Heavenly Honeymoons--Advice and Tips for That Perfect Getaway!Written by Larry Denton
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According to ancient traditions, word "honeymoon" is based upon practice of newlyweds drinking mead, called bride ale, which was produced from fermented honey. This beverage was consumed during first month (and therefore "moon") of marriage. The fermented drink supposedly increased virility and fertility and, consequently, first month of marriage was referred to as honeymoon. It is only within last 50-60 years, however, that honeymoons have gained wide popularity. With so-called "honeymoon destinations" emerging--Cancun, Hawaii, Caribbean, Tahiti, Italy, Las Vegas, New Orleans--these post-wedding trips offered ordinary citizens a taste of what it was like to be wealthy. Chances are good that honeymoons are here to stay.
Romance is not just roses and candles. If you are adventurous newlyweds there a many ways to enliven your honeymoon. Scuba diving, snowmobiling, parasailing, skydiving, or couples' bungee jumping are a few of ways to spice up your honeymoon and return home with unforgettable memories of that golden getaway.
An important word of advice: don't be afraid to mention fact that you will be honeymooning when you're making reservations for a restaurant, hotel, or cruise. Announce it when you arrive. Tell everyone! You're happy and you're in love. Special accommodations and gifts, ranging from upgraded rooms to flowers or free champagne are often given to honeymooners.
Larry Denton is a retired history teacher having taught 33 years at Hobson High in Hobson, Montana. He is currently Vice President of Elfin Enterprises, Inc., an Internet business dedicated to providing useful information and valuable resources on a variety of timely topics. For a cruise ship full of information, resources and advice about honeymoons, visit http://www.HoneyMoonHaven.com
Having Your Beautiful Wedding--Without "Busting" Your Budget.Written by Larry Denton
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Determining when you get married can actually affect your wedding budget. According to TheKnot.com, June, August and September are most popular months for marriages. The more popular your wedding month, less choice you'll have about date, site, cake makers, flowers, photographers, etc. The most popular day of week is Saturday, so you can save money by having your nuptials on Friday night or a Sunday.
To save additional money, up to $500 in most cases, you can print invitations yourself; simply Google "wedding invitation template" and locate scores of sites with downloadable invitation styles. With newer technology (copiers and printers) your personally crafted invitations will be as stylish as they come.
The reception is where wedding costs can truly get out of hand. Statistics show that an average of 189 guests attend a wedding. A large number. To limit expenses, try to keep your guest list to a minimum. You don't need to invite every person you have met since high school. Instead of a three course meal, why not choose a hot and cold buffet. Instead of using an expensive hotel suite for reception, why not consider having it at someone's home, private club or even book a restaurant. Keep an open bar to a minimum.
Weddings can be expensive if you want them to be. However, there are many cost-cutting ideas that would allow you keep some money aside for a romantic honeymoon or a down payment on your new house. With a little imagination and some help from family and friends, you can have a luxurious wedding for much less money.
Larry Denton is a retired history teacher having taught 33 years at Hobson High in Hobson, Montana. He is currently V.P. of Elfin Enterprises, Inc., an Internet business providing useful and valuable information on a variety of timely topics. For a chapel full of cost-savings tips and advice about your perfect wedding, visit http://www.WeddingWalk.com