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Why we chose a small honeymoon

Sunglasses: Zaful
Bathing suit: Mirror Me
I’m back! It’s been a month since my last post, but I had to take a small break to focus on the big day, and it was totally worth it! That day was everything we dreamed of! I won’t elaborate on it now, but I promise I will make a blog post about it, ups and downs and all that good stuff.

For now I want to talk to you about the honeymoon. I had heard a lot of things regarding the honeymoon and we’re raised with many ideas of how it’s supposed to go, right? I won’t lie, my now-hubby and I had a couple of big fights regarding the honeymoon destination, because, yes, I wanted the big, all-out honeymoon that the movies and stories had planted in my head. I wanted to go to Hawaii. I wanted the romantic sunsets, the champagne, and the beautiful exotic beaches. But when the reality of our finances kicked in, well… hubby was right.

I do think it’s important to take some time off after the wedding and not skip the honeymoon entirely, so that is what we did. We decided to make a small road trip to the other side of the Florida peninsula to Sanibel & Captiva. I had heard a lot about the islands but never really had the time to go.

So why a small honeymoon? We went all out on the wedding. It was my dream venue, dream car, dream dress. So financially it just didn’t make sense to go all out on the honeymoon as well. After all - and this is a piece of advice I heard over and over before getting married - starting a marriage in debt is not the best way to start. Don’t get me wrong, if you have the financial ability to do both, do it! But that was not the case for us. My point is that there are so many preconceptions of what the honeymoon is supposed to be like, but it just isn’t the same for every couple.

Why a honeymoon at all? Weddings are draining. They are fun and beautiful, but very draining. With family in town, running around from airport to airport, a million events to go to between fittings, dinners, rehearsals, rehearsal dinner, etc. Oh, and of course work, because we both worked until the week of the wedding. You just won’t be able to stop. So the honeymoon is just a great time to relax, be alone, and embrace that YOU ARE MARRIED! Trust me it takes a bit to sink in.

We stayed at the Sanibel Marriot Spa and Resort right off the causeway, and I took with me the perfect weekender bag! The Ziggy Tote by Fernweh & Fringe is the perfect bag, not just as a weekender, because it went with literally every outfit I wore during the honeymoon. I love how much space it has, and the cool thing about this bag is that it’s made like carpets are made in India, and then stitched up with leather to make the perfect tote!

Weekender Tote: Fernweh & Fringe
Shorts: Romwe Fashion
Bathing suit: Mirror Me
We (mostly me) over-indulged on oysters and cocktails because, well, why not. And we explored both islands top to bottom. They are pretty tiny but they have so many cute little nooks to eat and relax. Mind you, the west coast of the Florida peninsula is mainly to relax. If you are looking for a honeymoon where you can party and do all kinds of activities, it’s definitely not the place for you. There it’s mostly about what to eat, what to drink and whether you will spend the day at the beach or at the pool. Exactly what we needed after the wedding craziness!  

So that was our mini honeymoon, hopefully for our 1 year anniversary we will get to do the big trip to Hawaii!


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