Keep your Home Safe while Honeymooning

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After months of planning, the much-anticipated wedding has come and gone and you are finally married to the love of your life.

Congratulations! Now you can relax and look forward to honeymooning. But with all the excitement and festivities, some couples forget about protecting their most valuable asset — their home.

It’s wise to plan ahead and be prepared. The happily-ever-after part of this new lifestyle involves taking care of yourselves, each other and all your precious possessions.

While you’re scuba diving in Hawaii or walking through ruins in Rome, your home is susceptible to burglary and vandalism. And there’s nothing worse after a relaxing vacation than coming home to find your belongings have been stolen. Especially all those wedding gifts! To keep your peace of mind while away, practice some basic safety precautions to ensure your house and belongings are safe.

One of the best ways to burglar-proof your house is to create the illusion that someone is home. Set your lights, television and radio on a timer. Leave a car in the driveway. Ask a friend or neighbour to come by at least once a week.

Inside the house, make sure to lock up your valuables — including jewelry, electronics, deeds and any other important or sensitive documents — in a fire-proof safe. Before you go, set your alarm and notify the security company that you will be away.

While you enjoy your dream honeymoon, you can also rest assured that the personal property you take with you is covered by your home insurance. Keep in mind there are some exceptions, so if you are unsure, make sure to check your policy or talk with your insurance provider.

Most importantly, make sure you have the proper coverage. Companies like belairdirect can help you determine exactly what you need and can provide a quote in minutes.

Find more information online at belairdirect.com.

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Honeymoon Planning Tips

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Butler service is a highlight of a stay at a Rondoval. Credit Sandals Grande St. Lucian.

Start your planning

If a fantasy resort topped with extraordinary experiences is part of your vacation planning wish list, it’s worth consulting with an expert. Lindsey Epperly, owner of Epperly Travel (part of the Virtuoso network) a luxury honeymoon and destination wedding travel agency, offers the following tips for couples looking for stress-free, enjoyable travel experience.

Save time and money: Gone forever are the hours spent on Google or crowdsourcing your travel dreams over social media. Savvy couples are increasingly counting on experts to customize their travel. A skilled travel agent will take the time to learn your preference and tailor make your experience. They can also alert you to hidden costs and extra fees before you go.

Avoid disappointment: Well-established travel agencies invest in their staff and this means they have often personally visited a resort you may be considering. Do you love scuba diving, have dietary preferences or need air conditioning? It’s worth knowing that if you book with an online booking engine, that the “romantic hotel” at the top of the list may have paid for that placement. And remember, the terms “romantic” and “luxury” are relative.

Be Prepared: Mother Nature is fickle. Rain, wind or even hurricanes are out of your control. If things go wrong, it’s worth having a trusted travel agent to contact in case of an emergency rather than a generic 1-800 number.

Perks: A well-established travel agent that specializes in wedding and honeymoon travel has built relationships with management at leading resorts and can often score special perks such as amenities, room upgrades or custom experiences. 

Other resources:

Begin Early: Sandals Resorts offers an engagement concierge to help couples customize their wedding proposal dreams. The service is complimentary for Sandals Resorts guests.

Wow-factor Wedding Registry: Why not let your friends and family treat you to an unforgettable experience rather than a second coffee maker on your gift registry? If you already have what you need, then room upgrades or a couple’s massage might be the ideal gift. Secrets Resorts & Spas offers a Honeymoon Wishes Registry you can create online for select resorts in Mexico, Jamaica, Dominican Republic and Costa Rica.

Test Drive Your Resort: To help wedding couples sample the goods, Sandals Resorts encourages couples to preview their celebrations at their resort of choice. The Test Drive package includes round-trip airport transfers, luxurious accommodations, resort tour, meetings with resort wedding and photography team, sparkling wine and cake tasting, wedding decor sampling, and a romantic dinner for two at a resort specialty restaurant.

