These days, the average wedding takes many months, perhaps even years, to organize, and for many brides, grooms and their families, the planning becomes ever more meticulous as the big day approaches. Everything from the music that’s played during the ceremony itself to the pattern of the dinner plates at the reception comes under intense scrutiny, yet there is one aspect – and it’s a particularly enjoyable one – that is often given barely a thought.
Choosing the perfect honeymoon destination is something of an exact science, if only because every newly married couple will have their own individual perceptions about the amenities and facilities that should be on offer. It goes without saying that there is no pre-determined right or wrong answer on this matter, of course, but the most important issue is that both travelers have an exceptionally good time.
For some newlyweds, the only major requirement is that the chosen destination offers a chance to relax completely, because the time leading up the wedding ceremony is often a fractious, tense and somewhat exhausting period. Therefore, the availability of a pleasant hotel, a secluded beach and a hot sun is of paramount importance. While the honeymoon is still seen as a welcome romantic escape, it’s also a golden opportunity to unwind.
Week or weekend?
Perhaps because of the cost of a large wedding, many couples now choose to spend less time and money on their honeymoon, and will often select a short trip to a destination for a long weekend rather than a week or two. But wherever they decide to go, they will want to know the hotel is a good one, because nothing kills the romance faster than a substandard room in an establishment that has seen better days.
Of course, there is far more to a honeymoon than just the accommodation, and many couples will want to spend at least some of their time exploring the local area. Taking part in shared experiences is often a major factor in the enjoyment levels, so if there are activities such as horse-drawn carriage rides, boat trips and romantic dining experiences available nearby this could make the odyssey so much more fun.
In a bid to keep the cost of getting married within manageable limits, some people choose to have weddings outside of the traditional summer period. This can then restrict their choice of honeymoon destinations, but it’s good to know there are still places which are just as enjoyable in the autumn and spring seasons. One such location is the south of France, which enjoys a good climate and has an air of romance throughout the year.
David Showell lives in the UK and has always loved the south of France. He works for comparecarhire.co.uk.