Planning a honeymoon is nearly as fun as
planning the wedding.
Everyone wants their first trip together as husband and wife to be
memorable and this leads to the temptation of taking an 'anything
goes' approach. After all, it is likely that many cash gifts will be
received, so why not?
For one it is important to remember that cash will be needed when
the destination is reached, so it is important to use discretion
when making the arrangements. Many couples find that it is possible to have a wonderful honeymoon while sticking to a
A honeymoon should be planned as early as possible in the wedding
planning stage (wedding
planning timeline). This is especially true for those that intend to
travel to popular destinations during peak season. At a minimum the
funds for the honeymoon should be set aside when the
To determine the right budget it is important to think of
possibilities while being realistic. Think of things that both
parties enjoy in free time, and places only dreamed of. It is also
important to think of what will be done on the honeymoon. Use the
Internet or a travel agent to assist in honeymoon destinations and
Once the destination has been selected begin making travel
arrangements. Special deals are available but to find them takes
aggressive research. The honeymoon will likely be worth every effort
put into it. The best deals don't always involve getting the lowest
price, and many times the extras will turn this ordinary trip into
the dream honeymoon. Common deals include honeymoon suites with
beautiful views, or a welcome fruit basket or bottle of champagne.
There are more extravagant bonuses such as, a gourmet meal in the
suite or a dinner cruise available so be certain to inform the hotel
or resort that this is a honeymoon.
Travel arrangements should be firm three months in advance. It is
important to know the destination, and transportation arrangements
to and from the airports in both locations. Once the destination is
reached the rest of the honeymoon can run its course. Some day trips
can be planned in advance, and it is important to remember to check
vaccinations and passports if traveling out of the country.
A few weeks before departure, begin gathering the items needed for
the honeymoon; camera, film/memory cards, bathing suits, day and
evening attire, traveler's checks, tickets, documentation,
confirmation numbers for all reservations (include the person's name
if possible, and local currency. Set all of these things aside
As the approaching days become stressful dream of lazily lying
around the honeymoon suite with not a care in the world except
having to return home!