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By: Melissa IntVeldt Dutton
Your wedding day is fast approaching. You are worried about your head count, seating charts, floral arrangements, budgets, dress fittings and the list goes on. Somewhere in the planning process you have to think about your honeymoon. This, after all, is more than a vacation; it’s a once in a lifetime trip – your first trip as a married couple.
As a newlywed-to-be, you are faced with so many options for your honeymoon. There are so many destinations, yet not so much time! As a newlywed myself, I had visions of a romantic getaway to the Tuscan Countryside or an exotic journey to the Orient. But reality soon set-in and not only was every detail of the wedding costing more than imagined, the planning process was riddled with stress. As the big day drew near, even the simplest detail seemed overwhelming- the nerve of the caterer to ask how we wanted the napkins folded! That was the moment of realization.
Although planning trips is what I do for a living and my passion is to travel, the last thing we wanted to plan was another vacation. We wanted a honeymoon. Honeymoon Planning Honeymoon planning doesn’t need to be as stressful as planning the wedding itself. Let an all-inclusive destination take care of the details for you.
According to Webster’s, a honeymoon is “a period of harmony immediately following marriage.” Ahh, harmony, just what we wanted, and needed. Just think of how wonderful it will be to finally be married while enjoying your newlywed status in a romantic and tranquil environment. An environment where the hardest decision to make will be, “do I want an umbrella in my cocktail or not?” So, you might be wondering, where can you find this harmony? An all-inclusive resort will provide you with all of your answers…
One of the great things about an all-inclusive is just that, all is included; which is ideal for a couple looking to stay on budget. You know the total cost upfront, so you never need to carry any cash during your stay. Accustomed to tipping everyone from the bellman to the bartender, our tips were turned away on our honeymoon, as they were included. Your all-inclusive stay will also offer you endless food & beverage, ample entertainment, and countless activities from snorkeling and kayaking to scuba diving and beyond. The term “all-inclusive” may stir up connotations of wild college kids partying until the break of dawn or families on holiday with their young children, but there is an abundant selection of all-inclusive resorts that cater only to adults. Many of these resorts cater to couples and newlyweds by offering special honeymoon packages, couples massages, private dinners on the beach, champagne breakfasts and more. Some even have a special delivery box for room service, so your honeymoon suite can remain private!
All-inclusive resorts run the gamut when it comes to “what’s for dinner?” It’s very convenient to have it all there, on the grounds of the resort. No need to worry about suggestions from guidebooks or how to locate the newest “it” place to eat. Make it a goal to try all the options offered at your resort- from sit-down restaurants where you can order a la carte, to themed buffets, in-room dining or a made to order meal at the grill. And to top it all off, you can try a different cocktail with each course of your meal, all day long. You have already worn that beautiful gown, now is not the time to worry about your waistline!
Now that the wedding planning is over, how magnificent will it be not having to worry about the little details? No incessant exercise to fit into your dress, no place settings, no in-laws, just you and your new spouse, enjoying the newlywed life. You can stay in bed all day, sit on the beach, go to the pool, try one of the water sports, play a round of golf, soak in the hot tub or relax in the spa. It’s all at your finger tips and easily accessible at an all-inclusive. These days, most couples already have a fully stocked linen closet and kitchen. If you are having a hard time adding items onto your wedding registry, there is now a wonderful alternative, the honeymoon registry. You can register for various aspects of your honeymoon such as a couples massage, a private dinner on the beach, a champagne breakfast on your terrace, the list goes on. You can create this registry on-line at www.mytravelingpanda.honeymoonwishes.com and add it as a link to your wedding website. Guests can choose their gift online, and then the honeymoon registry will notify you. It works out well because you can have the funds directly deposited into your checking account and they are ready for immediate use on your honeymoon.
Just remember, your honeymoon is more than just a vacation, it is your time to relax and unwind with your spouse after your wedding. Being able to enjoy the new role as a husband or wife, without having to plan any of the minuet details, is a wonderful thing. Take it from me, we loved our all-inclusive honeymoon! ■
Melissa IntVeldt Dutton is the Owner and Operator of My Traveling Panda, a full-service travel agency specializing in offering affordable luxury to group and individual travelers. Melissa spent years working as a Destination Wedding Coordinator in Las Vegas, providing her with years of experience in Las Vegas weddings and honeymoons. And, yes, there really is a traveling panda named Staffield, visit http://www.mytravelingpanda. com to learn more.