Is a mini-moon the same as a solar eclipse?

The newlyweds are back from their mini-moon! Oh wait, what’s a mini-moon? I’ve recently learned that many of you out there have never heard this term before, so I will take this opportunity here to explain.

A “honeymoon” is a post-wedding trip that newlyweds take to relax after their wedding and enjoy some time together. Often, couples go some place exotic or particularly far, as it’s a “big deal” type of trip. Because these exotic destinations are often far away, these trips frequently become longer than the average trip.

Adam and I decided to go on a honeymoon to — you guessed it! — Hawaii. However, we decided to go over winter break instead of immediately after our wedding for the following reasons:

  1. Our workloads are much lighter over winter break, which allow us to take a longer trip without worrying about who is covering for our jobs (Adam’s office literally closes from Christmas to New Year’s Day, and the majority of the families in my organization are away on vacation)
  2. End of December — what a GREAT time to leave the Chicago winter for paradise (end of October — still a beautiful time to be in the Midwest’s fall colors)
  3. Many friends had told us that after the wedding, the newlyweds are exhausted. It takes a full day to bring in boxes and flowers and extra chocolate-covered pretzels from the wedding; you’re tired from a full day of photos and smiling and being the center of attention; and, honestly, you’re exhausted from a full year of planning a wedding. Not necessarily the best time to do a European adventure or a Hawaiian expedition.

For these reasons, we decided to wait to go to Hawaii for a couple months. But that doesn’t mean we don’t need a few days to relax after the wedding! Hence the mini-moon.

The mini-moon is an opportunity for a couple to get away for a few days after the wedding, usually somewhere closer to home, for a brief relaxing getaway. A few months ago, we found really cheap airline tickets to Tampa, so we decided to spend three days following the wedding in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

There isn’t a ton of things to do in Clearwater, but we got exactly what we wanted: Sunshine, a pool, and no more banquet event orders.

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From Tuesday through Friday of last week, we enjoyed sitting by the pool, swimming, reading, walking to restaurants, renting movies, exercising, and eating ice cream (in order to maintain the equilibrium of the universe, you have to exercise AND eat ice cream). We definitely felt relaxed.

And now … accepting all recommendations for favorite things to do in Maui and Kauai!

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