How Far In Advance To Book Honeymoon [& Other Best Practices]

Planning and booking your honeymoon is one of the most exciting aspects of wedding planning; at first, it can seem a bit daunting and overwhelming. When should you book your honeymoon? How far in advance should you book your honeymoon trip? When is it too late to book? How long should your honeymoon be? These are all questions you are likely to have. Here is everything you need to know about booking your highly anticipated (and well-deserved!) honeymoon vacation.

So, how far in advance should you book your honeymoon? You should book your honeymoon trip at least 6 to 8 months prior to departure (possibly up to 1 year prior for particular destinations). This time frame is recommended to ensure you get the best price and the best accommodations available. You shouldn’t wait until the last minute, or less than six months, to ensure you get the best deal and to ensure availability.

Of course, these are just recommendations, but they tend to ensure the best outcomes for most couples.

Besides, this is not something you really want to take any chances with.

It’s perhaps the most iconic and significant ‘holiday’ you will ever have.

So, with this in mind, let us now explore exactly when to book and all those other things you really should bear in mind.

How Far In Advance Do You Need To Book Your Honeymoon?

Industry experts recommend booking your honeymoon within 6 to 8 months of your intended departure. It’s best to begin planning and booking your honeymoon no less than six months prior to when you intend to travel.

Many hotels and resorts have special promotional pricing, as well as honeymoon suites, so in order to secure any special pricing or accommodations, it’s best to book at least six months in advance.

There are some destinations (locations in Europe, for example) that you may need to book more than eight months in advance; some of these destinations may require you to book up to a year in advance of your intended travel date.

The only issue that may arise with booking too early is that you may miss out on special promotional pricing that is offered closer to your travel date.

While this is a possibility, availability and the risk of missing out altogether often mean this is not really a time to take this gamble.

Some couples do, and it works out.

But for the most part, this is just unnecessary stress.

Nevertheless, it’s important you don’t wait too long to book your honeymoon, especially if you and your new spouse intend on traveling internationally.

A domestic honeymoon can be booked less than six months from your intended travel date, but the same rule applies… don’t wait until the last minute to book your honeymoon (a bad vacation is not the best way to start your marriage!).

What Do You Need To Book Your Honeymoon?

You should have basic information like the dates and times of your intended travel, along with your choice of airport(s). You’ll require a valid debit or credit card, your personal information (full, legal name, birth date, phone number, address, etc.), and a valid passport. It’s always a good idea to have other forms of identification with you when you travel, like a valid Driver’s License or birth certificate.

For the actual booking itself, you’ll need to fill out applicable forms online, so you will need all the required information to hand.

You’ll likely also require your passport (some flight booking sites require your passport information upon booking), and depending on your destination and intention (such as renting a vehicle on your honeymoon), you’ll need to produce other forms of identification too.

What Is The Best Month To Book Your Honeymoon?

Generally, the best months to book your honeymoon are Fall and Winter months (September through January, excluding Christmas). Not only do these months tend to have overall less expensive flights and hotel accommodations, but they don’t typically coincide with holiday breaks and busy travel times. If you’re looking to travel mid-year, August is the best month to book your honeymoon.

Airfare is typically less expensive during these months.

If you and your spouse are looking to travel mid-year, August tends to be the least expensive month.

September, October, and January, in particular, are great months to travel; these months are not as busy as other months, and airfare and hotel accommodations tend to be less expensive.

Of course, all this does depend on your preferences and your destination.

Besides, you may not be having a typical honeymoon, or your honeymoon may require particular weather, for instance.

Are you going on a more adventurous trip or going to a relaxing, luxurious resort?

These are the kinds of questions you should ask yourself.

Do contact a travel agent on this; even if you do not intend on going with or through them, they should be able to give you some suggestions and pointers of when is best to travel for you.

How Long Should My Honeymoon Be?

Typically, honeymoons are anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks in length (including travel time). Of course, this can vary from couple to couple and depends on other factors, such as preference, vacation time or time allotted away from work, and other commitments. When booking your honeymoon, it’s important to consider any travel time that may affect how much time you’re able to spend at your destination.

