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Insider Advice for Planning Your Honeymoon

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For many of us, the thought of getting married is also accompanied by the excitement of going on the honeymoon; a small amount of time that we get to spend with our new spouse without a care in the world. Of course that’s how it’s supposed to be, but if you hastily plan your honeymoon you could end up with some regrets upon arrival back home.

So we’ve got a few tips for you that should make your trip the most memorable (in a good way) honeymoon you could’ve ever planned.

1.) Go somewhere new. Relationship experts all agree that new experiences strengthen relationships. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant trip, but make sure there are at least a few new components of the trip. Even if you head off to your family’s cabin that you know better than the back of your hand, go off hiking to a new location or try your luck at fly-fishing for the first time.

2.) Hire a local photographer. This may seem completely random, but when will you ever have the chance to have professional picture taken of the two of you in Rome? Or Maui? Or Paris? A session would only take 30-60 minutes, and it would be an amazing way to capture the memory of your trip.

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3.) Spread the word! Don’t hold back that the two of you are on your honeymoon. Many businesses will give you perks based on the fact that you are newlyweds. Hotels will comp you a better room, airlines will bump you up to first class and restaurants will give you dessert, on the house. Not always, of course, but you’d be surprised!

4.) Be prepared from day one. The fastest way to ruin your honeymoon is to get sunburned on the first day. Just go ahead and say goodbye to lounging by the beach and…you know…that other thing couples spend all day and night doing on their honeymoon. Wear the wrong shoes and you’ll be stuck with blisters all weekend long. So lather on sunscreen, wear the right shoes and look forward to enjoying your entire honeymoon.

5.) Let friends and family help. Many couples now list a “honeymoon fund” as part of the gift registry for their wedding. And for good reason too: guests can donate cash to your travel fund, or they can purchase things that you will be able to use on the trip, like scuba diving lessons or a historic tour of the location you’re headed to. Plus, this also allows them to be a part of your honeymoon without them actually being there. You’ll be thanking Uncle Phil for those surf lessons the entire time you’re out there, allowing him to be part of your memory without actually sneaking his way into your suitcase.

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Wedding Mistakes You’re Forgetting About

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No matter how many articles you read and how many people give you advice about your wedding day, there are still going to be a few things you’ll miss. And that’s no biggie; unless it’s one of these that we have listed. A little mistake here and there won’t ruin your big day, but any one of these might have some lasting effects. So here you go: the five wedding day mistakes you need to be aware of:

1.) Wearing 4-inch heels…all day long. There is nothing wrong with wearing the most extravagant and ridiculous heels you can find down the aisle. After all, this is your wedding day and if you want to be six inches taller (and do it with bright blue Louboutins), more power to you. But physics is physics, and unless you’re a superhero, you aren’t going to be able to dance the night away in those same shoes. Bring a set of flats or at least a more comfortable set of heels to wear for the majority of the night.

2.) Micromanaging your vendors.  If you’ve done your research and hired professional vendors, there’s no reason to micromanage. Your photographer knows the best location for photos (and it’s probably not the spot you think), your DJ knows the right kind of music to play to get people up and dancing and your caterer knows how long it takes people to finish their salads before they bring out the next course. Just sit back and let them do their job; micromanaging is only going to make things worse!

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3.) Having the bachelor/bachelorette party the night before the wedding. Think back to the craziest night of your life; now imagine how you spent the next day…probably lying in bed next to a trash can watching The Price is Right. You were probably in no shape to have any kind of event the next day, so for the love of God, don’t torture yourself! Your wedding day is supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life, don’t set yourself up for it to be the most miserable day!

4.) Demanding too much of your wedding party. Remember, your bridesmaids and groomsmen are all doing this as a favor. People don’t usually volunteer to take a ton of time out of their busy schedules, pay close to $1,000 just to be in a couple pictures next to you on the altar. So go easy on them; they are your best friends, and you don’t want to strain your friendship over a blow-out about silver, strappy sandals. Those strappy sandals won’t be holding your hand through the difficult moments of your life.

5.) Budget! It’s no fun but the couples that ignore this simple task are setting themselves up for disaster. Weddings are far more expensive than you probably realize, so take a second and figure out how much you’re willing to spend. You don’t want to be digging yourself out of debt for the next 20 years.


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