A fantastic guest post from the marvelous Aimee Lyons from DIYDarlin:
If youâ€™re reading this, youâ€™re probably a bride (or groom) to be. Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Wedding planning can be one of the most beloved and special times of your life, even if it does get a little hectic at times.
Even with all the excitement of planning your upcoming wedding, thereâ€™s another event youâ€™ll also want to consider: your honeymoon. After your big wedding day, youâ€™ll undoubtedly want a chance to relax and unwind as a couple. The last thing you want is to experience any unexpected stress while honeymooning with your new spouse.
Luckily, there are several time-tested tips for planning the ultimate, stress-free honeymoon:
Plan in Advance
I know youâ€™ve already got a lot on your plate while planning your wedding. Thatâ€™s completely understandable. However, itâ€™s still important to put some thought into your honeymoon.
Pre-planning will help make your trip stress-free. Be sure to actually schedule some time for making honeymoon plans. Start planning as soon as possible and set realistic deadlines to keep yourself on track.
Talk to your spouse about whatâ€™s important to each of you. Do you want an island getaway or a cabin in the mountains? Do you want to fly to the other side of the world or is something closer to home more your style?
If youâ€™re planning a destination wedding, you might want to have your honeymoon in the same location. Either way, your honeymoon is one of the first major decisions youâ€™ll make together as a newlywed couple so itâ€™s important to discuss it together.
Donâ€™t Break the Bank
Once you have an idea of what you want in a honeymoon, itâ€™s time to start budgeting. What can you afford? Do you have any loved ones who are gifting you money towards your honeymoon? If not, are there any unnecessary â€œextrasâ€ you could cut from your wedding budget to help afford the honeymoon?
You can plan a beautiful honeymoon on a budget. For instance, you could DIY some of your decor to help save money towards your getaway. If you have credit card points or frequent flier miles, you could put those towards the cost of flights and hotels. You might also check budget travel sites for great deals.
Take Care of Your Pets
If you have pets, make sure they are properly taken care of before you leave. For instance, you might ask a friend or relative to watch your dog or cat. If you canâ€™t find anyone, you could always go with a reputable dog boarding facility.
Hire a Travel Agent
If planning a wedding and honeymoon simultaneously is just causing you entirely too much stress, it might be worth it to leave the planning to the experts. Even if you canâ€™t afford a wedding planner, you could still hire a travel agent to assist you with the details of your honeymoon.
Speak with your agent about flying with an airline that offers a program to help offset your carbon footprint. Flying contributes to approximately 2% of the worldâ€™s emissions so your transportation options matter when it comes to global warming. The Smithsonian reports that the cost of offsetting is usually less than $25, meaning you can stay green and within your budget!
Plan for Emergencies
One last tip for planning a stress-free honeymoon: be sure to plan for emergencies, just in case. Have a backup plan in the event that something unexpected might happen. Print off a copy of your honeymoon itinerary and give it to a trusted loved one in case of emergency. If you need additional resources, this free planning checklist may help.
Your wedding and honeymoon are a very special time. Youâ€™ll be bonding with your new spouse, creating memories together as a couple that will last the rest of your lives. By following the advice listed above, you can craft a honeymoon that suits your personalities, has all of the relaxation, and none of the stress. That way, when looking back on your honeymoon photos in the years to come, youâ€™ll be sure to remember what was really important during this time in your lives: all of the beauty, the laughter, and the love.