Photo: Courtesy of Secrets Resorts & Spas
1. Go to the hotel's website.
Some resorts have a company policy that the best rates are always on their site so do check those numbers before booking elsewhere.
2. Call the resort directly.
If anyone is empowered to offer a better deal, and at the very least help you pick out the right room (we like an ocean view that's on a high non-smoking floor and away from the elevator) it's the people who are on-site on the property itself, rather than at the corporate headquarters, which may be in another location.
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3. Explain that you're honeymooners — every time you talk to someone.
Resorts aren't just romantics: It's smart business to cater to honeymooners because they're more likely to be repeat customers over the years as the resort will always have a sentimental value for them. (Admit it: If you have a great time, you'd probably love to come back again and again for key anniversaries.) So, if there's something they can do to get your business, make sure they know you'll be celebrating your wedding. They may mark your reservation the first time you mention it, but just in case they don't be sure to mention the fact on subsequent calls.
4. See if they can match a deal.
Sure, it's a long shot — but if you get the right manager on the phone and explain that the nearby hotel with the similar room rates is offering a special that includes breakfast or airport transfers, it's possible that you can get a similar package, too.
5. Ask for an upgrade.
When you go to check in on arrival, be sure to ask — quietly, so you don't force them to give everyone in line a bump up — if they have any upgrades to a room with a better view or even a suite available. If you're polite, and they have the rooms open, you just may get lucky.
6. Be social.
Tag the hotel in any posts you make on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter — in the days leading up to the wedding, on the day you travel to the resort, and once on your honeymoon. You may get a congratulations tweet from the resort, and some resorts are even slicker with seriously sophisticated social media teams that may offer to buy you a toast at the pool bar.