NEW YORK • Your honeymoon is very likely one of the most memorable trips you will take, said Mr Jim Augerinos, president of Perfect Honeymoons, a travel consultancy in Charleston, South Carolina.
"There's so much sentiment around this post-wedding getaway," he said. "So why not take the time to plan it well and make sure it's as romantic and perfect as you imagine it to be?"
He offered advice on having a blissful honeymoon:
1) SPLURGE IF YOU CAN
Spending money on your honeymoon is worth it. "The wedding is only a day, but your honeymoon is at least a few days, if not longer, and an investment in the start of a new life with your partner," Mr Augerinos said.
2) USE A TRAVEL CONSULTANT
Someone who is knowledgeable about the destination you are interested in visiting can be a valuable asset in planning your trip.
A consultant can take the time to call multiple hotels to find you the best rate and will also have insider information about each property, such as the rooms with the best views.
Many can also secure you perks such as free breakfast and room upgrades.
3) DO NOT SKIP YOUR DREAM DESTINATION
If you have a bucket-list destination, but the timing is not right to leave directly after the wedding, wait. "Your honeymoon isn't like just any other getaway and it's a good idea to defer it to when you can take the time to travel to the place you're dreaming about," Mr Augerinos said.
Many of his clients who delay their honeymoon go on a "mini-moon" immediately after the wedding. These two- or three-night getaways close to home are a way to celebrate your wedding until you can take the bigger trip.
4) CONSIDER A HONEYMOON REGISTRY
Would you rather have a blender or a couples' massage beachside in Fiji?
Honeymoon registries, which allow guests to contribute to activities on your trip, such as meals and cooking classes, are a good alternative for couples who are happy to forgo the traditional registry.
5) SKIP THE HOUSE RENTAL
A honeymoon is not the time to rent a house where you likely have to cook and clean up after yourself.
"You have spent so much time planning the wedding that it's nice to be pampered at a hotel with housekeeping, room service and other amenities," Mr Augerinos said.