Some of the wedding planning process can be downright nerve-wracking. This is especially true if you are working with conflicting visions between yourself, your spouse-to-be, and sometimes the hopes of your families and friends. That being said, honeymoon planning should be as painless and fun as possible. Planning a honeymoon should be a source of joy and anticipation for you and your soon-to-be spouse equally. By getting organized and talking about your dreams, you can find the honeymoon experience that works well for both of you.
Start Planning with a Budget in Mind
Even if you’ve already decided that you want a luxurious honeymoon, it is worthwhile to figure out how much money you are ready to spend on it. If some element of the honeymoon is donated or deeply discounted—perhaps a friend is loaning you a condo in a nice area, or a family member offering to buy flight tickets—that should be factored in as well.
Once you know what you are willing to spend, it is much easier to make sure that you get all the things you want out of the honeymoon without breaking the bank. If you know that the cost of the honeymoon you want will be more than you can afford, crowdfunded honeymoons through sites like Honeyfund are growing more and more common and might be a good option. Especially if you don’t need home goods as gifts, like sheet sets and towels.
Write Down What You Want From Your Trip
Together with your partner, take a piece of paper and write down three things you want to get from your honeymoon. They can be general (not too rushed of an experience, plenty of time lounging around, etc.) or specific desires (snorkeling, skydiving, etc.). Only choose your top three activities. Then, talk together about how you can fit them all in. If you know from the start that one of you wants to go hiking and the other person wants to fly kites on the beach, you can start looking into destinations that have mountains along the coastline (like Hawaii). This can help prevent you from being pulled between many options available to honeymooners and help you stay focused on your own wants and desires as a couple.
Consider Out-of-the-Box Options
There are a few pretty typical choices for honeymoons. Many couples choose to go somewhere warm and tropical, with plenty of sun and sand. However, if you aren’t usually beach babies, you don’t have to go that route. If you love big cities or interesting architecture, consider New Orleans, London or Seville. If you really just want to ski all week, check out Aspen or Bozeman.
If you know there isn’t a lot of money in the honeymoon budget, save some money by taking a road trip to your destination, keeping it within eight to ten hours of your wedding’s location. Often, the most important parts of the honeymoon are having fun experiences, good food to eat, and a cozy place to stay. These activities can be found close to home, if need be.
Take Advantage of Potential Sources of Savings
Once you’ve narrowed down your search, start comparing options on how to save money while getting the most possible enjoyment out of your honeymoon. This might mean purchasing a package that gets you flights and lodging together for one price. It could be as simple as identifying a grocery store near where you’ll be staying, so you can get ingredients to cook your meals together.
Even if this isn’t strictly necessary, there is something fun and freeing about having saved a few hundred dollars through a little careful searching. You’ll feel even more free to choose to go on a different tour or visit the dinner theater spontaneously if you know you’ve already responsibly sought savings for the trip.
Book Early for Your Peace of Mind
Getting all the details sorted out early is worth it in the end. You’ll be planning the wedding itself in the weeks leading up to the big day. You don’t want to realize in a panic that you forgot to buy those airline tickets for the honeymoon. Make sure that you leave your mind clear for spending time with family and friends, instead of last-minute arrangements for your time away.
Another perk of early bookings is that sometimes you can get a discount for committing early to a ticket price, and you’ll get the best possible flight deals. Many people recommend setting a price alert on your desired flight route as early as six to twelve months before your honeymoon. When you see a big dip in prices, you can buy your tickets at the absolute lowest rates.
Enjoy Your Honeymoon!
This is the easy part: by working together early and considering your most valuable options, you’ve earned yourself a well-deserved cocktail and afternoon in the sun. Relish this time together with your new spouse and enjoy all your honeymoon vacation has to offer.