Destination Weddings, Honeymoon Packages, Familymoon for a Second Marriage
Getting remarried is an opportunity for couples to do things differently with both the wedding and the honeymoon. In fact, combining those two events is quickly becoming the standard for many couples planning a second marriage or renewing wedding vows. Destination weddings are on the rise with US and Canadian citizens, due largely to the costs of throwing a formal wedding and the reality that many couples doing it for the second time want to spend less time planning the event and more time enjoying themselves. Many couples are now planning to renew wedding vows at tropical island locations too. Additionally, more and more countries have relaxed their non-resident wedding restrictions making the process much easier for the average altar-bound couples to plan their destination weddings and book their honeymoon packages.
The first step in planning a destination wedding is to find a travel agency specializing in honeymoons & destination weddings. The travel agent will be an invaluable resource and will help you begin the process of selecting a location for your remarriage. This is the first priority when planning a destination wedding because legal requirements vary by location and some countries have such restrictive marriage policies that it would be impractical to marry in those places. Furthermore, your own budgetary restrictions may prohibit certain destinations because of the costs involved in getting and staying there. Of course, if you are one of the growing number of couples planning on renewing wedding vows abroad then legal requirements do not affect you since you are already married. Click here for more information on renewing wedding vows.
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In addition to legal requirements, if you're planning on having wedding guests join you for your nuptials, you'll need to consider their budgetary needs in addition to your own.
Airfare varies greatly by destination and getting to some Caribbean islands may require several transfers. Not only does this add to the cost of the trip, but it also can be physically draining for any elderly or handicapped attendees. Even though your travel agent may be able to secure affordable air with a bulk purchase, the difficulty of getting to certain destinations should certainly be considered and discussed with those guests for whom it may be an issue.
Planning on taking the kiddies along for the wedding and/or honeymoon? Read about The Familymoon as seen in Newsweek Magazine and donl;t forget to download a Child Travel Consent Form to get the ex-souse's permission to take the children on a trip.
Destination weddings and honeymoons in the Caribbean have also grown very popular, with many island nations now offering shorter waiting periods of three days or less. For Mexico and the Caribbean Islands in particular, this growth is compounded by the surging popularity of the “all-inclusive resort” or couples resorts concept. In fact, the all inclusive concept that was pioneered by Club Med, improved upon by SuperClubs and made a household name by Sandals has become so popular that even traditional hotel companies have converted many of their Caribbean hotels to all-inclusive properties in order to compete. Because they’re all-inclusive, you don’t pay extra for food and beverages and several of these offer free ceremonies, or ceremonies at reduced rates for couples that bring a certain number of guests. Many of these resorth as the Occidental Allegro and Grand properties (Mexico, Aruba, Dominican Republic, Antigua, Costa Rica), SuperClubs Breezes & Star Fish (Dominican Republic, Jamaica), Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (St. Lucia, Jamaica, Bahamas, Aruba, US Virgin Islands), or the Beaches Resorts (Jamaica) are great properties for family-style destination weddings because they have facilities and activities designed with children in mind. Of course, if you’re looking for an adults-only affair, the Grand Lidos, Couples and Sandals Resorts will take care of you.Just south of Hawaii are the islands of Tahiti, which offer a different flavor of the Polynesian experience. Unlike Hawaii, which is larger, more populous and has all of the creature comforts of home, Tahiti is tranquil and at times appears cut off from the outside world.
So where are couples tying the knot these days? Hawaii has long been the world's most popular destination for weddings and honeymoons, in part because it is a domestic destination. And with the unrest in various parts of the world, it has only solidified its position. In particular, Hawaii has long been popular for second marriage destination weddings because there are no adults-only resorts and, for the most part, kids are welcome in most hotels. Especially popular these days are the islands of Kauai and Maui, with many couples spending time on both of these enchanting islands. Another popular option is a Hawaiian cruise on NCL's Norwegian Star, which offers couples the opportunity to experience the islands of Hawaii from a completely different perspective. Since there are no all-inclusive resorts in Hawaii, it can get more expensive if a couple getting remarried is planning on bringing the kids. Hawaii is unparalleled in its beauty and will leave a lasting impression on those fortunate enough to experience her splendor.
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The popularity of honeymoon destinations may change, but the purpose of the honeymoon remains the same – a grand finale to complete the celebration of marriage and to begin your new life together creating memories that will last you a lifetime. And, choosing to combine the wedding and honeymoon can make those memories even sweeter.
Article courtesy TheHoneymoon.com
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