Top 5 Honeymoon Planning Tips

  • By Jared Turner
  • 30 Aug, 2015

Discover the benefits of our top 5 Honeymoon Planning Tips

If you have the top 5 honeymoon planning tips, do you think that would help you have a honeymoon you would treasure?  Let’s face it, although your engagement period is a fun and exciting time, there does come some level of frustration, stress, and uncertainty that come with that level of planning. And there is no “pause” button on life to give you time to just focus on honeymoon planning.  In 5 years, I had 6 different web designers.

Maybe you are thinking of doing your own honeymoon planning and you most definitely can. Before you get busy planning ask yourself a few questions:

  • Do you have the time and expertise to invest in the extensive research required for planning your honeymoon?
  • Are you looking for deals or value? If you are looking for value do you have the insider knowledge that will make this available to
  • Are you able to access special promotions and upgrades that you may qualify for?

As much as you can plan this amazing experience yourself, we believe that unlike me, you don’t have 6 tries to get your honeymoon right. You have one attempt to do this and so the decisions you make can be the difference between good and amazing.  If you are a DIY bride, take the following 5 Core points into consideration as you plan.

1. Start planning early.

Most couples get swept away by the wedding planning details and put the honeymoon at the bottom of their priority list. To get more and spend less, begin the honeymoon planning as soon as you set your date and book your reception. Statistics show that couples who plan their honeymoon at least 9 months in advance have a much better experience overall. If you wait until the last minute, prices for airline tickets can be more expensive and availability of desired accommodations may be limited. Additionally, you will encounter more stress when you are planning the event later rather than early because you may not be able to get premium room categories you may need, resorts may be sold out, airline seats may also be sold out. As a result, you often pay more for the same options if you had booked earlier.

2. Identify the type of honeymoon that you want. 

You want to plan your honeymoon based on your personal tastes, lifestyle and budget and not on glossy magazine pictures or suggestions from well-meaning friends and relatives. Since no two couples are alike, your honeymoon must be unique to you. Decide if you want a laid back, adventure, touring or a little bit of everything. Communication is the key so uncover everything that is important to each of you so you can be sure to include what you want and exclude the things that do not fit. If you both have different interest, compromise or island hop so you can accommodate both interests.

3. Choose your location.

Once you have decided on the type of honeymoon you want, you can now start to zero in on the destinations that cater to those interests. So for example, if you love History, Italy may be a great place to honeymoon. If you are looking for exotic, the turquoise waters and black sand beaches of Santorini may be the ideal destination. Your destination must fit into your type of honeymoon but must also fit into what is accessible, affordable for you. It must also fit into the time that you can be away on your honeymoon. In-as-much as Tahiti may fit your personal tastes and lifestyle, if you have 5 days to honeymoon, that may not be wise as much of your time would be spent traveling and you will also come back jet-lagged. Be open to destinations – the Caribbean is a popular region for newlyweds and so is Mexico and both are affordable and accessible.

4. Decide on a budget, a realistic budget.

The average honeymoon is 7 days and 6 night and the average cost is $7,000.00. You may have a different vision in mind, a more opulent type of experience. Regardless of what type vision you have for your honeymoon, assess how much you can actually afford to spend on your honeymoon. While you may want to have the most exotic honeymoon ever, It is wise to not go overboard into debt so be realistic about what you want to spend. There are ways to afford a luxury honeymoon without breaking the bank. Consider a honeymoon registry where your friends and family can purchase items on your registry such as airline tickets or picnic on the beach. Value added such as complimentary honeymoon amenities and upgrades are also ways to get what you want. Additionally, think about shaving off a night off your stay or choose a lower room category so you can still have the fabulous experience but not spend a fortune or go into serious debt.

5. Work with a Romance Travel Expert.

This is hands down the BEST way to get more and spend less on your honeymoon. A good expert will steer you in the right direction, help you select the resort that is perfect for you, save you tons of time researching places on the internet, take care of all the details, get you upgrades and special treatment you could not get on your own. Decide if you have the time and experience to invest in your own planning or you will seek the benefits of a romance travel expert.
By Judith White 23 Oct, 2017

A wedding is special...as women, we have been dreaming about the event since we were little girls.

My wedding was not the fairy-tale I imagined. In fact, my photos are in an album…digital images weren’t very popular then.

I got married in Jamaica but had no idea about how stunning a garden or a beach wedding could be. 

Beautiful backdrops of the ocean or the lush, beautiful gardens of a fabulous resort...

BUT…

I didn’t!

My wedding was cool, but there are so many things I would do differently if I was planning it now. We are talking over-water chapel with stunning ocean backdrops, horse-drawn carriage, fireworks etc.

