Planning a honeymoon can be almost as tricky as planning a wedding. Where do you want to go, when do you want to go? What do you want to do, if anything? These are the three big questions that can have a lot of different answers. So sit back and benefit from our experience as you enjoy our ultimate guide to planning the perfect honeymoon.
Incorporate Honeymoon Activities Into Your Gift Registry
If you’re the kind of couple that already has all of life’s necessities, or you pride yourselves on being the type that values experiences over material goods, then why not offer aspects of your trip for your family and friends to give you on your gift registry. There are plenty of websites that offer this service.
Your love ones can gift you a romantic honeymoon dinner in front of the Eiffel Tower, or two tickets to a Broadway show, or a chopper ride over the Grand Canyon or a 3-day pass at Disneyland. You can offer all kinds of price points and this makes planning your itinerary and writing your thank you cards so much easier because everything is now so specific about your Honeymoon.
The only honeymoon where you may need a different idea is if you are planning a lazy beach honeymoon in Fiji – there’s only so many Mojitos your family and friends can buy you.
When To Go On Your Honeymoon
Contrary to tradition, there is no rule that says you have to go on your honeymoon straight after the wedding. We knew that it was peak season for our fledgling business and heading overseas would cost us sales well in excess of the expense of the honeymoon, so we waited. Almost a year! And it was still the trip of a lifetime.
The beauty of leaving the honeymoon a little bit later is that it takes a lot of the timing pressures off the wedding day. It’s hard enough planning your special day for months in advance, but planning a week or two honeymoon overseas can be equally as taxing. And don’t forget that a long haul flight straight after a wedding could be a real downer.
Delaying the honeymoon can also help you choose the perfect weather for your trip. Summer in Australia is not Summer in London and so all of the activities that you may have planned could be ruined. This delay can also give you time to get all your immunisations sorted out well in advance.
And then of course, the “when” of a honeymoon is critically important if you don’t want to have your romantic getaway overrun by school kids. Take note of the school holidays and plan accordingly. Not only could this make for a more enjoyable honeymoon but flights and accommodation are typically cheaper outside of these peak times.
Where To Go On Your Hoenymoon
You’ve just had a wedding that you hope is a reflection of who you are and who you want to be. Does the honeymoon have to be the same? Yes and no.
Just because you both like hiking does not mean you have to spend your honeymoon courting death as you climb Mt Kilimanjaro. Nor do ballroom dance enthusiasts head to South America to dance the salsa all week long.
Try and push yourself to take a unique trip that you hadn’t considered before. The South of France, the Amalfi Coast, safari in Kreuger National Park or if the budget doesn’t stretch that far Uluru, Noosa Heads, The Whitsundays or Palm Cove or all beautiful, memorable destinations where the memories will last a lifetime. Grab a map and dream a little.
Finally, make your trip one to remember. Even though you both love caravanning down at Apollo Bay every Summer doesn’t mean that your honeymoon should be there too. So push yourself to try somewhere new. A destination city honeymoon will involve lots of wining, dining and experiences. A beach destination will be less so, but could be the relaxed holiday that you always dreamed of. Think about it.