Honeymoon planning

It’s traditional for the groom to make the arrangements for the honeymoon. It’s also traditional for the groom to pay for the honeymoon, but luckily for you, most couples split the bill these days! It’s worth getting the honeymoon planning sorted out early on. You may be thinking of last minute bargains, but in the run up to the wedding you and your fiancee are going to have a lot of other things on your plate, and having to sort out the honeymoon at short notice will just add to the stress.  You can get good discounts on package holidays and flights by booking early, so there’s no excuses!

 

Decide how long you can take off work

 

A lot of your honeymoon planning will depend on how long you can both take off work.  Even if you think you can manage three weeks off, the chances are your fiancee will want to take at least a few days off immediately before

Honeymoon planning

 

Passports, visas and jabs

 

You should have at least six month’s validity on your passport when you travel – check the dates on your passport and your fiancee’s too.  You can check visa requirements for any country in the world on the Foreign Office’s website.  If you are travelling to a part of the world where you might need jabs, then you will need to visit your doctor at least eight weeks prior to travel.  Fit for Travel can give you an idea of what you might need.

Travel insurance

 

Once your holiday is booked, it’s a good idea to get travel insurance as soon as you can.  Almost all travel insurance policies include some kind of cancellation cover, and you may as well get the benefit of it straight away.  You and your fiancee may already have an annual policy, in which case check the terms to see if your honeymoon will be covered.  If not, take out a single trip policy.

 

Remember that some travel insurance policies can be very cheap, but provide only minimal cover.  Check out the Foreign Office’s advice on what to check for in a travel insurance policy.  One top tip is to pay attention to the single item limit for your possessions if you want cover for that expensive engagement ring!

 

Holiday money

 

The easiest option, unless you are going well off the beaten track, is to take credit or debit cards and some cash as a back up.  However, don’t rely on your everyday UK plastic to provide you with good value abroad.  Most card issuers give you a shocking exchange rate, and if you withdraw cash they’ll charge you for that as well.  However, there are some exceptions, such as the Abbey Zero card.

Honeymoon

Put a cherry on top

 

Honeymoon planning is the number one job that you as a groom are expected to sort out.   It is also the start of your married life.  If you have put the hard work in with travel insurance, visas and various other boring stuff, you may as well go the extra mile to make it really special.  If you would normally drive or take public transport to the airport, book a taxi or executive car instead. The same goes for arriving at your destination – your hotel or resort should be able to arrange for a car to pick you up from the airport.

the wedding, to get properly prepared.  You might want to do the same. Discuss it with her, and work out roughly how long a honeymoon you’re aiming for.

 

Choose the destination

 

Then you just need to decide where to go.  If you and your fiancee have not decided this already, then work out a few options you might enjoy and talk them through with her.  If you’re stuck for inspiration.

Remember too that this is one holiday where dates can’t really be flexible.  So if you’re getting married in May and you fancy a honeymoon in the Seychelles, then you need to make sure that May is a good time to visit.  (It is, by the way.) Your new wife is not going to thank you for taking her to the Maldives in July (unless she loves torrential rain) or the Caribbean in September (unless she likes hurricanes).

 

For ideas on where to visit at different times of year, check out our seasonal honeymoon guides (in the box on the right).

Be realistic about how much you can fit in

 

One of the most important rules of honeymoon planning is to try not to pack too much in!  If you are planning an action-packed itinerary, or a multi-stop honeymoon, try to build in time to relax.  It’s best to work this in to the first few days of the honeymoon, not the end.  Many couples underestimate just how tiring the run up to a wedding can be.  Aim for at least a few days chilling when you arrive, and keep the adventure sports for later.

How soon after the wedding?

 

Once you’ve got an idea of where you want to go then it’s up to you to deal with practicalities.  When fixing the exact dates, try to give yourself at least one clear day between the wedding and the start of your honeymoon.  Couples who depart on honeymoon “the morning after” can end up completely exhausted by the time they arrive at their destination.  They also miss out on the post-wedding buzz back home.  If you can, use the day after your wedding to rest, enjoy yourself, and debrief with friends and family.

 

Booking

 

Package deals can be good value if you’re prepared to haggle.  If you are booking flights and accommodation separately, remember that most airlines release flights for sale eleven months in advance.  This means you can book almost a year before you travel.  Compare flight prices using a site such as Kayak or Skyscanner.

For hotels, use a site like Tripadvisor to check the top-rated hotels and resorts in your chosen destination.  This is really important – do your homework and make sure the place where you are staying is well reviewed by the people who have stayed there.  Don’t risk spending your honeymoon in a poor quality hotel or resort.  Once you’re happy, you can then get the best prices by using a travel broker such as Expedia or Ebookers.

 

Incidentally, don’t be tempted to book the honeymoon in your wife’s married name. You may be keen for her to start

using it, but getting all the arrangements in place in advance for your wife to travel in her new name straight after the wedding is a planning nightmare.  In some cases – such as applying for visas – it’s actually impossible.

