How to Plan the Perfect Honeymoon

One of the more traditional groom responsibilities is making arrangements for the honeymoon. An easy way to get your groom involved in planning the wedding is to ask him to book the honeymoon. But before you give him his assignment, make sure he has an idea of where you'd like to go and what you'd like to do. To help make his job easier, forward him these 11 honeymoon planning tips from The Groom's Instruction Manual.

1. Consult Friends, Family, and the Internet
You may not want to copy somebody else's honeymoon blow-for-blow, but you can certainly look to others for inspiration. Then hit up your old friend the World Wide Web and see which lovely locale is cheapest and/or most practical for when you'll be traveling.

2. No Surprises
Unless your track record with your fiancee is flawless, don't try your luck on the honeymoon, because a weeklong surprise that isn't received well on day one will make days two-through-whenever miserable.

3. Know What You Want
And by that we really mean "know what your fiancee wants." You may have grand plans for a golf vacation or an outdoor adventure, but if the brand-new missus isn't down with that, you are heading for disaster.

4. Don't Invite Anyone Else
This should be obvious but to a surprising number of people, it's not. Your honeymoon is for you and your fiancee, period. Solitude is the reward you get for making it through the engagement and wedding, so don't mess it up by thinking that a double-dating trip or—god forbid—family-vacation-slash-honeymoon can yield the same benefits, unless your goal is a quick annulment.

5. Know Your Maximum
Some people can lie on a beach until retirement. Others get antsy after four days. Know how long that you and your wife can survive in each other's company and away from it all. Many honeymoons enjoy a trip that shifts gears halfway through—three to five days on a lounge chair to recover from the shock of the wedding, followed by another three to five days of more demanding and adventurous travel.

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