Check out early: Tips for a memorable wedding night

Remember, you only get one wedding night in your marriage, so make the best of it. The key is to get as early a start as possible. Check out of the reception as early as you can without it seeming rude. Then head straight to the room. It helps if you can stay in the hotel where the reception is, as we did. My husband bought these little scented candles and put them everywhere in the room. Actually, there were too many, and it was too bright. So the first thing we did was to find this exciting way to go around, one by one, and put them out. The most important thing is to have fun, be creative, and go all night long.

Anonymous, Gerry, N.Y.; number of wedding guests: 100

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You don’t have to go straight from the wedding to the honeymoon. We did that, and we were so exhausted from the wedding weekend, we could barely find the energy to enjoy our honeymoon. Of course, we didn’t have one of those relaxing-on-a-Hawaiian-beach kind of honeymoons; we went trekking in Nepal.

Ellen, Kirkland, Wash.; number of wedding guests: 175

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Don’t leave on your honeymoon until Tuesday if you are married on a Saturday. It was nice to have an easy Sunday with family and friends, go home and relax, and then spend Monday packing and running any last-minute errands before leaving on Tuesday morning. You also don’t have the stress of packing for your honeymoon while trying to prepare for your wedding.

Josh, St. Petersburg, Florida; number of wedding guests: 250

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Tell everybody you see that you’re on your honeymoon — waiters, flight attendants, gate agents, hotel clerks, shop owners, you name it. You’ll get lots of free deals, upgrades, and special little perks!

Ellen, Kirkland, Wash.; number of wedding guests: 175

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Anybody who’s too burned out or too ‘liberated’ to get laid on his wedding night is pretty lame, and will have to live with that for the rest of his life. But I fear for a world in which having sex on your wedding night is no big deal.

Anonymous, Bluefield, West Virginia; number of wedding guests: 175

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Her grandparents owned some cabins near a beach, so we spent our honeymoon weekend there with both sets of parents. It was pretty cool — everybody had a really good time, and my wife and I still had plenty of alone time. Even better, including our parents reinforced strong family values from the beginning.

Anthony Manuel, Kinder, Louisiana; number of wedding guests: 20

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