Honeymoon Packages

Sunset on Maldives island

Sunset on Maldives island

Picture this:

You have to book a hotel. You want to take a cruise. You have to get there by plane. Taxi… forget it! It doesn’t end with travel. You want to go on a tour of the Taj Mahal or get some great scuba instruction. Now you’ve got even more arrangements to make.

And you thought all that complicated planning would end with the wedding. It can. Get a honeymoon package. Honeymoon packages come in all shapes and sizes. Many can be custom ‘fitted’ to a specific couple.

One common form is a combination of flight plus cruise. The flight gets you from an airport near you to the ship’s point of embarkation. Then you board and enjoy your honeymoon cruise to an exotic locale. The return flight brings you home.

But some will include flights in the middle. You board the ship and sail off, say, to the Greek Isles. Then, after a few days stay, you fly to Monte Carlo or Paris for some gambling or nightlife. You may pick up the cruise at another point, say Lisbon, or fly back to Greece to complete your honeymoon. Then it’s back by ship to Florida and home on a final flight.

Hotels are another typical part of honeymoon packages. No need to worry about where to stay once you arrive from your flight or cruise. Pay once and be assured of your accommodations for the entire honeymoon.

That also saves you money.

Packages invariably offer the best rates. Paying separately for flight and hotel will carry a higher cost than getting a combination deal. The business reason is straightforward. Special arrangements between the airline and the hotel make them money by feeding each company customers. The honeymoon couple gets the benefit by a lower price than they could get on their own. Everybody wins.

The same principle can, and often does, extend beyond transportation and accommodations. It often reaches to activities that newlyweds seek when they reach their honeymoon destination.

You may take a flight to Aruba, one of the most popular honeymoon spots. But before long you’ll want to do more than lie on the beach. Scuba diving is often included as part of the package that includes hotel and transportation. Bicycle rental might even be included so you and your new spouse can ride off into the sunset together. Horseback riding is included in some packages, too.

Or, suppose you prefer romantic Italy. You arrive in Venice and book into a fine hotel that was included in your package. But now you want to take a canal ride, or go on a tour of one of the outstanding sights in the ancient city. Many hotels will include this as part of the amenities.

No matter where you want to go, how you want to get there, or what you want to do when you arrive you’ll find a honeymoon package that offers just what you seek.

Favorite Wedding Favors

Honey Jar Wedding Favors

Honey Jar Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are small gifts that decorate your guests’ tables and provide a wonderful memento of the big day. How fortunate that they come in so many varieties. No matter what theme you have selected for your wedding, you’ll find a wedding favor to match.

Many choose a winter theme to go with the season in which the wedding takes place. The choices here are as endless as the snows rolling over the hills. Snowflake candle holders, frosty the snowman placecard holders and much more are available.

Summer is among the most popular of wedding themes. The delightful warmth and bright sunshine put everyone in a festive mood. Select a favor that matches. Flowers are a fine choice of design element. Delightful tiny vases, rose-shaped candle holders and other small items will be a big hit.

Spring is a favorite season for many who don’t care for summer humidity or winter cold. Reflect that feeling in your wedding favors. The joyful colors as the Earth comes back to life find their way into many gift items, such as wine bottle stoppers, miniature pails or tealights in robin blue.

Fall is often the choice of those who enjoy a brisk breeze and multi-colored falling leaves. Wedding favors take advantage of that emotion in the form of maple-leaf placecard holders, small bottles of Vermont syrup and so many more items that bring joy. A pine cone container of chocolates won’t be left on the table when the reception dinner dishes are cleared away.

Planning a beach-themed wedding? What a great idea. Sun and surf can evoke the fun of the day you got engaged or the romance of the tropical paradise where you intend to honeymoon. Seashell photo frames, starfish tealights, sailboat candles and other beach items will be on display in many a guest’s home while you’re away.

Las Vegas is a great place to get married. It makes for an equally fun and funky honeymoon spot. Give your guests some chocolate poker chips to calm the munchies before dinner is served. The coasters etched with your logo are another hot ticket. Spin the wheel and let your winning ball come up on some brass dice to decorate the home office desk.

Many things that we often find around the home make for ultra-fine wedding favors, as well.

You can never go wrong with wine stoppers or sample bottles of your favorite vintage. Coffee packets will get emptied by enthusiasts of one of the world’s favorite beverages. But the containers can make for a keepsake that lasts a lifetime. Tea sachets can hold white, green or black but they always bring to mind passion red. Bath salts and soaps are still another option that brings delight to the senses as they decorate the reception table or home countertop.

Speaking of decorative, crystal or glass wedding favors are not just beautiful. They’re highly prized collectors items. A frost glass sailboat tealight will be displayed on mantles forever. A glass dinner bell will decorate Christmas trees for generations. Wine tasting glasses decorated with personalized ribbons never go out of style.

All these items can be personalized in many ways. Glass can be etched. Tins can be stickered. Leather keychains can be embossed. Boxes can be tied with printed ribbons and bows.

Carry your theme to the ultimate and put your wedding favors in those boxes or tins that include your wedding design. Decorated with the colors of the season, a sun logo or a fun Las Vegas hotel sign, they will be as treasured as the gift inside.

Planning a wedding is so much work, isn’t it great that picking out wedding favors is so easy? You can’t go wrong no matter what you choose.