Bride Jennifer: Our Getaway

Anthony and I decided to wait one week before departing for our honeymoon. This gave us ample time to pack and purchase everything we needed for our Hawaiian getaway without having to worry about it before the wedding. For those couples willing to wait the extra days, I highly recommend it. The last week before the wedding can be really hectic. The last thing you want to worry about is making sure you bought sunblock and got all of the summer clothes out of the attic as you’re heading off to your ceremony.

Once we got to Hawaii — following two flights and one voucher toward a future flight due to a few plane problems — we were exhausted. But after our traditional lei greeting at the airport, we were excited for what was in store: Maui was our first stop. We spent five days there, relaxing and reading by the pool and on the beach — drinking Mai Tais and feeling the first sunrays of the year. We took in the Old Lahaina Luau, too, and watched the sunset to the sound of traditional Hawaiian music.

We spent another five days on the Garden Isle — the island of Kauai. This island was a lot more laid back and less “touristy” than Maui, but just as breathtaking. We sailed and snorkeled along the Na Pali coast, took a helicopter tour of the island, and even floated down the irrigation canals of an old sugar plantation in innertubes. Word to the wise, though: If you visit Kauai — at least, from our experience — plan some excursions like these. While Maui had several tourist spots, there are fewer on Kauai. If you are content to fill your days with sun and sand, then no problem — but if coffee later than 8:30 p.m. is your thing, this one might not be for you.

We already decided that we have to go back and think that maybe going every 10 years to celebrate those milestone anniversaries will keep our desire to be back there at bay.

And that’s my last post for the Bridal Bulletin! I’m so sad that this is over, but also so excited to start the rest of our lives as husband and wife. Thank you so much for reading all these months, and offering me advice along the way. I hope I’ve helped some of you as thanks for all the help you’ve given me!

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