Couples contemplating future nuptials should talk to a travel agent before the wedding dress is ordered and the band is booked, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California. That’s because the complications and expense of a wedding can be better managed by selecting a honeymoon trip first, or even incorporating the wedding into the honeymoon itself.
“Whether you are planning to cruise, tour or just escape to an isolated dream destination, it is important to realize the costs and availability of certain trips can vary by season, trip provider, the size of the party and even the day of the week,” said Kelly Clark, the Auto Club’s Glendale branch manager.
“Ideally, couples should make sure their choice of a date and wedding location will be in harmony with their honeymoon vacation plans. By talking to a travel agent first, you increase the odds of being able to leave when you want to, experience everything you had planned, and pay a price that fits within the overall wedding budget,” he said.
Destination weddings are an increasingly popular way for couples to combine their wedding and honeymoon.
“Since many weddings frequently involve travel for invited guests, the betrothed may want to consider holding their wedding at a location that appeals to everyone. This can be a chapel in a themed resort, in the ballroom of a luxury hotel, or on board a cruise ship,” Clark said.
AAA, which operates the largest full service leisure travel agency network in North America, is able to provide unmatched access to the travel industry’s leading cruise, tour and lodging companies. Their services are available to everyone, although members are frequently entitled to special services and benefits. Most of AAA’s travel partners cater to newlyweds and honeymooners with special packages and services designed to elevate their experience.
“If your dream wedding doesn’t include worrying right up to the last minute about flowers, table settings, music, food, beverages and the comfort of your guests, then a conversation with one of our travel agents is definitely in order,” Clark said. “Keep in mind, most luxury hotels, some tour companies and nearly all cruise ships have experienced staff dedicated to wedding events. They are there to handle most of the details and will work with you, and the future in-laws if you wish, to make sure there are no surprises.”
The Auto Club’s most popular honeymoon travel provider is Pleasant Holidays. Pleasant offers honeymoon packages to destinations including Maui, Jamaica, Fiji, Tahiti, Dominican Republic and Mexico. All-inclusive, 3-day trips to Mexico including airfare cost as little as $359 per person. Five nights in Tahiti, including air, inter-island transportation and daily breakfast cost $1,589 per person. To make planning as easy as possible, ask a AAA Travel Agent about the Pleasant Holidays Weddings Travel Desk.
Romantic travel doesn’t have to begin with weddings or end with honeymoons. AAA’s travel partners can also help with engagement ceremonies, bachelor and bachelorette parties, vow renewals and special anniversary celebrations.
For information on any of these activities, visit the Auto Club’s Glendale Branch (1233 E. Broadway, 818-525-5431) or the Auto Club’s Montrose Branch (2112 Montrose Avenue, 818-525-3902).