If you’re in the process of planning your wedding, it’s easy to feel like sorting out your honeymoon is just another item on your already full to-do list.
Planning a trip is overwhelming enough as it is, never mind when there’s a wedding about to take place as well. As you can imagine, it’s quite easy to put your honeymoon on the back-burner during this time and miss out on a great experience.
So, I’m here to help you out and give you some great tips that should give you and your partner some peace of mind when it comes to planning a honeymoon, based on some advice my husband and I were given, along with things we wish we had considered.
Also, if you’re not yet engaged, definitely take note of these things for the future, it will definitely come in handy!
Aim For Relaxation over Adventure
Something I’d never thought I’d say, but hey, I think it’s true!
I always imagined that I’d have a modest wedding, and then an extravagant, expensive honeymoon filled with adventures. I ended up having both a modest wedding and a modest honeymoon and all I can say is – no regrets!
No matter the size of your wedding, the weeks (and even months) leading up to your wedding day are exhausting, stressful, and often expensive. Trust me when I say that when it’s all said and done, and it’s finally just you and your partner after it’s all over, you’re both just going to want to unwind and enjoy each others company.
Although my husband and I both love travelling and exploring new cities and countries, when it came time for our little honeymoon in Wellington, we really didn’t get out much. Strangely enough, we both felt much more inclined to sleep in as late as we wanted, and binge watch our favourite shows on Netflix. It felt like such a waste at first- but then I realized just how tired we were and how little time we had together before the wedding as we had family from out-of-town visiting. I wrote more in-depth about that experience here.
Aim to book a location where you may not be blowing a whack of money for a plane ticket, or prebooking adventurous excursions and tours. Don’t choose a destination on both of your bucket lists where you have an arm length’s list of “must sees”.
Instead, invest in a comfortable hotel, and a budget for ordering food in. Take your honeymoon to totally be lazy butts, and choose a location that you won’t be disappointed in not fully exploring.
I think a cruise would be the ideal honeymoon (as long as neither of you are prone to sea-sickness). For starters, you can relax on the boat for your days at sea, but you still have the option to get out and explore certain areas when the boat’s docked.
Also, you have meals included which is HUGE. Seriously, finding meals is a cost that adds up quick, so it’s a big treat to be able to sit down and have an indulgent meal each night without worries. Room service is also great if you don’t wanna worry about being dressy or socializing.
If you’re not cruise types, consider an all-inclusive resort. Same idea as the cruise, where you can stay in your “resort bubble” and not worry about sightseeing, finding meals, or transportation. You can hop on the shuttle at the airport, then relax poolside sipping margaritas without needing to feel like you’re missing out.
Definitely ask friends & family who have recently been on trips like the above mentioned to see what they enjoyed, or read travel blogs like this one for inspiration! All in all, you want to make sure that the resort/cruise line you choose is going to meet your expectations, and hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth as opposed to the website is always great. Give trip advisor a look too!
On your honeymoon, I also recommend that both you and your spouse keep those cell phones on airplane mode, even once you’ve landed.
Avoiding wifi and social media while your on your trip is a great way to stay connected and focused with each other. Give your accommodation’s phone number to a select friends and family in case of emergency and leave it at that.
Remember, your honeymoon is a time for you and your new spouse to connect with one another and ultimately celebrate your new marriage and enjoy each other’s company. You can always share your experience on social media once you’re back home.
Okay, this one’s a little silly, but it’s something my husband and I were told about from a million other couples before we left for our honeymoon. And that is, milk your honeymoon for all that it’s worth!
We all know the silly stereotype of the disgustingly in-love honeymooners who shouldn’t even be allowed in public because they’re so sickeningly sweet, but use this to your advantage.
Here’s the thing, businesses will go out of their way to make honeymooners feel special, and it’s pretty great! But, they can’t treat you if they don’t know you’re on your honeymoon, so find a way to slip it into conversation.
When you check into your flight, you can often get upgraded for free if you mention you’re on your honeymoon. Certain airlines will do more for you, but in our case (we flew Air New Zealand) they bumped us up into an Emergency Exit row so we got some nice leg room free of charge.
Hotels will often try to have a nice little set up or surprise for you as well (champagne, chocolates, things like that). It really does make you feel special!
You only go on your honeymoon once in your life (well, hopefully ;)) and I hope these tips will help you make the most of the experience.
Remember to relax and enjoy each other ultimately and celebrate the start of your forever together.
If you’ve ever been married, do you have any honeymoon tips or stories to share with us? Or, if you haven’t been, what is your dream honeymoon destination? I would love to hear all about it in the comments below!