Guest Author - Kara Williams
You have dozens of things to do before your ceremony and reception�update seating arrangements, confirm flower delivery, pick up tuxes, prepare party favors�.
Add to your many duties, prepping and packing for your honeymoon.
Here�s a checklist of things you don�t want to forget to do before your honeymoon departure. Print the list out and divvy up the jobs with your fianc�!
At least six months before your honeymoon
Apply for passports or renewals, if needed. Some countries don�t let you enter if your passport is set to expire within six months of your visit, so make sure your passport is current. (See �Related Links� below.)
Apply for any needed tourist visas.
Research and get any vaccinations you may need for the trip.
At least one month prior to your honeymoon
Confirm all travel arrangements�double check flight times, hotel reservations, car rental, etc.
Make dinner reservations at your destination, whether that�s your resort or in town.
Ensure that your resort, B&B or cruise ship knows that you are traveling honeymooners. Often the hotelier will give you some nice perks�whether that�s an upgrade, complimentary champagne or fruit basket in your room.
Ask a neighbor, or hire a service or housesitter�to feed your plants and pets. Or make a reservation at your kennel for your dog.
Arrange for lawn service at your home, if needed.
Have your mail held at the post office, or have someone pick it up for you, if you don�t want it overflowing in your mailbox while you�re gone.
One week before your honeymoon
Pack! (See �Related links� below for a checklist of things to bring.)
Confirm your transportation to the airport. Whether you�re taking a hotel shuttle or taxi, or a friend or family member is taking you.
If you�re driving to your honeymoon location, print out directions provided by the resort (or use Mapquest.com). Get your car serviced before your vacation, or at least make sure you�re oil changes are current. Put a good road map in your car.
Arrange for someone to take your gifts from the reception site to your new home (or other place for safe keeping).
Try to clean your house or apartment so it�s sparkling on your return.
Go to the bank for a handful of small bills for tipping along the way.
Photocopy your passports and all travel documents and keep them separate from your originals when you pack.
Day before your honeymoon
Confirm flight times�again. Have a trusted friend do this for you if you think you�ll forget!
Set your lights on timers or dimmers to give the illusion that you�ll be at home.
If you�re driving, gas up!
Take all garbage out of your house. Put clean sheets on your bed�it�s so nice to return to a neat home.