Planning the honeymoon

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

You picked your wedding date – now it’s time to plan out your honeymoon! A Mediterranean honeymoon in May is the perfect getaway for you and your new hubby. Aside from the amazing weather, breathtaking views, many islands to visit, and the tons of activities to do, you’ll be saving money by traveling before the busy summer season begins.

Impressive Travel Destination For A Mediterranean Honeymoon In May

Traveling to the Mediterranean gives you endless options on where to go. What is the best part? The convenient concentration of islands gives you the option to travel to all of the gorgeous destinations within the Mediterranean Sea in one trip. A plane ride to travel from island to island is cheap and quick so you are not wasting your time and money traveling.

Greece, Israel, Spain, France, and Italy are just some of the breathtaking destinations within the Mediterranean.

Greece

Greece

Santorini, Greece is home to the white cliff towns and black sand beaches. This island is sure to meet all of your island expectations.

If you are the adventurous type, you don’t want to miss out on these excursions such as cliff jumping at Amoudi Bay, sailing the Santorini coast, hiking the Fira Trail, and hitching a ride from a donkey up the mountains.

If you are more of the relaxing type, the black sand beaches are perfect for sunbathing and taking a dip into the water. To end your night, the sunset dinners overlooking the ocean are sure to leave you speechless.

Israel

Israel

Israel has so much to offer in the beautiful month of May. The weather is perfect for swimming with dolphins at Dolphins Reef, taking a jeep safari, visiting the Timna National Park, and snorkeling at Aqua Beach. There are plenty of parks and nature reserves with breathtaking hikes with surprise waterfalls along the way. Also, don’t forget to check out the Dead Sea for a relaxing spa-like experience!

Spain

Spain

The Canary Islands of Spain are filled with historic town centers, black sand beaches, and exotic gardens. One island in particular, Tenerife Island, has all three sites in one.

The Colonial City of San Cristobal de la Laguna is a colonial city full of cultural heritage. The island’s architecture dates back to the 17th and 18th century. If you want to learn more about the history of this Spanish island, head over to the History and Anthropology Museum to take a tour and feel like you are being transported back in time.

The Tropical Garden, the Hijuela del Botánico is filled with colorful exotic flowers, rare plants, lawns that go on for miles, and decorative pools.

Playa de San Marcos is a black sand beach filled with plenty of opportunities to relax or take a yacht through the blue waters from the yacht club at San Marcos Beach.

France

France

Is wine tasting, art, and dancing something you and your new husband into? Then Nice, France is the perfect French Island for you two.

Wine lovers should check out Le Bistrot d’Antoine, Resto Wine Notes, La Part des Anges, bistro à vins, and Cave de la Tour. Wines are produced with minimum chemicals and sulfates, and many of the wines are organic which have become increasingly popular throughout the years.

Enjoy art? There are several exciting museums:

  • Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporian is a large permanent collection featuring showings from the Nice School, New Realism and Pop Art.
  • Galerie Jean Renoir is a free champion of up-and-coming, young local talent.
  • The Musée Matisse house is a huge collection of artist’s paintings, drawings, engravings and personal effects in the serene surroundings of a 17th-century villa.

If you love to dance, Nice has plenty of different styles for nightlife dancing. Le Liqwid and Le Before are both known as an ‘electro lounge’ and its DJ’s jazzy warm-up sets. Ôdace is an all in one bar, restaurant and dance spot to start and end your night. Want to go where the locals go for a fun night out? Blue Moon is a sweaty little club known for its post-bar, carefree crowd with a mix of house and anthems.

Italy

Italy

Ah Italy! This romantic country will make you fall in love all over again. Hop on a bike, scooter or moped to explore every corner of Florence, Italy and you won’t be disappointed. Pizza, gelato, fine art, and architecture are just a few things this beautiful city has to offer. Not only is Florence home to the Uffizi gallery, which has the greatest Renaissance art in the world, it’s home to some of the best food in the world. You will not be disappointed when traveling around this breathtaking city.

See Them All

Why pick one honeymoon destination when you can travel to some of the gorgeous Mediterranean Islands all in one trip? The May weather is perfect because it’s before hurricane season begins so you are guaranteed to have great weather and not have to worry about possible storms. All of these islands will soon become packed with tourists in the summer season so by traveling in May you are avoiding most of the heavy tourist traffic.

Check out how to save in Greece, Spain, Italy, and France today.

Concerned with financing your trip? Set up a Honeyfund a honeymoon registry today.

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

“I do”.

Two simple, yet powerful words are the essence of your wedding day.

Whether you elope or have a large wedding, the significance of the ceremony is the same.  Your verbal promises are legally binding due to the presence of an authorized priest, minister, rabbi, officiant, celebrant.