New Orleans makes honeymooning easy

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The Big Easy

by Mary Ann Simpkins

With its antebellum Garden District homes, vibrant neighbourhoods and gas-lamp-lit cobblestone alleys, New Orleans combines a European ambiance with southern charm. Rated one of the world’s top eight truly romantic cities by CNN Traveler, the city is an ideal honeymoon destination. Originally French – founded by Montreal- born explorer Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville in 1718 – New Orleans was briefly a Spanish colony before becoming part of the United States in 1803. Fusing the French and Spanish heritages with Haitian, Caribbean and African Creole cultures has produced a city unlike any other in America. A city that lives by the Cajun French expression, Laissez les bon temps rouler (Let the good times roll).

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St. Charles Street streetcar. Photo by: Cheryl Gerber

The French Quarter

Nestled on the high grounds of the Mississippi banks, the city’s historic heart captivates visitors with its blend of Spanish, French, Creole and American architecture. To explore its streets, take a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride from Jackson Square. The peaceful green oasis lies opposite America’s oldest cathedral and Spain’s one-time city hall. Delicately filigreed ironwork balconies grace many buildings such as the Royal Sonesta Hotel. Located on Bourbon Street, jam-packed with jazz and blues clubs, the hotel plants you in the middle of the action. Behind the 1830’s New Orleans row house facade, you’ll find an elegant European-style hotel with crystal chandeliers and French doors.

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Garden District homes. 

Many couples marry in the tropical courtyard, followed by a reception in the adjoining Fleur de Lis suite. The hotel has its own jazz club, but at the nearby Court of Two Sisters, you can settle down under trees shading the courtyard and listen to musicians while indulging in an extensive buffet. The Jazz Brunch specialty is seafood and shrimp Creole omelets. The restaurant, previously the Royal Governor’s residence, sits on Royal Street, where the upper crust lived. Their 18th and 19th- century buildings now function as restaurants, boutiques and antique shops, some comparable to museums. Furnishings at M.S. Rau Antiques include an empire-style bedroom suite once owned by King Farouk. New Orleans’ distinctive cuisine ranges from gumbo and jambalaya to beignets introduced by the Acadians kicked out of the Maritimes. Café du Monde has made fried fritters covered in powdered sugar since 1862.

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In Arnaud’s, the grande dame of New Orleans’ Creole restaurants, waiters in black tie recommend the signature appetizer, shrimp Arnaud, boiled shrimp topped with a spicy rémoulade sauce, and oysters Bienville. In the quieter residential section, where Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie own a property, is Maison Dupuy. Made up of five brick town houses with traditional tall arched windows and wrought-iron balconies, the hotel encloses the quarter’s largest courtyard. A heated pool dominates one section. In another lush tropical foliage and a bubbling three-tiered marble fountain, sets an enchanting setting for many tying the knot as well as diner seating alfresco.

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Fountain, Courtyard Maison Dupuy. Courtesy: Maison Dupuy

Tremé neighbourhood

Two blocks from Maison Dupuy in Tremé is St. Louis Cemetery. Ornate, brick and plaster tombs crowd the oldest “city of the dead.” Established in 1789, the cemetery’s most eccentric crypt is Nicolas Cage’s $250,000 grey-stone pyramid-shaped vault.

Faubourg Marigny

Marquis Bernard De Marigny subdivided his huge plantation to form this suburb west of the French Quarter. The world-famous Preservation Jazz Band still play in the French Quarter, but the better clubs are found on Marigny’s Frenchmen Street. You’ll need to reserve to dine at the most popular club, Snug Harbour.

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Windsor Court. Courtesy: Windsor Court. 

Arts district

Opening the Contemporary Art Centre revitalized the area sometimes called the Warehouse District. Today, the small area boasts 26 art galleries, Harrah’s Casino and the Omni Royal Crescent Hotel. The four-star boutique hotel rises above a quiet leafy street just two blocks from the French Quarter. On the roof, relax on chaise lounges set under a banana tree or in the large Jacuzzi. For private dipping, reserve a junior suite with a separate living room, king-size bed and an oversized bath with Jacuzzi tub.

