8 things to keep in mind when planning a honeymoon

While the wedding ceremony itself might excite the bride more than the groom, the honeymoon is usually an equal priority for both partners. Planning a honeymoon is great fun and with the amount of romance in the air, there are a few silly mistakes you may make. Here’s a quick list of things to keep in mind while booking honeymoon packages.

Set a budget
Given that this may be your first holiday together, it is easy to go overboard when planning a honeymoon. Hence, the first step is to set a budget. Allocate money for your accommodation, shopping, food etc and decide what you would like to splurge on and where you think you can save money.

Plan it together
Since the holiday is for both of you, you should plan it together. This way, no one person feels the weight of planning the holiday. Planning it together also lessens the guilt you will feel if things do not go according to plan at any time.

Ask for upgrades
Many places will offer you a free upgrade if you tell them that you are on your honeymoon. So, don’t be shy about mentioning it. Along with looking for hotels online, try contacting them directly as well. Many a time, when you speak to a person, you can get a much better deal than a holiday website. Even at restaurants, telling the server that you are on your honeymoon can get you free desserts and wine.

Don’t spend too much on accommodation
Prioritizing the right amount of your budget on accommodation can be tricky. After all, you do want the place to be inviting and comfortable but you also don’t want to spend all your time indoors. Instead of the typical 5-star chains, look at smaller boutique hotels that may offer you similar rooms at a more budget-friendly price.

Avoid an early morning flight
Yes, everyone knows you’re dying to start your honeymoon but starting it on a tired note is not a great idea. Planning a honeymoon begins months in advance and avoid red eye flights and take a mid-morning or evening flight instead. This is especially important if you’re leaving the day after your wedding.

Look into in-transit airport facilities
If you’re changing flights and have a lot of time to spend at the airport, look into the lounge facilities offered. In many cases by making an online booking, you may be able to get a better deal on the prices.

Find a place that both of you like
A honeymoon is no place to start compromising. If you and your partner have common interests, picking a place is easy. But if you have different interests, try to find a place that offers something for both of you.

Check out the weather
As with any other holiday, don’t forget to check the local weather conditions for the place you are going to be honeymooning at. The monsoons may seem romantic at first but being cooped up in a room while it pours outside is no fun at all.

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