If each part of the wedding process – the pre-wedding, wedding, and post wedding periods – were compared to a meal with entrée, main and dessert, the pre wedding period would be the entrée, the wedding itself, the main and the honeymoon, the dessert. The honeymoon is the sweetest period of them all. When done well, your honeymoon will be the most indulgent part of your wedding and will conclude your wedding in the most desirable way. But what constitutes a successful honeymoon and how does one go about achieving it? We can all picture the perfect honeymoon in our heads, but what if things don’t go exactly as planned? If you’re in the process of planning your honeymoon and have got similar questions in your mind, this article is for you. Here are 5 of the common mistakes couples can make on their honeymoons and, luckily for you, here are also 5 ways to ensure they do not happen to you.
Putting fun before safety
Often couples choose remote locations for their honeymoon that may require vaccinations or safety preparations beforehand. Do you research and act appropriately. It’s always better to be safe rather than sorry.
Blowing the budget.
Yes, you just got married and this is a very monumental occasion in both your lives, but it is never a good idea to splurge on a honeymoon you can’t afford. Staying within your combined budget will allow you to enjoy your honeymoon while safe in the knowledge that you won’t come back to nothing.
Attempting to fit too much in one day.
There are two types of holidayers in the world: those that like to explore and discover their surroundings by taking trips every day, and those who like to lie on the beach all day sipping margaritas. Your partner might be of the first variety by nature and you might be of the second, or the other way around. Whatever the case is, honeymoons are for relaxing, so lose the adventurer in you and bring on the sun tan.
Having unrealistic expectations.
One of the biggest problems couples make before departing on their honeymoon is creating a picture in their heads of pure honeymoon bliss. This picture may involve canopied beds and crisp white sheets, perfect weather and beautiful pools. The problem with having these kind of expectations is that sometimes life doesn’t live up to our expectations and that could lead to disappointment. Instead, board the plane with an air of excitement, knowing that your honeymoon will be amazing, regardless of the small details.
Overstaying your welcome.
Honeymoons are meant to a secluded break from real life with your loved one. They are a time to recharge, refresh and process your newly married status. They are not meant to be an extended period lived in a different country. Keep it short and sweet and you’ll reap the benefits more than if you drag it out. Like guests, honeymoons should have an expiry date or they can grow sour.
So when planning your honeymoon consider the above 5 things. Remember that for a honeymoon to be successful it shouldn’t last more than a week or two. Stay safe and stay within budget. Don’t leave with grand expectations, take everything in your stride, and enjoy. Ok, now pass me another cocktail.