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St. Louis Cathedral from the river. 

Central business district (CBD)

The CBD, as the French Quarter’s high rise neighbour is known, evolved from founder Sieur de Bienville’s plantation. Among the 19th and 20th-century buildings is the Windsor Court Hotel. Named one of the country’s 50 top big city hotels by Travel + Leisure Magazine, this beautiful upscale hotel offers weddings and honeymoons in rooms enhanced with antiques and art. The $8 million museum quality collection of 17th to late 20th-century primarily British furnishings, tapestries, sculptures and paintings, includes works by Gainsborough, Reynolds and van Dyck. Spoil yourselves with a treatment in the spa. On the roof of the 23-floor building, float above the city in the huge pool or watch clouds float by from the deck. Palm trees line Canal Street, the dividing line between the French Quarter and CBD, and action central during Mardi Gras. It’s home to Saks Fifth Avenue and the Palace Café, which recreates the atmosphere of a French bistro with murals of musicians and a dramatic spiral staircase to the mezzanine. The house specialty is a crabmeat cheesecake appetizer.

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Wedding in Royal Sonesta Club courtyard. Courtesy: Royal Sonesta

Garden District

Hop aboard an old-fashioned streetcar on Canal to ramble slowly through the Garden District. Snubbed by the French Quarter’s Creole residents, the newly arrived Americans migrated here, building mansions framed by English-style gardens of magnolias, azaleas and camellias. Disembark to walk hand-in-hand under trees still bearing Mardi Gras beads months after the carnival. Stop to admire the Queen Anne to Italianate-style mansions. Residents include Sandra Bullock and John Goodman. His wife owns the children’s store, Pippen Lane, on the city’s preeminent shopping street, Magazine Street. Upperline restaurant presents a wonderful sampling of regional specialties. The three-course Taste of New Orleans comprises three small plates of such contemporary Creole dishes as turtle soup and duck étouffée. Many couples become engaged in its intimate rooms.

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Natchez heading downriver. Courtesy: New Orleans Steamboat Company

Shades of Scarlett O’Hara

Sailing on the Steamboat Natchez, the Mississippi river’s last authentic steamboat, recalls a more gentile era. The gentle soothing ride passes the last battle of the War of 1812 site and buildings devastated by Hurricane Katrina. A jazz band plays in the dining room. Venture further back in time with a day trip to a plantation. A canopy of live oaks towers
over the walk up to Oak Alley Plantation.
Dressed as southern belles, guides help you imagine life in the gracious Greek Revival Mansion. Down the road, Laura Plantation’s yellow-coloured facade, green shutters and red window frames typifies a Creole plantation. Built by a French naval officer in 1805, the sugar plantation still has its slave cabins, occupied by tenants until 1977. Musician Fats Domino is descended from slaves who worked here.

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Oak Alley Plantation.

If you go

New Orleans offers the best deals in the summer, when it is hot and humid. Hurricanes hit chiefly in August and September.

Wedding documentation

Ten year passport valid until at least six months after your return.

Proof of full names and addresses.

Proof of divorce or death certificate (if applicable).

New Orleans Marriage License.

Visit the Parish Clerk of Court Offices to obtain a license. It’s possible to be married the same day. The fee is about US $31.

For information: marriageinfo@jpclerkofcourt.us.

Accommodations

Royal Sonesta Hotel New Orleans www.sonesta.com/royalneworleans
Maison Dupuy www.maisondupuy.com
Omni Royal Crescent Hotel www.omnihotels.com
Windsor Court Hotel www.windsorcourthotel.com

Information

New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau www.neworleanscvb.com

Transportation

There are no direct flights from Ottawa to New Orleans. Instead, Air Canada makes one stop in Toronto while United, Delta and US Air make at least one stop in the U.S. W

This story first appeared in the 2014 winter issue of Ottawa Wedding Magazine. 

