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Please feel free to visit this page often, as I frequently update it with new questions and answers.  You may find just what you're looking for to help you in solving whatever honeymoon dilemma you have - but if you don't, please send me your honeymoon advice question, and I'll respond personally and promptly!

 

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1. What if I've booked my Honeymoon, then call off (or postpone) the Wedding?
Calling off or postponing a wedding is never an easy thing, however, we can help ease some of the sting:
  • If its been postponed, we'll work to reschedule the trip, or place it on a "freeze" status for up to a year, subject to destination availability and airline restrictions (most airlines give you up to a year to use a ticket that's been purchased).
  • If you've called it off altogether, we'll refund any amount that's already been paid by you, subject to the airline's and destination's requirements. We can also refund amounts contributed to your Registy by your guests directly to them.

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2. We took some 'naughty' photos on our Honeymoon, and now I'm afaid to get our film developed - what should I do?
Naughty pictures? I'm shocked!  Well, not really - pretty much everyone does this (I think that's why digital cameras were invented), so the best thing to do is take them somewhere that does one-hour photo developing (maybe one that's NOT near where you live?) and wait for them. Sure you may be a little embarassed, but remember, the person doing the developing doesn't know you, and has likely seen that type of thing many times.  But this way there's less chance that some of the "better" ones will make their way home with someone else.....be sure you get your negatives too!   And if you're really shy, hit the Accessories department before you drop off your film, put a scarf around your hair, don a floppy hat and dark sunglasses, and peruse the new digital cameras while you're waiting.

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3. We're planning a destination wedding, and want to keep it small and intimate.  How can we avoid hurting the feelings of anyone we're not inviting?
It really doesn't matter what type of wedding any couple has - big, small at home or somewhere else - it's bound to happen anyway - anyone who feels they should have been invited and wasn't will experience hurt feelings, and there isn't much you can do about that, short of inviting everyone you've ever met in your life.

The best thing to do is to decide who you really want to have at your ceremony, invite them, and don't feel that you need to apologize or explain to anyone else.

Have a reception when you return home, and invite everyone else to that instead. If anyone has the nerve to give you grief about not being invited to the ceremony, simply smile and say "I'm so happy that we have the chance to celebrate with you now!" and move on.

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4. I want to go somewhere quiet and romantic, but my fiance wants to go somewhere with a lot of people and activites - how can we compromise?
There are many, many places that you can go that will accomodate nearly everything each of you wants to do - I personally recommend all-inclusives, because they offer so much on-site, which means you won't have to travel far from your 'base'.  They offer plenty of activities and sports, but you also won't have any trouble finding a nice quiet spot on the beach to curl up with a good book. You can each pursue what you'd like to do, and still re-connect often throughout the day so you'll still feel "together". I'd also strongly encourage you to discuss with him - in advance - about how much time you're willing to share with others and what time you want to be just "the two of you" time, for example you could make lunch your opportunity to meet other Honeymooners, and spend dinners by candle-light at a romantic table for two.

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5. Help! My fiance is getting very involved in planning our honeymoon and we're starting to argue about it - I thought that was MY job, so how do I tell him to butt out?
I hate to burst your bubble, but traditionally the job of planning the honeymoon is the groom's job (planning the wedding is still your domain), but in practice, many men prefer to let the bride plan everything. I think it's great that he wants to help out, and after all, it IS his honeymoon too. Why not let him handle this job? Just be sure he knows what's important to you, and asks your opinions before committing to anything. That way, you can just focus on planning your big day, and have a few less things to worry about. To help him stay on track, give him a copy of our Honeymoon Planning Checklist.

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6. I keep hearing that we'll save money by going to an "all-inclusive", but they seem so expensive - how do they save us money?
It's easy to overlook all the incidentals when you're budgeting - you may think about your airfare, hotel, and meals, but when you add in drinks, tips, activities, and at some places rental fees for beach chairs & umbrellas, pretty soon you're spending as much, if not more, than you would at an all-inclusive.  Another consideration is that at an all-inclusive, you won't need to worry about having cash or credit cards on you, or small bills for tipping, so you can just relax and have fun!

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7. Why should we use a Travel Agent - don't they charge money to make our travel arrangements?
Some Travel Agents do charge a service fee, so it's an important question to ask, and the primary reason I always recommend couples use Honeymoons By Sunset is because they don't charge any fees. However, there are numerous benefits to using a Travel Agent that specializes in Honeymoon Planning - namely that their experience alone will ensure that the details will be handled correctly, and you'll be able to relax and enjoy yourselves, and a good Travel Agent knows how to find the best deals.

