With its sapphire waters and white-sand beaches, Jamaica is one of the most romantic locations on earth. So it’s not hard to understand why so many couples choose the island as the backdrop to their special day.
Not only that, but it is incredibly easy to get married in Jamaica. Only 24 hours need to have passed between arriving and walking down the aisle, and many resort hotels offer wedding packages so you can enjoy your day with ease. Plus, you can immediately start enjoying your honeymoon from the minute you say ‘I Do’ with a wide range of romantic attractions. Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about getting married in Jamaica.
Jamaica is home to a plethora of luxury, all-inclusive resorts – many of which offer incredible wedding packages. Here are just three of our favourites (that you can book through us).
Sandals Resorts require no introduction, but did you know they also offer Free Weddings if you stay three nights or more? This includes preparation of wedding documents, a manicure for the bride, a ceremony location, unlimited guest seating, a bouquet, pre-recorded musical accompaniment of your choice, wedding cake, and reception. Not only that but if you stay 6 nights or longer you’ll receive $500 Wedding Credit to design your own dream wedding.
Moon Palace Jamaica
If you’re looking for a modern resort that offers amenities to keep all members of your wedding party entertained, then look no further than Moon Palace. The resort is home to four swimming pools, a wave simulator, five restaurants, 24-hour coffee shop, and nightly entertainment.
They also offer a Wedding Package that includes a wedding coordinator, a minister, a decorated ceremony location, bridal bouquet, single-tier wedding cake, sparkling wine, recorded music, free honeymoon package, and a wedding registry.
Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall
If you’re, however, looking for something quiet and intimate we recommend Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall. This adult-only resort boasts swimming pools, beach butler service, two a la carte restaurants, and an incredible section of watersports. Their Wedding Package includes a wedding coordinator, wedding certificate, ceremony location, bridal bouquet, wedding cake, sparkling wine toast, an audio system for the ceremony, romantic dinner for the couple, and couples massage.
It is, however, possible to organise a DIY wedding in Jamaica. The Jamaica Tourist Board has an entire section of their website dedicated to independent wedding suppliers. This includes Wedding Planners, Entertainment, Bakers & Caterers, Florists, Bridal Wear, and Photographers.
Jamaica’s care-free vibe extends to its marriage laws. Visitors can be married 24 hours after arriving in Jamaica, providing prior application has been made for a marriage license to the Ministry of Justice. The application must be submitted to:
Ministry of Justice
2 Kensington Crescent
Along with the following documentation:
Proof of citizenship - certified copy of birth certificate, which includes father’s name
Parent’s written consent if under 18 years of age
Proof of divorce if applicable (original certificate of divorce)
Certified copy of death certificate for widow or widower
All documents that are not issued in English must be translated by an Official Translator and subsequently certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country of residence and by the nearest Jamaican Mission or Honorary Consulate.
Overall, the processing fee for the Marriage License is Four Thousand Jamaican Dollars (approximately US$50.00). The marriage license is valid for 3 months and the application is a same day process.
If you have any other questions about getting married in Jamaica? Leave them in the comments and we’ll answer them for you.
Loved-up couples looking for a destination wedding that is fun and original shouldn’t look any further than Las Vegas.
Weddings are a big deal in Las Vegas, with more than 115,000 of them taking place every year. It’s not just 3am Little White Chapel weddings either. Most of the major hotels have chapels and you can even get married outside the city with the striking Nevada landscape as your backdrop. Plus, planning a Vegas wedding is simple: you can literally arrive, obtain a marriage license, and be married before sunset!
There are hundreds of venues to say “I do” across Las Vegas. It’s also possible to marry in Las Vegas on the cheap with several chapels offering dress and tuxedo hire. Though a big wedding with professional photography, beauty treatments, and a large reception dinner can also be easily organised. Here are just four of the most iconic wedding venues and locations available.
Graceland Wedding Chapel
Do we need to introduce the Graceland Wedding Chapel? It has been a prominent part of the Las Vegas Strip for 50 years and stays true to its 1950s routes with the option of hiring an Elvis impersonator!
The Little White Wedding Chapel
While this has gained a reputation over the years for “drive-in weddings” – many loved-up couples have held daytime ceremonies here with all the trimmings. Their complete package includes wedding coordinators, photographers, a flower shop, and tuxedoes for hire (plus an Elvis impersonator!).
Imagine getting married surrounded by one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. You’ll be whisked away by a helicopter where you’ll enjoy magnificent views of the Grand Canyon, before landing on the canyon floor to exchange your vows. You can also organise for a limo to take you between your hotel and helicopter base.
Red Rock State Park
If you fancy getting married with the striking Nevada landscape as your backdrop, but aren’t sure about a helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon – we recommend Red Rock State Park (the ground is flat and you’ll be driven there by limousine). We recommend booking it morning or late afternoon when the landscape is at its most dazzling.
Getting married in Las Vegas is a straightforward process and is legally recognised in the UK.
You’ll firstly need to bring the following documentation with you to Las Vegas (and to your wedding).
A marriage license application (we’ll speak about this in a minute)
A valid 10-year passport
A birth certificate
Decree Absolute (if divorced)
Death Certificate (if you are a widow or widower)
Change of Name Deed (if you have changed your name)
Written consent from your parents or guardians (if either of you are under 18 years of age)
To obtain a marriage license in Las Vegas both individuals need to visit the Clark County Marriage Bureau along with all the documents mentioned above and $77. The marriage license is issued immediately and is valid for 1 year. You can save time by filling in a pre-application form online, but you will still need to stop by in person (the office is open 24/7).
After you are married, you’ll need to pick up your marriage certificate from the Clark County Marriage Bureau for $15 (you can also order a copy online, but you’ll need to pick up the real thing). The wedding officiant has 10 days of performing the ceremony to file the marriage certificate
It’s rare that a taxi driver won’t know where the Clark County Marriage Bureau office is, but here’s the address for safe keeping.
Clark County Marriage Bureau
201 Clark Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada 89155-1603
And voila – you are legally married!
Have you got any more questions about getting married in Las Vegas? Leave them in the comments below.
