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Reality check: "In 2015, we are in a world of constant connection," says dating coach Marni Battista, even during that one-to-two-week time period that's supposed to be all about your new spouse, otherwise known as your honeymoon.
"Whether it's Facebook, Instagram, or those group texts with your girlfriends, we're constantly communicating — just not always connecting with the person right across the table," she explains. "In this way, we want to share our experiences with people we love, like, all the time."
But when we're on our honeymoons, it's important to share ourselves, sans phones, with our new spouse. "Right after getting married, getting super connected in a non-digital way can help you build the strong foundation you need for the rest of your relationship," says Battista. "So check out, unplug, and let your in personal connection start your marriage on the right foot."
To do that, you can set a no texts and calls policy for yourself and your social circle. Here's how.
1. Use social media to spread the news. Just because you won't be checking in with Facebook and Twitter on your trip doesn't mean you can't post a status that says, "Hi! We're honeymooning, so we'll talk to you when we get back. Bye!" says Battista.
2. No matter how many you get, "don't answer your messages," Battista says. "It's okay; your girlfriend will be able to choose which necklace to wear on her date without your opinion."
3. Reinforce your no-contact rule with a polite "auto-response on your email," suggests Battista, "just in case your friends and family didn't read your Facebook status."