When dealing with the stress of wedding planning, the honeymoon almost feels like a reward after months of busy days. But if you are unfocused when preparing for the trip, your dream vacation may turn into a nightmare. That’s why it’s important to take this process as serious as the coordination that your nuptials entail. While checking the reviews for resorts, properties, and activities are important, that alone is not enough to guarantee a perfect honeymoon.
To make sure you and your new spouse start your marriage off on the right foot with a trip to remember, we have listed common mistakes people make when planning honeymoons. Now, at the very least, you’ll know what to avoid!
- Forgetting to confirm your reservations before getting on the plane. A week before you leave is a good time to check in.
- Not keeping your wedding season in mind when picking a locale. After all, a tropical beach resort will seem less appealing during monsoon season.
- Leaving everything until the last minute because you're overwhelmed by your impending nuptials. This includes packing as well as booking reservations.
- Failing to pay attention to each other’s interests and desires when selecting a destination. Find a compromise!
- Not investing in travel insurance – better safe than sorry!
- Leaving the night after the wedding, or even early in the morning. Give yourself time to decompress before the stress of international travel.
- Overpacking, especially for multi-legged journeys.
- Not having enough in your carry-on luggage in case the airline loses your bags.
- Under- or overbooking. You don't want to be bored, but you do want time to relax as newlyweds as well!
- Taking money from the honeymoon fund to add to the wedding – you’ll almost certainly regret it.
- Not having the necessary documents. For example, you cannot enter Thailand with a passport that expires in less than six months. Don’t use your married name before the honeymoon unless your honeymoon is long after your nuptials and there is time to make sure your passport and ID matches.
Opening photo by Brian Leahy Photography