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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!

 

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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.

 

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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.

What’s Included At An All-Inclusive Resort?

| July 13th, 2014 | No Comments »

Our Top All-Inclusive Resort Questions: Over the years we’ve gotten a lot of questions about what is and what isn’t included in an all-inclusive resort. So we’ve put together a great list of our most frequently asked questions and answers!

  1. What’s included in the all-inclusive plan?

All inclusive typically means all your meals, drinks, taxes and tips. Cocktails, beer, and glasses of house wines are included. Bottles of premium wines are usually extra. Most of your better all-inclusive resorts have a lobster night, but may charge for lobster on other nights. Non-motorized water sports are usually also included. So, a kayak would be included, while using a jet ski would carry and additional fee.

  1. How much cash should I bring with me?

You won’t need much cash while staying at an all-inclusive resort. The resort will ask for a credit card upon check-in for incidentals, such as spa treatments. But otherwise you won’t need much cash. We usually recommend about $100.00 for most Caribbean and Mexico resorts. Most destinations do accept US Currency. But if you want local currency you can either order foreign currency from your bank before you go, or find a currency exchange desk at the airport upon arrival.

  1. What is the dress code?

It varies by resort, but most do have a dress code! You can find a great article about it here!

  1. When can I make my spa & restaurant reservations?

Most resorts will not allow you to make restaurant reservations prior to arrival. While we prefer resorts that don’t require restaurant reservations, some resorts will allow you to make all of your restaurant reservations for the week upon arrival. Some resorts will allow you to make spa reservations before you arrive. Check with your travel agent for more info.

  1. Do I need to bring my own beach towels?

We get this question a lot! We have yet to find a resort that doesn’t provide beach towels.

  1. Do I need to bring an electrical converter?

This varies by destination. For most resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, you don’t need one. But we did discover some older resorts in St Lucia that do require a converter. You will definitely need one for Tahiti! We found this great universal converter on Amazon.

  1. How will I get to and from the airport?

You wouldn’t get in a car with a stranger at home, so why would you do it in another country? We almost never recommend cabbing it. Your travel agent should be able to include transfers to and from the hotel in your package. Some transfers will stop at several other hotels on the way to your hotel, which can be a huge drag after being on a plane for the better part of the day. For a little extra, you can enjoy a non-stop transfer to and from your hotel.

  1. Do I need to tip?

This is probably the question we get asked the most! While tips are included at most all-inclusive resorts, we usually recommend that you bring along some cash for tips. The people at the resorts work a lot of long, hot hours. And with the exchange rates, a little US currency goes a long way in some other destinations. So we always recommend that you bring a little bit to tip the housekeeping staff, room service, bellhop, etc.

  1. Do I have to reserve the beach beds?

This varies greatly by resort. Some resorts do allow you to reserve a beach bed, while others do not. Some resorts charge for beach beds, but most are free.  We’ve even stayed in resorts where the beach beds were on a lottery system. So if a beach bed is important to you ask your travel agent to check with the concierge at the resort.

  1. Are there any upgrades or specials for honeymoon couples?

Yes! However most resorts are going to require some kind of proof that it really is your honeymoon, such as a marriage certificate. Most hotels will extend the honeymoon upgrades or amenities as long as you check in within 90 days of your wedding date. But again, this varies by resort. Some resorts do require that you’re registered as a honeymoon couple either at the time the reservation is made or 30 days before arrival. So check with your travel agent for more info.   Do you have other questions about all-inclusive resorts that we didn’t cover? Ask them here!

Capstory – Crowdsourced Wedding Photography Made Possible

| July 7th, 2014 | No Comments »

By Claire Paniccia

Everyone knows the drill: photographer takes pictures during the wedding and the reception, candid and staged, clicking away while remaining as inconspicuous as possible. Meanwhile, your aunt and cousins and your friends from college are holding up their smart phones, snapping quick photos of their own and you never get to see them, at least not have your own copies.

 

Capstory, a local Columbus business, has found a way to catch all those quickly snapped photos from your friends and family’s phones and put them all in an online capsule just for you, the bride and groom. All they have to do is text them in!

Capstory allows you to add that personal touch to your wedding photos, capturing those personal moments all on your own. You can even include all your pre-wedding events in your capsule! Want to remember the adorable cupcakes at your bridal shower? Snap and text! Have a great picture of you and your Maid of Honor at your bachelorette celebration? Send it to the capsule! And at the reception, you can set up a live slide show – then the whole place becomes a giant photo booth projected onto the big screen! Imagine that at your beach-side wedding, with the sunset just behind it and tiki torches illuminating everyone’s smiles.

Capstory even chooses the best of your self-captured moments and professionally edits them. Then they put them all together in a photo book to keep, as well as in a beautiful slide show you can share on social media. Don’t believe us? Check out their website – http://www.capstory.me/

Preservation Kits Offer An Easy Way To Care For Your Beach Wedding Dress!

| February 23rd, 2014 | No Comments »

Heading to an exotic destination to say your “I do’s” paves the way for some incredible memories for you, your honey and the friends and family you bring along. What better way to celebrate the start of your lives together than to enjoy an incredible adventure?

