START PLANNING A HONEYMOON

For many couples, a honeymoon is a once in a lifetime trip, a chance to do something really special.

Planning a honeymoon on top of planning a wedding is a lot! You’re probably spending hours, days and weeks consumed by the wedding, ensuring you (and your loved ones!) have the best day ever. But planning a honeymoon is about you two. A beautiful treat after for all saving, planning (and maybe even stressing!).

The Honeymoon Guide has helped hundreds of couples plan a honeymoon, so we’ve learned a thing or two. Here are some of our honeymoon planning tips, the things to think about and discuss over wine/coffee/smoothies so you can get started on a stress-free, super-fun journey. Let us help you to start planning a honeymoon!

What's important?

Social media pressure to pick the Maldives, friends telling you it has to be Bali. Maybe one of you wants to relax on an exotic beach while the other wants to scale the highest mountain? One of the best thing you can do when planning a honeymoon is to sit down and visualise yourself in your happy place. Maybe you’re a beach lover or a city person or a wildlife lover. What would be your idea of the perfect trip, the do-before-i-die?

If your ideas as a couple are different, there are perfect multi-destination options to incorporate both your dreams (if they’re different!) in to one reality. If you love wildlife and they love beaches, then there is no reason not to do both! Use our destination pages for ideas. One big question to think about when you’re planning a honeymoon is how much time you’ll spend relaxing vs adventure and action?

For many couples, planning a honeymoon is an opportunity to tick off some of their bucket-list however planning a wedding often means one of the busiest times of your life so make time to relax and enjoy being with each other – we recommend book ending your trip with some time to chill – whatever that means to you!

To wait or
not to wait...

Our research of couples planning a honeymoon showed that half of those surveyed now wait for a while after their actual wedding date to go on their honeymoon. We call it a latermoon. There are many reasons, not least financial. Maybe it’s not an ideal time to visit your dream destination or because of you’ve taken up too much annual leave with the actual wedding!

Waiting also means getting in that extra trip, a minimoon (that means two trips – what’s not to love about that!). Over the years, The Honeymoon Guide has found that couples never regret waiting a little while, as it gives you a chance to regroup after the wedding and have a second big event to look forward to. You can really dive into the minute details of planning a honeymoon when you’ve got the wedding planning out of the way!

Tip: We’d still recommend booking your honeymoon before you get married where possible. You don’t want months to go by and the honeymoon never gets booked. There is a chance, for some couples, the honeymoon may end up being the babymoon…

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Weather considerations

Weather and climate is an important aspect of planning a honeymoon. You can never predict the weather and when it’s summer in Europe, it can be monsoon, hurricane season or winter elsewhere! So, before you commit to that dream destination on that ideal date, look at our month-to-month chart or the climate/weather section in your dream destination, this may prevent you from having to deal with an extreme weather event on your trip of a lifetime.

Planning early

From being able to set your budget to getting the best deal, there are so many benefits to planning a honeymoon early. It’s never too early to get planning! Airlines release their flight schedules around 10-12 months before departure (and some low-cost airlines can be earlier or later).

If you’re planning a honeymoon that happens during school break, book as early as possible as airline fares swing upwards – 10 to 11 months before is a good rule of thumb. For couples who are more flexible with dates, at least 6 months before is ideal, but the earlier the better.

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How much?

Maximoon or minimoon, how long is a piece of string! How much to spend when you are planning a honeymoon is the most personal thing. There is no right or wrong answer. For one couple, a weekend of unadulterated luxury is a perfect honeymoon. For others, it will be a month of backpacking.

If you’re unsure what figure to put in your wedding planner/spreadsheet, get researching well in advance and once you have some cost guidelines, you can work towards saving for your trip of a lifetime.

When you’re planning a honeymoon, you may wonder how much is a honeymoon? You can contact your local travel agent who I’m sure would be happy to have your business and be able to give you an estimate. You could also do a flight search on Google Flights, have a browse for hotels on Booking.com* (we’ve lots of hotels ideas listed on our destination pages!) and check getyourguide.com* for excursions, sightseeing and tours (*affiliate links – learn more).

Wherever you decide to go and whatever you decide to do when you’re a planning a honeymoon, make sure it’s affordable for you! We love to save and splurge. For example, if you’re staying in a city, you won’t spend much time in the room, so a 3-4 star hotel might be fine. You can splash out and go 5-star on your beach resort. Or, you really want to experience your own pool in the Maldives or Santorini, but thinking it’s out of reach? Then consider splitting the stay. Stay in the standard room category for a few days and then upgrade for the last few days (save the best for last!).

Remember to think about ‘hidden costs’ such as airline bag and seat charges, resort fees or local taxes, transport, vaccinations, and travel insurance – as of these can all add up.

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Trust an expert

A former travel professional created the Honeymoon Guide with years of experience in helping couples planning a honeymoon so we may be biased, but we highly recommend speaking to a travel expert as they can match you with the perfect once in a lifetime trip.

A great honeymoon specialist will spend some time getting to know you, what you want and need, find you the best value for money and tailor-make a trip to suit you.

Travel is fraught with unknowns and whether it’s a flight schedule change/cancellation to something even more serious (like a pandemic!) a licensed and bonded Travel Agent will take care of the details and in many countries, booking through a travel agent means you are financially protected and have someone to help you if things go awry.

Be yourselves

Here at The Honeymoon Guide, we’re big fans of ‘Your Wedding, Your Way’ and your honeymoon should be no different!

Don’t think that honeymoon hotspots like the Maldives or Santorini are for you, but love the idea of driving through New Zealand, trekking through Bhutan or seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland? Then you do you, honeys!