Wedding and Honeymoon Locations


10
Dec 13

Getting married abroad: wedding tips

More and more couples are choosing to get married abroad, whether it’s in a Castle in Italy, a glittering snow topped mountain in the alps or on the white sandy beaches of the Bahamas, so Collection 26 have put together some tips to keep in mind when planning your wedding abroad.

Weather

The weather is a popular reason for couples choosing to get married abroad, and should be considered carefully when planning your wedding. Don’t underestimate the heat from the sun – think about when the hottest part of the day is, and make sure you plan your ceremony to be after this point, especially if you want to have the ceremony outside. Equally with cold countries, make sure the venue has sufficient heating, and have a few fur throws to hand just in case.

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6
Dec 13

Honeymoon like the royals

The Seychelles, a Mediterranean cruise or the Swiss Alps… The royals know how to honeymoon and always choose to celebrate their first weeks as newlyweds in stunning and unbeatable settings.

See where royals such as Kate Middleton, Princess Madeleine or Queen Maxima celebrated their new status.

Princess Madeleine of Sweden

Princess Madeleine of Sweden and Chris O’Neill chose to honeymoon in the idyllic Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. The groom kept the destination a secret from his royal bride until the very last minute.

Days into the holiday of a lifetime Madeleine shared a breathtaking imagine of her in the Seychelles. In the stunning shot the newlywed is seen standing on the beach in a summer dress and sun hat, looking out across the ocean as the water laps around her feet.

Princess Madeleine on her honeymoon

Princess Madeleine on her honeymoon

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2
Dec 13

Hiring furniture to create a theme at your wedding

Weddings have always been a great reason for a party, and the party you throw on the most exciting day of your life should be one to remember. You will have spent hours, days, weeks looking round possible party venues and when you’ve found the place for you, you need to work out how to go about creating the theme you want for your special day.

Having a themed wedding is increasingly popular – from very traditional to themes based on fantasy and fiction like Alice in Wonderland, or Star Wars.

Here’s some suggestions of fun themes and how you can create them from riolounge.co.uk.

Clubland

If you’re a party animal and a fan of holidays to Ibiza, you might want to create a fun club theme. For indoors, you can hire funky furniture in bright colours, and mirrored-tables to reflect the numerous coloured lights. A chill-out zone with light coloured sofas, leather cube seats, and soothing lamps is essential, as is the celebrity DJ! Finish off with a cocktail bar, and party hard into the early hours.

 

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27
Nov 13

This year’s most popular wedding destinations

Are you thinking of tying the knot abroad in 2014? Historic castles, white sandy beaches, chic cities or stunning countrysides… there’s a destination for everyone.

If you are still undecided then take a look at the most popular places of 2013 as rated by MarryAbroad.co.uk.

Sunny Greece made it to number one and romantic Italy came second in the list – both for a second year running. France moved up the Top 10 list to third most popular; whilst surprise contender Portugal entered the 2013 list at number nine this year. And Thailand – third most popular destination in 2012, didn’t feature in 2013′s most popular list.

MarryAbroad’s Top Countries in 2013

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Santorini - Greece

Santorini – Greece

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7
Oct 13

October honeymoon destinations

If you are planning your autumn wedding for next year and need some help on choosing the perfect honeymoon destination then you have come to the right place. I have chosen 10 amazing places you can visit during October.

Kauai – Hawaii

You can explore this amazing island via land, sea or air and experience settings you have only dreamed of. You can also discover 50-miles of heavenly beaches from Poipu Beach to Hanalei Bay.

Kauai - Hawaii

Kauai – Hawaii

In Kauai you can tour the charming and historic small towns like Hanapepe and Koloa where no building is taller than a coconut tree. And of course, the weather during this month is fantastic!

Tuscany – Italy

Whether you are in search of fine art, exploring an extraordinary countryside or enjoying simple yet wonderful cuisine and wine, the head over to Tuscany.

 

Tuscany - Italy

Tuscany – Italy

 

There is a lot to see and do in Tuscany, the difficulty is really where to start. You should start with Florence and then continue on to Siena and Pisa. The more you come to know the region, the more extraordinary Tuscany appears.