Depending on your work schedule or other personal commitments, your honeymoon trip could be shorter or longer.

Remember to factor in travel time when deciding on the duration of your honeymoon.

Some couples may want to leave for their honeymoon the day after the wedding, while some couples wait anywhere from a few days/weeks to months to depart.

No matter when you leave for your honeymoon, it’s a good idea to inform your bank or credit card company of your intention to travel (to ensure there isn’t a stop put on your credit card while you’re away).

Other Best Practices To Consider When Booking Your Honeymoon

It’s highly recommended that you book your hotel accommodations and flights at the same time. Booking all of your arrangements at the same time allows you to purchase travel insurance, as well as look for package deals for flight(s) and hotel accommodations. It’s best to determine and stick to a realistic budget for your honeymoon to avoid excessive spending.

Research Ahead Of Time 

What season will it be when you travel to your destination? Is your destination safe for foreign travel? Do you need traveler’s cheques or foreign currency?

You should be able to find answers to these and any other questions you may have through official government websites of your desired honeymoon location(s) or a general online search query.

You could also contact a travel agent to help you with the process of booking your honeymoon.

Consider Purchasing Insurance

Trip insurance offers you protection (and allows you some peace of mind!) when it comes to flight cancellations, lost luggage, or medical emergencies abroad.

Purchasing travel insurance may seem like an expensive, unnecessary add-on, but it can save you and your new spouse from the headache associated with last-minute travel blunders, especially during the pandemic!

Most airfare booking sites have an option to purchase trip insurance while you’re booking your flight; you could also speak with a travel agent or obtain travel insurance directly through your insurance company.

Plan Your Honeymoon Itinerary With Your Spouse

Sit down with your significant other and plan your honeymoon adventures together!

You want to get the most out of your honeymoon vacation (after all, you only do it once!), and the best way to ensure it’s a memorable trip for both of you is to pencil in activities that you both will enjoy.

Maybe your significant other wants to zipline or snorkel, while you’d prefer to visit local markets or check out the area’s shopping-whatever may be on your joint to-do list, be adventurous, and try it!

Consider Going Through A Travel Agent Or Advisor 

Consulting a travel agent to help plan and book your honeymoon can be extremely worthwhile.

Travel agents will be able to help you book your airfare and hotel accommodations together or find you special honeymoon package deals or promotions.

Working with a travel agent can help ease any extra stress associated with planning your honeymoon.

Especially during Covid-19, travel rules and restrictions are constantly changing, so it would be extremely helpful to have someone decipher these changes and make sure you and your new spouse are following the most up-to-date travel regulations.

Current Events To Consider When Booking Your Honeymoon

Depending on where you are planning on taking your honeymoon, you should research the current rules and restrictions with respect to travel.

Some countries may require either a negative Covid-19 test (taken within a certain time frame prior to arriving) or proof of vaccination upon arrival.

Unfortunately, it’s difficult to predict what other considerations or restrictions may be in place, so it’s best to keep up to date with the latest rules and requirements of your honeymoon destination to avoid any mishaps.

Some hotels or resort destinations may require a non-refundable deposit to secure the date, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This would be a great time to consult with a travel agent or advisor who can help you navigate any potential issues that may arise.

They may recommend purchasing travel insurance in case your trip is canceled or needs to be postponed.

Finally

I was at a beautiful wedding last night of two close friends. I asked the bride what she and her new hubby were planning for a honeymoon.

She looked at me, smiled, and said, “This is it, it’s already started” while looking around at all of her family and friends.

For now, they’re going to be staying at a local winery and then going apple picking at a nearby orchard.

It goes to show you, as long as you’re with your spouse, it doesn’t matter what you’re doing or where you’re going.

Everything you do together becomes special.

They’re planning a honeymoon trip to Nashville, hopefully for next year.

And it all comes back and down to this.

No matter what, where, or how long your honeymoon is, you’re going to have the best time with your new spouse.

As you begin this new chapter together, you’ll have your best friend by your side as you embark on countless new adventures.

Enjoy every moment of your honeymoon and treasure this time with your new spouse!