Cheers and bubbly and flowers and wedding cake! It's wedding season! So freaking fun. I love weddings so much. And, of course, honeymoons are a blast.
We have had some requests for honeymoon tips...so I put together this list. Hopefully you'll find something worthwhile here! (And I hope you all will help us out in the comments, too.)
1. Plan a surprise for your new spouse!
For example, think of your spouse's interests and arrange something fun. Set up a cooking lesson with the chef. Have Manhattan Fruitier deliver some gourmet fruit. Arrange for a meal at a special place. Book an event or special concert. Have a package delivered to the hotel (or even each day of your stay - even board games or books or favorite treats). Book a dinner for two on the beach. Arrange for a picnic basket to be prepared for the beach or a hike. I am sure the concierge at the hotel can provide ideas and help you arrange something.
2. Buy (or make) a memorable souvenir.
Think of what is special in the region. Maybe a special rug or piece of pottery or a piece of artwork from a local gallery. Maybe a certain kind of jewelry. Do some research in advance to find out what artisans are in the area as otherwise you may just see tourist traps. You could also find something very small and inexpensive, too, like a coffee table book or even a shell or rock collection. You can even visit some local thrift stores (I love doing this while traveling!) Or perhaps you could find a workshop (like VT glassblowing, for example!) where you could actually make something. I just love the idea of bringing home a memento that you plan to keep.
3. Create a custom scent for the trip.
There are shops that can create custom perfumes for you use essential oils (like Le Labo or Enfleurage in Manhattan) or you could create your own. Wouldn't it be awesome to have a custom scent or massage oil for your honeymoon? Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Rose, Jasmine, and Patchouli might be nice options.
4. See if you can learn how to make a new dish from your trip.
If there's a dish you LOVE - take photos. Ask the chef for ingredients, recipes, or tips. Try to perfect the dish when you get home and let it be a romantic meal you have on special occasions. It was on our honeymoon that Danny's desire to learn to make salsa and "street tacos" began. :) We also had ceviche on our honeymoon and now that is one of our special dishes.
5. Plan some great down time.
One suggestion: Bring a TV series to watch! We totally started watching Lost on our honeymoon and it was so, so fun (and one more reason to cuddle!)
6. Watch the Sunrise or Sunset together.
Ask the hotel where the BEST place to view the sunrise and sunset would be. Then go there. Maybe it would involve getting up super early and going on a little hike. Or heading to the rooftop or a certain area town. But it will for sure be a fun memory!
7. Find a book that you both want to read and bring two copies.
I love doing this with Danny. It's time spent alone, but also time spent together as you then get to discuss the book as you go along. We both read this book on our honeymoon and it remains one of our favorite books.
8. Visit the local grocery store to stock up on snacks for your room.
Our friends actually take their rental car to the nearest Costco while on vacation so they can buy a flat of water, snorkeling or outdoor gear, and snacks. On our honeymoon in Mexico, we looooved shopping at the grocery store as they had LOADS of all our favorite ingredients [avocados, chiles, fresh tortillas, fresh salsas, beans, Mexican spices, dulce de membrillo (quince)].
9. Take Some Pure Beeswax Candles.
I'm hearing these are perhaps the safest kinds of candles to use (it turns out most candles contain lead, chemicals, and carcinogens). Here's a possible beeswax shop. Or this highly rated shop on Etsy.
10. Travel by Train
Unless you are going a very far distance, consider traveling by train. Train travel can be so romantic and roomy and full of great conversation! It's a nice thing to do when you aren't in a huge rush. (We'll be traveling by train again from NYC to Vermont for our retreat there. I am soooo excited for that part.)
11. Meditate Together.
If you're into this - I think it's an amazing way to start of a marriage. Perhaps you could go do it in a beautiful spot. Perhaps you could even visualize the kind of person or couple you plan to be.
12. Constantly ask people to take pictures for you. :)
It's something we don't do often enough. On your honeymoon, just do it!
13. Do not take your wedding ring - & get ring insurance.
If you have a fancy ring, I would recommend leaving it at home when you travel. Take that from someone who had her ring stolen on her honeymoon (yep). Though if you do take it, make sure that you have jewelry insurance! It's usually very inexpensive to add to your plan and it's totally worth it.
And please do share your ideas in the comments - I'm sure there are so many good ones! And...where would your dream honeymoon (or 2nd honeymoon) be? Would you want to repeat your first honeymoon?? :)
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