Jan 20

There is a new trend that is finding huge appeal by modern brides and grooms-to-be. They are discovering the romance, convenience and savings of combining a beach destination wedding with a honeymoon cruise and they are discovering tropical Miami beach as the venue of choice.

Are you looking for the ideal wedding and honeymoon destination? Then join the many savvy bride-and-grooms-to-be and head to Miami beach for the beach wedding of your dreams combined with an unforgettable honeymoon cruise.

There are many reasons why a combination of Miami beach weddings with honeymoon cruises is the perfect choice for many couples, and may be the perfect choice for you. Here are a few that easily come to mind.

1. It is very easy to get a Florida marriage licenses. Out-of state and foreign couples can even apply for their Florida marriage license by mail. Tropical Miami Beach Weddings can help you make all the arrangements necessary for your memorable beach wedding and honeymoon cruise.

2. Florida is the cruise capital of the world. This makes combining your beach wedding with a honeymoon cruise as easy as a ‘walk in the park”.

3. Honeymoon cruises are extremely romantic. Experiencing a honeymoon cruise is one of the most romantic and fun-filled ways to spend a honeymoon vacation.

4. Excellent vacation for wedding guests. Family and friends can enjoy a wonderful Florida vacation and an unforgettable cruise vacation while at the same time sharing your wonderful wedding and honeymoon event.

5. Visit several exotic destinations in one vacation! A Miami beach wedding combined with a honeymoon cruise is not only a wonderful way to start your lifetime of love and travel together, but it also makes economic sense.

You will be hard-pressed to find a more cost-effective way to have a romantic wedding on a beach, travel in luxury aboard a floating resort, dine like royalty on the sea, and create memories that will last a lifetime!

Darlene Berkel

Jan 19

Congratulations! Can I see the ring? Have you set a date yet?

Where are you going to get married?

One of the first questions newly engaged couples get asked is about the location and venue of The Big Day. The bride will soon be deciding on her wedding gown and the groom will be thinking of the honeymoon – but the choice of venue is generally of equal importance to both parties.

More and more couples are choosing to travel abroad for their wedding. This not only solves the problems of who to leave off the invitation list (or at least, you can invite sour old Aunt Jane but she’ll never be able to get there, thankfully!) but also makes this adventure of a lifetime, well, more adventurous!

Cape Town, South Africa has become a popular wedding location for many couples. A winning combination of fabulous climate, natural geographical beauty and a wealth of stunning venues from which to choose, has put the Cape firmly on the map of Great International Wedding Locations.

As one bride said: “We wanted to celebrate the most beautiful day of my life in the most beautiful city in the world – that’s why we chose Cape Town!”

So what’s your fantasy wedding location?

Will you be a barefoot bride on a beach at sunset?

Do you picture majestic mountains and vineyards as your wedding photo backdrop?

Fancy an ‘Out-of-Africa theme with a safari wedding in the South African bush?

Or how about high tea, or a formal dinner, followed by dancing to a live jazz band on the lawns of a 5 star hotel in front of Table Mountain?

Whether you want rural and rustic under thatch or glamorous and elegant with world-class cuisine, Cape Town offers it all!

Why not consider something unusual, romantic and a little daring – a Cape Town wedding. You’ll be the envy of all your friends, and those who do fly out to celebrate with you will thank you for giving them the excuse to have the holiday of a lifetime!

Francois L. Botha

Jan 18

honeymoons are as much a part of any weddings as the wedding preparation and the wedding day itself. It is usually included in the budgeting and planning of a wedding that, for most, weddings are never complete without a honeymoon.

Origins of Honeymoon

Honeymoon is said to have originated from the Norse people where the husband-to-be abducts the bride from a nearby village. He then takes her into hiding for some time without her family knowing where she is. Only his friends know where they are and give the bride’s family the assurance they need that she is fine. Once her family stops searching for her, the new husband and wife then return to their people with a child growing in her belly.

Others claim that during the time of Babylon, a honey-based drink called mead is given to the groom by the bride’s father. The groom then drinks it for the duration of the first month (first moon cycle) of his marriage to the bride. This is said to boost the fertility and virility of the newly-wedded couple.

