5 Tips for Booking a Honeymoon

HoneymoonThough many couples will spend a fair amount of time alone in their room during their honeymoon, most couples will spend much more time out seeing the sites and exploring. In the days of yesteryear, couples would almost exclusively sit in their Jacuzzi tub in the “honeymoon suite” and completely ignore the outside world. Today, honeymoons are essentially a glorified vacation meant to get the new marriage off on the right foot. However, since it is a reward you only get once in your lifetime, many couples try to make their honeymoon the best vacation they’ll ever take in their lives. Here are 5 tips for booking a honeymoon that will make it as memorable as possible both inside and outside of your hotel room.

Research the Location

Before you book your honeymoon, figure out what type of activities you want to do while on vacation. Once that is determined, you can research different locations that fit your criteria. It is a good idea to spend as much time as possible researching your potential honeymoon destinations to ensure that your honeymoon is everything you want it to be. Take your time and be sure to read as many real-world reviews as possible to find the best place that fits within your budget and offers the type of activities you want to do as a couple.

Make an Itinerary

Though it may sound really romantic to go on your honeymoon without a plan, it can actually be a huge mistake. It can be really stressful trying to figure out what to do without any notice and while you’re trying to relax, especially if you’re going during a busy season when some activities may be booked up in advance. Your best bet is to have an itinerary to help you know what you’re doing each day. Try to keep it flexible and leave a lot of open time to do whatever you feel like doing, but having no plan at all can lead to a disastrous experience.

Resort Reputation

When you’re deciding on a resort for your honeymoon, you may find yourself torn between two different places. If that ends up being the case, you should always go with the resort that has the best reputation. If you recognize the brand of a resort, chances are that they will have higher standards than a resort that you’ve never heard of, so it only stands to reason that they will provide great service.

Make a Budget

One of the hardest things you’ll need to do when planning your honeymoon is to figure out your budget. Remember, you’ll be going on this trip right after you shelled out a ton of cash for your wedding, so you probably won’t have an endless amount of cash to spend. Just make a budget in advance and do your best to stick to it, but always plan to bring extra cash for purchase and expenses that you didn’t plan for ahead of time.

Factor In Tips

One important factor to remember when you head out on your honeymoon is that you’ll need to tip for certain services. If you have a driver take to your resort or to another area while you’re on your trip, you’ll need to offer them a tip. If you eat out for dinner, you’ll need to tip your server. Plan ahead for tips as part of your budget to ensure that you don’t run out of money for the things you really want to do while you’re on your honeymoon.

Tips for Picking Your Reception Hall

Reception HallThough the ceremony is probably the most important thing for you as a couple, the location that guests will remember the most is the reception hall. After you’ve said your vows, exchanged rings, and sealed the deal with a romantic kiss, the rest of the event will be spent eating, dancing, and mingling with your guests. Depending on the size of your wedding, there are many things you need to consider when choosing your wedding reception venue. To help get you headed in the right direction, here are some tips for picking your reception hall that will hopefully make the task a little easier.

Same or Separate Venues?

One of the first things that you’ll need to decide when choosing your reception hall is whether you want it at the same location that you host your ceremony or at a separate facility. There are advantages to both, but ultimately the choice is up to you. The benefit of having the ceremony and reception at the same location is that there isn’t anywhere to travel. This can be great if you have elderly guests in attendance or want to save money on transportation to the reception hall from the ceremony site. The downside is that you’ll need to find a location that is romantic enough for a ceremony and has all the amenities needed for a reception which can be a little tricky to do.

Distance from Ceremony

If you choose to have your wedding reception at a separate location from the ceremony, you need to keep the distance away in mind. Not only will you need to get the wedding party to the reception hall, but you’ll also need to make sure it is easy enough for your guests to find that nobody gets lost along the way. Typically, you want to try to keep the reception hall within a few blocks of the ceremony site so it is very easy to find and some people could even walk if they wanted to. You can choose a location that is farther away, but make sure you have clear direction to hand out to the guests to make it as simple as possible to find.

Size of the Room

Lastly, you’ll want to consider the number of guests on your guest list when you go out shopping for a reception hall. Not only do you need to fit everyone into the room at tables to eat, but you’ll also need to consider the capacity of the dance floor. You want the room to seem fairly crowded so that everyone feels like the party is full, but you don’t want it to be uncomfortable at the same time. Just make sure there is plenty of room for everyone on your guest list before choosing your wedding hall and that can give you some important direction as to which venue to choose.