Planning the perfect honeymoon...

  • Check the weather first. Your dream destination may be unbearably hot or have a monsoon or hurricane season at certain times. Wildlife tours may also be seasonal.

  • Research flight times. Don’t assume your honeymoon country will have daily connections and you’ll be able to depart the day after your wedding.

  • If you are changing your passport to your married name before your honeymoon, make sure all bookings including flights tickets are in the same name.

  • Look into a honeymoon gift list service so friends and family can contribute to your special holiday.

  • Remember, if you are marrying abroad with friends and family, changing resorts or combining two destinations allows you to head off for the honeymoon part alone.

  • Don’t tie yourself to honeymooning immediately after ‘I do’. Even a few weeks delay could save you hundreds of pounds, especially if your big day falls in the school holidays.

  • If you’ll be travelling while after marrying, make sure any honeymoon deals at your resort will still be valid and take your marriage certificate with you to claim them.

  • Price up an upgrade for one leg of your trip if return business class flights are beyond your means.

  • Think extra touches like balloon trips. special dinners, helicopter transfers and sunset cruises to make your honeymoon a trip of a lifetime. You could even suggest them as wedding gifts.

  • If you’re touring. remember, staying put for the first few days will let you relax after the wedding and get over any jet lag.

  • Want luxe for less? Consider honeymooning closer to home and splashing the cash you save on a better hotel. Or, pick a country with a low cost of living to reduce everyday expenses like meals.

  • Look for adult-only resorts if you don’t want a pool full of kids spoiling that honeymoon atmosphere.

  • See your GP at least six weeks ahead of your trip to discuss any inoculations or anti-malaria medication you’ll need.

  • Check if you’ll need an international Driving Permit (available from the Post Office or AA) if you plan to hire a vehicle on your honeymoon.

  • Make sure your travel insurance covers your engagement and wedding rings.

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