As I mentioned in our honeymoon recaps HERE, HERE , and HERE, we had an absolute ball. We had the greatest time and truly enjoyed ourselves. There are a few things, though, that I wish someone would have told me, so here I am today letting you know in case you are honeymooning in the future or going on a vacation with your man!
1. Check with your travel agent or tickets to ensure that you know EXACTLY what time your flight leaves!
Remember when I was so extremely calm before our wedding because everything was done? Well, I forgot one
minor major detail. I had our passports and plane tickets in a drawer ready to take with us to Charlotte. For some odd reason, I kept telling myself that our flight was at 11. Actually, it was at 9:40 and we flew out of Charlotte. After crying to my mom, valet parking, crying to a ticket agent, pulling the "we're newlyweds" card, cutting everyone in the security line, and two hours of delays, we actually got on the plane. For international flights you are supposed to check in at least one hour ahead of time. We made it to the ticket counter at 8:47, seven minutes late. Thank the good Lord we made it. I was a mess. Also, valet park. It is only a little more expensive than regular parking. When your car is waiting for you at the terminal instead of you hopping on a bus and waiting and walking... I promise you'll thank me later.
2. Instead of leaving Sunday after the wedding, leave on Monday.
Sunday is such a busy travel day anyway and if you are tired (or hungover
like us), you won't feel like you wasted an entire day. We went to bed at 7:30 pm on Sunday night after ordering room service. We were wiped out physically and emotionally. Sunday you can also see your friends and family one more time, especially if they live far away like Tyler's family does. We honestly didn't get to say goodbye, but they partied one more time at my parents' house.
3. If you go to an all-inclusive resort, there are extra things you need to bring:
Exhibit A: Large Cups
Most all-inclusive resorts give you little cafeteria cups! They hold barely even a can of beer! We were constantly going back and forth to the bar. The old people at our resort knew to bring a big tumbler or bubba keg shown above. I'd check out my girl Crystal's boutique and get a cute monogrammed tumbler for the trip!
Exhibit B: Umbrellas and Bug Spray
It rained and we got soaked and the bugs ate me alive. Need I say more? Oh and extra sunscreen if you are going to be in the sun alot. We went through 1.5 bottles and STILL got burned. Eeessh.
4. Take lots of small bills for tipping.
We made the huge mistake of only taking big bills with us. Ty's parents had given us some cash and that was honestly the only cash we had, but we couldn't tip the doorman $50!!! And the ATM was always broken. And you can't barter with the Jamaicans when you have a large bill. Lots and lots of $1 and $5!!
5. Take a copy of your marriage license.
Some places give you a discount on things at the resort! We got a free 25 minutes couples massage for proving that we were just married! I frantically emailed my mom to call and get our minister to email me a copy or picture of it! Ohhhh AND BEFORE the wedding make sure everything is correct. My birthday was wrong so I still haven't even begun to officially change my name.
So, there you have it. Charlotte and Tyler's list of things they wish they had known prior to leaving for Jamaica! But like I said, we still had an awesome time! Hope these help. Feel free to ask me specifics if you need to!