When you’re in the midst of planning a wedding, the honeymoon can seem like a welcome break from the stress of nuptials.
Whether you’re trekking through the mountains at sunrise, or relaxing in a pool by the beach at sunset, your honeymoon should be exactly what you want after your wedding. Here are some tips to ensure that your honeymoon is as perfect as your marriage.
Set a Budget
This should really be done before any other preparations. Your budget will decide where you go, how long you stay, and what activities you can participate in.
Once you have your budget set, you can move ahead with the planning. But the last thing you want is to be worrying about money on your honeymoon.
And early means earlier than you would normally plan any other trip. When you’re in the whirlwind of wedding planning, hotel reservations can get lost between cake tastings and linen decisions. Honeymoons.com says to make your plans before the wedding plans really get kicked into high gear so that you aren’t worrying about finding a rental car as you’re walking down the aisle.
Use the Right Name
You’re going on your honeymoon, the first getaway as a married couple, and you want to use your new name, right? Wrong.
If you’re leaving right after the wedding, you won’t have time to legally change your last name. Put plane tickets and hotel reservations in your maiden name, and bring a copy of your marriage certificate to explain away any last name discrepancies on passports or driver’s licenses.
Get an Agent
If you really want your honeymoon to go off without a hitch, She Knows suggests using a travel agent. He or she can make all the reservations and arrangements for you, and if something does go wrong, you’ll know exactly who to call to make it right. This takes a lot of the stress off you so that you can enjoy your wedding, and subsequent honeymoon, without sweating the details.
Talk to your fiancé about what you both want from your honeymoon. Do you want strictly relaxation time, or something with some more adventure? Are you looking for an all-inclusive resort? Maybe you would like a resort that is exclusively adults, no kids allowed. Or perhaps a luxury travel experience, like a trip from Absolute Travel.
If you discuss what you both want, you’ll avoid hotel room bickering about what to do that day, and be much happier when the much-needed vacation finally comes around.
You’ll only get to experience your honeymoon once, so make sure that everything is exactly the way you want it. Set a budget (and stick to it!), start early, get an agent, and communicate with your fiance. If you keep these tips in mind, your honeymoon will be the perfect getaway after the wedding, and the best way to start your new marriage.
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As a honeymoon specialist at Absolute Travel, Robyn Mark has traveled to many exotic destinations – most recently to Brazil. She currently lives in Brooklyn and always looks forward to weekend’s upstate to take part in anything outdoors.