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Island Honeymoon
You've announced your plans to marry. You've even set the date. Now, friends, relatives, and even total strangers all want to know if you're going on a honeymoon and, if so, where?

The honeymoon is a time to relax, get away and unwind after months of "see-sawing" emotions and strains of planning a wedding. Many couples are often too distracted with their wedding plans to give the details of the honeymoon much thought.

Quoting travel expert, Arthur Frommer, who feels very strongly about the honeymoon: "It's important to get away. Don't skip it, and don't stay too close to home either. Anyone who has just been through the emotions and strain of planning a wedding, needs time to rest and relax-and couples beginning a life together need to focus on each other without the usual day-to-day distractions."

The honeymoon experience is a ''must" according to results from a recent survey of couples who had been married for two or more years. The survey revealed that the honeymoon was indeed the most memorable part of the new union. The honeymoon events that created "memories" were the most important aspect of the trip. It also showed that couples wished they had spent as much time and care planning the details of their honeymoon as they did planning their wedding day.

Many couples worry about the added expense of a honeymoon. While location, interests and timing are all-important considerations; the budget is one of the first things to consider. Sticking to a particular limit can be a challenge. Leveraging the expertise of a travel agent or honeymoon planner is the best way to get the most for your money and the most out of your trip without worrying about "hidden costs" or spending more than planned. The important thing to keep in mind is to take a honeymoon!

A honeymoon, a once-in-a-lifetime event, should be planned with the utmost attention to detail. Determining the location and the time frame are key. Also, by planning far in advance, you'll be able to take advantage of the best rates and rooms.

New experiences to share, new friends to make, and fascinating things to see are what make honeymoons so very special. After planning a wedding, most couples don't want to have to worry about anything once they reach their honeymoon destination. They want to be whisked away to a paradise where every detail has been methodically planned and taken care of. You'll be sure to remember the balmy beaches of some exotic location with the person of your dreams long after the reception ends.

A honeymoon planner will help you determine the best honeymoon location based on your interests, whether they be in outdoor sports, night life, entertainment, sight-seeing, "pool-side" relaxation or exploring. Your planner can also take care of important details such as arranging transportation to your honeymoon destination, transfers, charters, special outings and other activities and amenities. Special deals and rates can be negotiated. There are no costs involved for those who hire expert travel planners. The airlines, hotels, car rental companies, tour lines or any other travel-related service company that you might use, pay their fees or commissions.

All-inclusive honeymoons are the most popular today. Tahiti is a popular place with many honeymoon couples, but it's one of the most expensive island locations. A "couples only" resort is another option to consider. Many honeymooners travel to exotic locations only to find that the resort caters to children and young families. While this atmosphere may not bother some, others might prefer a quiet, restful, noise-free vacation. Since accommodations are really important, many couples consider the most private part of the resort to be the most attractive.

A honeymoon should be a special trip for a new couple. With careful planning, attention to details and the advice of knowledgeable people, who have traveled to your ideal destination, your honeymoon will be just as memorable as saying "I do."

Submitted by Sharon Sack, EventBlvd.com

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