It's no secret that planning a wedding is a lot of work that involves shelling out a lot of cash! But after spending months creating a perfect day and trying to please everyone around you, don't you think you and your new husband deserve a magical honeymoon? Instead of breaking the bank on a costly getaway, here are some ideas for cost-effective honeymoons to help you recharge and celebrate your new nuptials!
A classic tourist destination, and for good reason, Thailand is a stunning destination for any couples hoping to soak in another culture and explore nature. The weather in Thailand is fairly warm year-round, despite the rainy season, which varies between regions but occurs between May/June to October. Typically, flights tend to be cheaper in the winter months (November-March), and conveniently, this lines up with the best weather in Thailand, with temperatures lingering in the 80s. This will still feel hot to most visitors, however, these are the coldest months in the country. Look into common destinations like Bangkok and Phuket to visit temples and museums, as well as islands such as Koh Samui, Koh Samet, and Ko Phi Phi to have your relaxing, beach experience!
Mexico is well-known for being a more affordable honeymoon destination, as it's so close to home, and Tulum is perfect if you're trying to avoid getting swept up by all the spring-breakers. It is full of fun, affordable activities such as snorkeling and swimming in some of their spectacular beaches. Choose a smaller, boutique hotel as opposed to a larger resort, as they can charge upwards of $500 a night. If you're looking for somewhere to de-stress from your wedding planning and give your bank balance a break, Mexico may be the spot for you!
If you're a well-versed traveler, you know that it's always cheaper to travel during the off-peak season. Often, this means that you've ended up in Europe in the middle of winter because you got a great deal on flights. But in some cases, this can really work out! Iceland, for example, is one of those destinations where the colder is better, so you may want to go in the middle of February! Flights will be far less expensive than if you were to go in June, when most people travel and most honeymoons occur. In Iceland, you're sure to get some amazing photos and experience some otherworldly scenic views. Plus, the colder it is, the more you get to snuggle with your honey, right?
Big Sur California
Keep it low-key, and definitely cost-effective, and take a road trip to Big Sur! This beautiful location is perfect for easy-going couples who want to camp for their honeymoon! Campsites in Big Sur are typically around $20 a night, far less expensive than any Air BNB or hotel will get you. Take a few days to explore the town, lounge on the beach, hike, or any other of the numerous activities the location can offer. This could be a great option for a mini-moon immediately after the wedding as well, while you take some time to save up for a bigger vacation!
Style Me Pretty Contributor - Goli Parvinian is a bridal enthusiast and masters student living in Melbourne, Australia. Over the past few years, she has worked for bridal brands in her hometown of Chicago, New Zealand and New York City. You can typically find her in a cafe, face-timing her nieces or out on a long run.