7 Honeymoon Planning Tips from the Experts
Since planning a wedding has enough moving parts to stress out even the most Type A couples, we think that the best honeymoons are planned with ease and a healthy dose of relaxing in mind. So we turned to the experts in ultra-luxe romance—the wedding specialists and concierges from three exotic Four Seasons resorts—to get their inside tips on how to make sure your honeymoon is the daydream-y getaway you're hoping for.
Pick Your Perfect Spot
"Go for your dream destination—this is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion! Choose an intimate and romantic surrounding to celebrate your love." –Lucy Benyamina, Wedding Specialist at Four Seasons Resort Bora Bora
To this, we'd add that you should also consider the time of year when picking your dream destination. August in the Caribbean, for example, is hurricane season, which may turn your honeymoon from daydream to disaster. You don't want to experience your ultimate destination when it's not at its best.
Plan for Down Time AND Active Time
"When booking a honeymoon, couples are looking for somewhere that offers the luxury of seclusion in a beautiful, romantic setting. However, another important point for couples to consider is choosing somewhere that offers leisure activities of interest to both partners—whether this is special experiences to celebrate the honeymoon, like a couple's spa massage or candlelight dinner, or preferences for beach, golf, or watersports. Choose somewhere that suits you both." – Cecile Cabaret, Wedding Planner at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
Schedule a Surprise
"Surprise your other half with a special treat during your honeymoon like a romantic dinner on the beach, a treasured piece of black pearl jewelry, spa treatment, or a sunset cruise. (If you're coming to visit us, we actually have a romance menu for some of these things at our resort.)" –Lucy Benyamina
"Be sure to let the hotel know at the time of reservation that you are celebrating your honeymoon. There are many courtesies for guests travelling on their honeymoon." – Shermaine Rodrigues, Concierge Supervisor at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea
"Don't forget that when you book your flights use your maiden name as it is most likely the name that is still reflected on your government issued ID's." – Shermaine Rodrigues
Shermaine also notes that while you're undoubtedly "proud of the ring, if it's loose consider keeping it in your hotel safe or safe deposit box rather than risk losing it. (Note: sometimes rings end up getting lost in the water!)"
Make New Memories
Some couples hire "a photographer/videographer to capture some of your special honeymoon moments." – Lucy Benyamina
"A honeymoon is a time to celebrate your new life together, so consider learning something new together. Many destinations offer cultural lessons such as surfing, lei making, ukulele lessons, or even the art of massage or wine class or cooking classes." – Shermaine Rodrigues
Ask for Help
"Many often attempt to personally write their thank you notes on vacation and the Concierge can help with obtaining postage and mailing." – Shermaine Rodrigues
Photo credits: Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts
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We're planning on going on an extended vacation for our honeymoon. I've set it up so I can take a month away from work and then do what I can on the road. It's going to be so amazing! We won't be able to do very elaborate things like going to a spa every day, but we'll manage. I think it'll be nice wherever we go, just so long as I'm with my wife.
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