Honeymoon: Should Mom Pick Our Trip?

Q:

My mom offered to pay for our honeymoon and, without asking, booked a cruise to Mexico leaving the day after our wedding. Am I wrong for being mad?

A:

It's a sweet gesture, but since it's your honeymoon, it's understandable that you want to be the ones deciding where and when to go, and you don't want any negative feelings concerning your trip. Tell her gently that you're very appreciative but that you would prefer to book a cruise for a later date. If a cruise is out of the question, you might instead ask her to cover the hotel room in the honeymoon destination of your choice.

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