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Surviving Bridal Show Season Jan 01
Come visit my booth!

Come visit my booth!

Experts in the wedding industry tell us that December is one of the busiest months for engagements over the Christmas holidays, thus prompting the bridal show frenzy that begins in early January and continues through the spring, and begins again in early fall. Having participated in hundreds of bridal shows as a vendor, and attending several shows with my son and his fiancé while planning their wedding, these are a few tips I have learned along the way that I hope will help you survive attending bridal shows in your local market.

* Watch for local advertising  on the radio, local newspaper or wedding vendors for ticket discounts for purchasing your tickets in advance, also purchasing your tickets in advance sometimes will also pre-register you for prizes.

* Before you go I would suggest that you come up with a unique wedding  email such as jonesandsmithwedding@gmail.com and then print sheets of return address labels- this will save you valuable time not having to print your name, address and phone number for each booth you visit as most of them will have a giveaway of some sort.

* If possible, take a friend or two with you to help carry all the collateral you will pickup along the way from vendors, bridal shows can be loud and busy so having another set of eyes and ears will help you to recall what vendors you were really drawn to. Most bridal shows give you a bag with registration, but I would suggest you take a large strong bag with you to carry everything in just in case.

Classic Bride and Formals "Great Bridal Store in      Charlote area "

Classic Bride and Formals
“Great Bridal Store in Charlotte area “

*Have a plan and think about your top priorities for vendors- Is your priority finding the perfect wedding dress, venue, wedding cake or Honeymoon? When you first arrive to the bridal show and check in, you will be given a list of vendors-take the time to find the location of your top priority vendors, visit them first before they give away their information or their booth gets crowded and you will not be able to have a quality conversation with them.

If you are in the Charlotte, North Carolina area, come visit me at the Carolina Bridal Fair  at the Cabarrus Arena on January 17,2016- I will be in booths 503-504-lots of other great vendors such as Classic Bride and Formals, Nona’s Sweets and Bakery (seen on Platinum Weddings) and Erin Padgett Events will be there as well. I would love to talk with you about planning your Destination Wedding or Honeymoon. Not finding any local bridal shows in your area or a vendor that you are connecting with? I have clients from around the world and would love the opportunity to assist you.

Contact: Linda Dancer via Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com or by phone Direct Line 828-256-1520 or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

 

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North Shore Bike Park Oct 30

Over the years many clients have inquired about options for mountain biking on O’ahu and I am happy to share about the North Shore Bike Park located at the iconic Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore of O’ahu. Offering exciting opportunities for friends, families, couples or those traveling solo and seeking adventure. Bikers can zoom down professionally developed mountain bike trails, twist and turn through lush jungle vegetation while an experienced guide shares interesting facts about local geography and history.

Stop by the Hele Huli Adventure Center at Turtle Bay Resort to schedule or call them for more details at (808) 293-6024.

Bicycle Rentals are also available during your stay at Turtle Bay Resort as well -a beautiful resort to explore on a bicycle.

Bike Rentals

Bike Rentals

For assistance planning your visit to the island of Oahu contact Linda Dancer- Hawaii Master Destination Specialist   Direct Line 828-256-1520  or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Email  Linda@honeymoonsinc.com

**Bike photos courtesy of Turtle Bay Resort and used only to promote North Shore Bike Park

The Royal Hawaiian – introduces the “Mailani Tower” Jun 19
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The Royal Hawaiian

From the moment the Royal Hawaiian first opened its doors in 1927, the “Pink Palace of the Palace” has been amazing guests, and with the opening of the Mailani Tower in April, this tradition continues.  Mailani (treated in a royal manner) in the Hawaiian language offers the sophistication and luxury that today’s travelers are used to experiencing, but yet maintaining the grace and charm of the original resort. Each of the 179 guest rooms and suites that make up the Mailani Tower offer a lanai with stunning ocean or pool views.

** The Mailani Tower experience begins at the Mailani-only reception area with dedicated concierge, and throughout guest stay the concierge team works to ensure that guest individual needs are provided to the hotel staff.

** Exclusive Mailani lounge offers guests a tranquil place to enjoy Executive Chef Hans Stierli’s deluxe continental breakfast beginning with champagne mimosas. Evenings in the Mailani Lounge offer beer and wine selections, a signature Luxury Collection cocktail prepared by the resort’s mixologist along with hors devours.

The resort is offering some great promotional rates through December 25th to celebrate the opening of the Mailani Tower – contact Linda Dancer  for more details or to book your stay at The Royal Hawaiian in the new Mailani Tower.