Queenland – Australia

Sun yourself on the golden sands of Surfers Paradise, snorkel through the technicolour treasures of the Great Barrier Reef and four wheel drive Fraser Island. Explore the magical Daintree Rainforest with an Aboriginal guide or charter a yacht to the pristine Whitsunday Islands.

Queensland - Australia

Queensland – Australia

Enjoy resort relaxation in Noosa, frolic on the beaches of the Capricorn Coast and see dinosaur footprints near Winton. Go diving from the gracious town of Bundaberg and bushwalk through national parks near Mackay. Visit wineries and rodeos in Southern Queensland Country and go horse riding on Townsville’s Magnetic Island… your honeymoon will be unforgettable!

Tibet - China

Entering Tibet you feel as though you’ve entered an entirely different world. The traditional Tibetan culture remains strong.

 

Tibet - China

Tibet – China

Here you can visit the 1300-year-old Jokhang Temple. It is the spiritual heart of Tibet: the continuous waves of awestruck pilgrims prostrating themselves outside are testament to its timeless allure.

And the magnificent Potala Palace, once the seat of the Tibetan government and the winter residence of the Dalai Lamas, is Lhasa’s cardinal landmark. Your first sight of its towering, fortress-like walls is a moment you’ll remember for a long time.

Loire Valley – France

The Loire Valley is studded with storybook villages, time-burnished towns, and the famous châteaux de la Loire.

Loire Valley-France

Loire Valley-France

Buses and trains can beautifully ferry you to the main towns of the three Loire provinces—Anjou (to the west), Orléans (to the east), and the center ring of the show, Touraine.

Timbuktu – Mali

No name brings ancient Africa to mind more than Timbuktu, a great city that flourished on a bend in the Niger River for more than four hundred years.  Timbuktu was at the end of the camel caravan route that linked sub-Saharan Africa to North Africa and Arabia.

Timbuktu - Mali

Timbuktu – Mali

Things to see in Timbuktu are certainly the Mosques (closed at hours of prayer. As of April 07, major mosques are closed to non-Muslim visitors).  The Grand Marché is a two-story market with stalls and shops selling all kinds of things, it is well worth going just for the incredible view from the roof, across the whole of Timbuktu to the desert.

Buenos Aires – Argentina

Buenos Aires boasts of incredible food, fresh young designers, and a thriving cultural scene.

 

Buenos Aires - Argentina

Buenos Aires – Argentina

Here a flirtatious glance can be as passionate as a tango; a heated sports discussion as important as a world-class football match. It’s this zest for life that’s making Buenos Aires one of Latin America’s hottest destinations.

Budapest – Hungary

Budapest offers breathtaking Old World grandeur and thriving cultural life. Situated on both banks of the Danube River, the city unites the colorful hills of Buda and the wide, businesslike boulevards of Pest.

Budapest - Hungary

Budapest – Hungary

Much of the charm of a visit to Budapest lies in unexpected glimpses into shadowy courtyards and in long vistas down sunlit cobbled streets. Although some 30,000 buildings were destroyed during World War II and in the 1956 Revolution, the past lingers on in the often crumbling architectural details of the antique structures that remain.

Oaxaca -Mexico

Oaxaca is in one of three adjacent valleys encircled by the majestic Sierra Madre del Sur. Mexico’s fifth-largest state is bordered by Chiapas to the east, Veracruz and Puebla to the north, and Guerrero to the west.

Oaxaca - Mexico

Oaxaca – Mexico

It has peaks almost 10,000 feet (more than 3,000 metres) high, caverns among the deepest in the world, virgin beaches, hidden jungles, and luminous valleys that house populations where, as a crucible, cultures of all people who once lived in its midst come together.

Maldives – Asia

Maldives has 1,200 islands that are spread out over 26 coral atolls. In this stunning location you will rarely be more than a few steps from the beach.

Maldives

Maldives

Many of the villas are actually built on stilts out over the water, so you may actually have to walk onshore in order to get to the beach. Besides curling your toes in the sand, many people come here to sample the Maldives enviable world-class dive spots. Others simply snorkel among the endless coral reefs.

Which of these destinations would you choose?

