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Begin your wedded bliss with the perfect honeymoon

By Paige Heitzmann

You’ve said, “I do,” cut the cake and danced the night away at your reception. Now it’s time to start your life together in total harmony with the perfect honeymoon. First, figure out your couple travel style; are you leisure seekers, thrill chasers or wildlife wanders? No matter your dream vacation, there’s a honeymoon destination to make it come true.

Here are some of the most popular honeymoon options:


The number-one choice of brides and grooms is a honeymoon getaway to a beautiful Caribbean resort offering all-inclusive packages. Note: You probably will need a passport for this trip.

The all-inclusive features at such resorts mean that throughout your stay, all the meals and beverages (including wine and spirits), plus tips, are included in the price. These resorts also offer great pools and beach fun with snorkeling, sailboats and double hammocks.

Pro tip: Your package, including flights, can be booked as early as 331 days before the date you plan to fly home. You can have 10 months to make payments!


Universal Studios Theme Park and Disney World are popular U.S. honeymoon destinations. It is amazing how private, and even romantic, it can feel in these people-filled places. This option also allows you to pay for almost everything in advance.

Pro tip: Another nice option is the photo packages offered by both amusement parks. This makes it super easy to add honeymoon photos to your album.


Cruises remain among the top five honeymoon choices for couples. This option comes close to the all-inclusive beach resort experience. Sail from a U.S. port, and you do not need to have passports.

Pro tip: The cruise lines set their prices 18 months to two years out, making these vacations easy to budget and pay for.

By discussing your priorities with your travel consultant, you can spend your honeymoon at the perfect destination for you and your new spouse. Just as you have relied on professionals for your perfect wedding day, we urge you to use a professional travel agent to assist with planning your perfect honeymoon. Final pro tip: Most travel agencies offer a “bridal registry” so family and friends can gift money for the honeymoon.

As you lift a glass toasting each other on wedding anniversaries to come, this special trip is sure to be among your favorite wedding memories.

Paige Heitzmann is an accredited cruise counselor and certified travel advisor with Travel Affiliates. Reach her at (228) 604-0070.

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