Honeymoon couple on Long Island, Seychelles Long Island, Seychelles - Image courtesy of North Island Resort

Honeymoon Planning Tips

Where to go and what to do on your honeymoon? Do you and your fiancé share similar ideas on what your dream honeymoon should be? It’s important to make sure you do. Here are some tips to get you started.

Start daydreaming now!

Don’t wait. Create time now to brainstorm your perfect honeymoon, talking it through together. Decide what’s really important for you both in this trip of a lifetime. Make lists separately, then compare together.

Ask for advice from family and friends and seek information from travel experts, but don’t try to make another couple’s honeymoon yours. Make sure your ideas are those that take centre stage. Oh, and have fun…

Wedding couple at Turtle Island Resort, Fiji

Honeymoon planning facts

Did you know that in 2017, the five most important factors for newlywed honeymoon couples were…
    1. A dream location
    2. A reasonable price
    3. Comfortable accommodation
    4. A good selection of quality food
    5. Enjoyable activities.

Here are some questions you both need to consider to ensure you have the perfect honeymoon…

Have you considered combining your wedding and honeymoon?


Destination weddings are becoming increasingly popular. And why not? Combining wedding vows with an idyllic honeymoon venue provides the simplicity of one coordinated wedding-honeymoon package.

One plan, one price and one destination mean one big romantic adventure. There is a huge choice of specialised venues and fabulous destinations both here in Australia and overseas.

Read more about destination weddings

When would you like to leave?

Perhaps you would prefer to go immediately after the wedding, or maybe you’d be happier to wait a day or two to recover from the festivities! And there’s always the option of delaying the honeymoon until you have more holiday time or money, or until the weather is perfect in your destination of choice.

How long do you want your honeymoon to last?

Do you want to head off for the weekend, a week, a fortnight or more? How much time can you take off work? For an extended overseas honeymoon, perhaps consider asking your employer for a sabbatical.

What style of honeymoon holiday grabs you the most?

Is it a luxurious Caribbean cruise or a lazy tropical island getaway? Or perhaps the bright lights of Europe’s cities beckon . . . London, Paris, Rome?

Where (and when) to go on honeymoon?


Making sure you arrive at the right time of year can make all the difference between a great honeymoon holiday or a disappointingly wet one.

And while the skies are not always blue in the tropics, rainfall typically occurs during the late afternoon leaving the rest of the day sunny with clear skies.

Our month-by-month when to go where weather guide provides an instant snap-shot of average weather conditions around the world. From this guide you can easily assess what the weather is usually like at the best honeymoon destinations in the world.

Choosing the right accommodation

Once you’ve decided where and when to go, the next step is finding the right hotel or resort to suit your budget.

With so many hotels available it’s a good idea to compare online hotel prices from a large hotel price comparison website such as TripAdvisor where you can check out the best hotel reviews and hotel deals. This ensures that you secure the best hotel booking deals offered by the world’s top booking sites.

What landscape should your destination include?

Would you like your room to overlook the beach or a mountain peak? Do you prefer complete silence during the night or do the bustling sounds of the city excite you?

How much money do you want to spend?

This will probably make a big difference to the type of honeymoon resort you can afford to stay at, but not necessarily the destination. For example, most tropical islands offer a variety of accommodation to suit a range of budgets.

Try to put a dollar amount on your budget, then for ideas and tips check out our Budget Tips and Budget Worksheet panel.

What do you want to do on your honeymoon?

Does snuggling up to your partner with a glass of fine wine in front of an open fire sound good to you?

Perhaps it’s walking hand-in-hand along a tropical beach with the moon and stars to light your way? Or is it snorkelling in clean azure waters, rock climbing or bouncing around a pristine desert landscape in a four-wheel-drive?

What type of food do you plan to eat and from where?


Is fine dining your preference or do you prefer eating out at less expensive restaurants or even street stalls?

After sunset, how do you want to spend your time?

Do you like quiet, romantic evenings alone or would you prefer going out on the town for dinner and drinks?

