5 Ways to Put the Spark Back Into Your Relationship

5 Ways to Put the Spark Back Into Your Relationship

Every relationship has a period of time when it seems to have lost that special spark that you felt when you first got together. This typically happens to everyone who has been with their significant other for some time and the bloom seems to have fallen off the rose. It’s not that difficult to get it back however, when you give these 5 tips a try.

1.     Renew Your Friendship
Most likely you were friends before anything else developed in your relationship so now is the perfect time to renew that friendship. Many couples schedule their romantic time together; instead, why not have a movie night, take in a baseball game or have a pillow fight? If you take the time to re-discover each other as friends, it’s much easier to re-ignite the passion.

2.     Plan Romantic Trip
You might have heard this advice before but it’s simply one of the best ways to add that spark back into your relationship. Couples who take romantic trips – perhaps to the same location they went after their wedding, usually find those feelings they had the day they married re-emerge.
If you aren’t married, try taking a trip to an exotic and romantic locale you have always dreamed of visiting. You will be exploring your dream location with your best friend and creating beautiful memories you will take back home with you

3.     Make Quality Time for Each Other
Quality time isn’t just for the kids or the entire family; it’s for couples as well. If you both love to visit new cities or travel for example, why not take a weekend trip to a resort, spa or hotel and be pampered? You could spend your time together taking long walks on a beach, sitting in a park or garden setting or perhaps finding a new museum or art gallery to visit.

4.     Date Night
You most likely have heard of date night and it isn’t just for parents, it’s for busy couples who rarely have time to just relax and enjoy each other. Plan for an evening out with your loved one at a restaurant, the movies, theater show or even a nightclub; something that you both will look forward to.

5.     Do Something Different
A very important tip to keeping the spark alive in your relationship is to try new things and have brand new experiences together. Part of the problem with most relationships is, couples tend to repeat the same actions; for example, going to the same restaurants or weekly bowling night. Instead, choose something you have never done before that you both want to try and make it fun and exciting.
It only takes a bit of imagination and a little ingenuity to bring that spark back to life!


Why you should choose a Destination Wedding!

Why You Should Choose A Destination Wedding

What is a destination wedding and why should you consider having one? A destination wedding is a wedding at a location away from your home state, usually at a resort or beautiful locale like a tropical island.  Many couples choose destination weddings for a variety of reasons, some of which may appeal to you.  Read on to find out why destination weddings are becoming more popular for couples today.
1) You Get To Be Married In Exotic Locations
Getting married in a church, a regular venue, or a family member’s back yard may appeal to some, but to others the thought of getting married in front of a waterfall, in the forest, or on a tropical beach feels very romantic and adds to the special feeling of that one special day with your spouse.  Your family may also enjoy getting to travel to these locations to attend your wedding.  One thing is for sure, with a destination wedding, you’ll never forget your special day.
2) You Can Save On Honeymoon Costs
With a destination wedding, not only are you getting married in a beautiful place, but you can take your honeymoon here as well while your family and friends get their own mini-vacation.  With a destination wedding some choose to take their honeymoon right there on site, and others will travel a short distance to another resort, perhaps on the other side of the island if that’s where they’ve chosen to be wed.  Taking your honeymoon where you’re being married is a great way to save on costs and have a great wedding and honeymoon.
3) You Get Amazing Wedding Photos
For most people these exotic vacations are once in a lifetime things, just as weddings are.  What better way to get beautiful, amazing wedding photos than in your dream spot on the beach, out in the forest, or at that special place you’ve chosen to travel to in order to be joined with your most loved one.
4) You Get To Do Special Activities
Para-sailing, hangliding, swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, mountain climbing, swimming under a waterfall, walking along a warm white beach at night under the stars hand in hand with your spouse… there are a lot of activities you will have the opportunity to do on a destination wedding that you might not get to do otherwise.  Not only will you and your spouse enjoy these activities, but any attending family and friends will as well.  This is a great way to start your new life with your spouse, and a great way to make some memories and thank your family for traveling to attend your wedding.
Tips For Couples Considering A Destination Wedding
1) You may have to front the cost for flying some family and friends out to your wedding.  Check for group air fare and group hotel rates.  Some family and friends will be able to pay for their own fare, but you may have to pay part or all of other friends and family’s travel and hotel costs.
2) A great way to pitch this idea to your family is that they’ll get a once in a lifetime vacation as well as get to see you get married.  You may want to set up activities for them to do after the wedding is over, and pay for part or all of them.
3) There are often wedding planners that work at resorts or on cruise ships.  You may want to consider using one of them for your special day.  Others choose to use a wedding planner they know if there are no wedding planners available at their destination of choice.
4) Be aware that traveling may be hard for some family and friends.  You should try to make the trip, their stay, and their return as easy as possible for them
With some planning and Shannon LeBlanc with Paradise Vacation Escapes  in your corner, your destination wedding can be beautiful and memorable, truly, the stuff dreams are made of.

Planning a Destination Wedding…Why use a destination wedding specialist?

Planning a destination wedding…
Use a
Destination wedding specialist!

Why a destination wedding specialist?  Such a great question to ask yourself.  You can plan your wedding using internet sites or the corner travel agent, but will you be getting the best value and experience?   

