Our honeymoon was undoubtedly the best week of my life. I can't tell bride-to-be's enough how amazing your honeymoon will be! My biggest piece of advice is to not let your honeymoon get swept under the rug because of planning for your wedding. Your honeymoon is your first experience of married life. And it will be something wonderful to look forward to when wedding planning gets tough!
After realizing just how important a honeymoon is, I've come up with these 5 recommendations to help make your honeymoon the best possible beginning to married life!
1. Break the rules.
Even though a honeymoon seems to typically be to a tropical and far away location, it doesn't have to be! Break the rules! Your honeymoon, like your wedding, is all about you two. If you like the snow more than the sand, get cuddled up in the mountains! If you know you don't want to leave the beach for a week, then an all-inclusive resort is the perfect fit. When we were planning our honeymoon I thought anywhere that we really wanted to explore (like Europe, California, etc.) would be out of the question because we wouldn't relax. After going on our honeymoon I've totally changed my mind! You can definitely do both relaxing and adventuring! If you don't have time or the money to go away for a week right after you get married, I would recommend going to a local bed and breakfast for two nights. I think the only two rules of a honeymoon are to be alone together and to relax. Otherwise, make up your own rules! :)
2. Make sure you're on the same page.
Everyone's different. This is probably the most evident in a marriage! Even spouses that have so much in common, have different opinions and this will be true about your honeymoon. Be open about what you each are expecting from your honeymoon. If one of you is surprising the other with a trip, talk about what you're generally interested in. That way when you get there everyone's happy!
3. Stay an extra night in your hotel or at home before jetting away.
If you're going somewhere far away and you'll be booking an early morning flight, stay one extra night at home before leaving! I have to give my good friend Callie credit for this tip; after reading her tips about honeymoon planning Bobby and I decided to take her advice and I'm so glad we did. It was one of the best decisions we made! Instead of having to wake up at 4a.m. the night after our wedding to catch a 6a.m. flight and start our honeymoon exhausted and miserable, we got to sleep in, have a wonderful breakfast in bed, and truly enjoy our very first day as husband and wife. We got a great night's sleep and woke up for that 6a.m. flight on Tuesday morning excited and not nearly as tired as we would have been!
4. Write in a journal.
I am SO glad we did this! This was all Bobby's idea and I'm so thankful he thought to do this. At the end of each day or whenever we were spending time relaxing we would write in a journal about our adventures. This is such a wonderful and important week, but it's impossible to remember every detail! It's so fun to read back through my journal and remember things that I've totally forgotten about! I bought these Rifle Paper Co. journals and they were the perfect size (plus they're super cute!).
I'd also recommend at least writing down your favorite highlights from your wedding day. When we began to write down everything about our wedding it seemed like such a daunting task that we each put it off and then it never got done. I spent so much time writing every detail that I never even began writing about the ceremony! I wish we had written down the highlights or just a few details while it was still fresh in our minds.
Bobby made us a mix CD for our honeymoon that we listened to on repeat throughout the whole week. Now whenever we hear those songs it takes us back to that blissful week on the island! I love how smells and sounds can immediately take your mind back to a memory.
Bobby and I caught the travel bug big time during our honeymoon. It was so fun to go on a vacation just the two of us! We're already planning a couple of trips for this year. I know traveling will always be a part of our lives and I'm looking forward to sharing our adventures here!