For you two, a little prep goes a long way in ensuring a glitch-free wedding getaway and memory-making honeymoon. For your guests, it means a trip that will live on in their minds, hearts, and Facebook photos.
Get Outta There
And go someplace far, far away after you tie the knot. Unless you want to share your romantic rendezvous with your family and friends, "don't honeymoon in the same location where you married," says JoAnn Gregoli. "Move to another hotel or, better yet, another island, country, or continent."
But Don't Split Too Soon
It's tempting to skedaddle the morning after; however, you'll need time to go over the charges on your bill carefully before settling up, says Light.
Or Just Honeymoon Later
To stretch out the celebration (and avoid a lengthy job absence), consider postponing your honeymoon. "A lot of couples don't want to pack for two different places, so they take a vacation about six months later," says Sasha Souza. That also allows you more time to save up for a fabulous trip, too.
If You Do 'Moon, Off-Load Your Gown
Ask your MOH to bring it back with her (she can call this her wedding present to you!). Some planners, including Lisa Light, will personally escort your gown home, have it professionally cleaned and preserved, and then ship it to you.
It seems like a no-brainer to have your registry items sent to your home address, but some of the more clueless (albeit generous!) guests will still show up with a present in hand. To reduce those numbers, have family and attendants discreetly spread the word that it would be more convenient if guests didn't lug loot to the destination. Nonetheless, be prepared (or delegate someone) to pack or ship items.
See It Home Yourself
Take at least one copy of your wedding video with you when you leave, or, thanks to Murphy's Law, "you may never see it again," says Gregoli. The same goes for your marriage certificate.
Share the Love
Some couples opt to live-stream their vows online for friends and family who are unable to attend. That said, it can be stressful to add another technical element to a wedding. Instead, "you can throw a party back home for those who couldn't make it, where you can show your wedding DVD," suggests Gregoli. Posting images online -- or just giving your attendees permission and encouragement to do so -- is another fun and easy way to let armchair travelers share in your wedding bliss remotely.
Expand Your Circle of Guests
If there's one special person who couldn't make the wedding, take her out to dinner when you get back. "That will mean more to her than just watching a live feed of your wedding on the Internet," says Lucy Swift Weber. After all, one of the best things about a wedding celebration is its ability to keep spreading joy long after the last guest leaves the party.