For buying foreign currency before you leave, then a top honeymoon planning tip is to order it online.  Usually it can be delivered to your home, which saves you time and hassle when you have more important things to worry about. Also you can easily make back the cost of having it delivered (usually about five pounds) by getting the best online rates.  Remember that “commission free” means nothing on its own – to work out the best deal you need to know both the commission charged and the exchange rate.  Try Money Saving Expert’s Travel Money Maximiser to get the best deal.

Upgrades

 

If you have never tried to blag an upgrade before, then your honeymoon is a good time to try it.  Just don’t plan on getting an upgrade from your airline, as your chances are probably zero.  Upgrades have a value and the airlines know it – there’s a strict pecking order and frequent flyers are at the top.  You might have a bit more luck with your hotel – try emailing them in advance, explaining that’s it’s your honeymoon, and asking very nicely for the best room they have. You might get an upgrade on arrival.

 

Although you probably won’t get an upgrade on your flight, you can still make sure you get decent seats.  Most airlines allow you to check in online and choose your seats around 24 hours in advance of the flight.  Get a mate to do it for you if you think you might be tied up (he or she will need your passport numbers). Use Seatguru to find out which are the best seats on the plane and make sure you nab them.

 

Also, try to arrange a couple of nice surprises for your wife while you are away. Rides in hot air balloons or helicopters are popular honeymoon choices.  Or if you know she likes particular types of flowers, you could ask the hotel to put them in the room for when you arrive.  It doesn’t have to be expensive – you could even take a little gift with you in your luggage.  Just show her you’ve made the effort.

 

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The importent role of wedding planner

In our experience we provide all the planning and the creative design for the events. That means the design team makes the centerpieces and designing the entire event to the customers vision of the event. Our society is very busy and a wedding/event planner will take off the stress of making that special event your dream event. As your event comes closer to the date and the stress of planning becomes overwhelming an wedding/event planner can take over the planning so you can enjoy your big day. A wedding planner can also just help on the day of the event so you can relax and enjoy your moment of your day.

A wedding/event planner is someone who makes life easier for the couple getting married, by making sure that each and every element of the wedding, the decoration, dresses, photography, food or flower arrangements, is co-ordinated and conducted in such a way that the wedding day indeed becomes memorable for all the attendees! A few decades back, it was the friends and family of the couple who took on this responsibility of organizing the wedding for the couple. However, nowadays, as everyone wants a perfect, out of this world dream wedding, people prefer to hire the services of a professional to do the job.

So what are the job duties of an wedding/event planner:

A wedding planner performs a number of duties, before the wedding, on the wedding day and even after that. To start with, when a wedding planner is hired, she meets up with the couple (sometimes close family members may be present) and tries to assess the kind of wedding they are looking forward to. The budget, number of guests, any specific wedding theme they have in mind, some compulsory wedding traditions – all such basics are discussed. Accordingly, the wedding planner starts planning for the wedding.

A wedding planner, not only plans the wedding according to the couple’s wishes, but also makes some of her own suggestions with regards to the theme, décor, food, etc. For this, she usually carries a mini-profile, complete with photographs, of her previous assignments. She shows it to the clients and if they like some things in it, they are included in the wedding as well. Sometimes, couples may entirely let the wedding planner choose the various elements of their wedding. However, mostly, both the wedding planner as well as the couple’s inputs are taken into consideration , when choosing the wedding elements.

So what are the job duties of an wedding/event planner:

A wedding planner performs a number of duties, before the wedding, on the wedding day and even after that. To start with, when a wedding planner is hired, she meets up with the couple (sometimes close family members may be present) and tries to assess the kind of wedding they are looking forward to. The budget, number of guests, any specific wedding theme they have in mind, some compulsory wedding traditions – all such basics are discussed. Accordingly, the wedding planner starts planning for the wedding.

A wedding planner, not only plans the wedding according to the couple’s wishes, but also makes some of her own suggestions with regards to the theme, décor, food, etc. For this, she usually carries a mini-profile, complete with photographs, of her previous assignments. She shows it to the clients and if they like some things in it, they are included in the wedding as well. Sometimes, couples may entirely let the wedding planner choose the various elements of their wedding. However, mostly, both the wedding planner as well as the couple’s inputs are taken into consideration , when choosing the wedding elements.

Here is a list of some of the important wedding planner duties:
Deciding on the wedding venue. Showing the couple various venues, before zeroing in on any one.
Once the theme and wedding colors are decided, the wedding planner starts coordinating vendors such as caterers, photographers, decorators, florists, musicians and car rental providers.
Assist in arranging for lodging of out of town guests is a part of wedding planner job description as well.
Assist sending the invitations and taking into account the number of invitees expected to attend the wedding.
Taking the bride and the groom for dress trials as well as finalizing the dresses to be worn by the bridesmaid, groomsmen, maid of honor as well as the best man.
Some wedding planners may even be asked to make arrangements for the couple’s honeymoon, including travel tickets, hotel stays and sight seeing.
On the wedding day, a wedding planner and team overlooks each and every detail of the wedding and ensures that everything goes on smoothly and as planned.
At the end of the wedding, cleaning up and ensuring that each vendor gets paid, also comes under a wedding planner’s job description.

