With wedding season upon us in full force, so is honeymoon season. About 25-30 years ago, planning your honeymoon was a huge part of the wedding planning. A second wedding dress was the honeymoon dress, unlike now, where the second dress is usually another wedding dress. The couple would disappear well into the reception (usually around 11pm or midnight) change into their honeymoon attire and they would race out just when the party was starting, leaving the guests to enjoy the rest of the night. Keep in mind this was also a time when couples didn’t generally live together and hot destinations that they would spend a week focusing solely on each other was the norm.
Nowadays, this dash interrupting the reception to jet off to the Honeymoon is quite rare. Couples live together and have usually traveled together before so the honeymoon, although it is just as important, has a different vibe. Hot Destination are still very popular, however, couples are more and more interested in ‘bucket-list’ travel.
Anywhere from 10 days to 3 weeks going to a destination they have dreamed of going. Couples are more into touring a destination, going on excursions, adventure travel and specialty activities to tie into their romantic honeymoon. Culinary adventures, Wine tours, site-seeing tours and backpacking from city to city to skydiving, bungee jumping and swimming with dolphins. You can even have a honeymoon registry where guests can gift towards your trip.
Following are 5 important steps to help you when planning your honeymoon.
- Make a wish list. Write down your honeymoon vision. Are you both wanting a beach honeymoon or are you looking to explore Thailand? Brainstorm some of your top destinations based on both your desires.
- Decide on when the honeymoon will begin and how long you are able to go for. Many couples choose to leave for their honeymoon a few days or even weeks after their wedding and stay for longer than a week. There are many reasons for this. They may have out of town guests they are hosting, they may want to take a few days to get over the ‘wedding shock’ or it might just be a bad time to leave their jobs for an extended period of time.
- Set a realistic budget. Don’t base your budget on your wedding gifts or what you think you might get. Just like your wedding, plan your budget based on the monies you have on hand and that you can truly afford. If you are lucky enough to get gifts to support it, great, but if you don’t, you don’t want to start off your marriage in debt.
- Hire a Travel Agent or Honeymoon Planner. From creating a honeymoon registry and helping you decide on a location, they will take into consideration things based on their expertise. Things like the time of year, your budget, what the country may be going through politically (protests, strikes, weather) etc. A Professional is a definitely a must.
- Don’t forget your Travel Documents and Insurance. For many Countries your passport needs to be valid for 6 months post travel to be allowed into the Country. Some Countries also require you to have Visas and insurance to be permitted in. Make sure you are prepared. In addition, always get comprehensive travel and medical insurance. You never know what will happen. From bad weather or a bad flu that can leave you stranded a few more days. You want to have protection against all the ‘what if’s’ when traveling.
Will you be leaving for your honeymoon right after the wedding or will you be waiting a few days?