The Best Honeymoon Ideas for 2018 (And How To Make Them Happen)

The wedding plans are underway. The invitations are ready to mail. You have chosen your venue, the wedding gown of your dreams and found the perfect bridesmaid dresses. The mother of the bride dress is altered and is in the perfect accent color to complement your wedding decor.

Now is the time to set up your free honeymoon registry on Honeyfund! This is a crowdfunding site that allows your guests to gift you in money, payments for activities, or to help with additional expenses in lieu of traditional wedding gifts. Honeyfund is the most popular honeymoon registry, as it is free and very easy to use for you and your guests. But before you can set up your Honeyfund, you have to decide where you want to honeymoon.

You are probably up to your elbows in brochures that feature rose petals on luxurious beds, and couples walking hand in hand into the sunset. While this makes for a great brochure, you need to be real honest with yourselves before you book your flights.

How Should You Plan Your Honeymoon?

Your honeymoon is probably one of the most expensive vacations you will ever take. This is a major celebration of your lives together. Most honeymoons last about a week. That is 7 days and 7 nights. During those days and nights, how much of your time do you expect to spend brushing rose petals off the bed? Does the idea of a moonlight stroll every night sound like your idea of heaven, or do you also enjoy other activities?

In order to plan the best honeymoon, you have to make some choices. Here are a few examples of questions to ask yourself in order to determine where the best honeymoon for you should take place.

Do you crave seeing exotic sites that you may not have the option to see otherwise?
Do you dream of Venice, Paris, or the Swiss Alps?
Do you want to see the black sand beaches of Hawaii or experience the beauty of South Africa?
Are there places in the United States that you would love to visit?
Does the rolling hills of Sonoma CA sound inviting?
Do you like the idea of the lights and action of Vegas?
Have you thought of San Francisco, The Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Niagara Falls, or the mountains in Colorado?
Are you a fun in the sun couple or does watching the sunset over the Rocky Mountains sound more fun?
Do you enjoy trying new foods, new activities?
Would you rather order room service and send your luggage via transfer company to go careless in your honeymoon suite or go scuba diving, parasailing, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, or biking in the hills of France?

Once you have honestly answered these questions, you can choose the best honeymoon destination for you. There is no right or wrong destination. It all depends on what you hope to experience in this exciting first week as husband and wife.

Setting Up Your Registry

Once you have made a choice, put together an itinerary. Then you can determine how much money you will need to make your dream come true. When you set up your Honeyfund registry, consider a “first choice” and a “second choice”. Use the built-in tools to share your site. Don’t forget to share what you are contributing. People are more generous when they see that you are working toward your own goal and not expecting others to fund the entire honeymoon.

Congratulations! You are on your way to a perfect honeymoon adventure.

 

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A Wedding Planner’s Wedding “More than just the wedding…”

A Wedding Planner’s Wedding Bonus Blog:

I’m here writing to remind all brides that when you are getting stressed out about all the wedding details and plans, what you need to remember  is:  this is more than just a wedding, this is a marriage!

I will tell you now that yes, things will go wrong on your big day, but no, it is NOT the end of the world! You won’t remember that the DJ played a wrong song, or that the Vegan dessert was lost, or there was a type of flower that you didn’t like in your centerpieces.

What you will remember is the love that you felt, the sheer joy and happiness that  the day will bring, and what the wedding really means. You are committing to one person for the rest of your lives; one person that you are promising to love forever, and that is no small thing!

Marriage is wonderful, it’s: having someone on your side, no matter what, never having to do the horrible things alone, getting to fall asleep and wake up to the person that you love the most, having someone to vent to when your day was bad, having someone to celebrate with when things are great, knowing the ins and outs of a person- what really makes them tick, realizing that your vows are really for better or worse, and walking hand in hand with the person you want to be beside forever.

Marriage is work, but it is the best kind of work there is, and it is not worth giving up on!

So when you are stressed beyond belief, dealing with RSVP’s and seating charts and napkin colors, remember that at the end of that very special day, those little things won’t really matter, but the life-long commitment that you made will!

Now go enjoy your time with your fiancé, and if you still need help, call on us professionals, and let US worry about the details! 

