Every couple wants to have the perfect honeymoon full of romance, adventure and good times that cement their marriage. To ensure that you achieve that amazing trip, check out these seven tips. They’re guaranteed to steer you in the direction of newlywed bliss.
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1. Give Yourself Time
While wedding planning is paramount before your big day, don’t leave honeymoon planning to the last minute! Start thinking about where and when you’d like to honeymoon as soon as you set your wedding date. This will allow you ample time to do research, ensure you can book your perfect place and possibly take advantage of specials or early booking deals.
Decide what the most important aspects of the honeymoon are for both of you. Do you want swank accommodations or is an amazing secluded beach more important? Are you willing to fly a few extra hours to achieve both or do you want to prioritize a direct flight? Knowing what you’re both looking for and what you’re willing to compromise on will make selecting your ideal location easier.
3. Be Realistic
Pick the place and style of trip that is perfect for you. There is no need to keep up with the Jones’s on honeymoons. A recipe for misery is trying to out-do another couple and spending thousands of dollars to spend seven plus days somewhere you don’t like, doing things that aren’t fun for you. If you are happiest drinking margaritas by the pool...do that anywhere you want. The important thing is to begin your marriage happy and enjoying each other’s company.
4. Involve a Professional
While you may enjoy reading books and blogs on locations and creating the perfect itinerary to best enjoy an exotic locale...your honeymoon is the time to involve a travel planner. An agent can take care of every possible detail (so you have more time for wedding planning), suggest locations that you haven’t thought of, and typically can get you honeymoon upgrades that aren’t listed on resort websites. Travel agents are also there for you if your flights are cancelled or bad weather threatens to wreck your honeymoon.
5. Get Insurance
Honeymoons are a large investment of money and dreams, so safeguard yours with travel insurance. That way if one of you ends up incredibly sick, a family member has an emergency or a hurricane is pounding your intended destination you haven’t lost your honeymoon and have the option to postpone it or find an alternate locale. Just knowing that your honeymoon is covered will help you rest easier throughout your entire wedding planning process.
6. Live it Up
You’re officially married...so now is the time to celebrate your newlywed status! While it is important to unwind from your wedding, it is also the perfect time to be adventurous and try new activities together. The memories you make now will last a lifetime (don’t forget to take pictures). My husband and I still talk about the rainforest mud massage we had on our honeymoon nine years ago!
7. Let Your Guests Help
Excited to indulge in a variety of activities while on your honeymoon, but have a tight budget? Consider using a honeymoon registry site like Honeymoon Wishes, which allows your guests to gift specific things like a couple’s massage or contribute funds towards your honeymoon.
These seven tips should help ensure that you plan the perfect trip. No matter where you go and what you do on your honeymoon, I wish you the time of your newlywed lives!
— Danielle Tate
As a successful entrepreneur, Danielle is a name change expert, on-camera personality, writer, author of a top rated Google newlywed blog and a bridal magazine contributor. It was a 13-hour struggle to change her name after getting married in 2005 that prompted Danielle to leave her medical sales career to develop and launch MissNowMrs.com . Wanting to save other brides countless hours of hassle, Danielle researched name-changing laws and rules in all 50 states to streamline and implemented her unique three-step, 30-minute online service. She is also the founder of MarriedNameGame.com , the original proprietary name change algorithm to determine your ideal married name, and GetYourNameBack.com , an online service dedicated to helping women get their name back after divorce.