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Honeymoon in a healthy location

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This entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Honeymooning doesn’t have to mean laying on a beach drinking sugary cocktails all day while stuffing your face at an all-inclusive all-you-can-eat buffet.

Whether hiking America’s National Parks, surfing the North Shore of Hawaii, snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef, skiing pristine powder in Squaw Valley, climbing countless stairs in Santorini, or simply indulging in a world class spa; after months of wedding planning, rejuvenating together in paradise with a personalized approach to your wellness can be just the escape you need.

Healthy honeymooning is about spiritual wellness and making healthy choices with what you choose to fuel your body. You’ve spent your Bachelor/Bachelorette Party getting drunk and have been weighed down in wedding planning for over a year. Now is the time to feel lighter which begins with diet and exercise to help purify your body and mind. Cleansing teas, gourmet gluten-free cuisine, uplifting workouts. and intimate couple’s massages offer a restored sense of self and a renewed spirit.

Be present

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BE PRESENT WITH ONE ANOTHER

Balance your mind and body with yoga, pilates, or a meditation class then get your heart pumping with TRX, circuit training, or practicing tai chi. Many resorts offer innovative and ancient holistic health treatments that can help cleanse your diet, maintain your weight or tone your body through exercise and nutritional advice. Indulge in spa therapies such as an aromatherapy massage for the ultimate in rejuvenation, restoration and relaxation. Another great thing about spa retreats is it encourages you to unplug your electronic devices and swap socializing with the virtual world for real world time alone. A non-tech honeymoon will restore your sense of tranquility by being present in the real world allowing the sounds of nature to soothe you.

Have a honeymoon as active as you are

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PACE YOURSELVES

If you’re an active couple, forget lying on the beach all day doing nothing. Strap on your hiking boots and blaze a trail together. Waking up at sunrise and going for a hike together can be the perfect kick-start to your day. Kick off your hike at what I like to refer to as a “Couple’s Pace”. It isn’t a race. Set the pace together as one. Encourage but don’t coach one another. Communication is critical and can help be the key that unlocks a new door in your relationship.

COUPLES THAT PLAY TOGETHER STAY TOGETHER

Healthy honeymooning offers the ideal opportunity to harness a new sport, learn a new skill or practice a wellness activity together in an incredibly exotic environment. You may consider conquering the Costa Rica coastline on a surfboard or testing your balance on a stand-up paddle board on a healthy Hawaiian honeymoon. You can practice pilates, take on a tennis match, kick up some sand in a game of beach volleyball or even meditate in the Maldives islands.

Get things going

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GET THINGS COOKING

What could be more romantic than traveling someplace exotic and cooking up the local cuisine? Healthy cooking classes are a great way to bond with your spouse. Did you know that science has proven that the better you eat, the happier you are? It’s true! Healthier people lead to happier relationships. Cooking is an activity that allows couples to connect with one another on an intimate level i.e. – culinary skills can be sexy! Cooking together is about creating something together and feasting on your creation. Carving time to cook together in the kitchen can also create flirtatious banter that just might carry over to the bedroom. And healthy foods can also increase your sex drive. Fruits for example such as strawberries, raspberries, peaches, and watermelon can increase your libido, raise levels of zinc which controls testosterone production, and release amino acids which regulate vascular health.

BOOST YOUR SEX DRIVE

Newlyweds who eat right, stay active and get enough sleep on their honeymoon tend to have better sex. It’s a fact! Sex can even keep your immune system healthy and helps increase your heart rate. Having sex is also great for your heart as it keeps your estrogen and testosterone levels in balance. Low testosterone can lead to osteoporosis and even heart disease. Being intimate with your partner can also soothe stress. Sex can boost your happiness, release chemicals in your brain that trigger pleasure which tends to reduce anxiety.

Make your honeymoon the most unforgettable, romantic and memorable vacation of your life with a focus on relaxation, wellness, healthy nutritious eating, and heart-pumping exercise and excitement. Whether perched in the canopy of a tropical rainforest, surrounded by a breath-taking, scenic vista atop a mountain or listening to the ocean lap the shores of a tranquil beach villa, your romantic escape should be catered to your individual health goals while bringing you more closely together than ever with your spouse and leaving you feeling renewed, refreshed and rejuvenated.

