Melinda Webb: I get a lot of clients that start planning their honeymoon pretty late into the wedding planning process, and the honeymoon should actually be one of the first things. When you set a date, you should start planning your honeymoon, destinations and hotels, book up early. Also too, it gives you a better idea of budgeting and what is safe for, and what to work towards.
But, then you also want to consider several things. What type of traveler are you, what things interest you? So, you need to decide how relaxed or how active you want to be on your honeymoon.
Your documents will really be determined by your destination. Of course, if you are traveling in any of the US territories, you dont need a passport. You just need a government issued photo ID.
Now I just tell everybody to just get a passport. It's much easier to travel with, it expires after 10 years, and costs like $90 to do that, so you are looking at $9 a year. You really cant afford not to have it, and its just better to be prepared.
Another thing that we will look at depending on the country of your choice, visas will be required, thats where having a travel professional comes in because we can prearrange visas for you.
I get a lot of clients that come to me that have never used a travel agent before planning their honeymoon. I think it's important to have somebody to help guide you as far as choices, but then also to be there as a support system to make sure that they are well taken care of.
I think honeymoon is the most important part of the wedding because there gets to be a point in the planning of a wedding that all you communicate together about are place settings and who can sit next to who and colors and trying new patterns. Your honeymoon is a chance to rest, but for most people is a full time second job for the better portion of the year. You get to get reacquainted with each other, and remember why you are actually got married in the first place.