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Honeymooning…the Second Time Around

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Last week we told you all about second weddings, today we’re going one step further and talking second honeymoons. Wedding Planner Kimberly Richmond offers up a guide to romance culture and asking those difficult travel planning questions.

As a wedding planner, I’d like to tell you that all marriages are built to last, however “happily ever after” isn’t always in the cards for everyone. Statistics show that approximately 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. This being the case, second (and third) marriages are on the rise. One great thing about getting married more than once is that you’re entitled to a brand new honeymoon every time you recite your vows.

Of course, you don’t have to trade in your spouse to have a second honeymoon either! Many married couples make it a priority to take a second honeymoon after reaching a milestone anniversary. So whether you’re celebrating a second wedding or a significant anniversary, there are plenty of ways to commemorate the special occasion. Whether it’s a long romantic weekend or a trip to a far-flung destination, I’ve got some tips on planning the (second) sexiest vacation you’ll ever take.

The first time around, all you and your husband needed was a ride to the airport and the keys to your suite, but chances are, things are probably a bit different now. You may be in a different place financially and there may or may not be kids in the picture. No matter what your situation is, there is something for everyone.

Caribbean Romance

Gansevoort Resort and Hotel in Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay Beach

Gansevoort Resort and Hotel in Turks and Caicos, Grace Bay Beach

If it is solitude and a romantic ambiance you seek, there is no place like the Caribbean. Turks and Caicos promises an array of islands. The more popular island of Providenciales offers a variety of hotel options, most of which are nestled along Grace Bay Beach and are better suited for couples who are bringing their little ones on the trip. The recent addition of several hotels– such as the trendy Gansevoort and the all-inclusive Veranda has increased the number of hotel rooms- giving folks more options and more negotiating power.

The more secluded, private heaven of Parrot Cay caters to guests seeking a more sequestered, “adults-only” getaway. Upgrade your experience to a private beach house and choose from a complimentary selection of activities that include a castaway picnic, private yoga session on the beach and private snorkeling excursion with their “Ultimate Romantic Seclusion” package.

Pro’s and Cons of the Honeymoon Cruise

For a more contemporary honeymoon- a cruise is a terrific, hassle-free option. From private receptions, to fresh flowers and champagne, cruise lines offer a variety of perks to attract newlyweds. With a wide variety of cruise lines to choose from, there are many price points and itineraries from which to select. Before honing in on a cruise, it’s important to figure out what type of honeymoon you want. Are you a luxury-seeker or do you prefer more informal, low-key digs?

Holland America cruise shipAge is something to think about too. While most first time honeymooners are 20 and 30 somethings, second time around honeymooners tend to be a bit older- and this is important to take into consideration when selecting a cruise line. Celebrity Cruises, for example, offers a sophisticated on board atmosphere and personal service at a very affordable price point. The line also has three honeymoon packages available, ranging in price from $50 to $225. All of them include a bottle of Champagne or sparkling wine, rose petal turn-down service and chocolate-dipped strawberries in your cabin. Their Premium Romance package also includes robes and slippers, breakfast in bed and a special romantic dinner.

Do your homework and if you’re going to buy a celebration package, make sure to do this in advance. Depending on the line, there is often little difference in cost between the mid-range and top-level package. Cruise lines such as Holland America offer couples’ massages in the spa or in your room or suite. I suggest booking this early as these out very quickly.