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9 to 12 months before your honeymoon

Believe it or not, the best time to start thinking about your honeymoon is about a year ahead of time.  While you may not be able too book your honeymoon this far out, it never hurts to start dreaming and certainly start saving.

  • Decide on your budget: Do you already have money set aside for your honeymoon?  Most couples who are paying for their weddings might not have a separate honeymoon account.  One thing you need to do, is sit down and talk to each other and see what kind of budget you are both comfortable with spending on this once in a lifetime vacation.
  • Research destinations: My Vacation Lady’s website has a lot of good information on different destinations.  Click Here and scroll down about 2/3 of the way down the page.  Of course, this is just a sampling of the great honeymoon destinations around the world.
  • Consider using credit card points or airline miles for your tickets: If you have enough frequent flier points or enough credit card points, you might be able to use them for your airline tickets.  With all of the wedding shopping, it might be good to put all of the charges on the credit cards that offer miles.
  • Apply for or renew your passport: In many destinations, passports must be valid for 6 months after your travel is complete so pull out your passports and see when they expire.  If you will need to renew it, try to renew about 6 months prior to the wedding.  If you don’t have a passport, apply now.  Just one less thing to check off your list.
  • For brides, just a reminder that your  travel documents should be in your maiden name since you won’t have time to get new passports if your are planning on your honeymoon right after the wedding.

6- 9 months before your honeymoon

  • Hire a honeymoon specialist: With work and wedding plans, make sure you’re leaving your honeymoon in the best possible hands.  A honeymoon specialist, like My Vacation Lady can make sure that even the smallest details are taken care of.
  • Renew your passport and check into if you need any visas: Passports can take up to 6 weeks to arrive so make the appointment at the post office, get your pictures taken and apply for your passport.  If you need a visa, you’ll need a current passport in order to apply so you’ll want your passport back in plenty of time.
  • Put in for your vacation time at work: If your job requires bidding for vacation time or if you are low on seniority, you’ll want to get in your time off as soon as possible.

3 months before your honeymoon

  • Make a packing list: While it sounds like it’s so far ahead of time, you’ll want to make sure you have the clothes you need and not have to make last minute dashes to the mall to shop right before the wedding.
  • Buy new luggage or put it on your honeymoon registry.  
  • Hire a pet sitter or make arrangements for friends or family to watch your furry babies while you’re away.

1 month until you leave

  • Refill any necessary prescriptions: Order extra medication and extra contact lenses so you’ll have enough while you’re away.
  • Make 2 copies of your passports.  Keep 1 in a safe place that you’ll take with you and give the other family members to hold onto.
  • Keep an electronic copy of your itinerary:  Email it to yourself and your family who may need to contact you in case of an emergency.
  • Check your cell phone plan for international usage:  You might want to add on an international  data plan for the time you’re away if you can’t unplug completely.
  • Check if you need any  adapters for electronics: It’s not a bad idea to stock up on any batteries that you might need too.

2 weeks ahead- it’s getting really close

  • Pack: Yes, it’s early, but you may not have lots of time with all of the last minute wedding stuff to handle.

Your bags are packed and you’re ready to go.

  • Grab you last minute toiletries, make sure your passport and travel documents are in your carry on and you’re off!

My Vacation Lady is the top rated honeymoon specialist located in New Jersey according to the brides on both Wedding Wire and the Knot’s Wedding Channel.  We won’t be the first to tell you that your honeymoon should be special but we are the right honeymoon specialists to make it special.  Contact us  to schedule your honeymoon consultation.