planning a honeymoon

Image by Melissa Marshall. See more of this real wedding here.

Once you’ve officially tied the knot and we can’t think of a better way to kick off your marriage than with an epic honeymoon. Whether you’re looking to stay close to home or take this celebration international, we’ve got you covered. From destination ideas to budgeting tips—here’s everything you need to know to plan your honeymoon. 

Plan Your Honeymoon Budget 

We can’t stress how important it is to start by creating a realistic budget that’s comfortable for both you and your significant other. This budget should include concrete prices like hotel costs and the cost of scheduled activities. It’s important to add your estimated prices as well—food, drinks, tips, on the whim entertainment. Having a round-about honeymoon budget will help keep you on track and leave little room for out-of-budget surprises. 

Honeymoon Time-frames Dictate So Much  

After crunching numbers, it’s time to decide on a time frame. Maybe you’re wanting to tie the knot and immediately jet off to the airport. Maybe you’re looking to postpone the honeymoon until you accrue more vacation time from work. Whatever your wedding and honeymoon timeline may be, being mindful of the season you’re honeymooning will help narrow down your destination options. Summer, Fall, Winter, and Spring all offer different excursions in different areas of the world. 

The length of your honeymoon will be specific to you and your partner. Taking into account your budget and time allotted away from work—sit down with your significant other and calculate how long your getaway will be. 

Mini-moon Options

Keep in mind shorter honeymoons, or mini-moons, are a great option! Take advantage by planning a smaller trip to celebrate after your wedding day while saving and preparing for an over-the-top excursion down the line. There are no rules when it comes to planning the perfect honeymoon. All couples are different, meaning all honeymoons will look different too. 

Images by Cedar & Pines and HitsOnly  . See more of this real wedding here.

Plan Your Honeymoon Destinations Near Or Far

Now it’s time to get to the fun stuff—picking your destination. When hearing the word “honeymoon” your mind probably goes straight to far away, expensive, destinations. We’re here to remind you that you can have an unforgettable getaway, without actually getting away at all. Staycation honeymoons are becoming increasingly popular, and it’s the perfect honeymoon option for couples looking to stay close to home. Rent a cool Airbnb or finally book a room at that upscale local resort you’ve been dying to stay at.

For adventurous couples looking for a change of scenery but not sure where to start, you’ve come to the right place. From the warm beaches of Mexico to the cold mountains in Switzerland—check out the most romantic honeymoon destinations around the world to kickstart your planning. 

Image by Meraki Weddings. See more of this real wedding here.

Honeymoon Activities 

With your budget set and a destination selected, it’s time to fill your itinerary. Whether you’re filling your timeline with hours relaxing by the pool, or packing your day full of tours and hikes—having a general or specific agreed-upon timeline will make sure you’re not missing any must-do activities you both love 

We recommend you create a list of must-do attractions. Prioritize these in your itinerary, then fill the empty space with miscellaneous time-fillers that—if skipped—wouldn’t ruin your trip. 

The wedding planning process can be stressful. After spending endless hours bringing to life your dream wedding, we believe every couple deserves to kick off their marriage with an unforgettable honeymoon. If you’re dipping your toes into the planning process, but not sure where to start—we’ve got you covered. Check out the ultimate honeymoon planning checklist, that can be used to kickstart your creativity. Then, it’s time to get to packing

Image by Melissa Marshall. See more of this real wedding here.

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