Everyone is always talking about all the things you absolutely have to do on your honeymoon — where you should go, where you should stay and where you simply must eat along the way — but what about all the things you probably shouldn't do while you're vacationing in paradise? We asked a few seasoned pros to shed some light on the subject. Take note soon-to-be newlyweds. Otherwise, don't say we didn't warn you!
1. Don't bring the kids
Whether they're yours or his from a prior marriage, as much as you love the little ones, you've got to leave them with grandma. As relationship expert and author April Masini explains, a honeymoon is a way to celebrate your wedding as a married couple, not as a (blended) family. "While the upside of bringing the kids along is a fairytale portrait of togetherness, the downside is that they may get sick, homesick, jealous and prevent you and your spouse from having sex."
2. Don't overbook yourself
A little pre-planning is definitely preferred, however, jam-packing your schedule full is not. "When assisting couples with their honeymoon planning, we encourage them not to commit to an activity-filled schedule from day one," reveals destination wedding and honeymoon expert, Megan Velez, of Destination Weddings Travel Group. Instead, she suggests starting with a few relaxing day at the beach or spa so you give yourself enough time to recover from the big day.
3. Don't wait until you're there to make all your plans
Or you may wind up disappointed! Although resorts often have a wealth of activities and excursions for newlyweds to partake in, from zip lining and parasailing to historical tours, pre-planning is the best and only real way to ensure availability, advises Velez.
4. Don't stay at the same hotel you said, "I do" at
"If you're hosting a destination wedding then you're already enjoying the savings of being able to sail right into your honeymoon without the added travel costs," points out Velez. At the same time, she recommends enjoying a change of scenery as well by switching resorts after you tie the knot.
5. Don't buy your toiletries at the honeymoon resort
Check your toiletry list twice before leaving home, brides! According to Velez, waiting until you've checked in to purchase sunscreen, shampoo, conditioner and other toiletries could cost you a pretty penny. "These items are typically much more at resorts," she says, "so you'll want to bring your own from home." We concur, especially since honeymoon expenses can add up quick.