What You Shouldn't Do on Your Honeymoon

Three things that may make you regret the all-important trip.

What You Shouldn't Do on Your Honeymoon

Photo: Brian Leahy Photography

After all the stress of wedding planning, the last thing any pair of newlyweds wants is a disappointing honeymoon. It’s supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, and while it’s impossible to guarantee anything will go perfectly, you certainly want to avoid doing anything that will hamper the enjoyment of the vacation. This, of course, starts from the planning process, and is why taking the time to carefully read reviews of resorts and activities is not something to put off because you’re too busy organizing your wedding day. However, not everything can be perfected – or ruined – ahead of time.

Below are some of the biggest things you should not do during your honeymoon in order to make sure it’s the idyllic start to your marriage of which you’ve always dreamed.

what you should not do on your honeymoon

Photo by Brian Leahy Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events

- Stay glued to your electronic devices. While there’s nothing wrong with needing a little entertainment on a long flight, you should not be focused on social media or work while enjoying your honeymoon. 

- Have a packed-to-the-minute itinerary. As much as you don’t want your travels to be filled with “I don’t know, what do you want to do?” overbooking you and your new spouse can lead to stress and bickering. Having time to simply relax as the loving couple you are is key. 

- Bringing along the family. Whether it’s relatives tagging along from a destination wedding or allowing the kids to join in order to celebrate the new blended family, it is something you may regret. For children, a compromise would be a quick mini-moon with the little ones in tow, and then take a proper honeymoon when you can secure childcare. While it can be difficult to say no to family, if you gently explain the importance of the honeymoon just being the two of you, older relatives will realize they’ve overstepped and find somewhere else to vacation. 

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