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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Ultimate Guide to a Dream Honeymoon

Words by Kristi Blane

The planning doesn’t stop with your wedding: you’re also planning a honeymoon! Whether you’re dreaming of a tropical getaway on a warm beach, a cozy cabin up in the mountains, or an exciting adventure-filled trip to a city that’s always been on your travel bucket list, Be Inspired PR has gathered up tips from the pros on how to plan your dream honeymoon to keep you on track so that you can have a blissful trip as newlyweds!


Photo c/o: Brittany Gordon Photo

Focus on the small details too!

“Wedding planning can be stressful but planning the honeymoon should be pure bliss! While the big decisions are important, remember to focus on the small details that will make your honeymoon extra special. Write a special note to your new spouse sharing what you love about him. Order your favorite bottle of champagne to be delivered to your room. And do not forget to order a bridal swimsuit from Bliss-On to carry the details of your wedding day into your honeymoon attire. The Anna, our most popular style, is classic and sexy and will keep his eyes fixed on you!” - Kat Platt, Co-Founder + Designer, Bliss-On by Kat Platt

Finalize details at least a few weeks before the wedding.

“The last thing you want the week of your wedding is to be spending time working on finalizing honeymoon details – instead, you should be enjoying the week of your wedding and spending time with your partner, friends and family before the wedding weekend begins! Make sure that all of your honeymoon details (travel arrangements, reservation confirmations, packing your luggage, arranging a house or pet sitter as needed, etc.) are fully finalized at least a week or two before the wedding week, so that you can relax before the wedding day.” - AJ Williams, Founder & Creative Director, AJ Events

Consider shorter stays at unique & pricier locations.

“When budgeting for 2021 or 2022 travel, expect to spend a little more than in years past for top hotels. Travel demand is extremely high right now and prices reflect that, especially for tropical destinations that are closer to home. If your budget is fixed, consider a shorter stay at a "splurge" hotel on an island that's harder to get to rather than a longer stay somewhere you'll be able to easily visit again in the future- your honeymoon should be a standout memory!” - Carli Fernandez, Founder & Travel Designer at The Honeymoon Concierge

Work with a travel agency.

"Don't wait until the last minute to plan your honeymoon. Part of the wedding planning checklist should be honeymoon planning. We recommend our clients to work with a travel agency, someone who will be able to guide them and recommend dream honeymoon locations. This is what they specialize in and can create and build the itinerary of your dreams. Lastly, don't forget to take a look at those passports and ensure they are not expiring soon or close to your travel dates.”- Weddings by Susan Dunne

Take a mini-trip before.

"One big piece of advice is to wait a couple of weeks or months before you take a big honeymoon trip. If anything, take a mini-trip to somewhere nearby to relax right after your wedding and save the big trip for later. It gives you some time to decompress and relax and not rush into another big thing. This way it also allows you extra time to plan your honeymoon instead of simultaneously planning your wedding and honeymoon at the same time. You'll feel less stressed pushing it out a bit and have something else to look forward to.”- Kari Dirksen, CEO and Lead Planner, Feathered Arrow Events

Relax and read!

"Go hard for experiences, but don't overload yourself! Build in time to relax, read, or head to the spa. Heat, different time zones, and traveling, in general, can be a huge drain on energy, so don't plan something for every single day you're away.”- Ashley Lachney, Owner of Alston Mayger Events

Consider a close-to-home honeymoon.

“Planning a honeymoon doesn't always have to be in faraway destinations or exotic locations. There are beautiful quiet places just outside of major cities and towns that are perfect for a mini-moon, or a casual, tranquil week-long honeymoon. Planning a honeymoon that is about 2-4 hours outside of your hometown, saves you the cost and hassle of airline travel, and gets you far enough away from home to visit somewhere that has been on your bucket list for years. National parks, vineyards, ski resorts, or the mountains may be closer than you think and quick Airbnb search will provide some truly unique offerings for your stay and give you more time for each other, and for your honeymoon.” - Dawn E Roscoe Photography

Prioritize rest and relaxation.

“The most important part of planning the honeymoon of your dreams is to schedule time for rest and relaxation. After months (or years) of planning, hosting friends and family and then having a 12-hour wedding day---most couples are tired! The last thing couples should do is pack their day full of tiring activities; schedule some excursions and sightseeing but also reserve at least one full day for massages, relaxing, and just doing nothing but enjoying each other.”- Taylor Brione Ballard, CWP, Experiences By Taylor Brione 



Photo c/o: Little Boat Photography

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