Planning your Honeymoon

Don’t forget to plan it.

Let’s say you’re planning a normal vacation. You’d probably takes months reading up on the destination, researching flights and hotels, and creating your itinerary. But this no ordinary time in your life—this is your “wedding planning life,” and you are also very busy. But set aside some time to plan your honeymoon, because once you finally pick your head up from planning, you’ll be so glad there’s a relaxing trip on the other side.

It should and will be incredibly special.

Even if you swear all those clichés of couples cuddling at the airport or holding hands while checking into their hotel is so not you two, don’t be surprised if all of a sudden you find yourselves acting just like those other happy couples. You’re celebrating a very big and very happy event—not to mention, you no longer have the stress of planning on your shoulders. Enjoy it!

It may take a day or two to feel relaxed

If you think that it will only take an hour or two of sun and a strong cocktail for you to feel relaxed and focused on each other, you may be surprised. You’ll have so much adrenaline pushing you through the wedding that you may be exhausted or just feel kind of worn out for the first day or so. Be ready to go with the flow, be kind to yourselves and maybe think about pushing that adventurous scuba excursion or hiking to the top of the volcano until later in the trip.

It won’t always be the romantic fantasy.

After you’ve packed the fancy lingerie you got at your bachelorette party and pre-ordered the expensive champagne for your room service, you imagine romance will be in the air all day every day. But sometimes, too much sun, surf or sightseeing can really take its toll, and you can bet that at least one night you’ll just want to do something sort of boring, like watching a TV in bed or a daytime nap then ordering some room service.

Mishaps will probably happen.

On a related note, be prepared for unexpected—and unwelcome—events. Your hotel room might not be as lovely as it looked in the photos, you might miss a connecting flight or you might even get sick, but if you roll with the punches when things go wrong, you’ll be able to enjoy all the amazing things that go right. And keep in mind that most hotels have doctors on call to help and medicine in the gift shop, but pack a few Imodium and Tylenol in your suitcase just in case (it’ll be much cheaper than buying it there).

You won’t want to come back home.

Whether you’ve already been on a bunch of vacations as a couple or this is your first big trip together, coming back from your honeymoon is a quick trip back to the realm of reality (sorry!) and everything you’ve been putting off while you were planning your wedding, like a stack of paper work, filing your taxes or cleaning the garage. Planning your next trip can ease the pain slightly, as can planning a fun date night for the weekend after you’ve returned.

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