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A Dessert Table fit for a Princess

Platinum Planning specializes all in types of events; big and small! This past weekend we had the privilege of putting together a dessert table for Milania’s 3rd Birthday! She was treated like a princess with a custom ombre rosette cake, French Macarons, and mini French Pastries!What more could a little girl ask for?

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A Wedding Planner’s Wedding “THE BIG DAY!!!”

I woke up at 8AM the morning of September 27th, 2013 with a calm and joy about me that I have never felt before: It was THE BIG DAY!!!

I jumped in the shower, hair and makeup was going to arrive any minute…

And the rest went like a little something like this:

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Our wedding was the best day of our lives! Yes, there were little things that went wrong, (if you looked closely you may have noticed that Vincent was wearing a cast on his left hand; that’s because he broke it 2 days before the wedding!) little mishaps along the way, but overall it was perfect for us!

There was a moment during the reception, a moment when everyone was dancing, and I looked around the room, at my new husband, at my family and friends, and I felt the love, the excitement, the joy of this amazing day, and I just wanted to bottle that feeling up and hold onto it forever.

So that is what I wish for every couple, to get that feeling on their wedding day that they will want to bottle up and cherish for the rest of their lives! Thank you for sharing this journey with me, and Happy Planning!

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A Wedding Planner’s Wedding “All the Pre-Wedding Parties!”

With all the planning involved in my wedding, there were still 3 events that I really had no control over: The Bridal Shower, The Bachelorette Party, and The Rehearsal Dinner!

It is hard for me to give up control, given my profession and personality, but with these three pre-wedding parties I went with the flow and just enjoyed being a guest!

Here are some things that I learned along the way:

The Bridal Shower

  • You will play silly party games
  • You will open LOTS of presents
  • You will be overwhelmed at the love and support you have
  • You will have lots of Thank You Notes to write

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The Bachelorette Party:

  • It will be the ultimate girls night out
  • There will be inappropriately shaped objects of all kinds, just go with it
  • Your friends will know you, and respect what kind of night you want
  • You will have an amazing time

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The Rehearsal Dinner:

  • You will be nervous about the next day
  • There will be heartfelt toasts and speeches
  • You will have lots of presents to give out
  • You will eat delicious food

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I can’t thank enough the wonderful people in my life that were able to plan these three amazing events; they truly knew us as a couple and we have never felt so much love and support!

You’ve been waiting for it… Up next: “THE BIG DAY!!!”

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A Wedding Planner’s Wedding “Getting Crafty and Keeping Traditions Alive”

The best thing about planning your own wedding is that you get to make it just that: your own! I was able to put a personal touch on so many of the things at our wedding, by making a lot of it myself, and working hard to incorporate traditions into our big day!

I do blame Pinterest for the pressure that most brides feel to DIY every little thing for their wedding! I am not saying that you shouldn’t get a little crafty with your wedding, but please, do not feel the need to hand-make every little thing that you can!

With that said, I did make quite a few things for my wedding; and I had friends help, too!

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of my two grandmothers for my bouquet.

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And flower girl tutus, dresses, and headbands made by my talented friend Michele!

She is very crafty, here is a link to her Etsy store:

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In addition the the items pictured; I made: program fans, escort cards, table names, a seating board, flower girl baskets, ring bearer pillows, the tricked-out flower girl wagon, and favors!

The point though, is that I do this professionally, and if you have a planner, they can help you out, too! Get as much help as you can, and don’t feel the need to make it all yourself!

I also worked to incorporate Persian (my side of the family) and Italian (his side of the family) wedding traditions into our celebrations.

We were married by a Catholic Priest, but incorporated a Persian wedding tradition into the ceremony: a piece of cloth is held over the bride and grooms head and two pieces of crystallized sugar (shaped like cones) are rubbed together, a symbolic act to sweeten the couple’s life together.

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We also danced the traditional Italian Tarantella at the reception, and had a Persian Wedding Altar knows as a Sofreh Aghd; a detailed display of items believed to bring the bride and groom blessings in their life and marriage.

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Find what makes the two of you special and unique as a couple, bringing in the traditions from two cultures is what makes the day so special for you both!

Keep in touch with the blog! Up next: “All the Pre-Wedding Parties!”

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