Destination Wedding planning tips

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Destination wedding tips to consider….

Thinking of a destination wedding? Dreaming of the romance of your nuptials on a beautiful beach? Destination weddings have grown in trend in the past 15 years. So how do YOU decide if a destination wedding is right for you?

Checking with relatives and closest friends is a nice way to get an idea on the perspective of your guests traveling as you consider a destination wedding. If you want older relatives to be there, ensuring they’re okay to fly. Families with children, will you work around their dates?

Does the destination offer what you would like included in your celebration? Consider authenticity of heritage and customs that can be included. Is the destination totally in keeping with what you and your guests would love to experience? Does the destination have a strong focus on destination weddings with fabulous experienced vendors? Most of all, will it make awe inspiring memories to last a lifetime?

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Once you’ve decided on your Destination Wedding location, and begin to build your planning team, consider working with a destination wedding travel specialist. This integral part of your wedding planning team will be a substantial asset in value, knowing the destination, hotel and travel values and assisting you and your guests. A destination wedding travel planner specialist is different than a wedding and events planner. Your destination wedding travel specialist is a travel planner for you, coordinating every single element having to do with the destination, travel, concierge services and helping your guests arrive happy and ready for your special events!

Guests are so excited to travel to destination weddings, as they also make it a vacation trip as well. With the services of Luxury Destination Travel, your guests are treated to services just for them that includes booking their travel, answer questions about the trip, travel, destination and most important, travel documents required. Imagine the delight of your guests getting info on activities, where to dine (when not at the wedding events), local info, wedding info and just having someone they can reach out to at any moment and through their travel to your wedding. This experience for your guests is invaluable, to you it is incomparable in relieving your being the person your guests would go to for their travel questions.! Leaving you time to plan your wedding, not their travel!

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Wedding Traditions

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TRADITIONS

Traditions! They stand the test of time, they ring true with Fiddler on the Roof famous song, they capture the essence of what was and what will be.
Traditions: A long established custom or belief that has been passed this way! Traditions, customs, beliefs all very much a part of weddings. Couples integrating family traditions into their wedding ceremony and events!

I carried a beautiful piece of my Armenian Grandmother’s wedding gown which she had made into a beautiful hanki! It was a beautiful tradition she started for all her grandchildren! I had something borrowed and something blue as well! My family and friends danced around my husband and I as we came into the celebration venue, they had fun items they “borrowed” from my home in their hands, another Armenian tradition!

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Wedding packages..do they work for you?

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A package (noun) by definition…….A bundle of something
Something conceived of as a compact unit having particular characteristics
A group, combination or series of related parts or elements to be accepted or rejected as a single unit
To combine the various elements for sale as a unit
So how does the package relate when looking at weddings and travel? What constitutes the wedding package? What is included in the travel package? Does a destination wedding package work for you?… Read More

Why Granite Ridge?

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When you’re thinking about planning the perfect rustic outdoor wedding, look no further!
Set within some of the most beautiful forest areas in America, Granite Ridge is the perfect place to celebrate your special occasion! Located in the charming town of Norway Maine, it is a hidden gem!

Granite Ridge Estate offers wonderful amenities for you and your guests. The Estate Lodge is a rustic and private haven that comfortably sleeps 15 people. With the lodge comes an outdoor hot tub, a commercial grade stainless kitchen, cathedral ceilings and a large granite fireplace. The amazing large windows  give guests an unrivaled, panoramic view of the mountain and the Estate’s 128 private acres. It’s the perfect place for family and friends to gather during your wedding weekend!… Read More

Why St Lucia?

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Why St Lucia is a perfect destination wedding location!

