Your wedding day is one of, if not the most, important days of your life. You spend months, possibly years planning every little fine detail, right down to the last letter and you hope that the day goes without a hitch; no pun intended! Most couples also plan some kind of honeymoon to head off to after the wedding. They choose exotic locations, far off destinations or even something a couple of hundred miles up the road, but it’s their choice and their honeymoon.
If you are getting married soon you might have given the idea of a honeymoon plenty of thought too. Your honeymoon is easily as important as your choice of wedding car, venue and wedding breakfast catering. You may have a destination in mind that you have never been to but really love the idea of seeing. You may also be deciding to go back to a place that has many fond memories for you both. Whichever applies in your case, there are a few things to consider before you put your money on the table.
I heard Stories…
Shows like Watchdog and consumer rights programs often highlight horror stories of couples who have purchased a honeymoon package from a reputable travel company, only to find that when they arrive at their destination it’s the holiday from hell. If these stories terrify you and your spouse-to-be, look into the destination further, before you book. Check reviews from websites, ask in an online forum where people discuss places they have visited. Try to get a clear picture of what to expect before you spend money with your travel agent. Also, make sure your travel agent is regulated by all the organizations—usually ABTA and ATOL—you would expect from them. This at least guarantees that you recoup some of your lost money if your honeymoon doesn’t shape up as you hoped.
On the Good Side
On the good side, these stories are very rare, but it’s worth highlighting them, just to advise people. Most honeymoon destinations end up being the perfect holiday for the newly-weds and they leave the place with some wonderful experiences and memories tucked under their belts. Many destinations offer all-inclusive honeymoon packages and some will offer the entire wedding package in one bundle. Obviously not everyone will choose that option if they are getting married in England, but the choice is there. Choosing your honeymoon really depends on the kinds of people you and your spouse are. You may be sunbathers extraordinaire and want nothing more than to lounge by the pool. Or, you may be the outdoor adventurous types who want to go mountaineering or parachuting. Whatever you decide to choose for your honeymoon destination, make sure you take out the right insurance and protection, including travel and medical, to ensure a trouble free experience and a honeymoon to remember.