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Ask the Expert from Destination I Do magazine

28-Jan-2011

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Important Destination Wedding Questions Answered Part Tres

Words by Courtney Cox
Photos courtesy of GlobeTourGuide.com and DiveTrip.com

Our friends at AllAboutHoneymoons.com are back for their final Travel Tuesday installment. Their experts continue to weigh in on some of the most important questions destination brides and grooms should ask. There's no doubt that the lovely folks over at AllAboutHoneymoons.com have got in going on and can be relied upon to make your destination wedding or honeymoon come off without a hitch! In case you missed the earlier advice, check out Part 1 and Part 2.

8. What are some little known destinations that are well worth considering for a destination wedding?


Belize (just south of Mexico on the Caribbean side) is a beautiful destination and not as commercialized as many destinations. For the couple that wants beautiful sandy beaches, amazing Caribbean aqua water and an active coral reef (excellent snorkeling and scuba diving), Belize is a hidden treasure.


Roatan: The largest of the Honduras Bay Islands, Roatan offers pristine beaches, amazing jungle-covered hills, heartwarming people, unique cultures, world renowned diving (2nd largest coral reef 100 yards from the island), endless activities and inexpensive accommodations. The island is only 28 miles long and approximately four miles wide with one major paved road. This is a great destination that is not very well known and perfect for the couple that wants authentic Caribbean charm for their wedding.

All About Honeymoon franchise owner Deb Bixby, Maple Grove, MN

9. Does the booking process change if a couple wants to have both their wedding and honeymoon at the same destination?

I find many couples move to a different property within the same destination to spend their honeymoon away from the group that came to their wedding. So the booking process would then become two individual bookings. The honeymoon would be booked separately from the group wedding booking. Some couples stay within the same hotel chain – moving to a second property and others choose a completely different resort for their honeymoon.

If a couple chooses to stay at the same property for their honeymoon – they sometimes upgrade their room category and most of the time extend their stay after their guests have gone back home.

I also recently had a couple get married at the Iberostar Rose Hall Suites property in Jamaica and then moved next door to the Iberostar Grand Rose Hall for their honeymoon.

All About Honeymoon franchise owner Dana Franklin, Annandale, VA


10. If a couple chooses to go through a travel agent to book their destination wedding, would the agent then handle any paperwork specific to the destination?

Yes, and it's very important that someone with experience handle this. Each country has a different set of requirements for an official wedding. The last thing you want to find out is that there is a 5 day residency requirement when you are only staying 4 days. Or, that you need a copy of a divorce decree before you can be married in their country. An "unofficial" wedding means nothing except heartache later when you find out you are not legally married. Make sure everything is handled by an experienced professional. Some agencies may charge a small fee for this service, but the peace of mind is well worth it.

All About Honeymoon franchise owner J. T. Fulkerson, Paducah, TN

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