You spend months (possibly years) planning the wedding day. But what about the honeymoon? The honeymoon is going to be your first time to get away as husband and wife and really bask in your newlywed-ness. And I can tell you from experience that it’s going to be the best vacation of your life so far? Dave and I spent almost a year planning a perfect honeymoon, a road trip through Ireland. Our hard work paid off, because it was truly an incredible experience. So below I’m sharing a few tips for planning the perfect honeymoon so you can take a vacation you’ll always remember fondly.
It might seem like you have all the time in the world. In reality, you might have a ton of time. But it’s honestly never too early to start brainstorming. And planning the perfect honeymoon can be time consuming! Even if it’s too early to book plane tickets, it’s not too early to pick a location, research the country, and pick out some activities you’d like to do.
It’s extremely important to figure this out early in the game because your honeymoon budget pretty much dictates everything else. Because of the cost of flights, it’s largely going to determine where you can go. It will also determine whether you’ll be staying in hostels versus 4-star hotels, etc.
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What kind of honeymoon do you want?
This will also help you determine a location. Do you want to sit on a beach all day and drink fruity cocktails, or would you rather have an adventure-filled honeymoon? All-inclusive or not? Do you want warm, tropical weather or would you prefer a more moderate climate?
Location, Location, Location
Once you’ve figured out 2 and 3, you can decide on a location! Dave and I knew we didn’t want to lie on a beach in tropical weather. It’s just not our thing. We wanted to make the most of our honeymoon and picked a country we both have always wanted to see. Dave’s family is also strongly Irish, so we thought Ireland would be fitting. We’re opting for a road trip so we can see more of the country.
Choose a departure date
This date does NOT have to be the day after the wedding! Dave and I did choose to leave the evening after the wedding. We’re taking two weeks and as we’re going to be spending a lot of time traveling, we wanted to make the absolute most of our vacation time and spend as much time as possible in Ireland. But many people leave days, weeks, or even months after the wedding. You might consider the climate of where you’ll be flying to. If your wedding happens to take place during what is hurricane season in your honeymoon destination, it might be best to take the honeymoon a couple of months later.
Know when to book
I read several articles early in the planning process that said the ideal time to book a flight to Europe was 151 days before the flight. I kept that in mind and started looking at flights regularly before the point so I would know when the price dropped. Sure enough, the price dropped just before the 151-day mark. (If you’re checking repeatedly, make sure to clear your cookies to make sure you’re getting the best price!)
Do your research
Be sure to do research on the country you’ll be visiting. Some countries require a visa or certain vaccination records to enter. A travel agent will be able to give you this information, but it can also be found on the internet. While you’re doing that, check to make sure your passports are up-to-date! Many countries now require passports to be valid for 6 months after you enter the country.
Planning the perfect honeymoon means planning a honeymoon you’ll both love. Remember that this honeymoon is about two people. It’s important that you both have a trip you’ll love and remember fondly. If you and your spouse have different ideas of what a honeymoon should look like, find a way to compromise and incorporate both visions.
Book with your maiden name
I know many of us are anxious to share a last name with our spouse. But resist the urge to book your flight as a Mrs! Do everything under your maiden name, at least if you’re leaving right after the wedding. There would be nothing worse than arriving at the airport, only to have travel documents that don’t match your I.D.
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