We’ve put together our top 8 tips to make sure you have the holiday of a lifetime from start to finish
Congratulations, you're getting married! With so many things to plan for your big day it's easy to forget that your honeymoon needs some careful thought too. From the boring bits like travel insurance to making sure you bag a few freebies, we've got you covered.
As soon as you've set a date for your wedding start thinking about where you want to go for your honeymoon. Remember that the majority of weddings take place over the summer and that means travelling at the peak of the season. The sooner you book the better.
What if you want to get married in July but the best time to visit your chosen destination is January? You're not alone! A latermoon might be a good idea if you've really got your heart set on a specific destination. Plus, after the whirlwind of your wedding day having a holiday to look forward to in a few months can be a great idea. Check out our Honeymoon Calendar and find out where to go when.
After the expense of the wedding, it might not be feasible to spend another few thousand pounds on a honeymoon. Consider booking a destination that is less popular but offers just as much culture or adventure. A minimoon is also a good option if you're watching the pennies and they can be just as, if not more, romantic than a regular honeymoon. Imagine the romance of two weeks condensed into two magical nights in Berlin or Barcelona…
If you're going to change your passport into your married name make sure that you allow enough time to get everything sent off and returned. In the UK getting a new passport normally takes up to six weeks so factor this in when you make your application. Remember if you're using your new name that all the booking details and documents that you'll be travelling with must be the same. If you have the wrong name on a visa you might be refused entry into the country. Not a good start to the honeymoon!
Travel insurance is a must if you're going abroad as it covers you for illness, theft and delayed baggage. Check the policy and excess before you go and make sure that it covers your shiny new wedding rings. Remember that Unique Honeymoons readers get 5% off travel insurance with Insure & Go.
It's easy to get attached to carrying your smartphone around with you everywhere, but the last thing you want to be doing on honeymoon is responding to work emails. Make a pact with each other to leave email and voicemail checking until you're back at home. Work can wait, you're honeymoon can't!
It might not be the top of every newlywed's priority list but if you are planning a honeymoon baby, remember that some malaria tablets can act as a contraceptive. Check if your destination requires you to take them or consider a similar, malaria-free option.
If you can't be treated like royalty on your honeymoon when can you?! Mention that it's your honeymoon when booking all aspects of your trip and you might end up with upgrades or extra goodies for free.
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