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Come experience Mexico for your honeymoon in the beautiful beach setting of Cancun.

Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa – Mexico

Cancun is an ideal choice for honeymooners looking for action and activities in a beautiful beach setting.  Located on Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, it is bordered by the Caribbean Sea and offers a wide choice of resort options to suit every budget.    

Cancun and the Riviera Maya both have wonderful all inclusive resorts and gorgeous beaches, but very different atmospheres.  Cancun is a condensed strip of resorts, with shopping and nightlife just minutes away.  Hotels are lined up along an incredible beach in an area some call the Hotel Zone.   The Riviera Maya is 81 miles of coastline just south of Cancun, with resorts that are spread out on some of the best beaches in the world. 

All Inclusive honeymoon packages are a great option with a wide variety of resort types featuring beautiful beaches, luxurious rooms, great food and numerous activities.  Couples can enjoy resort spa treatments, golf, shopping and more.  Historic Mayan ruins, water sports and tons of different pursuits are nearby.  And honeymooners will find airfare is very affordable as well.

Cancun honeymoons are a great value where couples can relax on white sand beaches, dance until 4 a.m. at a disco, snorkel, golf, jet ski, parasail, and visit jungles and ruins.  Go and see why Cancun is the # 1 tourist destination in the Caribbean and Mexico.

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel
570-706-5775

Resort photos provided by Dreams Sands Cancun Resort & Spa – Mexico

Enjoy tropical breezes over the turquoise waters of Aruba with non-stop adventures for Honeymoon couples…

Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort – Aruba

Sunny Aruba is the smallest, but most popular of the ABC Dutch Islands, located below the hurricane belt, in the southern Caribbean.   It is surrounded with white powdery beaches and is blessed with great weather year round, making it a perfect Honeymoon destination.  Gentle tropical breezes and non-stop adventures await Honeymoon couples.

Bright sunshine, soft sand, turquoise waters, natural scenic wonders, excellent dining and shopping, plus a variety of nightly entertainment—Aruba’s got something for everyone.  Aruba draws honeymooners and sun worshippers to its silky sand shores. This 20-mile long island offers salsa dancing, excellent dining, gambling in glitzy casinos, and numerous watersport options year-round. Aruba’s history unfolds in the Dutch architecture of its busy capital, Oranjestad, and during a hike in Arikok National Park.  Beautiful sandy beaches line the west coast, but the east coast is rugged, with cliffs of limestone, sand dunes, and crashing breakers.   Divi Divi trees whose flat branches grow in the wind’s direction, are trademarks on this island.

Aruba gets less than 20 inches of rain per year.   Just about as close as you can get to guaranteed daily sunshine.  The island is blessed with constant trade winds to keep couples cool, even though the temperature is almost always in the mid to high 80’s.  

Aruba has all the beach and water activities that couples would expect in the Caribbean.   Go sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and deep sea fishing.  And because of the constant tradewinds, Aruba is one of the most popular places in the world for kitesurfing and windsurfing.  Other land based activities include bicycling, golf, hiking, horseback riding, birding, ATVing, tennis and so much more.

The most popular resort areas are on Palm Beach and Eagle Beach.  This is where couples will find many of the most well-known resorts.  There is a wide array of accommodation choices, from All-Inclusive, Adults-only resorts, to small intimate, romantic resorts.   Something for everyone’s taste.  Aruba also has an island wide program called One Cool Honeymoon, which many resorts participate in. This program is designed to give couples the special welcome they deserve on their Honeymoon, including special amenities and perks.

If couples are looking for near-perfect weather, sunny days and tons of activities, Aruba is great place to start looking.
    

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel
570-706-5775

Resort photos provided by Divi Village Golf & Beach Resort – Aruba

Antigua….A truly romantic and enchanting honeymoon destination.

Galley Bay Resort & Spa – Antigua

A honeymoon to Antigua is all about the beaches. Antigua has 365, one for every day of the year. Most of the beaches are located along the calm, protected waters of the island’s Caribbean side. The coast is dotted with safe harbors and calm, relaxing waters. Couples will find the whitest sand and relaxing clear aqua waters. The island has warm, constant winds and a protective, almost unbroken coral reef, which makes it great for snorkeling.

On Antigua, love fills the air and offers honeymooners a romantic haven to begin their new lives together. The island offers wonderful resorts with accommodations for every budget.

Antigua is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. Nearby, to the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadeloupe, and to the north and west are St. Kitts, St. Barts, Nevis and St. Martin.

Antigua is a world class yachting and sailing center. Nelson’s Dockyard National Park is a beautiful harbor full of history and cultural heritage. Couples will want to include a visit to Shirley Heights where there are breathtaking views over English Harbour, especially at sunset. Simply gorgeous!

