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Honeymoon Like a Rock Star

Unless you're Ben and Jen II, chances are you're not going to be borrowing Bruce Willis's private villa in Turks and Caicos. But don't call Motel 6 just yet -- there are tons of ways to get A-list treatment on your big trip.

Charge It
Get a credit card that gives you frequent-flier miles. (Make sure to get one that gives you bonus miles just for signing up.) Then start charging every single item you buy. You'll be surprised how quickly the miles add up -- scoring you free seats and upgrades.

Think Again
The best room at a three-star hotel often equals regal treatment, as opposed to an average room at a top-notch hotel.

Spend Wisely
Ask your travel agent where your money will go the farthest. You'll spend about the same per night in Fiji as you would in Bora Bora, but you’ll get added luxuries like a candlelit dinner on the beach or a day of snorkeling, all for no extra charge, as well as all your meals.

Share the Love
Telling people that you're on your honeymoon often wins you free perks, like room upgrades or complimentary drinks at dinner. (Keep in mind that you're more likely to get freebies if you go somewhere more remote, like Thailand, than if you're at a popular honeymoon destination, like Hawaii.)

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Honeymoon Planning: Honeymoon Basics

Before you can leave for your amazing honeymoon, you obviously need to (both) decide where to go. We make it easy.

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Can't decide between mai tais on the beach or sipping Bordeaux in Provence? Here's how to pinpoint your perfect place and plan your trip painlessly.

Get Suggestions

Ask friends and travel agents to help find your ideal vacation spot. Many brides and grooms opt for a sunny beach destination like Hawaii or a cruise to the Caribbean or Mexico, but there's no law that says you can't do something more off the beaten path, like hiking the Andes or ice climbing in Antarctica. Remember that the best source of advice is often other couples -- so log on to TheKnot.com/talk and chat with others about their experiences.

Focus

Figure out your priority -- beautiful weather, working your budget, or jet-setting to your dream destination -- and begin there. Summer can be a scorcher in many areas, like Mexico or the Bahamas, but places like Hawaii have great weather year-round, and going during the off-season can land you some great deals. If you've been dreaming of Costa Rica ever since you slipped on that engagement ring, we won't be the ones to stop you, even if you are getting married in the heart of the rainy season. But be realistic -- as much as you love canoodling in bed, you won’t want to be stuck inside for your entire trip. Tip: If you have your heart set on a place that isn't good weather-wise, think about postponing. In the meantime, spend an extra night or two at your wedding hotel, or sneak away to a local B&B for a few days to unwind after the wedding.

Compromise

If you and your fiancé don't agree, remember that marriage is all about give and take. "Try combining different interests," says Katharine D. Dyson, author of 100 Best Romantic Resorts of the World. "If one person wants a more active trip, go to a beach resort that offers scuba diving or horseback riding." You can also split up your vacation -- spend a few days relaxing at a Tuscan villa, then go to Rome to sightsee.

Plan

Though most of us are used to booking our own trips online, an agent can help even the most avid globe-trotter plan the perfect honeymoon. "Some resorts may put pictures that are misleading on their websites or in their brochures," says Renee Duane-Meyer of UnforgettableHoneymoons.com. "A good agent who's been there will give you an accurate description." Savvy agents can find you great travel packages, or get you insider discounts. Don't be discouraged by agents who charge a small fee -- they'll often waive it for couples who book with them. If something unexpected happens while you're away -- you miss your connecting flight, or a hurricane hits -- your agent can help by rearranging your flight or getting you home in a hurry. Tip: Make sure you have an after-hours number where your travel agent can be reached in case of an emergency.

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