Mauritius boasts all the ingredients needed for the perfect beach wedding: idyllic white sand, luxury resorts and mouth-watering French cuisine. Here’s everything you need to know about tying the knot in Mauritius.
Mauritius is known for its luxury, beach-front, all-inclusive hotels – most of which offer their own wedding package. Here are five of our favourites.
Beachcomber boasts eight resorts across the island of Mauritius and guarantees that only one wedding takes place a day. So your Wedding Co-ordinator can give your big day their full attention.
Beachcomber offers two Wedding Packages: Classic and Luxury. The Classic includes all of the following:
Cost of all legal procedures, fees and documentation
Civil Status charges in Port Louis including the cost of transfers from your resort to the Civil Status office
Dedicated wedding planner in Mauritius and a wedding team in the UK
Choice of wedding locations at their chosen resort
Wedding cake for 10 people
Bridal bouquet and groom's buttonhole
Celebration breakfast in bed
Separate room for the groom to change in (subject to availability)
The Luxury Package includes everything above, as well as spa treatments, hair and make-up, four-course wedding dinner, and a romantic set-up in the couple's room.
Sugar Beach Resort & Spa
If you’re after a lively wedding with your nearest and dearest, then you need to look into this place. You can choose from three venues (the lawn outside Manor House, the white sandy beach or the gardens) and can cater up to 100 guests.
The Sugar Beach Wedding Package includes:
Choice of wedding venues
Dedicated wedding coordinator
Seasonal fruit basket in the couples room upon arrival
Wedding attire pressing/steaming
Romantic background music – CD player, during the ceremony
Brides make up at the resort spa
One bottle of sparkling wine during the ceremony (Graham Beck or Prosecco
Wedding cake (maximum of 6 invitees)
Photo package of 50 (10x15 cm) prints presented in an album with CD
Romantic candle-light dinner ( set menu) for the couple on the wedding day
Breakfast in the room or on the terrace/balcony the morning after the ceremony
All local legal fees
Maritim Resort and Spa
Maritim Resort and Spa is a favourite with couples seeking an upmarket wedding that is suitable for families. On-site there are watersports, nine-hole golf club, fitness centre, four restaurants, three bars and a hotel run kids club.
If you’re looking for a wedding here, you’ll be treated to the following:
Decorated Ceremony Location
Cadlelit dinner for the couple
Bottle of sparkling wine
Transport to Port Louis to Complete Wedding Registration
Marriage License and Certificate
Legal fees and ceremony
Lux Grand Gaube
This contemporary resort on the island’s north coast is informal but sophisticated, mixed up with a retro-chic lifestyle. The cuisine here is just as eclectic with Peruvian, Argentinian and Turkish dishes all making an appearance in the resort's restaurants. It is also suitable for families with supervised activities for 3 to 11-year-olds.
You can choose from a Light Wedding Package and a Delight Wedding Package. The first of which includes the following:
All legalities for the Bride & Groom, and transportation of the Civil Officer
One wedding a day
Dedicated wedding co-ordinator
Special Wedding Menu (excludes beverages)
Wedding Cake for the couple & 2 glasses of champagne
Special breakfast in room the following day
The Delight Wedding Package includes all of the above but with the extra additions of hair and make-up, Bridal Bouquet & Groom’s Button Hole, a live musician and breakfast in bed for the couple.
This new resort not only has a beach right outside its front door, it also has a few private islands to its name &ndash, and you can get married on one of them. The resort has its basic Free Wedding Package (if you stay at the island for seven days or more), Islander Package, and the Islander Wedding Package (which includes a ceremony on a private island).
Aside from a ceremony on a Private Island, the Islander Wedding Package also includes:
Discount for the bride
Personalized gifts for the couple
Discount at the Spa Attitude
One massage for the couple at the Spa Attitude
Wedding ceremony on Gran Zil
Set up of the wedding venue
Bottle of sparkling wine
Trial and hairdressing for the bride
Manicure and pedicure for the bride
Gala dinner, lobster menu
Special breakfast in room the day after the wedding
When to get married
Mauritius is at its finest between the start of November through to April.
In order to get married in Mauritius, you need to be 18 or older (16 with parental consent), and not be related by blood or adoption, have two witnesses, and provide the following legal documents:
2 Copies of passports
2 Copies of birth certificates
2 passport photos each
Decree absolute (if divorced)
Deed Poll (if name has changed)
Death Certificate and previous marriage certificate if widowed
Non-English documentation must be translated into English and duly stamped
French passport holders and citizens of other countries need to submit their documentation to us 3 months prior to your arrival in Mauritius
These documents will have been to taken to an official office in Port Louis. Don’t worry though – most Mauritius hotels will include the costs of this in the Wedding Package. Many Wedding Coordinators will also accompany you.
You only need to have been in Mauritius for one day before you tie the knot, however if you wish to have a religious ceremony you need to have stayed a minimum of 15 days prior to the ceremony taking place (Anglican and Catholic weddings are both possible).
(Please Note: please check with your Wedding Co-ordinator that the legal process in Mauritius has not changed).
Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so you’ll want it to be perfect.
One of the easiest ways to reduce the stress is to have someone else organise it for you. Thankfully there is an endless amount of hotels with beautiful wedding packages that take care of everything - so you literally have to turn up on the day.
Whether you’re looking to get married in the Caribbean or somewhere closer to home; a lively resort or a secluded cliff-side hotel, there’s something out there to suit you and your sweetheart. Here are just 10 hotels that cater to couples looking to marry abroad (and all of them 5-star!).
Moon Palace Cancun, Mexico
If you’re looking for an upbeat (but luxurious) wedding venue in Mexico, then we recommend Moon Palace. The five-star resort offers facilities for all couples and guests, including world-class restaurants, a lavish spa, and a 27-hole golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Their wedding package is also just as exciting. Aside from a beautiful beach-side ceremony, the wedding package also includes a coordinator, bridal bouquet, wedding cake, sparkling wine, gift registry, complimentary honeymoon package – plus that all-important marriage license and certificate!
