likely to be an exception to that rule. After all, you’ll probably indulge on some rather rich foods and drinks. Add to that you’re going to be far from the comfort of your own loo and the privacy you’re accustomed to.

So, how can you avoid those uncomfortable, frequent trips to the loo? Exercise a little common sense and do your body and your honey a favor by trying to eat healthy, balanced meals most of the time. Drink lots of water and be sure not to overindulge on new cuisine or overly rich dishes until you’re sure your body will react kindly. All that isn’t to say you shouldn’t have fun or try new things, just take it slow. It’s also a good idea to bring along some digestive aids … just in case.

Follow some commonsense honeymoon travel tips and your time away will be as perfect as it can possibly be. To find out more about booking your dream getaway, just reach out to one of our honeymoon travel advisors for a free consultation.

 

Photo: ©iStock.com/jcarillet

El Dorado Royale Casitas Review

| September 9th, 2014 | No Comments »

 

Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
El Dorado Casitas Royale
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
9
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
The service and amenities of the resort were amazing. We were very pleased with the room and the anniversary package was beyond our expectations! Definitely one of our favorite resorts and best trips yet!
Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
No major issues at all and anything that arose was handled quickly. The did not push you to try to “sell” you on any upgrades and were extremely easy to work with.
Which of our consultants did you work with?
Laura
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
10
Would you recommend our services to others?
Absolutely!
Your Name
Gina & Jason

Secrets Silversands Destination Wedding

| September 8th, 2014 | No Comments »
Name of hotel, resort, or cruise ship
  Secrets Silversands Cancun MX
One a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate your trip
  10
What was your favorite thing about the trip?
  Enjoyed everything of everyday, a wonderful vacation, would recommend Secrets Silversands to everyone ..
Were there any service issues we should be aware of?
  not to my knowledge
Which of our consultants did you work with?
  Laura
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate the service you received from your consultant?
  10
Would you recommend our services to others?
  Absolutely!
Reason for your response
  Laura was a first class act .. I called here several times and she PROMPTLY called me back and answered ALL my questtions, absolutely stress-free .. no hassel .. very professional !!
Your Name
  Lee Westerheide

Groomsmen Gift Solutions for your Destination Wedding

| August 20th, 2014 | No Comments »

By Claire Paniccia

 

For a destination wedding, groomsmen gifts can get a bit complicated. After all, your groomsmen will need to be able to bring them back home with them in their luggage, maybe even a carry on. That nixes personalized pen knives, razor sets, or that awesome home beer brewing kit. So what’s a groom to do? pursuit3 According to Nate DeMars, founder of Pursuit, a local Columbus suit shop, many of the grooms they work with opt to pay for a chunk of the suit they have their groomsmen wearing. “It’s a practical gift that makes being in their wedding not as much of a financial commitment,” he says. For destination weddings that Pursuit has worked with, rather than the cotton or linen suit (common for beach weddings), grooms have their men wearing colored suits, like bright blue, or light grey suits, or colored shirts that fit the beach motif. These may still be specific to the wedding, but are definitely more flexible for use than a linen suit. This way, when everyone goes home a little tanner, they can still wear the suit they bought in an everyday setting. Other grooms opt to purchase everyone fun accessories. Pursuit has several styles of ties and bow ties as well as pocket squares. DeMars mentions a coral linen bow tie that might work in a beach wedding. Perhaps most zany, though, are the Happy Socks. “Almost every wedding party we do does Happy Socks. It’s a fun thing they can do that may not be as noticeable while they’re up on the altar,” says DeMars. He also suggests the groom bring the whole box of the socks or pocket squares so no one forgets. “I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how receptive the groomsmen are. We teach a lot of them to tie a bow tie for the first time. They wear funky socks for the first time,” says DeMars. “It’s a fun part of the process.” Interested in checking out Pursuit’s fit-cut suits or Happy Socks? Check them out at Pursuityourself.com and contact us here at Bliss Honeymoons for your free Groom’s Guide to Honeymoon Planning.

How To Hide Your Adult Toys From Airport Security

| August 5th, 2014 | No Comments »

If you’re getting ready to head out for your honeymoon or romantic get-away, maybe you’re thinking about bringing something along to spice things up a bit. But, the last thing you want is to have that mortifying moment at airport security when your favorite toy pops up in the x-ray, or even worse, when some overzealous security person whips it out of you bag! So we’ve scoured the internet to find some fantastic travel friendly toys!

Go Incognito: A lot of adult toys were made to look like something else. The ever popular lipstick vibrator looks like a tube of lipstick, and will easily get through security without raising any eyebrows. You can find this along with other discrete toys over at Condommania.com .  If you’re looking for something really different and willing to spend a few extra dollars, the “Make Me Over” offered by Bedroom Kandi looks like a press powder compact and even comes with its’ own charger.

Lingerie:  Girls of all shapes and sizes deserve to look sexy! Lingerie company Adore Me really nails it with affordable lingerie for everyone. Their Beautiful Bride Collection offers something to take you from the engagement party all the way through the big day.  And of course lingerie will easily pass through airport security without anyone thinking anything of it.