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8. What if we go somewhere tropical and then a hurricane hits us?
It's always important to take into account weather patterns for the destination you've chosen - even to the point of scheduling your wedding for the best time of year if you really have your heart set on the tropics - so if you're going during hurricane season, it is a risk you'll face. At Honeymoons By Sunset, we work with top-notch destinations that are willing to guarantee your experience by offering "hurricane" guarantees - just ask your Personal Honeymoon Consultant for details - so that you won't be left in the cold (and rain and wind...).

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9. We can't take our Honeymoon until six months after our wedding, but we still want to have a romantic weekend alone after the wedding - how do we tell our family that even though we're at home we don't really want them all around?
By all means, let them hang around your house. YOU, however, don't have to be there! Make reservations for yourselves at a local deluxe resort and spend the weekend getting pampered together at their spa, and having romantic meals alone - maybe even have a room-service dinner by candle-light!. Another benefit is that you'll at least feel like you had a mini-honeymoon, which you would miss out on if you stay at home, even if you are alone. And don't worry - your family will understand.

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10. We'd like to take a "toy" with us on our Honeymoon - how can I get it through airport security without being subjected to embarrassment?
Most toys are all plastic and should not set off any type of metal detector, so my advice is to remove the batteries and pack them in your checked luggage (so you won't have to spend a lot of $$ buying new batteries at your destination), and put it into a carryon bag. As long as nothing arouses the interest of the x-ray machines then it's unlikely that your carryon bag will be searched. If it is, just look shocked and say "how did THAT get into my bag!!", then glare at your new husband. Deflected embarrass-ment is easier to handle.

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11. Our Honeymoon will be the first time we've traveled together - how can I be sure it will go smoothly?
Two words to memorize - communication and compromise.   Misunderstandings cause most arguments whether you're traveling or not. Some people like - and need -to have everything scheduled in advance, while others like to "play it by ear", so be sure to discuss in advance what you'd like to do and see while on your trip, and how much "unscheduled" time you'll want too. Talk through any potential conflicts that your discussion brings out, and don't forget to allow yourselves some time apart as well - maybe a spa visit for you while he goes parasailing. You'll both benefit from a little time to truly relax and recharge, and it will give you something new to talk about over dinner!

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12. I'm getting married again, and my fiance wants to bring his kids with us on our honeymoon (he has two daughters, ages 9 and 11). I'm not wild about the idea - in fact I was really looking forward to some time alone with him - but I don't want to rock the boat and risk upsetting the girls, who are just getting to know me. What should I do?
That's a really good question - one I get asked often, as many second marriages bless us with step-children, and it's not uncommon for the new family to want the children involved in not only the wedding, but the honeymoon as well.

SO, bring them on your Honeymoon trip? Obviously, you have two choices here: You can say "Yes", or you can say "No".   BUT keep in mind that bringing them does NOT mean you won't have any romantic time alone with your new husband.   There are many "family" Resorts - most of which are also all-inclusives - that have wonderful "kids" programs where they'll keep the girls involved in activities during the day, and even watch them in the evenings if you want to go out dining or dancing alone. My advice is to bring them along. You'll get to spend some time bonding with the girls, and still have plenty of time alone with hubby. The girls will have a trip they'll remember forever, and it will be especially important to them that they felt included.  And lastly, but most importantly, your fiance will be forever grateful to you for not making him choose between you and his daughters.

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13. This will be my first Honeymoon, but my fiance has been married before - what can I do to make it more special than his last one?
Part of life involves comparisons, but much of it does not. Don't put those thoughts of "better than/worse than" in his head to begin with, and they're unlikely to find their way there on their own. Your best bet is to just relax, have fun, and make sure you let him know what a special time it is for you - because that's really all that's important to him too.

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14. My fiance and I are thinking of bringing our kids on our honeymoon, but don't want to spend our time babysitting. Are there any good options for us?
Yes - absolutely there are! In fact "Familymoons" have become so popular that many destinations now cater to your unique situation!  One of our personal favorites, Beaches Family Resorts, has numerous age-appropriate programs for kids of all ages and offers evening babysitting as well (for a small additional charge) so that you can have a couple of romantic dinners alone - this lets you spend as much time alone as you wish and still have plenty of opportunities to spend time having fun as a family too. In addition, Disney Cruises does an awesome job with similar programs, and Carnival has recently geared up their "familymoon" programs as well - I could go on with more, but I hope this opens your eyes to the possibilities - you no longer have to choose between leaving them at home (and feeling left out) or bringing them and feeling like you missed out on some quiet, intimate time with your new spouse - you can have it all

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15. We only have 4 days for our Honeymoon, and a small budget, but want to go somewhere nice - with a beach and maybe a spa. Where can we go that is affordable and won't take all day flying to get there?
Of the many places I would recommend, my favorite is the Aventura Spa Palace Resort, in Cancun Mexico. It's just a short flight from Texas, so you can make the most of what time you have, and it's an All-Inclusive, so you'll be able to relax without worrying about busting your budget. Local sightseeing tours are included in their package, and Cancun is world-famous for it's nightlife, bargain shopping opportunities, and it's warm, caribbean ocean, so you'll have a fun and relaxing four days!