Luxury Bahia Principe Esmerelda, Dominican Republic
If a laid-back wedding in the Dominican Republic sounds like the correct combination for your wedding, then have a look the Luxury Bahia Principe Esmerelda. This elegant resort has Bavaro’s stunning white-sand beach right on its doorsteps, making it a perfect choice for a romantic wedding.
Their Sunshine Wedding Package includes all the basics such as a wedding coordinator, wedding cake and Honeymoon breakfast in bed. However, it also includes extra touches like a semi-private dinner reservation for 30 people, 15% spa discount and 10 digital photos.
Grand Bahia Principe in Jamaica
This resort hotel boasts its own private beach – so no wonder it’s a popular choice with sweethearts tying the knot. There’s also three swimming pools, three whirlpools, buffet restaurant, water sports, volleyball, and evening entertainment.
The Sunshine Wedding Package includes all the usual – wedding co-ordinator, decorated ceremony location, bridal bouquet, recorded music for the ceremony, wedding cake, and honeymoon breakfast in bed. On top of that, it also includes 10 digital photos, 15% spa discount, late-check out for the couple, and dinner reservation for 30 people.
Maritim Resort and Spa Mauritius
This luxury resort is a favourite with people looking for upmarket family weddings, romantic honeymoons and other special occasions. There’s an 800-metre beach on its doorstep and, in the resort itself, you’ll find four restaurants, three bars, large swimming pool, 9-hole golf course, boat house with water sports, and a fitness centre.
The Wedding Package itself includes a coordinator, decorated ceremony location, candlelit dinner for the couple, a bottle of sparkling wine, wedding gift – plus legal fees, marriage certificate and transport to Port Louis to complete the wedding declarations.
Olympic Lagoon Resort Nissi Bay, Cyprus
This stunning hotel is perfect for couples looking for a lavish wedding. On-site you’ll find three swimming pools (including a lagoon pool), buffet restaurant, outdoor Cypriot restaurant, American-style diner, cocktail bar, and a gym.
The Wedding Package here is also just as extensive. You’ll have all the basics like a wedding coordinator, ceremony, bridal bouquet, marriage license, and honeymoon breakfast in bed. But you’ll also be treated to a decorated bridal table, 15% spa discount, and the taxi transfer to Town Hall to sign the documents. There are also a few extras that are subject to availability including late check-out, room upgrade, and cocktail reception.
Coral Beach Hotel Resort & Coral Beach Suites, Cyprus
Offering undisturbed views of the landscaped gardens and the coast, this hotel is the perfect backdrop to a romantic wedding. The wedding package itself has all the basics (ceremony, co-ordinator, candlelit dinner, marriage license, and honeymoon breakfast in bed) and a few extras like 25% spa discount, facial for the bride and bathrobes in your room.
The wider resort has all the facilities needed for you and your family to relax after the wedding. There’s an outdoor pool, kids’ pool and indoor pool. There’s also a squash court, gym and sauna. For food and drink, there’s a buffet restaurant, poolside snack bar, beach bar, lounge bar and nightclub. There’s also Wi-Fi and on-site reps who visit twice a week.
Stella Place, Crete
If you’re looking for a family-friendly resort hotel with plenty of activities, then look no further than Stella Place. Here you’ll find a whopping two outdoor swimming pools, one indoor swimming pool, and three kids’ pools (two with waterslides!). On the food side of things, there’s one buffet restaurant and two a la carte restaurants. For children, there are three children's clubs that covers ages 3-15. There is also a playground, high-chairs and cots.
Hotel Grecian Park, Cyprus
Perched on a hillside, this small but elegant resort provides a breath-taking backdrop for your big day. The hotel itself is modern and comes equipped with everything you need for a relaxing honeymoon. There’s a small collection of sports, three pools, a pool bar serving snacks and a Japanese restaurant serving sushi (as well as the main restaurant).
The wedding package here is simple but stylish. You’ll be treated to a ceremony, bridal bouquet, single-tier wedding cake, and sparkling wine on arrival. Register’s fees and marriage certificate are also included.
Liberty Hotels Lykia, Turkey
Nestled between beautiful mountains and azure seas, this self-contained resort might be the world’s most beautiful place to get married. Your wedding package itself includes everything you need (co-ordinator, marriage license, bridal bouquet, single-tier wedding cake, honeymoon breakfast in bed and candlelit dinner) but you’ll be treated to VIP check-in on arrival, late check-out until 6 pm, and the option to hire one of the hotel’s speciality restaurants.
The hotel itself might have a remote location, but there’s plenty to do on-site to keep you and your guests entertained. There’s archery, volleyball, water polo, tennis, aerobics, aqua aerobics, and darts. There’s also a gym and sauna, as well as 10 swimming pools – one of them a mini on-site waterpark! When it’s time to wind down, there’s a buffet restaurant, tennis café, and four bars, as well as evening entertainment.
DB Seabank Resort & Spa
If you want to combine the beautiful landscape of Malta with a contemporary hotel – then this place ticks the box! Set 50m from a sand-and-shingle beach, this hotel has plenty to keep the loved-up couple and their guests busy. There’s a main swimming pool, kids’ pool and indoor pool, as well as volleyball, mini-golf, French bowls, beach football, and a gym. Food-wise, there’s the main buffet restaurant, Italian restaurant, Jungle-themed American restaurant, Brazilian restaurant, and Asian buffet restaurant.
The wedding package here covers all your basics including cake, venue and legal documents. But you can upgrade to the Superior Wedding Package that includes a white dove release, red carpet for the aisle, bridal hair and make-up, and fresh flower centrepiece.
There’s always been something romantic about a secluded island. Maybe it’s the lack of other people. Maybe it’s the nightly sunset. Maybe it’s the sunrays slipping through the windows in the morning. Whatever it is, islands have always been one of the most popular honeymoon destinations.
The world is not exactly short of islands, however, so it can be difficult to decide what one is the best fit for you. Whether you’re looking for complete seclusion, somewhere same-sex friendly, food adventures, or an island-hopping extravaganza – we have you covered.
If you want complete relaxation
It has to be the Maldives. With overwater villas that lead into the warm Indian Ocean, it’s not hard to understand why this one of the world’s top honeymoon destinations. The overwater villas are not the only romantic thing about the Maldives – most of the resorts on the island are home to delicious food, sumptuous spas and perfect beaches.
