Your wedding is usually a collaborative effort with family and friends (depending on what type of bride you are). The honeymoon destination is the first big decision you will make as a couple. Not all couples take a honeymoon, but if you can, I highly recommend it. It is nice to be able to take time after all the big hoopla to relax and enjoy each other as husband and wife.
1. Decide on a budget. Does your wallet allow for an around the world tour, a Motel 6 or somewhere in between? It is important to determine how much you can spend, and how much you would like to spend before hand. You can even opt to utilizing some of your wedding gift money towards this, however, if you have other big purchases you are considering (i.e buying a home, etc.) then you may want to stray away from that.
2. Discuss your ideas of a perfect vacation. It’s likely your spouse may have one idea of a perfect vacation and you may have another. Who wants to explore an exotic location? Who wants to lay in the sun all day on the beach? Make a list of things that mean the most you, and compare notes. Marriage calls for a lot of compromise, and this is a place to start.
3. Pick your destination. This is obviously something that has to be done. Most resorts adjust their rates seasonally. For example, it is cheaper to visit the Caribbean during the US’s typical spring and summer months (April – September), and ski resorts who offer additional activities outside of snow season will also be less expensive.
4. Use a timeshare. If you have access to a timeshare these are great to use to cut cost, and have the ability to select from any unique destination your heart desires. Remember, most timeshares that have the all-inclusive option will require a fee to use that service upon arrival. It is worth the fee to be able to enjoy all the amenities without worry.
5. If you’re going abroad, leave plenty of time to make sure your passport is current and you have any visas required. You will want to ensure you have these necessary travel items well before the wedding. I also highly recommend unless traveling months after your wedding for the bride to book this under her maiden name and wait until your return to legally change your name, and update your passport information.
6. When you make reservations, let the resort know you’re honeymooning. People will want to please you (in the hope that you’ll return). You may get upgraded to a better room at no charge, receive a welcome bottle of champagne, and who knows what else.
7. Protect your privacy. This is especially important if you have a destination wedding, where the guests tend to hang around. A honeymoon is for the two of you, period. No kids, no pets, no company.
8. Use a travel agent. It doesn’t cost any additional money, and he or she can make all the travel arrangements without you having to worry about them. And, if something goes wrong, you’ll have someone you know to call to correct the issue. (If you are using a timeshare a travel agent is not necessary)
9. Do nothing. Yes, do nothing! It is great to know you will have a variety of options in terms of things to see and do, but, this is your honeymoon. Enjoy each other, take quiet dinners on the beach. Get a private cabana and lounge by the pool all day. You have been busy the last few months planning your wedding now is time to relax and enjoy your spouse.
10. Have fun and enjoy each other.