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The perfect honeymoon

Getting married? Don't leave your honeymoon to the last minute. Here's how to plan the perfect holiday as Mr and Mrs.

After months of wedding planning, the honeymoon is a much-needed break for the bride and groom – and also the perfect excuse for a brilliant holiday to some far-flung or exotic location. Thanks to Jenny at Blue Eye Travel here are five top tips to help plan the perfect honeymoon.

Tip 1: Decide what time of year you want to travel

I know this sounds incredibly basic but it is important to understand whether you want to travel immediately after your wedding or wait. It will largely depend on when you are getting married, but also what type of honeymoon you are looking for.

Tip 2: What type of honeymoon do you want: relaxing, luxury, adventure…?

This is a really important part of helping to decide where and when is the best time to travel on your honeymoon.  If you are looking for pure luxury and relaxation then some areas of the world are not good to go to at certain times of the year due to high chance of hurricanes, for example.  On the other hand if adventure is more your thing then a ski trip or a safari adventure might be a great choice.

On the whole most people want a honeymoon that offers them a feeling of luxury, decadence and something out of the ordinary, so something they wouldn’t normally do on holiday. Making the decision on what type of honeymoon you want is central to helping you chose the right destination!

Tip 3: Mini moon vs. honeymoon straight away

Over the past couple of years, a growing trend has been to go on a ‘mini-moon’ instead of going on a massive honeymoon straight away. Mini-moons can be somewhere either in the UK or if you’re getting married abroad, somewhere close to your venue location.

For many people a wedding and everything it entails is one of their largest expenses and therefore the thought of paying out an additional £5,000-£10,000+ for a honeymoon just isn’t possible.  This is where a mini-moon is a great option! Some possibilities include a lovely spa break in a country hotel or explore some quirky accommodation options across the UK.

A mini-moon allows you to spend some quality time together celebrating your marriage before saving some additional money to put towards a larger honeymoon in the future.

Tip 4: Budget

Ah the dreaded word, budget! I say this is because although spending money on the venue, dress, cake etc is important you don’t want to have a beautiful wedding followed by a holiday that is sub-standard because your budget can’t stretch to the hotel or location that you wanted.

If a large budget isn’t available for a honeymoon then as in tip 3, a mini-moon at a spa hotel might be a good interim option; allowing you to save up for a larger honeymoon at another time. If on the other hand a longer honeymoon is more immediately affordable then an option of a luxury all-inclusive resort on a beautiful desert island might be just right!

If you want to offer something different to your guests other than a normal gift list, then a Honeymoon Fund Gift List is a great opportunity for your friends and family to contribute to your dream honeymoon.

Tip 5: Planning in advance

A honeymoon can often be left to the end of a very long list of priorities when planning a wedding. However, once you have booked your date and venue it is a great time to start thinking about honeymoon ideas.

Many travel operators including hotels and airlines, sometimes provide discounts for bookings made in advance but also if you are lucky enough to book in say January, then many operators are offer wonderful discounts for future dates, so you can pick up a bargain! For advanced bookings a deposit option is sometimes available meaning that your honeymoon is secured but the costs can be spread out to ease the budget.

If you are getting married over the main UK summer periods of June-August and are looking to go away on honeymoon straight away, then it is best to look for a trip in advance as this tends to be when prices peak for travel.

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