Score Honeymoon Tips From These Newlyweds Who Explored Four European Countries In 21 Days!
So you're currently on a wedding high and the next thing to look forward to is your fairytale happily ever after in the form of a magical honeymoon—lovely!
How do you make sure that you and your spouse enjoy this special time in your brand new life as a married couple with maximum adventures and memories and minimum squabbling and miscommunicating? It's much easier than it sounds according to newlyweds Nikki Duque and Ed Martinez, as long as you follow these simple rules.
Take it from them who traveled to not one, but four European countries and more than five cities in three weeks for their own honeymoon! On the agenda for this Mr. and Mrs. were major destinations like Rome, Venice, Tuscany, Florence, and Pisa in Italy, Paris in France, Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Zurich and Zermatt in Switzerland.
As seaoned travelers, this pair knew exactly how to take advantage of one of their lives' most memorable trips and to help other newlyweds plan their own trips, Nikki and Ed share exactly how they managed to pull off this trip:
There are lots of things in life best enjoyed with a dash of spontaneity, but an international honeymoon sure isn't one of them! It's truly best to plan ahead, and what Nikki and Ed mean by planning is to really sit down and discuss specifics: first, the general itinerary (countries and cities), all the way down to the specifics (what you both want to do and accomplish in each destination).
This saves you from wasted opportunities and not making the most out of a visit. You also get to prepare properly for what it is you want to do, be it proper attire, necessary gear, or the right tech to have with you.
This might very well be the first step of planning a honeymoon (and other major life decisions as a married couple, at that) because it does dictate the flow of things. While it really is a dream to be able to travel freely and in the most carefree manner, the reality is you want to be able to come home and still have enough in the bank to feed yourselves!
Nikki and Ed stress the importance of setting financial limitations to your honeymoon, and for you to do this, it's a must to research on all the activities, restaurants, and accommodations you project you'll be spending on. After computing a rough total, re-assess and prioritize top must-do or see attractions if need be, should the figure exceed the constraints that were set.
This is an interesting point: Nikki advises to know each other's strengths and assign each other responsibilities based on them. This makes things easier along the way when a point person is needed at different times in a trip.
She shares, "Have roles for each other. In our case, I was in charge of the restaurants and specific places to visit in each city, while Ed was in charge of planning and logistics."
Just as it's a must to plan ahead, this couple also stresses the necessity to be organized. Have your documents, tickets, schedules, and everything you might need ready and know exactly what you need, for when you need it, and where they're located.
It takes a lot of preparation in the beginning, but it certainly pays off in the end because it'll all allow you to concentrate on the beauty that lies before you, rather than wondering which folder you kept your train ticket in, or which bag pocket you stored the camera's extra batteries in!
Last but not least, always remember that a honeymoon is the next chapter in your story. That is, the places you visit should be places you truly want to see and are special to you as a couple. Don't be swayed by what you see on social media and what it dictates to be the "in" destinations at the moment.
For instance, Nikki and Ed had never seen Europe before their honeymoon, which made the trip all the more enjoyable.
"Just go for what you both enjoy doing together... Go with what you find comfortable. It could be a foreign trip or a local trip, it doesn’t matter as long as you make it a memorable one," Nikki adds.
And as extra insider's information for couples wishing to tour Europe or plan a similar itinerary to theirs, Nikki and Ed share what they loved most about the places they visited and what you shouldn't miss!
- Rome: "Definitely all the historical and massive structures. It really is the Eternal City. We were in so much awe with the Vatican and the Colosseum. And to top it all off, we got to see the Pope during the Wednesday audience which also happened to be our last day in Rome."
- Venice: "The Gondola ride! It was a short (and expensive) ride, but definitely something you shouldn’t miss when you get the chance to visit Venice."
- Tuscany: "We did a whole day tour which consisted of visiting a vineyard, Siena, San Gimignano, and Pisa. We loved the wine and the packed itinerary; we got to do so much in a day!"
- Switzerland: "We learned to snowboard in Niseko, Japan two years ago so we couldn’t pass up the chance to snowboard by the Matterhorn! Apart from this, we drove for four hours from Zurich to Zermatt and it was the most scenic drive ever. Ed really enjoyed driving and he said that it was the best drive of his life!"
- Amsterdam: "We loved everything about Amsterdam! It was so, so beautiful and it was really a surprise for us; we didn’t know what to expect and we were pleasantly surprised. From the charming brick apartments, to the hundreds of cyclists and the picturesque canals, Amsterdam was really beautiful. Its reputation for sex and drugs definitely doesn’t represent what Amsterdam is about."
- Paris: "We definitely enjoyed our day at the Palace of Versailles. Since I’ve been so fascinated with the life of Marie Antoinette, going through the palace has always been on my bucket list! More than the palace, the gardens were massive and there is so much you can do there—ride a bike, rent a golf card (yes, it’s that huge), and even rent a row boat."
Check out photos from Nikki and Ed's European honeymoon below!
Nikki and Ed got married last December and enjoyed a simple, understated ceremony at the Our Lady of Guadalupe, Montecito Chapel in Nuvali. Just as they meticulously planned their honeymoon, their wedding turned out to be everything this bride wanted it to be yet was executed within their means.
Nikki walked down the aisle in a minimalist creation by Martin Bautista, adding a subtly crystalled cape for her reception as a second look, with hair and makeup done by Ethan David and Mikka Marcaida; Ed wore a custom suit by Masanting Sastreria.
Capturing the day's special moments were The Proud Rad and Ian Celis Productions, while Bizu provided the main feast and Raclette PH for the after-party nibbles, Eye Candy Manila Event Styling Co. the event styling, and Eventcetera Planning & Design by Maja B. Montelibano the coordination.
Photos courtesy of Nikki Duque