|Ben & I parasailing in Haiti
Whenever Ben and I talked about our honeymoon, our full intention was to leave immediately after the wedding. Waiting around for a well-deserved post-wedding vacay was not what either of us had in mind. We planned on jet setting out the morning after our vows were sealed.
*By “shape”, I mean our condo was filled with gifts, wedding decor, notes and cards sprawled everywhere. It was a wreck.
- No worries about packing while also planning a wedding. I don’t know about you, but packing for an 8 day, 7 night cruise is no easy feat for me. Your girl needs options when it comes to clothes. Your girl also needed new bathing suits, and new cover ups for all of the insta-worthy pictures we’d be taking. Worrying about shopping and packing all of that, while simultaneously deciding mini cupcake flavors for our dessert table was not going to make for a happy Kahla.
- Time to settle in. Ben and I have lived together for a few years now, but for any couple that is going to be moving in post-marriage: you will welcome the time to get settled in to your new place together. This also ties in with:
- Time to purge/organize. Our condo was in disarray as it got closer to the wedding and for a period of time after because we had received so many wedding gifts from our friends and family. I immediately wanted to get items unpacked and setup in our place. This obviously came with purging what we already had to make room for the new. I couldn’t imagine leaving for our honeymoon with our place in the shape that it was in pre-purge and then having to come back from vacay to that mess.
- Time to sort through gifts/cards – this was a process in itself. Going through gifts from your wedding takes some time. When you sit down to do it, make sure to enlist someone to write down what gifts are from who (shoutout to my MOH, Kaci!). Also to those waiting, I promise the thank you cards are coming. Soon.
- Don’t settle. Part of the reason that Ben and I waited a month after our wedding to set sail on our cruise was because the specific suite room that we wanted wasn’t available until that time. We had a sky loft (two floors!) with floor to ceiling windows, a balcony and an ocean view. It was absolutely gorgeous. Completely worth the wait to make sure that we were getting the room we wanted instead of settling for an OK-ish room to sail off sooner. It was our honeymoon after all.
- More time to plan/prepare/save. Waiting to go on your honeymoon gives you the ability to really plan it out with all of the focus needed. You won’t be rushing to book it just to check it off of your list. For us, this meant researching and choosing excursions to do in each port that we visited. So many experiences were had and so many memories were made because we took the time to really plan out what we wanted to do.