Contact Linda via  Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331  or  Direct Line  828-256-1520

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The Kahala’s “Kolohe” Ohana Nov 28
Waiting for breakfast

Waiting for breakfast

Kolohe is the Hawaiian word for rascal!  True to the definition of the word, the family of six Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins are as playful as they can be and is just another treat for the guest of  The Kahala Hotel & Resort on O’ahu.

Soon after The Kahala opened in 1964, nearby Sea Life Park asked the hotel to temporarily host two Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins took their relocation in good stride and soon fell at home in the Kahala lagoon. Their arrival was so popular with guest, The Kahala invited them to stay on a permanent basis, and have been part of the Kahala ‘ohana’ (family) ever since.

Since 2000, Dolphin Quest has managed the resorts Dolphin Experience visitor education program. The Kahala ‘ohana’ is now up to six : Kolohe, Hoku, Liho, Lono, Liko, and Nai Noa. Hoku was actually born at The Kahala in 1991. Guest who interact with the six members of The Kahala dolphin ‘ohana’  learn to enjoy and respect the wonders of the ocean.

For a really magical experience (especially if you are traveling with your children) book your room in the resorts Dolphin Lagoon wing overlooking the dolphins as they play throughout the day.

For more information on booking your Honeymoon, Milestone Anniversary or Family Vacation at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, contact Linda Dancer  O’ahu Master Destination Specialist.

Direct Line 828-256-1520  Toll Free:  1-888-811-1888 ext 331  Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

Waikiki Vow Renewal Ceremony Oct 10

Celebrating a milestone wedding anniversary soon and thinking about a Vow Renewal?

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort offer couples to Hoi Hou Ke Aloha (Fall in love all over again) –

Free vow renewal ceremonies are held every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings on  iconic Waikiki Beach  – many husbands score extra points for planning with me in secret to share as a surprise to his bride once they arrive on the island , to express to his bride he would in fact do it all over again.

The non-denominational ceremony is conducted by a Hawaiian officiant. Couples are welcomed with a Hawaiian chant that celebrates the occasion – then led to the ocean’s edge to be honored with a graceful hula and serenaded with Hawaiian song. Couples are blessed with a gentle sprinkling of sea water before reciting vows in Hawaiian language. The ceremony concludes with a beautiful song and hula. Following the ceremony each couple is presented with a certificate to commemorate their vow renewal.

If you are looking to travel to O’AHU and are thinking about a vow renewal arrangements need to be made in advance as space is limited and participation is subject to availability and is complimentary to registered guests of Outrigger Waikiki and Outrigger Reef

Let’s get started planning your romantic stay on O’ahu contact  Linda Dancer The Knot Best of Weddings Winner today!

 

Best of Weddings

Best of Weddings

         Email   linda@honeymoonsinc.com

         Direct Line  828-256-1520   Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

Great hotels in Hawaii when you are not renting a car Mar 28

1.   Kaua’i Marriott Resort on Kalapaki Beach 

Located in Lihu’e on the shores of Kalapaki Beach, the Kaua’i Marriott offers a complimentary shuttle to/from the  airport – making it a great choice for visitors who do not wish to rent a car . Nearby shopping at  Coconut Market Place, Anchor Cove,Harbor Mall and Kukui Grove Center.

Accomodations include 345 guest rooms and 11 suites  with either garden , pool or ocean views.  Recreation  opportunities include the 26,000 square foot pool (the largest in the state), 5 whirlpools,2 Jack Nicklaus-designed golf courses, 2 tennis courts, beach with lots of beach activities including kayaking, surfing, snorkeling.

Alexander Day Spa and Salon

Kaua’i  Marriott is a perfect backdrop for destination weddings offering  beautiful wedding locations in the gardens and oceanfront – a skilled team of event planners can handle every detail.

2. The Kahala Hotel & Resort – Honolulu,O’ahu –

Situated on a private white sand beach / but yet just ten minutes from  world class shopping and dining in Waikiki Beach – serving clients for fifty years , from the moment you are greeted by the doorman -you know you have arrived at a very special place. With an award winning spa, six restaurant and amazing  location on a secluded bay  with Diamond Head  and Koko Head craters as a backdrop, Dolphin Lagoon with Dolphin Quest program, CHI Health Energy Fitness Center, Golf and Tennis nearby, Hawaiian cultural classes.

Looking  for the perfect romantic location for your destination wedding – The Kahala Hotel & Resort would be a perfect choice.

