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The Honeymoon Planning Survival Guide: The Newly Engaged Couple’s Essential Planning Checklist

Updated: Dec 5, 2023

If you are newly engaged, congratulations! Maybe you’ve been engaged for some time. Either way, eventually you’ll be planning your honeymoon. This planning guide will help you navigate the 8 essential details of planning the perfect honeymoon. It can get a little tricky. The last thing you want, after all of the stress & time in planning your wedding, is a disappointing honeymoon experience. This honeymoon planning guide will ensure that both you and your partner, come out pampered and relaxed, instead of disappointed and frustrated.

Ok, so let’s jump into these six destination wedding essentials!

1. Create a “Honeymoon Wish List”

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Before you do any honeymoon planning, you and your future spouse need to take some time to make a list together of what you both are hoping to get out of your honeymoon. I call it a “honeymoon wishlist” Is gourmet food important to you, do you prefer ala cart vs. buffet restaurants? Do you care more about having a stunning honeymoon suite, or are you ok with the standard room? Are you both wanting a beautiful long stretch of swimmable beach, or are pools more important to you? What type of excursions would you like to enjoy? You will want to have at least some of these settled before you start researching destinations and resorts.

2. Don’t Base Your Decisions Soley on Recommendations!

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Recommendations are great, but you have to remember that you are a completely different couple than they are. What is great for one couple, may not be great for you! Your honeymoon is pretty important, you don’t want to take a chance on having an underwhelming or poor experience. It’s fine to take a recommendation, but use it as a starting point, not your end point. And PLEASE, don’t go to Trip Advisor until you’ve narrowed your selection of honeymoon resorts down to two or three options!

3. Do This Instead

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Remember that list I told you to create in point number 1? Once you have that list made, you’ll want to start thinking about past travel experiences, both good and bad… What did you like or love about a trip you took, or what did you dislike or hate, about a past vacation or getaway? Add these to your “honeymoon wish list”. Now you will be ready to move on to point number 4.

4. Make a List of Potential Honeymoon Destinations

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Now it’s time to start making a list of potential honeymoon destinations! Use your honeymoon wish list to help you narrow down destinations that offer what is on your list, then make a list of potential honeymoon resorts.

5. Research Possible Honeymoon Resorts in Your Targeted Destinations

Once you have a couple of honeymoon locations chosen, then it’s time to figure out which resort to have your ceremony and host your group. One of the most effective ways to choose a wedding resort & venue is to visit it first before you decide. In fact, many resorts offer special “wedding visit” packages to encourage you to visit their resort hoping you will choose them for your destination wedding.

6. Get a New Email For Only Wedding Related Conversions

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This is a great way to stay organized and not miss any type of important communication about your honeymoon. I always suggest that you create a special email address exclusively for your wedding & honeymoon. This way all of your wedding correspondence & conversations will be in one spot! Believe me, this will save you so much time and probably money in the end. The last thing you want is to miss a confirmation email that your honeymoon resort suite is almost sold out, booking because it was sandwiched between emails from Beach Body & your Grandmother’s cataract surgery!

7. Consider Getting a New Credit Card That Earns Miles

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As long as you are going to be charging your wedding expenses, you mind as well earn some reward miles to help you pay for your honeymoon, or at least pay you back for booking your honeymoon. This is a great time to open a new credit card that will earn you miles or points for future or even current travel. You could actually get a discount on your airfare if you play your credit cards right!

8. Consider Working With a Honeymoon Designer or Specialist

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If you want to ensure that your honeymoon won’t be a disappointment, as well as, reduce the stress and frustration you may feel when trying to plan this all on your own, it may be worth it to invest in hiring a honeymoon designer or planner. A properly trained honeymoon planner or designer knows how to take your honeymoon wishlist, and quickly narrow down destinations & honeymoon resorts, that will be perfect for both of you! They will also make sure that you receive ALL the honeymoon amenities & perks you will qualify for as well.

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I hope this honeymoon planning guide helps make your wedding planning a little less stressful and more fun. Whether you're looking for an over-the-water bungalow or a secluded white sand beach where you both can unplug and unwind, you’ve got to get these 8 essentials down first, before you do anything else.

If you’re ready to have some of the pressure and stress of planning your honeymoon lifted off of your shoulders, then I encourage you to use this link, to schedule a free 30-minute strategy session with me! I would be honored to help your figure out everything you need for you to have a romantic and pampering honeymoon!



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