Once all the stress of your wedding planning subsides, the next thing you have to look forward to is honeymoon planning. It’s probably the most-awaited moment of getting married, and one that will be well deserved after you’ve gone through all the stress of planning and having your wedding. Your honeymoon should be the trip of a lifetime that you get to experience with your spouse exclusively, so planning right and planning smart is essential to having the most incredible time possible.
Here’s how you can plan your honeymoon with as minimal stress as possible and can save you some money.
Set Aside a Budget
When it comes down it, honeymoons can be quite expensive, and everything you do will rely on money. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t enjoy it, because every penny you spend will be worth it when you’re on vacation with your newlywed. But if you want to get the most out of your trip and be comfortable knowing what you’re going to spend, setting a reasonable budget for what you want is important. With that being said, it’s also vital to consider the hidden costs associated with your trip.
The worst thing you can do for a trip that’s meant for both of you is to have only one person plan it. If you let one or the other be in charge of planning and making the arrangements for your honeymoon, you could end up doing something you’re not into and geared more towards one person’s desires. Planning together is the only way to ensure you both will be happy with your honeymoon and agree on your travel wishes.
Ideally, you want to book your honeymoon six to eights months before the dates you have in mind. One thing to remember is that you don’t have to leave for your honeymoon straight after you get married. You can wait as long, or as short, as you want, but don’t feel like you have to leave by any specific time. If you plan on staying at a resort, it’s best to book as early as premium rooms book fast and prices increase.
Don’t Copy Someone Else’s Honeymoon
Your honeymoon is yours and no one else’s, so don’t take “inspiration” from anyone’s honeymoon you saw on Instagram. If planning seems like to much work and stress, and you think it might be easier to borrow someone you know’s itinerary because they enjoyed it so much, but that doesn’t mean you will. Tailor your honeymoon trip to you and your spouse’s interests to ensure you have the best time possible.
Consider Getting Help From a Travel Agent
While you may want to plan everything out yourself because you believe it will allow you to be in control and have everything you want perfectly, it’s okay to accept help. Planning a honeymoon can take more work than you think, and by using the help of a travel agent, for example, it can save you tons of hours of research time. Travel agents have insider knowledge that you don’t on deals and discounts and cultivate personal relationships with hoteliers that can sometimes mean a room will suddenly become available in a fully booked hotel you want to stay at. They help you choose a destination, do the planning and research, and provide you with service while on your big trip.