Wedding Guide: Honeymoon hints

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— One word of advice: Don’t put off your honeymoon. After all the hoopla surrounding your special day, you and your loved one deserve a much-needed break from all that socializing.

Celebrating the beginning of married life, just like your wedding day honeymoons should be tailored to both of your interests (not a golf trip for him, or spa tour for her).

Depending on your budget and time constraints, consider someplace special you wouldn’t normally visit, and plan a minimum of a week (hopefully more) to enjoy your stay.

For many newlyweds in Steamboat, this means a beachside vacation in the tropics, be it the Caribbean, Mexico, Costa Rica or Hawaii. Those yearning for adventure gravitate toward destinations offering such activities as surfing, kite-boarding, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking and more.

Whatever your interest, bear in mind a few important details, says Julie Rabbitt, owner of Steamboat Reservations and Travel. First is the cost. Expect to spend at least $3,000, she says, and plan for it ahead of time. “For that, you can usually get a really nice all-inclusive resort in some place like Mexico,” she says. She adds that certain resorts, like the Sandals chain, are for couples only, making your stay even more relaxing.

You also need to decide if you want to go all-inclusive, which, while providing food, alcohol and lodging at a set price, are oftentimes larger, spelling less intimacy.

Third, she adds, is timing. While most couples take their honeymoons right away, jobs and cost — especially in a ski town — can be a deterrent. Those on a budget or with job constraints can book an offseason trip (April, May, September and October) and save significantly.

Wherever you go, decide on a destination well beforehand. Rabbitt suggests booking your trip at least three months in advance to secure the best rates. And if traveling abroad, make sure your passports are valid. Even with a sympathetic ticket clerk, a marriage certificate will only get you so far.

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