Planning a honeymoon

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September 13, 2008 by Daisy Rose

Don’t leave your honeymoon plans to the last minute. Early planning can get you great deals and cheaper rates

Getting married soon and planning for your honeymoon? Don’t wait until the 11th hour. Plans for the honeymoon and wedding should be made together, in fact some six to 12 months earlier.

This will give you enough time to work on a budget and get a good travel agent who will be able to advise you on some of the best places, local or abroad, to spend the beginning of your marital life together.

Or do research on some of the wonderful places you would like to go on your honeymoon and speak to your travel agent about getting the best discounts.

If you book ahead, at least six months earlier, some of these destinations, even the high end resorts, offer early bird discounts with savings of up to 40 per cent, provided it is not the peak period.

Make your plans together. This way, you will be able to work out your budget and the different activities that appeal to you both.

Talk about what you can save on and what you’d like to splurge on. It may be advisable to spend a bit more on accommodation, food and activities that you can both enjoy, like a massage and a sunset cruise.

Some couples are shy about their new marital status. But it pays to inform the hotel staff that you are on your honeymoon. They may surprise you with chocolates, fruit basket, a champagne bottle or even spa treatments.

What should you pack for your honeymoon?

It depends on where you are going. If you are staying at a seaside resort, bring along lots of beachwear and a few pieces of evening wear which can be mixed and matched.

For those going skiing in some mountain resort, wear appropriate clothing. Women can include a sexy dress and a warm shawl while men can bring a semi-formal jacket to wear with long pants. Please keep the shorts or bermudas for the beach or hiking.

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