By the time you’re a month out from your wedding, you’re focused on two things – getting to the party part of the day and leaving for your honeymoon. Those last four weeks are overwhelming, overbooked and you’re just over it. Honestly, most people are wishing for the day to be over by that point.
The honeymoon is clearly the light at the end of the wedding planning stress tunnel. Some time away with your new spouse, relaxing and forgetting about the day to day hustle is just what the doctor ordered. If you’re dreaming of honeymoon planning, here are five things you need to consider…
#1 – If leaving right after your wedding, book the honeymoon in your maiden name. The name change process takes a few weeks to a couple months and has to happen after your wedding. With FAA rules these days, there cannot be any name discrepancies between government issued ID and names on tickets.
#2 – Consider the peak season for your honeymoon location. Traveling to your honeymoon location during peak season can mean increased costs. However, traveling on the off season can lead to other issues like fewer flights to and from your destination, less than ideal temperatures, closed businesses, and more. If you choose to travel in the off season, do your research to set your expectations before booking.
#3 – If you’re traveling to a new place, hire a travel agent. You’re going to be crazy between life and wedding planning. The last thing you need to do is throw planning a honeymoon on top of it, especially if you’re traveling someplace new. A travel agent will save you hours of research on the best places to see, things to do and where to stay. They’ll also help you get the best bang for your buck.
#4 – Don’t overbook yourself. Be sure to schedule lots of down time during your honeymoon. The excitement of a new place and all you can do there can be intriguing. But trust me when I say you’ll greatly appreciate a lot of scheduled down time to destress after the wedding.
#5 – Consider waiting to take your honeymoon. We’d all love to jump on a plane the day after our wedding and head off on a relaxing vacation. However, that may not be ideal. It can still be considered a honeymoon, even if you take 6 months, a year or five years later.
Where and when are you planning your honeymoon? We took ours a year and ten months later to our favorite place, Elbow Cay in the Bahamas, and it was still the perfect way to celebrate!