The BIG FOUR: tips on booking your honeymoon
Once you’ve said your vows, danced your socks off and hugged more people in one day than you have all year, your attentions will turn to the most anticipated holiday of your life – your honeymoon. This occasion, which gets its name from the idea that the first month of marriage is the sweetest, your honeymoon is a chance for you both to celebrate your new matrimonial status alone, away from everyday life.
So, wherever you choose to go – whether it’s an unfamiliar corner of the world, the most exotic beach imaginable, or somewhere a little more modest – here are our four top tips to keep in mind when booking.
1. Have a budget in mind (and stick to it)
It’s easy to get swept away with all the excitement and fairytale-magic of a wedding. And the same goes for your honeymoon. So, if you have a budget, make sure you stick to it. There’s nothing worse than forking out for that swanky suite but then realising when you get there that you can’t afford a drink in the equally swanky restaurant. You’re better off getting a room that’s within budget. That way you can enjoy romantic meals (and the odd bottle of wine).
2. Online bookings could be your cheapest option
We all know the trick to booking a holiday nowadays; swing by your local travel agents for some brochures and advice, find what you like, and then book it online for a lot less. We all do it. So there’s no need to feel guilty about it.
But, however you book your honeymoon, make sure you do it in good time. Not only will you have better accommodation options open to you, you’ll be doing yourselves a favour in the long run. As the date of your wedding gets closer, you’ll have enough on your plate. And if that plate is less of any honeymoon worry, the better everything will taste.
3. Don’t forget insurance and potential fees for changing your name
It goes without saying, but you should always travel with insurance. Every provider offers different packages at different prices. So scour the comparison websites to find a deal that suits you. And check with your bank, or your company’s benefits package, to see if travel insurance is included for you and your spouse.
Another point worth thinking about is whether or not you want to travel under your new married name. If you do, remember that the name on your passport must match the name on your ticket. This’ll mean you’ll have to factor in time and budget to send off for a new passport in the period between saying ‘I do’ and checking in.
Also, if you’ve previously booked your flights under your maiden name but then change your mind (and passport) at the last minute, the airline might charge you to change the name on the booking. So make a decision in advance and plan accordingly.
4. Don’t be afraid to play the honeymoon card
More often than not, telling the check-in staff at the airport that it’s your honeymoon won’t get you upgraded to first class. But it might get you a free meal, complimentary glass of champagne or – at the very least – a warm and friendly ‘congratulations’.
My sister-in-law and her husband did get an upgrade to business class when they flew straight from their wedding in Bali to their honeymoon in the UK. She said it was just luck. But I reckon the wedding dress she was carrying as hand luggage helped.
If you’ve got any tips you wish somebody told you before booking your honeymoon, or any amazing memories you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them. Just write them in the comments box below.
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