Uhm, I think I am the beach wedding kind of girl!

And…I would have this fabulous beach wedding for less than a traditional wedding.

Are you kidding me? 

Nope…it’s all true!

If you want to have a casual, intimate ceremony, outdoor weddings are magical. There’s something about hosting a beach or garden wedding that makes the whole affair feel more relaxed and leisurely. The scenery of either makes for breathtaking photographs and natural light tends to be the best friend of your photographer.

By Jared Turner 26 Sep, 2017

As you may already know, there is lots of luxury resorts with luxury inclusions in the Caribbean and Mexico. These resorts offer inclusions that are designed to dazzle and impress you. Everything you need is available so your your experience can be complete.

So what do you know about these luxury resorts that offer more than the ordinary…they offer luxury inclusions a a great value!

My son has a large vocabulary and he uses these words that have my mind wondering whatever does that word mean. In an effort to appear that I’m “in the know” I go along with the conversation but as soon as I can, I get on my device to type in the word and get the meaning.

Most of my clients want an “all-inclusive” experience…and they tell me that they do. I typically share with them what is included.  But it never dawned on me that a list of inclusions would probably not be enough.

So Mr. and Mrs. went off to a luxury resort in Jamaica and I felt confident that they would have a great time. I was excited when Mrs. called me to report on her trip (I get the warm and fuzzies when couples come back and gush over their amazing experience!)…I can’t help it! I am extremely passionate about what I do and I’m in the business of transforming lives.

So how was your trip, I asked.

“It was good. But my hubby only had 4 shrimp on his plate. That was disappointing. We thought we would have more to eat”.

Did you order more? You know you can eat at every single restaurant and you can have more than one entree, I said to her.

They were both unaware that they could have more than one dish or could eat whenever they wished.

If you looked up the word “all-inclusive,” Wikepedia defines it this way:

An allinclusive resort  is a holiday resort  that includes at a minimum lodging, three meals daily, soft drinks, most alcoholic drinks, gratuities, and possibly other services in the price. Many also offer sports and non-motorized water-sports and other activities that are included in the price as well.

At White Sand Travel, we work with top rated resorts and you can expect “all-inclusive” to mean the following luxury inclusions:

Luxury Accommodations: Rooms and suites that can be as opulent and sexy as you can imagine and can include a dedicate concierge team or butler services

Gourmet Dining: Enjoy amazing cuisines from themed restaurants from around the world, by world renowned chefs. Wine pairing makes the experience even more delectable.

Beverages: We’re talking  unlimited premium spirits 24/7 at various locations on the resort…at dinner, at bars, swim-up bars or even in your room.

Entertainment: Daily themed shows and events ranging from fire-shows, big screen movies, live bands etc. You won’t be bored.

Activities: Non-motorized water-sports, includes scuba, snorkeling (some include lessons,) land sports such as tennis, basketball, racquetball etc.

Tipping: Tipping is at your discretion.

You can do as I do…

Most often I travel for 5-days/4-nights and I may have a choice of dining from 6-16 different restaurants (depends on the resort.) It’s almost unlikely that I will be able to dine at all the restaurants so I may have dinner at one and dessert at another. However, I try to dine at as many different restaurants as possible. It may appear that the portions are small but appetizers and drinks can really fill those spaces. And unlike my clients above, order two entrees…no one will tell you know or bring you an extra check.

We are experts in designing the type of experience that has the luxury inclusions that won’t leave you feeling like you’ve not had enough.  Let us help you select the option that best suit your needs.

Call us today at 770.469.7370 or click here  to schedule an appointment to get started.

By Judith 05 Jun, 2017
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St Lucia Honeymoon Your St Lucia Honeymoon offers much more than you may imagine. There are many islands in the Caribbean but when you chose your honeymoon in St Lucia, you can be sure that you are in for a real treat. I do a considerable amount of research about a St Lucia honeymoon or […] The post How to Get the Most of Your St Lucia Honeymoon appeared first on White Sand Travel.
By Judith 19 Mar, 2017
What Exactly is an Affordable Honeymoon? Unless money is no object, you are most likely to save money and “design an affordable honeymoon.” But what exactly is an affordable honeymoon? Does that mean the basic, stripped down version? Moderate, luxury or ultra luxury? In my opinion “affordable” is all relative to your particular financial circumstances. I […] The post Do You Know How to Design an Affordable Honeymoon? appeared first on White Sand Travel.
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Here are my top 5 travel apps There is over 100,000-plus travel apps on the market but you can’t possible use all. When I travel, I come back and try to recall every magical moment so I trust my favorite travel apps to help me make the special moments special. As you plan for your honeymoon, check […] The post How to use travel apps to help you travel better appeared first on White Sand Travel.
By Judith White 09 Dec, 2016
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By Jared Turner 21 Nov, 2016

I’ve always wanted to capture the details of a real wedding!