Perfect Honeymoon Packing List

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When daydreaming about your honeymoon, it’s easy to get swept up in the excitement. You envision every exciting activity on your agenda and start mentally planning the outfits you’ll wear for each one. The problem is that sometimes the vision you have in your mind about what to bring on this all-important trip doesn’t always translate into the most thoughtfully planned suitcase. At the same time, you want to be able to be carefree on your honeymoon, so your bags must be light. So in the spirit of easy travels and memory making, here are some tips to follow for smart honeymoon packing.

Prepare to Plan

Packing for a trip can be a headache. But packing your wardrobe for your honeymoon can feel like an even more monumental task. The last thing you want is to forget an important item or end up wearing the same outfit repeatedly. After all, the pictures from this milestone trip will live on forever. So what’s a girl to do? The answer: be prepared. Look at your entire vacation on a calendar and write out each day’s activities and what type of outfit is needed for every one. Instead of merely relying on your own mind to organize all this, actually write it down.

Maybe you’re going on a safari one day and are dying to wear your new olive green jacket for the occasion. Go for it! But then consult your written outfit schedule and find another activity or two when you can use the same jacket in a new way. One idea is to layer the jacket over your favorite black dress, adding some character to a fancy dinner look, or repurpose it by tying the jacket around your waist when you go sightseeing the next day. Aim to maximize the bulkiest items you’ll be bringing, like outerwear, jeans and bags. Wherever possible, mix and match these pieces in new ways multiple times so you keep your luggage light and your look fresh.

Get Strategic with Your Shoes

The previous section covered ideas for saving space with your wardrobe, but what about shoes? It turns out they deserve a shout out all to themselves. Shoes can take up an inordinate amount of space in your bags and really weigh you down. Instead of packing a different pair for every outfit, plan to bring one pair of each type of shoe you’ll need. Depending on the variety of vacation you’re taking, this might look like: one pair of tennis shoes, one pair of sandals and one pair of high heels or wedges. Make sure that you choose shoes that are either in a basic neutral color or are black, so that they can coordinate with nearly any outfit you wear.

A final tip for shoes is to wear your bulkiest pair on the airplane, to and from your destination. If you’re heading toward colder weather, wear your fur-lined boots on the plane. Heading to the beach? Wear your tennis shoes as you travel. This will mean that the lightest shoes you bring (which also take up the least space) will be the only ones you need to pack. Say hello to more room in your suitcase!

Identify Electronic Essentials

Beyond wardrobe items, many newlyweds fall prey to bringing too many electronics with them on their honeymoon. Electronics tend to be heavy and somewhat fragile, so they can bog you down and limit your spontaneity. Since you’ll be honeymooning, there’s no need to bring a computer. You will be happier leaving the PC or Mac at home, really! And even though it’s tempting to bring a high-quality camera with you to document this special trip, fancy cameras and all their equipment will just restrict your mobility and end up being anchors that hold you down. Instead, use your smartphone for capturing those memories. A device likethe Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 12MP camera that takes quality pictures and is easy to slip into your purse or pocket. Be sure to remember a few charging cords and pack one in each of your suitcases so you’re never without power, even if a bag gets lost.

Furthermore, consider bringing along a Kindle or similar e-reader, instead of carrying physical books with you. Most travel guides are available in a digital format and you’ll save yourself a lot of space by bringing this one device instead of several hard copies. Load up your favorite travel books and you’ll have a wealth of information and entertainment at your fingertips that occupies virtually no space.

In the midst of all the magic surrounding your honeymoon travels, remember to pause and spend time planning your wardrobe and packing list in detail! The more you’ve planned your outfits in advance and more strategically you’ve packed, the less stress you’ll experience on this very memorable journey. Get creative, keep it light and be ready to experience the time of your life. Enjoy!

