9 Tips to Planning Your Dream Honeymoon
You're in the midst of planning for your wedding, and then realize that it's now time to plan your honeymoon. And like most honeymooners, you worry about ensuring that your honeymoon will be the picture of delight, and the culmination of the labor of love that you put in to your wedding planning.
Fortunately for you, there are a few tips to ensure that your honeymoon goes off without a hitch.
Plan Early - This is something that we cannot stress enough. Plan on at least 6 to 8 months before your wedding to ensure that you will have the best availability. But also know that airfare is generally not available until about 11 months out. In most cases, you're going to want to combine air and land as a package, to realize the best cost savings.
Wait at least 48 hours before heading out on your honeymoon! - When you take in to account that you will be majorly pooped after dancing all night at your wedding... A 6 am flight doesn't sound so great anymore. Trust me on this.
For international trips : book your trip in your maiden name - Your airline tickets must match your passport, and when you apply for your passport, you will apply for it in your maiden name. This is because in order to do otherwise, you'll actually need your marriage license, and in most cases you aren't going to have that license in hand. Need more info on how to get a passport? Click Here.
Yes, a Honeymoon registry is fine! Despite what the trolls on the Knot forums say - We are not in the dark ages anymore, and not everyone needs another toaster and more dishes. A honeymoon registry is the perfect way to get what you really want - great honeymoon memories.
Under Pack - For beach destinations - you really only need super light comfy clothing - think sun dresses, tanks and shorts, light dresses for dinner, plus your bathing suit. No need for a suitcase just for your shoes - ( Yes, I was once guilty of this). Here's a link for Honeymoon Packing Essential Packing tips.
Swap Your Clothing - Place half of your clothing in your sweetie's suitcase. Better yet, pack a few outfits in your carry-on - including your bathing suit. It's great for 2 reasons: one - you will be able to head to the pool if your room isn't ready quite yet. Two - it's a lifesaver in case your luggage doesn't make it to your destination on time.
Get the Honeymoon Trip Insurance - Do you have the extra funds to completely replace your trip in case something happens? Not many of us do. Insurance has come in handy in so many instances for couples- like breaking your ankle a week before your honeymoon, your boss retracts your vacation time, your loved one falls ill, or a category 5 hurricane has been announced for your destination. All these have the potential to break the best made plans. Protect yourself and your investment. Get the insurance.
Pick a New Place - It's best to avoid destinations that you've shared with your ex, or any destination that the two of you have previously visited. Besides- it's so much better to explore a new destination together and create memories of a new place that you can both visit again in the future. We recommend choosing a destination you haven't been. Need help finding that destination so you're both Happy? How about trying our Honeymoon Quiz?
Know You Can make Payments? - Yes, most travel agencies will let you place a small deposit, while allowing you to make payments about 45 to 60 days before departure.
Use a Travel Professional that Specializes in Honeymoons - Really want your honeymoon to be special? Book your honeymoon with a Travel Specialist that focuses on Honeymoons and the destination that you desire to travel to. A travel specialist can come in handy with their professional advice, support, and key contacts. Many times a Honeymoon travel specialist will often be able to secure amenities you can't get on your own because of their relationships with key suppliers and contacts, thereby enhancing your experience and saving you money to boot! Need a Honeymoon Travel Specialist to plan the honeymoon of your dreams? Contact Romantics Travel now!