Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

10 Steps to Planning Your Honeymoon; BRIDAL EDITION

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

10 Steps to Planning Your Honeymoon; BRIDAL EDITION

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For some newlyweds, their honeymoon may be the first trip they've ever planned themselves. It's their first chance to prove how well they work together as a pair. But planning the honeymoon is often as much stress and work as planning the wedding itself. Whether you are taking the easiest route (an all-inclusive resort in the Caribbean arranged by a travel company) or the most difficult (perhaps a month in Europe), you have things to consider and plans to make.

HERE ARE 10 STEPS TO PLANNING YOUR HONEYMOON

1. Sit down with your spouse to figure out what kind of vacation you want to have. Are you looking for adventure? A relaxing beach? Do you want to explore a new city? How about voluntourism, a trend emerging among newlyweds, where the couple volunteer to do teaching or labor during their vacation? Area travel agents say the most popular type of honeymoon remains the all-inclusive resort.

Veronica White of the Honeymoon Gal in St. Louis, honeymoongal.com, says that with so many more couples living together before marriage, the destination can be tricky. "If they've been together for a long time, there is a difference in how they plan," White said. "We have to do something that's new for the both of you. Sometimes one has traveled more than the other. Truly we should try to make it somewhere you haven't been. You want the couple to experience something new together."

2. Figure out your budget time and money. Do you have a month off from school and work? Do you only have the weekend? The amount of time you have can easily limit your options. Budget can also limit your options. "If they don't start with their budget, they fall in love things they can't afford," White said.

3. Discuss dates. It used to be that couples were married on Saturday and left for their honeymoon the next morning. Pat Blassie of Altair Travel says honeymooners are moving their trip days and often weeks after the wedding. "New careers offer challenges to how long the honeymoon can be. Plus, on the financial side, student loans play a role," she said.

4. Do your research. If you are opting for the resort, what kind of resort culture are you looking for? …

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