Wedding & Function
Wedding & Function

Etiquette: Your honeymoon

Your honeymoon should be relaxing, fun, and romantic — essentially the best vacation of your life, no matter where you go or how long you're gone for. Yet, it is sometimes a stressful time for couples with the many circumstances and situations to consider.

Right off the bat, it is important to ensure that both of you are happy with your trip of choice and here is some expert-approved etiquette tips for planning the best honeymoon for you.

I want to go to the beach, he wants to go on a game drive. What should we do?

The secret is compromise. Try to work in some of your favorite things, whichever destination you end up choosing. For example, agree that you'll game drive in the mornings, then spend the afternoon together shopping, sightseeing, hot-tubbing, and getting to know your fireplace.

Or, do a combined honeymoon — a few days at game reserve and the next few at a beach resort.

My fiance wants to plan a surprise honeymoon for me, but I'm worried I won't pack the right type of things. Any ideas?

You can pack several different bags and ask him to tell you which one to take when the time comes! If you're more of a type-A personality, make sure the surprise doesn't go sour; ask him to tell you what type of destination you're heading for (tropical island, big city, mountain resort), what temperatures to pack for, and how formal or casual it is.

Or have him confide in your maid of honor, who can steer you in the right direction.

We're honeymooning at my parents' beach house to save money. How can we make the trip feel special?

If it's not too far from home and circumstances allowing, travel by train — a romantic journey always feels fun and different.

Once you arrive, indulge in an elaborate beach picnic. Fill the place with a rainbow of flowers and eat out at special places a few times.

Rent a convertible or put a "do not disturb" sign on the door.