Accomodations include 364 spacious guest rooms and over the top luxury suites  – The Kahala Hotel & Resort  is a member of The Leading Hotels of the World.

3. The Westin Maui Resort & Spa – Ka’anapali Beach 

” Where Heaven and Aloha Meet”  the Westin Maui situated on a beautiful stretch of famed Ka’anapali Beach, Maui (top beach by TripAdvisor in 2013).  This oceanfront resort  is a gracious blend of beautiful gardens, a 87,000 sq feet aquatic playground  -comprised of five free-form swimming pools, secluded Jacuzzi, an adult only pool, waterslide complete with a 270-degree turn and a 23-foot drop  and waterfall.

Steps from Ka’anapali Beach where guest can enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, beach volleyball, windsurfing and more.  Two championship golf courses are nearby – tons of great shopping and activities next door at Whaler’s Village .

Westin Maui  is involved in many environmental initiatives.

Stay at One/ Dine at All  program  with  Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa and Ka’anapali  Resort Ocean Villas  and charge back to  your room.

4. Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa – Anaeho’omalu Beach – Hawaii Island

Situated on 15 acres facing  Anaeho’omalu Bay – along the sunny Kohala Coast -Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa  offers visitors looking for a great swimming beach, ocean sports and amazing swimming pool a perfect choice,

Accomodations include 533  rooms and  22 suites ,  three restaurants  and a Mandara Spa.

Walk to shopping  and dining  at the Waikoloa Kings & Queens Marketplace.

Several golf courses within walking distance  are located within the Waikoloa Beach Resort area / or take the resort shuttle

5. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows – Hawaii Island  

Situated oceanfront on the sunny Kahala Coast of Hawaii Island, The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel  offers visitors so many options.  From the fresh floral lei greeting upon arrival , Bicycles to explore the resort, shuttle that runs throughout the

Mauna Lani Resort  to the Shops at Mauna Lani and other locations within the Resort community, Jogger’s amenity station, sand volleyball, Historical tours of Petroglyphs, Cultural Tours  and a cultural center , tours of the ancient Kalahuiupua’a fishponds with turtle and fish feeding tours.

Award winning dining at The Canoe House Restaurant – do yourself a favorite and book for sunset.

Several golf courses are within the Mauna Lani Resort Community

Mauna Lani Spa  and the Mauna Lani Sports & Fitness club are within walking distance, bike or a short shuttle ride — see why the Mauna Lani Spa has been voted one of the “World’s Best Spas” by Conde Nest Traveler

I strongly suggest that my clients rent a car regardless of which island they are visiting at least for a day or two during their stay so that they can visit some of the amazing natural beauty, historic or cultural sites  or special activities on the island but I do realize that sometimes that is not possible, so I think it is important to stay at a hotel or resort that offers dining,shopping and entertainments opportunities with easy access.

There are many others to choose from as well, these are five of my favorites.

To get started planning your visit to the Hawaii Islands– contact Linda Dancer– email  linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331   or  Direct Line: 828-256-1520

 

 

 

 

 

Kahala Celebrates 50 Wonderful Years Mar 21

Since  January 1964, The Kahala Hotel and Resort  on the island of O’ahu has been celebrated as one of the top resort in Hawaii, providing world class service to discriminating world travelers. Over the years the Kahala Hotel and Resort has hosted countless film, television and music stars along with dignitaries and heads of state from around the world.

The Kahala  Hotel and Resort is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World and continues to draw new and returning guests. Those familiar with the resort love the dolphins, the amazing multi-colored lobby chandeliers, friendly faces of employees that welcome them home again and signature service they have come to expect from the resort.

With revitalized guest rooms and wonderful dining opportunities it is safe to say that the Kahala Hotel and Resort will continue to have a virtual who’s who by the resort pool for years to come. Why not add yourself to the list of visitors to the Kahala and let’s get busy planning your honeymoon, milestone anniversary or next family vacation at the Kahala Hotel and Resort.

