Honeymoon mix-up

Post by Katie Dunne for the Laughter Lover series.


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When I think of “Love Laughter,” the first thing that comes to mind is my husband, Matt. He makes me laugh like no one else can, and I obviously love him a lot! We just celebrated our first wedding anniversary on the first of November, so it is the perfect time for me to reminisce and share the story of our honeymoon mix-up.

We went to the Riviera Maya in Mexico, ready for a relaxed vacation by the pool. It was an all-inclusive resort so we didn’t have to think of anything; we could order drinks and room service at all times, and did not have a care in the world.

The first time I picked up the phone to inquire about pool towels, I was greeted by the desk and since they saw my room number they addressed me by my name, Mrs. Daniels. However, Daniels is my maiden name, not my new married name! When I got off the phone, I told Matt and he thought it was funny, until the next morning when he called for room service and they addressed us by saying “Mr. and Mrs. Daniels.”

His response? “That’s going to be a problem.”

When we went out to eat that night, we were addressed by my maiden name again, and while it was getting funnier to me, my husband was getting more and more frustrated. Marriage is an exciting time and since we had just gotten married we wanted to be called by our new last name for the first time (at least by strangers). When we got back to the room Matt called the front desk to tell them it was Mr. and Mrs. Dunne, not Daniels.

My assumption is that I was the first name on the room list, so they just took my last name as our last name, although I’m not exactly sure what happened; they didn’t tell us. They did however apologize…but it was too late.

The next day, we got the resort newsletter, where on the back it said “Happy Honeymoon to Mr. and Mrs. Daniels!” I laughed even harder at that, and kept it for future scrapbooking endeavors. 🙂

So, now we were “Mr. and Mrs. Dunne,” which I was excited to hear from people, because it was so new to me, and being someone’s wife is pretty exciting. After spending two years planning one day of life, you want a little validation of your awesome accomplishment, right?

Things got even funnier though, when no one at the resort could pronounce Dunne. Sometimes we were the Dunnes (Dones), but at times we were the Dunes (Doons), and we even became the Dunnés (Doo-nays) at on point, which made me feel fancy and French.

We spent a week at this all-inclusive resort, and even though we had to kept telling everyone that “It’s Dunne, not Daniels,” or “It’s Dunne, not Dune,” it was a great time, and I would totally go back. Before we even checked in we were handed strawberry daiquiris, and I think I took an afternoon nap every day we were there; you can’t get more fantastic than that!


Through her event company Expertly Dunne Events, Katie Dunne helps stressed out hostesses who feel lost and overwhelmed to clam down, regroup, and plan the best party ever. 

She believes that a happy hostess should feel like a guest at her own party, so she can enjoy herself and spend time with her friends, rather than worrying about filling glasses and tending to the coat check all night. 
To find out more, visit www.ExpertlyDunneEvents.com.

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