Congratulations! You found The One, got engaged, and are in the midst of planning your wedding & honeymoon. YAY! After all of the stress & time of planning your big day, having a much-needed pampering & romantic vacation sounds fabulous right? It will be assuming you have these 8 essentials in place! This honeymoon planning guide is exactly what you need to have a honeymoon that will truly be fabulous!
Let's discuss 8 essentials steps for planning your destination honeymoon!
1. Create a “Honeymoon Wish List”
Before you do any honeymoon planning, you and your future spouse need to take some time to make a list together of what you both are hoping to get out of your honeymoon. I call it a “honeymoon wishlist” Is gourmet food important to you, do you prefer ala cart vs. buffet restaurants? Do you care more about having a stunning honeymoon suite, or are you ok with the standard room? Are you both wanting a beautiful long stretch of swimmable beach, or are pools more important to you? What type of excursions would you like to enjoy? You will want to have at least some of these settled before you start researching destinations and resorts.
2. Don’t Base Your Decisions Soley on Recommendations!
Recommendations are great, but you have to remember that you are a completely different couple than they are. What is great for one couple, may not be great for you! Your honeymoon is pretty important, you don’t want to take a chance on having an underwhelming or poor experience. It’s fine to take a recommendation, but use it as a starting point, not your end point. And PLEASE, don’t go to Trip Advisor until you’ve narrowed your selection of honeymoon resorts down to two or three options!
3. Do This Instead:
Remember that list I told you to create in point number 1? Once you have that list made, you’ll want to start thinking about past travel experiences, both good and bad… What did you like or love about a trip you took, or what did you dislike or hate, about a past vacation or getaway? Add these to your “honeymoon wish list”. Now you will be ready to move on to point number 4.
4. Make a List of Potential Honeymoon Destinations:
Now it’s time to start making a list of potential honeymoon destinations! Use your honeymoon wish list to help you narrow down destinations that offer what is on your list, then make a list of potential honeymoon resorts. You may enjoy reading my article on The Top Destinations For a Dream Honeymoon.
5. Research Possible Honeymoon Resorts in Your Targeted Destinations
Once you have a couple of honeymoon locations chosen, then it’s time to figure out which location will be best for you and new mate. Check your list of items you want for your honeymoon and read my article on Top Honeymoon Resorts.
6. Get a New Email For Only Honeymoon Related Conversions
This is a great way to stay organized and not miss any type of important communication about your honeymoon. I always suggest that you create a special email address exclusively for your wedding & honeymoon. This way all of your honeymoon correspondence & conversations will be in one spot! Believe me, this will save you so much time and probably money in the end. The last thing you want is to miss a confirmation email that your honeymoon resort suite is almost sold out, booking because it was sandwiched between emails from Beach Body & your Grandmother’s cataract surgery!
7. Consider Getting a New Credit Card That Earns Miles
As long as you are going to be charging your wedding expenses, you mind as well earn some reward miles to help you pay for your honeymoon, or at least pay you back for booking your honeymoon. This is a great time to open a new credit card that will earn you miles or points or cash back for future or even current travel. You could actually get a discount on your airfare if you play your credit cards right!
8. Consider Working With a Honeymoon Designer or Specialist
If you want to ensure that your honeymoon won’t be a disappointment, as well as, reduce the stress and frustration you may feel when trying to plan this all on your own, it may be worth it to invest in hiring a honeymoon designer or planner. A properly trained honeymoon planner or designer knows how to take your honeymoon Wishlist, and quickly narrow down destinations & honeymoon resorts, that will be perfect for both of you! They will also make sure that you receive ALL the honeymoon amenities & perks you will qualify for as well.
A honeymoon is a fabulous time of FINAlLY getting away, just the two of you,
where you can relax, be pampered, and just focus on each other. By taking this honeymoon planning guide to the heart and putting these 8 steps in place, you can ensure that your honeymoon experience will be everything you hoped for, as well as one of your fondest new memories as a couple.
But, if you feel like you need a little help planning your honeymoon or just want this lifted off of your shoulders, then I encourage you to use this link, to schedule a free 30-minute strategy session with me! I would be honored to help your figure out everything you need for your dream honeymoon to come true!
Many newly engaged couples don’t know what they’re getting into when trying to plan their destination wedding. Most couples have this idea, that they will just find a place somewhere in a beautiful location, get married, then live happily ever after. But there is a lot of planning that comes into play to make this all come together and most couples eventually find out the hard way that it’s not so easy. There's so much to consider, from where to stay and how to get there to what gifts to bring and how
to keep everyone organized. I wish I had this destination wedding survival guide back when I first started planning destination weddings!
WOW! Ok, Let's get started and jump into these six destination wedding essentials.
1. Get Started Right Away
In today’s post-COVID environment, dates & availability are booking up faster than ever before! Many couples are eager to finally say “I DO!” in an amazing location, just as they had hoped before the pandemic! Now dates are booking up fast, so don’t procrastinate, start researching resort wedding venues & availability now!
2. You Don't Have To Know It All
You may think you have to know everything about planning a destination wedding before you begin, but that’s simply not true! You don’t need to have it all figured out to get started. The two most important things you need to start working on is making a list of potential destinations you would like to get married, and then, a list of potential resort wedding venues to hold your wedding & wedding group at. You may enjoy reading my article on The Top Destinations For a Dream Destination Wedding.
3. Consider Doing a Pre-Wedding Planning Trip
Hey, Who doesn’t like the samples at Costco, before you buy a 12-pack of hot chocolate bombs? Right?
Once you have a destination wedding location chosen, then it’s time to figure out which wedding venue & resort to have your ceremony and host your group. One of the most effective ways to choose a wedding resort & venue is to visit it first before you decide. In fact, many resorts offer special “wedding visit” packages to encourage you to visit their resort, hoping you will choose them for your destination wedding. Read my article on the Top Destination Wedding Resort Wedding Venues.
4. Get a New Email For Only Wedding Related Conversions
In order to have a successful destination wedding, you have to be organized. I always suggest that you create a special email address exclusively for your wedding & honeymoon. This way all of your wedding correspondence & conversations will be in one spot! Believe me, this will save you so much time and probably money in the end. The last thing you want is a confirmation email requesting you to verify your wedding date & time at the resort, and you miss it in a crowded inbox sandwiched between emails from Fitnation & your uncle’s gallbladder surgery!
5. Consider Getting a New Credit Card that Earns Miles and /or Cash Back
As long as you are going to be charging your wedding expenses, you might as well earn some reward to help you pay for your travel. This is a great time to open a new credit card that will earn you miles or points or cash back for future or even current travel. You could actually get your airfare paid for if you play your credit cards right!
6. Consider Working With a Destination Designer or Specialist
If you want to ensure that your destination wedding will be planned correctly, and reduce the stress and frustration you may feel when trying to plan this all on your own, it may be worth it to invest in a destination wedding designer or planner. A destination wedding planner or designer knows the ins and outs of a destination wedding and has plenty of experience setting up wedding groups, negotiating contracts, and managing all of the logistics for you and your guests. They will also make sure that you receive ALL the amenities & perks you will qualify for as well. Things that many resorts won’t tell you unless you ask.
No matter how much you plan for your destination wedding, there's bound to be something that will come up that you weren't prepared for. This doesn't have to ruin your wedding, you just need a solid resource to help you through these challenges when they show up…
…If you feel like you could use the help of a destination wedding designer, to help take all of this planning off of your shoulders?
I encourage you to use this link, to schedule a free 30-minute strategy session with me! I would be honored to help you figure out everything you need for your dream wedding to come true!
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