Your Stress Free Honeymoon
Hurrah! You’ve made it! You’re oh-so happily married and it’s now time for the holiday of a lifetime – your honeymoon! Because so much of your attention, quite rightly, is focused on the wedding day, some brides arrive at their honeymoon feeling a little unprepared so, to finish my stress-free wedding series, let’s look at how to holiday in true (newlywed!) style…
Firstly, get your name right! If you’ve dreamed of jetting off on your honeymoon as a happily married Mrs then you not only need to make sure that your tickets are booked in this name but also that you’ve requested your new passport in plenty of time. You can apply for a passport in your new name three months before your wedding but, as your current passport will have to be surrendered then, don’t do this if you need to travel before your wedding as your married name passport doesn’t become valid until your wed. All of the information you need is online here so do read it carefully to avoid any issues.
Make all of your arrangements in good time too. If you need a taxi from your venue to the airport, book it in advance (and confirm it in the days before your wedding when you check in with all your suppliers) and if you need anything taken home from your venue, make sure that someone will handle that for you. Don’t forget that most venues require you to remove all items the next day so if you’re not going to be around, ask someone to handle this for you.
Check all of the details of your travel arrangements in the days before your wedding too – check-in online if you can, print boarding passes, double check baggage allowances and collect any currency that you might need. If you add these points onto your wedding to-do list, they won’t be forgotten and you’ll be ready to depart with a smile on your face.
If your baggage allowance isn’t going to allow you to bring every outfit that you own, then check out these packing tips and reassess what you’re taking. Frantically repacking at baggage drop when you’re over your weight allowance is not how you want your honeymoon to start! Also, check what your hotel provides – not having to take beach towels can be a massive bonus!
If you’re staying in a hotel, let them know that you’re on honeymoon. Whilst you might not bag a swanky room upgrade, it’s likely that you’ll get a treat of some kind. Similarly, airlines are unlikely to whisk you into first class but they might give you access to a frequent flyer lounge for example. Of course, you can pre-book lounges at airports and you’ll find details of these on the airport’s website. A little bit of peace and quiet, some space to relax and a few nibbles before you fly really does get your honeymoon off to a blissful start!
Mini-moons in the UK are becoming more and more popular and with good reason because the UK is rather gorgeous. To make your land-based travels feel that bit more glam, why not hire a special car for the duration, upgrade yourself to first class on the train or break your journey and overnight somewhere en-route? A honeymoon doesn’t have to be a tropical paradise to be brilliant, it just has to be memorable for all the right reasons and there are so many ways that you can achieve this, wherever you go.
Lastly, when you arrive and your destination, wherever this might be, take some time together to talk through the last few days, even write down your memories before they start to fade and, most importantly, celebrate the fact that you’re married and the next part of your adventure together starts now.
This is the last of our stress free wedding planning series but don’t worry, we’re going to be sharing more tips and advice with you.
Until next time,