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Helpful tips for Rochester, NY brides planning their honeymoon
Some suggestions to help your planning and honeymoon run smoothly.
- Make all arrangements and reservations early, to get the best possible prices and accommodations.
- Do your research. Consult the library or bookstore for travel guides.
- Make all arrangements together. Both of you should be involved in planning your first few days together.
- You may want to plan on the two of you doing different activities. You donâ€™t have to spend every single minute together.
- Get all paperwork (passports, visas) completed early.
- Consult a travel agent for the most worry-free planning.
- Get a written confirmation of all plans, and bring it with you in case of mix-ups.
- Make sure your airline is reputable, and will still be in business when you fly.
- Check the political situation of the country you are visiting, if traveling abroad.
- Check the weather at your location for that time of year.
- Make sure you have reserved a double bed (especially on a cruise).
- Get necessary inoculations well before your wedding date, so there are no unpleasant reactions during your wedding.
- Book your departing flight (the day after your wedding) later in the day so you can sleep in.
- Tell all honeymoon merchants that you are honeymooning. You may receive special treatment, deals, or treats.
- Look for the best deals, but donâ€™t skimp on your honeymoon plans.
- Use a bank to exchange money to receive the very best rates.
- Pack enough daily supplies (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.). They may be extremely expensive if purchased in a hotel, at a gift shop, etc.
- Bring your own camera and plenty of film.
- Fly on a Monday through Thursday for the best prices.
- Donâ€™t use the hotel mini-bar. Stop at a liquor store.
- Donâ€™t think you have to eat every single meal at a fine restaurant. On occasion, eat at a diner or grab a sandwich from a deli.
- Read every receipt. Check if the tips are included in the price.
- If your hotel provides a complimentary breakfast, even coffee and toast, take advantage of it. It may also provide a complimentary newspaper.
- Look for all - inclusive resorts, which include the price of all activities and sporting gear.
- When traveling to Europe, ask about a fly/drive package, with a rental car included in your airfare.
- Look for shoulder season (just off-season) destinations.
- Use inexpensive transportation. Buses, rental bicycles, a shuttle service, or even (in some cities) the subway.
- Take travelerâ€™s checks and credit cards rather than cash.
- Use credit cards in foreign countries to receive the best exchange rate.
- Deposit all wedding checks or money before you leave. Donâ€™t leave them sitting in your home or apartment. Sign checks, put â€œFor Deposit Onlyâ€ if someone else will be dropping them at the bank.
- Check your insurances: health, home ownerâ€™s, and automobile. If one of you is going to be covered by a new spouseâ€™s insurance plan, take care of this detail before you leave.
- If traveling abroad, you may have to register valuables with the US Customs before you leave.
- Keep all valuables on your person or in a carry-on bag.
- Label all luggage, inside and out.
- Donâ€™t leave cash or valuables in a car or a hotel room, even if it is locked. Use a fanny pack or money belt for valuables.
- Take along additional identification.
- Carry the name and telephone number of someone to contact in case of emergency. If you are both injured, it will help hospital personnel.
- Carry all applicable insurance cards: health, automobile. Make sure the agent or company name and telephone number are on the card.
- Donâ€™t carry anything you donâ€™t need. Leave all credit cards you arenâ€™t using, department store cards, and other documentation (library cards, photographs) at home.
- Leave a copy of your itinerary, travelerâ€™s checks numbers, and credit card numbers with someone at home.
- Have someone check your home or apartment every few days and collect your mail and / or newspaper. Or, have the post office hold your mail until your return.
- If you are gone for a week or more, arrange to have the lawn mowed or the driveway cleared.
- Arrange to have plants watered, or leave them in a bathtub with about 2 inches of water in it. Put a small piece of fabric from the water into the soil of each plant.
- Clean perishables out of the refrigerator, and ask someone to â€œstock upâ€ for you right before you return.
- Unplug TVs, stereos, VCRs, computers, microwaves.
- Leave a light on, or get a light timer so that it doesnâ€™t look as if you are away.
- Donâ€™t overpack.
- Carry a book, magazine or playing cards for waiting at airports.
- Donâ€™t forget medications, even ones you donâ€™t use every day. Allergy medications may also be needed. Donâ€™t forget birth control.
- Bring your â€œgoing awayâ€ outfit to the reception site. Even if you are staying at a local hotel, you may not wish to register in your wedding gown.
- Take along a guidebook, and a list of recommendations from friends or relatives.
- Bring a calculator to compute currency exchanges, tips, etc.
- Tie a bright ribbon to your luggage to make it more easily identifiable at a baggage claim.