Anyone who has ever been a bride-to-be, been friends with a bride-to-be, or seen a movie where one of the main characters is a bride-to-be knows or has a pretty good idea that planning a wedding is no easy endeavor. A wedding takes a lot of time, energy, creativity, and organization to plan. It also requires help from friends, family and a variety of professionals such as photographers, caterers, cake decorators, florists, and tailors.
Because so much goes into planning a wedding, a lot of times a couple can overlook something that is just as important as The Big Day: Their honeymoon.
Statistics show that 99% of couples in the U.S. who get married take a honeymoon. With flights, hotels and trips available for booking at the push of a button, couples can book their honeymoon at home using any number of online booking engines. But just because you can do something with the push of a button, doesn’t necessarily mean you should.
Even if they regularly book travel online, couples should keep in mind that their honeymoon is a special occasion, perhaps the most special trip they will ever book. It is the true Passover programs beginning to their lives together as husband and wife, and it deserves special attention. The same way wedding cakes, photographs, flower arrangements, wedding dresses and numerous other components of any wedding day require the services of numerous professionals, honeymoons require the attention of a travel agent, one who specializes in honeymoon travel, and is familiar with honeymoon destinations.
Just like a good tailor will custom-fit your wedding dress so that it fits you perfectly, a travel agent working at a traditional travel agency will help you custom-fit your honeymoon so that it delivers the kind of romantic experience you are looking for (and one that will be the perfect start to your happily ever after).
All couples are looking for something a little bit different on their honeymoon. Some opt for classic tropical destinations, like the Caribbean, Mexico and Hawaii. Europe, especially cities like Paris, Rome and Florence, offer extremely romantic settings ideal for couples who like to mix their romance with cultural and historic exploration. Since a honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime trip, many couples choose to travel to exotic, high-end luxury destinations like Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Vietnam. Couples who bond over a common interest — like skiing, scuba diving, golf, to list a few examples — often like to choose honeymoon destinations based on that interest.
A travel agency will have agents who are familiar with these destinations, and what other couples have done on their honeymoons. They’ll be able to recommend hotels and resorts that are well suited to romantic couples (as opposed to places that will be packed with kids). They are also great at handling special requests (for example, candlelight dining on the beach, which is highly popular among newlyweds in the Caribbean, or picnicking on a private beach, another popular option), and because a travel agency a huge amount of business for many hotels and resorts, the can also sometimes negotiate extra amenities for newlyweds (such as welcome gifts, complimentary spa treatments, or breakfast in bed). Little add-ons like these can make a big difference, making a honeymoon more fun, memorable and romantic. Having worked with a travel agency is also great should there be any complications that arise during your honeymoon.
Travel agents also save couples time, an extremely precious resource when you’re trying to balance a career, relationship and an upcoming wedding. Brides- and grooms-to-be have enough on their to-do lists without having to research hotels, resorts, destinations, and shop for flights. A travel agent will be able to provide feedback, different options, and take care of all the logistics of your honeymoon, giving you more time to focus on planning your perfect wedding day.