I get to help you create magical dreams for your honeymoon and have those honeymoon fantasies unfold before your eyes during your stay. A day in my life is typically one where I have the pleasure to speak with you about your honeymoon dreams . My intention as we speak is to find out what challenges you face so I can provide the solutions that you seek. Let’s face it, there is an incredible volume of options at your disposable but sifting through that mountain of options is very daunting – is pretty much a full time job. Add all the other detailed planning and decisions that you have to make for your wedding, you can easily become overwhelmed.
As an expert in honeymoon planning , my job is not that of an order taker, to listen to your travel dates and quote you a price but to educate you on what will culminate in a fantastic honeymoon experience for you. My goal is to design an experience that will design options that will fit your lifestyle, personal tastes and financial commitment. Ultimately, you want an experience that will be one that you will treasure for years to come. Keep in find a quote or an itinerary is far different than a honeymoon experience!
Some of the challenges that you may be faced with are ways to save time and money in planning your honeymoon and that is perfectly understandable and normal. Keep in mind, that whether or not you have limited time and budget, there are ways to still have a fantastic experience. Here are some tips to consider to help you have an enhanced experience without breaking the bank.
Plan Your Honeymoon Early– If you read my writings you will read this over and over again – plan early! Planning early gives you negotiating opportunities that you don’t have if you are planning last minute. It also gives you time to plan and increase funding in other ways other than the budget you have in mind.
Be creative – Start putting a small amount aside each week. $40.00 per week is equivalent to 2 movie tickets, 2 Cokes and a tub of popcorn which can put $2,080.00 in your honeymoon fund if you saved that every week for a year. If you eat out once per week, cut that in half and save the money towards your honeymoon fund. If you have Frequent Flyer points, plan to use those for your flights. Creatively schedule your flights to fly out on a weekdays instead of the weekend as your fares may be less.
Scale Back: Another thought is scaling down on the expenses of the wedding which is for you, your friends and family and plan a smaller, more intimate and more affordable wedding so you can have the experience you want for your honeymoon travel that is just for the two of you. Keep in mind the wedding is for everyone but the honeymoon is for you two only.
Create a Honeymoon Registry is a fantastic way to have family and friends contribute to your honeymoon experience. Trade the pots and pans for some fun in the sun. A honeymoon registry generally works just like a traditional bridal registry by allowing you to select elements of your honeymoon (airfare, hotel nights, meals, tours, sports, spa treatments, admissions, spending cash) that friends and family may buy for you in increments as wedding gifts.
Ask about our Payment Plans. You can make a deposit on your package and make payments over time. This is especially helpful if you start to make payments 9-12 months ahead of the wedding date. This is interest free and allows you to be flexible in your plan. Many resorts have great promotions and honeymoon amenities and upgrades that may be complimentary. We know how to find those so ask us. Understanding your options can equip you to make wise decisions so you can enjoy the trip of a lifetime without compromising your dreams.
Be realistic – expectations about your honeymoon dreams must be realistic. It may be advisable to shave off a night off your trip at a 4 star resort than to go for 5 nights to a lower resort category and then have a “ discounted experience”.
Let your lifestyle determine where you spend your honeymoon. Think about what you like and not let all your decision about something this important be dictated by money. Though budget is important, going to a less expensive property that does not have the amenities you want is not a wise selection. And, keep in mind there are creative ways to make your dream come true. We are experts so call us at 770.469.7370 to plan this incredible event in your life.
At White Sand Travel, romance is the name of the game. We work hard to be sure that you don’t have to lift a finger to plan your romantic getaway, honeymoon or destination wedding. We have over 25 years of combined experience with a goal of leveraging our expertise and knowledge to curate the perfect experience for you.
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.
backdrops of the ocean or the lush, beautiful gardens of a fabulous resort...
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.
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 all – inclusive 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.
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!)
We went on to a cocktail reception while the couple and bridal party took more stunning pics.
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.
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?)
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?