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Honeymoons are holidays taken by a newly married couple soon after their wedding. They are a traditional, or at least common (if private) part of wedding celebrations in some cultures.
There is increasing marketing aimed at couples for "honeymoon-like" holidays: for example "babymoons", the last holiday before the birth of a couple's first child.
Honeymoons stem from a tradition dating back to the 5th century where newlyweds would drink mead, a honey-based alcohol, after their first "moon" together as a married couple.
A honeymoon in Western countries typically begins a few days after the wedding ceremony: the couple spends a night or two after the ceremony in their home or in a hotel rather than add long distance travel to the end of their day. The trip itself is often a fortnight in length and can, of course, be longer if you like.
Don't think of flying in your marriage dress, unless you can buy first-class tickets (or you have many friends to help you both at departure airport and at the destination). Reasons are multiple: moving your luggage, waiting in a line to checkin and spending several hours squeezed into economy-class cabin are not the best things to do in marriage dress. Add carry-on luggage tag to the bride's bouquet to get the full picture.
Popular choices of honeymoons include:
When honeymoons began to be popular a century or two ago, they were a tour by the newly married couple of relatives who didn't live near by, often relatives who hadn't been able to come to the ceremony. This is far less common now, but is one possible model for your honeymoon if you do have close family or friends who were unable to come.
There are many dedicated honeymoon packages offered by travel agents, hotels, cruise liners and almost every other travel vendor. Typically these include "romantic" extras like massages, spa baths, bottles of champagne and better (and more private) rooms. They are usually aimed at a luxury market rather than a budget market: if you want a budget honeymoon it's easier to plan it as a holiday for two immediately after your wedding, rather than asking for honeymoon specials. One advantage though of the honeymoon market is that it caters to the typical needs of couples interested in a romantic holiday. A location that specialises in honeymoons or couples is less likely to be full of families with young children, or party-happy backpackers, which appeals to many couples wanting a more private, peaceful holiday.
If you're after the usual goals of a honeymoon (lots of time alone together), you'll want to have a unhurried itinerary. Consider just one or two destinations.
A honeymoon may require careful budgeting: the balance of the trip will usually be due around abut the same time as the balance of the cost of the wedding itself! It's best to include a honeymoon budget in your wedding budget.
Your honeymoon can cost any amount that you choose to spend on it, of course. (You can even skip it, a travel site won't talk much about that!) Travel agents are encouraged to suggest options that cost about half of your wedding budget, but that's just their guide to the rough amount they can get you to part with, not an iron clad rule.
Some travel agents offer honeymoon registries in which the guests can contribute to the cost of the honeymoon as a wedding gift; you could also arrange this informally by asking for cash gifts from guests who want to contribute to the honeymoon. The acceptability of asking for what is always essentially a cash gift varies between cultures, families and couples.
Finding your ideal honeymoon destination can prove difficult as a lot of factors come into account such as budget as well as what type of honeymoon you both wish to go on whether it may be a beach or safari honeymoon. More often than not however beach honeymoons are the most popular type of vacation with destinations such as Mexico and Thailand frequented by thousands of honeymooners every year. Also an important factor when deciding on where to go on honeymoon is the time of year. If basking in the sun is your thing, then you need to avoid going during that location's rainy season or heavy winter.
There are so many options that choosing your ideal destination can sometimes seem over whelming for most couples. Honeymoons are meant to be unique, spectacular, restful, romantic and the possibilities are endless.
Some popular honeymoon destinations are:
If you are looking for inspiration awards for the best cities, hotels, cruises and destinations have recently been complied by Travel and Leisure Magazine.
Typically to fly to long haul destinations for honeymoons, couples would need to fly out of Dublin Dublin Airport Ireland's flagship airport. Another option would be to fly out of the smaller airports in Ireland such as Cork, Kerry or Knock Airport to one of the larger airports in the UK such as Heathrow Airport. From there there is a range of long haul flights and destinations to choose from.
If you are looking to honeymoon in Europe Ireland's main airline, Aer Lingus, flies from Dublin to a large number of European cities. In Dublin, Aer Lingus fly almost exclusively from Terminal 2 in Dublin Airport.
Ireland's second airline,Ryanair are known as one of Europe's largest low fares airline. With Ryanair flying to destinations such as Paris, Prague, Marbella and Vienna and other destinations has become a lot easier.
It is worth comparing flights well in advance of honeymooning to ensure the best deals are sought.