If you delay planning your honeymoon, you can save on last-minute opportunities that include fare sales and vacation deals. But you have to be willing to be flexible; you may have your heart set on one destination or vacation package that sells out early. Beware that you may not get the best room at a resort, either — although if you tell the front desk or general manager that you are on a honeymoon, there's a chance you will be upgraded.
Check any hotel's website and you'll find a range of room rates. A room's size and view are two factors that hike up the price. Cut your accommodation's cost by booking a room looking upon a slightly less attractive landscape. When you spend most of your time on the beach, you'll hardly notice whether your room has a view of the ocean or a garden, and the savings can be significant.
Making your own lunch doesn't have a lack in romance. Go to the grocery store and stock up on sandwich ingredients, fruit, and other picnic goods. Trek to a secluded spot and enjoy a private lunch. You'll save money without missing out on the fond memories every honeymooner deserves.
How to Plan Your Honeymoon
Sit down with your spouse-to-be and make a list of things that are essential (tropical setting, surfing) and what you can live without (beachfront condo). Discuss whether you'll take off for the honeymoon immediately following the wedding or whether to postpone it a few days, weeks or longer.
Surf the Web and scan travel magazines for destination ideas.
Agree on a honeymoon that suits both of your personalities. Hedonistic hammock-dozers and lovers of la dolce vita will swoon for a beach resort in the Caribbean, Hawaii, Fiji or Tahiti. Exotic dreamers who love to scuba dive and snorkel will flip for the Seychelles and Palau. Fun-in-the-sun personalities will be drawn to resorts, where you can go from a pool to the golf course to a reggae-blaring beach bar to the spa and back to the pool again. Or fly to a cosmopolitan European city that has a great restaurant and theater scene. If a sprig of forsythia, wooded strolls and a vintage bottle of wine stirs your souls, a country inn in New England or Napa Valley has newlywed written all over it.
Talk about how you'll pay for the honeymoon and, if it's necessary to save up for it, how you'll go about that (see 228 Design a Savings Plan). Check out honeymoon registry sites such as HoneyLuna.com for more ideas and help.
Pick a package. A travel agent will be wired into the latest and greatest land, air and car packages, which cost less than booking accommodations, flights and car rental separately. A typical Hawaiian or Caribbean honeymoon package might include a cocktail greeting, a champagne breakfast, a dinner at the resort, and complimentary golf cart and greens fees, all for one price.
See 405 Plan a Trip and put your official documents in order, including passports or visas. Purchase travel insurance, if you're not already covered by your credit card or insurance. If you are going abroad, exchange a few days' worth of currency before you leave. If you're going off the beaten path, make sure your vaccinations are up to date.