Monday, December 30, 2013

Destination Weddings: Who Pays for Your Guests’ Accommodation?

Destination weddings are really an exciting way you can get married with the person you love. This is because a destination wedding means that you can spend a vacation with the people you consider close to you. It is a time you can invite all your close friends and family members to be part of a special event in your life. Because of this, you have to be careful in whom you will invite.

Unfortunately, destination weddings can be a pricey way to get hitched. Because of the costs, there are some people who are worried about the costs of the wedding. If this is something that bothers you, you will need to know some of the basic things about destination weddings. Regarding the travel expenses, you will benefit a lot if you know what to expect from your guests.

Before you invite anyone to be part of your bridal entourage, you need to let them know that you are planning a destination wedding. This is because they will have to know how much to prepare before they accept your invitation to be part of the entourage. This way, you can have an alternative when someone is unable to join the destination wedding.

For the ones that have said yes to being part of your destination wedding bridal party, it is important to know that you are not expected to shoulder payment for their flights. Traditionally speaking, the couple pays for the accommodation of the bridal party. However, you will have to determine if this is something that can fit into your budget.

Just make sure that you inform your bridal party early on if you are able to pay for his accommodation or not. This way, your guest is able to prepare for the fee before his trip.

One way your guests can save on costs of flying to a destination wedding is to get a discount with the airline and hotel accommodation. Call us today to check how we may be able to help with your destination wedding. 

Monday, December 23, 2013

3 Things You Should Do On Your Honeymoon

Are you excited to go on your honeymoon? There’s a lot of reasons why you should look forward to it! Especially if you planned your wedding day, you will need to spend some quiet time to relax with your spouse. Think of your honeymoon as the reward after all the planning that you did. As such, you will need to make the most of your vacation with your husband. Here are some of the things you remember to do during your honeymoon:

Peaceful Escape
While your honeymoon itinerary may be packed with activities, it is important that you get some peace and quiet with your husband. This is the perfect time you can cuddle with one another and just appreciate each other’s company. Even if you’re both not talking about anything, you can just enjoy the moment. An option is to have a massage to relieve your body of the stress.

Adrenaline Rush
Make sure that you do a thrilling activity you’ve never done on your honeymoon. Try skydiving, white water rafting, or cliff jumping with your husband. This experience will give you both a wonderful feeling that you have accomplished one another. The experience will be something you can share with your kids in the future.

Get the Silver Service
During your honeymoon, make sure that you do something that’s out of the ordinary—splurge on a luxurious treat. Order something you would enjoy despite its price: Chateaubriand, truffles, caviar, lobster, or oysters. Or you could go for a delightful dessert like chocolate fondue or profiteroles. You can also get an expensive bottle of champagne that you can afford. It’s your honeymoon and it might only happen just once.

There are plenty of reasons why you should make your honeymoon as memorable as it should be. By following some of the tips mentioned above, you’ll remember why you fell in love with one another in the first place. Call us today to get help planning your destination honeymoon! 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Best Beach Honeymoon Destinations for 2014

With 2013 just a few days away from ending, it’s important to know some of the trends for next year. If you are planning to spend your honeymoon on a beach, it’s important that you know which ones are best to go to for 2014. So, without much ado, here is a rundown of some of the best beach honeymoon destinations for 2014:

Grenada, in southeastern Caribbean Sea, is an ideal honeymoon destination if you’re looking for some place filled with beaches and coral reefs. Adorned by a number of picture perfect spots, there is plenty to see on the beach. A must visit is the curvaceous gentle bay, which is a world famous spot. It is also in close proximity to Carriacou.

There is a reason why there are so many people who go to Maldives on a yearly basis. As an archipelago composed of 1,192 coral islands, it makes a beautiful destination. There are 80 islands that have their own tourist resort, providing a private accommodation for anyone who is visiting.

La Paz, Mexico
Apart from the number of activities available in La Paz, there are a lot of resort accommodations that suit honeymooners who want a private getaway; yet can’t spend too much time away from the US.  It is always a wonderful experience when staying in one of the resorts in La Paz.

There are plenty of other beach destinations that you can go on your honeymoon. Before you choose one, make sure you research the place first. Another tip is to call us for some recommendations. We’d be happy to help!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Is a Budget Destination Wedding Possible?

There are a lot of people who are intimidated with destination weddings; mostly because they fear the expense that they will incur for a one-day event. This is why there are some people who prefer a civil wedding instead of a well-planned ceremony and reception.

