Let’s just be honest – planning a vacation is a lot of work. Especially given that you’re already planning a wedding! Use the information below to walk through honeymoon planning from beginning to end. You can also follow along with our weekly planning guide, which will tell you what to do and when to do it when it comes to planning your honeymoon.
HOW TO START PLANNING YOUR HONEYMOON
The honeymoon is your self-congrats and sigh of relief after your big day. Start by browsing honeymoon locations and narrowing down a few ideas as to where you’d like to go.
If you’re honeymooning on a budget consider setting up a honeymoon registry, so that your guests can contribute to specific aspects of your time away, like your flight, meals, hotel or accommodations. (We share a few good ones here.)
Keep an eye on out for travel deals and packages on discount travel websites – especially since some hot destinations are extra affordable in the “off-season” (like the Florida Keys in summer or Alaska in January if you’re brave enough to do it). If you’re not sure where to start, check out some of the websites below:
If you can’t afford to honeymoon after the wedding, take a few days off to unplug (literally) and spend time alone at home. Resist the temptation to connect with your social circle too much in this time, and let it be a relaxing few days just for the two of you. At heart, the honeymoon is a time for you and your new spouse to start your marriage by letting go of everything else for a few days and focusing on each other. Have some fun!
HELP WITH THE HONEYMOON
Don’t be afraid to ask for help planning your honeymoon. A good travel agent can save you money above and beyond online deals to plan the perfect vacation and can help track down the perfect hotel plus the rental car, reservations, travel insurance, and anything else you’ll need.
MAKING IT HAPPEN
If you’re torn between several honeymoon locations, pick one and go with it. Add the others to the list of places the two of you will visit someday. Then start making decisions and locking things down.
Even if you’re staying closer to home or taking a staycation, treat it like a real vacation and start making plans and reservations, even if it’s only on paper. (Putting “hike the Appalachian Trail” on the calendar for a specific date makes it much more likely than just making mental plans to take a hike on one of your days off.)
Type up the basic honeymoon itinerary (flight numbers and schedules, accommodations, contact information) before wedding excitement is in full swing and share it with your close friends or family members, as well as anyone who will be house-sitting, pet-sitting, or baby-sitting if you have children.
You’ll pack your bags while putting together your wedding day essentials and emergency kit in the week of your wedding.
Want even more tips for planning your wedding? Our weekly countdown walks you through the entire wedding planning process from beginning to end, telling you exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it. Check it out HERE.