One of the fun parts about getting married is planning the honeymoon. And if you haven't even narrowed it down to a country, much less an island or a resort, don't worry - many (if not most!) honeymoon couples are in the same boat.

How to plan the perfect honeymoon

Some couples start by leafing through travel or bridal magazines and looking for pictures that are appealing and romantic - you can do this, but you're more likely to settle on the best-marketed destination rather than the best destination for your wants, needs, and style.

The following are questions you should ask yourself - it'll help you figure out what your options are, and help you ask better questions of your travel agent… which will help you plan that perfect honeymoon.

1. When Are You Going?

Every destination has its high and low seasons, and this is typically a combination of weather and the times of the year that their tourists typically take vacations. Some destinations, such as Hawaii, have very little variance in their weather year-round; others, like the Caribbean have a definite hurricane season.

Yet it's important to know that the Caribbean is a very big place; different parts have different hurricane seasons, and some parts of the western Caribbean really aren't hurricane prone at all. Other destinations - such as Central America and Southeast Asia - have rainy or monsoon seasons.

You really need to know the specific destination in order to have a feel for whether or not their "green" season is too "green" (rainy!) for you.

Also, ask yourself if you're willing to delay the start of your honeymoon a couple of weeks or months. Summer months are very popular for weddings, this also tends to be the expensive (and sometimes more crowded) season for many honeymoon destinations.

Giving yourself a month off after the wedding before leaving on your honeymoon in many ways is not such as bad idea. It gives you time to relax and wind down from the wedding, write your thank-you notes, and take advantage of the lower prices of what's known as the "shoulder season" (between high and low season).

2. What Will You Be Eating?

How adventurous of an eater are you? How about your fiancé? Do you like to try the local food, try many different restaurants? Often resorts will have very good American and European menus, but for authentic local cuisine you'll have to venture outside the resort.

All-inclusives and cruises often make fabulous food very affordable; if you're not at an all-inclusive resort, the on-property restaurants are often pretty pricey compared to outside restaurants, and tend to be less authentic with respect to local/native cuisine.

If your chosen resort is in or near a reasonably large town or tourist area, you may have lots of choice for dinner; if you're secluded and isolated, it's possible that you have no choice but to dine at the resort (and pay their prices, if it's not included!).

In areas like Fiji and Tahiti, you'll often find that while the resort isn't officially all-inclusive, they do have a "meal plan" which covers food and sometimes drinks. Sometimes these plans cover just breakfast and dinner, which leaves you the option of trying the local cuisine and eating relatively inexpensively for lunch.

3. Language

This is less of a problem than you might think. Unless you're backpacking around some exotic country, you're going to find people in restaurants, hotels, and the activity vendors all speak English.

Love Tip:

Try to learn a few words and phrases in the local language, as you'll find you're treated differently if you begin conversations with "hello" in their language, and show you're willing to make the effort to get along in their country.

4. Cost

The big question! First, some statistics: the average Australian couple spends about $7000 for their honeymoon package...and this doesn't included expenditures once they're at their destination.

When considering a resort that's NOT all-inclusive, take some time to research the area and find out what meals cost, what a snorkel trip costs, what taxis cost, etc. Costs of excursions and meals can easily add up to much more than your airfare and hotel, and you need to be realistic and prepared for this. Tourist bureau sites are a good place to start.

Love Tip:

If staying at multiple hotels on your honeymoon spend one or two nights somewhere really nice to start, then a more moderate property during your honeymoon and finish off at a great place before going home.

5. Time off work

How much time off work are you going to take? And how much of it are you willing to spend on an airplane?

If you're going on an African safari, you're going to consume about a day and a half traveling there and back. This is fine if you're going to be there a couple of weeks, but if those days are coming off your total allocation of 7 days for your honeymoon, you might consider somewhere closer.

Distance isn't the only factor. How many stopovers is it going to take to get where you're going? If you've got to land on a main island, then wait around for 4 to 6 hours for the "island hopper" flight to take you out to your remote private island retreat, that's going to consume your vacation time too.

Love Tip:

A great option, if it's available, is a red-eye flight, where you sleep on the plane and wake up at your destination, saving a day of vacation time.

6. Ask Yourself...

There are a number of important considerations here. First off, who else is going to be at your resort? Are most of the guests at the resort in your age group? Are they young and adventurous, or older and mostly interested in golf?

Does the resort market to families and is it school holidays? - are you going to find a crowd of kids splashing around in the pool when you're trying to have a romantic, relaxing time?

Is the bar going to be lively, with your kind of music? Are you going to feel right at home, or a bit out of place?

Do you prefer to be in the middle of the action, with lots of other happy honeymooners all around, or quieter and more secluded? Think about whether you want to be in a hotel with 400 rooms, or a resort with 40 private villas...the experience will be very different.

Do you want to be waited on hand and foot, or left alone to explore by yourselves?

Do you want to shop, maybe pick up souvenirs or local style clothes, or maybe some artwork? Maybe you want a mix: in Hawaii, popular combinations would include a few nights in the heart of Waikiki combined with a few nights on the North Shore...on Maui, perhaps a split between the Lahaina/Kaanapali area and the secluded Hana coast.

Finally, how much do you want to learn about the locals, their language, food, and culture? Generally, at the all-inclusive resorts, you'll find yourselves with other tourists, separated from the local style. If you want to immerse yourselves in the local environment, perhaps consider a smaller hotel, farther from the main tourist areas.

7. Not All Air Conditioners Are Created Equal

How sensitive are you to humidity and temperature? This can determine not only the destination, but also the choice of resort, as not all A/C systems are created equal.

How close do you want to be to nature? At some fabulous safari lodges in Africa there are no walls...just mosquito nets to protect you at night. For some, this is a dream come true-for others it might be a nightmare.

How important is your living space in your hotel room? Do you feel claustrophobic easily? Do you like to lounge around in the morning, have breakfast in bed, or do you like to get up and out there exploring the island?

Is a spa on-property important to you? Is a view of the ocean from your room important to you...enough to justify the higher price? Also think about how you typically spend your day on vacation. If you go back and forth from the room to the beach, the pool, the restaurant, you might want a place with ground-level villas rather than have to get on and off elevators all the time.

If you're going to spend most of your days out exploring the island, this might not matter so much.