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Why I Went to Mexico for my Fake Honeymoon

As you may or may not know, I’m pretty involved with the social media efforts Travelocity has going on. That is to say, The Roaming Gnome and I are pretty good friends. So far, we’ve traveled together to Los Angeles, South Carolina, Las Vegas, and most recently to Cancun, Mexico.

Excellence Resorts Playa Mujeres invited The Roaming Gnome to check out their resort. Considering The Roaming Gnome cannot travel alone, I got to tag along. His whole account of the trip can be seen on his Facebook page.

However, from my side, I can personally say it was amazing. While there, I met many couples, which further reinforced that this is a great place to honeymoon. The resort’s service, amenities, and prime location have me wanting to come back again for my real honeymoon.

What’s the Best Way to Bring a Wedding Dress on a Plane?

Dear Editors,

My friend is taking her poofy wedding dress to New Orleans and she doesn’t want to pack it.  What is the easiest way to take it on a plane and where will the attendants put it while flying? Thank you.


 Hi Jan,

Oh dear. Your friend attempting to carry her wedding dress on a commercial flight is a situation with disaster written all over it. I would advise your friend to avoid it if at all possible. You see, airlines are quite strict about the size of carry-on luggage (read more about the specifics here) and I’m having visions of your friend having to squish her beautiful dress into a ball to fit into a regulation-size bag. It will be a wrinkled mess when it arrives.

I just got a passport in my maiden name for my honeymoon, but I’m changing my name after the wedding. Do I need a new passport

Hi Carrie,

First of all, congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I’m planning one myself at the moment, so I applaud the fact that you found the time to apply for a passport in the middle of all the other wedding-related hooplah. It gets a little crazy at times.

Here’s the bad news though: since you’re planning on legally changing your name once you’re married, your passport will need to reflect that. As per the U.S. Department of State, all U.S. citizens must travel in their current, legal names.

As long as your ticket for your honeymoon is booked in your maiden name, though, and you don’t legally change from your maiden name to your married name before you leave—and I’m assuming you won’t have time—your current passport is totally fine for this trip. (Whew! One more thing you don’t have to handle before the wedding!)

What Makes a Good Honeymoon?

My fiance and I are in the middle of planning our honeymoon. Actually, that’s not really accurate: we’re more at the beginning of planning our honeymoon, and the reason is this: we just can’t decide where to go.

Say the word—go on, say it out loud, I’ll wait—and it immediately conjures up images of deserted white sand beaches and hammocks strung up between palm trees, right? At least, that’s what I picture when I picture a honeymoon. And at first I thought that would be pretty great: two long weeks of lying on the beach in the middle of nowhere, occasionally rolling over to rub in a little more sunscreen or order another margarita. Perfect, right?