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Planning Your Honeymoon

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I am not a blogger although I hope to change that in 2012.  Mike & I have our own travel agency, Cruise Planners and we are fortunate to have one of the best jobs.  We help people with lifetime memories.  One of the most important memories is your honeymoon!

Where do you start?  It is important to start planning your honeymoon early.

Budget, Budget and Budget!

An average honeymoon is 7 days/6 nights.  The average cost is $5,000 per couple.  You are starting off your life together.  Make sure you take the trip you can afford.   Memories are priceless.  Pay attention to the “Must Have” and prioritize from there.  Stay real and no matter what your budget is you can still have a honeymoon filled with memories and NOT GO BROKE.  There are worksheets to help you start your budget.  I have included one for your reveiw…here

HOT TIP:  Remember that you can use our registry or a honeymoon registry so that family and friends can give you parts of your honeymoon as a present.

Now that you know how much you can spend, you can decide on the type of trip you want.  Do you want a destination wedding, an all inclusive resort, a honeymoon package or a cruise?

Destination weddings are becoming more popular.  You combine the wedding in a picturesque honeymoon venue.  The plus side is when you stay at the same resort you get married in you can start enjoying your honeymoon immediately.   No stress making sure you get home from the reception in time to catch that early flight the next morning.  The down side could be you might not get the alone time that you should have for a honeymoon.  Set ground rules for your privacy as you will have friends and family with you.    Just hope you get along with your in-laws as they will be there with you.  The destinations are endless.   Check out some from Bridal Magazine..here.

All-Inclusive resorts are an easy way to go.  You pay for most of it up front.  Most meals, activities, tips and drinks are part of the price.  Top all inclusive honeymoon resorts…here.

Hotel packages may be less expensive if you are not a big drinker. There are several companies that will package your air, car rental, excursions and hotel together.   We have companies that price match should you find the exact same trip lower.   Just make sure to budget for food, activities and drinks.  Conde Nast offers a Gold List of resorts and  hotels.  They have a great place to start your wish list:  Conde Naste Gold List ..check it out.

If cruising is your choice,  the ship will be your home away from home.  Wherever there is water you can find a cruise.  Included in the cost of the cruise are your onboard meals and entertainment.  However add to your budget alcohol, shore excursions, alternative dining options and maybe the couples massage.  Cost of the excursions will vary depending on your destinations.  Cruise prices are at their lowest when they first are published 14 months prior to your travel date and increase the closer you get to sailing.  Starting early will give you better pricing.  Should the price go down, you can usually get the lower price prior to final payment.   A cruise in the Mediterranean will have you visiting Spain, France and Italy in 7 days.  Options are endless.   There is a cruise ship and destination for everyone.

Use the services of a Travel Consultant.  They work for you.  They are not order takers, but advocates.  You do not always get the best pricing going direct to resorts or cruise lines.  You know you can talk to the same person and they are there for you if something goes wrong.   A good Travel Consultant will take the stress off of you and let you concentrate on the wedding…here.  If you don’t have an agent you can find a certified agent at CLIA.org or ASTA.org.

Remember, your honeymoon isn’t only a romantic trip.  It is also a chance to relax and spend time together after the wedding.  In fact, this is the time when your new life together really begins.

Diana Bogart, ECC
AMERICAN EXPRESS Travel Representative
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