The beautifully restored buildings and grounds at Redcliff Quay offer great shopping opportunities in the capital of St. Johns. Sting Ray City offers the chance to pet and feed friendly stingrays in their natural habitat. Couples can also take a Canopy Zip Lining Tour over the lush rain forest. The neighboring sister island of Barbuda is only a 10 minute flight or quick catamaran ride away, where you can explore the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, or find a quiet spot alone on one of Barbuda’s beautiful beaches.     

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel
570-706-5775

Photos provided by Galley Bay Resort & Spa – Antigua

Wrap yourself in paradise for your honeymoon with miles of private beaches leading you into the crystal clear Caribbean waters of Jamaica.

Secrets Wild Orchid – Montego Bay

Jamaica is considered by some to be the heart of the Caribbean. It’s where reggae music and the all-inclusive resort concept were born.    Jamaica is the land of coffee, sugar cane and limestone.   Of blue skies, aqua waters and gorgeous white sand beaches.   The island boasts mountains, waterfalls and picturesque locales.  A diverse island with a laid-back feel. 

As the third-largest island of the Caribbean, Jamaica has three main tourist areas which make it an island paradise.   Westernmost Negril is popular for its incredible beaches and upscale accommodations.   Montego Bay is well-liked by golfers, shoppers, and is close to the airport.   Ocho Rios appeals most to adventurous types because of the numerous activities in the area, including Dunn’s River Falls.

Jamaica has a way of settling into your heart and soul.   Each day is full of sun and fun. Jamaica is the largest English speaking island in the Caribbean and offers more exciting honeymoon experiences to share than you can fit into one trip.    Some of the Caribbean’s very best resorts sprawl out along the sparkling white beaches. After all, this is where today’s popular all inclusive resorts were born, so it’s no surprise that some of the world’s finest all-inclusives can be found right here. Water sports abound, everything from river rafting to deep sea fishing, scuba diving to wind surfing, and the island even has a few of well known championship golf courses.    Just make sure to leave time to relax and let the warm Jamaican sun bathe you in honeymoon bliss.

Whether you visit Negril, Montego Bay or Ocho Rios area, you’ll find yourself surrounded by tropical beauty just like it appears in travel brochures.  Enchanting reggae sounds give honeymoon couples a feeling of tranquility they won’t want to leave behind.     

You will repeatedly hear ….”Irie mon”  which means… cool, everything is going good.  That’s what honeymoon couples tend to think while they’re sipping a cocktail by the pool with the love of their life in Jamaica, and why many couples begin planning their return anniversary trip before they even depart for home.

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel
570-706-5775

Resort photos provided by Secrets Wild Orchid – Montego Bay

Relax in luxury at The Turks and Caicos Islands the perfect destination for love just steps away from white sands and sapphire waters.

The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos

Are you looking for a luxury honeymoon destination with white powder sandy beaches, luxury resorts, incredible aqua-colored waters, plus terrific diving?   Then Turks and Caicos might be just the honeymoon destination for you. 

Turks and Caicos is a destination that’s a bit off the beaten track. The islands are situated southeast of the Bahamas and are a tropical paradise with gorgeous beaches (some of the best in the Caribbean), great snorkeling and superior scuba diving. The Turks and Caicos Islands provide the ultimate upscale getaway, full of luxury and romance.

The islands cover 193 square miles in the Atlantic ocean and have one of the longest coral reefs in the world, which is why it’s considered a premier diving destination.    Another of the islands most prize possessions, are the white sandy beaches which cover 230 miles and are highlighted with crystal clear waters. The land is mostly flat, but depending on which island you visit, it can vary from sand dunes to tropical green vegetation.

Turks & Caicos is the perfect remedy after months of stressful wedding planning.   Perfectly white sand beaches fringed by shimmering aqua water, colorful coral reefs, crunchy conch fritters and a laid back, light-hearted atmosphere, make it a perfectly relaxing and luxurious getaway.

 A Turks and Caicos honeymoon has many perks, from amenities to location. Because its relatively close in proximity to the US, there are a few non-stop flights from several East Coast airports.  There are endless activities for honeymoon couples, from tours to watersports.   Plus there are numerous accommodations from boutique hotels to large all-inclusive resorts . Regardless of which you choose, you’re bound to fall in love with this magical place.

– Melanie Jascoviez  CTC / DS 
MJ Travel
570-706-5775

Photos provided by The Regent Palms Turks & Caicos

High above the rest. New exciting changes on the East Mountain

 After an $8 million dollar renovation and re-branding, the Best Western East Mountain Inn and Suites transforms into the Brand New Holiday Inn Wilkes Barre – East Mountain.

