How to Choose Your Perfect Honeymoon

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After an uncertain couple of years for travel, when lots of people have had to put weddings and honeymoons on hold, the world is starting to open up again. Statistics show that the average couple spends £4,500 on their honeymoon, which is a lot of money and brings with it a lot of pressure to get it right.

Certain destinations have always been popular with honeymooners, while others come and go out of fashion, but whatever you want from your honeymoon; be that two weeks napping on a white beach surrounded by palm trees, or a month trekking in the Himalayas, here are a few things to consider that could make choosing your perfect honeymoon a little easier.


The main thing to remember when budgeting for your honeymoon is to be realistic and allow for the unexpected; take any added expenses into account such as transfers, activities and trips, entrance fees, and special meals.

As with every stage of wedding planning, it can be easy to get carried away; the little extras can add up, so it’s important to have a clear idea of what you can afford, particularly during the current cost of living crisis.

Fix the budget first, as early as possible, then fit your plan around that. Remember that when you travel will make a difference; for example, out of season will often be cheaper, as well as less crowded, as will term time; and look out for special honeymoon deals.

Type of Trip

What do you both want from your honeymoon? Do you want to relax or do something adventurous? Laze around on a beach, or go on a city break?

What kind of holiday do you usually like? Do you like to get away from it all or be somewhere bustling with planned activities?

There’s no point in planning a big adventurous trip where you’re hiking every day if you usually like to sit on a beach for two weeks reading, this is a one-off trip, but it doesn’t mean you have to do something big just for the sake of it.

There are no rules; have the kind of honeymoon you want, not the one you think you should be having, or the one other people think you should be having. Two weeks in the Maldives? Great if that’s the kind of thing you like, but if you hate the sun and get fidgety if you sit still for longer than an hour, then it’s not for you.

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Do you want to go somewhere familiar that has special meaning to you as a couple? Or try somewhere different that you’ve always wanted to travel to so that you can make new memories together? Do you want a domestic holiday, or do you want to go abroad?

Whether or not you do a long or short-haul flight depends on how long you have, if you’re just away for a week then you don’t want a 26-hour flight.

Think of the time of year too, a Caribbean honeymoon sounds like a dream, but not if it’s hurricane season. Do you want to base yourself in one place? Or move around a bit?

How about planning a multi-destination trip and exploring a city for the first week, then heading off to a beach for the second, or having a mix of hiking and pampering?


Do you want a mini-moon, or a mega-moon? First of all, you need to decide what the ideal honeymoon looks like for each of you, then, if it’s wildly different, look at the parts you can compromise on and find somewhere that incorporates something for each of you.

Once you know where you’re going, do a bit of research; read blog posts and reviews and maybe look through some guidebooks.

Lots of places of interest need tickets booked in advance, it can also be a good way of skipping the queues, so check this before you get there.

If you’ve always dreamed of going to St Mark’s Basilica on your Venetian honeymoon, it would be a shame for it to be fully booked when you get there.

Remember that you don’t need to plan something for every single minute of the honeymoon, downtime is important too.

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The run-up to a wedding is a traditionally stressful time; there’s so much to think about just for the actual wedding itself, so the more you can plan ahead the better.

One way to minimize the stress could be to take out wedding insurance for your special day. It’s worth noting that wedding insurance doesn’t include honeymoon cover; you might want to look at travel insurance for that, but it will give you the peace of mind of knowing you have something in place if the unexpected happens.

The Insurance Emporium has a range of policies that you can tweak to suit your big day, starting with a one-off price of £27.00*. Take a trip to our website for more details and get a free no-strings quote.

*This is based on a UK Wedding with the Amber Level of Cover and no Optional Benefits selected.

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