Showing posts from December, 2011

ABTA 2012 Travel Trends includes increase in Weddings Abroad

ABTA released its 2012 predictions for travel a couple of days ago, and the part we like the best is their prediction that more couples will get married abroad.

ABTA says, "More weddings abroad. One in five couples currently marry overseas with an average saving of £12,500 on a UK wedding; with pressures on budgets and a focus on value for money, many more couples are expected to say ‘I do’ abroad in 2012."

We're obviously biased, but 20% of UK couples now agree that having a wedding abroad is great value for money and can be less hassle than trying to please all the relatives at home - we're not going to disagree!!

Find a wedding provider abroad here.

Wedding News from Greece & South Africa

The latest news on Marry Abroad includes a new wedding location for Olympic Holidays in Greece, a new wedding package at a beautiful hotel on the Garden Route in South Africa, and really different way to spend your honeymoon - helping others while enjoying your time together as Mr and Mrs.

Take a look at our News pages for the latest updates in the wedding abroad and honeymoon world.

Weddings & Honeymoons in Thailand, Switzerland & Mauritius

Our latest wedding and honeymoon news includes a gorgeous snowy honeymoon at the Gran Hotel Kronenhof in Pontresina, Switzerland, and some absolutely beautiful wedding locations at LUX* reosrts in Mauritius, and at the award winning Sarojin Resort in Thailand.

Be inspired this festive season - if you get engaged over Christmas and New Year, there are plenty of stunning locations in which to exchange vows.

Start planning here!

Tighten the Knot at the Viceroy Anguilla

Come 2012 the plush Viceroy Anguilla resort is sure to be every newlyweds’ best man.  Made of honour, the hotel offers unique wedding packages tailored to every couple’s needs. Couples are invited to spend halcyon days by the glittering Caribbean Sea and sunset walks along the beach.

Viceroy Anguilla even takes care of those couples who don’t have the time to customise their honeymoon. The Romance Package allows couples to indulge in a seven night stay at one of their gorgeous suites with a private deck and plunge pool. From $1,470, the package includes a romantic evening on your rooftop deck with a gushing of flowing champagne and treats, a relaxing massage at the Spa’s couple suite and a romantic three-course dinner with a bottle of wine at their signature restaurant Coba.

See more wedding locations abroad here.

Free Vow Renewal Ceremonies for Sandals' & Beaches' Guests

~ The Luxury Included® Resorts Company Launches Free Vow Renewal Offer For 2012 ~

Sandals Resorts and Beaches Resorts are offering guests the chance to rekindle their love by providing an exclusive and intimate Renewal of Vows ceremony free of charge*.  Couples who book a minimum six-night stay by 27 January 2012, for travel between 4 September 2012 and 10 November 2012, will have the opportunity to celebrate their marriage all over again at some of the most romantic places in the Caribbean.

Sandals Resorts’ and Beaches Resorts’ Renewal of Vows ceremonies are offered in a picturesque ceremony location dressed with a Beautiful Beginning wedding theme by Martha Stewart™ and include recorded musical accompaniment.  After receiving a renewal of vows certificate, the newly vowed husband and wife along with six guests can celebrate with a sparkling wine and chilled hors d’oeuvres reception.  The happy co…

Cannes Wedding Planner joins Marry Abroad

Our new wedding planner Autour d'une Histoire is based in the glamorous south of France and arranges weddings throughout the French Riviera and Provence. If you've ever dreamed of a sophisticated wedding with gorgeous scenery and great weather then ask Celine at Autour d'une Histoire for some suggestions - she has an amazing portfolio of locations and venues, any of which might be the setting for your fairy tale come true!

Contact Autour d'une Histoire here, or see all our French wedding planners here.

New European Honeymoon Destinations from Scott Dunn

Scott Dunn Introduces Iceland, Sicily, Croatia and Montenegro for 2012

From Northern Light Safaris in Iceland, staying on an iconic island in Montenegro to snorkelling in the volcanic Aeolian Islands, luxury travel specialists, Scott Dunn have introduced a new collection of European honeymoon destinations for 2012.
James Ferguson, Head of Scott Dunn’s European Escapes team commented, “Over the past year, we have definitely seen a trend for couples looking for honeymoons a little closer to home but with a twist. Guests are looking for an itinerary that is a little different and out of the ordinary, without compromising on style and romance – with just a hint of adventure.”
Written in the stars: New Northern Lights Safari in Iceland  Scientists predict that the magical Northern Lights will be at their brightest since 1958 this winter and coming spring. Couples looking to catch a glimpse of the elusive Aurora Borealis can now visit Iceland, the only destination where the lights can be witnes…

New hotel in Malaysia is perfect for a wedding or honeymoon

For couples searching for a tropical honeymoon location, this new Banjaran hotel, and it's sister resort, which has been recently refurbished, make a beautiful place to relax - they even offer wedding and honeymoon packages.

