Destination Honeymoon

Hon·ey·moon ˈhənēˌmo͞on/ noun: a vacation spent together by a newly married couple, otherwise known as the calm after the storm!

If you and your groom have chosen to go on a honeymoon you may now be wondering where to spend it. There are millions of options for a vacation and I feel that a honeymoon needs to be exactly what you want it to be. It is so easy to become overwhelmed with all of the choices out there and really the honeymoon should be the fun part of the planning process, but sometimes it can bring more stress than relaxation.

When thinking of your dream honeymoon it is important for your groom and you to get on the same page. Ask yourselves some questions: beach or mountains, adventure or relaxation, city or rural. Some of these may seem silly but it is really important to talk through these.

Beach vs. mountains- obvious pros to each, a beach vacation being the more popular type of honeymoon we see. Think secluded islands and beaches for miles. But do you and your groom love to hike, ski and do outdoorsy things? A mountain vacay may be right for you! Think the French Alps or the Great Smoky Mountains.

Adventure vs. relaxation- are you two ready to not lift a finger for seven days or are your boots packed and you are ready to explore? Some folks (including my hubby and I) did not want to do a single thing but lay on the beach the entire time so when booking a resort the pool and the beach location were key to us. For adventure seekers ask about activity packages or even check Groupon.

City vs. rural- want to hit the town and party the night away? Maybe a city would be right for you. Think Honolulu, you get the beach and the city! For those who could go to an island population 2 look for something secluded and research relaxation packages.

All inclusive? This is critical to decide early on as it will impact the type of property you will book. Some pro’s to all inclusive are that you never really have to take your wallet or purse with you. You pay everything up front and generally stay within the property to reap the all inclusive benefits. Forgoing all inclusive allows you and your new hubby to explore the town, eat off property and maybe even save a little money. Both are great options!

Whatever you two decide make sure there is something for each of you. If he wants a round of golf and you want a mani/pedi make sure to make those happen- this is the time for you two to enjoy each other and bask in newly-wedded bliss!

Categories: Inspirations, Planning

Packing for Two

I know certain women who always pack for their better half. They count socks, underwear and fold collared shirts with care. It just so happens that my groom has immaculate suitcase skills, while I frequently forget items and tend to take too much. Nonetheless, the title of this article reflects packing for two days, rather than two people.

Brides should fully prepare for the big day before the getaway. There’s no such thing as waltzing into a wedding. Typically, a bride will enter her suite with a week’s worth of preparation, bustling bridesmaids and some A plus assistance.

Wedding Day

Over the course of wedding planning I have accumulated a closet worth of bridal items. My everyday wardrobe has become wrinkled and cluttered, as a wedding sacrifice of sorts, while everything for the big day remains in pristine shape. It’s helpful to designate a closet or storage space where brides can congregate all items. Below is a quick look into my bridal closet. Exclamation points indicate urgency!

  1. Gown!
  2. Marriage License!
  3. Wedding bands!
  4. Ketubah/marriage contract!
  5. Garter
  6. Ring Bearer pillow
  7. Bridesmaid gifts
  8. Bridal flats/heels
  9. Bridal jewels
  10. Tiara/hair accessories
  11. Proper undergarments
  12. Something old
  13. Something new
  14. Something borrowed
  15. Something blue

As readers probably imagine my closet has been temporarily seized for the big day. Although I have done most of the collecting on my own, I did inform one lucky lady about my bridal treasures. Even the best bridal packer must have a backup plan, better known as a reliable bridesmaid. It’s likely that I will forget something of necessity just hours before the ceremony. I can already imagine my mid-makeup shriek as I remember exactly what was buried back in my bridal closet.

Honeymoon

If brides are jet setting immediately after “I Do’s,” most packing should be done in advance. I have been told that the bride is absolutely exhausted after the reception with a happy hangover. Here’s a numerical look inside my beach suitcase- a work in progress. If brides are heading somewhere less lazy and more adventurous than my island getaway, disregard the beach items listed below.