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Simple – The license process for St Lucia is easy and uncomplicated! Apply for a same day license immediately upon arrival or have your wedding planner to organize it for you!
All inclusive – St Lucia offers so many different choices in hotels as well as dining plans! If your thoughts are for an All Inclusive, St Lucia has some of the very best and they offer wedding inclusive plans that can be as simple or as extravagant as you would like!
Indulge – in world class dining with a creole heritage! Your wedding dining experience will encompass the fresh island produce, the local fish fresh from the waters and the brilliance of chefs with dynamic culinary distinction!
Notice – the long list of distinctions that St Lucia is proud to be recognized for, Top 10 island in Caribbean, Leading Honeymoon Destination, Sexiest Romance destination in the Caribbean, and Travel & Leisure’s World’s Best #1 leading luxury resort in the caribbean is on St Lucia, Jade Mountain!
Tranquil – Dive or snorkel the waters of St Lucia and with a feeling of tranquility that the natural reefs and captivating sea life will romance your senses!… Read More

A dream of a Bermuda wedding!

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Greetings

Dreaming of a destination wedding to a fun place with closest family and friends. Want to travel but not to far?
Bermuda, less than 2 hours flight from most east coast gateways is the perfect choice!
Bermuda Travel guides you on all of the elements of a Bermuda destination wedding! Celebrate your special day on a pink sand beach surrounded by the gorgeous azure sea!
Let the unique culture and warm hospitality of this special island be your place to begin your lifetime of memories!

Imagine a setting – so picturesque and beautiful!

Envision arriving at your ceremony in a horse drawn carriage fit for the Princess you are!

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Visit the West End! Snorkel Park Beach, Calico Jack’s, Frog & Onion Pub and so much more!

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There are so many fun and different activities for Bermuda visitors to enjoy! Each area of the island represents a culture in and of it’s own as well as a flair and vibe so different even on this small cluster of the island of Bermuda!

When visiting Bermuda, one destination within the destination to visit is certainly The West End formally know as The Royal Naval Dockyard. Getting there is fun, easy in a variation of ways! Hop a moped and create your own island tour, enjoy the relaxing services and local expertise of an official Bermuda tour guide, enjoy a ride on one of Bermuda’s charming and iconic pink buses where you will meet local islanders including the very well behaved school children and not to be forgotten, take in the ocean breezes and sights from the water on the high speed ferry, Sea Express from Hamilton or St George’s to Dockyard! The sights are amazing which ever you choose!

When you arrive at Dockyard there is so much to do and see! Check out these fun and varied suggestions, including some ofLuxury Destination Travel’s tried and true favorites!!

  • Freeport Seafood – where the locals dine on amazing fresh fish sandwiches!
  • The Frog & Onion Pub – traditional pub style food, pub style setting, have a local brew, a proper english pint in a really cool restaurant in the historic Cooperage.

 

  • The Dockyard Pastry Shop – Stop by for authentic afternoon tea with fresh scones, clotted cream and marmalade. Yummy pastries, sandwiches and even coffee and cappuccino
  • Enjoy shopping at The Clocktower Mall and as well the many local crafts people throughout the area!
  • Visit Dockyard Glassworks, Bermuda’s own glass blowing factory with actual artists working their glass masterpieces – take home a memory that you watched being made!
  • The Bermuda Rum Cake Company – YUM! They have samples!!!!
  • The world’s finest mini golf is now on Bermuda! 1 acre of challenging holes that represent the finest golf courses in USA, Scotland and Bermuda!
  • The National Museum of Bermuda is a walk through history unparalleled! A must do and see and the views are amazing from the Commissioners House!
  • Snorkel Park Beach – where fun meets the sun meets every water activity imaginable!
  • Calico Jack’s Floating Bar is the newest addition and oh so much fun! Pure pirate glory, upbeat fun, friendly and colorful staff and an unlimited supply of rum! Who knows you may even see Capt Jack Sparrow there!

 

  • Destiny Water tours – Glass bottom boat tours taken to a whole new level – see the sea life below, the homes of the rich and famous above and at night the stars in the sky!
  • Dolphin Quest!!!! Yes you can swim with the dolphins at Dockyard as well! Be sure to make a reservation – the warm and friendly mammals are waiting for you!

