How To Survive Wedding Stress

Today at work I had a major panic. I happened to notice my patients were booking appointments the week before our wedding. WHAT? How is that possible?

Our wedding is in the very far and incredibly distant future. Why would my schedule be filling up?

And then it slammed into me like herd of elephants….

1. The countdown has begun. [When I think of all I have left to do my brain explodes a little bit.]
2. Crap! I had better block my days off work!

Spring 2013 used to mean “next year.” Now we just have to make it through Valentine’s Day and in my book, spring is here. Instead of having a pity party panic session, I quickly utilized my most powerful wedding stress coping mechanism:

Image Via The Private Travel Company

…and then I switch to a little bit of this,

Image via Royal Caribbean

…and finally topped it off with a little:

Image via Centera Hotel

Ah. I feel so much better already. I realize I am preaching to the choir here, but planning the big day can become pretty overwhelming these days, so daydreaming about the honeymoon is what gets me through.

Mr. Squirrel and I had tossed around a lot of honeymoon ideas. I was pushing for South Africa. He was pushing for Europe. Unfortunately, as we booked different vendors, we kept “borrowing” from the honeymoon budget. We later realized that while our wedding is going to be absolutely GOR-GE-OUS, the Transatlantic flight alone would suck up most of the honeymoon budget.

Mr. Squirrel and I will make it to Europe together one day. In a way, it is a relief we are not going for the honeymoon because I would want to plan, prepare and see EVERYTHING. Basically, the opposite of how I want our honeymoon to go down. After the wedding, I don’t want to think. I want zero expectations. And most importantly, I want lots of colorful drinks!

As you guessed…a cruise was the perfect option for us. The prices are insane. We casually shopped around for a few months until we found the perfect one. We are going to the Eastern Caribbean for seven nights (and eight days, but who’s counting?) and it can’t get here soon enough! We can do as much or as little as we want on the cruise. We won’t have to navigate public transportation or lug our bags around. Neither of us have ever been on a cruise, so it’ll be a new experience for both of us.

Also, since we live in Florida, the port is just a short drive away (Yay for no airports, delayed flights, or plane tickets!).

More than anything, I CANNOT wait to have Mr. Squirrel all to myself for SEVEN nights and EIGHT days! No work, no school, no craft projects, no studying, no distractions. This is literally unheard of. We have never taken a solo trip in all the time we have been together. Any time off is reserved for family and the occasional friend visit. Shoot, I hope we don’t annoy each other 😉

Any other honeymoon cruisers out there? Do you have any tips? We are such novices and truly have no clue what to expect. What was your favorite excursion?


Mrs. Squirrel

Tampa, FL
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    Chrissy, Guest @ 10:46 pm

    Veteran cruiser here! I absolutely love them and i think you’re so lucky to live so close to a port where fabulous cruises are easily accessible. My one little best kept cruise secret is to find out if your line / cruise has a chef’s table night. A lot of the lines are doing these now, including RC and NCL. It’s usually an exclusive affair (ours had a cap of 12 people and a minimum of 8) so we made sure to book it the first day. There is usually a surcharge but its SO well worth it! If you’re not big on foodie food or drinking, maybe it’s not for you – but I honestly can’t say enough about it! For the price you’d pay to eat in one of the upgrade restaurants plus the cost of a nice bottle of wine you get high-end food (better than anything in any of the restaurants), multi-courses, AND unlimited pours of the wine pairings with the courses. Plus you get to meet some other people (usually couples) which is always fun! And since you’ll be on your honeymoon, I’m sure they’ll treat you to something extra special! They’ll sometimes offer tours of the galley the next day, which is really interesting if you’re into that kind of thing.

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    abbyLtib 16 posts, Newbee @ 8:02 pm

    We are doing a cruise as well; to Bermuda, out of Boston, so no airfare for us either! Yay, FH hates to fly (even though he has flown a total of 2 times ever!) I went on a western Caribbean cruise, NCL, 10 years ago, with my family- we had the best time! Can’t wait to go again!

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