Planning for your Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is your hard-earned reward after all those months of wedding planning. But don’t forget, you have to plan it too. Although it’s not as important as deciding your flowers or cake, it’s still important and its best to make sure its not left to the last minute, so you have one less thing to stress over..

Six Months or More Ahead

  • Set a budget.
  • Start discussing dream honeymoon destinations with your fiancé. Where do you want to go? What do you want to do? Start researching possible locations online, talk to a travel agent and quiz your friends for ideas.
  • Find a travel agent who specializes in your destination, activity (maybe sightseeing, hiking or diving) or mode of transportation (like a cruise specialist).
  • If the price tag on your ideal trip is out of your range, brainstorm ways to save money. Investigate what your frequent-flyer point balance can buy you and research honeymoon registry options like Honeyfund or Zola, which let your guests gift money toward your travels.
  • Research hotels, check room availability and reserve a room.
  • Book your tickets, order special in-flight meals and check luggage allowances.
  • Reserve a rental car.
  • Ask your travel agent or visit the CDC Travelers’ Health Site to check whether certain vaccinations are recommended or required before visiting your destination. (Some programs need to start months in advance of your trip.)

Three Months Ahead

  • Obtain your passports and visas, if necessary.
  • Consider signing up for travel insurance if one of the following apply: one of you has health issues; you’re concerned about your safety; or the weather threatens to wreak havoc on your honeymoon. Research travel insurance coverage offered by your bank,  travel agent or an independent agency; secure additional coverage for your specific concerns if necessary.

Two Months Ahead

  • Buy a camera (if you don’t already have one and want higher quality photos than your phone will provide) and nice luggage—or register for them before your wedding shower. Practice using your camera to make sure it’s working properly.
  • Research and tours, events, restaurants to try and any other activities that will require being booked as soon as you reach your destination.

One Month Ahead

  • Make a packing and shopping list.
  • Reconfirm all reservations.
  • Make kennel reservations or contact your house, pet or babysitter to make sure they’re available.
  • Exchange currency beforehand. There is usually an exchange counter or ATM at the airport, but it can be nice to have cash in hand (it will also help you get used to the exchange rate).

 

One Week Ahead

  • Print all flight tickets, accommodation booking informations.
  • Download any helpful travel, budget or guide apps
  • Set out clothes to pack and buy what you need.
  • Make sure you have extras of everything you can’t live without: migraine tablets, allergy pills, asthma inhaler, glasses or contacts and so on. Carry all medications in their original prescription bottles to avoid questions at customs.
  • Touch base with your house, pet or babysitter to reconfirm
  • Call your mobile network company to get an international travel plan if you’re traveling abroad.

Three Days Ahead

  • Order champagne to be waiting for you in your hotel room (okay, not a necessity, but a fun honeymoon welcome).
  • Buy or download any books and magazines for the trip.
  • Make arrangements for your rides to and from the airport.
  • Prepare your house or apartment for your departure—eat or dispose of perishable food, water plants, set timers and security alarms.

One Day Ahead

  • Double check flight times, times you’ll need to the house by etc.
  • Make sure your luggage (carry-on and checked) is labeled both on the outside and inside with your name, hotel address and phone number.