(Closed) Low key honeymoon?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We originally planned for 10 days in Hawaii, but ended up not being able to swing it financially and it was really stressing us out. So we went to Catalina for 5 days instead and had a blast not doing anything! It’s only an hour boat ride for us and the first place we ever went on vacation so it made perfect sense. It was exactly like you’re describing. The biggest thing we did was zipline. Other than that, we ate breakfast every day at the hotel, made sure we were around for their wine and cheese hour, and were pretty much lazy bums! It was perfect. 

We took a family trip to Thailand with my parents and sister about 3 months later so we got the best of both worlds. Go with your gut!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

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dreamr12:  Fi and I considered (and still not 100% off table) visiting Tybee Island, which is about 2 hours from us, and booking a cabin there for about 5 days then taking a short 4 or 5 day cruise from Charleston, SC or Jacksonville, FL. Both within a days drive. Another consideration (although not really my favorite) was a trip to TN, more than likely Pigeon Forge. But that has become such a regular weekend getaway that I don’t feel that I would feel like I was on my honeymoon. 

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: Kauai

Do what is best for YOU as a new couple – not what anyone else wants you to do or what you think you should do. I see nothing wrong with a local vacation, and you’ll probably save yourself some cash.

My hobby is in “travel hacking,” or finding ways to travel for free (or at least at a discount)-send a message if I can help you out.

When we aren’t by plane, we usually bring our dogs along, which has led us to vrbo, airbnb, and homeaway. I’d be happy to give you more information on making a good choice with those sites if that interests you. We love having a house instead of just a hotel room, and it’s usually comparable or less than staying at a chain.

Congrats and best wishes!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper

I know some people go on exotic honeymoons, but the most important part is quality time with your new husband. Many people do “mini-moons” because of scheduling and stuff.

We recently came back from our honeymoon. It was a very leisurely trip, and half the time we were just in our hotel room ;). Your honeymoon plans sound lovely!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Because of our 19 year old cat who suffers from brain tumor-induced seizures, we can’t leave her with a sitter for too long. So we are taking a weekend trip to the Berkshires where we’ll get a cabin in the woods and take some day trips to our favorites museums, Jacob’s Pillow dance festival, Tanglewood, and sunset canoe. It’s a perfect mini-moon. And when we’re ready, we’ll take our road trip to Napa Valley like we’ve dreamed of doing. 🙂

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Buzzing Beekeeper

we went low-key and it was perfect. we went to dinner, spent some time at the beach, and then spent the rest of the time cuddled up in the condo we were staying at 😉

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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

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dreamr12:  We were JUST discussing this at lunch! Our original plan was an Alaskan cruise, which is already fairly chill, but would have us doing lots of things in port that we’ve never done. But we’re getting married in Oct and there aren’t any at that time of year. Now we’re deciding between either doing a California Coast cruise, which would basically be all chill time since we’ve been to all the places it docks and most of them are a weekend-roadtrip at most for us. Or we might just book a couple extra nights at the hotel near our venue to relax and go on the Alaskan cruise next year. 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

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dreamr12:  I think you have made a great choice!  If you are putting a lot of work into planning the wedding, why add stress by going on a big international trip the next day?  Do something low key and fun where you can focus on each other, and get some rest and relaxation after the craziness of your wedding.

Your honeymoon isnt’ the only opportunity you’ll have in life to take a vacation.  If you feel like you missed out you can always go on a more splashy trip at a later date and you can even call it a 2nd honeymoon if you like.

My DH and I didn’t do a seperate honeymoon because we had a Destination Wedding in Mexico and didn’t have enough vacation time to take an extra week off.  That said, we go on adventerous vacations fairly frequently, so each time I joke that this is Honeymoon #2, #3, etc.  Every vacation from here on out can be a honeymoon if you want 😀

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We took a low-key honeymoon to Florida! It wasn’t very expensive and was very relaxed! Now, 4 years later, we are heading on a much fancier trip this spring! It almost feels like a second honeymoon that we are in a better position to afford and enjoy long after all the wedding craziness is over. 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We had a mini-moon. We spent a few days at a B&B and just relaxed. It was amazing. We are taking a big trip on our one year anniversary. Had we not planned it I think I would have regretted going small for the actual honeymoon. We paid for the wedding ourselves so that was another reason we had a smaller honeymoon and are now doing the big all inclusive resort. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee

We are doing a staymoon, like a staycation. We live in Orlando and getting married in Kissimmee, where Disney is located. So instead of going anywhere for honeymoon and spending more money we don’t have we are going to do things in town that we haven’t had a chance to do since we moved here. For example, go to Animal Kingom/Universal Studios, a hot air balloon ride, maybe one of the water parks. We haven’t really decided yet but we are happy with our decision. We will do a bigger vacation later on. No stress.

Post # 13
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Busy bee

I loved our mini moon! We went for 2 nights to a little romantic holiday house in a town about 1.5 hrs drive. I loved that we were able to leave the day after our wedding to go, whereas for a bigger honeymoon where we’d fly somewhere I wouldn’t have wanted to leave for a couple of days. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

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dreamr12:  we choose St Thonas for that reason. There wasn’t so much we wanted to do that we couldn’t relax and unwind in the sun. No regrets!  

Im so glad we didn’t do Europe or some place Id want to be on the go the whole time. We had a blast on our honeymoon and spent entire days doing pretty much nothing. We went to the aquarium and to town, but otherwise stayed at the all inclusive resort. 

I figure that there won’t be a romantic of a time as your honeymoon and really spending time together is so important. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Hub and I took a “mini moon” of 3.5 days at a resort town about 2 hrs from our home. It was so nice not to have to fret about travel and so on, and it definitely still felt like a honeymoon. 

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