I’m not sure if anyone else realizes it or not, but today marks two weeks since Valentine’s Day. And yes, for the large majority of us the only significance this day holds is that the box of assorted chocolates is empty and the dozen roses are long past their prime. But believe it or not, for many people out there love is still in the air!
Valentine’s Day is what you make it and for many couples it is the perfect opportunity to share their love for one another. Whether it was a softly whispered “Yes” or an elated “I do” sealed with a kiss either way Cupid’s arrow hit its mark for many this Valentine’s Day.
That’s why today, with love in the air and couples everywhere daydreaming of their own romantic getaway I’m here to help make planning that dream honeymoon or destination wedding just a little bit easier.
My 5 simple tips for planning your honeymoon are sure to help you have the storybook, romantic rendezvous that you thought only existed in the movies!
Tip #1: Don't focus so much on the destination, but more on what you want to do when you get there!
The biggest question everyone asks is "where should I go on my honeymoon?" My best recommendation is that you stop worrying about the destination and start thinking about what you envision yourself doing once you're there.
Picture yourself on your honeymoon… What do you see? Are you enjoying the resort or are you out and about discovering the destination? Are you lounging by the pool or down on the beach taking surfing lessons? Are you dining at the resort or tasting your way around the city?
It’s your answers to simple questions like these that will lead you to your ideal destination.
Tip #2: Consider planning your honeymoon before focusing on your wedding!
I know this may seem like I’m putting the cart before the horse, or even counter-intuitive, but it makes sense. If you know you want to spend your honeymoon in Jamaica and plan to leave right after your wedding, you might want to consider not saying “I Do” during the height of hurricane season.
Tip #3: Stop listening to everyone who is trying to tell you where you should go on YOUR honeymoon!
Everyone is different and so is their vision for a perfect honeymoon. So yes, while your cousin Suzy may have had the most amazing time at the luxury ski resort in Vail, you don’t ski and you hate the cold weather. Please believe me when I tell you that this is when you need to put your guard up! By the time you get home from a full day of shopping for your wedding with Suzy, who has been going on and on about how wonderful Colorado was, suddenly you’ve just been brainwashed. “I mean the cold weather really isn’t that bad and come on, anyone can ski." Remember, this is about you and what you want!
Tip #4: Decide on your budget - but be flexible!
The last thing anyone wants to think about when planning their honeymoon is the financial end of it, but in fact it is one of the most important decisions for a couple to make. While you may have a budget in mind, is it realistic for what you want for your honeymoon? There are many ways to have the honeymoon of your dreams without breaking the bank - but if you want ten days in Bora Bora after you've flown first class to stay in an over-the-water bungalow, $3500 for two people won't cut it. Let me show you how you can have the honeymoon of your dreams - as long as you can be flexible.....and that might simply mean cutting a day from your itinerary.
Tip #5: Utilize the knowledge and expertise of a travel agent who specializes in honeymoons!
Okay, so maybe it’s a given that I would make this recommendation since I am a travel agent, but it truly is the smartest decision you can make when beginning the process of planning your honeymoon. If there’s ever a time to seek professional help with a vacation your honeymoon is that vacation!
The nice thing about working with a travel agent is that these tips I've shared can be made so simple with their guidance. I do recommend using a travel agent who specializes in honeymoons and destination weddings…look for a logo like this identifying the agent as a Certified Specialist with the Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Specialists Association.
If you don’t remember another thing I’ve said, just remember that this is your honeymoon and is quite possibly the most important trip that you as a couple will ever take so don’t stress out or become overwhelmed. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the experience… you’re planning your honeymoon!
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