Honeymoon Planning Buying Guide
The formalities of the wedding are over. No more worrying about ugly bridesmaids dresses , forgetting your vows or who's sitting next to whom at dinner. Now's the time to escape with your new husband or wife--leave reality behind and indulge in life's simple pleasures. Here are some helpful tips to make sure your honeymoon goes off without a hitch.
Add your honeymoon planning to the list of things on your to-do list before the wedding. Giving yourself a rough timeline will help you stay on track and ensure that you book your dream getaway.
- Six Months: Plan your honeymoon budget . The amount of cash you have to spend will certainly dictate where you end up and how long you stay. It also will help you determine if something like an all-inclusive resort would better suit your needs or if you should use a travel agent or online booking. As a rule of thumb, always plan on bringing more money with you on your trip than you'll need.
- Five Months: Pick a destination. Think about your style as a couple. Perhaps neither have you has been to Europe and you are dying to go. Maybe backpacking and biking are your things, so a honeymoon that incorporates some rugged travel would be a plus. Once you peg down a few possibilities, consider the weather patterns and the seasons (tourist or off-peak). Also think about the type of accommodations that are both desirable and available. You may have to make a list of priority amenities to help you make a decision. And don't forget to do your research. Basing your choice on some pretty web photos could lead to some honeymoon nightmares!
- Four Months: Make your reservations. Booking your reservations far enough in advance will allow you to make some changes along the way if dates need to be modified, rooms need to be up or downgraded, etc.
- Three Months: Attend to all the nitty gritty details. This means getting your passports or visas if you're travelling overseas, along with any vaccinations that may prove necessary.
- Two Months: It's time to get organized. Your honeymoon is fast approaching, so get all your luggage and guide books together, and start brainstorming about your honeymoon attire (lingerie is key, of course). You should also know what you can and cannot bring on the plane and overseas so there are no surprises when the big day comes. Finally, make sure you've arranged for pet/house/plant sitters while you are away.
- One Month: There's no turning back. Finalize your plans by confirming your hotel and flight reservations and making sure you have your marriage license. This may also be a good time to make a packing checklist.
- One Week: Pack, pack, pack. Get all your gear together, learn where to exchange currency and suspend all your newspaper and magazine subscriptions for the duration of your trip.
Top 10 Honeymoon Hot Spots
From thriving cities to small tropical getaways, these destinations are courtesy of Expedia.co.uk, and are in no particular order.
- St. Lucia
- New York
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