Have some fun with our Honeymoon Quiz


To better understand what you and your fiancé truly want in a perfect honeymoon, have a go at our Honeymoon Quiz.

Note: The Honeymoon Quiz can help you narrow down your honeymoon choices to better match your ideal preferences. To get the best results you and your partner should take the quiz separately. Compare your answers with those of your fiancé and start planning your perfect honeymoon.

As you’ll discover, this may involve a little compromise, but stay focused on what matters most for each of you. Don’t forget, in the years ahead you can take holidays together where you can do or see the things you couldn’t do this time.


Alaska kayaking

Travel Themes

Have you thought about a travel theme for your honeymoon?

Are you daydreaming of the perfect honeymoon, one where you can totally lose yourself in each other… a honeymoon where everything you dream off comes true?

Of course you are! You want the perfect romantic honeymoon that will leave you with memories you’ll cherish forever!

A dream honeymoon begins with great planning and a good understanding of what you and your fiancé really want. Here are some tips, suggestions and ideas for making your romantic getaway even more blissful and perfect for you and your loved one.

What really appeals to you?

Just because your fiancé has often said he would love to backpack the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, doesn’t mean he’ll want to do that immediately after the wedding.

Perhaps you prefer to explore a romantic city such as Paris or Venice or enjoy lazy days on a gorgeous tropical island. Think it through and plan ahead before jumping into reservations and bookings. Take some time to consider what you and your fiancé's honeymoon styles really are.

Do you… love the sun?

Is heaven for you a sunny day on a gorgeous white-sand beach? Could you spend your life in a bathing suit on a tropical island? Your choices for a magical sunny honeymoon are endless… Bora Bora, Fiji, Maui, Maldives, Seychelles and scores of beautiful islands in the Caribbean… the list just rolls on and on into the sunset.

Do you… love luxury?

Are your honeymoon daydreams filled with images of five-star pampering, endless champagne, ornate spas, seven-course meals and swanky shopping? In that case the world is your oyster, with secluded tropical islands, mountain retreats and 5-star luxury beach resorts as well as glitzy city hotels that will surely pamper you on a luxurious honeymoon.

Scuba diving at Gladden Spit, Belize

Do you… love adventure?

Do you see your honeymoon as an opportunity to base jump off the Eiffel Tower, snowboard or ski in British Colombia or hold hands while white water rafting the Oxenbridge Tunnel in New Zealand? If so, don’t forget to pack your protective headgear, a supply of oxygen and your parachute, because every conceivable adventure activity on this planet is just a short plane ride away.

Choose from an array of exciting outdoor honeymoon adventures, including cycling, scuba diving, white water rafting, surfing and trekking for a honeymoon of a lifetime.

Or perhaps you may prefer to exlore an exotic adventure to a rainforest, see wildlife on a safari, fly fish a remote river, hike across some romantic highlands or tee-off at the world's best golf courses?

Do you… love to relax?

Do you seek peace and tranquillity? Could you spend long, contemplative hours sipping your favourite cocktail poolside and then staring at a star-filled sky as a balmy sea breeze carries your cares away? Turn leisure into an art form on your perfect leisure honeymoon at a fabulous tropical beach resort, on a luxury cruise, at a mountain retreat or take a long and romantic train journey.

Or perhaps you are a… sightseeing fanatic?

Are you kind of person who gets kicked out of museums at closing time, visits every sight and takes a million photos? Well if you thrive on ancient wonders and archeological sites or new places to visit, your choice of sightseeing-rich honeymoon destinations is overwhelming.

For starters you can choose from most of Europe’s capital cities, plus you have temple ruins in stunning locations such as Greece and Turkey, as well as the ancient civilisations of South America for an inspiring sightseeing honeymoon.

Or an entertainment guru?

If you love to party, then exciting cities such as Las Vegas, New York, London or Paris could be your honeymoon destination of choice. For those of you who enjoy a great show or movie, gambling, dancing, dining out and just generally a great night out on the town, you’ll need a high-energy city to satisfy your needs.

