Just Married – Honeymoon Tips
published October 23rd, 2013
With the stresses and strains that come with planning a wedding many couples see their honeymoons as a time when they can relax, chill out and let their hair down. A time when they no longer need to worry about seating arrangements, menus, family politics and a multitude of other responsibilities that come with wedding planning. Yet finding that perfect honeymoon destination can often be as stressful as preparing for the wedding itself.
The big question is where do you spend the first week or two as a married couple. Of course choosing the right location varies from couple to couple and is down to personal preference, how much time you can take away from work, and of course, your budget. Some newlyweds may favor Las Vegas or the Bahamas, while others may opt for a week in a campervan or a log cabin in the mountains.
The most important thing isn’t a fancy location or how much money you can spend while you’re there, it’s about spending quality time with the person you’re going to spend the rest of your life with - in a locale you can both agree on.
So here’s a few tips/pearls of wisdom you may wish to peruse...
Don’t live beyond your means. You may have the time of your lives while you’re on honeymoon, but those credit card bills will come to bite you at a later date. Debt is just another ball of stress - one that you don’t need at any time of life, but particularly not when you’re starting a new life.
Consider the length of your trip. Two weeks would be wonderful, yes - but is it within your budget? Seven days in paradise would be bliss, but you may find a five day break will save you a lot of money. Especially if you avoid a weekend and the school holidays.
Taking your honeymoon out of season is another money-saving tip. Prices to every destination are likely to soar during the summer months, so have you considered a winter break to a sunny location? That’s not to say you shouldn’t take a short break for a few days immediately after the wedding, but the main event could be postponed a few months if you find it works in your favour.
Finally, you may wish to open a honeymoon registry. This is a good way to raise funds in order to reach your dream destination. Similar to a gift registry, but instead of receiving gifts you receive monetary donations. In this day and age many couples are living together before they’re married so maybe you don’t need another kettle or a another cutlery set you’re never going to use.
Your honeymoon is a great time to unwind and enjoy some rest and relaxation. By being a bit savvy and using common sense you can ensure the honeymoon isn’t over before it’s even begun.