February 7, 2019
Now that we’re past the worst of winter, are you starting to think about your summer hols… or planning your perfect Honeymoon?
Despite the oppressively damp and cold early New Year weather it can be a rather romantic time of year; couples wrapped up warm for winter walks, roaring fires in cosy pubs, hot chocolate and cuddles on the sofa with your loved one, plus Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and the Christmas and New Year period sees record numbers of couples getting engaged each year.
Here at Inside Outside HQ all are busy fielding calls from excited Brides and Grooms as they enquire about the various marquee options available for their big day. Most have eyes on those glorious summer months, dreaming of long, hot summer’s days and a wedding to remember in a bespoke marquee wedding venue all of their very own.
They’re probably dreaming of their honeymoon too. What better way to beat the dark, damp evenings than to plan an escape to sunnier climes? That’s why we’ve put together…
…Our top tips for planning your perfect Honeymoon
Created in conjunction with personal travel consultant and Honeymoon planning expert, Sue Carne of Not Just Travel.
Set Your Budget
Despite talking dream destinations it’s essential that you are realistic about what you can afford. Agree a budget and stick to it. You want to enjoy your time away not fret about what it’s costing.
What type of holiday do you want?
If you both want to simply laze on an idyllic beach, sipping cocktails and cultivating your tan, your holiday plans will be relatively straightforward. However, even the most perfectly matched couple may have to strike a balance between relaxation and more active pursuits. So talk through the options.
Do you want to be based by a beach? Are you looking for adventure? Do you want to experience the local culture and go for a twin-centre holiday? How about a safari?
When are you travelling?
Traditionally, couples go on honeymoon as soon as the wedding is over – but you don’t have to. Depending on where you’re going you may want to delay for a few months. For instance, if you’re getting married in October and planning to honeymoon in Sri Lanka you’ll be going in the rainy season. Wait until December and the weather will be glorious. Some hotels are happy to offer honeymoon packages for up to three months – or even as much as a year – after the wedding date.
How long will you be away?
If you’re planning a long-haul journey you’re probably looking at a 10-day or 14-day holiday. If it’s a trip you’ve always wanted to do together you may be looking at longer in order to pack in everything
you want to see and do. Make sure you can negotiate the appropriate time off from work to avoid disappointment.
Where will you stay?
Your accommodation has a big influence on the overall experience. It also has an impact on price. When you’re looking at what’s available take account of the star rating, room type and board basis. And once you’ve made a shortlist, check recent traveller reviews on sites such as Trip Advisor to see if experiences match with the hotels’ promises.
Book as early as possible
Even a year ahead isn’t too soon! Some places – safari lodges are a prime example– are often booked well ahead. However, flights are generally available no earlier than 11 months in advance, so the sooner you start planning the more chance you’ll have of everything falling into place – from the
flight times to your first choice hotel and the best room. And the earlier you book the better the bargain. Demand drives prices upwards, so low availability means less choice for more money.
And where is everybody else going to be jetting off to?
Sue reports that trips to Malaysia, Croatia, the Greek Islands and the USA are currently in huge demand. She also pointed out a few other places that are likely to be popular. Click here to read Sue’s top tips for summer and Honeymoon holiday destinations.
We give a free copy of our Honeymoon Guide to every couple that we visit to discuss their wedding marquee requirements, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Our focus is on providing exceptional marquees and an outstanding level of customer service.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you’d like to discuss the possibility of hiring a marquee, or to arrange a FREE no obligation site visit.
We can’t wait to hear from you.