Dreamy tropical beaches? Picturesque mountain ranges? Dazzling city lights?
A romantic honeymoon can take you places that you never imagined going to, but it can be hard to choose the right spot. With the help of this article and my 4 tips, you'll have no trouble choosing a honeymoon that is both comfortable and fun. Whether you want to enjoy the scenery or just relax and disconnect from distractions, These 4 steps will provide you with a blueprint to discover the best honeymoon location for you!
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Here are my 4 simple steps to uncover the best location for your honeymoon vacation
1. Create a Vision
While this may seem obvious, you’d be surprised how many couples turn to the internet first, when they really need to create a vision first.
Allow me to help you better define what you are envisioning for your honeymoon and break it down in a more realistic way so that you can get clarity on your vision.
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2. Decide on your non-negotiables
I encourage you both to write down your must-haves and priorities, the things that are most important for you to have the honeymoon of your dreams.
For example, a swanky suite, high-end service, a world-class spa, the best beach, kick-a** dining, a downtown location with easy access to everything, beautiful sites, specific experiences like swimming with sea turtles or ziplining, etc.
Once you decide on your non-negotiables, the two of you can work together to create an experience that will give you both what you want.
3. Define the type of experience you want
Now that you know the most important things that each of you wants, it is time to work together to decide on the overall experience you both feel you will need.
Some couples really want to be pampered and relax, other couples want to explore and have an adventure, and some couples want a good blend of both.
The location you choose for your honeymoon will directly impact the type of experience you will have and without defining what type of experience you want; your honeymoon could be mediocre.
Here’s something I like to ask couples during a consultation: “Finish this sentence with the first word that comes to your mind: in order for my honeymoon to be perfect, it must be _________"
4. Agree on a budget
And the final step is to agree on a budget. Once you have an idea of what you both
want, then the budget conversation will be easier to have, as well as help you both decide on something realistic.
It is best to consider your vision and your non-negotiables and fit those into your
budget. You’d be surprised at how far your funds will go when celebrating a honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort.
I recently wrote an article about how much a honeymoon costs. I encourage you to check it out as I believe it will give you a good baseline.
When you honeymoon at an all-inclusive resort, you can earn honeymoon amenities & perks
I love helping my honeymoon couples get the best honeymoon packages so that they can create the most memorable experiences possible!
Once you have all these details, you’ll be able to have more clarity on what you are looking for in a honeymoon destination & resort so that you aren’t wasting your time on places that aren’t a good fit for you. If you feel like you still need a little more inspiration, check out my post on the Top 6 Locations for an Incredible Honeymoon
Ultimately, the best honeymoon location for you and your partner will be one that excites and energizes you both. After all, this is a time to celebrate the culmination of a lifetime together and to enjoy being in love—not just another excuse to spend money. When it comes down to it, go somewhere that gives you instant sensory pleasure: watch the sunset from a tropical beach, book a room with a view that makes you immediately unplug and relax, or enjoy dinner by candlelight on the beach or at an upscale restaurant. The choices are all up to you!
I think this is one of the reasons why I love specializing in honeymoons. No two couples are alike, and I take great pride in finding the best location for them. If that sounds good to you,
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Let's dive into 4 simple steps to uncover the best location for you to host your destination wedding.
1. Create a Vision
While this may seem obvious, you’d be surprised that many couples turn to the internet first, and they really need to create a vision first. Allow me to help you better define what you are envisioning for your wedding day.
First, think about an overall theme or style that you want. This can be a color scheme or look. For example, romantic, whimsical, boho-chic, edgy, glamorous, etc.
Second, what is your vision for the setting when you say, “I do?” Is it at sunset on the beach, or is it in a garden, are you on solid ground with the water as a backdrop, maybe in a gazebo or on a rooftop?
Third, what is your vision for your reception also regarding the setting? Maybe a terrace overlooking the ocean, on the beach, poolside, in a garden, in a ballroom, etc.
Fourth, what is the overall vibe that you envision? For example, intimate, energetic, casual, extravagant, fun, etc. Ensuring that it reflects you as a couple.
2. Decide on your non-negotiables
I encourage you both to write down your must-haves and priorities, the things that are most important to you. For example, photography, a high-end look, privacy or exclusivity for the wedding and reception, a kick-butt party or even an after-party, an amazing resort that will wow your friends and family, an upgraded suite, an unforgettable honeymoon, etc.
Maybe you want to host a welcome cocktail reception for guests to get to know one another, maybe a morning after brunch, or maybe a night out on the town with your wedding party.
Go ahead and think about what you want the most in your destination wedding so that the two of you can work together to create an experience that will give you both what you want.
3. Define the type of experience you want and you and your guests to have.
Speaking of experience, let’s talk about what you are looking for and what you need for your guests.
It is easy to think about just the wedding side of this celebration, but the vacation side of it is a pretty big deal. After all, your guests will spend more time having a mini vacay than they will be celebrating your big day.
Spend some time considering the needs of your guests as well as the overall experience you want them to have. They are taking time and spending their money to be there, so it needs to be memorable, not miserable.
Let’s get them excited to attend your destination wedding! Whether it is an awesome resort with great restaurants, nightlife, pools, and activities, or you plan a group catamaran cruise, a golf day for the guys, and a spa day for the girls, write out what is important in the vacation experience for your guests.
4. Agree on a budget
The final step is to agree on a budget. Once you have an idea of what you both want, I think the budget conversation will be easier to have and help you both decide on something realistic.
It is best to consider your vision and your non-negotiables and fit those into your budget. You’d be surprised at how far your funds will go when hosting a destination wedding at a resort.
I wrote an article about how much a destination wedding costs. I encourage you to check it out as I believe it will give you a good baseline.
Like any other wedding, the number of guests will be a factor in your wedding cost, but don’t allow that to keep your guest list small! When you host your destination wedding at a resort, you can earn so many freebies that will really expand your budget!
I love helping my destination wedding couples save thousands of dollars! It’s so fun!
Once you have all these details, you’ll be able to have more clarity on what you are looking for in a destination wedding location so that you aren’t wasting your time on places that aren’t a good fit for you.
Ultimately, picking the ideal location is all about how you want to celebrate this beautiful new chapter in your life. There's no one-size-fits-all method to choosing a location, but by following the four steps outlined above, you should be able to come up with a location that will hopefully have many of the perks without compromising on your non-negotiables.
You may want to read my blog post on the Top Locations For a Dreamy Destination Wedding, as a way to shorten the learning curve while doing your research.
That’s my specialty! I’d love to connect with you via a complimentary consultation. Here is the link, and I look forward to helping you!
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