Don’t plan to leave on your honeymoon immediately. The wedding and reception may cause extreme exhaustion. It’s a big day. The honeymoon is very special so give yourself a couple of days (or more) to rest. Open gifts, write “thank you” notes, sleep late, rest and just be together.
When you are fully rested, go for it!
Before you leave on your honeymoon, be sure to have your passport (if needed), driver’s license and necessary paperwork with you as you travel. If you are changing your name, make sure that you have the appropriate documents. Also remember to take a copy of your marriage certificate or license with you.
Most brides wait until they return from their honeymoon to change their name because the State Department requires a “certified copy” of your marriage license to do so. That can take as much as 4 to 8 weeks after it is recorded by the minister at the Country Clerks office.
If you are changing your name later, you can make your flight reservation for your honeymoon and apply for your passport with your maiden name. They must match. You can amend your passport later. It takes about six (6) weeks to receive a U.S. passport and even longer if you don’t have a copy of your birth certificate.
Don’t worry about not being able to take a big fancy honeymoon. You have the rest of your lives to make money and take big, wonderful, fabulous vacations. But you only get “one” wedding. Do it well and be happy.
Get help with the honeymoon. Who really needs three blenders anyway? Avoid incurring honeymoon debt and sign up with a honeymoon gift registry. Guests will then be able to buy increments of your big sendoff – a valuable cost-cutting plan. Read: Honeymoon Bridal Gift Registry: The Ultimate Gift. Let your guests know where you have registered by “word of mouth” not in your invitations.
Since you may already have most of the traditional wedding gift items, you may want to offer your guests a popular new wedding gift alternative – a “Honeymoon Registry.” This will allow them to help you create the honeymoon memories that will last a lifetime. Check out Travelers Joy Honeymoon Registry.
Notify your financial institutions of when you will be traveling out of the country on your honeymoon. This could save you the embarrassment of having your credit card rejected because the bank suspects someone else may be using your card.
Also remember to leave your hotel accommodation details (room and phone number) and itinerary with your family so they can contact you in an emergency. Don’t take your cell phone. Give it it’s own vacation. While your cell is recharging its batteries, you can do the same. This is a very special get-away for only the two of you.
By the way, don’t plan anything to taxing the first few days of your honeymoon, especially if you leave right after your wedding (not recommended). You’ll be shocked by how exhausted you’ll be post-wedding.
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Use your “Honeymoon Leverage.” Make sure everyone knows you are newlyweds. Many resorts will go out of their way for honeymooners: room upgrades, free bottles of champagne, flowers, a fruit basket, a free dinner – these sorts of freebies are relatively common. Some of the upscale international hotel chains have programs whereby travel agents who are members of their program can request a free amenity or upgrade for their honeymoon couples.
Remember, don’t be afraid to let hotels or travel agents know that this is your honeymoon: yes, the travel industry does market heavily to honeymooners, but you’re much more likely to get a bonus because of it than you are to be over-charged or taken advantage of. A thoroughly experienced travel agent who specializes in your destination can help you get more for your honeymoon budget this way.
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