Each couple should discuss and agree on the flow and content of their ceremony.  Most couples prefer a short and sweet ceremony with a celebration to follow.  A meaningful ceremony will be an emotional experience and should not be over shadowed by the reception.  The ceremony and reception should be complimentary but stand alone as two separate events.

Let’s make your “I do” a memorable part of your wedding day.

Ten Wedding Ceremony “Must Do’s”

#1.   Know The Marriage Laws

Every state and country is different.  Each state has different restrictions as to who can perform your ceremony, waiting periods, witnesses required and proof of residency.  If you are considering getting married in a foreign country you will need to know what your country (USA), requires of the country you will be married in (Italy), to make it legal.  By selecting your officant early, they will guide you through the legal aspects.

Beach wedding

#2.  Location, Location, Location

Choose a location for your ceremony that has meaning.  It could be your church, favorite park or a mountain top.  Other options are; a venue with a beautiful garden for the couple that loves the outdoors.  Or, a winery for the couple who love wine, a barn for a relaxed country wedding, your favorite restaurant with a pairing menu for the foodie couple.  If you prefer to have it at home, consider a backyard wedding.

If you have lots and family and friends and you want to invite everyone, pick a large venue that will accommodate everyone and have adequate parking.  Pop-up ceremonies are popular for couples eloping with only a few guests or just the two of you and an officiate.  Lastly, the beach!  Couples can easily see themselves standing on the beach, barefoot, as the surf breaks on the shoreline or saying “I do” standing in the surf.

Words to guests

#3.   Opening Words

Including a warm welcome and a thank you to your guests sets the tone for your ceremony.  It also gives you a chance to take a deep breath before the vows begin.

#4.   Be Present During Your Ceremony

Focus your attention on your soon-to-be-spouse.  Look into each other’s eyes, hold hands, smile, laugh or cry.  Whisper endearing words to one another; “I love you.” or “You look amazing.”  Couples often feel as if they are the only one there.  An experienced officiant will give you direction so you will not feel nervous or stressed.

Church weddingwedding memories

#5.  Personalize Your Ceremony

The best way to customize your ceremony is to write it to reflect your personal beliefs, wishes and personalities.  Including a story of how you met, or writing your own vows adds romance to your ceremony.  Religious ceremonies often include a prayer to bless the union of the couple and/or a prayer to bless the rings.  Provide the officiate with your specific details and wishes.

#6.  Add An Element Of Surprise

One of our favorite ideas is to involve your grandparents as ring bearer and flower girl.  Other surprises are; surprise your spouse by including lyrics of a meaningful song in your vows or recalling a special moment you shared.  Be sure your guests can hear your vows.  A memorable entrance or exit are an unexpected element that everyone will remember.  At a recent beach wedding one couple decided to take a bike ride after saying “I do”.

Pets at wedding

#7.  Involve your pet

The family pet can be a member of your wedding party.  Couples often relax when their pet is involved.  Before you make the final decision to include your pet take into consideration their temperament and be ready for anything during the ceremony.  A few doggie treats in the best man’s pocket are a great idea.

#8.   Reserved Seating

Seat your parents and grandparents so they can see your face during the ceremony, not your back.  If the bride stands to the right of the officiant her parents and grandparents are seated on the officiant’s left.  The groom’s family will be seated on the officiant’s right.  The first row is usually reserved for parents and grandparents.  If you are reserving additional rows for close family and friends keep in mind, everyone feels they are worthy of the reserved section.

#9.   Special Moments

Your ceremony can include a remembrance chair or table for loved ones that have passed away or for a family member unable to attend due to health reasons or military deployment.  Other special moments; sand or colored water ceremony, tie the knot, love letter wine box, unity candle, give each mother a hug and a rose, give each dad a hug and a handkerchief, your favorite song or poem can be performed by a close friend or family member.

We did it

#10.  We Did It!

Take 5 to 10 minutes for a private celebration after the ceremony before your photo session begins.  There is often a location where you can be alone.  You may decide to share a glass of champagne and toast your new life as a married couple or post your first photo as husband and wife on social media.

After the ceremony, finance a memorable trip with a Honeyfund honeymoon registry.

Bio:  Florida Event & Wedding Planning Services Inc. is located in the beautiful coastal town of Vero Beach, FL.  We approach each event and wedding as if it were a blank canvas.  Our clients provide inspiration and ideas of how their ceremony is to look and feel.  We make it happen.

Our success is due to customized services we provide and our belief that every client feels they are our only client.  The first part of our goal is to provide guidance, so each couple can make informed decisions.  The second part of our goal is for each couple to be happy on their first day as Mr. and Mrs. Happily Ever After.

For more information, visit our website www.FL-EventsAndWeddings.com.

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