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The First 5 Steps to Planning Your Honeymoon

What you should know before booking your getaway.

By Elizabeth Passarella
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3. Check the weather. Summer is a popular time for weddings, but our summer is winter in parts of the world like South America. It can also be unbearably hot and humid in some destinations. Does your fiancé turn into an ogre when it’s 100+ degrees? How reliable is the air conditioning at that eco-friendly resort your eyeing? You should also consider the season in terms of crowds. Summer can be a popular time for all tourists, not just honeymooners.

4. Don’t forget travel time. If you only have a week off of work, don’t spend two of them on an airplane. Look at how long flights are—and consider jet lag—before falling in love with Fiji. You might want to pick somewhere closer to home, so you can maximize your vacation time.

5. Talk to a travel agent. If you’re already overwhelmed with wedding planning, it could help to have someone else manage the honeymoon details. Travel agents have relationships with hotels, and can get you upgrades, like champagne in the room or private meals. “You’re not necessarily paying less, but you’ll get more out of the resort,” says Mark. “And we often have access to rooms, even when the website shows it’s full.”

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