Destination Weddings

Glossary

All-inclusive

Items included in the hotel's room rate or the cruise fare, such as meals or entertainment.

Amenity

Special hotel or cruise-ship facilities, such as high-speed Internet access and an on-site fitness center.

Baggage Allowance

Enforced by passenger airlines; includes weight and size limitations for luggage, and number of bags allowed per passenger.

Blackout Periods

Days or periods of peak travel when special rates are suspended.

Cancellation Charges

A penalty fee, sometimes as high as 100 percent of the ticket or room rate cost, issued when a passenger cancels his or her reservation.

Charter Flights

Organized on a private or small-group basis by tour operators; can offer significant savings over commercial flights.

Complimentary Wedding

Offered by many chain resorts to couples who commit to a minimum-night stay or bring a certain number of guests to the company's property; often includes services of the on-site wedding coordinator, flowers, Champagne, and a wedding cake.

Concierge

A hotel or resort employee who helps guests secure restaurant reservations, show tickets, and more.

Connecting Flight

Requires passengers to switch planes at another airport en route to a final destination.

Direct Flight

Stops one or more times en route to a destination but does not require passengers to deplane.

Jet Lag

Fatigue from traveling through several time zones; can be combated by drinking water during the flight and adjusting your sleep schedule to the schedule you'll follow once you arrive in your destination.

Layover

The time between your first flight landing and your second flight departing for a connecting flight.

Nonstop Flight

Shuttles passengers directly to their destination without stops.

Passport/Visa

Documents that authorize one to enter a specific country.

Shoulder Season

The period of travel between peak and off-peak seasons, when travelers will be able to find deals, but still enjoy good weather and minimal crowds.

Vaccinations

Prevent infectious diseases; recommended for travelers heading to third-world countries.

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