Your wedding day takes a lot of planning, and so does your honeymoon. Unfortunately I’ve seen too many couples leave this until the last minute and end up with just a slightly more expensive version of their annual trip.
Here is how to countdown for the perfect honeymoon.

1 year to go

Start planning:

  • Where do you want to go? 
  • What weather conditions are you looking for? 
  • What do you want to do? Think about planning some apart time too. Don’t forget that COMPROMISE is very important ion a new marriage.
  • Decide if you are going to research and book yourself, or use a professional. 
  • Set your price range. Some companies have a wedding gift service where your guests can pay towards your honeymoon.
  • Don’t forget to book time off work.

11 – 6 months

If you’re not booking direct or online find your travel professional. Choose wisely, a small independent travel agency will offer you the widest choice with flexible dates, and you’ll probably deal with the same person throughout, but they might be a little more expensive. A large chain might be cheaper, but you’ll have a limited choice.

A professional will know all the special upgrades and deals, so it could work out a lot cheaper in the long run when compared to a DIY trip. Don’t forget that there may be a wedding gift list option.
Book as far in advance as possible to ensure that you get the trip you want, and there are only so many honeymoon suites and upgrades, so make sure that they are yours.

Check all the paperwork carefully to make sure that the names are spelt correctly and you know when the balance has to be paid. Don’t make the mistakes of booking the bride under her married name, change your passport after you have come back. Don’t forget travel insurance.

 5 – 3 Months

Simple checks to carry out which this far in advance aren’t a problem, but forget these and your plans could go terrible wrong

  • Check your passport. Does it have enough life left in it? The usual requirement is 6 months after your date of return. If you need a replacement visit www.gov.uk/renew-adult-passport 
  • What are the entry requirements for your destination? Do you need a visa? Do you need a minimum number of blank pages in your passport for and visa on arrival stamps? To find out visit www.gov.uk/fco 
  • Visit your GP or a travel health clinic to arrange any necessary inoculations or malaria tablets. With a GP some medication will be free, with a clinic it’ll all probably be chargeable, but the opening hours might suit you best.
  • For a quick guide to the required medication visit www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk but always double check with a GP/Clinic.

2 – 1 Months
  • Check that bills will be paid when you are away
  • Do you need any specialist equipment for your trip, or just a new wardrobe?
  • Arrange for your transport to the airport/airport parking
  • Do you need to book any extras as a surpise for your partner?
  • Pay the balance in good time.

3 – 2 Weeks

  • Inform your bank and credit card company that you’ll be using your cards overseas.
  • Order your currency
  • Check your medication; do you need to start taking your tablets?

 

1 Week

Photocopy all your travel documents and leave a copy with friends or family and have another copy that you can carry with you.

6 – 3 Days
  • Charge all your camera equipment, iPods, iPads, etc.
  • Write a packing list and pack. Check that you haven’t gone over your allowance. 
  • Check your gift list to ensure that you can send a photo of you enjoying whatever someone has given you

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1 Day
  • Check-in online (as early as possible to get the best seats).

  • Relax and enjoy your trip