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Honeymoon heaven

Read the advice of Unforgettable Honeymoons owner/ founder Renee Meyer in the LA times article Honeymoon Heaven!

Exerpts from the article:

“First, you must understand that your honeymoon is not an ordinary vacation,” said Renee Meyer, founder and president of Portland, Ore.-based Unforgettable Honeymoons. “Your honeymoon is unique — it’s a celebration of your first moments together as a married couple. Think of it as an investment in time and memories.”

It’s a bad idea to organize things separately because the bride and groom frequently have different ideas about their itinerary. “We often hear from a groom and begin discussing the honeymoon, and then a bride calls asking about totally different things — and we realize it’s the same couple,” Meyer said.

“If you’re going to the Maldives, for instance, you can’t go just for seven nights,” Meyer said. “Sunday to Sunday is really only five days there, because you can’t count the day you arrive or the day you depart.” For long-haul honeymoons, consider staying longer — and if you can’t, put the honeymoon off for a few months until you have the necessary time.”

Choose a destination where neither of you has been before. “When you don’t know what to expect, you have that magical excitement of sharing new experiences,” Meyer said. “Surprises happen, and the most romantic moments are the unexpected.”

“Don’t settle just for the sake of taking a honeymoon shortly after the wedding,” Meyer noted.

Mistakes to avoid

“The biggest mistake is to choose your destination based on a photograph,” Meyer said.

First, photos can be deceptive. All the experts interviewed knew people who planned their own honeymoons based on photos and later told them: “The photos on the website were not indicative of the resort or the location. We wish we’d used your services.”

Another mistake is putting too much emphasis on the guest room amenities.

“You’re eliminating some fabulous places if you limit yourself to only rooms with a Jacuzzi or private plunge pool,” Meyer said.

Finally, “the beauty of a destination will have nothing to do with your overall honeymoon,” Meyer said. “You want a beautiful setting. But it’s everything else about a destination that makes honeymoon magic: the interaction with the [resort] staff and the locals, the romantic activities, the restaurants — these are the key considerations. For high-end honeymooners, the overall vibe of the resort is especially essential.”

— Barbara Beckley Special Advertising Sections Writer

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