How to Plan the Perfect Getaway Before the Big Day

How to Plan the Perfect Getaway Before the Big Day

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A couple enjoying a warm Miami beach/Photo: Courtesy of IGLTA
A couple enjoying a warm Miami beach/Photo: Courtesy of IGLTA

With the advent of marriage equality, many couples are finding themselves wrapped up in the juggle of life their straight counterparts are very familiar with, but with a twist.

Generally, the natural order of life is: career, marriage and then baby and the white picket fence. For many LGBT couples, the formula is much more complicated.

“We’re seeing more couples stressed for time because they’re trying to ‘have it all’ – family, the home, the kids, the careers, the social life – and on top of everything else, they’re overwhelmed by planning their weddings and honeymoons,” said Dr. Ken Christiansen, a Miami-based clinical psychologist specializing in LGBT couples.

One of Christiansen’s favorite tips for couples is a pre-wedding getaway to disconnect from life’s pressures.

Once couples arrive at their romantic getaway, to distress Christiansen has these three key suggestions that he makes to couples:

Tip #1: Try Something Totally New

Vacation is a perfect time to be adventurous. Plan one new activity that you and your partner have never done before to inject some adrenaline into the mix.

Tip #2: Create the Ultimate Date Night

Plan a date that you know your other half will really enjoy and remember.

Tip #3: Disconnect from Your Electronic Devices

Block temptations to check emails, texts and messages. Ditch your cell phones and other electrical toys…(well, not all).

Your room at the Conrad Miami/Photo: Conrad Miami
Your room at the Conrad Miami/Photo: Conrad Miami

Face-to-face, you can reconnect with the love of your life and find that spark again before saying “I do,” and well into your marriage. May it be long and happy.

To help couples getaway, the Conrad Miami Hotel (1395 Brickell Avenue; 305-503-6500) in Miami, Florida has teamed up with Christiansen by offering the “It’s About Time!” romantic package to couples. The package includes ideas on how to reconnect.

Starting in May through the end of this year, couples will receive:

  • Two-night deluxe accommodations with sweeping views overlooking the city of Miami or Miami’s Biscayne Bay in a spectacular guest room;
  • Romantic dinner-for-two at the hotel’s Atrio Restaurant + Wine Room with a special chef’s menu
  • Two day passes to Hilton Bentley Beach Club in South Beach where two chaise lounges, towels and an umbrella await
  • 50 percent off a couples massage at The Spa at Conrad Miami (if guests are willing to relinquish their smart phones upon arrival).

The Conrad Miami is offering to assist guests with their pre-arrival inquiries and date night planning assistance through the Conrad Concierge app.

Relax poolside in a cabana at the Conrad Miami/Photo: Conrad Miami
Relax poolside in a cabana at the Conrad Miami/Photo: Conrad Miami

The hotel is encouraging guests to flirt with each other at one of Conrad Miami’s many romantic enclaves, hook up for a drink at LvL 25, and fall in love all over again and make it all memorable with personalized stationary to hand-write (no typing on devices!) love-messages and forget-me-nots, to remember always. The package symbolizes Hilton’s longtime commitment to LGBT rights (parent company to Conrad Miami) and welcomes Florida finally legalizing same-sex marriage at the beginning of this year.

Seeing as June kicks off Pride and wedding seasons, the Conrad Hotel’s team wants to celebrate the Sunshine state’s new romantic status by helping couples “nurture their time together,” said Stephane Mercier, general manager of the Conrad Hotel.

“It’s about time that Florida granted marriage equality to all, and Conrad Miami offers all couples the perfect getaway to nurture their time together,” said Mercier. “Our ‘It’s About Time!’ package is more than just a play on words. It’s a meaningful, carefully crafted escape for couples to refocus on what’s important – taking the time to celebrate their love for each other.”

The “It’s About Time!” package starts at $319.

Want to book this package or learn more? Looking for a place to getaway to before your wedding or simply have a romantic escape? Contact Heather Cassell at Girls That Roam Travel at Travel Advisors of Los Gatos at 408-354-6531at or



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