Your wedding is an incredibly special day. Whether it's your first or fourth wedding, it deserves to be one of the top moments of your life. But the wedding is fleeting. Yes, you have photos and videos which will last forever, but the time and effort you spend planning your wedding lasts only for a few hours.
What people don't realize is how special the honeymoon is and how it's very much a part of the wedding planning process. Honeymoons are typically your first big trip as a couple. Now, as dating and family structures are evolving, that's not always true, but a wedding is a great excuse to get away with your special someone.
But unlike planning a wedding, where there are a bajillion resources on the web for the timeline, the vendors, the language on the invitation, and more, few people plan super awesome honeymoons for themselves. Many couples choose to go to a resort to relax and do nothing, which is completely fine. Other couples go through travel agents who max out the budget and take a commission. Not as cool. There are a handful of people who are part of the Three Star Traveler tribe and do it themselves (like Jess & Nick).
Planning your honeymoon doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it can be an enjoyable part of the entire wedding planning process. You just have to know where to start.
How much do you want to spend on your honeymoon? Actually, the better question is how much can you realistically afford to spend? Based on this number, you'll be able to choose a destination, trip duration, and excursions with confidence
Easier said than done. Where there are hundreds of gorgeous places all around the world, how can you possibly choose? The first thing to consider is what's more important: the destination or the time of year you travel? If you HAVE to go to Cambodia for your honeymoon, make sure you don't travel during monsoon season. This means you might have to wait until a better time of year, but it's still your honeymoon. On the flip side, if you HAVE to take your honeymoon immediately following your wedding, you'll need to consider places that have ideal weather during that time of year.
This might seem easy, but there are some questions you need to ask: How long do I need to do EVERYTHING on my list? As an example: I needed a minimum of 3 weeks to do all the stuff I wanted in New Zealand, and that was just scratching the surface. However, in the Azores, I felt comfortable leaving Sao Miguel after just 6 days. There's no right or wrong answer and your budget and destination will significantly impact the duration of your trip.
Here's the fun part… well, fun for me. Now that you've figured it out, you have to pull the trigger. Book those flights, get your accommodations, and get packing. It's time pull all of your info together to plan your beautiful honeymoon. Once you get the essentials booked, it's time to think about what you'll do when you get there. Are you a book-everything-in-advance couple? Or are you more of a figure-it-out-when-you-arrive kind of traveler? There's no right or wrong answer. Just remember, if planning in advance stresses you out, wing it once you arrive. Or if you hate winging it, sit down and plan it all.
Honeymoons should be special and magical, not stressful and overwhelming to plan. If you're getting stuck, let me know how I can help!