Whoever came up with the idea of going on holiday after your wedding should get more recognition. Since you’ve just organized an entire party in your own honor, a holiday may seem rather indulgent. However, those people do not understand just how stressful wedding planning can be. Firstly, it costs a lot of money and for most people, that means saving over the course of their engagement. Secondly, you then have to organize everything from the church and the legal side of the wedding itself, to the venue, caterers, musicians and of course a bartender (or two). Incidentally, the term ‘honeymoon’ refers to a honey-based alcoholic mead that newlyweds would drink in the first ‘moon’ or month of their marriage. The tradition of drinking at weddings goes back a long way. There is also all of the personal things like what you’re going to wear. In short, a honeymoon is nothing less that what a newlywed couple deserve. Deciding exactly how you’re going to start your new life can be tougher than you may think though. It is the first major decision that you and your beloved have to make together, and that may mean that you have to compromise. However, there is no reason that you cannot do it style. Here are a few tips for the perfect honeymoon:
One of the difficult things about any holiday is that the flight can be extremely stressful. This is especially true if you go during the summer. You could find yourself spending a long time trudging through security to then be hemmed in with lots of other tired, fractious people. The better alternative is private jet rentals. It may sound expensive, but if you hire a small plane, the expense is more modest. Besides, you are only going to get married once (hopefully) so why not indulge yourself?
As for the destination, there are lots of places that are specifically marketed towards newlyweds but they are probably not going to be that interesting for exactly that reason. As the American poet Gregory Corso said: ‘Niagara Falls! Hordes of us! Husbands! Wives! Flowers! Chocolates!/ All streaming into cozy hotels’. Your honeymoon is supposed to be unique and having the same experiences and photos as lots of other couples is rather dull. Why not go somewhere that may not seem like it’s a typical honeymoon destination like Eastern Europe? It is rich in history and culture and relative to a lot of other places, not nearly as expensive. Alternatively, why not make your honeymoon a cause for a celebration that others can join in; there are many opportunities to do charity work around the world, and you can guarantee that your experience will be like no other that your friends can boast.
Wherever you go, there are some things that you must take. A camera is an obvious one since you will want to show all your photos to your family and friends when you get back, but why not take a scrapbook or a journal too? Memories can fade and photos only show a single static moment in an experience. If you record your thoughts and impressions too, you can keep a more personal, beautiful record of the start of the rest of your life.