Tips for Traveling Abroad for Your Honeymoon

Honeymoon planning is probably the most exciting detail when preparing for your wedding. You know that once the ceremony is over and your guests have said their good-byes, you get to take a long-awaited vacation with your new hubby. After months of hard work and organizing, you deserve some time away! If you are considering a trip abroad, here are some tips that can make your travel smooth and stress-free.

Use a travel agent.
You may consider yourself well-traveled, but your honeymoon isn’t just any old trip. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you want to make it great. Hire someone that will help you plan the details. Good travel agents are affordable, knowledgeable, and helpful. Many have relationships with vendors abroad so they can book hotel accommodations with upgrades and agent perks that you would not receive on your own. They know the best resorts to visit and helpful insider excursion tips. They can discuss your likes, dislikes, and make the perfect recommendations for your personal journey. Plus, outsourcing the details will simply make your life easier. You already have a lot on your plate!

Purchase Insurance.
Traveling abroad is expensive. Between airline tickets, hotels, non-refundable excursions, or even dinner reservations that require a deposit, the costs can add up quickly. We recommend purchasing travel insurance simply because you never know what curve balls life will throw your way.   The weather could choose to be uncooperative, wedding plans can become delayed, or one of you could become sick and unable to comfortably travel. To eliminate financial stress in any of these situations, talk to your travel agent about the best insurance policy for you. The last thing you want is pay for a honeymoon that you cannot attend.

We also recommend investigating travel medical insurance that will cover illness or injury while abroad. Most domestic health insurance plans will only cover expenses treated in the U.S. However, there are travel health insurance options that cover medical expenses within a network of doctors or healthcare facilities that can save you thousands of dollars out of pocket for treatments in other countries. Talk to your travel agent about different options and cover yourself for peace of mind.

Find an interpreter.
If you choose to travel to a country where English is not the primary language, we recommend hiring an interpreter for day-long excursions. They can help you understand behind the scenes history, assist with ordering meals, and offer added insight while touring their homeland. They can even make out-of-the-box suggestions so you can live like the “locals” for a day.

If you are eager to start the honeymoon prep, here is a checklist to get you moving in the right direction.

 

Creative Ways to Personalize Your Wedding

A wedding is more than just saying vows and making your union legal. It is a personal reflection of you as a couple. Rather than simply moving through the motions, add some personal touches to make your day profound. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Let your vows be personal. Personal vows are the core of why you are getting married in the first place. This is the perfect time to express your commitment to each other. You have the stage, and your support system is the audience. Express why you fell in love, your promise to fully commit your life to one another, and your enthusiasm to move forward. While we love traditional vows, a personal approach is not only romantic, but engaging.

Add in a little culture. Where are you from? What is your heritage? Including a little cultural spice is hot right now in the wedding scene. There are many ways you can use your culture to add a personal flare. Incorporate clothing, additional small ceremonies, or even decorations to show off your background and call attention to pieces that are most important to you. For example, if you add a ceremonial element, announce its significance so your guests to appreciate the moment with you. If you add decorations, find beautiful signage that illuminates its relevance.

Include your furbabies. Who wouldn’t love seeing your sweet pup carry your ring down the aisle? If your furry friend is well behaved, consider letting him stand up front with the wedding party wearing his best wedding attire! Some brides even work on tricks with their pet to give the audience a show during the reception. Be sure to include him in your photos and give your guests time to greet your adorable addition.

Ask a family member or friend to officiate. Consider asking a loved one to officiate you’re wedding. There may be a few steps involved, but it is more meaningful and memorable. This is the perfect way to involve someone you love who is not in the wedding party and recognize their significance to you and your nuptials. Be sure that the person you ask to officiate obtains proper licensing long in advance!