This venue has always been known for superb food, accommodations and exquisitely executed social events.  After nearly a year of renovation, all 152 guests room have been completely renovated inclusive of new furniture, wallpaper, carpeting, bathrooms, even down to the new Holiday Inn style linens.  The Grand Ballroom was given a facelift with new carpeting, dance floor, wallpaper and 300 new banquet chairs.  The Executive Style Boards Rooms offer the latest in technology.   A complete renovation of Wildflowers Restaurant and The Bistro Lounge offers a modern, fresh look and inviting feel to conduct business or enjoy a social gathering.   Complete with new social media pods in our new Wildflowers Lounge along with our wall mounted fireplace while enjoying the beautifully landscaped grounds overlooking Wilkes-Barre.

So plan your Wedding, Shower, Rehearsal Dinner, Post-Wedding Breakfast or Brunch with confidence knowing that it will be a complete success.  Contact Mandy Loeffler at 570-970-1154 for an appointment and tour of the hotel and grounds.  Hold an outdoor ceremony on our waterfall patio or your cocktail hour under our tented verandah.  Ask us about our Friday evening and Saturday afternoon wedding packages. 

Holiday Inn Wilkes Barre – East Mountain
570-970-1154

Black Tie for the New Year

 

 

 

 

The Black Tie EVP experience on your special day is about to cross from great into EPIC! The year 2015 is going to usher in some of the latest techniques and features ready to make each wedding experience one that not only the couple will remember but so will the guests.

Black Tie already offers a full array of services including DJ, video, photography, photo booth, custom lighting and event management for any function, but the things are really about to step it up a notch.

 

 

 

 

 

The photo booth alone is getting a boost. Already offering the area’s only Black Light Photo Booth, they will be offering customized signs, and even a chance for everyone to take a print home with a pose of the bride and groom from their creative session earlier in the day! Whether you’re putting on Mickey Mouse mitts or a white fedora, the fun for your guests will create laughs and pictures for years to come.

One of the best new features Black Tie EVP is going to be offering is an animated gobo (or “go between”). It’s one thing to see your new name on paper, or the typical monogram with lights, but what about animated lights? The animated monogram can spell your name on the dance floor or on a wall across the room, and get the party going with a personalized touch that will make your heart flutter.

– N. Henderson

Black Tie EVP
570-780-6523

Four Points by Sheraton Scranton – At Your Service…

If you’re wondering what happened to the Clarion Hotel, you may be surprised to find out that it’s now turned into the Four Points by Sheraton Scranton. And with that name change has come an exciting new look and some fantastic new amenities.

After a five million dollar renovation, the Four Points by Sheraton Scranton has freshened up, demolitioned, and redone nearly every aspect of the hotel.  It’s a whole new experience up to and including the addition of the full service restaurant, the Electric Grill and Bar, which is open everyday for breakfast and dinner to both hotel guests and the public.

Ready to seat and take care of your guests before, during, and after your event, the Sheraton’s 135-room hotel has an array of amenities including free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, a pool, a hot tub, and in-room dining.  The banquet facilities can seat up to 250 guests with an array of menu to suit any event you may be planning.  Our chef is happy to create a custom menu as well.

Hosting a beautiful, natural color scheme, the Four Points by Sheraton features a modern yet rustic feel.  With blue stone adorning the outside walls and barn doors scattered throughout, the hotel combines the old and the new together into an exciting wedding experience.

– N. Henderson

Four Points by Sheraton
570-344-9811

The Top 10 Honeymoons with a Destination just for two

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.  Jamaica

Jamaican me happy!

Jamaica has it all — beautiful beaches, wonderful people, and the world’s best jerk chicken. A delightful island world like this is a magnificent place to kick off the start of your new life together! The resorts are reasonably priced, with an easy flight, great All-Inclusive/Adults-only options. During the day visit the famous Rick’s Café, or Dunn’s River Falls. Eat world class food and, yes, after you can even bobsled (and you thought that was just a movie!).  At night, take in the vibes of the native reggae music, and just relax into this beautiful island world.

 

 

2.  Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

Picture yourself stretched out on the palm tree beaches, as you relax into the lap of absolute luxury.

Sure, the resorts are beautiful, and the beaches are world-class, but don’t be afraid to venture outside your hotel or resort.  Explore the Samana Peninsula on horseback! Just a thirty minute plane ride away lies a grand adventure. Even the truck ride from the airport is exciting, as you make your way through the peninsula’s extraordinary, mountainous terrain.  During your excursion you’ll visit the famous “El Salto del Limon” waterfall, and soak in the natural beauty of the peninsula.

 

 

 
3.  Riviera Maya/Cancun, Mexico

Parties, culture, and even ancient ruins of lost civilizations, these two places are sure to win you over.

