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Q. I don't want to take a case crammed with clothes I won't end up wearing on my honeymoon. We're staying in the Caribbean during its hot and dry season – are there any dos and don'ts I should consider?
A. Katie Porter says: As the weather is going to be hot and dry try to focus on breathable, cool, cotton or linen clothing. Maxi dresses are a great choice for day or night as it's a 'one stop shop' outfit without having to worry about matching separate items. Try to stay away from dark colours or articles of clothing that are too fitted or tight – comfort is key, plus if you feel good you'll look good! Various camisoles in a neutral palette will be your wardrobe hero, which you can mix and match by dressing up with brightly coloured maxi skirts or dressing down with shorts. Whatever you choose, these still denote a glamorous edge for day or night. Keeping it simple, comfortable, elegant and stylish is the way to go on your honeymoon, and by using these suggestions you won't waste suitcase space and will still look a million dollars!
Katie Porter, Styled by Katie
Q. Following the last 18 months, how has the wedding industry changed? Our local suppliers, experts in their field, give us the lowdown...
A. Stefania Cerro says: Normally from about April/May time we would be making many bookings for honeymoons for the following year, but this year it has only just started picking up now.
The Greek Islands have been very popular at the moment, when usually it would be more long-haul destinations. Customers are asking for the quieter islands rather than the popular ones, which must mean they are wanting more peaceful secluded holidays.
I've also noticed the pandemic has heightened environmental awareness as we've seen a rise in eco-conscious customers asking how sustainable the hotels are, whereas pre-pandemic very few would ask these questions.
Hopefully, it will be back where it was pre-pandemic soon as weddings are now going ahead and people are getting more confident in booking holidays again. We have started to see countries such as the Maldives, St Lucia, Antigua and Thailand pick up once more which is very good news.
Stefania Cerro, Stefania Cerro - Travel Counsellor
Q. We want to book a romantic yet adventurous honeymoon for summer 2021. Where's best to consider and how do we protect ourselves if there are still travel restrictions in place?
A. Karen Slater says: We have a whole host of suggestions for romantic yet adventurous 2021 honeymoons. Picture staying on one of the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily, or perhaps hiring your own yacht to tour around the islands of Croatia is more your style? You could rent a vintage classic car and explore the lavender fields and vineyards of Provence – the list is endless.
My favourite long-haul destination is our South African safari. It's the perfect way to get up close and personal to wildlife, and where social distancing comes as standard. In regards to protection, we offer a free cancellation policy for all bookings made and taking place between September 2020 and December 2021.
Karen Slater, The Inspire Me Travel Company Ltd