However, it is important to know that there are some weddings that do not need to be as expensive as you think. If you are interested in having a destination wedding on a budget, there are some things you can still pull off without spending too much money on it. Here are a few tips that can help you:

Have a Budget – Before you even start looking at venues, make sure that you identify how much you will be willing to spend for your destination wedding. When you are able to identify a budget upfront, you can work your way around it easily. This is why it is best to sit down and talk about it right away so that you do not go overboard with the wedding details.

Look for Bargain Deals – Most of the time, people end up getting married within the US or Latin America. What they fail to realize is that these are two expensive locations to get married in. It is important that you check out other destinations so that you can know for sure that you have chosen an inexpensive venue for your destination wedding.

Have a Weekday Wedding – Weekend weddings are generally more expensive than weekdays. This is because everyone will be out for a vacation or to relax during the weekend. If you choose a weekend wedding, you will be paying more compared to a weekday event.

Have Few Guests – You should also choose your wedding guests carefully that they would not exceed the budget that you have for your big day. This is why you should remember to invite only those who are very close to you and your fiancĂ©.

There are plenty of destination wedding venues that have not been overly explored by couples. You may call us today to find out what these are. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Destination Weddings: What You May Not Be Prepared For

If there was a chance to have a destination wedding without worrying about the expenses, people would definitely grab it right away. This is because a destination wedding is truly a wonderful way to unite with a loved one. But because it can be a very expensive option, not a lot of people are choosing it.

Apart from the costs, there is a lot more about destination weddings that you may not know about. Here are some of them:

·      Dealing with Legalities – When you’re thinking about getting married overseas, you have to consider legalities that are being imposed. For example in Mexico, blood work is a must before you can get a marriage license. At the same time, there are some cities that require a minimum number of days just so couples can get married. You have to do your research about the destination thoroughly before you make any decisions.
·      Wedding Guests – One thing you have to remember about destination weddings is that not all of your guests will be willing to go. You need to consider if that guest can afford to go on a trip just to see your wedding. While it may also be tempting to pay for your wedding guests, it is definitely an impractical move. Unless you have the money to do so, you should check with your important guests first.
·      Currency Issues – It is already a given that a destination wedding will cost you a lot of money. However, you have to remember that there might be some currency exchanges that you might not be prepared for. See to it that you have enough money before you make a decision to go with a destination wedding.

There are plenty of issues that you may encounter when you’re planning a destination wedding. But if you would like to make things a lot easier on your part, you can hire a wedding planner to take care of these issues. Call us today so we can talk about your destination wedding. 

Monday, November 25, 2013

4 Important Things to Start Preparing for Your Destination Wedding

If you recently got engaged, you need to make sure that you plan your wedding carefully. Especially since you need your big day to turn out into a success, you will really need to be meticulous with your details. Thinking about having a destination wedding?

Here are some things you need to consider before you have a dream destination wedding:

Prepare the Paperwork
Before you plan your destination wedding, you need to make sure that you have the necessary paperwork for your big day. One thing you have to remember is that each destination you go to has a different set of requirements for marriage. You need to research this information and comply with this so your wedding will be legalized.

Choose Your Destination
The next thing you need to consider is the destination that you are choosing. One of the things that will help you pick one out is to take a look at the activities that are available in the venue. Your guests will need to find something they can do while they’re at your wedding. This is why you have to choose a venue, which will be accommodating to everyone.

Set the Date
If you’re on a tight budget, make sure that you stick to it no matter what. Destination weddings can be very costly so you need to be strict with your budget. One way you can cut costs down is to choose an off-season date in your venue. This way, you’ll be able to save a lot of money on your venue.

Hire a Wedding Planner
There are a number of wedding planners who may be able to help you with your big day. By hiring a planner, you can stop worrying about the details of your wedding. You can also call us to check out how we can help you with your travel arrangements for your destination wedding.

By following these tips, you can ensure that your destination wedding will be a success!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

What Do You Need to Bring to Your Destination Wedding

So you made plans to have a destination wedding. You’ve hired the best wedding planner who made all the necessary arrangements for your big day. All that’s missing is you and your luggage.

Unlike Bella Swan (on Twilight), whose luggage was packed by vampire-turned-sister-in-law Alice; you don’t have the luxury of having someone do that for you (unless you have a maid). You will need to be the one to prepare your luggage with all the things you will need for your big day.

