After all your wedding plans lead up to the big day, after you say your “I do’s” and have your first dance as husband and wife, the rest of your life together begins. Before you know it, you’ll be juggling long days at work, hectic afternoons with your kids, keeping the house clean, and making dinner all on a daily basis. That’s why it is important to take time for yourself (and your marriage) before the hustle and bustle of family life takes over.

Your honeymoon gives you the chance to spend time with your spouse and have fun as newlyweds. It’s a reason to travel and see the world with your best friend. You can opt for a lavish tropical vacation and lounge on the beach, backpack across Europe, or even spend a few days at Disney World. You could go on a spa getaway for a weekend, or learn to work with your spouse and test your survival skills on a camping trip. Your honeymoon is a chance to splurge on yourself for once. It’s a chance to bond with your partner and jump into your new life together in a creative and exciting way.

Your honeymoon doesn’t need to be right after your wedding, either. Some couples decide to wait a whole year to go on vacation. This gives you time to save up and plan your trip without wedding plans and expenses getting in the way. Waiting for your honeymoon also gives you time to adjust to your day-to-day life. It is a reason to celebrate the first year of your marriage and all you have accomplished so far.

Your honeymoon is important because it will bring both of you together. It will be an unforgettable milestone in your marriage, and you will make memories you’ll cherish for years.