7 Tips To Planning A Successful Honeymoon
As if the months of planning a wedding wasn’t enough stress on a couple, they also need to plan for their romantic honeymoon. The best way to start that is to begin the conversation with your soon to be spouse before you plan on any destination. You may have thoughts of a Caribbean ocean and white sands as a romantic destination. Your spouse however maybe thinking of hiking the mountains of Alaska instead. Now is the time to talk it over before tears and disappointment ruin your romantic travel.
Be True to Yourself
Take the opportunity to talk with friends and relatives about their honeymoons. You will be surprised by how excited they will be to share their romantic experiences. You may end up with suggestions you hadn’t thought of previously. Take all the advice in and then take a hard look at yourself and make a decision. Base it on your wants and needs as well as your wallet. This is your honeymoon.
Talk it Over With Your Partner
A wedding is really all about the bride and in many cases, the bride is doing most of the planning for the big day. However, a honeymoon should be a shared decision and not done by just one spouse. Even though the planning of a wedding will be crazy, sit down with your spouse and talk about what kind of honeymoon you expect. A honeymoon is the last place you want to have one spouse happy and the other miserable.
Get a Professional
Why have all the stress of planning a wedding and a honeymoon at the same time. When you and your future spouse have decided where you want to go and what you want to do, let a travel agent put it together for you. They can help you find the best resorts, hotels and other activities that suit both of you. When hiring a travel agent, be sure to check their references and verify you are getting everything you want before booking the itinerary with them.
Be Money Wise
Honeymoons are a once in a lifetime experience. However, you don’t want to end up in a financial hole to start your marriage. Have as big a honeymoon as you can afford. Budget it like you would a nice vacation. Start saving for it long before your ready to go and remember to splurge on the nice hotels and restaurants. The last thing you want is to be disappointed in your honeymoon.
Let Others Help Out
Let’s face it, how many toasters do you really need as wedding gifts? Many travel agents will help you set up a honeymoon registry. This is where family and friends can contribute to your honeymoon. Let Uncle Frank buy you a night at your hotel or a fancy dinner at a resort.
No Friends or Family
There is a reason this is called a honeymoon and not a vacation. This is not the time to bring family and friends along. If either of you have children, make arrangements for them to stay home. A honeymoon is a time for a couple to celebrate their new relationship. If anyone is interested, you can show them the photos you took on the honeymoon.
Be Open to Anything
This is a time for just you and your partner. This honeymoon needs to be something that the two of you have created for yourselves. It’s that important. So be open to anything the two of you want, and forget what the brochures say. While friends who have been there may have sound advice, beware of travel agents and package deals that push you to do things for a higher price that doesn’t appeal to your exact needs and wants!