Oh my goodness congratulations! You're married!!!! I can hear the clinking of champagne glasses and the sound of bags being packed. But what do you pack for your honeymoon?! It's so hard to think with all this champagne and there's too much wedding bliss going on to plan a packing list.
Have no fear! Kat is here!
I love traveling. I feel like I've got packing down to a science. And I'll tell you a secret: sometimes I bring less stuff than my husband does. (GASP!) Shocking I know. I'm pretty sure he'd argue that point, but for the sake of argument, I always win. Welcome to married life!
1. Paper Travel Necessities
I hate to make this the first topic but it is an important one. Everyone usually nods their head and says, yes I know I need these things, but some do not truly take it to heart until it is too late. Paper necessities can include things like the passport, reservation confirmations, credit cards, and guidebooks. Make sure you have copies of all travel documents in a separate location from you wallet. Make sure you're close family or friends know the itinerary and details. And for the love of everything ladies: make sure you know what name you will be traveling with. My husband made the mistake of booking the flight to New Zealand with my new married name, Wickstrom, while my passport remained in my maiden name. I arrived at the airport, and every leg of the journey was made more difficult. They wanted to change my flights altogether, having me layover an extra day without my new hubby. So either make sure to get your passport early on, or book everything in your maiden name for the time being. You can find information on changing your passport here.
Other than the necessities, some other things that you might consider bringing would be a travel journal to document everything. You could even bring some of the thank you cards you need to write, because the plane ride is an excellent place to do that.
This is a very OPTIONAL section. I've known people who cannot go an hour without checking Facebook or Twitter. But this is your honeymoon. My marriage advice is that you leave all electronics behind. DO NOT BRING THEM. I've never felt more free not having cell reception. It's amazing. And my relationship is strengthened by spending time together. However, if you have to bring them, make sure you have chargers and wall adapters for whatever country your going to.
BUT don't forget to bring your camera!! A few of my favorite point and shoots are here and here. However if you're looking for something more robust, I personally love the Sony mirrorless lines. If money is not object, certainly pick up a Sony Alpha a6300! Make sure you have battery chargers and all the accessories.
For the warmer climates like Hawaii, bring bathing suits, cover ups, strap-y sandals and slouchy tees. I'd at least bring one sweater for breezy summer nights. For the colder climates I always bring flannels, jeans, and ankle boots. (My wardrobe might exclusively be filled with flannel, jeans, and ankle boots but who's judging?)
Then there's the undergarments. The icing on the cake for honeymooners. This is the real treat that you want to buy and save for the special occasions as a surprise for your new hubby. I know I did! A good way to prepare for this is to have a lingerie party with all your girls! It's a great way to stock up on the negligees you might need. You can find some of my favorites here and here. And don't forget a sleep robe to go over it!
4. Adventure Gear
For the more adventurous couples, if you're planning to bring a lot of gear with you, make sure you check the TSA rules for backpacking or adventure gear. For example, the gas canister stove fuel is not allowed in any form of luggage. You will need to buy it at your destination. Also, be careful with knives and muti-tools. My husband accidentally left his knife in his carry-on and had to essentially throw it away at security.
And then you need to carry everything! Josh and I usually carry everything in our carry-on luggage, so we're careful to choose pieces that fit the TSA requirements for carry-on. Josh is very partial to Tumi luggage. I don't particularly have a specific brand that I attach to, I just always make sure it's sturdy and has the features I'm looking for. If you do check in a piece of luggage, I recommend a hard case one to minimize damage in flight.
6. Final Notes
Don't be afraid of travel sized toiletries. You'd be surprised at the quality of some that you can get. Sometimes luxury skincare or hair care products will actually have trial packets of their wares that can work perfectly for travel. Ulta has some excellent kits that I love to troll through. I also take the opportunity to stock up on face masks before a vacation. There's just something so calming about using a mask in flight.
I hope that helps with deciding what to pack for your honeymoon abroad. Let me know in the comments below what is the one piece of travel gear that you absolutely CANNOT live without!
I ask every Bride to work on a Wedding Timeline. Whether or not she has a coordinator or wedding planner, having a timeline that someone can follow is essential for the day going smoothly. And it becomes easier for everyone if we all work together to outline the day. The wedding planner and I can easily give advice on how much time photography sessions will take. This is my way of making sure you get the photos and moments that you want captured.
So where to begin? I'll start with the typical/ideal times needed to capture the main details of a wedding and then we can talk about logistics.
Details (rings, dress, shoes, etc) ~ 30-45 minutes
Getting Ready (candid photos & putting on the dress/suit) ~ 30-45 minutes
Bridal Portraits ~ 30 minutes
Groom Portraits ~ 30 minutes
First Look ~ 30-45 minutes
Wedding Party ~ 60 minutes
Ceremony Details (before guests arrive) ~ 30 minutes
Ceremony ~ 30-90 minutes depending on your affiliation
Family Formals ~ plan for about 3 minutes per group photo
Couples Session ~ 60 minutes
Cocktail Hour ~ 30 minutes
Reception Details (before guests arrive) ~ 30-60 minutes
Reception ~ Depends on the activities and events taking place!
Logistically there are a couple of things to notice. If there is no first look, I typically recommend a longer couple's session after the ceremony. If I am working with a second shooter for the big day, there are things we can both cover simultaneously that make the system go smoothly.
Hopefully, this helps give you some ideas about ideal timelines in a wedding day. Let me know in the comments below what is the most important part of the day for you!
I think any journey begins by taking action.
There have been so many times that I've looked at myself and wondered, why am I not getting anywhere? And it's because I haven't yet started moving. I've conceptualized and thought through the processes, but my actions haven't followed those thoughts. And sometimes thinking long and hard about how to progress makes you feel like you've actually DONE something.....when you haven't.
So today is for growth. Today is for action. I have written words, posted thoughts, planned actual shoots, and reached out to potential partners. Instead of thinking about how to structure a connection, I've actually started calling people up. It's time to stop being passive-aggressive and (while not actually being aggressive) start talking to people.
So if you want to connect, reach out! Lord knows I like meeting new people. Even if it's just as simple as shooting me an email that says "Hey, I'm doing something!" DO IT!