An easy flight, and great day tour options, The Riviera Maya/Cancun, Mexico is a fantastic choice for a honeymoon getaway. 

During your stay in the Riviera Maya, an absolute must is a visit to the world-renowned Mayan temple ruins.  Step back in time to the days of ancient Mayans as you explore one of the most riveting ancient sites in the entire world.

In Cancun, visit the Underwater Museum of Art. Yes, that’s right, snorkel your way through the over 200 life-size concrete figures, which form an amazing artificial reef. And here’s a tip: one of the most delicious adventures you’ll ever take your taste buds on, you absolutely have to eat at John Gray’s restaurant.

 

4.  St. Lucia, Caribbean

An undeniably breathtaking sovereign island in the Caribbean, St. Lucia offers gorgeous beaches, and an unbeatable exotic feel.

Getting married in July? Visit during Carnival and experience the color, costumes and calypso. See first-hand the grand procession and excitement through the streets of Castries on Carnival Monday.

And don’t forget to visit one of the world’s most significant religious buildings, The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Built by the French during the 19th century, its West Indian murals will leave you in awe.

 


5.  Aruba

Perhaps there was a reason The Beach Boys mentioned it first when they sang,Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya…

Maybe it’s because Aruba is a safe bet as the island is outside of the hurricane belt, or maybe because it has great day tours, shopping, restaurants, beautiful beaches, and incredible water sports. Whatever the reason, this beautiful island offers Parasailing, Snorkeling at De Palm Island, and don’t forget the amazing food! And an absolute must is watching a sunrise at The California Lighthouse. If you’re not an early bird, the sunsets are just as beautiful.


6.  Cruises

It was Jimmy Buffet who said, “Changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes.”

A cruise is a great option, and there’s something for every budget. Ships sailing from NYC/NJ area offer the option to not have to fly somewhere, and you get to see numerous islands in one trip. And of course there’s the spectacular nightlife onboard.

 


7.  Costa Rica, Central America

Leave your worries at home and set sail for this majestic world.

Visit Costa Rica, the destination for the adventurous traveler. Go zip-lining, explore the rainforest, view the exotic wildlife, or snorkel and scuba dive. While you’re there don’t forget to visit the hot springs and many beaches. Costa Rica is for the couple that doesn’t want to be cooped up in their hotel the whole time (but, of course they have that option, too!).

 

 8.  Hawaii

The unparalleled islands of Hawaii got Elvis all shook up, and it’ll do the same to you!

Known for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters, Hawaii offers so much for you to do. There are tons of day trips and sightseeing adventures. It’s exotic, and you can hop from island to island.

Say Aloha to adventure as you hike Kauai Island’s Napali Coast, known for its Fertile and lush landscape. Escape into the beauty of this destination as you begin your journey along the 11 mile trail.

 

9.  Italy

In Vino Veritas means ‘In wine, there is truth’.  And in Italy, there is wine!

It’s a dream destination for those looking for culture, history, walking tours, sightseeing, wine, and world class food.

What isn’t there to do in Italy?  Visit the ruins of Pompeii, the Leaning Town of Pisa, The Vatican, The Colosseum, or the famous canals of Venice. The hardest part about Italy is choosing what you’re not going to do. 

 

10.  Key West, Florida

Stay in the states; feel like you’re in another world! 

An absolutely great option for those looking to stay in the U.S. Key West is blast, with its endless entertainment, famous nightlife, and plentiful bars, restaurants and shopping. The tropical landscape is flat and good for bike riding and walking.

The nightlife needs no introduction, but if you’re looking for culture, Key West has that, too! Visit Ernest Hemingway’s house and take a peek into the office where he wrote many of his novels, stop by the museum, and after, go to his favorite bar and drink! Hemingway would’ve liked the thought of that.

– P. Telesk

Travel information provided by
MJ Travel
570-706-5775

 

Spice up your Event with a Live Game Show

ABC DJ Entertainment is proud to announce Live Game Shows.  Hosted by a trained certified Master of Ceremonies that can be played anytime.  This is a fun and unique way to add excitement to your wedding celebration, rehearsal or engagement party.  The game is perfect for today’s couples, who are looking for ways to make their celebration the talk of the town.  

The Newly Engaged Wedding Game has great eye appeal with professional sound and visual effects. This gives you and your guests the feeling that they are participating in a real style TV game show.  You may also decide to have your games play in the style of Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune or even Family Feud.  Each game is exclusively customized with questions and answers tailored for you, your family and friends.

Creating a fun filled interactive experience that will last a lifetime.

Live Game Shows
a division of ABC ‘DJ’ Wedding Entertainment
570-829-2617

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