If the wedding ceremony and reception need careful thought and planning, so does the first trip that the bride and bridegroom will take together as a married couple. Most people will want to have a honeymoon, and the tradition of beginning the honeymoon;: immediately after the wedding is still followed by many couples^ today.
Apart from the question of cost, the most important factor is to take a honeymoon which will appeal to both of you. A honeymoon in which the interests of one partner are followed while the other trails along with little enthusiasm is hardly the best way to start married life. So there should be a discussion well before .the wedding; read through the brochures together, and book the holiday well in advance.
When thinking about where to go for the honeymoon remember to take into account the date of the wedding. If you are getting married in the winter months, and you want sun, you will have to pay for it. Alternatively, you could opt for a honeymoon in a city, such as London or Paris, where the attractions are not so dependent on the weather.
Do not be shy about admitting your new status some travel firms offer honeymoon trips complete with free "champagne and four-poster beds, and hotels will often make a special effort to see that the honeymoon stay is as enjoyable as possible
Honeymoons abroad also mean you have to cheek on passports, travel tickets, travellers' cheques, hotel reservations foreign currency and medical insurance, as well as any inoculation that may be required. Do not leave it all to the last minute You will have enough to do in the run-up to the wedding without worrying about the possible after-effects of an injection against cholera!
Finally, do not be too surprised if the honeymoon does not live up to all your expectations. The first few weeks of marriage are rarely without their problems. Two adults who have already developed personalities and ways of their own have to learn to adjust to one another. Relax, take things as they come, and you will soon find yourself looking back with affection on what will almost certainly be one of the most memorable holidays of your life.