Your big day is almost here and you and your fiancé are both looking forward to the honeymoon. You've finally decided on the perfect destination and made your reservations; you've shopped for new clothes and probably started packing; you've even ordered travel brochures and set aside the ones you want to bring along.
After all that planning, not to mention your excitement, the last thing you want is a mistake in your reservations that leaves you spending your wedding night at the nearest Motel 6!
Check In With Your Hotel
A few weeks before your planned arrival, give your hotel a call and confirm your stay. This will not only save you from the heartache and stress of a lost or misunderstood reservation, but will also be the perfect opportunity to ask any other questions you may have and ensure that you're prepared. If you haven't already, be sure to write down your confirmation number before ending the call!
Things You Should Ask
Hotels don't always follow the same policies, nor do they all have the same regulations and rules. Take the time to ask any questions you may have about your hotel's procedures when you call, especially if you're traveling out of the country.
Here are a few things you should discuss when you check in with your hotel:
- Confirm the reservations. Verify the date and time of your arrival, your room type, the length of your stay, and your confirmation number.
- Payments. Is the remainder of your balance due when you arrive or will you need to send it earlier? Also discuss the types of payment accepted by the hotel if you haven't already.
- Dining. Your wedding day will be quite busy so there's a good chance you'll arrive at your hotel rather late - not to mention hungry! Will room service be available when you get to your room or is there a nearby restaurant that's open late?
- Transportation. If you're flying to your honeymoon destination, does the hotel offer transportation to and from the airport?
- Documentation. Some hotels, especially those outside the US, will require a copy of your passport and/or identification card before your arrival.
- Foreign currency. Does the hotel offer a currency exchange service if you're going out of the country?
If you have any other questions about your stay, this is the time to ask. It's also a good idea to find out if there are any special events or local celebrations being held during your time there and ask the hotel representative if there is anything else you should know or need before checking in.