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.

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!

Top 6 Hottest Honeymoon Destinations

Your wedding is almost here and you’ll soon be newlyweds – time to plan your honeymoon! But, what are the best destinations for you and your spouse?   We researched the hottest honeymoon destinations and here are some of our favorites.

Hawaii

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This Island of Hawaii has plenty of beautiful beaches to enjoy. While you are there, go ahead and party at a luau with professional hula dancers, have dinner by the ocean, and even catch a glimpse of some amazing wildlife! Hawaii is one of the few places you can swim with a sea turtle or book a snorkeling trip in crystal clear water near spellbinding coral reef. Maui also houses some of the top luxury oceanfront resorts in America that include golf, hiking, secluded beaches, amazing waterfalls, and spa services.

Paris

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Some know Paris as the City of Lights. This beautiful city has plenty of culture, ancient architecture, and breathtaking museums. You can visit the Eiffel Tower, catch the Moulin Rouge dinner show, and browse through the gardens on a Versailles Palace tour. Not to mention, the delectable cuisine Paris has to offer. You can enjoy the magnificence of the city sitting on a café patio or feast at one of its famous bistros. Paris also has a large variety of luxury hotels with services and tours to help you navigate your way through the city and see everything it has to offer!

Venice

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Venice is known for its amazing Grand Canal with water taxis that transport you from place to place, and it is very romantic! Venice is the place to be for authentic Italian cuisine paired with some of the finest wines in the world aged from local, handpicked grapes. It is filled with ancient architecture, music, artwork, and gorgeous scenery. Not to mention, the hotels are beautiful and the service is known to be outstanding!

Fiji

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Honeymooners from everywhere have picked Fiji as their favorite destination. There are many small islands to choose from, and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. Upon arrival, you just might be serenaded with live music, and you may even leave singing a few island songs yourself! Fiji has stunning beaches and clear water for snorkeling and scuba diving, surfing, and water sports. But the best part, virtually no crime. Natives to Fiji are respectful to their guests and you can rest easily knowing you and your luggage are safe! The mild climate and ocean breeze of Fiji is welcoming to all.

Virgin Islands

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The Virgin Islands is another destination with breathtaking beaches. The waters are calm, making it a fantastic place for swimmers, and there is plenty of shade underneath the large and beautiful palm trees. The mild climate keeps the evening temperatures at a comfortable 70 degrees complimented with a mild ocean breeze. The Virgin Islands are easy for travel and known to be affordable. It holds welcoming resorts and hotels, plenty of shopping and all the amenities you will find from home.

St. Martin – St. Maarten

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Visiting St. Martin gives you the better of two cultures. This beautiful island is divided between its French and Dutch natives. You can travel freely to each side and soak in the finest Caribbean cuisine and arts from both sides. St. Martin is known as a “friendly island” and they encourage you to hop on a boat to indulge in a variety of water activities. Or, sit on the white sand beaches and rent a private romantic villa for you and your new husband! Shopping in St. Martin is notable, especially if you are interested in jewelry or perfumes at a discount.

 

Relax on the beach or see the city lights? Choosing your honeymoon destination will be one of the most exciting challenges you’ll share!