Honeymoon Planning Checklist – Taking Off After Your Reception

You have been planning and anticipating for many months and now your wedding day is finally here! You are excited to finally tie the knot, and even better…get to your honeymoon destination.  If you are planning your trip soon after the wedding, here is a checklist to tackle before the festivities begin.  Taking care of these items in advance will help make the traveling process smooth and stress free. 

  1. Pack necessary travel documents in an easy to reach pocket of your bag.
  2. Have your luggage ready, to include all clothes and toiletries you will need on your trip.
  3. Plan a ride to the airport in advance that will be ready for your departure.  If possible, have your travel items in the car prior to picking you up.
  4. Ask someone to help organize gifts and anything else left behind at the reception. You can plan to have these items waiting for you when you return home. 
  5. Have a trusted person take your dress directly to the drycleaner for a later pickup. 
  6. Have your wedding coordinator or friend save and freeze the top layer of your wedding cake to enjoy on your 1st wedding anniversary.  
  7. Make sure any pets have a pre-arranged sitter, or drop them off to be boarded.
  8. Leave a housekey behind with a trusted friend or family member in case of emergency,
  9. Write down your travel itinerary and information for anyone who may need to reach you while you are away. 
  10. Plan transportation for pick up upon your arrival back home. 

If you have planned to leave for your honeymoon right away, we understand your excitement!  Just be sure to allow yourself a window of time for the unexpected.  If it is possible to give yourself a day to recover before travel, you may find the small break offers a little relief.  But, with a little help from friends and the right preparation, you will be sailing off into the sunset with ease.  Have fun!

Taming Those Pre-Wedding Jitters

Your wedding day is fast approaching, and all the major planning is behind you.  Just when you think it is time to sit back, relax, and wait for the festivities to happen…you are hit hard with pre-wedding jitters. Perfectly normal.  Here are a few things you can do to help calm your nerves. 

Take a Break

You have spent hours working out details and meeting with wedding vendors over the past few months, it is only natural to feel overwhelmed! Perhaps you have woken up in the middle of the night stewing over your seating chart? This is just a sign that you need to take a break.  YES, get away for a little while.  The wedding will not fall apart if you take a breather, don’t worry!  Plan a day out with friends and have lunch or get a pedicure. If you are up for the challenge, try to not even mention the wedding. It may be the biggest part of your life right now, but after some time passes, it may be nice to think about something else for a change. 

Write it Down

After you have taken a breather, write down everything that is creating anxiety. Your list may be long and seemingly tedious, but that’s ok.  Putting your thoughts on paper may be a sweet release.  If there are some to-do items on your list that are causing extra stress, consider asking a bridesmaid to help with the task.

Now that you have a complete list of what is making you feel jitters, find a close friend to walk through it with you.  Getting some things off your chest could help ease your jitters. 

Recognize What’s Going On

If your nerves are beyond planning and details and more focused on the traits of your fiancé that tend to annoy you, be assured that you are not alone. This happens to many brides before tying the knot. Stress can make these feelings seem a little more elevated than they really are. If you are concerned that there is something deeper in your relationship that needs attention, do not delay. Find a counselor or trusted advisor and work through your concerns before walking down the aisle. 

There is a lot that goes into planning a wedding, so the feelings of fear you have are ok. Just a little TLC and time away may be just what you need!