The only thing that could make it an even more of a special day is knowing you’re jetting off somewhere incredible on honeymoon afterward. Just you, the love of your life, and the words “I do” still fresh on the tip of your tongue.
But we understand planning a major getaway while also trying to orchestrate one the most important days of your life and keeping the future in-laws happy could get a little stressful.
But it doesn’t need to be, we promise.
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Whether you’re planning to hike to Everest base camp, backpack around Southeast Asia, or lay on a beach for two weeks straight, apply these helpful tips and watch the stress of planning a honeymoon melt away.
Make sure you’re on the same page
Just because you’re getting married doesn’t mean you have to agree on absolutely everything.
Keeping your own opinions and values is healthy. However, you will have to decide on whether you both want to go on a honeymoon.
While this may sound obvious to you, your partner might want to save for a mortgage, a more significant future vacation, home renovations, or prepare for the pitter-patter of tiny feet.
If this is the case, you’ll both have to compromise. Suggest going on a budget vacation or having a luxurious staycation instead.
Get planning early
If you’re both up for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon, then decide together where you want to go or at least the region you want to visit.
Start by collecting vacation brochures, ask anyone and everyone for trip suggestions, and trawl the internet for recommendations.
Often, wedding days aren’t as magical as the couple had hoped either because of meddling outsiders tampering with plans or because the two most important people didn’t speak up enough.
But a honeymoon doesn’t need to be like this.
Do plenty of research beforehand to avoid monsoon or mayfly seasons, for example, and don’t make any hasty decisions without comparing prices and deals.
Alternatively, don’t plan a thing
Once you decide on a destination, you could just let a professional travel agent prepare everything for you.
While this may be pricier than booking everything yourself, an agent will save you from getting overwhelmingly stressed.
Travel agents can offer insider knowledge and access to attractive discounts. Also, they are the one-stop shop for getting everything from the airport transfer to a private candlelit dinner booked.
An itinerary for both of you
No matter if you book everything yourselves or seek the help of a professional agent, it’s essential the vacation itinerary suits you both.
Whether your honeymoon entails miles of sandy beaches with a sprinkling of seafront bars or involves wearing hiking boots 24/7, make sure there are a few things on the itinerary that suit both of you.
Tell everyone it’s your honeymoon
Gloat, boast and blush about your honeymoon as much as you can.
The more people who are aware it’s not just any old vacation, the more likely you are to get free upgrades and VIP treatment. Why? Because people love love.
For airlines, call up a few days before and inquire as to whether they offer special honeymoon packages. While they may not offer you anything for free, a discounted upgrade is better than nothing at all.
Hotels are usually forthcoming with special upgrades as positive reviews from content honeymooners mean more business for them.
Again, give your accommodation a heads up about the special occasion, so they have time to make preparations.
Don’t jet off straight after the wedding
You’ll undoubtedly be knackered after your wedding.
Give yourself a few days to recuperate at home, give your thanks to everyone involved in making your day special, and make sure everything is in order for your honeymoon.
Let serendipity be the leader
Even with an itinerary, it’s essential to have a “go with the flow” attitude to avoid any unnecessary arguments.
Your after-wedding tiredness might mean forgetting to pack something or even missing a flight.
If this happens, just remember it’s not the end of the world, and you can call upon your travel insurance to help you out.
When you arrive, loosen the itinerary reins a little because although the local aqua park may have a five-star rating on TripAdvisor, it doesn’t mean you need to go.
Let the romance sweep you up and escape into hidden alcoves, down colourful alleys, and pop-up exhibitions. It’s important to always make time for each other, starting from your honeymoon. Now go and have your BEST getaway EVER!!!