In celebration of 50 years – some fun facts you might not know about the Kahala Hotel and Resort:

** The resort cost $12Million to build

** The resort site is 6.5 beachfront acres

** The dolphin lagoon is 4 feet above sea level, the first dolphins to inhabit the lagoon were names Uku, Nihoa and Kui and were flown 4500 miles from Gulfport, Mississippi

** The resort opened January 22,1964 – the room rates were $26USD a night and a night in the Presidential Suite cost $150

**  The Kahala Hotel and Resort  was the first major resort to have air conditioning in all rooms.

**  There are 28,000  multi-colored pieces of Italian fused glass in the lobby chandeliers

**  A Beach Bar was opened and used expressly for “Rick’s Bar” in the TV Series “Magnum PI”

For more information on O’ahu and The Kahala Hotel and Resort  Contact: Linda Dancer

Direct Line: 828-256-1520  Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331 Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

 

 

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Exciting updates at Disney Aulani Nov 29
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Disney Aulani –

 As if  Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa on the Hawaiian island of O’ahu was not wonderful to begin, several improvements  to the resort have recently been made including:

** A new family pool and new kids’ splash zone in the already popular Waikolohe Valley water play area

** Two new quick-service dining locations **  New adults-only area featuring the Wailana Pool gives adults looking for a little privacy on a family-friendly resort a perfect place to relax- Although the Wailana Pool Bar isn’t a swim-up, the secluded location near the Laniwai Spa makes up for this especially at Happy Hour.**Enhanced water-slides  one  a volcano-inspired, fast and covered experience / the other slow and open air– be prepared to wait in line as these are very popular**New infinity pool and grotto at Ka Maka Landing adds a touch of glamour to the property.

Menehune Bridge

Menehune Bridge

  The Menehune Bridge was already a blast for children, but  toddlers will now also enjoy playing at the new Keiki Cove– encircled by lounge chairs for attentive parents, allowing parents with different ages of children to keep an eye on those playing on the Menehune Bridge and those that are younger and would best be suited for Keiki Cove or for a change of pace everyone can grab an inner-tube and take a ride down the lazy river of the Waikolohe Stream.   

** More value price point food options have been added for families  – The Ulu Café – take away alternative as is Little Opihi – a beachfront option. Improvements to the Public Spaces  include : ** New Luxury retail store   ** Expansion and additions to the lawn  area  for events  such as the Starlit Hui Show a guest favorite, weddings, and group events.

Towering  lobby

Towering lobby

 

Regardless of whether you will be visiting Aulani  for the first time or as a returning guest, you will not be disappointed in the recent improvements to the resort. Let’s get started planning your trip!

 

Contact: Linda Dancer  Toll Free: 1-888-811-1888 ext 331 Direct Line: 828-256-1520Email: linda@honeymoonsinc.com

Some of my favorite Hawai’i Restaurants Jun 21

  Located on the island of Maui, Stella Blues Cafe  is home to Stella’s Club, where a 4 course dinner is paired with amazing music,  so be sure and check who might be playing during your visit to the island.   Serving breakfast,  lunch and dinner  and  Happy Hour. Featuring  fresh local fish, Vegetarian Selections, locally raised grass fed beef and  Kiawe fired pizzas.

Breakfast  served 7:30a-11am —  Saturday and Sunday till 2pm

Lunch 10am – 4pm  //  Dinner 5pm-10pm // Happy Hour 4pm – 6pm

Azeka Mauka on Pi’ikea Rd , Kihei     Phone (808)874-3779   www.stellablues.com

Beach House

Beach House Restaurant  Kauai– is known as one of the most romantic restaurants in the world, with views like this  plus amazing food  no wonder this resort has won so many prestigious awards with Travel & Leisure magazine and Zagat.

Open nightly for dinner – Reservations are strongly recommended–  sunsets here are AMAZING

www.the-beach-house.com   (808) 742-1424   Dinner served  530pm – 900pm

Located  5022 Lawai Road , Poipu,  Kauai   —– on the way  to Spouting Horn

** Do yourself a favor and place your order for the Molten Chocolate Desire with your dinner request, so it bakes while you enjoy your dinner.

Ola

Ola – at Turtle Bay Resort , Oahu   

What can be better than  sand between your toes  while you are enjoying the fresh island seafood – The only restaurant on OAHU directly on the beach, a treat for all  your senses – Ola  – a fitting name for this experience means “life, living healthy and alive ”  Chef Fred DeAngelo  features an eclectic blend of  Hawaiian cuisine with flavors from around the world.

Featuring fresh produce grown on the North Shore within miles of Turtle Bay Resort and fresh fish from Hawaiian waters the menu is amazing.

Open for lunch 11a – 3p // Dinner 5:30p – 10p // Beach Bar 3p – 10p

www.olaislife.com   contact them for special occasions info@olaislife.com

Phone (808)293-0801  Located: 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, HI 96731

Leilani’s on the Beach , MAUI , located  along  the Ka’anapali BeachWalk at  Whaler’s Village – food and service are both amazing and from personal experience Kako and her staff do a wonderful job with large party arrangements such as wedding rehearsal dinners.  Dinner menu featuring fresh fish, steaks, ribs   and  for dessert   Kimo’s original hula pie.

