Planning your perfect honeymoon takes a lot of time and detail. We have compiled a list of some of our top tips and we hope you find them useful:
1. Manage your expectations to suit your budget. Your honeymoon is a very special trip so managing your expectations is very important. Don't set expectations that may not be achievable and once a budget has been determined, you can pick the destination that is right for you.
2. Stay organized. If you're planning your honeymoon with your fiance, let the more organised of you keep track of the bookings. This person doesn't have to do all of the work, but he or she should organize all the information you need for your honeymoon. Staying organized will help reduce your stress levels when the wedding and honeymoon come around.
3. Use multiple resources when researching your destination. It is very easy when booking your honeymoon to get outdated information about hotels, airports, restaurants, excursions, and other activities you may want to reserve ahead of time. The best way to avoid outdated and incorrect information is to use multiple, frequently updated sources. The Internet tends to be updated regularly, but check the dates on any related articles you may find.
4. Give yourself plenty of time. Don't feel pressured to go on your honeymoon right after your wedding if you feel it will be too stressful to plan both at once, especially if you're having a short engagement! Give yourself at least six months to plan the honeymoon of your dreams, even if that means taking the honeymoon a couple months after your wedding.
5. Talk to us. Tour America are Ireland's honeymoon experts.
6. Set a careful budget. The number one cause of honeymoon related stress is money. Don't rack up credit card debt to go on a honeymoon. If you plan carefully, you won't have to. Instead, budget carefully, shop for deals, and be sure to track your budget every time you spend money for your honeymoon. A cruise or an all-inclusive resort provides all your lodging, meals, and entertainment at a fixed price - making it easier to budget your expenditures.
7. Use a honeymoon registry. If money is a concern for your honeymoon, or if you just prefer a memorable honeymoon experience to a kitchen full of duplicate appliances you'll never use, set up a honeymoon registry. This type of registry will allow your guests to purchase honeymoon upgrades and activities for you as wedding gifts. This can help stretch your honeymoon budget. In addition, many honeymoon registries will allow you to withdraw your gift funds from your registry at any time, so you'll have money available for bookings well ahead of the wedding.
8. Know which name to book in. For most couples, it's best to book honeymoon tickets and rooms in the pre-wedding name of both parties. It's important that your names match your ID. This is particularly true if you're traveling out of the country, since your airline tickets and hotel room names will need to match the name on your passport, which you won't be able to have changed until a few weeks or months after your wedding
9. Make Sure your ESTA is up to date when travelling to the US, and also check on any VISA requirements needed for the country you will be visiting.