  1. Passport!
  2. Obligatory wifey tee
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Sunglasses
  5. Sundresses
  6. Beach reading
  7. Waterproof camera
  8. Flip flops
  9. Sun hat
  10. Something with lace
  11. Bathing Suit (x a few)!
  12. Cover Up

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My shower outfit and a honeymoon hat.

Considering the several suitcases a bride may have to pack, I suggest letting the groom grab his tux and swimsuit. With less than ten days to go, this bride is busy!

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Honeymoon Registry

Since our wedding is just forty days away, I haven’t had the time to daydream about our honeymoon. However, just one day after the chaos comes to a bittersweet close, our first adventure as newlyweds will begin. This seven-day affair requires little makeup and far less people. I will leave my ball gown at home.

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Adios!

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We will be honeymooning in the Bahamas. Good news: At our resort, with the luxury of a quick shuttle, we can access the waterslides at the Atlantis without any babysitting commitments.

When we revealed our sunny location, a few family members and friends mentioned two honeymoon sites that provide guests with an alternative option for wedding gifts. Both websites titled Wanderable and Honeyfund allow the bride and groom to customize a list of desired activities such as spa treatments, scuba diving, dinner with an ocean view and even a night at a preferred hotel.

At first, I was very hesitant to create a website that essentially asks for vacation perks. With that said, it’s nice to provide guests with another option aside from the traditional wedding registries. I’ve received so many wonderful cooking supplies that I am beginning to feel guilty for completely avoiding the kitchen. Aside from my cookbook titled I Don’t Know How to Cook, I am finally motivated to learn the dials on our oven. Luckily, JB enjoys playing with many of our new gadgets such as the food processor and high tech mixer, while I keep busy arranging our incoming collection of frames.

I suppose, in some ways, I am already prepared for our honeymoon. At my bridal shower, just a few weeks ago, I unwrapped a collection of beachwear from my fashion forward cousins. I received an adorable crop top, fringe shorts and a beach hat. Packing will be easy.

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honeymoon shopping from Topshop.

While I don’t believe creating a honeyfund of sorts is a necessity, I do like the concept.

Below are two sites for honeymooning with a little help:

https://www.wanderable.com

http://www.honeyfund.com

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Say No to the Uni-Moon

While browsing The Huffington Post’s Wedding articles online, I stumbled upon a very odd option for honeymooning known as the uni-moon. Author Bill Powers defined the solo vacation as “one of those terrible modern trends of taking individual honeymoons attached to work trips.” Basically, in this situation, the newlyweds work schedules did not coincide, leaving Mr. Powers in Paris and the Mrs. in the Dominican Republic.

Here’s the full article, with an important moral at the end: the uni-moon was a major wake-up call for the newly married couple.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/30/separate-honeymoons_n_6397092.html?utm_hp_ref=weddings&ir=Weddings

Truthfully, I can’t wrap my head around the possibility of anything solo regarding weddings. I am on board with other modern wedding trends such as dance classes, and creating a hashtag for the guests of honor so that all instagram pictures can be located in one happy place. (Every wedding must be documented on social media, right?)

Of course, my negativity regarding the uni-moon is long-lived. It all started in a previous Posh Petals and Pearls post where I voted for a joint bachelor and bachelorette party. Months later, I have come to terms with the benefits of separate parties for the bride and groom-to-be, and have begun planning an epic girl’s night out with my bridesmaids and close friends.

Although my mind has changed regarding premarital celebrations, a honeymoon without my honey remains unfathomable.

I was particularly appalled by the uni-moon trend since I learned of it while planning our romantic getaway. However, for the first few conversations with my groom-to-be it seemed as though JB might opt to travel separately, considering our visions of the ideal honeymoon left us on different continents. JB would be perfectly content spearfishing on an exotic island, while I imagine us touring museums and taking selfies among the ancient ruins of somewhere stunning with an entertaining tour guide.

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JB would like to be tree level, while I prefer sea level.

And so, as of right now, we are looking into a possible destination in Italy that combines adventure, touring and relaxation with the potential for water sports. Although we are still in the process of finalizing the location and activities, one thing is for certain- there will be no uni-mooning of any kind!

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