December 2017

Tips for honeymoon etiquette

This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Congratulations! I now pronounce you husband and wife! Now before you pack your bags and take off on the trip of a lifetime, here are a few important reminders to make sure you’re able to soak up all of the bliss and adventure in store on your honeymoon:

Pack light & ahead of time

Pack Light (& Ahead of Time!):

We all know how stressful packing can be, but sticking to a checklist with the essentials will save you time AND a headache! Having a little free space in your luggage will allow room for any items you may purchase and want to bring home. For those of you jet-setting right away, be sure to have your suitcase packed and ready to go before your wedding weekend kicks off! Trust us, the last thing you’ll want to be doing the morning after is scrambling to make it to your flight on time (and worrying if your suitcase is over 50 lbs!)

Settle into being married

Ready, Set, Wait a Minute, Now Go:

Most couples would agree that waiting a few days (if not a week or two) after the wedding to leave for the honeymoon allows you to enjoy it that much more! It’s best to get some rest & feel refreshed after the emotional high of your big day. This way you’re able to say your goodbyes and get settled as Mr. and Mrs.

Consider a mini-moon


Is your amount of time-off at work becoming slim? You may have all of the fun pre-wedding festivities to thank for that. 😉 Mini-moons are becoming ever more popular and make for the perfect, long-weekend getaway to celebrate the start of your happily-ever-after. Do some research and look up nearby places to road trip to, or look up the best fares on flights! (Napa Valley and Carmel-by-the-Sea were my personal picks!) If taking a whole week off isn’t possible, save up next year’s PTO for another trip to celebrate your first year anniversary. Then, you’ll have something else to look forward to!

Plan a trip you can afford

Savvy Spending:

Work within YOUR budget. Yes, it’s completely okay (and honestly for the best) to set a cap on what you’re wanting AND able to spend. You’ll thank your future selves! Instead of cutting it too close or overspending, set a budget that you agree upon and plan accordingly. Using honeymoon registries such as Honeyfund is a great way to help you pay for your trip! Wedding guests may love the idea of getting to treat the two of you in this way, as it provides an alternative wedding gift to the traditional ones you’ll receive.

Plan your trip

Make a Bucket List:

Once you have decided on a destination together (tip: one that also works for your budget!), grab a glass of wine & sit down with your significant other to write down your top must-see/do’s before the trip. This will help with planning purposes and also ensure you are making the most of your time there. Working with an experienced travel agent will ensure smooth booking, plus expert advice! Be sure to reserve your spot in any excursions you’re planning to do ahead of time (& check out any Groupons that may be available!)

Allow yourself some downtime

It’s OK to Not Have Plans:

Having some downtime IS a good thing, especially on vacation. You are obviously getting away to enjoy each other’s company, but making sure you account for enough free time will not only help you to relax and fully indulge, but will also provide flexibility in your schedule (if for some reason your excursion gets delayed or the weather gets in the way for a few hours.)

Becoming a Mrs.

Ms. or Mrs.?

Brides, make sure to book under your maiden name if you’re leaving right away or shortly after! This is important for travel and security purposes. Even though the first thing we want to do is change our last name on Facebook as technically you are now a Mrs., you’re not able to legally change your name until you have received the official copy of your marriage license in the mail (which is likely a few weeks after the big day.) At that time, you’ll want to make sure to update your Social Security information, obtain a new driver’s license, and apply for a new passport under your married name to make it totally official.

Having a Honeyfund honeymoon registry can make your wedding dreams come true.

BIO: Lucy Feltman is the Assistant Wedding & Event Planner with Strings & Champagne Events, which based Roseville, California and serves the Greater Sacramento and Lake Tahoe areas of Northern California. A true Events Enthusiast, Lucy loves helping put the pieces together to make sure your day is one for the books. Originally from Iowa, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations and is excited for the opportunity to continue her passion for planning & eye for design in the events industry. She works alongside Strings & Champagne Events Owner and Planner Sandy Stringer, to help give clients the peace of mind they look for in transforming their vision into a reality, while keeping up with the latest & greatest trends. Allow yourself some downtime

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Planning a wedding on short noticeThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Planning a wedding in a short notice of time can be very difficult, but most definitely possible. It takes patience and diligence to provide the best experience for not only the bride and groom, but for participating vendors as well.

What To Keep In Mind When Planning A Wedding

Planning for the big day


Often times when we are planning a wedding we tend to get frustrated when we don’t hear a response from the client right away. For planners and the client themselves, it is very important for both parties to be responsive in order for the big day to run as smooth as possible. We must remember that both the bride and groom most likely have day jobs, school, children, etc. they are taking care of ” while we work, so do they! Be patient and know that you will get an answer, but also remain consistent and continue to do follow-ups with your client.

Little by little, details come together


A huge thing to take note of when planning a wedding in a short amount of time is to take an idea and run with it. You’ll notice that one idea will lead to another, and then shortly you will have planned a full wedding day. You have to be flexible when working with a client and be ready to meet with them. Maybe you have to skip your 2pm massage appointment, but don’t worry it will still be waiting there for you when the wedding is all said-and-done.

Creating a vision for the wedding


Often times we have a bride who wants to plan a wedding exactly the way she sees on Pinterest. As most of us know, sometimes it is hard to recreate exactly what she saw on the app, but we do our best. Say she sees an organic wedding arch decked with greenery and draping. We all know that one leaf is different from the next, so when recreating a vision and you think something else will work better, then follow your gut and just do it.

Be open minded with venues


When planning a wedding with little notice we often run into the issue of vendors and specific venues being available. Start putting yourself out there, research, and put yourself out there again. Make connections and find exactly what you’re looking for. Finding a location for a wedding with plenty of time can be hard ” and finding a venue in a short allotment of time can be extremely difficult. This is where we have to get creative.

Think outside the box and contact venues and other vendors that normally don’t host such events ” most times they are thrilled to cater to a bride and groom! The fine thing about this is that your venue is new, fresh, and most likely never been utilized for a wedding before. This makes for a personable and intimate wedding. Bring in a new florist and maybe they will show you designs you’ve never seen before. As far as the client goes ” they trust you and your overall product. It is important to be open-minded about the planning process and know that things may not be the way you initially imagined, but they will still look great in your hands.

Stay positive to assure success


The best part about planning a wedding in short notice of time is seeing all of the amazing things that can transpire. We start to get creative, host a ceremony in a foreign building, make new connections with vendors we would have never met, and overall host a wonderful wedding. Stay positive, and know that you just have to keep moving. Remember, you are the expert here and you can and will get through it.

Each bump in the road leads to new experiences and adventures ” don’t get caught up in knowing you have a short amount of time. Follow your gut and run with it! Personal favorite weddings are the ones that are different from all of the rest.

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Bio: Jennifer Matteo is a wedding planner in Sarasota, FL who prides herself of providing creative solutions to brides, even those who want the perfect wedding in a short timeframe. Working with an experienced team of planners and preferred vendors, she is able to help every bride have the wedding of her dreams. For examples of weddings she has done, check out her website.

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