Or a food lover?

Do you love to cook? More importantly, do you love to eat? Does the idea of shopping for fresh produce in quaint little markets put a smile on your face? Do you dream of exploring regions where the world’s best cuisine is artfully grown, cooked and served?

Perhaps yours will be a gastronomically-inspired honeymoon in Thailand, France, Turkey, Mexico or some other magical country where cooking and eating is a national pastime.

For more inspiration and to really discover what you want to do on your honeymoon why not try our Honeymoon Quiz!


Aitutaki Lagoon Resort, Cook Islands

Budget Tips

After you’ve selected your honeymoon style and destination, it’s time to fine-tune your budget.

Consider our money saving tips below for more ways of getting the most out of your honeymoon.

Them check out our Honeymoon Budget Worksheet to help you determine how much money you need and how much money you can spend.

Discounts

Watch out for discount airfares or hotel rooms – there are some great deals to be found. Ask your travel consultant to check for you.

Also, ask about resorts that offer the best free amenities or perks for honeymooners. Or better still, check online specials. Consider destinations with lower off-season rates.

Points

Frequent flyer miles, hotel points, car rental points, time-shares… Ask family members if they have some spare points they can give you to help reduce your honeymoon costs. These points could even make a great wedding gift?

All-inclusive or not?

You can often save money at all-inclusive resorts. Most packages include your food, beverages and some activities, but these can vary widely. If you drink alcohol, find out how much is included.

Some resorts limit the types of drinks they offer for free, so you may have a limited selection of beer, wine or cocktails. If you are a food connoisseur you may be disappointed, as selections can be limited.

Regardless of where you stay, consider bringing along some bottles of your favourite wine and spirits, or buying locally.

Credit or not?

Consider when you have to pay for the trip. Is it all up-front or can you make monthly payments to have it paid off before you leave?

Traditions

Some family traditions have a money dance or a money hat that is passed around for extra money for you on your honeymoon. If this tradition works, take advantage of it!

Registry

A honeymoon registry is a great way to have certain expenses such as dinners or excursions paid for by your guests.

Clothes

Don’t go out and spend hundreds of dollars on a new wardrobe for your honeymoon, unless you can afford it. For specialised items such as skiing jackets or boots, shop around or ask a friend or family member if you can borrow theirs

Luggage

If you don’t have luggage already, borrow it from friends or family.

Food

Food can become very expensive on holidays. Unless it’s not a worry, try to stay away from room service or the hotel mini-bar.

Instead, pack a small bag with wine, coffee and creamers and munchies you may like while you’re relaxing in your hotel room or by the pool. This could save a lot of money you can then use to splurge on other luxuries!

Phone calls

Hotel phones are expensive. Find an online centre or internet café and fire off a quick email to friends and family to let them know you arrived safely. Or, if you really must talk to anyone other than each other, invest in a prepaid phone card for the best rates.

Souvenirs

Don’t waste money on something you’ll want to throw away in a year’s time. Be selective. Look for something special that you’ll want to keep forever and that will remind you of an unforgettable honeymoon.


Albufeira, The Algarve

Timing Tips

As you plan your honeymoon, keep in mind there are things you can and can’t control such as the weather, events and pricing, among others.

Ensure you are taking your honeymoon at the best possible time with these tips and insights…

The weather

Carefully consider and research the weather and season in your perfect honeymoon destination.

Just because it’s summer in the southern hemisphere doesn’t mean you’ll find hot sunny days in the northern hemisphere; in fact it’s quite the opposite!

And what if the week you plan to jet off to your tropical island paradise coincides with the local monsoon season?

Snuggling up to your lover under your thatched bungalow roof listening to torrential rain lashing the palm trees may sound romantic, but will it still feel that way after several days?

The better you align local weather forecasts with your travel plans, the more likely your romance will burn brightly.

Check out our warm weather guide to top honeymoon destinations destinations around the world.

Events to avoid

Are there are any large events scheduled for your planned romantic getaway destination? It's best to find out, as they may not be ideal.

