and here's why...
Time. Documents take a long time to arrive, from the marriage certificate to the passport, it can be weeks before it is all sorted out. Most couples don't have enough time between the wedding and the honeymoon to make a name change.
Free name changes. If you don't currently have a passport in any name, you may be tempted to get it in your married name. DON'T FALL FOR THAT TRAP! As mentioned above, you simply don't have the time to get the proper documentation. And there is good news, the State Department will allow you to change your name within 12 months of issuance. So although it requires a bit more form filling... you will be able to complete a name change when you return from your honeymoon without stressing about getting everything in time!
(NOTE: Don't let it slip past 12 months, it will be more costly and time consuming)
Additionally, if you are renewing your passport within a year of the name change; there is no cost to change your name.
Original Blog post 6/16/2016, updated 7/23/18
Travel Agents travel frequently; both for business and pleasure. They are great resources for all things travel. I put together a list of items that many travel agent don't leave home without!
That's right! The multi-uses of duct tape transcend daily life and make a great travel product. Use on broken zippers or shoes, to close blinds or closets, honestly, the possibilities are endless!
So versatile! When cold, use as a blanket, if you need an extra outfit - it's an accessory, I once used mine as a strap when the handle on my bag broke!
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Recloseable Plastic Bags
Obviously for liquids, but you can also separate clothing and create space in your suitcase by squeezing out the air.
Noise Reduction Head Phones
Whether on the plane or in a hotel, keeping out unwanted noise is simple!
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Portable cell phone charger
No explanation needed!
What are some of your favorite travel items you don't leave home without?
Looking for a block of rooms for out of town guests for your Westchester, Rockland or NYC wedding? Crowne Plaza White Plains is the spot!
If you are having an affair with out of town guests, I highly recommend the Crowne Plaza in White Plains. It offers a great location, comfortable accommodations and courteous staff.
Guests arriving by car will have no problem driving to the hotel. I am the most directionally challenged person I know and I found it with ease! Anyone traveling by plane can catch a short, complimentary shuttle from the Westchester County Airport and be relaxing in a room in about 20 minutes. (Don’t be surprised to see the pilot there when you check-in, pilots are regulars at the Crowne Plaza!)
The guestrooms at the hotel are clean, spacious and welcoming. I particularly fell in love with the suite. It is the perfect space for a bridal party to get ready before a wedding. A guestroom is connected to the suite which is big enough to accommodate many people for things like hair, makeup, or nails. There is plenty of seating, a bathroom and a kitchenette. Spending a few hours with your family and friends in such a warm and welcoming space will certainly help with last minute jitters! I still remember the moments before my wedding, alone in a room waiting - I was so nervous, I begged a random attendant to stay with me!
While I was visiting, I enjoyed lunch at Whisk, the hotel bar/restaurant. I have many food allergies and the staff was very accommodating to my needs. I dipped a fresh roll in a bowl of chicken vegetable soup on a February afternoon and it hit the spot! If you prefer a quick bite you could head over to the Morning Mix Coffee Bar for something to go. As evening comes, a highly trained mixologist will create mini cocktails that you can enjoy with either a ‘big’ plate for a full meal or a ‘small’ plate for a lighter meal, but be sure to try the dessert, cheesecake lollipops- yum! Nightlife in White Plains is active, with Mamaroneck Ave. within walking distance international cuisine and some great local bars are easily accessible.
In addition to comfortable accommodations and a great location, the hotel offers guests a weight room, cardio workout room and a heated pool. High speed internet access is available throughout the hotel.
Crowne Plaza has exclusive offers for brides and grooms. Special rates are available for 10 or more room nights with no financial obligation for blocking up to 50 rooms per night. That is a great offer giving engaged couples lots of flexibility and time to gather their numbers. If you are interested in a block of rooms for out of town guests, please contact my friend Zully Perez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 914-821-1337. Crowne Plaza is located at 66 Hale Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601.
Hi! My name is Buffy and I am the owner of Sunlit Travel! I love to plan special occasions like HONEYMOONS! My favorite part is adding special touches to make the trip especially romantic or adding a fun surprise for the bride or groom!