Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Holiday gift from a client couple

What a nice surprise at my door today - a lovely bouquet from an engaged couple whose wedding I'm planning. Their thoughtfulness made my day.

A note accompanied the flowers:
"...thank you very much for all your hard work and your help-
you've created the wedding of our dreams and we really appreciate it."

Read more testimonials from happy clients of Smiles and Miles Travel.

We strive to transform all our brides' wedding dreams into reality!
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Norwegian Gem is a Jewel!

Norwegian Gem
Last week, Leon and I were invited by Norwegian Cruise Lines to sail on the Norwegian Gem, the newly-launched sister ship of the Pearl.
Here we are on the snowy deck before leaving Boston!
Ellen & Leon Paderson
All I can say is: awesome!
Norwegian Gem
Norwegian Gem
I love this ship, from the giant Wii system and espresso bar in the lobby, to the four-lane bowling alley (an industry first), to the magnificent Garden Villa suites, it's a modern and magical environment for all ages!

My favorite features:

Norwegian Gem* Freestyle Dining:there are 12 dining rooms and specialty restaurants onboard, some have premium-priced menus, others are inclusive in the cruise price - wonderful choice of casual or formal dining, super room service, great buffets, eat when you want - love it.

* Lounges and Entertainment: 11 bars and lounges onboard; the Spinnaker Lounge is a gorgeous place to just hang out in the evening, with nightly entertainment; the bowling alley is amazing.
*Virtual Golf: compete with your golf pals at this giant-screen Wii golf system in the Deck 7 lobby.

Norwegian Gem
Courtyard Villas: Super luxury! These high-end villas are like having your own private yacht...grand piano in the living room, courtyard pool area with retractable roof; they sleep ten and are the ultimate family or group cruise accommodation.

norwegian gem suiteSuites: Perfect for a Honeymoon or Destination Wedding Cruise! These spacious suites offer personalized service and privacy.

There are over 250 adjoining cabins - terrific for families, and excellent facilities and activities for kids. If you want a great vacation to celebrate a second wedding, look no further! Contact me for the best rates and dates!

norwegian gem spaI absolutely love the spa area - plenty of options and great service!

norwegian gem entertainment
The Norwegian Gem - an excellent cruise choice if you want to let loose and explore your playful side!

We love it and so will you! Email me about Destination Weddings and Honeymoon cruise deals on the Norwegian Gem!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Top Five Wedding Planning Tips

OK, you're engaged - now what??
Where to begin making all the important decisions required of a couple before their wedding?
Here are my top five recommendations for getting started:

1. Set a budget. How much can you afford to spend on the wedding and honeymoon? Will you have help from family? Did you know that a Destination Wedding in a beach or resort location may cost much less than a traditional wedding in your hometown?

2. Get a file box...the kind that can hold several folders.
You'll use it to store quotes, contracts, notes from conversations, wedding dress ideas, wedding cake designs, etc. Centralizing your wedding planning materials will keep you sane!

3. Choose a wedding/honeymoon destination. A travel agent with expertise in weddings can be hugely valuable; they won't charge you a fee, and can save you a ton of money.

Read our wedding clients' praise for Smiles and Miles Travel.

4. Set the date: you need to be flexible with the date as some venues book up quickly; your travel counselor can assist with date selection.

5. Start your invitation list; send out a save-the-date notice with a brief outline of your plans.

That's just a start - more details to come!


As an expert Destination Wedding planner and travel counselor, I'm here to offer my advice and encouragement as you plan your dream wedding!
I don't just sell you on exotic wedding locations - I've been there!
Smiles and Miles Travel staff
have visited wedding venues from
Mexico, Punta Cana, Jamaica, Hawaii to California and Las Vegas- we only recommend the best destinations, hotels and services.

We work with the most luxury-conscious, professional, compassionate hotel and wedding staff around the world...and make sure you get top-quality customer service as well as value for your money.

I'm happy to answer your wedding questions here on my Wedding Advice blog - contact me anytime!

We will constantly add links, suggestions and new ideas to this page as we encounter them.
Besides the latest news on resort and beach weddings, you will find ideas for your wedding dress, invitations, rings, favors, cake, music, band and more. And remember, your Destination Wedding starts with a smile at Smiles and Miles Travel!