Picture this: you and your partner relaxing on the beach with cocktails in hand, while an international rap music contest takes place in the background, complete with loud music and bus loads of partying fans.

Unless you're both rap fans, this may not be what you had in mind. Have your travel consultant check any event schedules before locking in dates.

Events to enjoy

There are however some amazing festivals and events all over the world that may serve to heighten the enjoyment of your honeymoon. You can choose anything from food and wine festivals to art and music festivals.

For example, jazz fans can look out for the Thredbo Yalumba Jazz Festival – three days of great jazz, food, wine and mountains of fun in Australia! Or, if you're planning an overseas honeymoon, try the Montreux Jazz Festival held each summer in Switzerland. The choice is yours!

Seasonal rates

Most destinations have high and low seasons. There’s usually a reason for this. The majority of high seasons are arranged to coincide with school holidays, and on the very day the kids head back to school the prices often drop significantly.

By planning in advance and travelling either side of the high season, you can secure better rates for your perfect honeymoon (not to mention avoid the hoards of holidaying children!).

Family events

Are there any momentous family events to consider when planning the timing of your honeymoon?

Your brother may not mind if you miss his 25th birthday bash, but you may want to stick around for your grandparents’ golden wedding anniversary. Confirm important dates with your family so you don’t accidentally plan your honeymoon at the same time.

Stay true to yourself

Don’t feel pushed into doing something you don’t want to do. There’s no rule book that says you’ve got to go on honeymoon immediately after the wedding. You may want to take a few days to relax, open presents and write thank-you notes.

And consider the seasons: maybe a colourful spring wedding suits you best, or a winter honeymoon to indulge your passion for skiing. This is your life and your honeymoon, so plan what works best for you as a couple and you’ll have no regrets!


Amalfi Coast, Italy

Travel Tips

Preparation is the key to travel overseas. With just a little effort you can easily plan ahead for a memorable honeymoon.

Here are ten travel tips to get you started…

1. Travel insurance

Always prepare for the worst by taking out comprehensive travel insurance to cover hospital treatment, medical evacuation and any adventure activities in which you plan to participate.

Read more about why you should safeguard your honeymoon with travel insurance.

2. Health

See your doctor for a check-up and determine what vaccinations you’ll need at least eight weeks before you leave. For any pre-existing ailments bring medication with you. If you wear eyeglasses consider taking a spare pair.

3. Visa and passport requirements

Make sure your passport has at least six months validity and you get visas for all the countries you plan to visit or transit.

4. Stay in contact

Advise friends and family of your travel itinerary or register your travel and contact details online at www.smartraveller.gov.au or at the local Australian embassy once you arrive.

5. Documents

Make copies of your passport, insurance policy, travellers cheques, visas and credit card numbers. Carry one copy with you in a separate place to the originals and leave one copy with someone at home. Or scan all of your important documents and email them to yourself for instant access anywhere in the world.

6. Cash currency

Exchange a small amount of currency before you leave home and the remainder once you get there. For better exchange rates use a bank or exchange shop rather than a hotel. Or load cash into a Cash Passport Card or a bank debit card.

Alternatively, use American Express Traveller Cheques, which provide a locked-in currency rate, are redeemable at AMEX offices worldwide free of charge and can be replaced if lost or stolen within 24 hours and do not expire.

7. Spare photos

Carry additional passport size photos with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas.

8. Calling home

Consider buying a prepaid phone card or international SIM card. Prepaid SIM cards can be bought for specific countries and some include free incoming calls. Sign up for Skype if you plan on bringing your Ipad or laptop. It's absolutely free and you can chat for as long as you like.

9. Research

Research about a country and its people before you arrive. Learn a few words of the local language and some local customs so as not to offend.

10. Watch out

Avoid being a target of crime. Watch out for scams, be pragmatic when wearing jewellery and try not to carry excessive amounts of cash.


Honeymoon couple at Cove Pocono Resorts

Romance Tips

Here are a few tips to make your romantic honeymoon absolutely unforgettable.

