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» Take travel time into account and make sure you allow enough for relaxation. The average honeymoon is eight days.

» Allow at least one day between your wedding and your honeymoon departure. You'll need it to rest, refresh and double check your packing list.

» Purchase everything in advance, including air, hotel and activities, to make your honeymoon as carefree as possible. Buy travel insurance.

» Make wedding-related purchases with credit cards that earn you airline miles, hotel points and other rewards that can be applied to your honeymoon.

» Sign up for a honeymoon registry and give guests the option of contributing cash or purchasing little indulgences such as a couples massage, a sightseeing excursion or a special dining experience.

» Beware of terms like “honeymoon package” or “honeymoon upgrade.” You might be paying for things you don’t really care about or need.

» Check your passport. The expiration date must be six months beyond your scheduled return. Your last name on your passport must match the last name on your airline ticket and other reservation documentation. If you’re changing your name post-wedding, wait until after the honeymoon. If you don’t have a passport, apply early to avoid rush fees and have it issued under your maiden name.

» Make a mental note: Beginning in 2021, U.S. citizens will be required to have prior authorization for travel to Europe. Currently, U.S. citizens may travel to Europe for up to 90 days with only a passport. The mandate involves the 26 countries in the European Schengen-zone, including Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Spain and Switzerland. Learn more at

» Travel with your certificate of marriage. Many hotels require proof of marriage to take advantage of special amenities exclusively for honeymooning couples.

» Work with a travel advisor. You're planning a wedding. Let them take over the stress of planning the honeymoon.

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