But, as any destination wedding bride will tell you, there are some serious logistics to contend with to make it all happen without a hitch. One of the biggest concerns for most brides is how to get the dress to the church on time, so to say, and how to get it back home for safekeeping for generations to come.

When it comes to the return journey, David’s Bridal has you covered! Whether you buy your dress from David’s Bridal or not, you can easily pick up one of the company’s preservation kits to ensure your gown makes it home safe and sound after the honeymoon.

Preservation kits are designed to make shipping gowns from destination wedding sites simple and easy. All brides need to do is buy a kit, place the dress back in it after the wedding – or on the morning after – and drop it into the box. David’s Bridal provides the tape and the return address labels. Once that’s done, just give the kit to the concierge at your resort or drop it off at a local David’s Bridal or UPS Store for safe delivery.

After a kit is mailed, David’s Bridal will take care of all the steps required to ensure a gown is preserved for years to come. Within one month of shipping, David’s will send you back your dress cleaned, repaired, if that’s needed, and preserved to last for 30 years. What’s even better is that David’s takes preservation a step further by making sure your dress is displayed in a window box if you don’t want to store it away in a closet or trunk. You can even opt to have personalized monogramming included.

While David’s has the return trip covered, you’ll still need to get your dress to the destination before the ceremony. The easiest (and most stress-free) way of doing this is to bring your dress along as a carry-on item if you’re flying. Check with your airline to see if they have any particular rules for transport.

Ready to plan your destination wedding? Be sure to consult our destination wedding experts for other stress-saving advice.

Destination Weddings-Who To Invite, Who Pays For What…

| February 2nd, 2014 | No Comments »

Destination Wedding Etiquette Tips You Need to Know

Planning a destination wedding is a great way to wrap a vacation, your big day and a honeymoon all in one. What’s better is that your closest friends and dearest family members get to come along for the momentous occasion. The trick, however, is understanding a few rules of the road that can keep you out of hot water with said friends and family members.

Here are a few common etiquette issues that come up in relation to destination weddings and tips on how to handle them:

Who to Invite?

When it comes to the guest list, a destination wedding is much like any other wedding. You get to call all the shots on whom to invite. If you want to keep your ceremony small and intimate, do so. If you’d prefer a more elaborate affair with hundreds of guests in an exotic location, by all means, go for it.

Just remember as you’re planning to make to make sure others know your intentions. This can help spare feelings later if someone who isn’t invited knows up front you’re only asking immediate family, the best man and maid of honor, for example, to attend.

Who Gets to Pay?

Just because you’re throwing a destination wedding doesn’t mean you need to pay for your guests to make it to the location. Just like any other ceremony, guests are expected to pay for their transportation and lodging for the duration of the stay. While you’ll be expected to pay for the reception and perhaps a rehearsal dinner or greeting party, your guests can be expected to pay the other costs for their own trips.

Who Keeps Them Busy?

Destination weddings are often multiday affairs that involve guests trickling into the location over the course of several days. With this in mind, brides and grooms often fret over their duties of playing party hosts.

The biggest question that pops up here is how responsible are brides and grooms for their guests’ pre- and post-wedding entertainment? The answer to that one is simple, as well: It’s entirely up to you!

If you want to plan out activities for a full week of pre-wedding fun, go for it. If you don’t, there’s no need. Just ask guest to arrive in time for the big day. If they choose to come early, they can explore your chosen destination at their leisure and take in what they want to.

Destination wedding etiquette isn’t as tricky as some couples fear. Just plan ahead, let guests know the score in advance and have fun. Remember, it’s your day!

 

Looking for more destination wedding tips??

Learn the best ways to get your dress to the destination here!

Learn more about our destination wedding planning services here!

3 Great Holiday Honeymoon Destinations

| December 9th, 2013 | No Comments »

Getting married during the holidays is a great way to add an extra special touch to the big day. It’s also a fantastic way to make certain the honeymoon trip is filled with wonder and incredibly romantic scenery. With most destinations decked out in the spirit of the season, just about any place in the world can afford couples in love magical experiences. Some destinations, however, stand above the others when it comes to holiday time honeymoons.

Here are just a few of our favorite places for holiday honeymoons:

  • The City of Lights: It’s hard to rival Paris in the romantic destination department during any average time of the year. During the holidays, however, the City of Lights becomes truly spectacular. Make a honeymoon stop here during the holidays and you’ll get to see the Champs-Elysées decked out for the season. You can also go ice skating at the Patinoire Sonja Henie or go visit a Christmas market for presents to bring home, along with the hundreds of other things to see and do. Keep in mind, this is a cold season in Paris, so you might even get to see some of the famous sites blanketed in fresh snow.
  • Mexico: Escape the cold for a trip to a slightly warmer climate. Mexico offers a world of possibilities for honeymooners looking for adventure, pampering and romance. Whether you plan to stay near the Gulf or on the Pacific side, you’ll find Mexico is especially stunning during the holidays. Its famous resorts, such as El Dorado Royale, the One & Only Cabo and Viceroy Zihuatenajo go above and beyond to make sure honeymooners have the time of their lives no matter the season. Depending on what part of Mexico you choose for your honeymoon, you’ll be able to take in some incredible sights and activities, too. Here you can relax on a beach, climb a mountain, tour ancient sites, go hiking, fishing, biking, shopping and much more.
  • The Bahamas: Get away from it all by visiting a tropical paradise with a twist for a holiday honeymoon. The One & Only’s Ocean Club is the perfect place to center a honeymoon adventure. Here you’ll be treated to first-class service at a resort that didn’t leave a single stone unturned when it comes to beauty and luxury.

