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Things to consider when planning your trip

I received an email inquiry for a tropical beach honeymoon from a lovely girl in Oregon the other day. I phoned her, and in the course of the conversation, she mentioned that they might want to have a destination wedding and get married while they were here.  It would be just she and him.  Elopement is the old term for this, i believe :)

This got me thinking of my own  beach destination wedding, and the wedding that was “the thing  we did on monday of our vacation”, which was also our honeymoon.  It was just he and i, and i learned a lot.  As i advised this Bride-To-Be on what i thought was best, i was drawing not only from my knowledge of this tiny island paradise, but also from my personal experience.

What a lovely trip down memory lane :)

So, here’s my advice on things to consider when planning your trip, honeymoon, or even elopement.

Be Very Clear about your expectations – being clear on your expectations is more than just saying “I just want to get married on the beach”.  What do you expect the hotel to be like?  What are your thoughts on rustic versus posh?

Are you a social person?  Do you want to be able to talk to other couples, or do you want seclusion?  When i traveled  in my 20′s, i  wanted to meet people easily, make friends with other couples, have someone else to hang with a little.  Now that i’m in my late 30′s i want access to others, but i dont need to be around a ton of people….then again i live on a tiny tropical island :)

How far are you willing to go into town and socialize?  How often do you think you’ll want to go to ‘town’?

Be Clear about your tolerances – Sometimes the power goes out for a couple hours here in Belize.  It just is what it is.  Maybe on average, once every couple months, the power will go out for a couple hours, or the water will not work for half a day…or the cable or internet goes down.  It is what it is.  And it is Belize.  This ain’t texas….it’s a tiny nation of 250,000 people, and is about the size of Massachusetts.  It’s all just part of the charm :)   Besides, when it happens at night….the sky is the most amazing thing you will ever see.

We have bugs and things.  We just do.  The truth is, there are only a few places on the island that will be the least buggy.  You will see iguana’s running around, too. 

Belize Destination Wedding expert Lara Goldman from Romantic Travel Belize answers your questions, doles out useful advice and shares her opinion about... well, everything! Lara's unique perspective is a breath of fresh air and exactly what you're looking for whether just for advice or for full service event planning.
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Things to consider when planning your trip

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