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How to Have a Happy Honeymoon

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Honeymoons can set the tone for marriages. A honeymoon is the first trip newlyweds take after taking their vows. They are usually all about spending time with one another, experiencing new things together, and, of course, sex. Honeymoons don't have to be expensive or even long. But they should be meaningful and full of love. Here are some tips for having a happy honeymoon that will get your marriage started on the right foot:

1. Have a romantic wedding night.

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There is a lot of build up to the wedding night. Lots of people expect it to be the most romantic night of their lives replete with mind-blowing sex and spiritual unity. Most of the time, especially if the couple had a traditional wedding, the bride and groom are exhausted and hardly at their best. But with a little preparation and some forethought, the wedding night can be romantic and memorable for all the right reasons. Just don't put too much pressure on yourselves -- and go with the flow.

2. Decide where to honeymoon.

Choosing a destination for your honeymoon that satisfies and pleases both of you is important. This is one of the first lessons in compromise that most married couples face. If you have diverging interests -- say one of you wants to sip cocktails on the beach and the other wants to go site seeing -- consider destinations that offer both of those things. For example, the Riviera Maya in Mexico would offer both the beach and ruins and Mayan cultural museums.

3. Opt for an affordable honeymoon if money is an issue.

Even if you're strapped for cash, you can still manage to take a honeymoon -- whether it's for one night or an entire week. You just have to get creative and redefine honeymoon. Even time spent at home or on a staycation can be a nice honeymoon for newlyweds. After all, the point of a honeymoon is to spend time together. There's no law that you have to be spending that time together on a beach in Maui.

4. Pack your bags with all the right stuff.

To make sure your honeymoon is a success, you must be prepared. Packing your bags with everything -- from sexy lingerie to sunscreen -- can go a long way to make the trip smooth and successful. On the other hand, if you don't bring any clothes, you and your husband or wife might still have a memorable honeymoon -- if you know what I mean.

5. Set the mood for romance.

Simple things, such as a choosing the right destination and having the right mindset, can insure the honeymoon remains romantic and pleasurable. You can't control the weather, but you can stick to a budget, so that the two of you don't feel stressed out by your vacation -- and the debt you're taking on for it. Make some smart moves ahead of your trip, and you'll be sure to have a great time.

6. Make the honeymoon last.

The honeymoon doesn't have to end once your staycation or vacation ends. You can make the honeymoon last for years and years. Being romantic and thoughtful goes a long way to keep passion alive in the relationship. Doing nice things for one another and learning to plan a life for a family, as opposed to one single person, can keep couples in the honeymoon phase.
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