Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Bueller
Ahh the honeymoon, the frosting on the whole wedding so to speak. This is the perfect time for a newly wed couple to spend quality time just focusing on each other. However many times too often we hear of brides and grooms not taking a honeymoon because it is too expensive. In chatting with literally thousands of brides over the years we would often ask, “Where are you going for your honeymoon?” and many many times we would hear something very similar to, “We are not taking a honeymoon, we are going to take one next year when we have more money.” I hate to be the bearer of bad news but more often than not next year turns into the year after that and the year after that and so on and so forth, all of the sudden 8 years have passed and instead of your honeymoon you are now talking about planning a trip for your 10 year anniversary, and if you think it is difficult to get away when you are a newly wed try breaking away when you are dealing with children in school, soccer games, dance recitals etc etc. Life doesn’t slow down for you the older you get, make the honeymoon a priority, we at TheBrideandGroom.com promise you, you will be glad you did.
A study was done many years ago where hundreds of people who were getting ready to retire were interviewed. They were asked one simple question, “If you could look back over your life to this point what would be your one biggest regret.” Almost unanimously, the response was, “I wish I would have spent more quality time with the people who mattered most to me.” Don’t start your marriage by not doing something just for the two of you.
A honeymoon is a fantastic way for you and your new spouse to focus solely on each other. Time spent alone where you don’t need to worry about anything but creating great memories together.
Many times people think they can’t afford a honeymoon and while taking off to Tahiti might be a bit expensive you DO NOT have to break the bank or put yourself deeply into debt to go on a honeymoon. On the flip side you also don’t have to stay at “Bobs Discount Motel” (No offense Bob) either.
One thing we highly recommend when putting together your honeymoon trip is to use a travel agent. Many people think that they have to pay a travel agent as well as paying for everything else. They couldn’t be more wrong. Typically the company they book you through gives the agent a commission for bringing in a customer. This is not added to the price but is already built into the price of the package whether you do it yourself or use an agent. If you book directly with them they just get to keep that much more of your money, and you do all the work. So why not help out the agent who will do all your leg work. In most cases an agent can even get you a lower price. There are many fantastic travel agents out there.
There are some online companies where you can book your services as well, but we would be willing to bet you will still get the best deal and service when you work directly with your own personal travel agent. Personal experiences over the years has proven that to be the case in our lives.
Now with all that being said where are some of the more popular honeymoon destinations?
According to our friends at All Points Travel these 5 locations tend to be extremely popular.
1 - The Mayan Riviera – Based on overall quality, value & convenience the best value for your money.
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2 – The Caribbean - Here you will find some of the most exotic and secluded beaches.
3 – Cruising – Cruising not only offers high quality, partially inclusive accommodations but also the relaxing feeling of being at sea as well as the high paced action of port activities.
4 – Hawaii – The most popular vision for honeymoons. Hawaii offers some of the most breathtaking beaches and scenery.
5 - Close To Home – Many places close to home offer romantic scenery and are much more affordable. Midway, Snowbird and Park City offer beautiful locations, great food and a lot of activities.
Another very close and popular wedding destination that won’t empty your pocket book (unless you gamble it all away) is Las Vegas. Las Vegas offers more hotel rooms than anywhere else in the country and they are extremely affordable, especially if you travel mid week. Las Vegas offers great food, fantastic entertainment and some incredible sites. Many of the attractions are free of charge. While Las Vegas might not be a newly weds paradise it has plenty to offer.
Southern California is also a great place for a close to home honeymoon that won’t cost you your entire 401K. The beaches are free, you can get some great rates on hotels and while Disneyland and other Theme parks can seem expensive you can get some great southern California passes as Costco that can save you tons on theme parks.
When all is said and done it doesn’t necessarily matter where you go but rather that you go. Make sure you make your honeymoon a priority. Weddings are awesome, celebrating with friends and family is a great and very important thing but we cannot stress enough the importance of spending that quality time together.