Honeymoonist News

Globetrotter: Inside Mark Ingram’s Miami

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When it comes to style, few people have it like the dapper Mark Ingram, owner of Mark Ingram Atelier in New York City. This exclusive bridal salon sells gorgeous, high-end gowns from the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier, Inbal Dror and Zuhair Murad.
But Mark has another love beyond fashion: the city of Miami. Mark spends a lot of time there, and since purchasing a condo along the Venetian Causeway in 2010, considers it his second home.  We live in Florida so we know and live this city too. Here are his must-do’s when he heads south,

Surprise Travel, Yes or No? Our Take, in Ozy.com

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Would you take a honeymoon not knowing anything about it, destination unknown and planned by someone else? “Travel to Nowhere/Anywhere” is apparently a thing for some wealthy Brits, who are signing on for the service from a UK luxury travel planner, who requires a $1,500 planning fee/$30,ooo per person minimum. We were flattered to be asked about it by one of our fave websites, Ozy.com.
While I love reading about this kind of thing in Afar magazine’s “Spin the Globe” feature (they send a travel writer somewhere without any advance notice, and they have to make do on the fly when they get there),

The Expedia-Orbitz Merger and What It Means to You

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The big news in the travel world today is Expedia’s purchase of Orbitz.com, for a whopping $1.3 billion; this follows their purchase a few weeks ago of Travelocity, for $280 million. It’s further consolidation of an industry that seems to do nothing but consolidate.
Take Expedia. Until today, they owned (among others, and just on the consumer side) Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire, Trivago and Travelocity. But it’s not just Expedia. TripAdvisor used to be owned by Expedia. Spun off in 2011, they now own (among others) TripAdvisor, FlipKey, Airfarewatchdog, BookingBuddy, Cruise Critic,  Family Vacation Critic, GateGuru, Independent Traveler, SeatGuru, Jetsetter, TravelPod and Virtual Tourist. Priceline owns Priceline.com and also Booking.com,  agoda.com, Kayak, rentalcars.com

The Perfect Boutique Caribbean Wedding Resort

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On this freezing week, we’re daydreaming about our recent stay at Caribbean Club, on Grand Cayman. Friends had been raving to us about this boutique hotel for years, so we couldn’t miss up the chance to stay there ourselves earlier this winter. Its small size and great service make it ideal for a destination wedding.
In a switch from traditional hotels, Caribbean Club has 37 condo-style apartments. Each one is decorated differently, and comes complete with full kitchen, dining table and cushy living room. They range in size from one to three bedrooms; most of the bedrooms are ensuite (ie, with its own bathroom), so they’re ideal for

See Our Mexico All-Inclusive Picks in Destination I Do

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We’re thrilled to see our feature on Mexico All-Inclusive picks in the new issue of Destination I Do magazine! These gals have their pulse on what’s cool and different in the world of romance travel, and we love working with them.

 
In the feature, we spotlight a few of our favorites all-inclusive resorts along Riviera Maya. We love all-inclusives for their ease — there’s one bill, for as much food and drink as you want, not to mention activities and sweet rooms, which makes them a favorite for destination weddings. But be warned: They range wildy in terms of style and

Meet Our Favorite Wedding Registry

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One of the best parts about having a wedding (besides the whole “found your soulmate” part, of course) is doing your wedding registry. After all, when else in life do you get to choose what you really want and need in a gift? Our favorite wedding registry hands down is Newlywish whose well-curated offerings include gorgeous household items alongside cool experiences like cooking classes and African safaris.
We were thrilled when founder Amanda Allen asked us to create our dream registry, and had a ball going through their ever-expanding inventory. The results include some travel picks, of course, but also a gold-flecked vase that reminds us of coral reefs and the cutest

Dirty Little Secret About Hotel Rates

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We’ve worked in media for years, so here’s a little secret: Those room rates you see listed at the end of travel stories about gorgeous hotels? They’re misleading. Most mags use the lowest available rate at low season for their copy, because it makes the hotel seem accessible to more people.
Which means that, yes, you may be able to get a room at that luxury Caribbean hotel for that rate of $299. But chances are it will be the lowest-category room in the house (NOT the one pictured in the article), and at the lowest season of the year,

Unique Luxury Destination Wedding Spot in Tuscany

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We’re always on the lookout for unique destination wedding spots. So when we recently got the invitation to travel to Tuscany with David Beahm, we couldn’t pass it up! Not only is David one of the top event designers in the U.S., he is an old-school gentleman with exquisite taste. So when he said we needed to see a hotel, we knew it would be special!
A hilltop town-turned-hotel, Monteverdi Tuscany is in Castiglioncello del Trinoro, near Chiusi. The Italian-American owners fell in love with the medieval-era town and started buying and renovating apartments. The result: A one-of-a-kind hotel spread throughout the town, home to approximately 10 full-time residents. As a guest,

A Word About Black Friday Travel Sales

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The Internet is loaded with travel sales this weekend, and it will keep up through the holiday season. Sites from Expedia to major hotel chains are promising big savings this season–but beware the fine print. Just like stores, online companies lure you in with great-sounding deals, like 50% off hotel stays–but the deal is only valid for travel through January, or you have to pay in full now and incur hefty change fees that offset your savings if anything needs to change. Also, advertised rates rarely show the whole picture, excluding taxes and resorts fees that can easily add 25%

The Coolest Guesthouse in Hudson Valley, NY

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One of our favorite things about traveling is the people we meet on the road. We met Shannon Greer at a magazine job, where we traveled from Maine to Puerto Rico doing elaborate wedding photo shoots. You really get to know someone when you work that closely with someone (5 am call times, hectic scouting days), and we fell in love with Shannon’s laid-back demeanor, sense of humor and great style.
So when he said he and his artist partner Charlotta Janssen (who also runs the restaurant Chez Oskar in Brooklyn) were restoring a historic building in NY’s Hudson Valley and