Bridal Lingerie to Knock Your Partner’s Socks Off

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Yes, the perfect dress is important. But when the party’s over, you also want to look and feel fabulous for your wedding night. In fact, every single night of your honeymoon. This is no time for cutesie nightgowns. Now’s the time to “wow” in lace, satin, frills and not much else!

What to wear? Here’s what. Lace bustiers and sheer gowns, ruffled corsets and sexy chemises, bootie shorts and erotic teddies. Got your attention?

How about silky stockings and garter belts, satin robes and high heels, full-length gloves and barely-there thongs? So many choices, so little time … Classy, sassy or downright sultry, you get to decide how your fantasies will play out. And here’s some help to make them happen:

3Wishes.com offers some of the best bridal lingerie sets in the world. These sensual, sophisticated bridal sets are made of high quality materials and are offered in a variety of styles to match your mood and personal choices.

Vixen? Siren? Temptress? Kardashian?
Embrace your inner goddess!

From simple, satin maxi length gowns to sexy wedding party costumes and accessories, there’s an enticing variety of looks to complete your honeymoon wardrobe.

In fact, you can choose a complete bridal eveningwear trousseau and keep the wedding celebration right on going.

You can also order sexy gifts for your wedding party, such as hot Bridesmaid Boy Shorts in a rhinestones and heart print that will keep your besties beaming.

Whether you’re planning a boho outdoor garden wedding, a formal affair with all the traditional touches or a deluxe destination wedding, there are bridal lingerie sets to complement your style.

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Want to Travel on Your Honeymoon and Beyond?

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If you’ve always wanted to explore the world but worried about the costs, now you can—thanks to Wholesale Travel Club. The concept is straightforward; the benefits are far-reaching.

When you buy a membership, you gain access to unsurpassed wholesale pricing and the guaranteed best travel deals on the planet. Since Wholesale Travel Club is new to Canada, you’re invited to a presentation about this unique opportunity.

It’s April 14 at  6:30 p.m. at the  Ottawa Conference and Event Centre, 200 Coventry Road Ottawa.

RSVP: Jessica Mattei jmattei@sussexrl.com

Honeymoon? How About A Wine Show?

 

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Each Friday, sommelier Monique Ippolito introduces us to a new wine worth savouring and sharing. This time, she’s introducing us to a wine show worth traveling to experience! If you and your betrothed are wine lovers, this may be a destination to consider!

Imagine Honeymooning in beautiful Vancouver … and taking in its fabulous wine show!

by Monique Ippolito

Greetings fellow wine lovers! This week I am writing you from the 38th Vancouver International Wine Festival! This is my first VanWineFest experience and it is incredible! This week long festival is Canada’s premier wine extravaganza featuring over 1,400 wines from 155 wineries from 14 countries across the globe.  Every year the VanWineFest showcases a themed country and this year it’s Italy!  The Italians came well dressed and in full force bringing 240 wines from 60 wineries from across nine of their esteemed wine producing regions.  So, instead of sharing with you five reasons why I am excited about a single bottle of wine this week, I wish to share with you five big reasons why the Vancouver International Wine Festival reigns supreme.

 

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1 – The numbers speak for themselves! This festival is serious when it comes to connecting you with wine. According to the festival organizers, by the time all the events wrap up on Sunday, 43,000 bottles of wines would have been poured into 82,000 glasses. Wow, that’s a lot of dishwashing!

2 – It’s not just about a big tasting floor. This week-long festival is hosting 54 wine events, including 22 winemaker’s dinners.  The style of events ranges from tutored tastings, wine seminars and wine minglers to wine and food grazing events.  For details see Festival at a Glance at www.vanwinefest.ca

3 – It is definitely the popular kid in school!  VanWineFest reps confirmed that all public events were sold out before the show and only a limited number of trade-only tickets were still available.

4 – It’s in Vancouver! Have I mentioned yet that every day so far – in February – has been in the double digits? Well, it’s true! VanWineFest is headquartered at the Vancouver Convention Centre, home to the International Festival Tasting and several trade-only tastings and wine seminars.  Dinners and other wine mingler events are hosted by top restaurants and venues from all over downtown.

