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Arranging your honeymoon is one of the most exciting parts of the wedding planning process! Honeymoons are when you and your sweetheart finally get to relax and enjoy being married before getting back to real life with real responsibilities. There is a lot to keep in mind when planning out this joy-filled adventure with your soon-to-be-spouse. Below, I’ve listed out 7 tips to help you plan the perfect honeymoon!
# 1: Teamwork makes Dreamwork
First things first, like all parts of the wedding planning process, you need to consider how much money you are able to spend on your honeymoon. Sit down with your partner and talk over costs. While you’re doing this, you also need to communicate on your individual wants and decide together what kind of honeymoon you want and where you want to go. More than likely, you will both have different visions about the perfect post-wedding getaway. Communication in this part of the planning process is key. You both want to be happy and have an amazing time bonding together.
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#2: Start planning early
As soon as you decide on the basics, start doing your research and booking hotels, flights, tour groups, and whatever else you need for the perfect trip! Planning all of this out early on can end up saving you a lot of money and help ensure that you won’t feel rushed in this process. I recommend doing your research and booking things 6-8 months in advance of your honeymoon.
#3: Travel Agents
I highly recommend hiring a travel agent to help you with your honeymoon arrangements. Not only are they experts in their field, but they will be able to find the best deals and know the best activities for you on your honeymoon. It will undoubtedly save you lots of time and frustration doing online research, comparing prices, and searching for the best services available. They also can get you deals that you might not have access to on your own. The best part about hiring a travel planner is that they will have your back in case of an emergency. If something doesn’t go the way you planned, or if you’re having any trouble, they will help rearrange your trip to make it the best possible honeymoon you can imagine.
#4: Adventure and Relaxation
Honeymoons are all about connecting with your partner and establishing how your relationship will work as a married couple. It’s easy to lose sight of that when you’re in a foreign country and have planned out a full week of nonstop scuba diving, ziplining, and horseback riding. Having an adventure with your spouse creates a great opportunity to bond, but don’t forget that you should also relax and unwind after all the stress of the wedding. Just spending quality time together alone can be rejuvenating in a new marriage.
#5: Don’t rush it
Often times, people think that you have to leave for your honeymoon directly after your wedding, but realistically, it could be much better to wait a day, a week, or even a month after your wedding before you leave. Weddings are long affairs that are draining, especially to the happy couple who don’t really get a chance to rest. You may need a night to sleep and rejuvenate before going on your honeymoon. Or maybe you have a big project that month at work; you could decide to stay and help finish it before taking time to relax and enjoy your honeymoon. All in all, plan your trip during whatever time frame best suits you and your life. It’s okay if you wait a little bit before going.
#6: Little surprises
Planning out your honeymoon with your fiancé is exciting, but some of the best moments come from the adventures you aren’t expecting. Research something small you can surprise your future spouse with; for example, a fun couple’s massage or a fancy dinner at a local restaurant. These small surprises will show that you took your time in planning out the process and that you care about making your partner as happy as they make you.
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#7: Brag, brag, brag
You never know who might be listening to your conversation about getting married or being on your honeymoon! More than likely, you could get free complimentary services, making your honeymoon even more enjoyable. Use this opportunity to reap as many benefits as possible.
When everything is said and done, remember to enjoy this time with your partner and strengthen your bond. Getting married is exciting, but the connection you make is even more thrilling. Use your honeymoon to relax, have fun, and get used to married life.
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