Booking the Honeymoon
You have probably realized that planning a wedding is all about timing. It is absolutely crucial to do the bulk of your planning early on. 6 months to a year in advance is the very minimum you want to start reserving venues, DJs and other components of your wedding. Your honeymoon planning must follow the same guidelines in order to get the best deals possible. If you are planning a destination honeymoon in the height of wedding season, it isn’t unheard of for some resorts and hotels to be booked a year in advance. If you are dreaming of holing up in the honeymoon suite with your new spouse, you need to get busy booking it today!
Staying in or travelling abroad?
You may dream of a honeymoon in Hawaii or some other tropical locale, but if you don’t have the budget for it, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a romantic honeymoon. Before you start looking for honeymoon locations, set a budget. If you are limited to under $2000 or so, you will likely need to stay somewhere local. That is fine. However, you absolutely must book early if you want the luxury suites. If you are travelling out of the country, make sure to apply for a passport a year in advance. Have all of your documents in order long before you are due to fly out to ensure you are not left sitting in the airport unable to board your flight.
Booking a Room
When making your reservation, whether it is local or abroad, ask for the honeymoon suite. If the hotel doesn’t offer one, ask about the best rooms and what they include. Many hotels will offer a “romance package” for a small upgrade. This can turn a standard hotel room into a romantic retreat, even if it is in your home-town. Get all the details about what the romance package includes. Typically a bouquet of roses, a bottle of champagne and a meal are included. Ask about the options so you can tailor it to your tastes. You will likely want a room that offers a modicum of privacy so ask for corner rooms or rooms at the end of the hall.
Work with a Travel Agent
Although this is a dying service, it is extremely helpful to a busy bride and groom who have their hands full with wedding planning. Tell the travel agent what you want and what you can pay and let him or her do the rest. Travel agents can put together some pretty spectacular packages that are more affordable than any online deals you would get. It also saves you a lot of time and frustration.
If you have the funds to get to your dream honeymoon destination, but not enough to enjoy some of the activities that accompany a vacation, set up a honeymoon registry. Guests can buy upgrades, pay for taxi service and activities like scuba diving, para-sailing and other fun things for you. This is especially useful for a couple who doesn’t need any household supplies that are the standard for wedding gift giving.
Using Proper Names
If you are headed off to your honeymoon immediately after your wedding, keep in mind the bride will likely still have her old ID and passport that will not reflect her new married name. If you are holding off on your honeymoon for a few weeks and the bride has gone through the process of changing her name, remember to book the room with her married name and not her maiden name. Although it is a bit of a bummer to not be able to use your married name and proclaim your status as Mr. and Mrs. immediately following your wedding, don’t worry about it. When you arrive at the hotel, you can still tell them you were just married and they will use your married name when addressing you.
Your honeymoon is a time for you to relax and enjoy your new official status as husband and wife. If you can’t jet off to some tropical island immediately after your wedding, it is okay. You can plan a big vacation together in the months and years to come after things have settled down a bit. Enjoy your night together and just remember it is about being together, not where you are together.