The Mindful Bride, Wedding Planner Tips from  The Honeymoon

One of the common questions that brides and grooms are asked during the wedding planning doesn’t have anything to do with the wedding day at all, and that is:  where is the honeymoon destination?  While a honeymoon isn’t a necessary part of getting married, most couples choose to take the traditional romantic get-a-way after the chaos and excitement of the big day. 

The origin of the term honeymoon is derived from the Old English hony moone, of which hony refers to the sweetness of the new marriage, and also a reference to the European custom of giving newlyweds enough mead, “an alcoholic liquor made by fermenting honey and water,” to last a month.  This was supposed to keep a couple happy.  Moon refers to how long that sweetness will probably last, or from the changing aspect of the moon, from full to waning. While the origins the term honeymoon is interesting and somewhat amusing, its modern-day meaning has changed significantly and hopefully more romantic and lasting than a month-long euphoria.

Initially, the couple should decide what type of honeymoon they want:  leisurely and quiet or exciting and active, or a combination of both.  This decision will affect the itinerary and maybe even the destination.  Since the wedding planning process is hectic and time-consuming, a travel agent or an on-line planning website is recommended for providing options and making the arrangements.

A very popular honeymoon destination is an all-inclusive resort in a tropical location.  This usually lends to a relaxing get-a-way with the option of outdoor excursions, such as snorkeling, zip-lining, or tours of the local culture.  All-inclusive can offer exceptional deals, ranging from $800 to upwards of $3,000 per person for a week, with an average cost of $1,500 per person, with the price including airfare, lodging, food, alcohol, and some recreational activities.  Adult only resorts are typically preferred by newlyweds, since they will have plenty of years of dealing with kids a head of them.  A minor tip that is an unwritten courtesy at all-inclusive resorts:  most resorts will advertise that tips are included in the cost, and while that is true, tipping is very appreciated by service staff, and could elicit some special attention from a bartender, server or maid service.

Adventurous bride and groom?  Trips to Europe or South America are exciting options that offer multiple destinations, cultures, and environments.  This type of honeymoon will require more extensive planning, more responsibility for the bride and groom, and are more costly.  These trips can cost between $1,500 to upwards of $6,000, with costs increasing as destinations are added.  Foreign language skills aren’t typically required but they certainly can make communication and navigation easier.

Whatever type of honeymoon a bride and groom choose, there’s one general rule that is always wise to follow:  leave two days after the wedding day.  This allows for any family events and last minute packing the next day, and, most importantly, time to open gifts!