Congratulations, you’re getting married!

What better way to celebrate this momentous occasion than take a romantic honeymoon? However, before you start planning your dream getaway, there are a few things you need to consider. Wedding planning can be stressful enough, even though the result is intended to be relaxing and fun.

This blog post will discuss the top 10 things to consider when planning your honeymoon to ensure that the planning process is as stress-free as the honeymoon itself. From the budget to the location, we’ve got you covered! Let Forever & Company show you how to plan the perfect honeymoon for you and your spouse-to-be!

  1. Budget:
    One of the first things you need to consider when planning your honeymoon is your budget. How much are you willing to spend on this trip, and how much can you realistically spend? Remember that a honeymoon is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so you may want to splurge a little bit. However, you also don’t want to go into debt for the sake of a honeymoon. Find a happy medium that you and your fiancĂ©/new spouse are comfortable with experiencing together.
  2. Location:
    The next thing you need to consider is where you want to go on your honeymoon. Your honeymoon location may be influenced by several factors such as budget, climate, and interests. For example, if you’re looking for a romantic beach getaway, the Caribbean or Hawaii may be perfect. If you want to explore a new culture, consider Europe or Asia. There are endless possibilities when it comes to choosing a honeymoon destination, so take your time and do some research to find the perfect place.
  3. Duration:
    How long do you want to be gone on your honeymoon? A week is usually the minimum amount of time recommended so that you can truly relax and enjoy your time together. If you have the luxury of taking off for longer, consider a two-week trip or even a month-long adventure!
  4. Activities:
    What kind of things do you want to do on your honeymoon? Do you want to spend lazy days lounging on the beach or exploring new cities? Perhaps you want a mix of both. Once you’ve decided on a destination, take some time to research what activities are available in the area. Knowing the available activities and the type of experience you’re looking to achieve will help you narrow down your list of potential places.
  5. Accommodations:
    Another essential thing to consider when planning your honeymoon is where you will stay. Do you want a luxurious hotel or a quaint bed and breakfast? Perhaps you’re looking for something in between. There are plenty of options for accommodations, so take your time and find somewhere that you and your spouse will be comfortable staying and celebrating the start of this new life journey together.
  6. Transportation:
    How will you get to your honeymoon destination? Will you be flying or taking a road trip? If you’re flying, you’ll need to consider the cost of airfare and transportation to and from the airport. If you’re driving, you’ll need to factor in gas, lodging, and food expenses. Depending on your destination, you may also need to rent a car.
  7. Packages:
    Many destinations offer honeymoon packages. These can be a great option if you’re looking for a hassle-free way to plan your trip. However, keep in mind that packages, while often more cost-effective, i.e., the best bang for your buck, can be more expensive overall because of the extra options tacked on. Again, this is where sticking to a budget is so important.
  8. Packing Lists:
    There is nothing worse than arriving at your honeymoon destination to relax and enjoy your time together and discover that you’ve forgotten something that cannot be purchased once you arrive. Some forgotten item(s) that can’t be bought while traveling could be prescription medications, special pillows, security blankets, or perhaps makeup in your specific skin shade, so double-checking your suitcase and lists is necessary. Packing lists are a must, and we even advise reviewing your packing list even once you’ve packed up everything. Like Santa Claus, please make a list and check it twice.
  9. Honeymoon Funds:
    Perhaps you and your new spouse have been living together before getting married, or you already have what you need to start your life together. Perhaps you don’t need or want any wedding gifts, or maybe your budget is tight for the honeymoon of your dream, and you’d like something a little more extravagant than your current budget can afford. Your wedding is an excellent opportunity to create a honeymoon fund in place of a wedding registry or going into debt. Many companies like Zola, HoneyFund, and BluePrint have specific registries focused on honeymoon funds. Blueprint even allows you to separate your honeymoon registry into categories such as airline tickets, accommodations, activities, etc.
  10. Travel Agents:
    Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Wedding planning can be stressful enough, and that’s why many couples will hire a wedding planner to help them plan their dream weddings. It’s very similar to traveling too. Hiring a travel agent can help ease the stress of planning your honeymoon. Like hiring a wedding planner, a travel agent will have insider information on the best options for your honeymoon wishes and suggestions for the best places to go and stay. They often have access to special deals that can help you stick to your budget. However, unlike wedding planners, a travel agent doesn’t charge you for their services and assistance. They receive a commission from the companies they book your travel arrangements with.

Now that you know the top things to consider when planning your honeymoon, the next step is to start planning! Use this list as a guide and make sure to enjoy the process. After all, this is supposed to be a fun and exciting time for you and your spouse-to-be!

Happy honeymoon planning!