MB

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11
Dec 12

Honeymoon destination: Amsterdam

Amsterdam might not be a usual first choice as a honeymoon destination. It might not seem romantic, which was my initial thought, but I was wrong and I want to prove to you why. This option is perfect for couples who are planning a trip around Europe or are looking for a short city break!

I had always wanted to go to this city, not because of it’s smoke-filled cafés or the red light district, but because of the cute gabled houses and the endless canals. The days leading up to the trip my future fiancé and I researched and researched and made sure our four days in the Dutch city were complete from early in the morning until late at night. That’s how we like it!

As soon as we arrived we knew we were going to have an incredible time. We went mid October, we were lucky because it didn’t rain and it wasn’t that cold, meaning we could cycle and walk all we wanted, without worrying about the weather.

So what can you do to make this trip a perfect honeymoon destination? Well, you can rent a bicycle and explore the long cobbled canal streets, including the amazing Jordaan district, home to many art galleries, shops and restaurants. You can also discover the city’s largest park, Vondelpark, which at this time of the year is covered in brown, yellow and orange autumn leaves, very picturesque!

Best of all, you can hire a boat just for you and your partner, (like we did) and explore its more than one hundred kilometres of canals. We used Hertz and it was probably one of the best experiences ever. It was so romantic it was actually embarrassing at one point, people would take photographs of us as we past by, but it was worth it. We had blankets to keep us warm, a piece of cake and enough hot chocolate to survive the two hour tour.

To top of a romantic day, there are tons of restaurants to choose from, I highly recommend one in particular which can either work for lunch or dinner, The Pancake Bakery, which obviously offer the BEST pancakes in town. The place is very cosy, cute and has dimmed lights… just perfect!

If I still haven’t convinced you with the above, then maybe you should travel in spring time and add to your itinerary a visit to the region’s famous tulip fields which are bursting with colour.

 


Have you been to Amsterdam? Did you think it was romantic?

MB xx


13
Nov 12

Five hot winter honeymoon destinations

When thinking of a winter honeymoon you may instantly think of rain, very low temperatures and snow, but although at home it may be like that, in some parts of the world it’s summer which means high temperatures, beaches and sexy swimsuits!

I have put together my top five destinations for a perfect and unforgettable winter honeymoon, so take your pick and get packing!

Hawaii

Hawaii’s diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate and abundance of public beaches make it a very popular destination for newlyweds. It offers perfect weather all year round but during the winter months, it has extra attractions making it an idealic honeymoon destination. Surf season starts in late October and runs through March and whales visit from late November to May.

 

Argentina

It’s the most visited country in South America and its capital, Buenos Aires, the most visited city. Regarded as the “Paris of South America,” it offers elegant architecture, exquisite cuisine, a legendary nightlife, and fashionable shopping. Don’t forget to take some tango lessons whilst in this incredible country. The hottest months are Decemeber and January, when temperatures go up to 35 degrees.

India

Goa is an ideal setting for romance and relaxation offering multi-cuisine restaurants, clean and secluded beaches as well as excellent infrastructure and facilities. The temperatures during the European winter months are ideal, usually around 30 degrees. A 131-km long coastline means choices are aplenty. You can visit Anjuna for its lively flea market, Palolem for water sports and Calangute and Dona Paula for shopping, nightlife, food and drink. 

 

Belize

Located on the north eastern coast of Central America, Belize is on of the hottest destinations during the cold months, its dry season is from November to late April. Here you can discover the Belize Barrier Reef and over 450 offshore Cayes (islands). You can choose from hundreds of activities such as fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, rafting, kayaking, hiking, bird watching, helicopter touring and you can also discover the Maya ruins.

 

New Zealand

For those with a sense of adventure, New Zealand is the perfect destination. From extreme adventure to total relaxation,  like Belize, there are hundreds of activities to choose from. December and January are the perfect months to try river surfing, gliding and scuba diving or, for those who like their feet firmly on the ground, a hike in thousands of acres of National Parks. If you just want to sunbathe and relax, don’t worry, New Zealand has 15,000 km of beautiful beaches. 

Which destination is your favourite? If you are getting married during the winter months, do you want a hot or cold destination for your honeymoon?

MB xx

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