Wedding inspiration: Honeymoons
Don't forget the practical things for the honeymoon
Don't get carried away planning all the romantic frills when it comes to honeymoons - remember the practicalities too. Joanne Welford offers a few packing tips.
Long, lazy days, sunkissed beaches, romantic meals over candlelight with place settings just for two. We're talking honeymoons of course and what just married couple doesn't look forward to spending a little time relaxing alone together after the hectic rush that surrounds the big day?
It's so easy to get carrried away on a wave of romance as you jet off to far flung climes with your loved one by your side - but it's important to remember the practicalities too.
Don't forget to check your passport - and brides to be, remember it will be in your maiden name.
The run up to a wedding is always busy and hectic, especially for the bride, but make sure that you check the expiry date on your travel documents - you don't want to arrive at your destination and then realise you've got a major problem. If you need to apply for a new passport, get it done in plenty of time before the wedding so you'll have it safe and sound. When you book your honeymoon, youll probably use your maiden name - use your married name only if you plan to change your passport over too before you travel. The important thing is to have your tickets and your passport in the same name before you set off.
A good piece of advice is to take your marriage certificate with you just in case you need to prove you've tied the knot!
It doesn't sound romantic in the slightest but pack a medical travel kit - neither of you want to spend any time suffering from bites, stings or holiday tummy. Put in travel essentials like antihistamines, sting and bite relief cream, headache tablets and tummy settlers.
Sort out your holiday money ahead of time so you've got a little local currency to take with you alongside credit cards and travellers cheques.
Pack your camera, take plenty of film if you have a stills camera or take the charger and an extra memory card if you have a digital one. You could also take a few pictures of your big day with you too if guests have taken any they can print quickly for example - you'll probably spend a lot of time talking about the wedding anyway.
Take a few beauty pampering treats - it is your honeymoon after all and you should be able to spoil yourself.
Pack appropriately! You might be spending your honeymoon lying on a beach or hiking in mountains or deep sea diving so make sure you take the right gear with you clothes-wise. You might also want to make sure you pack a couple of smart outfits for both of you - you're bound to go out for at least one romantic evening together whatever type of honeymoon you've chosen.
Leave a list of emergency contact numbers with your hotel details with a trusted family member. Make it clear they're only to be used in an emergency though - honeymooners do want to be on their own, after all!
Finally, be sure to visit www.fco.gov.uk for travel advice and tips for British travellers.