Traditionally the honeymoon is the groom’s responsibility. But it’s up to the both of you to decide where to go and what to do. Once the initial decisions have been made, one of you should begin making the travel arrangements right away. Many couples find it easier to embark on their honeymoon several days after the wedding and spend their wedding night or weekend at a nearby hotel, resort or bed and breakfast inn. This allows for flexibility in dealing with airlines and other schedules. In addition, it reduces stress allowing you to put off packing until after the wedding is over.
In planning your honeymoon, a professional travel consultant is your best ally. They have information on rates and special “romance packages” and there is no charge for their services. They will advise you if you need passports or visas. If you are considering a cruise or tour ask lots of questions and make sure you will be comfortable with the age group you will be with. Even resorts are sometimes geared to different age groups.
Travel consultants can also give tips on what sites to see, provide resources for best restaurants, arrange car rentals, and can help with the logistics of making connections to other destinations. You could spend hours making such arrangements online, or you can get it all done with a phone call to your travel consultant.
You may also want to consider a “destination wedding.” Who hasn’t dreamed of getting married on a tropical beach or in a European villa? Today many couples are opting to combine their wedding ceremony with their honeymoon vacation. Beach weddings are popular at romantic resorts in the Caribbean, Mexico, Fiji, Tahiti and Hawaii. And there are many historic castles and villas throughout Europe that offer wedding packages. Most resort locations have a wedding coordinator on site to help plan your wedding. Destination weddings can be very affordable and a great way to combine a wedding with a vacation for your guests. Your travel consultant can help you put it all together.
Regardless of your budget, with careful planning and good advice you can have a luxurious honeymoon or destination wedding.
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