Photo by: William Innes Photography
Your honeymoon is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and one you will certainly want to remember! While you don't want to get so caught up in documenting the trip that you aren't actually living it, you will undoubtedly be grateful to have at least captured some key pieces and special moments to look back on in the future. Have a little fun with it by trying out any of the following creative ways to document your honeymoon.
Keeping a travel journal is a great way to chronicle your adventures and experiences through your own unique voice and to capture small details that might be otherwise forgotten. In addition to describing sights and scenes, make sure to write about details like scents and sounds that don’t come through in photos. Describe delicious meals, jot down funny stories and quotes, and include lots of personal thoughts and observations. Document interactions with interesting people you meet along the way and record fun facts about the history and culture of your destination. Set aside a particular time in the evening to recap the day’s events or simply scribble little notes and tidbits as you go. Most importantly, don’t make it a chore or take it too seriously - just have fun with it!
Certain honeymoon moments - like watching a beautiful sunset or jumping off a boat into the ocean together - are best captured on film. While pocket-sized camcorders like the Sony Bloggie, and Kodak Playsport are popular, most modern smartphones are capable of capturing pretty quality videos. Keep the camera rolling throughout your trip and gather plenty of footage which you can later edit into cool little documentaries of the experience. The good news is you don’t have to be particularly tech-savvy or dish out the big bucks to produce your own creative videos. Popular video editing software like iMovie and Adobe Premiere Elements allow you to snip and assemble film clips and photos any way you choose and add accompanying text, background music, voice-overs and visual effects. Upload the final products to a video sharing site like YouTube or Vimeo and share the link with friends and family. Enjoy watching these special keepsakes over and over again for years to come!
A shadow box is a nice way to display mementos you collected throughout your trip. Think ahead about the items you want to compile. Save ticket stubs, maps, postcards, foreign money, hotel keys, programs, brochures, matchbooks or menus from restaurants and cafes you enjoyed, business cards or little branded materials from shops and boutiques you visited. Have fun and get creative with your display. Shadow boxes are great for mounting objects that don’t lie flat, like seashells, coins, and souvenirs. Gather some white sand from your favorite beach into a little glass vial, jot down some local food and beverage recipes and have them printed on pretty cardstock, or save the cork from the first bottle of champagne you shared as honeymooners!
Document your honeymoon in real time and keep your family and friends updated on your adventures! Travel blogs are becoming increasingly popular with honeymooners, particularly those embarking on lengthier vacations or visiting a variety of interesting destinations during one trip. Popular blogging platforms like Wordpress, Blogger and Tumblr allow anyone to set up a free, user-friendly blog in a few quick steps. You can choose from a variety of templates and designs to customize your site and can add handy features like geotagging, which allows you to plot your locations on a map. Perhaps most importantly, users can manage and update content on-the-go using their smartphones and tablets - so you can publish posts about your experiences and upload photos of cool sights, beautiful scenery and delicious food as you go along! Email the blog URL to friends and family members so they can check it when regularly, or share links to new blog posts through social media like Facebook and Twitter.
When you return from your honeymoon, sort through your photos and arrange your favorites into compelling compositions that tell the story of your trip. Add aesthetic appeal and dimension by incorporating paper of different colors, patterns and textures and decorative accents like cutouts, stickers and die cuts. Tip: with the plethora of scrapbooking supplies out there, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and end up with a book that looks really busy, cluttered and all over the place. Before you begin, determine a basic layout and decide on the overall mood you want to achieve. If you’re scrapbooking your Hawaii Honeymoon, for example, would you like it to be soft and serene with light blues, creams and whites or would you rather it be vibrant and tropical with bright, saturated colors and peppy accents? Having a direction in mind and an idea of what materials you want to purchase before entering the craft store or perusing online will help guide you and give you a more cohesive end result.