When it comes to wedding planning there’s a lot to think about! For us, one of the most exciting parts about getting married is of course the honeymoon (because any excuse to take time off work to travel is a good excuse). When we sat down to budget our wedding costs, the honeymoon was one of the priorities we didn’t want to skimp on. Here are our top tips to planing a dream honeymoon.
Make a list of destinations
We’ve known for years that we want to visit the Caribbean on our honeymoon so when we sat down to write our list of destinations we wanted to go to, they were all in that region. We ended up with a list of maybe 20 destinations but once we started planning the logistics of the trip within the time frame that we have (one month), we started to narrow down the list to a few Caribbean islands, Mexico and parts of the United States of America. Unfortunately for us, the US government has put a stop to travel to Cuba so we’ll have to save that one for next time.
If you want your dream honeymoon, chances are you’ll have to cut back on your wedding costs. We’ve decided we don’t need to spend a fortune on planning a wedding. Our wedding day will be more about us having fun with friends and family and less about expensive clothes, decorations or drinks. We’ve managed to cut back on quite a lot of costs thanks to the help of friends and family who are pitching in. For example, we have a few friends who work in breweries who will be providing drinks for the night. My father is also a builder so we’re collecting bits and bobs as we go for decorations. We’re also saving money by not worrying about wedding cars because they simply don’t interest us at all. This means that we’ll have more money to put towards our dream honeymoon.
Just because it’s your honeymoon, doesn’t mean everything is possible. You’ll still need time off work and a budget that won’t send you broke, just like any other holiday you take. Remember, you don’t have to do everything on your honeymoon. There are plenty of opportunities to return or travel further. Save something for the anniversary!
Make it yours
There are a number of really popular honeymoon destinations that you’ll find most people will go to. From Australia, many couples honeymoon in the Maldives, Europe (especially Italy) and the US. That doesn’t mean you have to do the same thing. If you’ve always wanted to explore the streets of Tokyo and dine on delicious street food then by all means, do that! There’s no point in designing a honeymoon (or a wedding for that matter) that you think other people will like the look of. This is your honeymoon, you do what you want.
Use a travel agent
Finally, it might be worth booking your honeymoon through a travel agent. There are so many things to plan and stay on top of when you’re planning a wedding, so why not let someone else take care of the honeymoon for you? This also makes a huge difference while you’re on your honeymoon because you’ll have a contact you can get in touch with should anything go wrong. Take a load off and relax – you’ve earned it!
Where are you planning on honeymooning? Let us know in the comments below!
Ash and Dave