In the whirlwind of planning your wedding, you may have forgotten that your honeymoon won’t magically plan itself. It’s time to think about what your idea of a perfect honeymoon is. After carefully choosing your destination, consider our honeymoon tips before taking your trip.

Budget with care.

Budgeting for your honeymoon is easier said than done, especially if you or those you know have a specific idea of what it should be like. Here’s the good news – you don’t have to stay at a five-star hotel or fly in first class to have a great honeymoon. Save that money for fun activities on your trip or the big-ticket purchases you’re bound to have to make soon after you tie the knot. Once you decide what you can realistically afford, make sure you stick to your budget.

Plan and book early.

While it may be tempting to not start planning your honeymoon until after your wedding is lock and key, you’ll save money and ensure you can stay and go where you want if you plan and book your trip early.

Skip the wedding gifts.

Instead of accepting the standard wedding gifts, consider starting a honeymoon traveling fund that your family and friends can contribute to instead of buying you things you probably don’t need. The best part? You’ll take a lot of the pressure off your guests if you avoid having a registry and let them contribute the amount of money they actually want to spend. In the process, you’ll be able to spend less on your honeymoon and you won’t end up with three sets of monogrammed towels.

Shout it from the rooftops.

Telling everyone you encounter – from the bellhop to the scuba lesson form – that you’re on your honeymoon can actually help you get free perks and deals that you wouldn’t normally get. This could be anything from free upgrades to having flowers added to your room at no charge. It doesn’t hurt to try.

Don’t forget about R&R.

While you may be tempted to chock your honeymoon full of fun activities, remember that it’s a time that you’ll both want to relax after months of stressful planning. Dedicate plenty of time to recharging and simply enjoying your significant other – after all, this is only the beginning of the many magical moments you’ll share.