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Tips for planning a Honeymoon or Destination Wedding
Your honeymoon is the best time to start making memories as a married couple. Too often, honeymoons are an afterthought to wedding planning. A honeymoon is an investment in memories for the rest of your life, so don’t take chances with it. Start with a conversation. Discuss the level of luxury and privacy you want, what you want to do every day, and the type of nightlife you desire.
Researching your trip online is easy and fun, but when it comes to booking your all-important honeymoon, the advantages of working with a travel agent are myriad. Agents can offer you the benefit of their globetrotting experiences; inside lines to discounts not widely advertised; package deals and a range of itinerary options; one-stop shopping for air, car, and hotel reservations; and, last but not least, peace of mind. They are your saviors and advocates when travel plans go awry. Here are some points to help you find the agent of your dreams.
Some travel agencies, stung by potential clients who “window shop” for agents and itineraries then book the tickets themselves, have started charging a fee for their services and expertise. This fee varies according to the intricacies of the trip and may be waived when the trip is booked or included in the final quote. If you trust and like the agent, consider it a small price to pay for a perfectly planned honeymoon.
What’s one of the most important agent credentials? First-hand experience with a property. An agent who has visited a specific hotel knows which room has the best view and can recommend what to order for dessert at the restaurant. Best of all, he may have an inside line to the owner and be able to make special requests on your behalf.
Ensure the best honeymoon experience for you and your spouse when you purchase a honeymoon package in advance, including your flight, hotel, and activities. You’ll want to finalize and book your honeymoon approximately 4-6 months before you plan to travel. To give yourself enough time to prepare for your honeymoon, start shopping and packing about 1-2 weeks before your trip. Make sure to leave at least one day in-between your wedding day and your honeymoon trip. Most flights leave in the early morning, so you’ll want to give yourself enough time to get to the airport and not feel rushed. Give yourself the luxury of extra time.
Eliminate the stress of wedding planning when you plan your destination wedding through Travel Café. While selecting a destination, check with the country’s tourism board or consulate for all legal wedding requirements. It’s usually required that you and/or your witnesses arrive a few days before the ceremony—the number of days varies per destination. This will give you time to meet with the wedding coordinator and double check what you have planned.
This is the trip of a lifetime, so pamper yourself by flying first class, upgrading your room to a suite, or by choosing a resort that caters to destination weddings. Go for the all-inclusive wedding/honeymoon package. With your food, beverages, accommodations, and amenities taken care of, it’ll be one less thing on your mind for your big day. Check to see whether your resort is family-friendly or adults only, as that will impact your guest list.
Attention brides—if your passport is issued in your maiden name, make sure the information on your flight and hotel reservations matches your passport and any other required travel documentation. Bring a copy of your marriage certificate. Many hotels require proof of marriage to take advantage of special amenities exclusive for honeymooning couples.
Relax and enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience!