Planning a wedding can be downright exhausting and overwhelming. Trust us, we know! When you add planning a honeymoon to the mix, you can sometimes become even more stressed out.
But that shouldn’t be the case! Planning your honeymoon should be a fun and special experience. A lot of people even use planning it as a stress reliever from wedding planning! Hopefully some of our tips can help you enjoy the experience more.
Honeymoon Planning Tips & Tricks
Here are some tips that we have for planning that you might not have thought of!
Figure out what type of honeymoon you’re looking for
One of the first things that you’ll want to do when planning your honeymoon is to figure out what you’re looking for. Are you looking for complete relaxation on the beach? Are you more adventurous and want to hike or swim? Maybe you want to plan a Disney trip?
Whatever it may be, this is really important to think about before you even start considering locations. Plus, you and your partner may have different desires… so talk to each other!
Start planning early
Start planning for your honeymoon as early as possible. There are a couple of reasons for this. For starters, wedding planning is stressful. And the closer you get to your wedding date, the more stressed out you’ll be! Let honeymoon planning be a stress reliever throughout wedding planning.
The second reason for this is that rates tend to get more expensive the closer that you get to your travel dates. So, booking everything early will always be better!
While wedding planning may involve some “divide and conquer”-ing between you and your partner, don’t let this be the case for your honeymoon. This is a special trip for both of you!
Like we said before, you and your partner may be on completely different pages for what you want in a honeymoon. You’ll have to talk through this and you both might have to compromise, or create a new plan entirely.
Hire a travel agent
As we’re sure you know, wedding planning is stressful! Don’t let planning the honeymoon cause you added stress. Hire a travel agent! In most cases, they are completely free. They have relationships with various hotels, transportation companies, etc. They will be able to get you amazing rates and will be able to handle every detail for you!
We recommend Travelworks International. They specialize in romance travel, which is perfect for a honeymoon!
You don’t have to leave right away
A lot of people think that they have to leave for their honeymoon the day after (or day of) the wedding. But this just isn’t the case! Leaving so soon after your wedding could be really stressful.
You will be exhausted after your wedding and might not be up to traveling. That’s why we really recommend waiting, even if it’s just a day or two! For example, if you have a Saturday wedding, then try to leave on the Monday or Tuesday after the wedding. This gives you just a little bit of time to recharge!
Or, better yet, wait a month or two to go on your honeymoon. We promise that it will still feel like your honeymoon and not just a normal vacation! You could always take the weekend of your wedding to go on a mini-moon, and then go on the honeymoon within the next year or two. This is also becoming a lot more common due to COVID!
Ask for recommendations — but don’t copy
If you’re considering certain destinations and resorts, ask your friends for recommendations! You could even create a post on social media asking your friends/family if they’ve ever stayed in a certain area and have any recommendations of things to do or places to stay.
However, make sure that you don’t copy someone else’s itinerary. This is your honeymoon, not theirs! The only reason that we say this is because everyone has different wants for their honeymoon. What worked for them might not work for you! Maybe they had a super relaxing honeymoon and you want some more adventure, or vice versa. Keep this in mind when you’re asking for recommendations!
Consider your budget
One of the most important things that you’ll want to think about is your budget. How much total money are you willing to spend on your trip? This will affect a lot of different things, from how long of a trip you take to where you are staying.
Finally, make sure that you are scheduling ahead, even if you want your trip to be somewhat spontaneous!
Certain things may need to be scheduled ahead of time. For example, some resorts offer a private dinner experience on the beach… but will only have one per night. If this is something that you’re interested in, you’ll probably miss out if you wait to schedule it until you’re there!
Another thing to try and schedule ahead is any surprises that you may want to plan for your new husband or wife. This could be a couple’s massage, swimming with the dolphins, or a fancy dinner. If it’s going to be a surprise, make sure you schedule it before you’re there — you probably won’t be able to get away from them for long enough to schedule something while you’re there!
When it comes down to it, planning your honeymoon should be fun and exciting. Try not to let it stress you out too much! If you need to hold off on planning until after the wedding and go on your honeymoon at a later date, then definitely go ahead and do that.