Your experiences and suggestions! They are welcome. (in Off-topic)
April 10 2007 2:23 PM EDT
Just 'cuz I'm curious, for those of you married vets of CB, where did you go for your honeymoon? What was the weather like? Would you rather have gone somewhere else? Where would YOU suggest as the 'ideal location' for a honeymoon?
And for the single, just the last question.
As I said, just curious. =)
club med mauritius island?
April 10 2007 2:33 PM EDT
I'm single, but I hear that Rome is a very romantic place (if you've got the money) and if you're looking for somewhere warmer, I hear that Rome in the summer is warmer than Rome in the winter... but that's just hearsay.
April 10 2007 2:43 PM EDT
My own experience adds a couple of questions to consider before deciding on the honeymoon:
What sort of holidays do the possible newlyweds like normally? Are they sort of people who like to laze by the pool; or the sort who like to do things; for instance safari trips in Africa.
What sort of wedding would be involved? If it is a big affair, with lots of organising, then would you really want to go on a busy honeymoon? My own wedding involved nearly 150 people (my wife has a very big very close family) and organisations had been going on for months. Stress was the word of the day. So our honeymoon was a five star hotel in Cyprus, with two pools and it's own private beach and a average temperature in September of 35 degrees C. There were things to do on the Island, but being able to be pampered, not having anything to worry about was just what my wife needed after the S_T_R_E_S_S of the big day. The most important part was being able to spend good alone time together, after being surrounded by people.
Some friends of mine went on a series of breaks, three days here, three days there and then back to the first place. On paper their holiday sounded ideal, but they said the amount of travelling meant that it wasn't as restful as it should have been. However a work colleague recently got married and did something similar and loved it.
The most important thing is to be able to spend time together away from everyone you know, to get used to being married; to rest your heads after the stress of a wedding.
Of course that's based on big weddings. I was best man at a wedding that took place on St Lucia in the Caribbean. I also gave away the Bride. There were only four of us. We were there as four for the week before the wedding then myself and my girlfriend at the time left them to it for the second week; so they could do the getting used to being married thing. But there was no stress involved at all; so for all intents and purposes it was a simple holiday at that point.
For me the first couple of weeks of being married were precious; I didn't want to share them with anybody else. That time is something of a foundation IMO, and is important. Other people are quite happy to spend it with other people.
One thing to remember though; wherever you go mention being a newlywed. Plenty of free drinks and food came our way as congratulations!
My girlfriend's parents went to Barbados. They had good time.
April 10 2007 4:30 PM EDT
Also, depending on your nationality and partying status I hear that Columbia is one of the best places to go... But you have to like partying and you can't be American... that's just what I hear... And no, I'm not talking about illegal things, I mean the clubs are always jumping and the landscape will make you want to puke from too much beauty. The places that are overrun with drugs are the places to avoid... But man, I love to hike, and there aren't many more beautiful places to hike than in Columbia, or so I hear.
(Taken from Columbia Travel Agency Website)...
Personal Safety Risks
Travellers should exercise vigilance at all times due to the level of violent crime. Although kidnapping and homicide rates in urban areas of Colombia have dropped in recent years they remain high: about 45 kidnappings per month were reported in 2005. Outside the main tourist areas these dangers are greatly magnified. Areas to avoid include Chocó, Putumayo and anywhere east of the Andes.
So unless you are Spanish speaking and Special Forces, it might not be so safe to hike there...
I just wanted to say something since I found Moosh's picture very hilarious.
By the way, OB Maybe you should visit here:
We went to Vegas, with a little personal trip to San Fran at the end. ;)
Weather was good not too hot I saturated my wedding suit with sweat before we tied the knot, but hot enough to wear shorts without looking like an eejit! ;)
First trip to America, was very interesting and a *lot* of fun! ;) America was especially good for wedding based upgrades. From flights to hotel rooms. ;)
As to where the ideal location for a honeymoon, there's two answers to that.
For the Male: Who cares, you're not gonna see much past room service anyway.
For the Female: Anywhere she really wants to go. She's been thinking about it, and planning it for years. What ever you do, *do not* suggest anything contrary to what she wants. Period.
April 10 2007 8:16 PM EDT
GL speaks true. It's nothing, I repeat nothing to do with the man. Everything about that day is about the woman. If you want to live to see an anniversary.
April 10 2007 8:27 PM EDT
Sandals St. Lucia
Beautiful for a Honeymoon. Only couples in the resort, so no kids. Great food, all inclusive so all alcohol was included.
April 10 2007 8:37 PM EDT
I can vouch for Sandals St Lucia. Very nice. That's where I did Best Man duties. There are two resorts, but you can use the facilities of both if you stay at one. The Groom was a Golf Pro, and one of the resorts has a decent course.
It's right on the beach, but out of everyone who stayed there I was the only person approached by the local drug dealers asking if I wanted to buy any weed. I said to the guy, why me? Why aren't you asking other people? He said; you look like you enjoy a smoke. I look like I enjoy a smoke. Lol the funniest thing is that I really really don't. I just look like a smoker.
Oh and there was the embarrassing episode when I went to collect the bride. As well as being Best Man I was giving the bride away. She'd eaten too much good food while we were there and couldn't fit into her dress. A cleaner walked in on me and the bride on the floor trying to get her into her dress. I hate to think what he thought when he went past us later as she was getting married to her new husband.....
If you can afford it, get the Crow's Nest at Peter Island. It's about $50k or so for the week. Or you can get a honeymoon package in a scaled down room for less.
April 12 2007 9:32 PM EDT
GL - great advice, except she's planning just about *EVERYTHING* else and I am responsible for planning the honeymoon...
Thanks for the replies, guys, if you have any more suggestions/experiences please do tell!
Oh, and we are indeed thinking the relaxed honeymoon, JW, since she is planning quite an eventful/large wedding.
April 13 2007 3:01 AM EDT
So congratulations are in order then?!! Congratz!!!!
"we are indeed thinking the relaxed honeymoon"
So is this more than "just curious"? Did you propose to her?
April 14 2007 1:13 PM EDT
No, I haven't, though she's insisting that I produce a ring of some sort by year's end. I was simply talking to her while writing up a thread earlier and she said if I was going to be talking to people on a forum then maybe I ought to be asking about the honeymoon, since I'm supposed to be the one planning it. =P
Proposition's the only part waiting though, she's already planned out our wedding date and everything. She likes to have things planned far ahead of time.
So yeah, just curiosity right now, but it is indeed because I have to have this planned out for her to approve of soon. =P
Wow, she really has got you whipped hasn't she OB :P
Whipped or unwhipped... I wish the best of luck to a successful future with the one you love. (The marks may or may not go away and may or may not leave scars.) :)
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