Oceanfront  romantic dining / great place to watch the sunset.

Located 2435 Ka’anapali Pkwy,building J1,Lahaina, HI 96761

Reservations suggested (808) 661-4495         www.leilanis.com


Tidepoolslocated at the Grand Hyatt Kauai – is so romantic  – Hawaiian thatched roof huts seem to float above the koi pond, surround by waterfalls, and enchanted  as you watch the swans swim by while you wait for your dinner to be served.

Offering the finest in Pacific Rim and island style cuisine, fresh island fish and mouth-watering prime rib. I personally ordered the signature macadamia-nut encrusted mahi-mahi, and it literally melted in my mouth.

Make reservations but come early, a full bar is separate from the main restaurant and a great place for pupus and drinks before dinner.

Reservations suggested  (808) 240-6456    Dinner served 5:30p – 10p     Grand Hyatt Kauai

Located  1571 Poipi Road, Koloa , HI 96756

Hawai’i  is  a foodie’s dream destination each island has so many wonderful restaurants to choose from, I will have to continue my favorites in future blog post for sure.

Contact: Linda Dancer
Email linda@honeymoonsinc.com  Direct Line 828-256-1520 Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331

So many reasons to get married in Hawai’i Mar 29
Amazing Locations
Congratulations on your engagement!
Let the search begin for the perfect location to have the ceremony of your dreams. As you begin to think about your guest list, wedding dates and possible locations I hope that you will include a destination wedding in Hawai’i on your list of options.
It is so easy to get married in Hawai’i:
** You do not need to be a resident of Hawai’i or even a citizen of the United States to be married in the Hawaiian Islands** No waiting period and no blood test** Simply complete a marriage license application and then you and  your future spouse must appear together before an official marriage license agent on the island you choose, currently the license fee is $60 cash ** Your marriage license will be valid for 30 days and after your ceremony a marriage certificate will be mailed to you.
Amazing locations – The islands of Hawai’i are truly one of the most romantic places on earth,so many beautiful options to choose from for your ceremony from simple and elegant on the beach such as this beach ceremony at Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows, lush rainforest throughout the islands,amazing botanical gardens,fern grotto,onboard a boat at sunset, by a waterfall,historic church or oceanfront chapel,beachfront restaurants such sa The Beach House Restaurant on Kauai , privately owned venues such as the White Orchid Beach House ,and I work with the wedding team at many resorts closely to plan my clients weddings as well. In addition several popular Luau venues such s Old Lahaina Luau on Maui and  Paradise Cove Luau on Oahu offer wedding packages before the luau and the wedding party can attend the luau for your celebration dinner or reception.

Fresh Orchids

So many Hawaiian Cultural Elements can be combined into your ceremony such as a lei (the symbol of love and aloha) worn by both the bride and groom whether a lei of flowers around the neck or a woven floral headband for the bride and an open strand of maile leaves for him. Blessed to have so many beautiful flowers that grow fresh on the islands such as orchids, plumeria, lokelani rose,ginger flowers,pikake,tuberrose just to name a few and when blended with more traditional wedding flowers -so romantic. Hawaiian Kahu (Ministers) will often incorporate their native language into the ceremony through beautiful chants or songs, others will dress in their native Hawaiian attire, many other beautiful cultural elements can be added.
Planning a destination wedding from afar can be stressful that is why it is so important to work with a travel professional and an experienced wedding coordinator so that together they can make sure you have the wedding of your dreams and no detail is left to chance. Every detail that you would normally have to consider when planning your wedding at home will be addressed from time,location,photographer,flowers,food,music,wedding cake, color scheme and wedding theme. Your travel professional will assist in coordinating accomodations, flights, rental cars for the wedding party as needed.
Once the ceremony is over,  you are already in the pefect place for your Honeymoon, whether you elect to remain on the same island for honeymoon or take a short flight to a neighbor island there are so many activities and experiences on each of the islands from sunset dinner cruises, waterfalls to explore, horseback riding, kayak to a secluded cove for a private picnic, oceanfront couples massages  the choice is endless.
Regardless of the island that you choose come experience the Pilialoha (Romance) that is Hawai’i  !
Direct Line 828-256-1520  or Toll Free 1-888-811-1888 ext 331