Rhode Island Wedding Guide

Wedding Planning

Planning Your Honeymoon

Traditional wedding etiquette states that the groom is the one to handle all the honeymoon details. However, nowadays most brides and grooms plan their honeymoon together.

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For the best rates, you should book your honeymoon at least six to eight months in advance. If you know you will be traveling to a destination during their peak season (holidays, winter and spring breaks), it is a good idea to make reservations as soon as you have the wedding date set. You can save up to 50% by going during off-season. It will also be quieter and less crowded.

The average honeymoon will cost between $4,000 and $7,000. Before you decide where you want to go, you should create a budget. Creating a budget will help you determine how much you can afford to spend. Check out our honeymoon budget sheet to help you create your own budget.

After determining your budget, look through travel magazines, search the internet, go to the library or go to your favorite bookstore and check out the travel section. Do you want to be adventurous or would you rather kick back and relax on the beach?

After narrowing down your choices, go to a travel agent and get all the facts and details. A travel agent will save you money, time and a lot of aggravation because they have instant access to all the necessary information. Go to a travel agent that has experience in personal and vacation travel as opposed to business travel. A good agent will take the time to meet with you and explore all your options. They should also be able to give you advice regarding currency exchanges, legal requirements and a list of attractions to see and do. Ask them about any honeymoon packages or all-inclusive packages. They may seem expensive up front but they may save you on the cost of meals and activities.

Remember to splurge a little. Get a room with a spectacular view, take a helicopter ride, go to a special show or go to an elegant restaurant. This is a once-in-a-lifetime trip and you want to relax, enjoy and remember it always!

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