Modern Honeymoon

Generally, the newlyweds have their honeymoon right after their wedding as their own and private celebration of their union and their life together. The honeymoon is typically a trip spent together in a place away from their home for the purpose of seclusion and intimacy. This also serves as a rest period after all the hassles and headaches that come with the wedding preparation and the anxiety and excitement of the wedding day itself. It is the perfect opportunity for the newlyweds to spend time with each other away from their usual lives, and it will be a start for them in getting to know each other better.

Favorite Honeymoon Spots

As this is a considered a part of the wedding process, the couple either saved up for the honeymoon or received a honeymoon trip as a gift from their parents or close friends. The most common and favorite destinations of newlyweds are the beaches and resorts in famous spots like Hawaii and the Mediterranean. Some couples take cruises and enjoy quality time spent lazing around and enjoying each other’s company. Going to Mexico and enjoying its rich cultural heritage is also a favorite among newlyweds.

But for those who want to save some money, a simple out-of-town travel and staying at their favorite hotel is enough. Honeymoon does not mean visiting exotic places. It means quality time for the newlyweds.

Life After the Wedding and Honeymoon

It does not matter if the newlyweds went on a honeymoon or not. It does not make or break a marriage. In fact, honeymoon does not mean that you have to be in exotic places to enjoy each other’s company. Take the intimacy honeymoon connotes into your busy daily lives and treat your every day life like it is still the honeymoon phase of your marriage.

Marriage should never be taken lightly. As they enter married life, they are sharing the beauty of living life with someone they love and cherish. Not only will they be sharing their lives together but their dreams, aspirations, hard works, joys, triumphs, losses, and hard times as well.

Eric Hartwell

Jan 6

Getting married? There are plenty of wonderful destinations for your honeymoon. But how are you gone get there? Did you ever think of a cruise ship? Believe me – it’s the best way to start your honeymoon. In fact it is the best way to start your marriage!

Every year, thousands of couples get married. If you’re planning your wedding, it is likely that you’ll plan a honeymoon as well. Honeymoons are often looked upon as vacations. In a sense, they are. But there are two major differences. Number one: romance is in the air. Number two: no kids. The bride, the groom and plenty of time. That makes honeymoons fun, exciting and memorable.

As previously mentioned, you have a number of different options when it comes to planning your honeymoon. Many newlyweds schedule their honeymoons at popular beaches, ski resorts, or other secluded areas. Did you know that you can also have a honeymoon aboard a cruise ship? Cruise ships are increasing in popularity, but still many individuals do not consider them as a vacation option. And that’s a shame.

You’ll be amazed!

One of the reasons why cruise ships are rarely thought about when selecting a vacation destination, let alone a honeymoon, is because of their cost. A cruise is considered to be expensive. Well, I´ll let you in on a little secret. They don´t have to be. The competition in the cruise line industry is killing. If you play your card smart, you can be the one that benefits. Do a Google search on discount cruise ship tickets and you´ll be amazed!

Those discount tickets are usually sold fast. So here is the rule. First of all decide where you wane go and set your budget. Then sit down and do your homework on the computer (or with the help of a travel agent). Once you see an offer that fits your needs, do not hesitate. Jump on it and celebrate. You just made a dream reality!

Take it from a pro

Let me raise another question. Are cruises actually pricy? It is important to examine the activities available onboard and the length of the cruise. The longer the cruise and the more services available, the more expensive tickets are likely to be. If you take the time to figure out all the services that are included and the cost of overnight accommodations, you may see that cruises aren’t all that expensive after all. Do the math and – again – you’ll be surprised.

Once you’ve made the decision to spend your honeymoon onboard a cruise liner, you’ll have to book reservations. When examining cruise ship destinations, look for the possibility for romance. As your honeymoon is supposed to be a romantic and relaxing time, you’ll want to select destinations that will keep that spirit alive. Those destinations are all over the world. But take it from a pro: for newlyweds the Caribbean is the place to go. There are over 7.000 islands. Pick a couple. No matter what islands you’ll be sailing for, there will be sandy white beaches, the friendliest people you can think of and lots of rum. You can’t go wrong here.

Amorous and intimate

Before I forget: take a close look at the type of cruise you select. Most cruise lines have ships that are targeted to seniors, risk seekers or families. Stay away from the last two mentioned. Remember: you are searching a private, amorous and intimate setting. Hard to find whit kids all over the swimming pool or adventure junkies bungee jumping from the upper decks…

Capt. Jack Storms