5 – This festival is committed to supporting the performing arts. Since the first festival launched in 1979, VanWineFest has raised over $8.5 million for local performing arts initiatives.  Since 2013, proceeds from the festival gala and silent auctions have gone to Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival.  This year, the competitive silent auctions at the Bacchanalia Gala raised nearly $210,000. Highlights of the auction included:

1906 Chateau Latour raising $8,500

a Millennium Bordeaux vintage collection raising $13,000

a dinner with Umberto Menghi raising $10,000

a trip for two to Italy raising $7,500

Delta Airlines Business Class tickets raising $20,000

What a show! I hope we all can all experience it someday.

 

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Honeymoon Ideas | Five Top Hotels for London Performances

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Corus Hyde Park London hotels

Five Top Hotels for London Performances

No trip to London is complete without paying a visit to one of London’s extraordinary stage-shows. With over 100 performance venues stationed around London, the capital has a decorated history of playing host to the crème de la crème of global talent.

Below is our pick of the most opulent venues to visit along with a selection of equally impressive hotels for a central London stay.

Corus Hotel Hyde Park: for The Royal Albert Hall

Best known for holding the Proms concerts annually each summer, the world famous concert hall has also welcomed the likes of Luciano Pavarotti, The Beatles and Adele to its star-studded stage. A short 15 minute stroll through Hyde Park, past the Serpentine Lake, will bring you to Corus Hotel Hyde Park, offering an unbeatable location for a visit to The Royal Albert Hall. Offering unrivaled quality service and value-for-money in a prime central London location, the grand white 200 year old listed Georgian building is also on the Central Line making it perfectly situated for guests wishing to visit the West End shows.

One Aldwych Hotel: for The Opera House

The Royal Opera House is most famous for showcasing spectacular operas and ballet shows throughout the year. Additionally, the two fantastic in-house restaurants both serve courses between show intervals, providing a unique dining experience. One Aldwych Hotel stands a four minute stroll from The Royal Opera House and offers a truly luxurious stay in the centre of London. An 18-metre swimming pool with relaxing underwater music and a Charlie & The Chocolate Factory inspired afternoon tea are just two draws of this five- star hotel.

Ham Yard Hotel: for The London Palladium

The London Palladium is a 2,286-seat Grade II West End theatre and has an extensive history of showcasing the very best of British theatre shows such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Oliver. Conveniently nestled behind the hustle and bustle of the West End’s busy streets, the Ham Yard Hotel can offer a stay just a 10 minute walk from the Palladium. An oasis of calm and a tree filled garden will signal your arrival at the hotel which houses a drawing room, library, spa, gym and theatre, as well as a 1950’s bowling alley.

Royal Horseguards: for The London Coliseum

Officially the largest theatrical space in London, the London Coliseum is recognised as the home of English National Opera and has an abundance of shows on offer throughout the year. The Royal Horseguards hotel sits just a 10 minute walk away from several London theatres. Once the Secret Service’s Head Quarters, the contemporary building not only boasts a convenient location presiding over the river, but can also offer a beautiful terrace area for guests to admire another of London’s famous landmarks, the London Eye.

K West Hotel & Spa: for Holland Park Open Air Theatre

For a summer visit to the capital, this al-fresco venue is widely regarded as one of the most magical, exciting and innovative opera spaces in the UK. Numerous opera offerings are scheduled for the venue’s 2016 calendar and picnic tables are available to purchase for a casual pre-opera meal with friends. Continuing the musical theme but with a change of genre, K West sits a short walk from Holland Park Open Air Theatre. Formerly the BBC Building Kensington House in the 60s, an endless list of Rock ‘N’ Roll royalty has stayed, played and misbehaved at K West.