If you want same-sex friendly
The island of Mykonos is one of the most welcoming islands in the world for same-sex couples. And even better: the island boasts many different sides. There’s the buzzing nightlife on one end, and then there’s secluded coves at the other. So no matter what kind of honeymoon you and your sweetie are after you’ll find it on this Greek island.
If you believe food is the way to the heart
Thailand is always popular with travellers seeking exotic flavours – and the islands dotted along its shore are no exception. Even more, these islands come with a side-serving of luxury resorts and beautiful beaches.
If you want all-inclusive
The Caribbean is always going to be the top destination for couples who want to leave the wallet at home. Across these warm islands you’ll find plenty of resorts that include multiple restaurants, watersports and cocktails within the upfront price.
Another option in the Caribbean is a cruise. Many cruises offer all-inclusive packages (or even packages where you can bolt on what you know you’ll definitely use) and offer you the chance to explore multiple islands.
If you want adventure
For some couples, romance is getting up at the crack of dawn and embarking on a hike to watch the sunrise. If you’re one of these couples, then we recommend the Azores. A hidden volcanic gem in the Atlantic Ocean, couples can dip their toes into vivid blue crater lakes, take a boat trip out to spot whales, indulge in outdoor activities and relax in thermal spas.
If you want something really adventurous
If you and your sweetheart don’t mind some snow, head to the island of Svalbard. Found right up north in Arctic Norway – there is something eerily romantic about the snow-capped mountains and sparkling glaciers. And remember to book yourself a snow safari – the island is actually home to more polar bears than people!
If you want to island hop
Like variety in your relationship and travels? Jet off to the Pacific Ocean and explore the islands of Hawaii. Each one has its own distinct personality and it would be a shame to stick to just one. With flights regularly connecting the islands you can explore high-energy Oahu, secluded Kauai, beachtastic Maui, and the volcanic Big Island.
If you want to take the kids
If you and your other half already have a family, why not make your honeymoon about family time? If this is the case try the island of Mauritius. This Indian Ocean gem offers a better-rounded holiday than the Maldives (or Seychelles) that is sure to keep every member of the family happy.
If you’ve been on honeymoon already, let us know in the comments where you went!
The pages of honeymoon brochures are usually glittering with white sands, water bungalows, palm trees and idyllic beach sunsets. And while there’s no denying that this is the perfect romantic backdrop for many newlyweds, it’s not the right choice for everyone.
Our Honeymoon Specialists here at Barrhead Travel spend their days building the perfect honeymoon package for a wide range of couples. If you and your sweetheart don’t like the idea of lying on a beach for your first holiday as a married couple and are looking for something a bit more adventurous, consider one of these ten destinations instead.
With European tones and a Francophone drawl, Quebec is an architecturally charming backdrop for a romantic city-break. Walk hand in hand along cobbled streets while dipping in and out of world-class shopping, eat delectable French-Canadian cuisine, and discover centuries-old forts.
A safari and honeymoon are both regarded as once in a lifetime trips – so why not combine them? The beautiful country of Kenya is home to multiple national parks with stunning animals and beautiful accommodation ranging from high-end lodges to romantic glamping experiences. And if you do fancy working some beach into your honeymoon, Kenya is home to the beautiful Diana Beach that overlooks the warm waves of the Indian Ocean.
3. Walt Disney World®
A theme park might not be the first thing that pops into your head when you think of honeymoons, but if you and your love are fans of faced-paced rollercoasters and pop culture then there are very few destinations that would be more appropriate.
If you prefer the snow to the sun and are getting married in winter months, consider starting your life as a married couple in the magical destination of Lapland. Spend your night stargazing from a husky ride before ending it cuddled up in front of a cozy log fire – what could be more romantic?
5. New York City
New York City is already a popular honeymoon destination and is a favourite amongst couples who love fast-paced city-life. Cruise around the edge of Manhattan on a sunset cruise or watch the stars twinkle above the iconic skyline from the Rockefeller Centre.
This South-East Asian country has many sides to it. There’s the oriental and bustling city of Bangkok, where world-class shopping meets golden temples. Then there’s the luxury resorts of Koh Samui, or the tourist-friendly activities found in Phuket. A honeymoon to Thailand is whatever you want it to be.
7. Galapagos Islands
The ethereal Galapogas Islands in the South Pacific is a destination you can only reach via cruise but is well worth it. It’s a part of the world not many can say they’ve been to and is home to several endemic animals that you won’t spot anywhere else.
8. New Zealand
The two-island nation of New Zealand is bursting with beautiful natural wonders, and it’s difficult to pin-point just one region for an off-beat honeymoon. Walk the edge of the geothermal wonderland that is Rotorua on the North Island or visit the South and admire the 100,000-year-old glaciers in the Fiordland National Park.
This North African country was recently in the spotlight as a romantic getaway when George Clooney and Amal Amaluddin chose it for their own honeymoon. Built at the foot of the dramatic Atlas Mountains, Marrakesh is home to an exotic blend of sights, sounds, and flavours that make it a spectacular honeymoon choice.
10. Ras Al Khaimah
Immerse yourself in the authentic and charmingly romantic side of the United Arab Emirates. The northern Emirati gem of Ras Al Khaimah feels like a thousand miles from the skyscrapers and bright lights of Dubai with its beautiful mountainous landscapes, red sandy deserts, traditional souks and 5,000 years of history. We guarantee it will be one of the most romantic sunsets you’ll ever witness.
The streets of New York City have supported many anxious knees as they bent down to pop that life-changing question. From quaint corners in urban parks to numerous iconic landmarks, there are literally hundreds of ways to propose in this famous city. If you and your sweetheart are taking a romantic trip to the Big Apple sometime soon and you think it’s time to put a ring on it, here are some of our top suggestions that we reckon will result in the answer you’re hoping for.
1. Empire State Building
New York City’s most iconic building actively encourages proposals. They recommend visiting between Thursday through to Saturday when their saxophonist is on – who can play your special song on request.
