Two years ago, Ryan and I were on our honeymoon! In New York City! Let me tell you what I think about honeymoons, okay?
My favorite piece of advice to give to freshly engaged couples is to go on a honeymoon. I say skip the fancy dinner that you won't even get to eat, refrain from hiring the irritating dj, do your own hair-- save your pennies and splurge on a honeymoon. Because once you survive the stressful final weeks of wedding planning, the best thing you can do with your new spouse is to get the heck out of town and spend a full week together having fun and doing fancy things. AND YOU WON'T EVEN HAVE TO CALL YOUR MOM OR YOUR EMPLOYER OR ANYONE! Because you're on your honeymoon and everyone will leave you alone! Unless you want to call your mom. I did.
Ryan and I are the first to admit that our wedding day wasn't our favorite day ever. I know, it sounds so unromantic! Don't get me wrong-- we loved becoming husband and wife. But neither of us are that big on parties or small talk with Great Aunt Edna or dancing the night away (unless it's in the kitchen and no one is watching) ((you guys should see Ryan's Swayze impersonation.)) But the day after our wedding? When we flew to NYC? Now that day was our favorite! We woke up as husband and wife, had breakfast together, and drove to the airport. It was exciting! Other than a booked hotel room and a few touristy must-sees, we didn't really have a plan. We packed two suitcases and our cheapie camera and bought a map at a Duane Reade when we got there. The freedom was glorious! During our five day stay we saw Lady Liberty (and not a single celebrity!) ate lots of sandwiches and bagels, viewed the Christmas window displays going up, devoured giant bowls of pasta in Little Italy on Thanksgiving day, and went all the way to the top of the Empire State Building (If you go during the T. day parade, the wait is zero minutes!)
We still talk about our honeymoon-- it was one of our happiest weeks. And we're dying to go back to New York. Except the next time around we'll have a baby and a better camera and I'll hopefully have a better wardrobe (no more college student budget!)
So now you know what I think about honeymoons. I think they're AWESOME. I'd like to go on a thousand honeymoons!
And now, here are some pictures from one of the best weeks of my life:
The subway was my favorite. The end.