For many, there is no bigger occasion than a wedding. There may only be two people saying their “I do’s,” but it nonetheless becomes a huge event bringing together previously unrelated families, friends, associates, and even hangers-on. For the big day to be unforgettable, careful preparation is usually needed, plus a well-managed cash flow.
On your wedding day, you want everything to be perfect - from the venue, dress, and rings to the reception where food and drinks, seating arrangements, and entertainment are equally as important. Then, there’s also that small matter of the honeymoon, which may mean being out of town or out of the country for a week or so. Planning for a honeymoon may include booking flights and hotel rooms well in advance. So you can imagine the pressure the soon-to-be bride and groom must be feeling in the run-up to their big day.
But, as more and more people realize, newlyweds don’t actually have to go on a major honeymoon immediately after the big day. Instead, they can opt for a mini-moon - a quick, romantic getaway to enjoy their fresh marital bliss. A traditional honeymoon can be planned for later in the year when budget and time become more friendly.
A mini-moon can be easier to plan, shorter, and less expensive so that it fits in well with the wedding preparations. But just because it’s not as long as a full-scale honeymoon does not mean it is any less special. Here are some ways to make your mini-moon unforgettable.
Don’t let your wedding day guests monopolize the gift-giving experience. There’s no rule that prevents the bride and the groom from giving each other gifts. And the best time to do that is during your mini-moon when you have each other all to yourselves. You can choose items from this list of incredible gifts for your better half, then hand them over first thing in the morning. You’ll feel like kids again on Christmas morn opening presents, ensuring that your life as husband and wife is off to a great start.
The idea behind a mini-moon is that it is less of a hassle than a long-haul honeymoon in terms of travel time and cost. Fortunately, there are a lot of amazing mini-moon locations that are perfect for such a trip. Whether it’s an easy jaunt to California wine country, a surfing trip to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico, or a complete chill-out in the reggae capital of Jamaica, your mini-moon would surely give you lots of memories that will last a lifetime.
Serenade Each Other
Just because you have exchanged “I do’s” doesn’t mean the wooing needs to stop. Even experts agree that the secret to a long and happy marriage is when couples treat each other as if they are still in the sweetheart stage. So what could be a more romantic gesture than a song rendered for each other? Whether you use a karaoke machine to croon your partner or go a cappella singing your partner’s favorite tune, don’t worry about being in tune or not, it’s the thought that counts.
Make New Memories Together
Now that two have become one, it’s the perfect time to create new memories. This is why a mini-moon to a special place that offers things that both of you love is definitely in order. Do you dig skiing and hiking? Then head to Colorado. If you love art, shopping, and eating, New York City should be on your list.
When being practical is the rule of the day, going on a mini-moon after the wedding is definitely a more reasonable option. It greatly reduces the stress of preparing for the big day, and the cost won’t eat much into your budget. What’s more, it doesn’t take you away from your job longer than what a full-fledged honeymoon would entail. Most important of all, a mini-moon makes the feeling of newly wedded excitement linger a little longer because when you do finally take the honeymoon, it’s like you’ve just been married all over again.