2. Rooftop Bar
The Empire State Building might be a little too crowded for some couples. If you want to pop the questions with the New York City skyline as your backdrop but with a bit more privacy, take your significant other to one of the many rooftop bars. Some of them can even be privately rented for the utmost privacy on this special occasion.
3. Tiffany & Co
The little blue boxes from this high-end jewellery company have long been synonymous with romantic commitment. So much that the outside of the flagship store in New York City has become a popular spot to pop the question – handy if you want to let them select their own ring.
4. Times Square
If your other-half is outgoing and would appreciate a rather extroverted proposal, consider renting out a screen in Times Square. This is actually possible, and is probably the world’s most extravagant way to propose.
5. On Broadway
If your sweetie is a fan of the theatre, plan the best proposal/date night imaginable. Take them out to see a live performance of their choice and finish the evening by popping the question under the Broadway lights.
6. Cruise around the harbour
There’s a few ways to go about this. You can choose to hop on board one of the many boats that sail around the Manhattan horizon in the evening, or rent your own private charter. You could even propose at the end of your cruise. Whichever option you choose, it will be an idyllic proposal that your future spouse will never forget.
7. Rockefeller Square
The Rockefeller Centre is another iconic NYC attraction that actively encourages proposals. During the winter season they offer an Engagement on Ice package so that happy couples can rent out the famous ice rink for a private proposal.
8. Central Park
This famous urban sanctuary is brimming with romantic spots to propose. Popular places include the Bow Bridge, Cherry Hill, Central Park Ice Rink, Bethesda Fountain and Belvedere Castle.
9. New York Public Library
This might be a surprise addition to the list, but this historic library is actually a very popular place to get down on one knee. The events team have been known to rent out spaces for soon-to-be-engaged couples.
10. Brooklyn Bridge Park
For a secluded and low-key NYC proposal, consider this 85-acre waterfront stretch of grass. It offers lovely views of Manhattan but is still ever-so-slightly-out-the-way that you won’t attract crowds of people.
1. Consider which honeymoon locations best match your budget
After the expense of a wedding, a luxury honeymoon can seem out of reach for many newlyweds. However, regardless of your budget, there are dream destinations available for all tastes.
For those wishing to splurge on their dream escape, the tropical paradises of the Maldives & Bora Bora simply ooze opulence and exclusivity.
However, if you’re on the hunt for luxury on a slightly smaller budget, destinations like Bali offer breath-taking beauty and intimate resorts without the extravagant price tag.
If long-haul remains out of reach, destinations like Malta and Croatia are up and coming on the Honeymoon market! These locations offer boutique hotels and restaurants where you can unwind with your significant other.
2. Make sure you factor in some romantic alone time
Honeymooning no longer means just lying by the pool. Newlyweds are now booking bespoke holidays where touring, adventure trails and unique cultural experiences are all part of the trip. However, it’s important to make sure you allow yourself some downtime to unwind, romance and enjoy one another’s company.
Extravagant tours of Asia or the USA are incredible honeymoons. However, if the entire trip is spent on the road or exploring, you risk missing out on those precious moments unwinding and enjoying quality time together.
To combat this problem, opt for a multi-centre trip! Spend 10 days exploring the USA’s electric cities, and round off with some time at a Mexican beach resort – modern honeymoon meets traditional romantic getaway.
3. Think about what kind of Honeymoon suits you
The ‘stereotypical’ honeymoon is not for everybody!
Some couples may desire nothing more than sparkling azure seas, balmy island resorts and intimate eateries for a fortnight of unhindered relaxation. Destinations like the Maldives & St Lucia are dreamy bases for these Honeymooners, offering unencumbered luxury and traditional romance.
On the other hand, the thrill-seeking couple keen to engage in active pursuits may find themselves easily bored on an extended beach escape. Destinations like Thailand and Mexico serve as a perfect middle ground. Simultaneously offering sugar soft beaches, extensive water sports and unique cultural excursions, couples can ensure their romantic getaway is filled with adrenaline-fueled fun!
4. Take the time to speak to a travel agent
In this digital age, a couple can easily book their honeymoon using an online travel website. However, as one of the single most special trips of your life, taking the time to seek expert advice will ensure you tailor-make the honeymoon of your dreams.
Visit us in store and speak to a Barrhead Travel Honeymoon specialist. They will use their expertise and knowledge to create your perfect romantic escape!
They can also advise you on any added extras that can be included to ensure you have the trip of a lifetime. This ranges from rose petals in the hot tub to champagne in the airport lounge!
5. Indulge in some added extras
You’re likely to go on many holidays with your loved one over the years, however most of us only have one honeymoon! Think carefully about ways in which you can make your trip extra special!
Many of our honeymoon recommended resorts boast extravagant Spas. Treat yourself and your other half to a joint massage and spend some quality time unwinding together for some well-deserved pampering.
If you’ve opted to celebrate your vows with a European city break, make sure you take advantage of the old fashioned glamour and romantic charm of its cobbled streets. After all, a Venetian Escape wouldn’t be complete without a Gondola Ride with your very own Romeo!
6. Think about the time of year to go on your Honeymoon
In the past, it was traditional for newlyweds to jet off on honeymoon directly after the Wedding. However, that’s no longer the case. It can also be a bad idea depending on your chosen location!
Many couples choose to honeymoon on far away sands, indulging in the luxury holiday or dream destination they’ve always dreamed of. Unfortunately, many tropical and long haul destinations experience their worst weather periods between May and August. Consequently, they may not be the best idea directly after a summer wedding.
If your heart is set on a specific location, do some research and select the best time to book. This will be worthwhile, even If you have to wait a while before jetting off.
7. Be prepared for the climate of your chosen honeymoon destination
If you’re splurging on an extravagant and exotic holiday, make sure you’re aware of the likely temperatures.
Two weeks with blistering sun burn won’t make for a very enjoyable honeymoon, so make sure you’re prepared for temperatures in the high 30s when visiting places like the Caribbean and the USA during their summer months.
Similarly, if you’re a magnet for midges and mosquito's, invest in a good anti-insect repellent before jetting off. This is especially important when visiting tropical climates.
