After all of the planning involved with a wedding, you need a break after your big day. What better way to unwind than to plan the perfect honeymoon? Whether you are interested in lounging on a beautiful beach or touring Europe, these tips will help you plan a honeymoon to remember.
Nine Months to a Year before the Honeymoon
When planning your honeymoon, starting early is recommended. At nine months to a year before your wedding, you should sit down with your fiancé and determine where you are interested in going. Take the time to research destinations and check for any travel warnings for the country you would like to visit.
During the initial stages of planning, determining a budget is important. Consider the cost of your wedding when deciding on an appropriate amount to spend on your honeymoon. You should also discuss the best time to take your honeymoon; some people like going immediately after their wedding, while others like to pick a more convenient time.
Many couples these days have a honeymoon registry; that is, guests can pay for different aspects of your honeymoon. If you are interested in using one of these registries, you should plan your honeymoon well in advance of your wedding so guests have time to contribute.
Six Months to Nine Months before the Honeymoon
After you have decided where you want to go, when you want to go, and how much you want to spend, you can begin making travel arrangements. If you lack the time to plan your honeymoon, hiring a travel agent may be a good idea. However, if you like being hands-on and are interested in saving a little money, you can easily do this yourself.
During this time, you will want to book your airline reservations as well as a hotel, resort, or cruise. Keep in mind—when making reservations, use your maiden name. Depending on when you’ve decided you’d like to go, you may not have enough time to change your passport or visas before going on your honeymoon.
When buying your plane tickets, you should be mindful of the time schedules; if you are going on your honeymoon right after your wedding, you want to be sure to allow yourself enough time to recuperate from the festivities.
Many hotels, resorts, and cruises offer online booking, which makes it easy to pick the type and location of the room you desire as well as any amenities you’d like to add. Be sure to mention that this is your honeymoon as many places offer extras for this special occasion.
While the planning stage is very exciting, you should take care of some practical matters to ensure a flawless trip. When booking everything, be sure to keep your reservation confirmations. Buying travel insurance is highly recommended; this way, should anything happen, you’ll be able to rebook your trip and won’t be stuck with paying for a honeymoon you weren’t able to go on. You should also research your destination to determine if any vaccinations are required.
Three Months to Six Months before the Honeymoon
If you are traveling out of the country for your honeymoon, this is a good time to apply for or renew your passport. You should also do some research to determine if you need a travel visa for the trip.
Do you have pets? If so, you should begin making arrangements for a pet sitter or boarding. Knowing that your pets will be well taken care of will give you peace of mind during your vacation. You should also ask a neighbor or friend to watch your house, check your mail, and water your plants while you are away.
Last Two Months Before the Honeymoon
In the last few months before your honeymoon, you should put a friend or family member’s address down on your registry to avoid missing any packages while you are away. You could also ask someone to come by your house to pick up any packages. Some companies will even allow you to put a hold on your registry and will resume mailing once you return.
Reconfirm your reservations to avoid any unexpected surprises down the road and be sure that you have all of your tickets and reservations ready for your trip. You may want to make photocopies of these things as well as your passports and any credit cards you are taking with you.
In the days before your wedding, take some time to pack the essentials for your honeymoon and label all of your luggage. If you are going to carry on any liquids, be sure to buy regulation-size containers.
A honeymoon is a great way to enjoy your first few days as husband and wife. Thanks to careful planning, you are sure to have the trip of a lifetime.
Lisa is a special needs teacher and a hugger. She always makes time for everyone and lightens up everybody’s lives with her presence. When she is not chasing her students around the yard, she finds time to write about what she truly loves, and you guessed it, its people and relationships.