A Destination Wedding Specialist is just that.  Travel Counselors that specialize in the destination wedding process.  They will help you find the perfect island, resort and location for your special day.  Looking for a romantic beach location, but don’t necessarily want 200 strangers looking your way?

That is hard to find by looking at a picture.  A wedding specialist has walked the grounds of most of the resorts they represent, and knows which resorts can offer the seclusion that you are looking for.

You’ve had your heart set on a September wedding your whole life, now you decide that you would like a beach wedding in the Caribbean. That’s awesome!

I can help… The first thing I’m going to recommend is that you avoid mid September- mid October as that time period has the highest amount of rainfall of the year. If you are not flexible, I’ll recommend a location that offers a beautiful alternative to the beach, just in case!  

We all speak English right?  Most of us do, but… many things get lost in translation when it comes to weddings and traditions that US brides like to follow.  Working with a Destination Wedding Specialist eliminates the risk of misunderstandings.


Do you know that most countries have “residency” laws that require you and your fiance to be in the country at least 48 hours prior to a legal marriage?  Some even up to 7 days. If you are getting married in a non English speaking country your passports and birth certificates have to be translated into the local language. Who would think of that?   Your Destination Wedding Specialist is up to date on these requirements and can advise you.  

For the bride and groom, a destination wedding should be as easy as getting your passport, inviting your guests, packing your wedding and honeymoon attire and showing up!   This makes having a destination wedding specialist a necessity!

I am a destination wedding specialist…as well as a honeymoon specialist.  Please feel free to tell your friends about me! Contact me at 225-303-2240 or 800 – 607- 2240 ext 1Image

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Honeymoon

Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Honeymoon

When planning your honeymoon it is very easy to fall into the trap of making mistakes that could lead to serious problems. In order to avoid having any unexpected problems during what should be a relaxing and fun time with your new spouse, you need to plan your holiday carefully. Here are a few things you should avoid to ensure you honeymoon is the best it can be.

  1. Not Starting Your Honeymoon Planning Early

You need to start planning your honeymoon early and not wait until the last minute in order to ensure you will not be disappointed in your choices. If you have chosen summer as your wedding date, many other couples have done the same and you might find that your choice hotel and destination are booked. You should plan for your honeymoon about the same time you begin planning the wedding itself.


  1. Not Setting an Adequate Budget for your Honeymoon


If you don’t set aside enough money for your honeymoon, you may find yourself not exactly enjoying a beach resort or that relaxing week on the Riviera. Instead, you may end up with a hotel more suited to families and not being able to book a boat cruise or those much desired diving lessons.

  1. Not Taking your Future Spouse’s Opinions into Consideration


We all have places we would love to spend our honeymoon; some prefer a walk along a street in Paris, while others want to fly down a zip line in New Zealand. When planning your honeymoon, you must take your future spouse’s opinions into account and compromise with each other. If possible, incorporate ideas and plans from both of you into your plans.

  1. Not Considering a Honeymoon Registry

You might have placed yourself on bridal registries but did you consider a honeymoon registry? Many couples never think of it and it’s a great way to help pay for the honeymoon. Friends and relatives can donate cash as a wedding gift and that fund will go to giving you the honeymoon of your dreams.

  1. Booking too Early a Flight After Your Wedding

Some couples make the mistake of booking their flight too early in the day after the wedding. This means either leaving early from the reception in order to get enough rest or arriving on their honeymoon tired for the first day. Instead of leaving in the morning, try an early afternoon flight or even book a flight for 2 days after the wedding to give yourself time to rest.

  1. Being Unaware of Local Customs at your Destination


This could become a serious issue if you are unaware of customs and legal responsibilities at your chosen destination. Before you head out to a country you are unfamiliar with, study local customs, traditions, and also their laws before flying out to avoid any problems during your honeymoon.

  1. Not Getting Advice from Someone Who has Been to Your Destination

If you are planning on heading to a destination you haven’t been to before and don’t really know much about, it is a wise idea to get advice from someone who has. They can inform you of local customs, places that are a must see and what to avoid when you are there. You could ask a travel agent or your wedding planner for advice on this.

  1. Forgetting to Renew or Get Your Passport

If you are traveling out of the country, you must make sure your passport hasn’t expired and is up to date. This should be done months before you head out, because if you don’t you won’t be allowed into your destination country. Also, there are new rules in regards to the expiration date of your passport and travel to certain countries, make sure you know these rules and you fulfill them.

  1. Waiting Until the Last Minute or Day to Pack for Your Trip


With the hustle and bustle of wedding planning, rehearsals and the ceremony and reception itself, it is easy to leave packing for your honeymoon until the last day; however, this is rarely a good idea. Instead, take time leading up to the honeymoon, a few days at least to pick and choose what you want to take with you and pack carefully. This leads to less stress and you are less likely to forget anything.

  1. Not Using Shannon at Paradise Vacation Escapes to Plan Your Honeymoon
    While you may enjoy planning your honeymoon, it can be rather stressful; especially for busy couples. Instead, why not let Shannon at Paradise Vacation Escapes plan your honeymoon for you? You will get superior service from an experienced professional travel agent who can help you create the perfect honeymoon or destination wedding.