You’re in the middle of planning your wedding and you know it’s time to start thinking of your honeymoon, but you’re already overwhelmed enough. You and your partner want to do something different and unique but don’t know where to start. Or maybe the two of you have already thought up the perfect Southern France getaway, but you don’t know how you’re going to afford it.

We’ve come up with a few trends and suggestions to make sure your honeymoon is exactly what you want it to be.

A recent trend for newlyweds is to go on two honeymoons: one “mini” one right after the wedding and one BIG one months later. Planning a wedding is time consuming and you may not have any time left to dedicate to planning a honeymoon. Also, you might have already taken off days from work for your engagement party, bridal party, bachelor/bachelorette parties, dress shopping, etc. and don’t know how you can plan an amazing honeymoon with the last three days you have left. Lack of vacation days at work shouldn’t come between you and your dream honeymoon! This is where “two honeymoons” can be a great idea. You and your partner get married and spend that weekend celebrating somewhere special, but close to home. Then, a few months or maybe even a year later, after you’ve accrued more vacation time and saved more money, you have the honeymoon you always wanted.
Who ever said a honeymoon has to be a week in one place? If you’re in France, why not take the train to Belgium for a few days? Multi-destination honeymoons are the perfect way to see and experience more than one location with your new spouse.
Cruise ships are exciting, but they’re big. And with so many people around it can be easy to feel more overwhelmed than relaxed, which is not the goal for your honeymoon. That’s why many people opt for small cruises of 100 people or so, like a river cruise. These types of cruises allow you to still experience life on a boat for a few days, but with less people on board it will feel more intimate for you and your spouse.
If you’re looking for a honeymoon that is customizable along the way, you may want to consider taking a road trip. Have a few destinations in mind, but also allow yourself and your new spouse to stop at random roadside attractions. They might end up being the best part of your honeymoon – and to think, you could have flown right over them!
Your honeymoon can be more than sightseeing or lounging on a beach if you want it to be. Take the time to try something adventurous and new like hiking Machu Picchu or skydiving. Start your adventure as a married couple with something that gets your hearts racing.
Your honeymoon is a chance to celebrate the happiness that comes with starting this new chapter in your life, but that doesn’t mean you can’t mix in a selfless act or two. A honeymoon trend that is continues to grow in popularity includes volunteering. Whether it be for part of your honeymoon or the whole thing, volunteering is a great way to meet people in the area you’re honeymooning in and give back to the community.
Another trend in honeymoons is getting help affording it. Sites like honeyfund are becoming increasingly popular for people who wish to have a unique honeymoon experience. The site works like a wedding registry where you ask for anything from plane tickets to dinner reservations. Your guests can also recommend and pay for experiences during your honeymoon. It’s a great way to keep your guests involved in your honeymoon and can help make it even more unique. This is perfect for the couple who has already been living together and don’t need a new set of dishware.
Where are you planning to go for your honeymoon? Wherever you end up, we hope it’s memorable and everything you wished for. Congrats on your marriage and happy honeymooning!