Honeymoon planning

Honeymoon Planning and Advice

We asked Lori Franco (a Certified travel expert) a few important Honeymoon planning questions and Here's what she had to say. 

Name the top 4 Honeymoon destinations of 2016

Lori Franco: Right now the top 4 Honeymoon destinations are Italy, Bora Bora, the French Riviera. We do a lot of St. Lucia in the Carribean and we even have a lot of African Safaris.

Travel Agency Vs. Booking online?

Lori Franco : The main thing with using a Travel Agency is that it doesn't cost you any extra than going online and doing it yourself. I've been in business for over 35 years, our office (Global Excellence Travel) has over 100 years of experience. You want to know it's not just a phone number you're going to call and it will be ringing and ringing. You know we'll be here and we'll be able to assist you. With the way the world is today, you really should speak with a  Travel Specialist who knows the ins and outs of the places, where you should go and where you shouldn't go. You can obtain information online but it is not always the best way to go.

Tell us about the Zika Virus!

Lori Franco: We do have a lot of information on our website www.globalexcellencetravel.com and we have to keep up with the Zika Virus. We have people who are very concerned and we tell them they HAVE to be pre cautious. Wear the sunscreen, follow the cdc rules, the Zika Virus is actually already in this country so you just have to be ProActive.

What's the average cost of a Honeymoon?

Lori Franco : The average cost of a Honeymoon is between $4000-$6000. If you're looking for your own Jacuzzi and swimming pool it goes up. If you're looking for an outside cabin, balcony cabin or a suite that changes it, but normally we work with any budget from $3000 and up. 

How far in advance should you book your Honeymoon?

Lori Franco: You should be looking to book your Honeymoon about a year in advance. Some people do it in 6 months, some do it in 3 weeks, but you should really book your Honeymoon at least a year out! 


Lori Franco, Certified Travel Expert

Global Excellence Travel

Address: 20 Veterans Memorial Dr, Warwick, RI 02886

Phone:(401) 732-8080


Wedding vendors you should not skimp on

These 2 things can make or break your wedding! 

Now that you've secured your wedding venue you'll need to go down the list and book the vendors who will ensure that your wedding will be the "Talk of the town".  Your friends will rate your big day by these two MAJOR factors 1. How great the food was - Sure we need food to survive, but we have turned this day to day necessity into a hobby that we all enjoy. We like to wine and dine every chance we get and as important as it is to eat a delicious meal, it is equally important that it be aesthetically pleasing to the eye! Caterers like Russell Morin ensures beautiful and artistic menu options that are just to die for! 

2. How much fun they had - Your wedding may be THE BIGGEST "party" you ever throw. Once the formalities are out of the way your guests will want to get the party started! "They came to get down". The band or DJ you choose to entertain your guests will leave a lasting impression, Good or Bad! So how do you decide who's going to be that perfect match for you?

As a professional wedding DJ myself (DJ Valentina ), I think it's a combination of things! But I'l break it down to the three most important to be considered when booking a DJ. 1. Can they mix? If music is as important to you as it is to me, then the way it is played is equally important. It has to be played at the right time and mixed so well that people don't even realize that you went from one song to the next. Smooth transitions. Of course there are times you just have to DROP it, but knowing when and how to use this technique is key.  2. Can they keep the party going? As a wedding DJ you are somewhat limited. You can't go crazy like you would at a club. It's not the same environment. It takes more than just mixing skills to be a successful wedding dj. You have to work harder to read the crowd, figure out what gets them going and KEEPING THEM THERE! It's a challenge every single weekend. Unlike a club, the age group varies drastically and you have to customize your list according to each wedding. Even then, there are no guarantees until you start playing and see what they react to. 3. Microphone presence - Knowing what to say and how to say it! DJs in general can sometimes overdue it with their love of the mic. I try to keep it to a minimum by only making necessary announcements such as the bridal party intros/formalities and hyping the crowd up if it calls for it!

In conclusion: The wedding vendors you choose will determine the successful outcome of your "BIGGEST PARTY EVER"!