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Q. We're looking at honeymoon options for the spring and, honestly we can't decide. Where do you suggest?
A. Kimberley Greenslade says: Kimberley says: Romantic tropical surroundings can be found all over the world but it's the warmth of the people and tranquil atmosphere of The Bahamas that really sets the islands apart from other destinations. Honeymoon like a rock star and discover that it's not only the famous pink sand beaches, crystal clear ocean and fabulous water sports, nor getting down with the locals over some great island food, that has even Lenny Kravitz waxing lyrical about this destination, it's sharing the Bahamian warmth and sense of fun that makes this place really special.
A great way to experience the island hospitality is through a People-to-People experience. Local volunteers show you their Bahamas and what makes it special for them. Bahamians love food and meeting new people and their hospitality may involve cooking you dinner at their home, taking you on a tour of some local interest or simply sitting down with you for a chat over a glass of something long and chilled. The Bahamas is a place to make lasting memories, not only for rock stars but for every visitor.
Q. We're considering a trip to the Seychelles for our honeymoon - can you suggest a romantic itinerary for newlyweds?
A. Christine Vel says: Christine says: When in Seychelles for a honeymoon, the stage is set for some of the most romantic days of your life beneath swaying palms, alongside crystal waters fringed by the silver-soft sands of some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
This is a place to do as little or as much as you like, either kicking back to enjoy some of the finest sun, sea and sand on earth or indulging in some world-class diving, sailing and cruising, sport fishing, trekking, golf, spa treatments, zip-lining and horse riding, along with a host of other activities to share.
From Mahe, principal island of the Seychelles, the nation's islands extend 1,000km in a glittering arc towards the east coast of Africa. Spend your days lazily island hopping between the 115 islands, discovering each one's individual charm. Quietly stroll the Vallee de Mai on Praslin island where the legendary coco de mer nut grows high on ancient palms. Dine tete-a-tete with your feet in the sand on uncrowded beaches or try your hand at dancing to the sensuous rhythms of the moutia, ancient dance of slaves, danced by beach bonfire beneath a lover's moon. Visit the island of La Digue where time stands still and bicycles and the ox-cart hold sway on the pathways to the dream beaches of Grand Anse and Source D'Argent. Alternatively, simply lay back and watch the days and nights slip ever so slowly by from within the luxurious cocoon of a dream outer island getaway.
Q. We're hunting for a band for our evening do and we'd appreciate some guidance. In terms of the setlist, how many songs can we request and is it usual for the bands to bring their own equipment on the day, or will we need to hire a sound system.
A. Tim Owen says: Tim says: In terms of a band's setlist, it's always best to find a band whose signature tunes closely match your faves. You want your band to sound at their best, and that's most easily achieved when they're performing the music they're most familiar with. If you're hiring a good quality band, you should be able to have confidence in them to know which songs will get everyone on the dancefloor and which order to play them in. It's also good to remember that your guests' musical tastes may differ to your own, so it's usually advisable to describe the 'mood' you'd like, rather than particular songs. When it comes to requests, many bands perform several shows per week so rehearsal time can be very limited. However, most bands will be happy to learn a song for you for free or perhaps for a small charge. Nearly all professional quality bands will provide their own PA suitable for audiences up to around 300 people. Some bands will have PAs suitable for 500 or even 1,000 guests. For larger capacity events with crowds of 1,000 or more, you may need to hire a professional sound team in to run a larger PA and lights.
Q. We're looking at options for on-the-day coordination and we're a little confused - what's the difference between a toastmaster and an event coordinator?
A. Sonal Dave says: Sonal says: Your event coordinator will have met with you to discuss your requirements and on the day will be focussing on the set up of the actual event, working with all the suppliers. They will also ensure that things are set up as they should be and are ready on time. This will all be done discreetly behind the scenes.
A toastmaster will work with you and your suppliers to ensure all is ready as requested on time and they'll also focus on you and your guests, ensuring that everyone is at ease and knows where to go. They'll be available to direct and assist with any issues. Wearing the official toastmaster uniform means that the toastmaster can walk around, check things are where they should be as well as make the announcements for entrances, entertainment, speeches, food and all the other formal and informal announcements. A toastmaster is your visual spokesperson and will lend structure and gravitas, using their skills and personality to ensure that the couple and their guests are at ease.