Corus Hotel Hyde Park, 1 Lancaster Gate, London, W2 3LG UK For reservations please call: +44 (0)20 7262 5022 or visit: www.corushotels.com/london/

Honeymoon Tips: Explore a timeless city to make it your own

Explore a timeless city to make it your own

Certain cities around the globe can give you a trip of a lifetime – and while that special kind of personal experience is often said to be in the eye of the beholder, there are some cities that are virtually on every must-see list. London and Paris are two of those and so are Tokyo, Hong Kong, and Beijing, says the popular rewards program, Aeroplan. This summer, it is also trendy to add these most talked-about destinations from Canada:

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Zurich, Switzerland: Scenically positioned just an hour from the Alps, Zurich is often touted to have the best quality-of-life in the world for its 1.89 million residents.  Start your exploration at the Limmat River, especially where the old town is clustered, and then stroll the main artery, Bahnhofstrasse, a central street of refined hustle-and-bustle alongside the most expensive shops.

Copenhagen, Denmark: It is the nation’s capital city, with a long history of colour and character, but Copenhagen has an unexpected highlight: eight kilometres of an inviting sandy beach. Bicycle paths and parks are well maintained here and the city is a foodie delight with as many as 15 Michelin-starred restaurants.

Seoul, South Korea: As much as Seoul is a rich taste of fascinating Far East traditions, this city will also give you an instant immersion into unabashed shopping. Start in the Myeongdong district where the stores spill over with electronic gadgets, cosmetics, handicrafts, shoes, clothing, and with tailors who are willing to sew up a whole new wardrobe for you overnight.

Shanghai, China: If it is modern China that sparks your curiosity, Shanghai is known as the cultural and economic driver of all East Asia, giving the city a trendy cachet. Modern meets historic with stand-out landmarks like the City God Temple, the Bund, and Yu Garden all accessible by a non-stop public transit system.

Tel Aviv, Israel: No visit to the Mediterranean Sea would be complete without getting to know Tel Aviv, the second-largest economy in the Middle East. Also known as a 24-hour ‘party capital’, every year as many as 2.5 million visitors arrive in this sunny ‘seaside city Israel style’. Tel Aviv is also a gateway into one of the world’s richest cultures.

Honeymoon Planning Tips

Honeymoon Planning Tips:

Courtesy of I Just Said Yes

The wedding ceremony and reception are two of the most important times of your life. You work so hard to make sure every detail is taken care of and that the night is one to remember forever.

Your life now begins as husband and wife and what a great way to start this relationship by going on your honeymoon. There are so many places you can visit such as Europe, winery in Napa Valley, a favourite cottage or ski chalet, Las Vegas, New York City and the forever popular Caribbean Islands. All of these trips can become very expensive, but since it’s your honeymoon you don’t want to settle for anything less than spectacular!

Sometimes the earlier you book the more you save so start looking at your options months before the big day. Create a “honeymoon” folder so you can print all of your trip information and have it on file. Ensure all your passports, visa’s and documentation are in order weeks before your departure.

How can you get help covering the cost of this trip? One suggestion would be to contact a travel agency and set up a gift registry where your guests can purchase travel certificates as bridal shower and wedding gifts. Before you know it, you will probably receive a nice down payment and really….who needs two or 3 coffee makers when you can get vouchers towards the destination of your dreams!

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Another suggestion is to hold off on your honeymoon departure for a day or two after the wedding. You will both be totally exhausted from the weeks leading up to and the night of the wedding, and the last thing you want to do is rush to the airport in the early morning hours. Try to give yourself at least one or two full days to talk about the wedding, spend time with family and friends and get settled. Some of the most meaningful get-togethers come after the actual reception.

I know there is a lot to do for the wedding reception but if you can, get your clothes and bags packed before the wedding day so all you have to do is add those few toiletries before you head out. Have your passports, traveler’s cheques and any other required documentation set aside and ready to go.

Enjoy every minute of your honeymoon because when you get back the reality sets in and the “honeymoon” will really be over!

Safe travels!!