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16. My fiance and my mom say that using a Honeymoon Registry is like "begging for money". How can I convince them that it's acceptable today?
Hmmm...let's see if I understand.....they think that registering for your honeymoon is "begging for money", but that registering for china and cutlery isn't "begging for kitchen items"?  Perhaps if you share with them the fact that the concept of a registry - any registry - is about two things - getting what you want and need to start your life together, and making the gift giving process easier for your guests. What could be easier than picking up a phone and contributing to the honeymoon of your dreams?  After all, most people lead busy lives these days, and/or don't like to go shopping.   We get an enormous amount of positive feedback from contributors who are very happy - and greatly relieved - to have this option (especially the ones who've waited until the last minute to get a present!).

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17. Our Travel Agent has suggested Travel Insurance for our Honeymoon, but it's over $100 and we're on a very tight budget - is Travel Insurance really necessary, or can we save the money and skip it?
You could, but then you assume all the risk if something happens that threatens to ruin your honeymoon (for example if a hurricance destroys your hotel on that lovely tropical island, where you were planning to be married on the beach, just a week before your departure).  Just like car insurance or homeowner's insurance, travel insurance only pays for itself if something "bad" happens, but you'll be glad you have it if it does.  Many people spend their whole lives without ever having a car accident, or damage to their homes, and many honeymooners never have anything go wrong, but when you consider that a typical honeymoon costs anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000, a travel insurance premium of $150 to $250 is a small price to pay to have the peace of mind you'll get knowing that if something does happen at least you won't have a total loss.   Your Travel Agent is looking after your best interest, so my advice is to get the insurance and then stick a rabbit's foot in your pocket!

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18. I have my heart set on having a weddingmoon on a tropical beach somewhere at sunset, but my fiance says that foreign places have too many legal requirements and that our marriage may not be valid - is that true?
Yes and no.  Everywhere you go, whether inside or outside of the U.S., will naturally have some legal requirements, but as long as you meet those requirements then your marriage will be perfectly legal and recognized everywhere.  It's true that some places DO have pretty stringent requirements (such as a 30 day residency requirement in the Tahitian islands), so those places may offer a "blessing ceremony" only that does not constitute a legal marriage (great for renewing your vows though), however, there are a great many places that have some very easy-to-comply-with requirements, so you shouldn't have any trouble choosing a beautiful tropical location for your dream weddingmoon.  Be sure to look at the Island Wedding Requirements and Mexico Wedding Requirements pages on this site, and don't forget to check with your Honeymoon Consultant to be sure you fully understand the requirements of your chosen destination, or to enable you to choose your destination based on the requirements.

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19. I'm concerned about going to Mexico because I've heard so many horror stories about the water there and "Montezuma's Revenge".  I don't want to get sick on our Honeymoon - is this still a problem nowadays?
Most larger hotels, resorts, and restaurants use purified water in beverages, ice, and for cooking, but when it comes to drinking water, to be safe, always ask for bottled water (auga purificada, por favor).  I would suggest that you not drink the tap water from a small hotels, condos, or private homes, unless you know there is a purification system installed, and working.  Tap water in Mexico is not necessarily contaminated, but it is processed differently than Americans and Candians are used to, which can possibly cause problems.   Buy bottled water to take with you to the beach or on tours, and at small cafes and snack stands be sure to request your beverages without ice.

If you do experience water related distress, Pepto Bismol or any anti-diarrhea medication like Imodium will help.  Most of the brand-name medications used in the US or Canada are also available at grocery markets and pharmacies in Mexico.

Lastly, be sure to keep in mind that maximum exposure to the sun in Mexico can also cause similar symptoms (from heat/sun sickness), not to mention a bad sunburn that can also ruin a honeymoon or familymoon.

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20. I'm planning to get married at our honeymoon destination and setting up a Honeymoon Registry to help us pay for it, but my mom says that anyone we don't invite to our wedding will not contribute to our Honeymoon Registry - is that true?
It's true that anyone who is not invited to your wedding is not obligated to give you a wedding gift, which could include making a contribution to your Honeymoon Registry. 

However, quite often close friends and relatives will want to give a gift (or make a contribution) regardless of whether or not they are invited, once they know you're getting married.

My suggestion is to go ahead and plan the WeddingMoon of your dreams, but make sure it's within your budget.   Do set up a Honeymoon Registry, notify your closest friends and relatives, and any contributions to your registry can help pay for some nice "extras" like a tour or spa treatments for you and your new spouse

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