Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Belated Honeymoon

I'm not sure if any of you have noticed, but I haven't talked about what we're doing for our honeymoon. The reason is because we aren't really going to be taking one. At least not right away. See, Mr. EB is in school this year and our wedding will be about three weeks before his finals for winter quarter. Not exactly the best time to fly off for a couple of weeks on a tropical honeymoon. Also, money is really tight for us right now, so there's no way that we can afford the type of trip that we'd like to take. So instead of planning a trip to Bora Bora or the British Virgin Islands or the Seychelles (three of the places that are highest on my honeymoon wishlist), I'll be drooling over all the amazing beachy honeymoons I get to see online.

Now, this isn't to say that Mr. EB and I are planning on going back to real life immediately after the wedding. We're definitely going to take at least a few days to relax and unwind after the whirlwind of the wedding weekend. We aren't positive what we're going to do yet, but we do have a couple of ideas.

First we thought about renting a cabin on the Washington or Oregon coast. 

It wouldn't be a super long drive from Seattle, and since the wedding is in February it'll be the off season for most rentals on the coast. I love the beach in the winter time, and visions of the waves crashing on the beach and rain beating at the windows while B and I sip on champagne in a cozy little house with a fire burning in the background sounded perfect.

Another thought we had was to drive up to the mountains somewhere. 

We could have the same cozy atmosphere with a fire, but instead of crashing waves, snowy woods would be our view as we sip our champagne (yes, there will be champagne whatever we decide to do - what, it's my favorite!).

The problem with both of these ideas is the travel time - sure it would probably only take about 3-4 hours of driving time, but what if we could do something that wouldn't require much travel at all?

And that's when we thought about finding a nice hotel and staying right in Seattle, no travel required.

There are so many beautiful hotels in downtown Seattle, and it would be pretty nice not to have to spend a long time getting somewhere (especially since we'll probably only have about three days no matter what we decide to do). And we both love the idea of holing up in our home town (but not our own home - we both feel really strongly that we want to stay somewhere else and enjoy a little bit of a transition back to real life). We can wander Pike Place Market, eating our way through all of the delicious food, or just watch the rain fall outside our hotel windows (yes, while enjoying champagne of course!). And if there's a big bathtub and fireplace, so much the better!

We're still figuring out exactly what we'll do, but we feel better having a few different options that all sound like a really fun time. Because really? When it comes down to it, we just want a space where we can be together with no one else around. And then we can start planning what will be our ridiculously awesome one year anniversary trip. Because Mr. EB and I decided that if we have a short and simple trip now, then we can do something a little bit bigger (and hopefully warmer!) in a year. 

Anyone else decide to take a one year anniversary trip instead of a honeymoon right after the wedding (and if you say you got to do both, well just color me green with envy!)?


  1. Ours unfortunately turned into a 2 year anniversary honeymoon to Costa Rica and I do not suggest waiting that long! It was obviously fun but did not feel like that much of a honeymoon so I suggest doing it within that first year. Don't procrastinate like me!

  2. Yeah, I'm going to do my best to make sure that we definitely take our trip by our first anniversary. Because I know myself and if we don't start to plan and figure it out now, it'll end up being a 5 year anniversary trip or something!


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