So what do you pack? How do you make sure that you’ve brought everything? Here are some tips to help:

·      Create a Checklist. Remember, even Santa Claus made a checklist so he doesn’t forget anyone. In the same essence, you have to make a checklist with all the things you will need for your trip. As early as possible, you need to list down the things that you should bring so that you don’t forget anything. As the big day starts getting closer, you can still keep on adding things to that list so you have everything you need.
·      Necessary Documents. Especially if you’re going to another country for your destination wedding, make sure that you have photocopied all your necessary documents and bring it with your during your trip. This way, you won’t have to worry in case something gets lost.
·      Your Wedding Dress. Please, under any circumstance, do not forget this. Make sure that you pack it perfectly so that it won’t have any problems during its travel period. Our previous blog post explains how best you can have your dress transported to the venue.

Your destination wedding will be something to look forward to and be excited about. Don’t allow anything to bother you, not even your family and friends’ travel arrangements. Call us today so we can help you get that covered!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Travel Channel's Top Honeymoon Destinations Announced

Whether you want to follow the trend or buck it for your honeymoon, knowing the top destinations can be helpful when you're planning your first vacation as a married couple. The Travel Channel's top honeymoon destinations is their list of the most romantic spots.

Meeru Island Resort, Maldives

The first on their list is the Maldives, the Indian Ocean archipelago. They praise it saying that "romance seems to blaze out from each tiki torch that lines the beach." It's not the only island destination, though. Maui, Fiji, and Virgin Gorda also get mentions on the list.

For those looking for something a little less tropical, Italy completes the list. They encourage visits to many of the country's romantic cities including Rome, Venice, and Florence.

Wherever you're thinking about for your most romantic honeymoon spot, and whether it is on the Travel Channel list or not, we can help you plan the perfect honeymoon. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

5 Tips for Planning a Beach Wedding

Having a beach wedding ceremony is a dream come true for many couples  wedding you need a very good planning to pull a beach wedding successfully:

Here are some tips which will help you in organizing a beach wedding:

Be realistic:  When most people think of beach wedding they imagine sand, ocean breeze and beautiful sunset. But sometimes a beach wedding can bring hundreds of onlookers, wind at high velocity which can ruin your hair, makeup and dress. Have a professional on site to keep it all together.

Heels:  Sand and heels is not a good combination. It’d be better if you wear flat soled sandals.

Get a permit: In most cases you will need a permit to have a wedding on beach. So research the local requirements and apply well in advance. You must apply for a permit at least 6 months in advance.

Hire local vendors: Hire as many local vendors as possible. As they would be better aware of the climate and weather. 

Travel: Prepare a travel plan for your out of town guests and provide some sort of after the wedding "vacation" ideas.  We can help with that!  

Give us a call and let us help you put together fun, adventurous travel arrangements for your family and friends.

Monday, October 28, 2013

How Stress Has Changed Our View of Tavel

Once upon a time in the not too distant past, the average person never considered hopping on a plane and visiting a foreign, sunny beach island as a regular part of their life.  

It’s hard for us to imagine but some families never considered any extended vacation from work and home as part of normal family life.  It was more of a once in a lifetime luxury. 

But in a relatively short amount of time the view of travel and vacations has changed for the average American family.  It is common to save and plan for a vacation away from work and home, possibly making your destination in a foreign country not much of a foreign idea.   

Why the change?

  • Consider how our lives are dramatically different from family life 60 or more years ago.  Although families back then worked just as hard we do today, we propose that the amount of demands on the average family in day to day life is greater and robs many of us of that daily unwinding and family reconnecting time.  How many people today feel that they will have extra time this week , all their errands done and might just leisurely drop in and visit relatives, eat cake and play a game of cards?  Unfortunately our “down” time is shrinking while life’s demands are increasing. 

With the reality of our changing times in mind many see the wisdom of planning to carve out some time away from life’s business and enjoy some couple or family together time.  And sometimes, if possible, the only way for this to really happen is to become “unable to be reached” for a short time.

With the modern advances in travel, the availability to reach faraway  places is more reachable than at any other time in history.   And we at Suite Dreams Travel are dedicated to helping you and yours to find the perfect vacation together.  

Contact us and we think you will be pleasantly surprised at how we can help make this important family time more within your reach than you may have thought possible.  We are experts at finding wholesale deals with travel companies and we are here to help you benefit from our connections.