Congratulations, you’re getting married! An important part of wedding planning is planning for your first trip as a married couple: your honeymoon. So how can you ensure your first vacation sets the tone for your happily ever after? Here are a few tips for planning an unforgettable honeymoon.
Decide what you want out of your honeymoon
While it’s a given that you’ll want to celebrate your new life together and make memories, your soon-to-be-spouse and you need to dig a little deeper to discover what it is that you each really want out of your honeymoon. Do you want to relax? Experience a new culture? Dive into adventurous excursions? Define what you both want out of your honeymoon so that you can start charting a course together.
Pick the perfect destination
Now that you know what you both want out of your honeymoon, it’s time to find a destination that will make you both happy. If you’re looking for history or culture, maybe wandering Europe’s historic castles would fit the bill. If you’re more in the mood for relaxing and enjoying each other’s company, perhaps the beaches of Hawaii or the Caribbean are more to your tastes. Try to pick a destination that’s somehow meaningful to your relationship, such as a place that’s on both of your travel bucket lists or a city that’s somehow tied to what brought you together in the first place.
Don’t overdo it
An overzealous itinerary packed with too many activities can ruin what is meant to be the romantic start to your new life together. No matter what your interests, you and your new spouse will end up appreciating some downtime during your honeymoon when you can simply enjoy the excitement of each other’s company. Try not to pack every hour of every day with an excursion; instead, balance activities with plenty of unscheduled time in between. You can always find a tour or excursion to enjoy on the fly, if you find yourselves wanting to explore beyond the hotel.
Don’t skimp too much
With a trip as important as your honeymoon, you don’t want to risk purchasing a too-good-to-be-true hotel deal that winds up leaving you with bad honeymoon memories. Plan within your financial means and look for great deals, but don’t be afraid to splurge on that upscale hotel, the luxury suite or the romantic day trip that you have your newlywed hearts set on.
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