 

These are but a few suggestions but as you can see, The Royal Naval Dockyard is a destination to visit when in Bermuda! Do keep in mind that this is also Bermuda’s cruise port. King’s Wharf is where the cruise ships come in so lots of activity happening there!… Read More

Travel insurance – Yay or Nay?

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Many argue, “If you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel”  Like any insurance, it sits quietly behind the scenes and possibly, if you are really really lucky, not ever needed! But oh on that occasion when it is needed, it is worth it’s weight in gold and then some!

Flight cancellations or delays – what do you do? Weather occurs at your destination and you can’t get home, how do you handle the cost and extra stay arrangements? Luggage gets lost, oh no, what now? A family member gets sick or sadly passes on and you have to cancel your fully non refundable trip last minute, can you afford the loss? You are in a foreign destination and you or a loved one gets ill, the medical bills can be exorbitant!.

Traveling on business or to a seminar? Many travel policies cover those costs as well! Seminars are expensive and most times are non refundable as is the hotel! Don’t forget the travel insurance for these trips as well!

These are all situations we would rather not consider and hopefully won’t have to, but the truth is that LIFE HAPPENS! and when it does, if it happens to you, having travel insurance that is just a fraction of the cost of your trip can mean the world of difference between these situations stealing all of your hard earned vacation travel money or the confidence and security of that travel policy in your pocket to reach out to when the need arises!

Travel insurance companies can vary in their coverages so be sure to check on what is covered when you purchase a policy.

Here are some points to consider

  • Do not over insure! Calculate the cost of the trip only based on the non refundable elements! If you are staying at a hotel for 7 nights but a trip cancelled results in just a 2 night penalty, then that is all you insure for!
  • Many insurance policies have a pre-existing medical coverage leeway period, typically 14 days from trip purchase. Always be within this leeway period with your insurance purchase.
  • Don’t think you can wait until something happens and then get travel insurance – not happening!
  • Look at all the policies offered and consider what works best for your travel plans.
  • Ask questions – don’t understand the policy coverage? Call the company and ask as many questions as you can! Write down “what If” scenarios and get the knowledge of what the policy will do for you! This is a great point in realizing how important the insurance is for you!
  • Pack the policy page and have it on hand with your travel documents! Did you know if a flight is delayed or cancelled and you are stranded at an airport or destination you may have  coverage for meals and other expenses to get you through the delay?
  • Use the 24/7 service! Never hesitate to call the service provided with any questions or concerns when traveling! Some travel insurance policies even have concierge services! But know that if that unexpected situation happens, you have a friend ready to help just a phone call away!
  • Choosing a suitable policy = peace of mind, avoidance of exorbitant medical bills in the case of illness and overall well being even in a situation that was unexpected and seems daunting!
  • Important inclusions in your policy:
    • Trip cancellation
    • Travel delay
    • Airline and end supplier insolvency
    • Personal liability
    • Car rental (if you plan to rent a car)
    • Cancel for any reason – an optional coverage available
    • Cancel for work related reason – an optional coverage available
  • Making a claim – If you need to make a claim, know that you will need all receipts, invoices and data to back up the claim, so keep everything when traveling. Insurance companies process your claim in a very fair timely manner which will go even quicker when you have all your documentation first time around!
  • Finally – to ensure that you get the very best insurance coverage, services and accuracy, consider working with a travel professional for your travel plans as well as your travel insurance. Travel professionals have researched and will work with the best company for your benefit. As well your travel professional will be of assistance should you need to place a claim.

It is an unfortunate discussion to have. We all dream for our vacations to go smoothly, no delays, cancellations, hiccups, disappearance of luggage etc, but think of how happy you will be should any of this happen and you are covered.

When you get home from your vacation and realize that policy was money well spent regardless of whether you needed it or not – it will be a good feeling!

Travel safe – travel smart – travel with peace of mind = Travel insured!

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