Step 1: consider using a honeymoon specialist


You need someone, a live person, to be there for you from the earliest stages of planning until the day you get back home from your trip.  While the internet is helpful in providing ideas and information, it cannot replace the personal attention and expertise you'll receive from a good honeymoon travel specialist.  A specialist will have visited many possible destinations and knows what questions to ask about any destination.  A specialist will also have the connections to get you a good value 

​from reliable sources.  The best part is that working with a honeymoon specialist typically costs no more than making your own arrangements online and may even save you money.  It will undoubtedly save you time, streamline the planning process, and contribute to your peace of mind all along the way.

Step 2: create a picture in your minds of yourselves on the trip


To explore your options in a focused way, you will need to develop preliminary answers to the following questions:

  1. ​How long a trip do you anticipate?
  2. How much time do you want to devote to getting there and back?
  3. Do you envision a very active trip, a totally relaxing trip, or a mix of the two?
  4. What is your budget?
  5. Do you have a particular setting such as the beach or mountains in mind?
  6. Do you have special interests such as golf, snorkeling, or wine-tasting that you'd like to include in your plans?
  7. ​Do you want to have a traditional wedding followed by a honeymoon trip or combine the wedding and honeymoon by having a destination wedding?
  8. Do you find exotic or familiar locations more appealing?
  9. What kinds of memories do you want to make during the trip?

Don't worry if your answer to any of these questions is "We don't know."  Your Prestige Travel honeymoon specialist can help you discover the possibilities and give shape to your dreams.

Step 3: discover what a destination wedding has to offer


Destination weddings are becoming much more popular, especially since the cost of the traditional wedding is growing by leaps and bounds.  The concept behind the destination wedding is to create a more intimate and often exotic setting to exchange vows.  Occasionally, the bride and groom go alone, but more often they invite family members and close friends to join them.  The overall atmosphere is much more laid-back and gives the couple the opportunity to spend time with their family and friends.  Most importantly, a destination wedding typically places fewer demands on the bride and groom and provides them with more time to focus on each other and the vows they are taking.  Most couples choose to honeymoon at the destination wedding resort for a few days following the wedding while some move to another resort in the same area that caters more to honeymooners.

step 4: explore the variety of traditional honeymoons


Option 1: The All-Inclusive, Adults-Only Resort

​Because a traditional wedding can be such a busy time and pretty tiring, many couples choose an island destination within a 3-5 hour flight at an all-inclusive, adults-only resort for their honeymoon.  An all-inclusive package typically includes airfare, transportation between the airport and resort, all meals, drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic), and non-motorized sports.  Basically, an all-inclusive package covers everything except extras such as tours, spa treatments, and shopping.  This very popular option simplifies your planning in many ways, including making it easy to stay within your budget and enjoy your trip without the worry of a huge bill at the end.


Option 2: A cruise

A cruise vacation is similar to an all-inclusive resort in that in addition to your accommodations, all meals are included but not beverages (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic).  Cruises allow you to explore several destinations while only unpacking one time.  They also allow you to visit exotic places using the familiar comforts of the cruise ship as a home base.  One important difference between an all-inclusive resort and a cruise is the accommodations.  Cruise cabins can be nice and include extras such as a private balcony but are considerably smaller than a typical resort room.  In addition to many Caribbean itineraries, there are lots of other cruise destinations such as Alaska, Europe, New England, and Hawaii.


Option 3: The "a la Carte" Honeymoon

​Those who are adventurous and want more freedom to explore on their honeymoon may choose to go with the a la carte type vacation.  Your Prestige Travel honeymoon specialist can work with you to plan an itinerary that suits your interests.  Examples of a la carte trips might be touring the countryside of Italy, trekking throughout Australia, skiing in Aspen, enjoying several of the islands of Hawaii, or exploring the pueblos, landscapes and cuisines of the American Southwest.  With this type trip arrangements are made for your air travel, accommodations, car rental, tours, etc. and you fill in the rest.

Step 5: Protect your honeymoon investment with travel insurance


It's a peace of mind.  Just as you buy insurance to cover your home or car, it's also a good idea to protect your honeymoon investment.  There are several different types of travel insurance.  Cancel-for-any-reason insurance allows you to cancel without reason and get your money back.  This insurance is particularly good during storm season when the weather is unpredictable.  Because of the flexibility it offers, it is more expensive and doesn't offer all of the same benefits while traveling that other insurance does.  Full travel insurance coverage is sold based on age and the amount you want to cover.  It covers cancelation prior to the trip due to covered reasons (illness, work related, death in the family, etc.).  In addition, it offers travel concierge service and coverage during the trip for such things as lost luggage, travel delay, injury, and medical evacuation.  Anyone who has ever had to use travel insurance has never gone on another trip without it.  Your Prestige Travel honeymoon specialist will be happy to discuss your insurance options with you further.

Step 6: consider establishing a honeymoon registry


You've registered at the department and home stores but may find that what you really need is help funding your honeymoon.  Take advantage of the Prestige Travel Honeymoon Registry.  Unlinke the on-line registries that keep a percentage of the gift, with ours you get the benefit of every dollar contributed up until time of final payment on the trip.  Ask your Prestige Travel specialist about how you can get your registry started.