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The Short Version: A honeymoon may be the most important trip couples will ever take together, so it should meet their expectations. For more than 25 years, Unforgettable Honeymoons travel agency has helped thousands of newly married couples plan their dream vacations. The agency focuses solely on honeymoons, so it can offer unique trips and advice for couples based on their travel preferences. Unforgettable Honeymoons also has the industry knowledge to ensure couples receive what international resorts promise in their promotional materials.
Despite getting married during the COVID-19 pandemic, newlyweds Victoria and Jonas still wanted to take a honeymoon. So they decided to connect with Unforgettable Honeymoons, a travel agency that focuses exclusively on trips for newlyweds. The company has a reputation for planning every detail, and the couple knew the agency would take care of them.
The honeymooners decided to travel to Couples Tower Isle, a resort in Jamaica. They felt the resort had all the amenities they could want, but it didn’t feel crowded or too big. Once there, they enjoyed unlimited spa treatments, a private pool, snorkeling, and catamaran cruising.
The couple wrote online that they felt completely safe traveling during the pandemic, as well.
“If anything, the pandemic had a positive effect because there were fewer people at our resort! It did not impact any of our plans as everything we planned was available,” Victoria and Jonas said in their online testimonial.
The only modification the couple needed to make was wearing masks to and from the airport and during their spa treatments.
Another couple, Justin and Summer, also traveled to St. Lucia during the pandemic with help from Unforgettable Honeymoons.
“There was very little that Covid impacted. You are required to wear a mask at common areas (walking to the beach, walking to the dining area, walking to the spa) at the resort, but once you get to the beach, your table, etc., you are not required to continue wearing a mask. It wasn’t an issue at all,” the couple wrote.
Planning vacations for couples during a pandemic is new for Renee Meyer, Unforgettable Honeymoon’s Founder and President. However, she has more than 25 years of experience helping couples prepare every detail of their honeymoons, so travel restrictions haven’t thrown her for much of a loop.
“A lot of couples feel safer outside the United States because the numbers are lower out there. The people at the resorts are bending over backward, and the planes are sparkling clean,” Renee told us.
And Unforgettable Honeymoons will continue helping couples celebrate those important relationship milestones well after travelers come back in full force.
When Renee was planning her own honeymoon in 1987, she said her funds were limited. She only had $1,500 to spend and went to a traditional travel agent to see how she could make the most of her money.
“The agent told me that I didn’t have enough money to book a trip. They wouldn’t help me because I was on a budget,” Renee said.
After that, she searched for a honeymoon-specific agency, but found nothing.
Flash forward to the early 1990s, when Renee worked at a dating service. She had a knack for matching couples, many of whom found lasting relationships and got married. They asked her where they should spend their honeymoons, and because of her strong interest in travel, she suggested places for them could go.
“I’d traveled a lot because I’d been a professional skater and had the travel bug. One of my clients told me that I seemed excited about suggesting where they should go for their honeymoon. She asked me if I’d ever thought about starting my own business,” Renee told us.
One morning, she woke up with the inspiration for the company’s name — Unforgettable Honeymoons — in her head. She opened her business in Portland, Oregon, soon after. Since she already had extensive knowledge about the places couples would enjoy, all she needed to get her business off the ground was a website.
Once the website launched, Renee immediately saw the demand for a honeymoon-focused travel company.
“Within a week, I had 100 emails from people around the country who needed help with their honeymoons,” she said.
Over the years, Unforgettable Honeymoons has designed more than 10,000 honeymoons for couples around the United States and the world. Renee and her team said they have seen some changes in relationship demographics and honeymoon expectations.
In the mid-1990s, the average couple getting married for the first time ranged in age from early- to mid-20s, Renee said. Now, first-marriage couples are often in their late 20s to early 30s. The company also sees more second marriages.
“I would say it’s evenly-split between first honeymoons and second honeymoons. We see a lot of people in their late 30s and early 40s getting married for the second time,” Renee explains.
Clients typically live in major metropolitan areas in the United States. Many of its clients live outside of Oregon because Unforgettable Honeymoons operates nationally through email, phone, and text.
Some couples don’t know where they want to go on their honeymoons, said Renee, so they start scrolling through beautiful photos of exotic locations. Renee said that isn’t the best strategy.
“People make a decision based on photos and price, which will only lead to dissatisfaction. Some of these destinations look beautiful, but they aren’t the right match for your personal travel style,” she said.
Renee has designed a questionnaire for couples to fill out that ensures the travel agency matches them to their ideal getaway. The questionnaire asks couples the three must-haves they each want on their honeymoon. For instance, one couple may want a secluded place to stay, but still want the option to participate in many activities. Other couples may want sightseeing options and a private jacuzzi or plunge pool.
Unforgettable Honeymoons asks couples to describe their travel history. If they’re used to high-end resorts, they may be disappointed with a budget vacation. Newlyweds can also let the team know the places they’ve traveled to before in their relationship that they loved or hated.
“We like couples to give us as much information as possible. What’s on your dream list? What’s important?” Renee said. “We need to know these things to match you with the right plan. We don’t want couples to have negative surprises.”
Couples may wonder why it’s essential to connect with a honeymoon-focused travel agency. Many think they can plan a trip themselves or contract with a full-service agency.
Renee said that Unforgettable Honeymoons plans for details that other agencies may forget. Rather than rely too heavily on misleading website details and photos, the agency knows what each resort actually offers.
“Couples who book with an agency that doesn’t focus on honeymoons may be disappointed. They might see a picture of an empty beach and a butler on the website, but that’s not what you’ll get. There will be 100 people on the beach and 10 tables set up,” she told us.
Unforgettable Honeymoons screens each resort and understands what couples will experience there. That knowledge helps the company plan unique travel packages that newlyweds can’t find anywhere else.
“You can’t go to Expedia or a chain travel agency and get these packages. All this experience has taught us what works for couples, and we’ve designed packages that give them what they want,” Renee said.
Even after 25 years in business, Renee is still excited about planning what may be the most important trip in a newlywed couple’s relationship. As unpredictable as international travel can be, Unforgettable Honeymoons provides something invaluable for newlyweds: certainty.
“We want to have a positive influence in the lives of others, and we want to deliver a honeymoon that meets or exceeds the couple’s expectations,” Renee said.