Honeymoon 101: The Ultimate Guide to Planning and Preparing for Your Honeymoon


Even more than the wedding itself, the honeymoon is what you’re really looking forward to. Wedding planning is stressful, and even on the day of the actual event, you’re committed to going around and thanking everyone for coming.

You might feel like you didn’t spend much time with your new spouse at all. On your honeymoon, you finally get to just focus on your partner and unwind from all of the chaos caused by your nuptials. Make sure you have all of your ducks in a row before you hit the airport. Here’s how you can prepare and plan for an incredible honeymoon.

The birds and the bees

No matter where you fly or drive to for your honeymoon, you’re bound to be spending a considerable amount of time in the bedroom. That being said, you’ll want to have a couple of different outfits to keep each evening exciting and special. Before you pack anything else, make sure you have some special lingerie in your suitcase.

Lingerie doesn’t take up much space in your luggage, so you’re able to pack a couple of sets and still leave room for souvenirs. Pick a few pieces that you know will excite your partner and a few others that just make you feel great. Not all lingerie is actually comfortable for sleeping in, so having some kind of negligee that’s soft and less structured will do the trick when it comes to actual sleep. Honeymoons are a time for adventures inside the bedroom and out, so make sure you’re planning to have fun!

New wife, new life!

Nothing makes you feel like you’ve gone through a transformation, like changing up your wardrobe. Depending on where you’re honeymooning, you might not have enough clothes for the climate. No one wants to do laundry on their honeymoon, so pack enough for the whole trip. This might require some shopping.

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If you’re going somewhere tropical, like Costa Rica, check out petite dresses in bright patterns that will fit right in with the sunny disposition of the country. However, if you and your new partner are headed up north to London, depending on the time of year, you may want to purchase solid a raincoat and boots. Do your research on seasonal weather, especially if you’re traveling internationally, and don’t let a little rain get you down.

Hire a real planner.

Not that you can’t plan everything on your own—especially with the advent of Groupon packages—but it may be better to truly leave it up to a real professional. You’ve already got a lot on your plate with the actual wedding planning. Allow someone to take some of that stress off of your plate by planning everything from plane tickets to tours. Also, if anything should go wrong on the trip, your travel agent will be able to more easily fix the problem. You’ll still get plenty of say on the trip, but make sure you hire someone to do the heavy lifting.

Talk money to me.

While not as sexy as some of the other items of your list, spending some time of your honeymoon talking about how to set your marriage up for financial success is a great idea. One thing you’ll want to be sure to do is to figure out how to create an investment plan that allows you and your spouse to have a bright financial future. That may include learning how to invest in mortgage-backed securities or figuring out how much of your paycheck to contribute to your company 401k plan. While money isn’t that fun to talk about in the present, setting yourself up for a bright future is important and your honeymoon gives you the perfect time and place to do just that.