The wedding planning process can be one of the most hectic and stressful times of your life. There's so much to think about and plan, sometimes it can seem pretty overwhelming. If you're not sure when you should start planning your honeymoon, you can use this timeline as a guide to make planning your honeymoon easier and stress-free. After all, this is your wedding, and you're supposed to have fun!
6 - 12 Months
- There are several places to start planning. Try our Destinations section. Browse major regions or find information on specific destination cities and hotels. Check out maps, review destination information, and learn about hotel amenities, tours, and favorite local activities. Also, check out Selecting a Honeymoon Location.
- Set a budget. If you're looking for specials, visit our Hot Deals page. You can find national and regional specials, as well as weekly hot deals from specific origin cities. Also, check out Top 10 Money Saving Tips.
- Plan your vacation as far in advance as possible and compare midweek and weekend departure prices. Price morning departures and then late departures to get a feel for off-peak pricing. Price a vacation with a weekend stay-over. If your schedule is flexible, try to travel during non-peak times. When you book with some suppliers, you may also have the option to purchase a vacation coverage and/or travel insurance, which coulld also include a lowest advertised price guarantee.
- When you're ready to book, you can print out your itinerary and take it to your local travel agent. Or book online from many origin cities. Please note, prices and availability are subject to change if not booked at the time you make your search. Traveling with a new name? You'll receive your confirmation online after completing your reservation. Your confirmation lists your itinerary and the features you've purchased. It also includes your reservation number and password. Be sure to record both your reservation number and password and keep them in a safe place. An easy way to do this is to print the confirmation page from the website. Also remember to check your reservation the day before departure to get the latest flight schedule. A written confirmation will be immediately sent to you via first class mail. Your final travel itinerary will be mailed via first class mail 14-21 days prior to your departure date.
- Things to think about when you book: Get your seat assignments, order special in-flight meals, and check luggage allowances, reserve a rental car or book a tour.
- Obtain your Passports and visas, if necessary.
A government issued photo I.D. is required and must match the name on the reservation. For international travel, acceptable forms of proof of citizenship for U.S. citizens are: - A valid passport (required for Europe, Great Britain, Central America and Belize) - OR - A certified state-issued (not hospital issued) birth certificate and a government issued photo ID (both are required) - OR - A certified naturalization certificate and a government issued photo ID (both are required).
- Buy your tickets with your maiden name. It will take about 3 weeks to get a copy of your marriage certificate.
- Apply for your passport under your maiden name. Once you receive your marriage certificate, you can get a Passport Amendment/Validation Application. Go to the nearest passport agency and you will receive an updated passport in about three weeks. Married women traveling under any name other than what is printed on their documentation must supply a marriage license. For travel to Central America and Belize, a visa may also be required. Please contact the local embassy for further information. If you have questions about the documentation required, please Email B.C. Travel Company Customer Service.
- Register for a camera and luggage if you don't have them to capture all your honeymoon memories.
- Create a list of things you need for your trip
- Re-confirm all reservations
- Make accommodations for your pets (if needed)
- Make sure you will have any prescriptions needed
- Your final travel itinerary will be mailed via first class mail 14-21 days prior to your departure date. Some vacations require only that you present your itinerary and approved form(s) of identification when you arrive at the airport. For vacations requiring actual tickets (scheduled air and some charter vacations) that are booked 15 or more days prior to the departure date, tickets will also be sent to you via first class mail. For vacations booked 4-14 days prior to the departure date, other time-sensitive itinerary/ticket delivery options will automatically be selected by the reservation system.
- Tickets and all applicable vouchers should be available from your travel agent. Double check all information to make sure it is correct.
- Buy Traveler's Checks (if needed)
- Exchange money (if needed)
- Hold your mail at the post office
- Photocopy your passport, travelers checks, and any other important paperwork. Give one set to a relative and put the other set in a safe deposit box.
- Start thinking about what you need to pack.
- Confirm your international flight
- Bring addresses for postcards
- Check the weather forecast
- Change your voicemail and email at work
- Confirm your domestic flight
- Get some rest
- Label your luggage with your name, address, and phone number
- Relax and HAVE FUN!