 

A wedding/event planner is there for support, coordinate and take the stress of your big day whether you are planning a wedding or a special event.

Why wedding planners are impotent

Well, wedding is supposed to be the happiest, ethereal and the most transformational experience of your life as it marks the commencement of a new world, new hopes, new get-up-and-gos and elevated plane of being. Perhaps it’s normal, perhaps it’s weird, but to be very honest this event is something everyone of us dreams of planning, celebrating and living since adolescence.

No doubt, we often relive the vague memories of boring speeches of high school or celebrating our 21st birthday in a crowded restaurant with friends, killing our bucks which were gathered from past few months for the birthday bash! Memories of those days also make you laugh when you came under the influence of your first drink – the holy father of all beverages. But dude, attempting to transmit some slurred philosophical speeches in mad high situation, eagerly awaiting the arrival of latest book of Harry Potter or memorizing the first few dates with your crush where everything appeared potential but nothing sure, can’t ever trespass your wedding day – the day when your life takes the biggest turn.

Indeed, if you believe in “I do” phenomenon rather than “I do…..for now” like Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner or Martin Scorsese, then surely your wedding will be counted among ‘once in a lifetime experiences,’ and an experience which holds a paramount importance similar to the character of Ingrid Bergman in “Casablanca.”
So, here’s the deal. You’re all set for the red-letter day with immense anticipations when rings will be shared in fingers. And now when you have realized its significance; you have to prepare yourself for palling arrays of decisions, managing a snowstorm of checklists. And thus you might want to consider about hiring a top-drawer wedding planner, who won’t let anything fall through the cracks. Doesn’t matter your guest list includes 100 or 1000; the elegance and excellence of your wedding will be the greatest landmark of your life, if it is appreciated by the attendants.

Definitely, hiring a professional wedding planner alleviates a lot of stress that usually baffles the couple regarding the wedding venue, coverage, music, managing guests, the designer, the caterer and other backbreaking stuffs. After all, on this memorable occasion, you should not lose the sight of your own ambitions, trying to please your guests.

Remember, it’s your marriage that counts and it should be made a dream-come-true event by a professional who is not only creative and punctilious, but also a person who understands marriage is really made in heaven and every couple is unparalleled on this day.

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The importance of wedding….

Marriages are made in heaven”, but we all want to bring heaven on this earth. Marriage plays a very important role in one’s life. In present times life is so fast moving that nobody has time to spend with his or her relatives, parents, family etc., but being a human being every one wants a second heart to share their pains. When they are alone in their old age they need a partner to share their life with.

Wedding is one’s dream which he or she tries to fulfill at-least once in their lifetime. When a girl attains an understandable age she begins to frame a picture of her wedding day, the surroundings they belongs to, the other wedding parties they attend to, talks with his/her friends are all significant moments which helps frame a dream about his/her wedding day.

Each one of us believes or dreams that when such a day will come we will do something which we will remember all our lifetime; we want to fulfill all our wishes and would rather do extra things than regretting for not fulfilling our wishes. In short we all want it to be a perfect day and everything has to be perfect whether it is our partner or the wedding dress, or the place, everything needs to be perfect.

We all think that we will have such a partner, for whom we will devout ourselves, try to fulfill all his wishes. In the same way we dream that on our wedding day we will be one of the best brides or grooms. One of the most beautiful bride or groom, our wedding takes place at one of the best locations of this world; all the arrangements, decorations, wedding dress, flowers, jewellary etc are one of the best which have never ever been done by others. All the guests heaps praise on the bride and remember the event for their lifetime. It is a long affair and happens mostly once in a lifetime so we all try to make it memorable. Every person is bounded in his or her financial limits and in those financial limits he or she has to fulfill his or her dreams. So we try to get best things in least prices. Wedding is not just a one day affair; it is a cluster of ceremonies and takes two or three days or even more. So it needs lot of planning on this account.

Today in the market wedding planners are also available, who try to provide you with all the services, but they charges you very high. But I personally think, and I feel most of you would agree to it, that we all want that such an important event of our life should have some personal touch. But some of us are not satisfied with this alone and believe in doing each and everything ourselves, organize each and every ceremony by our own hands, but for this we need adequate resource so that we see all the available options at one point and at one time.

 

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A blessings for wedding

Today when persimmons ripen
Today when fox-kits come out of their den into snow
Today when the spotted egg releases its wren song
Today when the maple sets down its red leaves
Today when windows keep their promise to open
Today when fire keeps its promise to warm
Today when someone you love has died
     or someone you never met has died
Today when someone you love has been born
     or someone you will not meet has been born
Today when rain leaps to the waiting of roots in their dryness
Today when starlight bends to the roofs of the hungry and tired
Today when someone sits long inside his last sorrow
Today when someone steps into the heat of her first embrace
Today, let this light bless you
With these friends let it bless you
With snow-scent and lavender bless you
Let the vow of this day keep itself wildly and wholly
Spoken and silent, surprise you inside your ears
Sleeping and waking, unfold itself inside your eyes
Let its fierceness and tenderness hold you
Let its vastness be undisguised in all your days