All prices are per person, subject
to change, and include airfare plus 6 nights, car or transportation,
unless otherwise noted.
||Sheraton Kaanapali Beach (partial ocean view room)
||Hyatt Poipu Beach (mountain
||Sheraton Waikiki (oceanfront
|Cabo San Lucas
||Solmar (Jr. suite beachfront
||Hyatt Regency (garden
||Palm Grove (air from
LAX, 7 nights)
||Beachcomber (air from
LAX, 7 nights)
RT air, 6 nights, transportation, food,
alcohol, watersports, all activities included.
||Crown Paradise (ocean
||Sandals Royal Bahamian
||Sandals Regency Golf Resort & Spa
||Aventura Spa Palace
All prices per person, subject
An interview with Jennifer Zeman
By JODI HELMER,
reprinted from Bridal Guide 2005, March 17, 2005
Exchanging vows, dancing the night away and cutting into the wedding
cake are not the only things couples look forward to when planning
their weddings: strolling
along white sand beaches, breathing the ocean air and sipping tropical cocktails
also top the list of most anticipated wedding adventures.
“A honeymoon is a great way to start their lives
together as a couple.” says Jennifer Zeman, owner of Hawaiian
Weddings and Tropical Honeymoons, a travel agency specializing in
destination weddings and romantic travel. “People really want
to wind down and rest after the stress of planning their wedding.”
Honeymoons are as much a part of the wedding ritual
as exchanging rings and Zeman estimates that 95 percent of couples
depart for their honeymoons within days of tying the knot. “Very
few couples wait to take their honeymoons,” she says.
Hawaii and Mexico are the top honeymoon destinations
for couples living in the Pacific Northwest but Zeman has also noticed
an increase in the number of couples spending their honeymoons in
the Caribbean and the South Pacific. “Couples who have a good
chunk of change and a decent amount of time are booking honeymoons
in Tahiti, Fiji, the Cook Islands, St. Lucia and Jamaica,” she
The average honeymoon costs approximately $3,500,
but Zeman has worked with couples with a range of budgets.
“Some couples only have $1,500 to spend, and
others have more than $5,000,” she says. “It all depends
on what they are looking for.
“People are not as budget-conscious as they were
a few years ago,” Zeman adds. “They are coming to me
and saying, ‘I want to have a good time, and I want to be pampered.’”
Couples may opt to travel to Moorea, Manzanillo or
Montego Bay but they have one thing in common when it comes to planning
their honeymoons: They want to go to a tropical destination.
“Couples dream about spending a week in a thatched
hut that sits on stilts over the water,” Zeman says. “The
honeymoon is all about going to a tropical paradise.”
And, because their honeymoon is often the first major
trip – and the most special – a couple has taken, most
opt to work with a travel agent.
Travel agents can not only save couples time and money
but also offer valuable advice.
“It is such a big trip, and couples are looking
for someone who can offer advice on the best destinations for their
budgets,” Zeman says.
Zeman asks couples questions about their preferences for accommodations
and activities as well as the level of service they expect from
“We go over maps and talk about the pros and
cons of different destinations,” she says. “A lot of
the couples that I work with have never been anywhere but the Oregon
Coast, and they want someone who will work closely with them to plan
Zeman acknowledges that couples could plan their honeymoons
online but notes that a travel agent specializing in honeymoon travel
can offer much more insight than a web site.
“ In many cases, I have been to the destination
I am recommending,” she says. “I can go over the options
for restaurants, activities and tours and make suggestions.”
Travel agents also offer face-to-face contact which
can be invaluable during the planning process: Zeman can help couples
book a honeymoon package, upgrade to a different room category or
even change destinations completely. “If a couple has questions
or needs help, I'm here; you can't get that online,” she says. “I
want to make sure that honeymooners have the time of their lives.
Often it's not about price; it comes down to service.”
Zeman recommends planning the honeymoon at least four
to six months in advance.
“Couples who want to book a honeymoon at a five-star
resort in a popular destination for July may find that flights and
accommodations are already sold out,” she warns.
Zeman offers two pieces of advice to couples planning
their weddings: Plan to take a honeymoon, and have a fantastic trip.
“Couples should plan to take a honeymoon very
shortly after they get married: if they put it off, the next thing
they know they have kids and a mortgage and it is impossible to go
away,” she says. “A honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime
“Thank you so much for all of your advice and planning. Our trip to Hawaii has exceeded both of our expectations thanks to you. The chocolate covered strawberrries and champagne were wonderful and we have an incredible view from our room. We are completely relaxed and greatly enjoying our honeymoon!”
—Mr. and Mrs. JH
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