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How-To: Honeymoon at Home

Whether you're post-poning your honeymoon until you can take time off of work, or you simply can't afford to get away, honeymooning at home is an option to consider. Don't yawn just yet! There are a lot creative things you can do to spice up the time after your wedding — and I don't mean buying new lingerie.
Here are a few to get you thinking outside of the box (or bed). Feel free to add your own suggestions, laugh, applaud, or tell me I'm totally wacko.

  • Rearrange your furniture. Move things around in your bedroom, kitchen, living room, and other high traffic rooms in your home. If you have a guest bedroom, consider staying there for the week. When you return home after your wedding, it'll feel like a whole new world!
  • Hide all of your paperwork and lock your office door. Disconnect your cable and Internet. Don't let yourself get into your normal routine of watching prime time TV or glossing over your utility bills.
  • Treat your house like a resort hotel. Pick up a fresh new set of towels, and maybe even crisp white matching bathrobes. Set flowers everywhere. Hire a maid to clean everyday. Put travel bottles of shampoo and toiletries in your bathroom, and peanuts and chocolate bars in your refrigerator. Order "room service" from a restaurant.
  • Pack a vacation suitcase and only wear the clothes in it during your "honeymoon." Don't open your closet door or even worry about what you're wearing. Your husband loves you as is!

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I came across some other ideas for honeymooning at home at Creative Honeymoon Ideas. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • "Be a tourist. Contact your city's tourism office (look in the phonebook under tourism, visitor's bureau, or convention and visitor's bureau) and request the packet of information they send to tourists — you'll probably be surprised at what you've been missing."
  • "Go back to the place where you went on your first date and tell the manager you’ve just gotten married. Maybe you’ll get a free dessert out of the meal. Take pictures."
  • "If you are planning a getaway vacation in the next few months — or sometime in your blissful future — you could do a practice run now. Imagine both of you want to go to Paris. Do a Parisian practice picnic: pack a basket of French wine, cheese, a baguette, and fruit. Go to the local river and call it the Seine River (which winds through Paris). Bring your French dictionary and try to hold a conversation in French (or at least learn the names of your surroundings in French!). You could modify this for any destination."
  • Decorate your house "in the style of wherever you would have gone if you had the time or money. For a Caribbean island theme, for example, you could decorate with sea shells, pictures of the ocean, tropical fruit, and a CD of ocean waves or island music. The Internet makes it possible to find items from your dream destination."
  • "Rediscover your inner child. Play games like Twister and hide-and-go-seek. Make an ice cream soda and share it. Eat popcorn at 9am. Rent a tank of helium and fill a room with balloons. Make a fort out of blankets under the table."
  • "Go camping right in your own living room or backyard — set up a tent, get a fire going in the fireplace, make s'mores and tell scary stories."
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