Finally, if you’re fortunate enough to boast luscious locks, be prepared when going to climates with high humidity. A decent hair care regime should be enough to tame any frizz, and you won’t have to worry about the holiday snaps!
8. Know your honeymoon flight times
Booking without a prior knowledge of flight times can be a fatal error when deciding on a honeymoon destination.
Whilst many people choose to indulge in an extended trip of two weeks or more, some of us can only afford a week away. Others would struggle to get any more time off work. In these circumstances, long haul destinations may be inadvisable.
Flight times to exotic escapes like Mexico and the Caribbean can be over 10 hours from the UK. This can account for over a day of your holiday, and many couples have been disappointed to find their trip inadvertently shortened.
Do some research or speak to a travel expert before booking and make sure lengthy flight times won’t get in the way of one on one time with your other half!
9. Make sure your ticket and passport names match
With the whirlwind and excitement of a wedding and planning a honeymoon, the finer details can often be overlooked.
However, it’s essential to remember that your name on your passport and the name on your booking must match to meet airport security!
If you’ve changed your name following your wedding, and use this to book your romantic escape, ensure your passport is updated correctly before travelling!
Don’t compromise the trip of a lifetime with an admin error. Make sure you think ahead and have this arranged well in advance.
10. Don’t forget about honeymoon travel insurance
Prior to your honeymoon, you’ll spend most of your time dreaming of sparkling waters, champagne sunsets and uninterrupted romance with that special someone.
As you plan your dream trip, however, don’t forget that it’s still extremely important to take out travel insurance.
Whilst nothing is likely to interrupt your dream honeymoon, it’s important to be prepared. This will ensure that your romantic escape is stress free and full of happy memories.
Your wedding dress is likely to be the most exciting purchase you'll make for your wedding. At the same time, however, it's sometimes the most stressful as you shop around to find 'the one'. When it's for a sunny wedding destination you'll want to look your best but you also want to make sure you'll be comfortable on the day.
If you're jetting off to a hot destination for your ceremony, comfort becomes the utmost priority when selecting the perfect wedding dress. Wedding destinations of the sunnier persuasion can provide a sunny backdrop of 40 degrees which, while beautiful and great for the photo album, will mean that certain dress styles will be more comfortable than others. To ensure you're as comfortable as possible on the day of your wedding we've rounded up six things to keep in mind when shopping for the wedding dress for your destination wedding.
Avoid dresses with heavy corseting
While they might create a curvy silhouette, corsets are not comfortable beach wear. If getting married in a warm climate you'll want a dress that sits loosely on the body.
Silk organza, lace and chiffon are all breathable fabrics
Breath-ability is not something the UK population usually has to consider when purchasing their clothes for the British climate. Though if you're considering a sunshine wedding abroad it will become something you'll want to keep in mind. This doesn't just concern the bridal dress though: the male attendees should carefully consider the fabric of their suit as well.
Taffeta is a beautiful woven fabric popular for creating wedding dresses. It is also a thick material that won't feel comfortable if you're trying to say “I do” in a 35 degree heat.
Consider buying a destination dress from a specialist designer
Instead of walking into multiple bridal shops and examining the material, get in contact with a wedding dress designer who specialises in destination dresses. Destination dresses are specifically designed with foreign shores in mind. They are suited for hot climates and will survive a plane flight with fewer creases.
Beach winds and veils = not always a good look
If you're looking at a beach ceremony, be careful not to choose a windy beach especially if you're looking to wear a veil. Consider a birdcage veil if you want something in your hair, but long flowing veils will likely detract attention from the vows.
Respect any cultural sensitivities
There are some destinations that will require a bride to cover up more than others or where locals will raise an eyebrow at a non-white dress. Before choosing your location research what is acceptable wedding attire in the country and the type of venue you're looking at. You might need to a purchase a dress that covers your shoulders or is very traditional.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and the pressure to organise something romantic for your other half might be getting to you. If you're a couple who would like to get away for the romantic season but haven't quite re-filled the funds from Christmas, there's plenty of loved-up locations available in the UK. Whether you're after a rural retreat to relax just the two of you or the cultural offerings of a bustling city, the British Isles can cater to all Valentine's Day wishes.
Relax in the rural Welsh countryside
If you and your love want to leave all of life's stresses behind, one of the best ways to do so is to drive into the countryside. For true relaxation, follow the road to rural Wales. While the Welsh part of the UK has three built-up cities in the south, the rest of the country has remained largely untouched. In these quieter areas you can find spas and lodges perfect for a romantic getaway.
Explore the historical streets of Edinburgh
Scotland's capital city has an international reputation for undeniable beauty. Walk hand-in-hand during the day through the cobbled streets and in the evening explore the cultural nightlife. Overlooked by a magnificent castle with a history going back to the 12th Century, Edinburgh has the perfect atmosphere for traditional romance.
All aboard the Titanic in Belfast
The birthplace of the ship that inspired one of the world's most famous love stories. Explore the history of her voyage in the modern museum located on the site of her former shipyard, before heading out to enjoy the vibrant Belfast nightlife. If you also fancy a drive around Northern Ireland, a trip to The Giant's Causeway also makes for a romantic day out.
Walk along the beaches of Jersey
An island of perfect beaches and fantastic gastronomy, Jersey already ticks the boxes of two romantic getaway essentials. Add to the mix its unique blend of French and British culture, and you have an island that creates a romantic weekend away without going too far.
Get lost in London
London is different things to different people, and couples can create a Valentine's Day adventure unique to them. Explore the markets of Camden, relax in a Chelsea spa, enjoy some theater in Covent Garden, have a gastronomical adventure on Brick Lane or take-in the city lights from the London Eye. London is only limited by your imagination.
Passport? Check. Hotel details? Check. Engagement ring...
If you and your travel sweetheart have been together a while, it's likely that you might have considered packing an engagement ring for your next adventure. Before you get to the point of popping the official question you'll need to ask yourself some smaller questions first: how, when and where am I going to pop the question?
For loved-up world travellers, proposing on a foreign-shore is the perfect way to welcome the start of an engagement. With just a little bit of planning, you can both come home with one of the best travel stories either of you have ever written.
