Wedding season is well and truly upon us. We’re in an excited frenzy of picking wedding guest outfits, buying gifts and planning hen parties and stag dos. As the wedding bells ring each year we find that some long-held traditions always hold strong – the something blue, the first dance, the corny Best Man jokes, but we’re also seeing new traditions becoming staples over the past few years – prop-filled photobooths anyone?
And it’s not just the ceremony itself where we’re seeing exciting new wedding ideas emerge, we have also started noticing an increasing trend for a new style of honeymoon – the mini-moon. More and more of our friends are opting to book a short mini-moon rather than the traditional honeymoon, and really it makes a lot of sense.
A mini-moon is the perfect way to have some relaxing time away with your new Mr or Mrs immediately after the wedding without any of the stress of planning and saving for a big honeymoon at the same time as planning your wedding. A lot of couples choose to have their mini-moon after their wedding and then have a bigger honeymoon later in the year when they have more time to plan and budget for a big holiday.
Other couples decide to have lots of mini-moons throughout the year rather than one big honeymoon – what a wonderful way to spend your first year as newlyweds. For others, having a mini-moon rather than a long honeymoon allows them to save money which they can put towards their house or saving for the future.
There’s so many reason to choose a mini-moon that really the only thing left to decide is where to go.
Luckily, we have plenty of ideas.
When you think of a romantic break, the French capital is always the first city that springs to mind.
From walking down the Champs-Élysées to sipping a champagne at a pavement café; floating down the River Seine, and taking in the views over the city from the Eiffel Tower – Paris is known as the ‘City of Love’ for good reason.
Not only is Paris a romantic haven, but it’s also super easy (and great value) to get to by Eurostar or with a self-drive ferry break – making it a perfect choice for a magical mini-moon.
The Italian capital can definitely give its French counterpart a run for its money when it comes to the art of amore.
With its cobbled streets, lively piazzas and magnificent ancient architecture,there is so much culture to be garnered in Rome. Make sure to visit the Trevi Fountain and make a wish for your future together, and for an extra-special way to see the old city why not take a romantic horse and carriage ride.
Plus, if enjoying the beautiful sights of one of the oldest cities in the world with your beloved isn’t happiness epitomised, add the most delicious pizza you’ll ever eat into the mix and life really can’t get much better.
What makes Venice unique, is that it only has one main road and two side streets. The rest of the city is made up by small pathways, alleys, bridges and of course, 170 canals. When walking around the city the lack of traffic is noticeably evident, providing a perfectly peaceful location for spending some blissful quality time with your other half.
The city is easily walkable – but why walk when you can gondola? A romantic gondola ride down the Venetian canals is something every couple needs to tick off their bucket list, and when better than on your mini-moon?
If you’re looking for an alternative mini-moon destination, you can’t do much better than Reykjavik. The small city, with a population of less than 120,000 people, makes for a perfectly compact location to explore on a short-break. Make sure to hop on some of the exciting excursions on offer and experience something completely different – whether it’s whale watching, puffin spotting or exploring a volcano; Iceland is a nature lovers dream.
We definitely recommend visiting the famous Blue Lagoon. The hot springs are the perfect place to lie back and relax with your partner, and the mineral-rich warm waters are perfect for rejuvenating your mind and body. The spa is based in a lava field in Grindavik, allowing for breathtaking views from the water.
And of course we can’t talk about Iceland without mentioning the striking Northern Lights. The natural phenomenon lights up the sky at night with dancing colours of pink, green and purple. Witnessing the Northern Lights is a truly special experience, and an incredible way to celebrate your marriage. The best time to see the Northern Lights is from November to February, making Reykjavik a great choice for a mini-moon if your wedding is later in the year.
Of course, you don’t need to head out of the UK to enjoy a romantic mini-moon, there are plenty of perfect mini-moon spots right here on our home ground. One of the most romantic places to visit in the UK has to be Edinburgh – always a popular choice for couples. The historic Scottish capital is filled with culture, scenery and entertainment meaning there’s plenty to pack in to your mini-moon.
A trip to the famous Edinburgh castle is a must-do, and a climb up to the top of Arthur’s Seat is the best way to view the beautiful city from the sky. St Andrew’s square in the town centre is an idyllic spot for sitting with a picnic on a sunny day, and there is often live entertainment to be found in the gardens, adding a buzzy atmosphere which lights up the crowd. At night-time you’re spoiled for choice in Edinburgh, with its varied selection of first class restaurants, traditional pubs and quirky bars filling the city’s cobbled streets.
Edinburgh is a great pick at any time of year but the city comes alive in August during festival season. Bars and venues throughout the capital have comedy, drama and musical performances, and the streets are filled with entertainers. If you’re planning a July or August wedding Edinburgh is the perfect choice for a UK mini-moon.
Looking for a more traditional beach break? The beautiful Algarve in Portugal is a wonderful choice for a romantic mini-moon by the coast. The southernmost part of Portugal is known for its striking rocky cliffs looking over the deep blue sea and sandy beaches.
The town of Albufeira is one of the most popular resorts in the Algarve, and its beautiful beach, old town square and lively bar and restaurant scene make it a perfect choice for a sunny mini-moon abroad. Relax on the beach during the day, then stroll down to the old square at night to enjoy some seafood and sangria. The fishing town offers a multitude of boat trips, lasting from an hour to a full day and offering activities such as dolphin spotting and BBQs on a secluded beach – the perfect romantic day trip.
If you’re looking for a mix of beach and city on your mini-moon, you can also take a day-trip through to Lisbon, about two hours from Albufeira. Whether you choose to venture further afield or stay in the pretty town of Albufeira, the Algarve is a perfect destination for a blissful mini-moon of eating, drinking and enjoying the sunshine as newlyweds.
Wherever you decide to go on your mini-moon, a short break away exploring a new location is the perfect adventure to start your married life together.
Are you heading off on a mini-moon this year? Let us know where you’re planning on going.