With its many scenic, cultural, entertainment and gastronomical attractions, plus easy accessibility from all over the globe, Malaysia may just be the perfect setting for your dream wedding and honeymoon.

THE BANJARAN HOTSPRINGS RETREAT won the BEST RESORT AWARD at the Malaysian Property Awards in October 2011 which is part of the International Property Awards and the winner’s trophy is recognised as a symbol of excellence throughout the property industry.  Opened in early 2010 the resort is Malaysia’s first luxury wellness retreat nestled in a 17 acre valley amid a lush tropical jungle, natural geothermal hot springs and a cluster of magnificent limestone hills. This self-contained retreat comprises 25 luxury villas and a wellness village offering authentic, …

Perfect for a honeymoon - luxury for less in the Far East

Thailand makes an ideal honeymoon destination, and tour operator Tropical Sky has a great selection of holidays available (which would equally make a great honeymoon!)

Long-haul tour operator Tropical Sky tips Thailand as the hot holiday destination for 2012.  With plenty of flights and a mass of new hotels aimed at the luxury market, Tropical Sky has created some fabulous high-season exclusive offers starting from £739 per person, with exclusive rates, free nights and complimentary upgrades also available.

With the best value found in the up-and-coming and revitalised Hua Hin area as well as Pattaya. Phuket and Koh Samui, suggestions for holidays to Thailand include:

VALUE-FOR-MONEY: Seaview Patong In Phuket
This four-star beachfront hotel offers the best of both worlds - positioned right at the end of Patong Beach away from all the crowds, yet still just a short walk into the centre of Patong’s nightlife. Representing superb value-for-money, it has a lovely pool area, fitness cent…

Exclusive Winter Delights at the Private Club of Hotel Aurelio & SPA, Lech

For those dreaming of a winter wedding, with the snow falling as vows are exchanged, look no further than the Hotel Aurelio & Spa, which makes a picture perfect location for such a ceremony.

The charming resort of Lech, Austria is gearing up for the opening of the ski season and the boutique Hotel Aurelio & SPA is delighted to again be offering the exclusive Aurelio Club to guests this winter. On request, Aurelio Club can be taken over privately and offers spectacular accommodation for up to 20 people (six double bedrooms and 2 junior suites), private Spa area and personal butler. Aurelio Club is the perfect hideaway for families and groups of friends alike and is also a great venue that caters wonderfully for the incentive travel market and corporate groups.

Aurelio Club exudes charm and has been furnished using tailor-made pieces, a mélange of antique and modern furniture, that combined give an elegant and luxurious feel. Rooms have been kept in cream and beige shades and w…

Meet Portugal Wedding Planners Sonho a Dois in Dublin in January

Algarve wedding planners Sonho a Dois (it means a dream shared by two people), will be at the City West Fair, Dublin between 13-15 January 2012, and they're inviting you to come and meet them at stand F13. Noelia & Carla will be in town from the 11th January, so are happy to meet up during the four days they are in Dublin. They even have a band playing on their stand!

Based in the Algarve, Portugal, Sonho a Dois arrange beautiful weddings in unique, undiscovered venues around the area - Private villas, Stunning Marquees, Farm Houses, Historical Places and Exclusive Ceremony Locations and Churches are all possible.
They can arrange all wedding services, from hair and make up to flowers, photographers, transport and catering. Just ask them about the wedding fair offers when you meet them.

To make an appointment email them today, and start planning your perfect wedding in the Algarve!

See all our Portugal wedding planners here.

Honeymoon lists - more exciting than pots and pans!

Our friends at Complete Morocco offer a wonderful honeymoon list service, so instead of asking your wedding guests to pick gifts from a department store they can pay for you to have the honeymoon you've always wanted. A new saucepan versus a hot air balloon? No contest!

