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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Late Honeymoon Tips

The Captain and I have been married almost 10 months now and we finally get to go on our honeymoon, but I'd be lying if I said that it felt like a honeymoon when we first started planning this.

We'd only been engaged a few weeks when I found out that our honeymoon wouldn't be happening right after we got married. I was crushed. I wasn't one of those girls that planned out everything for my wedding, but my honeymoon was something that I was looking forward to. It was one part of my fairy tale idea of marriage that I didn't even worry about. It was a given (or, so I thought).

It took me about a day to let the honeymoon dream go. I thought that the only way for it to be a honeymoon was for us to leave right after the wedding. Otherwise, it would just be a vacation. In fact, the few days that we spent away right after we got married was our honeymoon to me. It was going to have to be good enough, because that was all I was ever going to get.

I spent months gearing up to go on our "honeymoon", really only calling it for the Captain's sake, since it seemed like it was going to be a honeymoon for him. Then something crazy happened. It started feeling like we really were going on a honeymoon. So here are a few tips for making your honeymoon awesome, and for making it feel like a honeymoon if you, like me, don't get to go on yours until you've already been married for awhile.

  • Read some books!
They're both written by Christian authors. So if you're a newbie to intimacy (and even if you aren't) then these will definitely help you out. I liked And They Were Not Ashamed better than Sheet Music. I didn't really agree with everything he wrote, but overall I'd still say it was a good read.

  • Plan some sweet things for your honeymoon
Pack some tea candles. Write some cute notes. Buy some chocolate. There may not be a lot of times that you get to go on vacation just with your spouse. Make it special to the two of you. 

  • Go shopping
Now I'm not talking break the bank shopping, but buy a few things that will make you feel like it's special. Whether that be nail polish, or new lipstick, new perfume or even some new lingerie. 

  • Research your destination
Unless your honey is keeping it a surprise, it might help you feel more comfortable. Personally, I was really concerned about getting Zika while we we're honeymooning so we brought extra bug spray and you better believe I read at least 4 articles about preventing Zika and what to do if you catch it. Maybe you're not going somewhere with Zika, but it's still good to know what you're heading into.

  • Know what you can do in the area
The beach was at the top of the list of things that I wanted on my honeymoon, so we picked a hotel right on the beach. We also had a list of a few other things we can do, but you don't have to do everything on your honeymoon. Relax. 

  • Make a Pinterest board
This may sound silly, but one of the best parts about a Honeymoon or any vacation is the anticipation! Making a Pinterest board with inspiration of where you want to go, or what you want to do, or even pictures you want to take will help you feel like it's really a honeymoon, not just another vacation.

What about you? Did you go on a late honeymoon? What did you do to make it special?

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