Bottle swap: You don’t have to look further than your local drug store to find an interesting assortment of enhancement lubes. You could easily put the contents into a multi-use travel bottle and pass it off as shampoo. Just remember the rule for liquids and gels-3oz or less! Just because security is tight doesn’t mean you can’t bring along something scandalous. Just channel your inner sexy secret agent! If you get creative about how you pack by using some of these suggestions and maybe coming up with some of your own solutions, too, there’s no reason anyone has to have any clue. And, BONUS! You’ll have something new to giggle about in the bedroom!

 

Photo:©iStock.com/Maridav

Anniversary Trips For Picky Eaters

| July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Anniversary Trips for Picky Eaters

Champagne, caviar and the finer things in life describe your tastes to perfection. Your spouse, however, prefers meat and potatoes with a side of bread and butter. With that big anniversary just around the corner, your heart’s probably set on foodie travel, but your honey just isn’t having any of it.

What can you do?

Fortunately, you can have your cake and eat it, too, when it comes to culinary travel. There are some great ideas for anniversary trips that will delight your taste buds while ensuring your spouse gets those daily servings of plain meat and potatoes. Here are just a few of the best ways to comprise without really having to:

  • Consider an all-inclusive resort – The world truly is your oyster if you decide to celebrate that anniversary with a trip to an all-inclusive resort. The best locations around the world offer menus that delight those who love foodie travel while also having plenty of items the picky among us prefer. The best part is you might even be able to get that picky-eating spouse to try something new. If it’s not done to taste, you can order something else without having to pay extra. With resort locations that offer all-inclusive food options available in some of the world’s top anniversary travel destinations, you can go just about anywhere your taste buds take you and ensure your spouse won’t starve in the process. From the islands of the South Pacific to Europe, the Caribbean and beyond, this is a great way to have your cake and eat it, too.
  • Book a cruise – Cruise lines are famed for their buffets and restaurants that offer something for everyone without skimping on flavors meant to please the most discriminating of gourmets. With their all-inclusive meal pricing and 24-hour food availability, both your tastes will be pleased. Plus, cruises tend to have a wonderfully romantic side, making them perfect for anniversary celebrations.
  • Consult with your anniversary travel advisor – If you prefer checking out local restaurants when you travel, consult with your travel advisor for destinations that offer the best options for foodie travel with a picky eater along for the ride. Chances are your advisor will have some great ideas in mind on where to go, what to see and where to eat to make both of you happy.

Celebrating that big anniversary doesn’t have to turn into a battle of the taste buds. Just work with our travel experts to find the best options to please both your tastes.

Destination Wedding Gift Bags: Tips for Making them Easy and Special

| July 27th, 2014 | No Comments »

Destination Wedding Gift Bags: Tips for Making them Easy and Special

Saying your “I do’s” in an exotic location in front of friends and family who have decided to make the trip with you is an incredibly special time. You want everything to be just perfect: from the dress right down to the wedding guest gift bags.

And, therein lies the problem.

While it’s fairly easy to make sure that dress gets to your destination in pristine condition courtesy of special packaging and airline crew assistance, those gift bags aren’t always so simple to plan for. With TSA rules being what they are, it’s hard to determine just what you can bring along to make sure your guests get a little something to bring home to remember the occasion by.

Since there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to want to pack smart, pack light and ensure none of your wedding guest gift bag items get snatched up by TSA officials just doing their jobs, here are some tips for items you can bring on a plane with you or have waiting at your hotel for your arrival. Keep in mind, you might have to check some gift bag items so do be sure to consult your airline’s regulations, as well.

Here are just a few ideas to consider for your wedding guest gift bags that can make it through TSA screening if you pack right:

  • Must-Have Travel Items – It’s the little things that guests at destination weddings often find the most considerate. If you’re going someplace sunny, consider including travel-size sunscreen, hand lotion, lip balm and other personal care items that can make your guests more comfortable during their stay. Consider shopping local artisan outlets for great buys on organic items that add an extra special touch, too.
  • Handmade Artisan Items – Consider visiting Etsy to find handcrafted small items to include in gift bags. From candy “love pills” to personalized tea candles, the cottage industry is alive with great ideas for gift bags. If you want to get really personal with your gift bag items, consider shopping online in advance to buy handcrafted items from your destination to include in the gift bags. Make the arrangements just right and your items could be delivered to your hotel in time for your arrival to avoid having to bring them on the plane.
  • Tourist Information – Since your wedding is taking place in a destination, a thoughtful touch is to include information on local tourist hotspots your guests can visit. You can collect these when you arrive or work with your hotel to have them shipped to you before you leave so you can assemble gift bags before you depart for the wedding.
  • Children’s items – If children are included in your event, consider including special items just for them in gift bags. Sunscreen, toys, crayons and coloring books can be big hits with moms, dads and the little ones.

When planning for a destination wedding, it’s important not to forget the little things that show guests how happy you are they’re along for the fun. For more information on destination weddings and planning out those gift bags, be sure to consult with our destination wedding pros.

Photo note: You can find the awesome gift bags featured in the photo on Etsy at Jankun Creative Studio.