Picking the perfect destination
For some couples the perfect proposal spot would be cruising through the spectacular Norwegian Fjords. For others it might be climbing to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Some future-fiancés opt to return to the location of a memorable holiday. Here's some ideas from our previous Top 5 Places to Propose blog post.
Whatever destination you choose remember to be tactful and natural. If you and your other half regularly go on romantic beach holidays, a trip to Jamaica around your five year anniversary shouldn't give your intentions away, but there's some destinations that might raise their suspicions.
Taking the ring with you...without getting caught
Take the ring in your hand luggage, wrapped in a sock or somewhere else your partner is unlikely to look. While it's always important to abide by international hand luggage laws, this is the one trip where you really don't want customs emptying your bag because something looked out-of-place on the x-ray machine.
Insure the ring
An engagement ring may be the most expensive thing in your bag. Keep a hold of it and, in case it does go missing, get it covered.
Also remember to bring the receipt to prove the country of purchase in case customs ask about it.
Plan to buy the ring on location
Bring home the best souvenir and purchase a ring on holiday as a permanent reminder of your far-flung engagement. If you're planning an NYC based proposal, a trip to pick up a luxurious ring at the Tiffany's store might be a good call. If you're somewhere with a large design community purchase a ring from a local jewellers. It can be as simple as selecting a ring from a department store that you won't find at home.
You might have to embrace spontaneity
While an at-home proposal doesn't always make for the best dinner-party story, you can plan the details to the second. On holiday, you may need to roll with the punches. The beach you picked for the evening stroll might not be secluded enough or maybe one too many cocktails were consumed. Don't be too rigid with your plans and be prepared to pop the question whenever it feels right.
We've touched on this already but when planning a holiday-proposal, you need to act as if you're going on a regular trip. Choose a destination that doesn't arouse suspicion, securely hide the ring, and organise couple-based activities that aren't out of place.
And above all: enjoy it
The romantic proposal is as much for you as it is for your spouse. Enjoy the moment that you've created for the two of you to share forever.
Your honeymoon is ultimately time for you and your partner to spend quality time together, therefore you want it to be as romantic and memorable as possible. Here at Barrhead Travel we love a bit of romance, so if you are looking for some honeymoon destinations inspiration then look no further!
This remote island bordering the Indian Ocean greets honeymooners with gloriously soft sand beaches, mesmerising calm blue seas and ultimate seclusion. Many Maldives resorts are placed on their own individual islands. The combination of luxury, privacy and the untouched charm of each resort, makes it the closest place to heaven on earth.
Offering a supremely romantic getaway, Florence is filled with captivating art and majestic architecture that will quite simply take your breath away. The amazing Tuscan cuisine and fabulous wineries, make Florence one of the most desired honeymoon destinations for any newly-wed.
Say 'Aloha' to Hawaii! Still one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world and we know why! Crystal clear waters, stunning landscapes, all the sporting activities you could imagine and not forgetting plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation.
When you visit here, you feel like you are in the 'city of love'. Imagine a honeymoon in Quebec City, as the North America's answer to Paris. From the your first moments in Quebec City, you are surrounded by romance with stunning views of St Lawrence River, charming neighbourhoods and stately castles. Quebec is as fashionable, romantic and as French as you make it! J'adore Quebec!
Some believe that Greek island Santorini, rising steeply out of the Aegean Sea, is the source of the legend of Atlantis and there is undoubtedly something magical about the place. Wake up in the morning to beautiful blue sky and glorious landscapes in stunning Greece. Santorini is just one of those magical places that screams out love and romance!
We may all picture Florida as the home of 'Disneyland' but the beaches here give any visitor a sense of the Caribbean without actually being there! A growing destination for 'honeymooners', Florida combines bright sand beaches with a vibrant city atmosphere perfect for those who enjoy getting out-and-about.
Stroll hand in hand as you take in the beauty of the glorious sandy beaches of this wonderful island! Sit at the beach bar with a cocktail in hand as you sample some of the amazing Caribbean cuisine. Watch out, you might also spot a celebrity or two!
Iceland in winter is something truly magical! Combine the country's breathtaking scenery with romantic couple's massages in the vibrant Blue Lagoon. A honeymoon in Iceland is certainly one that will never be forgotten!
With two breathtaking coasts only a short plane ride away from each other -- one on the Pacific, the other on the Caribbean -- Costa Rica is the perfect destination for couples looking for an adventure-beach mix. Relax on one of the unblemished beaches, discover the stunning rainforests or simply sit back, relax and admire the stunning views with your loved one. Even if you and your partner have opposite honeymoon styles, Costa Rica's natural beauty and variety make it a very appealing option.
There really are no better beaches with clear blue waters than Thailand! No matter where you decide to honeymoon on the island - whether that be Bangkok, Phuket or Koh Samui - ultimate relaxation and stunning views are guaranteed!
Bring out the romantic side in you, as you and your loved one relax and enjoy your chosen honeymoon destination. Go on, feel the love with Barrhead Travel!
The perfect proposal is made up of two essential components: the ring and the place.
Get these two things right and you'll not only create a proposal that your partner can't say no to but also a special memory that the two of you will reminisce about for the rest of your lives. It's easier said than done though and the perfect proposal takes a lot of brainstorming. We're here to help with five ideas that include both a place to carry out the proposal and the best ring to do it with!
Let’s face it, who wouldn’t say Yes to a marriage proposal in this little slice of paradise? Gasp-worthy, sugar-soft beaches, sparkling azure waters lapping the shore, and lush dense forest provide the perfect backdrop to a marriage proposal. For an achingly-romantic place to propose, look no further than Le Jardin du Roi Spice Garden – stunningly beautiful gardens, jaw-dropping, panoramic views across the island and a restaurant in which to celebrate, once the object of your affections has said yes and dried her tears of joy.
Perfect proposals need the perfect diamond ring. Try a fabulous beauty like three baguette-cut diamonds set in 18k white gold, representing the past, the present, and your future together! A truly breathtaking ring is require to match the islands' stunning views - do that, and we’re sure that her answer will be “Yes, yes, YES!”
