Planning a Honeymoon: 4 Topics to Cover with Your Fiancé

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Your hon­ey­moon is like your wedding—it only hap­pens once in a life­time. While the wed­ding is indeed a cel­e­bra­tion of the love between you and your fiancé, it’s some­thing you share with fam­i­ly and friends. It’s a mile­stone event that includes moments you’ve planned and want­ed, in addi­tion to oth­er ones you’ve arranged to please your par­ents, as well as oth­er fam­i­ly and friends at the wed­ding.

The hon­ey­moon, on the oth­er hand, is inti­mate. You don’t have to wor­ry about as much. For exam­ple, there’s no has­sle with minute-by-minute time­lines or remem­ber­ing the steps to your first dance. You’re not respon­si­ble for mak­ing any­one else hap­py except for you and your fiance. It’s essen­tial­ly the after-wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion that gives you and your sweet­ie per­mis­sion to basi­cal­ly do any­thing your lit­tle hearts’ desire.

That kind of free­dom can be both exhil­a­rat­ing and over­whelm­ing. There are obvi­ous­ly sev­er­al choic­es when it comes to plan­ning a hon­ey­moon. As you begin weigh­ing your hon­ey­moon options, ide­al­ly about six to eight months before the big day, there are major bases you will want to cov­er. To help make your deci­sion less-stress­ful, below are four con­ver­sa­tion top­ics to exam­ine with your love.

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Time Off Work

Hav­ing a job, and a demand­ing one at that can dic­tate how much time you have to trav­el. Before plan­ning any­thing, fig­ure out how much time you can take off work, or how much time you have to step away from your dai­ly oblig­a­tions. Hon­ey­moons are usu­al­ly a week, but if you can take more time, why not? It’s your honeymoon—live it up!

Budget

Aside from hav­ing the time to go on a hon­ey­moon, know­ing how much you can put toward your trip is equal­ly as impor­tant. If you have a large hon­ey­moon nest egg, by all means, fol­low your pas­sion. Go some­where you’ve nev­er been, or choose a place you’ve always want­ed to vis­it and splurge.

If bud­get is a con­cern, though, it’s valu­able to stay flex­i­ble and adapt­able to all trav­el options. You may be able to score a deal online through a trav­el web­site by sign­ing up for a red-eye flight or choos­ing a des­ti­na­tion that’s not as high on your buck­et list of places to vis­it. Don’t lim­it your options to what you see online, though. Seek­ing the help of a trav­el agent may pro­vide you with the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get a bet­ter rate on a trip. Since agents gen­er­al­ly have con­tract­ed rates they’ve estab­lished through busi­ness rela­tion­ships, this means you save mon­ey, where­as by shop­ping online, you wouldn’t.

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Location

The amount of time you have to trav­el, and what you can or are will­ing to spend on a trip, strong­ly influ­ence where you go for your hon­ey­moon. If your bud­get and time are both more than gen­er­ous, there’s only one phrase to tell your­self: YOLO. On the con­trary, if you have either time or bud­get con­straints or both, con­sid­er a “mini-moon.” The idea behind a mini-moon is that you still take a cel­e­bra­to­ry trip, but it doesn’t last as long as the typ­i­cal hon­ey­moon of a week or more. Since mini-moons are only a few days, they’re typ­i­cal­ly more del­i­cate to your wal­let and eas­i­er to man­age time-wise.

Scheduled Activities & Spontaneity

Unfor­tu­nate­ly, not every­one enjoys an itin­er­ary while they’re trav­el­ing (ahem, type‑A folks). Don’t get the wrong idea, though. It doesn’t mean hav­ing a sched­ule is nec­es­sar­i­ly bad. In fact, with a hon­ey­moon, it’s kind of an unwrit­ten rule that you seek a healthy mix­ture of both planned activ­i­ties and free time to do what­ev­er. The key is that you and your fiancé come to an agree­ment about said activ­i­ties and how to spend your free, spon­ta­neous time with­in planned moments. (Yes, that’s a real thing.)

Keep in mind the activ­i­ties you and your fiancé enjoy should tie in with your loca­tion. The point in case: don’t go some­where that doesn’t have many options to explore the wilder­ness, if you are out­doorsy peo­ple. Over­all, if you both rev­el in a vari­ety of inter­ests, be strate­gic and use that to your advan­tage. It can be a guide in help­ing you arrive at a des­ti­na­tion deci­sion.

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Before Saying Goodbye

In the­o­ry, these dis­cus­sion top­ics should assist you and your fiancé with the hon­ey­moon plan­ning process. Here are a few oth­er tips you don’t want to for­get about when you start mak­ing your trip arrange­ments:

  • Get or renew your pass­port, if you plan to go out­side of the coun­try. Do this months in advance. You will thank your­self lat­er.
  • Explore trip insur­ance options. It’s not a bad idea to see what’s out there. Life hap­pens.
  • Under­stand what your med­ical insur­ance cov­ers and what it doesn’t while you’re trav­el­ing. It’s always best to be pre­pared for the worst.

Last­ly, have fun. This is your once-in-a-life­time trip. Enjoy the moment and the time you spend togeth­er plan­ning.

There are so many small details that go into cre­at­ing your dream wed­ding, but that does­n’t mean you should have to stress. Gen­er­a­tion Tux lets you sam­ple your cloth­ing before the big day, in the com­fort of your liv­ing room. See what we have to offer to make your union extra­or­di­nary.

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