1) Leave a few days after the wedding
Set off on your honeymoon a day or two after the wedding so you get a chance to wind down after the whirlwind celebrations, and get excited about going away as a newly-wed couple.
2) Call ahead
When you’re deciding on your hotel, try calling around to see if any of the hotels you're interested in advertise any perks for newly-weds. Some may offer an upgrade or put champagne and chocolates in your room on arrival. There's no harm in asking!
3) Plan before you leave
Think about what you like to do together and what the surrounding area has to offer. Make the most of your stay by having a vague idea of how you want to spend the time before you jet off. But, make sure you leave a bit of downtime for you both too!
4) Tell everyone you meet
Make sure you mention to every person you meet that it’s your honeymoon; the waiter, the maid, the taxi driver, the concierge, the receptionist - don’t be shy! Everyone adores a couple of lovebirds and you might end up getting a few lucky extras along the way, even if it’s just especially good service.
5) A romantic meal for two
Treat your partner to a surprise meal on a secluded beach at a top-notch restaurant or just a picnic for two. Make reservations before you leave the UK to save hassle and time that could be spent doing other things.
6) Forget about your watch
Leave the watches at home. Make the most of your honeymoon together and just loose track of time. Life is so fast paced that it would be nice to take the opportunity to relax while you can.
7) Be snap happy
Take as many photos as you can. You don't want to be disappointed when you get home and realise you didn’t record many memories. So snap away and put a lovely album together when you get home. You could even write a little diary too!
8) Watch the sunrise or sunset
The most tranquil parts of the day are sunrise and sunset - so why not share that moment together and admire the beauty of your honeymoon destination, wherever it is.
9) Do activities that maximise your 'togetherness'
Spend time doing things that involve the two of you. There are lots of exciting activities such as tandem bike rides, a double paraglide or just spend the day relaxing in the spa or by the pool together.
10) Just relax!
Make the most of your honeymoon by taking time to unwind and enjoy eachother's company. You'll need it after all the hectic wedding festivities!
By Jessica Carwardine