You can’t beat a fairytale castle for romance, and Dubrovnik certainly ticks that particular box. The spectacular architecture and sublime atmosphere of this ancient walled city means that any trip here will be memorable. The castle overlooks the calm blue seas of the Adriatic, and nestled below is the town and the harbour. It’s one of the world’s most up-market destinations, so chances are she’ll already be feeling pretty special before you both take a walk around the walls admiring the view. Then drop to one knee and ask the question that will change the direction of your life forever (we recommend doing this as early or as late as possible to avoid the crowds and the heat of a Croatian summer!) What girl could resist?
And what girl could resist a stunning, minimalist pear shaped diamond set in platinum? It's a timeless classic with an edge, set high to allow the light to shine through. This ring from The Diamond Studio is guaranteed to prompt a positive response!
3. New York
For sheer variety of proposal options, nowhere can beat New York City. Midnight on New Year’s Eve in Times Square…on a horse-drawn carriage ride round Central Park…at the top of the Empire State Building (though, thanks to its metal-detectors, you might want a quiet word with Security if you don’t want the surprise spoiled.) Being in New York is like starring in your own little romantic movie if you plan correctly - take into account the seasons in the city, as summer can be stiflingly hot, and winter can bring snowstorms. Before you know it, you’ll cease to be a boyfriend and return home as a fantastic fiancé instead.
This distinctive city needs a distinctive engagement ring, so try an 18k white gold and diamond stunner. The Diamond Studio has the perfect ring - 109 diamonds in the setting, with the centre diamond a stunning 2.29 carats! In total it has 3.54 carats , giving it the Big Apple wow factor. Just watch out for those Empire State Building metal detectors…
James Bond fans, please be aware that although you may be thrilled to be in the home of Ian Fleming and Goldeneye, your missus-to-be may be less than impressed. However, Jamaica has a host of proposal options. Snorkelling and diving could be the ideal way to lead up to a romantic proposal followed by a picnic and rum cocktails on the beach. Maybe a yacht trip would be the perfect prelude to the biggest question you’ll ever ask? Or how about a horseback ride along the sands at sunset with your intended one? Dunn’s River Falls is a delightful location, but we’d suggest leaving the ring back at base, just in case your wife- to –be isn’t the only thing that gets swept up in the proposal.
Reflecting the laid-back, Caribbean pace of life in Jamaica, a diamond and Ceylonese sapphire ring will always remind you of the sparkling blue seas. This sapphire is a lighter blue which mirrors sea and sky. Truly stunning. it'll shine even brighter in the sun! This gorgeous Diamond Studio ring’s understated glamour matches the island’s star quality.
A quiet proposal, or an all-singing, all-dancing declaration of love – which to choose? Whatever you and your beloved would prefer, Dubai offers up a number of possibilities. A candlelit meal followed by a quiet stroll on the beach as the Burj al Arab twinkles in the background might sound perfect, but then again, perhaps it’d be fun to head out to the desert for a spot of dune-bashing before popping the question at sunset. One thing’s for sure, you’ll be spoilt for choice for sumptuous accommodation options and places to celebrate when she says Yes in this most modern of cities.
While the Gold Souk might be a good choice for an engagement ring, perhaps it’s best to plan in advance a little. Choose one with a high claw setting that's a reminder of the city's skyline and magnificent tall buildings. The Diamond Studio has the ideal ring - a centre 1.6 carat round brilliant-cut diamond is set in a gorgeous diamond encrusted cocktail style. At 2.8 carats, this is sure to elicit a Yes from your intended! Place this blingtastic concoction on her finger and she’ll love you forever, guaranteed!
If you can think of another top 5 places to propose then just let us know :-)
You have decided to tie the knot - congratulations! - and so the preparations begin.
You will probably find yourself stressing out about which flowers to have, who to invite, how many cake tiers to have, whether to serve pizza or sausage rolls at the wedding- the list is endless! The one thing that you can take some time to choose for you and your beloved to relax and enjoy is your honeymoon. We’ve come up with some of the best and most unique honeymoon experiences around.
It is becoming hugely popular for newlyweds to go on a ‘maxi-moon’ - taking a month or two to go and travel, seeing some of the world’s most exotic locations. One of the top destinations is Thailand which offers all the allure and beauty of Southeast Asia in one country. You'll find yourself indulging in pure relaxation on some of the most stunning beaches in the world, trekking through the jungle on the back of a majestic elephant, before heading back to your luxury hideaway in the country’s best accommodation. The Centara Coconut Beach hotel is located on a secluded beach on the island of Koh Samui, nestled amidst its beautiful surroundings. The comfort of the individual villas is simply the idyllic spot for any honeymooners to rest up for a few days post-wedding.
With its opulent architecture and truly unique maze of winding streets created by the Grand Canal, Venice is fast becoming one of the top ‘mini-moon’ destinations to head to. Any newly married couple will find themselves floating along the picturesque canal on board their gondola being serenaded by your own Venetian crooner during their trip. At Barrhead Travel, we offer our own selected flights direct to Venice from Glasgow on board one of British Airways’ luxury aircraft, which offer spacious leather seats, generous luggage allowance and great flight times. The perfect way to get you to and from your honeymoon, in both style and comfort.
Riviera Maya in Mexico offers miles of powdery white-sand beaches, ancient Mayan sites and tranquil ecological parks - the perfect setting for any couple looking to spend quality time together. And for those feeling like a ‘rock ’n’ roll-moon’, the Hard Rock Hotel, Riviera Maya is where luxury meets satisfaction on a stage of stunning tropical views, a private white sand beach, and exclusive saltwater snorkeling areas. Live large and enjoy the very best of paradise as you enjoy the most legendary ‘rockin’ hospitality.
With over four decades of travel expertise, we truly know how to turn your happily ever after into a reality. Contact our experts today to plan your perfect honeymoon – all our stores now have a resident wedding expert to provide a unique planning experience for your wedding and honeymoon so you can discuss exactly what you are looking for. Visit us instore today or call us on 0871 964 2124 to start planning your dream honeymoon.