Amidst all the dreaming and scheming surrounding a wedding, couples surprisingly neglect one important thing: the honeymoon. Why is it so often put on the back burner? Whether it be budgetary or just lack of time for planning, spouses-to-be often put all the emphasis on the day of instead of their own getaway the day (or days) after. Whenever and wherever, the honeymoon is a wonderful way to de-stress after the wedding buzz and start your new journey in life together. Here’s our honeymoon planning tips to help it go off without a hitch.
1) Don’t leave it ‘til the last minute. We know, easier said than done. With all of the things to do – dress, venue, guest list – the honeymoon just doesn’t feel like a priority. However, you won’t realize how badly you crave that special getaway with your new spouse until the time is upon you. Planning ahead helps ease the stress, can be more affordable, and is a fun thing to share just between you two.
2) Get help. While you and your hubby-to-be want to dream and plan it, a professional travel planner can listen to your vision and create a trip with things you didn’t even know existed. Plus, there are perks such as free upgrades and little-known places that your travel expert can offer. By allowing a planner to handle time-consuming details, you’re free to focus your time and energy on the big day.
3) Skip the morning after departure. While it may sound romantic to be whisked off the day-after, you will likely be exhausted, disorganized, and may want to take a few days to savor the moment with close friends and family. We don’t suggest delaying it significantly as the honeymoon has its very special place in your nuptial celebration. Just don’t feel the pressure to run out the next day.
4) Create a reasonable itinerary. Whether you’re taking a safari in the jungle or unplugging on a remote beach, ultimately, you want to relax and enjoy one another. Don’t fall into the trap of trying to see everything – hopping locations day to day will be tiring and can dampen your honeymoon. What might seem like a great idea leads to constant repacking, check-outs, and waiting at ports or airports. Try to stay at least 2-3 nights in each place.
5) Decide what counts. Pick a place, vibe, and budget that suits you…don’t just jump on the first cheap travel deal you see or take someone else’s honeymoon. Chances are it might not live up to your expectations. You and your partner are like no other, so plan a trip that uniquely suits you. Think about what kind of adventure, or retreat, would be best for you both. After all, this is your first journey of many.