Make your arrival an occasion

Once you make those first moments alone together memorable, you’ll set the romantic tone for the whole trip.

Here are some ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

• Have a bottle of champagne waiting in your room – if you don’t drink, you could consider having fresh strawberries and cream, or, if your budget runs to it, caviar on blinis (whole-wheat pancakes)

• Have rose petals scattered on the floor and over the bed

• Surprise your new husband with sexy lingerie under your clothes… as he opens that bottle of champagne…

At the time of booking, have your travel consultant advise the hotel that you’re newly weds. At this point you can make special requests, and as a rule, the hotel will throw in a few surprises of their own.

What to pack…


Something fabulous (read sexy) – Something that no one else sees except your lover. Some stunning lingerie in his (or your) favourite colour will take his breath away.

Attractive clothes – From a slinky bikini to a stylish dinner outfit that screams ‘look at me!’. Wear clothes that enhance your shape and make you feel attractive, stylish and sexy for your partner.

Something comfortable – Shoes and clothes. Remember you’ll probably be doing a lot of walking around, exploring the beach and discovering new sights. Along with your striking stilettos, make sure you pack your worn-in sneakers. The last thing you want is blisters and sore feet.

And if you do plan to buy new shoes for your honeymoon, it’s probably best to wear them in before the big trip. Make sure you pack some loose and comfortable pants for some of your more adventurous outings.

Something special…

Enjoy a special meal – Hire a chopper, fly to a deserted atoll and be marooned for a few hours in blissful solitude, relaxing with a private champagne picnic!

Or perhaps get dressed up and wine and dine in style at your resort. Pick a great location on the terrace, preferably with a magnificent view.

Take a little time to plan ahead – meet with the restaurant manager to make sure you get the right combination of ambience and food.

Spoil yourself – Feel good, look good. Consider a spa package for two. Many resorts and cruise ships now offer special full-day massage and body treatments for honeymooners.

Some spas even offer a teaching course, giving you and your partner the opportunity to relax and care for one another in your own time and place.

Keep the romance flowing – There’s more to romance than the ‘Do not disturb’ sign. It’s easy to spice up your honeymoon evenings. Be creative; think about what will put a smile on your partner’s face. Why not try a bubble bath in your room with massage oils and your favourite romantic music (think Barry White).

Here’s an idea… – Do you love a candlelit room scattered with rose petals? Want to have that every night? If so, invest in silk rose petals that are light, easy to carry and don’t spoil after a day or stain the bedspread or carpet. Arrange with housekeeping to scatter them around your room every evening for endless romance.

Be smart…


If you want to enjoy a couple of margaritas (or more) around noon, be smart and sip them in the shade. There’s nothing worse than a hangover combined with sunburn to dampen your romantic honeymoon.

Also, be careful of what you eat on the street. Unless it is hot and cooked in front of you, some roadside foods are best avoided. Food poisoning is another honeymoon no-no.

Don’t over-plan – Sure you’re in an exciting new place, but don’t overdo it. Relax and enjoy your time together. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with a lazy afternoon siesta after lunch!

Surprise, surprise – Have fun and say “I love you!” with a handful of surprises throughout your honeymoon. Here are a few ideas:

• Champagne, rose petals and a gift basket of decadent bath products on arrival

• A love poem or a ‘Why I love you’ note left on your lover’s pillow

• A surprise breakfast, lunch or dinner with his or her favourite delicacies . . . in bed

• A thoughtful gift such as stylish new sunglasses, a sexy new bikini or a fabulous leather travel bag

• Does your fiancé love cooking? How about a surprise cooking class or an activity such as parasailing or surfing?

• A surprise picnic. Honeymoon destinations are rich in secluded spots for romantic getaways, from beaches to quiet mountain lakes. Even in the city, a picnic by the banks of a river overlooking the city lights can make for an unforgettable romantic evening.


Latest update: Honeymoon Planning Tips & Ideas: 14 September, 2018


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