Life events pose a unique challenge because each is a new or infrequent occurrence for which many people have little or no prior experience.
A wedding is no exception to this rule.
When planning your wedding, a little dose of commonsense advice can help
Here is our advice on this topic.
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|After all the activity and excitement of
the wedding, it is traditional for the bride
and groom to go away on a trip where they
can relax and enjoy time together on their
own. Some couples may only have a brief weekend,
others may take a week or two. In some cases
it may be necessary to postpone a honeymoon
until a more convenient time. But whether
you check into a nearby hotel or travel to
a far away exotic country, this special time
together should receive the same careful
consideration and planning you gave to your
The honeymoon destination should be somewhere both the bride and groom will equally enjoy. If you share a favorite sport or hobby, such as skiing or fishing, the decision may be easy for you. Some couples may prefer the hassle free experience of an all inclusive resort or cruise where nothing more than lying around the pool or beach is required. Others may prefer exploring the restaurants, theaters, shops and museums of a big city.
When considering a honeymoon destination, get all the information about it that you can. Talk to friends who have been there, consult a good travel agent and check out online sites. Make sure you investigate the prices of hotels and restaurants as well as any activities you want to try. Always let hotels know you are on your honeymoon. Many hotels offer special packages to honeymooners that can save you money. They will frequently add in extras or upgrade your room, in the hope that you will enjoy yourselves so much that you will return many times for special occasions such as anniversaries.
Don't forget to make arrangements for any transportation you will need. Purchase plane tickets and reserve rental cars well in advance. If you will be using your own car, a thorough mechanical check up is a good idea.
Traditionally the groom paid for the honeymoon, but today the bridal couple usually shares the cost. Frequent flier miles donated by family or friends as wedding presents are very welcome, as are offers to stay in their vacation homes. Just make sure you leave a borrowed place in good, clean shape. You may want to hire a cleaning service to come in after you have left.
Remember that you will probably be tired from all the wedding activities. You want everything to go smoothly at this start of your married life. You may find it best to quietly stay at a room nearby your reception site on your wedding night and leave for your honeymoon the next day rather than having to deal with the uncertainties and hassle of travel when you're exhausted..
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