The holidays are an amazing time for a honeymoon adventure. To check out these three options and even a few more special destinations, just check with our honeymoon travel experts.

Beautiful Winery Destination Weddings

| October 22nd, 2013 | No Comments »

Beautiful Winery Destination Weddings

Imagine walking down an aisle that’s decorated courtesy of Mother Nature’s splendor, complete with rolling hills in the background and the sweet scent of grapes on the vine filling the air. Choose to embark on a destination wedding in wine country and romance, elegance and beauty are sure to be hallmarks of the ceremony.

If you love the idea of celebrating your union while surrounded by the wonders found in wine country, you’ll discover there are some excellent destinations to choose from.  While not every winery is equipped to accommodate on-site weddings, resorts in the world’s best winery towns often are. By working directly with a wedding and honeymoon travel advisor, you’ll find it’s not difficult to plan a destination wedding that’s sure to bowl over guests.

The first place to start in planning a destination wedding in wine country involves selecting the actual destination. The world is home to some amazing wine country destinations and those locations often have more than their share of beautiful wineries to explore. Narrow it down first by picking the general region you’d like to serve as the backdrop for your destination wedding.

Here are just a few of our favorite places for winery destination weddings to help you get started:

Napa Valley, California: The rolling hills, stunning valleys and world-class wineries of Napa make California an excellent choice for a destination wedding. Here you will find outstanding resorts that can easily accommodate weddings of all sizes and many wineries that are honored to serve as the venue for your ceremony. California wine country is an excellent choice not only thanks to its elegance, but also the relative convenience in travel for family and friends that might be invited along to play witness to the big day.

Italy: A conversation about wine country without a mention of Italy just isn’t a conversation about wine country. Should your plans for a destination wedding include international travel this country is well worth exploring. Italian wineries are famed the world over and the countryside in which most are found provides the perfect setting for an incredibly memorable wedding. Guests will revel in the beauty of the destination while also enjoying some of the other incredible sights that make Italy such a beloved stop for travelers.

Greece: Old World charms and high end wines make Greece a favorite destination for those who savor the very best in their glasses. This is also an ideal spot for a winery destination wedding. The resorts here are well versed on helping international travelers make their dreams come true and the wineries are only rivaled by those in nearby Rome.

A world of possibilities awaits those who want to get married with wine country as the ceremony backdrop. Just work directly with our destination wedding experts to map out the details for a winery destination wedding that’s sure to delight.

Eloping Is Easy When You Head to Jamaica

| July 16th, 2013 | No Comments »

Want your wedding to be something special for you and your sweetheart without all the fuss, planning and expenses that can go along with a traditional ceremony? Why not combine your wedding and honeymoon in a single adventure by eloping in Jamaica? This tropical paradise has everything you need to enjoy a laidback, memorable and highly romantic ceremony and first getaway as a newlywed couple.

Why would you want to elope to Jamaica? Here are just a few reasons why eloping here is a great idea:

The setting – Jamaica’s tropical setting makes the perfect backdrop for an incredible wedding and a highly romantic honeymoon. With its beaches, lush tropical gardens, mountains and more, Jamaica offers couples places to say “I do” that go well beyond the norm.

The resorts – Jamaica is chockfull of resorts that know exactly how to make an elopement memorable. Many resorts here even offer special packages that take all the planning and guesswork off the table. All you have to do is book your date, get your paperwork in order and relax. They’ll take care of it all! To make this an even better choice, Jamaican resorts like Sunset at the Palms and Couples Resorts are designed to serve perfectly for your ceremony and your entire honeymoon. With pools, beaches, on-site restaurants, golf courses, spas and luxury rooms designed for the maximum romantic impact, these resorts know how to make honeymooning couples feel special.

The costs – If budgeting is a concern, many of the best resorts in Jamaica offer all-inclusive pricing. That means you know what you’ll end up paying up front and you won’t have to worry about spending more than you should. Some of the best all-inclusive resorts, like Sunset at the Palms, include food, drinks, entertainment, on-site activities and even some excursions right in the price. There’s just no easier way to plan out a trip and make sure it stay within budget.

The service – Elope in Jamaica and you can count on being treated like royalty no matter where you go. From the topnotch service at the resorts to the incredibly friendly locals, you’ll find service doesn’t get any better than in Jamaica.

Ready to say no to all the hassles of wedding planning while still ensuring you get to say “I do” in a setting that’s romantic? Just consult with our honeymoon travel advisors for information on booking an elopement in Jamaica. Saying your vows has never been easier!