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Jason Kaczorowski logoBio: Jason Kaczorowski Photography is an award-winning photography studio with nearly 15 years of experience photographing weddings in the greatest destinations worldwide. Consistently named one of the Best Wedding Photographers in Chicago, Jason Kaczorowski is an experience creator and an emotion purveyor who believes that memories are our most treasured possessions. Kaczorowski’s style is characterized by his rich, vibrant contrast and bold, saturated colors which ooze with emotion and strike the viewer with dynamic lighting. “My superpower is capturing the most powerful moments of your life and transforming them into stunning works of art”. Discover more at www.jasonkaczorowski.com or contact weddings@jasonkaczorowski.com

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Trends for second marriagesThis entry is from our Expert Guest series where wedding and honeymoon professionals share their best tips on creating memories that last a lifetime.

Most of us dream of exchanging wedding vows with only one person in our lifetime. But it doesn’t always happen for many reasons, such as divorce, annulment, or death. Getting married for the second time may differ in some ways with the first marriage, but it doesn’t make it any less special.

If it’s your second time getting married, perhaps the first question that comes to your mind is how you are going to make it different. Surely, you don’t want to go the traditional way. From the wedding dress to the theme, venue, and style, you can pull off a beautiful second wedding with these trends:

7 Trends For Second Marriages

Have a destination wedding

Go For A Destination Wedding.

Getting married and traveling is two of the best things in life. Why not make them happen at the same time? Instead of traditional hometown weddings, more and more couples are choosing to exchange vows in a beautiful, memorable destination such as a remote island, on a hilltop, in a vineyard, or at the white-sand beaches in the Caribbean.

Make It More Intimate.

Your second wedding may not be as extravagant as your first one, but it should nevertheless feel more intimate. People who have been married twice often realize that having a long guest list is not always a good idea. What is more important is to have those who are closest to you. Intimate weddings are the next big thing.

Choose a face-framing veil

Choose Face-Framing Veils.

Full-length veils are used by brides in traditional first weddings because they represent youth and innocence. For second marriages, brides can opt for face-framing veils or long veils that do not cover the face.

Have A Unique Registry.

Instead of a traditional wedding registry that includes cookware and home furniture, why not choose a honeymoon registry or a home improvement fund? Or, you can consider a charitable registry which will surely make you and your guests feel great.

Yes, You Can Go White.

Just because it’s your second wedding doesn’t mean you can no longer wear that beautiful, long white gown you’ve been fancying. You can wear whatever color or design you want. You can play with different textures and embellishments to make your wedding dress a standout. But experts recommend that you should stick to light embellishments. Simple wedding gowns for second weddings are popular these days. Or, if you don’t want the traditional wedding dress, you can always try something different and look glamorous and sexy. What you wear will depend on the level of formality of your wedding. It shouldn’t be about pleasing other people’s eyes, rather enhancing your beauty.

Add color to your wedding

Make It Colorful.

Let the colors bloom in your wedding, from your dress/attire to the reception decorations, bouquets, invitations and announcements, table linens, and even your wedding cake. Your second wedding is a happy one and should symbolize a happier beginning. Apart from the colors, play with the design. Whatever theme you pick, it should perfectly match your personality as a couple. Among all the trends, a personalized wedding will always be ‘in’. Plan your wedding in a way that it will reflect both your personalities and interests, from your save-the-dates and invitations to the ceremony, program, and even your giveaways.

Involve your kids

Involve The Kids!

If you or your spouse-to-be has children from their first marriage, you want them to be a special part of your wedding. It doesn’t just make your marriage more meaningful, it’s also a great way to deepen the bond between you and the kids. Depending on their age, let them play special roles, such as the flower girl/ring bearer, bridesmaid or groomsman, and best man or maid of honor.

Second Wedding Expenses & Financing Options

You might ask – who pays for a second wedding? Traditionally, the bride’s family picks up the tab, covering major expenses like the reception, ceremony, bride’s dress, photography, and transportation. In second weddings, however, most couples choose to split the cost. Don’t expect family and relatives to chip in the way they contributed to your first wedding. If they offer, however, it’s definitely okay to say ‘yes’.

And because it’s going to be on you and your future spouse, the wedding expenses can be overwhelming. Saving for the big day is the best thing to do. The more time you have to save up and prepare, the more fabulous your second wedding will be. There are also financing options that couples can resort to if they find themselves lacking in funds. But of course, there’s no such thing as ‘wedding loan’. You can’t go to your bank and borrow money to fund your wedding. However, you can take out cash advance online for wedding costs. Whatever you choose, always remember that it is possible to have an amazing wedding on any budget, no matter where you live or plan to have your ceremony.

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