How to Plan a Perfect Honeymoon: A Comprehensive Guide
An epic getaway requires thoughtful execution. And a checklist – never underestimate the power of a thorough checklist!
At White Sparrow, we’ve watched so many couples prepare to embark on their honeymoon, and we’ve heard a lot about what works and what doesn’t, so we’ve put together a guide to organizing each piece of your trip at the right time so there’s no last-minute scrambling.
Six Months Ahead
Once you’ve made a budget and set your heart on a place, find a travel agent who specializes in your destination. Now would be the right time to research hotels, check availability and nail down a room so you can focus on other minor details.
Once the accommodation is taken care of, book your flight. If you’re using frequent flier miles, make your ticket request from the airline well in advance. Make sure your passport is current and will be for at least 6 months after you return home.
And the often ignored but very important piece of the puzzle – consider travel insurance. Any number of possible circumstances could cause you to cancel your trip and it could be financially devastating. Play it safe and get a travel insurance.
Three Months Ahead
Figure out in advance if you need (or want) any expensive items. You can buy them or register for them before your wedding shower.
One Month Ahead
Confirm all your reservations and finalize your itinerary. If you’re heading to an all-inclusive resort, you may want to pre-book spa treatments and special activities, like sailing trips or other excursions, since there’s a chance they might fill up. Make sure you and your fiancé have full bottles of any medications that you take regularly. Now is the time to go shopping for all the specific garments or electronics you will need.
Two Weeks Ahead
Get copies of your passports, visa, credit cards and any other important documents. Leave a set with someone at home and pack one in your suitcase in case something is lost or stolen.
Exchange about $100 into small bills in the currency of the country you’ll be visiting. You can easily get cash from an ATM in any country, but having a little bit of money on hand is a good idea. Pick up the airline tickets from your travel agent and make sure all material information is correct. Set out clothes to pack and buy what you need and make sure you have extras of everything you can’t live without. Call your cellphone carrier to get an international travel plan.
One or two days ahead
Reconfirm reservations, it can’t hurt. Make arrangements for your transport to and from the airport. Leave a copy of your itinerary and a set of house keys with a family member or a close friend in case of an emergency.
Check the weather forecasts for your destination as it may affect your packing. Make sure both your carry-on and checked luggage is labeled with your name, hotel address and phone number.
That’s it! You’re all set to enjoy your hard-earned reward after months of wedding planning!