Halloween 2013. Zack and I were flying home (to Nashville) from our honeymoon with a group of friendly, cat-ear-wearing flight attendants. Two years later, I have a nap-fighting toddler who finally fell asleep, and I just raided the Halloween candy stash for a Reese's -- the only candy I like/love/regret.
If you missed part one of my honeymoon reminiscing, you can read here where I talked about the crazy ways we ended up having a free trip!
The title of this post is misleading, because I'm not really experienced enough to tell you "how to" do the best European honeymoon by any stretch of the imagination. Instead, I'm just going to recall all that we were able to squeeze into a week and a half without going over our Honeymoon Budget. So who knows, maybe it will help someone as you plan some adventuring. And if you are just here for the outlined itinerary without the stories... scroll down! :)
In honor of our "honeymoon week," I thought I'd post about our 12-day honeymoon in five cities and two different countries... that was free! (Read the full travel journal here.) Okay, I admit it, my post title is a little bit "click bait" material, but I'm really serious that our honeymoon was free (to us). Here's how...
The best thing about getting married is that you get to spend everyday loving your best friend. The best thing about having a big wedding is that you get to have a giant celebration of that love... and you can reminisce about it year after year. Definitely having a baby is the craziest, best day of your life, but I'd say the wedding day still stands as the most fun, Seriously so fun. Fun fun fun!
Our wedding is old news now, but I didn't get to personally share about it since I didn't have a blog then. Luckily, I had the most incredible vendors who asked me some of my thoughts and posted about the day. I get extremely mushy-gushy thinking about all the joy and love that was crammed into October 18, 2013.
When it came to planning Rowan's FIRST BIRTHDAY party, I was more than excited to celebrate my favorite day in the history of my life, but I also wanted to keep it personal, low-key, and simple.
If you already know me, you may have burst out laughing at that last line. I have definitely been known to let party planning get a little ridiculous/theatrical at times (i.e. vintage dance cards to encourage old-fashioned party mingling... or hand-drawn marauder's map invitations for guests to locate a quidditch field... OR a full-blown murder mystery plot for a 1920s-themed Christmas party... You get the idea.)
Basically, if there is an over-the-top idea for a party that is completely unnecessary and maybe a touch dweeby, then I probably want to do it.