Dating

By Samantha Eichenberg

New York City is faced with an epidemic. It seems the entire city has come down with wedding fever.

But what can we expect? It’s wedding season!

Blushing brides are around every corner with nothing but flowers, dresses and cakes on the brain. As we become wrapped up in the idea of love and unity we seem to forget about one important part of getting married: THE HONEYMOON!

Weddings are beautiful: the flowers, the bride, the ring. Of course it would be easy to forget about the not-so-glamorous after-party when the two get to spend some serious alone time getting to know one another for the first time as husband and wife. And sadly, brides become so wrapped up in all the wedding details they forget about how important it is to plan their special time to make sure their new lover gets some extra special attention.

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The Knot® one of the hottest wedding magazines on newsstands today offers all the advice one could ever need when it comes to honeymoon planning. I navigated the site and the magazine and put together a list of the most important do’s and don’ts to planning the perfect honeymoon.

Do start planning early. You can start accumulating airline miles, looking into pricing and choosing a destination. It will only benefit you to plan ahead.

Don’t let one person do all the planning. This is a time for the both of you to spend together so it should be a mutual decision.

Do have a budget. And stick to it.

Don’t expect one person to take care of the entire cost. This could create some serious tension.

Do work with a travel agent. S/he can help you find great deals and options to fit your budget.

Don’t forget to find out all the means necessary to go to your travel destination. If you are leaving the country you will need a passport and you will need to allow six to twelve weeks to receive it in the mail. If you’re going somewhere really exotic, you may even need vaccinations or other forms of medical preparation so don’t let that surprise you when the time comes and it’s suddenly too late.

Do look into what activities are available at your destination. Many places offer discounts and free activities; you just need to ask around. This will allow you to do more on your honeymoon and keep within your price range.

Don’t book anything on a whim. Do research first to see if it is the right place for the two of you to go. If you are planning on spending all your time in bed you want to make sure you are in a comfortable room. If you want to be outdoors, find a place with activities.

Don’t forget your camera; unlike the wedding, there is no professional photography here. You are going to want memories of this vacation so make sure you have a camera or two and all of the accessories needed.

Do create a checklist/shopping list. Most newlyweds like to escape for a week or two and most of us are not used to packing for such a long trip. Make sure you get everything you need beforehand because once you get to your own little world you are not going to want to leave to run to the store because you forgot a razor or a toothbrush.

Don’t be afraid to get a little kinky. You’re married! You are supposed to enjoy one another’s company in many different ways. This is a time to be in your own fantasyland so make it a fantasy worth remembering. Find sexy lingerie for his eyes only. Use this time to fulfill any desires you always harbored deep in the back of your mind. Order champagne and chocolate-covered strawberries. Get crazy!

Do make sure you have limited interruptions. No need to take a computer or Blackberry. This is supposed to be your time alone with the one you love so keep all outside distractions to a minimum. A cell phone is OK, but use it for emergencies only. There is really no need to call your friends and give them a play-by-play of what you are doing.

Don’t expect everything to be perfect. There is really no such thing as a perfect…well…anything. If you run into a few snags along the way, no problem. Don’t let it spoil your time with the one you love.

Do remember: you just married the person of your dreams and you are madly in love with them. Enjoy yourself. Relax. Let it be the most amazing start to spending the rest of your life with this person.

Marriage is such a beautiful thing and there is so much that goes into planning a wedding.

Whether it is on the beach of a tropical island or the slopes of the Swiss Alps, when all is said and done, you should know how to take the time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the union you and your spouse just celebrated with each other and your loved ones.

For more tips and ideas on planning a honeymoon, visit http://www.theknot.com.

Originally published July 2009
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