Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
Honeymoons should be fun ‐‐ here’s a few tips on enjoying yourself to the max
It most certainly is… so make sure people know about it. You don’t have to shout it from the rooftops, but if your travel agent and hotel know, you’ve got more chance of being upgraded, or finding a bottle of bubbly in your hotel room.
So your posh hotel has cockroaches, the food is awful and the service is terrible? Don’t just accept it ‐‐ complain and, if necessary, move hotel. Above all, don’t blame yourselves. If things are bad and you can’t complain at the time, complain afterwards. It might not make your honeymoon any different, but it will make you feel better, and there’s always the possibility of compensation from the holiday company.
We know that honeymoons are meant to include the most exciting, erotic gymnastics of our lives. But chances are you’ll both be feeling pretty drained after the previous months of preparations. You may be jet lagged too, so don’t worry if you’re not swinging from the chandeliers from dusk till dawn. After a few days of unwinding, those familiar urges are more than likely to re‐emerge and, as long as you’ve planned the kind of holiday you both enjoy, you’ll soon be experiencing real wedded bliss. The worst thing you can do is to put pressure on yourselves to make every second of your honeymoon be perfect ‐‐ just relax and have fun.
The most romantic honeymoons are those with a personal touch. Visit a place you’ve been to before, order the wine you had on your first date or take a CD of your songs to play in your hotel room.
Guys… just because you managed the proposal, walked down the aisle and made a speech doesn’t mean you can get away with dropping the romance. You’ll get major brownie points for being extra romantic on your honeymoon. Book your new wife a luxurious massage in a local spa and treat her to a few goodies in the duty free shop. The odd glass of champagne and an occasional love note on her pillow will guarantee your status as a modern Romeo.
As one of the most important times of your life, your honeymoon is something you’ll talk about for years to come, so make sure you record your memories. Photographs are the obvious choice, but you can also keep a diary, save restaurant receipts, tickets, sugar sachets and press flowers or keep a seashell that you found while away.
Don’t worry. You’ve just been through one of the most stressful experiences of your life and are now spending 24 hours a day with each other, so you may end up having the odd row. Yes, this is meant to be one of the happiest times of your lives, but be realistic, keep things in proportion, and, above all, don’t loose your sense of humour.
Don’t be surprised if you feel a sense of anticlimax after your honeymoon. You’ve been planning your wedding and honeymoon for so long, it will feel odd to have it all in the past. But there are ways of avoiding this: you could have a post‐wedding party to celebrate with any people you couldn’t invite to your wedding, a dinner with your family to look through the wedding photos, or have a night out with the girls to re‐live the fun of your hen night.
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