Month/Season - September and October are popular months for weddings. However, before you pick your wedding date, you should discuss your honeymoon destination wish list. If you're thinking of a tropical beach somewhere in the Caribbean or Mexico, you'll want to avoid planning your wedding during hurricane season. Or if you have visions of strolling along cobblestone streets in Europe, you'll want to consider the seasons and peak tourist times in Europe.
Passports - If you are traveling internationally, you will need passports. If you already have one, check the expiration date. Your passport expiration should be at least six months beyond your travel dates. For instance, if you will be traveling in May 2022, the earliest that your passport could expire is November 2022. If it does not meet this criteria, you will need to renew it. If one of you doesn't have one, you'll want to apply ASAP. You can find the application online and get your photo taken at a local CVS or post office.
Holidays - Are you planning your wedding and honeymoon on or near a holiday? If so, you'll want to plan your honeymoon sooner rather than later. Flights will sell out along with rooms at resorts and on cruise ships. Flights and accommodations are likely to be more expensive so you may need to adjust your budget. And don't forget about Spring Break destinations during March and April.
Budget - Decide early on how much you are comfortable spending on your honeymoon. You don't want to start pinning pictures of overwater bungalows in Bora Bora if there's a chance you can't afford it.
Time - Do you have time to plan a honeymoon in the midst of wedding planning? Do you really need more on your plate right now? If not, this is the time to work with a travel advisor. I would be honored to help you plan this truly once-in-a-lifetime vacation with your loved one.