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Honeymoon Tips

Some suggestions to help your planning and honeymoon run smoothly.

Arrangments

  • Make all arrangements and reservations early, to get the best possible prices and accommodations.
  • Do your research. Consult the library or bookstore for travel guides.
  • Make all arrangements together. Both of you should be involved in planning your first few days together.
  • You may want to plan on the two of you doing different activities. You don’t have to spend every single minute together.
  • Get all paperwork (passports, visas) completed early.
  • Consult a travel agent for the most worry-free planning.
  • Get a written confirmation of all plans, and bring it with you in case of mix-ups.
  • Make sure your airline is reputable, and will still be in business when you fly.
  • Check the political situation of the country you are visiting, if traveling abroad.
  • Check the weather at your location for that time of year.
  • Make sure you have reserved a double bed (especially on a cruise).
  • Get necessary inoculations well before your wedding date, so there are no unpleasant reactions during your wedding.
  • Book your departing flight (the day after your wedding) later in the day so you can sleep in.
  • Tell all honeymoon merchants that you are honeymooning. You may receive special treatment, deals, or treats.

Cost/Savings

  • Look for the best deals, but don’t skimp on your honeymoon plans.
  • Use a bank to exchange money to receive the very best rates.
  • Pack enough daily supplies (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.). They may be extremely expensive if purchased in a hotel, at a gift shop, etc.
  • Bring your own camera and plenty of film.
  • Fly on a Monday through Thursday for the best prices.
  • Don’t use the hotel mini-bar. Stop at a liquor store.
  • Don’t think you have to eat every single meal at a fine restaurant. On occasion, eat at a diner or grab a sandwich from a deli.
  • Read every receipt. Check if the tips are included in the price.
  • If your hotel provides a complimentary breakfast, even coffee and toast, take advantage of it. It may also provide a complimentary newspaper.
  • Look for all - inclusive resorts, which include the price of all activities and sporting gear.
  • When traveling to Europe, ask about a fly/drive package, with a rental car included in your airfare.
  • Look for shoulder season (just off-season) destinations.
  • Use inexpensive transportation. Buses, rental bicycles, a shuttle service, or even (in some cities) the subway.

Money

  • Take traveler’s checks and credit cards rather than cash.
  • Use credit cards in foreign countries to receive the best exchange rate.
  • Deposit all wedding checks or money before you leave. Don’t leave them sitting in your home or apartment. Sign checks, put “For Deposit Only” if someone else will be dropping them at the bank.
  • Check your insurances: health, home owner’s, and automobile. If one of you is going to be covered by a new spouse’s insurance plan, take care of this detail before you leave.
  • If traveling abroad, you may have to register valuables with the US Customs before you leave.

Security

  • Keep all valuables on your person or in a carry-on bag.
  • Label all luggage, inside and out.
  • Don’t leave cash or valuables in a car or a hotel room, even if it is locked. Use a fanny pack or money belt for valuables.
  • Take along additional identification.
  • Carry the name and telephone number of someone to contact in case of emergency. If you are both injured, it will help hospital personnel.
  • Carry all applicable insurance cards: health, automobile. Make sure the agent or company name and telephone number are on the card.
  • Don’t carry anything you don’t need. Leave all credit cards you aren’t using, department store cards, and other documentation (library cards, photographs) at home.
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, traveler’s checks numbers, and credit card numbers with someone at home.

Home Security

  • Have someone check your home or apartment every few days and collect your mail and / or newspaper. Or, have the post office hold your mail until your return.
  • If you are gone for a week or more, arrange to have the lawn mowed or the driveway cleared.
  • Arrange to have plants watered, or leave them in a bathtub with about 2 inches of water in it. Put a small piece of fabric from the water into the soil of each plant.
  • Clean perishables out of the refrigerator, and ask someone to “stock up” for you right before you return.
  • Unplug TVs, stereos, VCRs, computers, microwaves.
  • Leave a light on, or get a light timer so that it doesn’t look as if you are away.

Packing

  • Don’t overpack.
  • Carry a book, magazine or playing cards for waiting at airports.
  • Don’t forget medications, even ones you don’t use every day. Allergy medications may also be needed. Don’t forget birth control.
  • Bring your “going away” outfit to the reception site. Even if you are staying at a local hotel, you may not wish to register in your wedding gown.
  • Take along a guidebook, and a list of recommendations from friends or relatives.
  • Bring a calculator to compute currency exchanges, tips, etc.
  • Tie a bright ribbon to your luggage to make it more easily identifiable at a baggage claim.