Back in July, a month before our wedding, I sat down with Steven to discuss honeymoon possibilities. Europe? A tropical island? Do we even want to have one? At the time, booking a honeymoon was just another component of my wedding to-do list, and the idea of finding a place, spending more money, and dealing with the additional packing on top of the wedding stressed me out. Overwhelmed, we decided to push the topic aside to deal with later.
Two weeks went by, and the idea of a honeymoon was still in my mind. I knew I’d regret not having one, and I also knew that if we didn’t plan one now, it might never happen. I decided to revisit the topic and get something on the calendar. After discussing various options, we narrowed our search to Hawaii and from there chose Maui. I’ve never been to Hawaii, but Steven lived in Maui before we met (ironically, in a house five minutes from our resort) and had a list of his favorite restaurants, tourist attractions, and beaches for us to visit. We chose a date two months out, found a resort, and booked the trip, just two weeks before the wedding!
Well, now it’s November, and we just got back from our honeymoon last week! We had so much fun and I wanted to share some advice on planning a honeymoon. These are half tips we followed, and half tips we wish we’d followed, so learn from our mistakes! Here are my top 10 “must do’s” when planning a honeymoon:
Planning a wedding can be a daunting task and it’s easy to become overwhelmed as your wedding day approaches. I got engaged in November 2015 and had just 9 months to plan the wedding of my dreams. The beginning of the planning process I was full steam ahead making planners, filling my Pinterest boards with ideas, and setting up vendor meetings. The adrenaline and excitement kept me going for the first few months, but as the big day approached, and all the main events had been scheduled I felt my motivation dragging.
At this point my wedding was like a brand new model home. It was gorgeous, had all the necessities, and was even styled in the colors, fabrics, and furniture that matched my style, but it was missing life. It was missing the personal touches that make a home, or in my case wedding, Alisha’s wedding – not just anyone’s.
Did I need to really add more? The answer is YES! With the help of many ice coffees I got back to work adding details that helped make my wedding more personal, and I’m so happy I did. We had numerous wedding guests tell us our wedding was “magical” and “the best wedding they had ever been to”! I believe it was the personal touches that really helped the day feel intimate and extra special. Want to know how to make your wedding the best day ever? Let me share.
Let’s talk wooden signs. Whether its online, in stores, an inspirational quote, or for a wedding – these signs are everywhere and surprising not to difficult to make! Before the days of Etsy, I began making wooden signs in high school with inspirational phrases such as “live laugh love,” and more recently (with the help of Steven and my mom) made one for my wedding.
As one of the first of my friends to get married, I haven’t had the opportunity to attend many weddings and had never even been to a rehearsal dinner until I hosted my own this past August! While the concept of a wedding is very straightforward to me, I didn’t understand the broader purpose of a rehearsal dinner. I thought the rehearsal dinner was just an unnecessary, but due to etiquette, an unavoidable expense of hosting a dinner for your wedding party, out of town guests, and family. I spent some time researching the topic online and found tons of articles describing décor, themes, invitations, and the overall planning of the event which was helpful, but still left me wondering the purpose of this dinner. Was there a deeper meaning to this event? Do I really need to have one? In short, yes! Let me explain.