Be sure to 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 skimp on your accommodations.
Maybe on other trips, but not your honeymoon. Remember to mention that you are on your honeymoon. You may receive some unexpected surprises from the hotel.
Be sure your passport is up-to-date. So that you don’t get rushed, if you are legally changing your name, wait until you return from your honeymoon to request the change. When you purchase your marriage license, purchase a “certified” copy of the license. The passport people (State Department) and Social Security will need a certified copy when requesting a name change. Most state Department of Motor Vehicles (DVDs) require a certified copy of your marriage license to change your name. For more info on passports, click here. For a “name change” check list, click here.
Your married life commences with a honeymoon. It is the foundation stone of a happy married life, it is time when a couple spends quality time together far from the madding crowd.
Don’t plan to leave on your honeymoon immediately. The honeymoon is an intimate time for strengthening your bond and relaxing after the exhilaration of the actual wedding. The wedding and reception may cause extreme exhaustion. Take a day or so after the wedding to spend time with family and guests who have traveled from other parts of the country. Have lunch with family and friends the day after is a great way to reminisce and unwind.
Plan and pack for your honeymoon far in advance and remember you’ll need a few days of relaxation before your bodies and minds are ready to take on an action packed adventure as man and wife. Both of you should be involved in the planning. Confirm all your travel plans several weeks before the honeymoon to avoid any unexpected changes. If inoculations are required, get them well before the wedding.
Don’t take your cell phone on your honeymoon. Cut off communications. Give it it’s own vacation. While your cell is recharging its batteries, you can do the same. Don’t take your laptop. No e-mail.
Do take a digital camera with you to document your fun times together. Depending upon which country you visit, carry your charger and extra batteries. You may want to invest in a plug adapter and a voltage converter. Your travel agent can advise you.
A honeymoon literally means going away, symbolically and physically, from everybody you know to a place where no one knows you and where you can stay together and know more about each other and establish long lasting bond.
This is a very special get-away for only the two of you. Relax, unwind and enjoy.
. . . And finally, just so you will know: The origin of the word “honeymoon” is based upon the practice of the new couple drinking mead (a honey-based drink) during the first month – and therefore “moon” – of marriage. The drink supposedly enhanced virility and fertility. Hence, the first month of marriage became a honeymoon. So you see this occasion also has a scientific and traditional reason which everyone tries one’s best to observe with a lot of pleasure.
For an extensive “Honeymoon Checklist,” click here.
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