Wedding Planning Stress? Have a Date Night!

If you are recently engaged, you understand how much time and effort it takes to coordinate a wedding. Did you ever think the planning process would add stress to your relationship? Some think diving into the nitty gritty together will be fun and exciting…only to find themselves shocked when tensions are high. You are not alone! Take regular and scheduled time away for a date night and be intentional about setting the wedding plans aside. Here’s why.

Your relationship is priority. Before your engagement, in the “honeymoon stage” of dating, you couldn’t wait to see your partner. Whether the plan was to snuggle on the couch in front of a movie or take a night out on the town, time spent together was top priority. Make sure you hang on to this idea throughout the wedding planning process. It doesn’t matter what you do – grab a cup of coffee or take a walk, just don’t discuss wedding details. This is time to focus on the two of you. Talk about work, friendships, food, dreams, and the two of you! Time together will solidify the health of your relationship, which will continue long after your wedding day is over. A relationship built on stable ground, trust, and loyalty is one that will stand the test of time. The best way to strengthen your foundation is to devote quality time together. So, put away the cell phones and get busy loving and listening to your partner. You won’t regret it!

Tips for Traveling Abroad for Your Honeymoon

Honeymoon planning is probably the most exciting detail when preparing for your wedding. You know that once the ceremony is over and your guests have said their good-byes, you get to take a long-awaited vacation with your new hubby. After months of hard work and organizing, you deserve some time away! If you are considering a trip abroad, here are some tips that can make your travel smooth and stress-free.

Use a travel agent.
You may consider yourself well-traveled, but your honeymoon isn’t just any old trip. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you want to make it great. Hire someone that will help you plan the details. Good travel agents are affordable, knowledgeable, and helpful. Many have relationships with vendors abroad so they can book hotel accommodations with upgrades and agent perks that you would not receive on your own. They know the best resorts to visit and helpful insider excursion tips. They can discuss your likes, dislikes, and make the perfect recommendations for your personal journey. Plus, outsourcing the details will simply make your life easier. You already have a lot on your plate!

Purchase Insurance.
Traveling abroad is expensive. Between airline tickets, hotels, non-refundable excursions, or even dinner reservations that require a deposit, the costs can add up quickly. We recommend purchasing travel insurance simply because you never know what curve balls life will throw your way.   The weather could choose to be uncooperative, wedding plans can become delayed, or one of you could become sick and unable to comfortably travel. To eliminate financial stress in any of these situations, talk to your travel agent about the best insurance policy for you. The last thing you want is pay for a honeymoon that you cannot attend.

We also recommend investigating travel medical insurance that will cover illness or injury while abroad. Most domestic health insurance plans will only cover expenses treated in the U.S. However, there are travel health insurance options that cover medical expenses within a network of doctors or healthcare facilities that can save you thousands of dollars out of pocket for treatments in other countries. Talk to your travel agent about different options and cover yourself for peace of mind.

Find an interpreter.
If you choose to travel to a country where English is not the primary language, we recommend hiring an interpreter for day-long excursions. They can help you understand behind the scenes history, assist with ordering meals, and offer added insight while touring their homeland. They can even make out-of-the-box suggestions so you can live like the “locals” for a day.

If you are eager to start the honeymoon prep, here is a checklist to get you moving in the right direction.

 

Checklist Items That Can Wait

After celebrating your engagement and the wedding planning begins, suddenly you realize how many details there are to cover. It can be overwhelming. While some items need to be checked off right away, others can be put on hold. Here are a few things that can wait for a later date.

Dress Shopping

Every bride is eager to get out and try on wedding dresses. After all, who doesn’t want to feel like a princess? But hold off, there are more pressing matters that need your attention in the beginning. Dress shopping can wait six to eight months prior to your wedding date. This allows plenty of time for fittings, alterations, shipping, and final touches…don’t worry. If you are eager to daydream, find a collection of bridal magazines and start considering your must-haves for the perfect ensemble anytime!

Music Selections

While it is a good idea to select a band or a DJ in order for them to hold your date, there is no need to panic over music selections right away. Write down any songs your have in mind for your first dance or the perfect father-daughter moment. There is no need to spend hours making music selections in the beginning. Music professionals have plenty of suggestions with the ability to put a playlist together close to your wedding date. Allow time to get inspired by looking online, attending weddings, or asking friends for now.

Seating Charts

You may already have an idea of who clicks well together and who needs to be seated on the opposite side of the room. These considerations are a great start.  But hold off on a seating chart until you begin receiving your RSVP cards in the mail. It can be a tedious process to dive into, especially if you are unsure about the final guest list. For now, consider putting together your invitations instead. When the time is right to finalize the seating chart, here is a guide to get you started: https://edmundswasteremoval.com/tips-creating-seating-chart/

The Honeymoon

OK, we know. It is nearly impossible to think about other things when you have a vacation with your sweetheart on the horizon. Typically honeymoon plans need to be organized six months in advance. For now, talk about your dream honeymoon together and just start brainstorming ideas to get you on the same page. Leave the travel planning to flight purchases until a later date.

How to Check Out and In During Your Honeymoon

There are many details to cover when planning a wedding. You meet vendors, budget, and organize until you feel like you have taken on an extra part-time job. Just keep in mind that after your perfect day is over, you get to relax on a much-needed vacation with your partner. The key word here is RELAX. Here is how to balance time away with the reality of life at home.

Set aside time. For some of us it may be easy to power off your cell phone and detach for a week or two. If you are one of those fortunate people, be grateful. If you have kids, a business, or family at home that make it difficult to go MIA. Just be sure you find a way to balance your time. Remember, the purpose of your honeymoon is to celebrate a new chapter with your spouse. Here are a few tips to help you stay engaged and keep your peace of mind:

1. Let your partner know in advance that you need to take a block of time on certain days to check in. If you disappear unannounced, they may feel neglected.
2. Honor the time you set aside and get back to your romantic getaway as quickly as you can. Make short phone calls and keep your business interactions efficient.
3. Put the phone, computer, or tablet aside and power it off when it is not in use so you can stay fully engaged during your honeymoon activities.
4. Give a trusted family member and friend your hotel information just in case they need to reach out in an emergency. This will give you peace of mind when you power off your electronics.
5. Keep the social media posting at a minimum. If you want to share photos, consider waiting until you return home.