How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon
There’s no doubt that planning a honeymoon can put a lot of pressure on a couple. From choosing the destination to planning a budget, vacation planning can be stressful. Invariably, you’ll be asked a hundred times over ‘where are you going on your honeymoon?’ by well-meaning friends and family. You’ll begin to feel as though it’s your duty to impress everyone with your lavish plans. Take a breath! Your honeymoon is for you as a couple and no one else. Relax, read through these top ten honeymoon-planning tips, and have fun with it!
Destination: choose a destination that you will both enjoy. If you’re a shopper and he isn’t, you don’t want to make him spend two weeks antiquing. If he’s a camper and you’re not, do you really want to spend a week in the great outdoors?
Travel agent: use one! An agent can often get you the best deals on airfare, tickets for shows and even accommodations. Remember, a professional may have access to sources that you do not.
Plan ahead: planning a honeymoon can’t be done in a week’s time. Start early to get the best deals.
Travel insurance: perhaps the most overlooked detail of any vacation, travel insurance can protect you from any mishaps during your trip.
Register: very few people know that there are such things as honeymoon registries. By registering, your wedding guests can contribute to your honeymoon in lieu of gifts, saving you a lot of money.
Tickets and passports: if you are leaving for your honeymoon directly after your wedding, your passports and tickets should be purchased in your maiden name. You don’t want to go through the hassle of your ID not matching any official documents, as you won’t have time to get a new ID before you leave.
Budgeting: decide on how much you want to spend and what you want to spend it on. Is your hotel room important to you? If so, use the bulk of your budget for a great suite. If having money for adventurous activities is more important, forego the fancy hotel.
Announce your status: some people don’t like to draw attention to themselves and this is a mistake! Airlines, hotels and even restaurants love to cater to newlyweds; take advantage of it.
Relax: take the first day or two of your honeymoon to just relax. Your wedding will be a big, busy, hectic day. Give yourselves some time to recover before throwing yourselves into honeymoon activities. Do the same at the end of your honeymoon! There’s nothing worse than snorkeling in Hawaii on Sunday and being in the office on Monday.
Itinerary: you’re honeymoon activities don’t have to be set in stone but, with a little bit of research and planning, you won’t feel like you missed something once you’ve gotten home.