When booking your honeymoon with Complete Morocco, they will:
Help plan your bespoke itinerary, ensuring you choose the right locations and hotels to suit your own personal requirements and tastesGive you ideas and suggestions about what you can do whilst in MoroccoProvide excellent travel advice based on our many years first-hand experienceHelp with booking your flights, hotels, transfers, car hire, restaurants and excursions Offer competitive rates, first class service and knowledge about Morocco.
Free wedding list service
Most couples now-a-days already have all the pots and pans, towels and bed linen they need, and many are opting to ask for donations towards their honeymoon to help make it a truly once-in-a-lif…

Renew the romance on Kurumba, the original Maldives paradise

As the Maldives’ first private island resort, it should come as no surprise that Kurumba Maldives, once again, is providing the very finest in romance and luxury. Kurumba now offers a selection of three superb renewal of vows packages, catering for every couple’s budget and, most importantly, their fantasies for this very special day. 
Starting at just USD500++, the renewal of vows packages(options 2 and 3) provide, a professional blessing ceremony including, a traditional Maldivian Bodu Beru dance performance, a master of ceremonies to preside over the vows, a renewal of vows certificate or carved wood plaque, photography, a bridal bouquet, wedding cake, and a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine. On top of all that, Kurumba Maldives will then treat the couple to a deliciously authentic champagne breakfast, or 3 course dinner with wine, at the beachfront Ocean Grill, just one of the 9 mouth-watering restaurants this 5 star resort has on offer.
Guests can choose from a range of venue…

Beautiful Garden Weddings at Kempinski Hybernska Prague

We're delighted that the Kempinski Hotel Hybernska Prague has joined us, as their wedding ceremonies are absolutely beautiful. Located in the centre of Prague, the hotel's secluded garden makes the perfect ceremony choice. The wedding package includes a romantic night buffet and they even give you an authenticated diamond to celebrate your marriage!
The romance of Prague is not that far away, so to find out more to make your dreams come true, visit our Czech weddings page and get in touch with the Kempinski Hybernska Prague today!

L’Avenida Hotel – For a private villa wedding in Mallorca

Combining the relaxed intimacy of a private mansion with a full service hotel, L’Avenida is the perfect venue for special events such as weddings, celebrations and parties.

For an intimate, exclusive wedding L’Avenida offers the perfect solution for couples in search of that very special place. Located in the heart of Soller, an elegant little town on Mallorca's jet set North West coast, the nine bedroomed, boutique hotel L’Avenida is beautifully wrapped within the shell of a 100 year old classical mansion and is framed by magnificent views of the surrounding Tramuntana Mountains. 

The wedding ceremony can, for example, be held at the beautiful mountain village church of Fornalutx, only a few minutes from the hotel by car, before returning to the hotel for a memorable wedding breakfast for up to 50 guests (seated) or a delicious buffet for up to 80 guests (standing) in the beautiful tropical courtyard garden, around the central pool. Whilst entertainment can be offered by a Span…

NEW Yoga Retreat with Julien Balmer, April 2012 Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum, Turkey

A perfect retreat for brides wanting to escape from their wedding planning - from 23rd - 28th April 2012, the Six Senses Spa at the stunning Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum, Turkey will be hosting a yoga retreat with Julien Balmer, a renowned practitioner and yoga teacher.
On this exclusive retreat you will learn and experience what traditional Hatha Yoga is all about. There will be daily yoga and meditation practice as well as sun salutations in one of the most beautiful locations on the coast of the Aegean Sea. Daily classes will focus on the flow and awareness of energies and are designed to assist with your physical, emotional and spiritual development. These will be complemented by daily educational talks and inspirational movies.

Whether you are a complete novice or a more seasoned yoga practitioner, this programme offers you the perfect opportunity to improve your skills, strengthen the body, clear the mind and escape from the stresses of everyday life.

Julien, who after c…

Exclusive Yacht Weddings win award

Exclusive Yacht Weddings takes DOUBLE BA Award “Unique Wedding Specialist of the year 2011” & “ Life Time Achievement Award For Services To The Wedding Industry”

“We offer a choice of packages that enable couples to combine their wedding, honeymoon and holiday all on the island of Love - Cyprus. As the only officially certified UKAWP Wedding Planner on the island, we are able to plan and manage the entire wedding, including the ceremony which can take place in a church, on the beach, on a yacht, and town hall, through to the reception and evening entertainment, including fireworks! Leaving the happy couple to relax and enjoy their big day with their family and friends, safe in the knowledge that everything will run smoothly from start to finish.”
With five flight days a week flying direct to Paphos from most UK airports…..why settle for a rainy day in England when in approx four hours you and your family and friends can be basking in the sunshine, enjoying the wonderful hospitality…