Once again engagement season is upon us and our weekends are filled with lots of bridal shows. I love this time of year! I love hearing the engagement stories, seeing the rings and talking with couples about their first and most memorable vacation as a couple. Today was no different and after a successful show I was just reflecting for a moment. I know in the excitement of a new engagement and wedding planning that it is easy to put the honeymoon on a back burner. I’ve said it in previous posts, and I will say it for as long as I work with brides to create their perfect honeymoon, I believe honeymoon planning should be at the forefront of planning and started as soon as you pick a date. It also isn’t just because I book honeymoons and I’m biased.
After months, or even a year or more of planning, a wedding begins to consume everything. It takes on a life of it’s own. It becomes a second full-time job with deadlines and budget crunches. Eventually couples start to speak in place settings and china patterns. Life is organized by tastings, fittings, and so many decisions that it would make your head spin. The honeymoon is that first breath you take. It is that moment after all of the festivities, after all the planning, after all the time invested in the day that begins a lifetime. The honeymoon is your chance to regroup and reconnect. It is where you rediscover your love for each other and all the reasons why you wanted to spend the rest of your lives together in the first place. I feel it is crucial and most brides in the final weeks of planning would definitely agree it helps to have a light (and often a patch of sand) at the end of all that hard work.
So it is February and off we go to the bridal shows…to hear the stories, to celebrate romance and love, and to also remind all of our brides-to-be to prioritize their honeymoon. The start of a new life together should begin with time to really bask in your love for each other, to enjoy shared interests and to just breath deep and relax. Thank you to all of the brides who stopped by today to dream and plan with us, and to all of the brides who have entrusted us with their first vacation as a couple, thank you and congratulations! We wish you a lifetime of love and happiness! ~Melinda Webb, CTA