Is it time to start planning your honeymoon, but tired of the same old ideas? There are literally thousands of options you’ll have to consider when planning your dream trip. This article is meant to help you navigate some of the top honeymoon trends of 2023 so that you can be sure you’ve booked the perfect honeymoon - even if your wedding isn't until 2024.
1. Planning Earlier Than Before:
Before the pandemic, it was customary for a couple to book their honeymoon around 6 months out, but as the world has opened up again, many couples are doing what everyone is calling “revenge travel” for all of the lost and postponed trips they've had to deal with these last few years. In 2023 there will be higher demand and lower inventory, which also drives up prices.
BOTTOM LINE: The sooner you can discover the destination & resort you want for
your honeymoon, and book it, the better!
2. Premium on Service:
In 2023, couples will be putting a premium on pampering, luxury, and service. They are looking for great value. Not a low price, but a honeymoon that includes extra touches of service, such as a private airport shuttle, having a butler welcome you with a refreshing drink and moist towel, and then entering your honeymoon suite to see a chilled bottle of champagne, with gourmet snacks waiting for you as you enter your honeymoon suite.
3. Bucket List Stays & Experiences:
In 2023 couples are looking to do a “bucket list” experience for their honeymoon. More and more couples are expecting their honeymoon to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience including staying in an over-the-water bungalow, a luxury honeymoon suite, or even renting a private yacht. Many couples now want their honeymoon to include some type of archaeological tour or visit to historical landmarks or cities.
PRO TIP: If you don’t quite have the budget for a full 7 or 14-night stay in an
over-the-water bungalow, then I always suggest to my clients doing a split stay. Maybe start your honeymoon off with a bang at the more expensive “WOW” factor room, and then finish your honeymoon in a room that allows your whole honeymoon to fit your budget - or - do the opposite and end your honeymoon on a high note!
4. Group Moons:
No, not THAT kind of honeymoon, but many couples who had to postpone their weddings or honeymoons during the pandemic want to make up for the missed opportunities to travel, as well as now being new parents. They still want a big fun celebration, and therefore they are now bringing their closest family and friends to join them to celebrate with them on their honeymoon.
5. Focus on Health & Wellness:
Many couples will be planning their honeymoon with a focus on rejuvenating both mind & body. These honeymoons will include an itinerary of farm-to-table food experiences, eating at local fresh food restaurants & markets, as well as pampering spa treatments, sunrise yoga sessions, meditations, and activities that promote all-around health and vitality.
6. Honeymoon Registries:
Don't need fine china and new bakeware? With rising inflation, and couples looking to have an above-average honeymoon experience, many couples will create a honeymoon registry or fund that their family and friends can give as a wedding gift to help them pay for their dream honeymoon.
7. Consulting with a Honeymoon Consultant:
Being a Travel Advisor, you should have known I was going to end with this! In 2023, couples will consult and hire a honeymoon specialist to help them make sure they are getting everything they want and the maximum value out of their honeymoon. Couples are busier than ever before as they work, start their family, buy a new home, and try to fit in time for each other, all while trying to plan their wedding. It’s worth the investment to spend a little extra to get their honeymoon planned right, and take the stress & frustration of planning the perfect honeymoon off of their plate!
Clearly, in 2023, you will have more honeymoon options at your fingertips than ever before. A suggestion to future wedding couples everywhere is to consider some of these trends without sacrificing what’s ultimately important to you for a romantic and pampering honeymoon. These may be 2023 trends, but old-fashioned romance never goes out of style!
If you are in the midst of planning your honeymoon and feel like you’re stuck and not getting very far, I encourage you to use this link, to schedule a complimentary 30-minute strategy session with me! I would be honored to help your figure out everything you need for a relaxing & trendy honeymoon!