How to Plan Your Ideal Honeymoon

The Wedding Collective team is dreaming about the sound of waves crashing upon the shore and, surprisingly, even the chaotic nature of navigating our way through theme parks. Along with our engaged couples, we’re especially dreaming about romantic getaways with our partners.

Although going on a romantic getaway seems unheard of these days, it doesn’t mean that it is going to be this way forever. In fact, we’re anxiously awaiting safer and brighter days where we can hop on the next flight to Disneyland! Now is the perfect time to plan ahead, make must-see lists, and get hyped up for your future honeymoon with the love of your life. For many engaged couples, planning a honeymoon may seem like the last thing you want to worry about, and it is often seen as a stressful task.

Were here to make planning your future honeymoon enjoyable and easy with some tips and tricks, all while connecting you with some of our favorite local wedding travel gurus. Tip #1…

1. Make Lists + Brainstorm

This is first on our list because, well, we love lists for planning, and second, it is the best way to stay organized throughout your planning process. Creating a list gives you something to refer back to as you move forward and will keep you on track! Plus, it’s exciting to actually write down all of the travel ideas that you’ve had in your head and see them become a reality.

When listing, start with all of the places you want to go for your romantic honeymoon – do you want to travel to a different country or domestically? Will you take a road trip or hop on a plane? What kind of lodging do you want? Break it up into categories and start looking at your options. Talk to your significant other about their desires and see what you can narrow it down to. You can download the template below to help you plan your dream honeymoon:

2. Budget, budget, budget

This may seem like the dreaded aspect of planning a honeymoon, but it is really the most important part of the process because it will keep you realistic about your options. I know, sadly, not everyone has a million bucks to drop on a romantic private seaside retreat with a personal chef, and if you do, mind taking us along with you? In all seriousness, though, budgeting helps you travel without the stress of running low on funds and will result in a more enjoyable vacation with your honey.

There are lots of free budgeting apps for your phone, or you could do it the old fashioned way. Another option is to have your travel agent help you out with your budget and spending limitations. Cue the gurus!

3. Find a Travel Agent

This is where some of our wedding travel gurus come in – hurray! Working with a travel agent is important because they are incredibly knowledgable on everything travel related and can ensure you’re getting the best for your budget, time, and energy. With your interests in mind, travel agents will take the stress out of booking lodging, finding flights, and site-seeing.

Many agents specialize in certain destinations, like our own lovely Renee Cuessy with Rope Drop Travel. Renee works with couples and families to plan Disney, Universal, cruise and all-inclusive vacations. As Disney and Universal lovers ourselves, we’re pretty jealous that she gets to do this as her job! If you’re looking to bring some magic into your honeymoon, then she’s your gal! You can get in contact with Renee here for more information.

4. Research the Local Culture

Once you’ve planned your destination, you can start creating your itinerary and get familiar with the local culture. If you’re traveling out of the country, let’s say to a resort off the coast of Mexico, you’ll want to make sure that you’re prepared to be able to communicate with the locals in order to get around and immerse yourself with new friends you’ll make a long the way. Exploring new food options, clothing, and languages is all part of the experience. Even if you’re staying in the states, respecting cultures should be your top priority in any place you’re unfamiliar with – and having fun + relaxing comes next!

If you want to plan your honeymoon at an awesome resort out of the country, or even in the country, another great local travel guru is Travel To Amazing Places. They will help you plan the most romantic getaways yet, all around the world! From that lovely resort off the coast of Mexico to hot-spots in Hawaii, the options are endless. You can get in contact with these experts here for more information.

5. Finally, Have Fun

Ah, the best part. You’re embarking on your first big, or even little, journey as newlyweds. The planning is over and now it’s all about having fun and getting your romance on. Keep a daily journal about your adventures and take plenty of photos that you can look back on in the future. It might even be a good idea to “disconnect” from your phone and social media so you can focus on your love for each other.

No matter what, you did it. You successfully planned a wedding AND a vacation and the rest of your life is ahead of you. Next step: share your wisdom with future brides + grooms. Do you have honeymoon tips you’d like to share? Leave them in the comments below!

Header photo by Cam Storie Photography

Wedding Invitations: Why You Should Stay Local

Header image | Funky Olive Invitations + Stationary

There are so many reasons why working with a local business is great, but the best and most important reason is because they get you.

Planning a wedding is no easy task and it can often feel like nobody is really listening to your individual needs. This is especially true when working with a national company that is catering to thousands of engaged couples per day. Here at Wedding Collective, our mission is to connect local couples with local vendors to make dream weddings come true. Incredible New Mexico weddings are possible because local vendors are able to give their undivided attention to their couples to ensure that they are being heard.

Wedding essentials like save-the-dates and invitations are in high-demand, and too often couples settle for ordering online from big corporations because it appears to be the most convenient option and/or they don’t know that there are super talented locals that can work with them personally. We are here to shed some light on all of the reasons to keep it local when it comes to paper goods and also to highlight some of our fave local stationary specialists.

It’s tempting to order paper goods online, and we get it, you want to save time and money all while trying to avoid leaving the comfort of your home. However, the benefits of locally made paper goods outweigh the downsides by far. Online companies tend to produce generic and lower quality products that are ordered by hundreds of thousands of brides and grooms. By working with local paper experts, you get to experience the quality of the paper before ordering and you can personalize your products to your liking. Not only will this face-to-face experience put your mind at ease, but it will also guarantee that your product is uniquely yours.

Local paper experts like Funky Olive Invitations + Stationary, Pennysmith’s Paper, and Darling Clementine Art + Illustration are exemplary creatives that take paper goods to the next level. We seriously cannot get over how stunning their end products are. Each of them bring something unique to the table, so you’re certain to find the one that can bring your vision to life. Let’s get to know these lovelies a little bit more:

Funky Olive Invitations + Stationary

Cam Storie Photography

Looking for a full-service, custom design studio specializing in bespoke invitations + paper goods? Look no further than Funky Olive! It’s all here, just for you. You can get in touch with these experts here.

Pennysmith’s Paper

Meet with a design consultant, choose from established designs or customize your own, and explore a wide variety of possibilities for all of your paper needs when you work with Pennysmith’s Paper! You can learn more about them here.

Darling Clementine Art + Illustration

Bella’s charming illustrations are created from the heart and are always completely customized. From wedding invitations to hand-bound books, Darling Clementine‘s creativity is endless. Get in touch with her here!

We want you to connect with a local wedding expert because your vision matters and your ideas deserve to be heard. Have questions or need some suggestions? We’re here to help!

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