I can still remember the day I met them…my first thought “beautiful and a very discerning couple.” Karen was stunning in a beautiful blue dress and Brian was sharp in shirt and tie. As we started our dialog, they listened intently, asked a ton of questions and they both took notes. Our meeting lasted over an hour and two things were pretty clear – they were deeply in love and they wanted a wedding that would capture their individual personalities and lifestyle.

Brian and Karen had a vision of their wedding and they were adamant that their guests have the time of their lives. They wanted the “wow” factor.  That meant finding the perfect location, affordable pricing for their guests, having amazing food and a place to party.

We went to work and about 15 months later, we met at Moon Palace Cancun for the big day.

To describe the wedding is an impossible task but I’ll try.

The eve of the wedding, the couple hosted a welcome reception at Lake Terrace. OMG! Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music/dancing and about 55 guests having an amazing time. We couldn’t have asked for more.

Except on the day of the wedding...

The chapel overlooking the ocean was the most spectacular location for them to say their vows. It was charming, it was beautifully decorated, it was inviting and it was imitate. As I sat in the pew towards the back of the chapel, I spied the carriage …OMG that is Karen in the horse-drawn carriage! Kleenex please!

And here she comes….

OMG, she’s stunning (I heard myself say while everyone else was totally quite, speechless to be exact)… More Kleenex! Not just for me this time, but for almost everyone!

Her stunning dress was a Provonia…and she couldn’t have looked lovelier. She looked like a princess.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many photographers at an event in my life. Well, maybe at Princess Diana’s wedding (I think.) May I say, it will be a task to select pics for this wedding album (I would not want that job!)

Anyhoo…

We went on to a cocktail reception while the couple and bridal party took more stunning pics.

I digress…

We were ushered to the reception and every single guest stood there for a minute or two in utter amazement. Where did they get these fabulous favors? There were two armoires with pictures, favors, flowers, trinkets…and a table with hand-made plaque. Every thing was personalized for Brian and Karen. It was like being in a candy store as a kid…so many things to capture my attention.

The decor was impeccable, the dance floor changed colors, the music was incredible (a mix of Caribbean and Spanish) and the tables were absolutely stunning. The wedding team deserve an award for transforming the terrace by the ocean into the most amazing reception area I’ve ever seen.

The bridal party came out dancing (their own signature dance to music) and the moment came…the announcement of the newly-weds.  Shut the front door…(my saying for when something is utterly amazing) they took this to a whole other level. More Kleenex! I really didn’t think Brian could dance like that, but we were in for a real treat.

Dinner was just absolutely to die for. I could have gone back for more but I wanted to behave. Pictures aplenty, everyone was snapping. I had to recharge my phone. I was in paradise experience a magical wedding. Where do they do that? Only in Cancun I guess!

Then it was time for the first dance! A standing “O” for the couple…they dazzled us!

I didn’t dance but I watched everyone else, I was having way too much fun. It was a party to remember. This couple…they set the bar for weddings. To have 55 guests echo one word over and over is kind of hard to imagine. But, the theme among the guest was “ Perfect , i t was perfect .”

The following day we bumped into the couple. They said, they had the magical wedding they dreamed of. It was definitely my honor to help them make their dream come true. It’s a wedding I will treasure for a lifetime.

And…the best part, I have grown to love Karen and Brian and I now think of them as friends. What more can I ask for?

There is nothing I like better than taking the dreams of a couple and transforming those dreams into reality so they can have their magical moment.

By Jared Turner 14 Oct, 2016

Planning a tropical beach wedding and want to be sure it knocks the socks off your attendees in addition to being the first day of the rest of your life with your spouse? Here are a few ways we’ve learned to make destination and beach weddings we’ve assisted bring to life WOW family and friends over the years. (Why should the happy couple be the only ones who gush over the momentous occasion?)

By Jared Turner 13 Oct, 2016

As a travel agent, it is my job to be as familiar with as many services as possible so I can make the best recommendations to you.

I have used both shared and private transfer but on my last trip to Jamaica, I made a decision that I will use private transfer in as many instances as I can.

Here are the reasons why:

A couple days ago as I discussed honeymoon planning options to a bride, she had questions about round-trip airport transfers.

When you fly internationally, you need transfer services to take you from the airport to your accommodation and back again once your trip is complete. What kind of transfers should you purchase?

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