At this somewhat ‘in-between’ time of year where summer feels like a distant memory but we are yet to reach the onset of those glorious festive celebrations, I think it’s safe to say that we are all craving a holiday.
In which case today’s post is well timed as we distract you from those falling temperatures and dark nights by talking honeymoons.
Now, hopefully this is an area of the planning that won’t be as contentious as drawing up the guest list or seating plan, but you and your partner do need to come to a mutual agreement on where to go and what you want to get out of your first holiday as a married couple. Are you looking for culture adventure or ultimate relaxation? Do you want to sightsee, explore, shop or remain horizontal on a sun lounger with a cocktail in hand for the duration of the trip?
If your opinions do differ, you could of course visit more than one destination, so all boxes are ticked. But let’s not forget there are other factors to take into consideration, including the budget, annual leave allowance and varying climates and conditions.
To help inspire your choices, we’ve rounded up the details of the just-married trips of our recently featured real wedding couples on Brides Up North, which vary from comforting UK staycations to long-haul luxury breaks and oversea adventures.
Our clued-up couples also have some fabulous tips to share along the way; including how to save on flights and hotels, when best to travel, suitable destinations for the time of year and how to keep that newlywed euphoria going by splurging on more than one romantic break. Passports and credit cards at the ready!
Click on the links to see each wedding in full.
Georgia says: We went to Italy on honeymoon and travelled from Lake Como to the Amalfi Coast in an open top car. It was so much fun! Our first holiday together was to Lake Como and I always said to Ian that was my favourite holiday I’ve ever been on. I just have such lovely memories from it. We also didn’t want to travel too far as we had been to America and back quite a lot over the few years that we were living there. We spent two nights in Como and then drove to Tuscany, where we had four nights, and then on to Rome for two nights ending with the last four nights in a quiet hotel on the Amalfi Coast. It was just beautiful and the perfect mix of exploring and relaxation.
Amy says: We left for Mexico on the Tuesday after our Saturday wedding – perfect timing! We spent five days on Isla Holbox and five days in Tulum. Isla Holbox is idyllic, think postcard perfect white sands and crystal-clear waters. Tulum was more commercial than Holbox but still a beautiful place to visit. It has a very chic ‘yoga and smoothies’ vibe to it. We swam with turtles, visited Mayan ruins and zip-lined through the jungle.
Kate says: We spent three nights in Toronto, a night in Niagara Falls, five nights in Chicago and seven nights in Boston. While there, we were lucky enough to see a New England Patriots game against Chicago – one of the main reasons we wanted to go to America!
We wanted to go to Toronto as it’s always been on our bucket list and we managed to do all the usual sightseeing and really enjoyed the Distillery District of the city.
Our whistle-stop tour of Niagara Falls was spectacular, and we enjoyed going on the boat into the Falls.
The hustle and bustle of Chicago was next. We packed lots of sightseeing into our five days, including the Hancock Centre and Architecture Boat Tour. The highlight of Chicago – apart from the NFL game at Soldier Field – would have to be seeing Hamilton at the CIBC Theatre.
We then absolutely fell in love with Boston. Kyle had been before and always told me that I would enjoy it, and we already can’t wait to go back! We went to beautiful restaurants, walked the Freedom Trail, went outside the city to the Patriot’s home ground, and visited Salem only a few days before Halloween. We stayed in the amazing South End which was the perfect location. Our timing was perfect as while we were there the Boston Red Sox won the World Series and we were able to witness the victory parade around the city.
Nicola says: We went to Croatia for a week to a resort called Rovinj. It was the most beautiful resort and hotel. We explored, chilled, ate at some beautiful places, did wine tasting and just enjoyed a romantic week in a gorgeous place.
Megan says: We went to a log cabin in North Yorkshire for our honeymoon/familymoon. We couldn’t bear to be away from Poppy for more than a night, and we weren’t bothered about going abroad as we’d already been away to Dubai in the May, so we decided to find somewhere that we could just chill out for a few days, eating and drinking. We stayed at Sun Hill Lodges in Leyburn and it was unbelievable. We had a huge cabin with a hot tub, and it was so secluded; just what we had wanted. We spent the days going for walks and then stopping for tea and cakes. It was a lovely little break; we’d definitely go back.
Amy says: We really spoilt ourselves with a year-long travelling honeymoon! We started in Columbia in December 2018 and we worked our way through South America finishing in Argentina in May 2019. We then returned home for a couple of months for one of Matt’s groomsmen’s wedding and some stag and hen dos then jetted back off to South Korea in July. On the second part of the trip we plan to visit Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia and The Philippines and finish up visiting relatives in Australia!
Samantha says: We spent 15 nights away exploring Singapore, Bali (Seminyak and Ubud) and Lombok (Sengiggi). We had an action-packed honeymoon of snorkelling, white water rafting, climbing volcanoes at dawn, visiting temples and beaches and learning how to cook Balinese style. We organised our honeymoon via Holidays By Design in Horsforth who were incredibly helpful.
Emily says: We left a month-long gap between the wedding and our honeymoon so that it wasn’t all over in one hit! We booked a multi-city holiday in South Africa, visiting Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Kruger National Park, before moving onto Mauritius for eight nights, which we thought would be a great balance between adventure and relaxation. Due to saving for the wedding, we booked our flights well in advance but held off on hotel bookings until closer to the time. It was a little bit risky, sure, but it paid off – we saved around a third on the original booking cost and were able to book a hotel in Mauritius that we thought we wouldn’t have been able to afford!
Rachael says: We went to Barcelona on honeymoon. Aidan had spent time in Barcelona when he was younger but I had never been. Some friends had travelled over from Barcelona for the wedding, so we shared a flight out together the day after the wedding. We spent our days there shopping, drinking, eating and exploring. Aidan convinced me to ride a bike for the first time in 15 years and we had so much fun! It was nice to have time together after the hectic run-up to the wedding, life had been so busy and it was nice to reconnect. It definitely helped to postpone the ‘wedding blues’!
Rebecca says: We chose to split our honeymoon in two. We started with one week together in Sicily and then had a week in a log cabin with a hot tub in the UK, with Joe’s son and our chocolate Labrador.
Sicily was amazing, a food-lover’s dream. So much history and architecture. It was very romantic. After seven days, we were looking forward to heading back to meet Harry and Tilly, and we really enjoyed some family time in the hot tub and on walks through the Yorkshire Dales. It was the perfect combination for us.
Lauren says: We discussed our honeymoon plans at length. Top of the list originally would have been Australia and New Zealand or something typically ‘honeymoon-esque’ such as the Maldives. The time of year that we had chosen for the wedding meant that everything in the Southern Hemisphere was kind of off limits and ideally, we wanted to go on honeymoon straight away afterwards.
Doing lots of research into potential destinations led us to choosing Canada as a perfect location of everything we were looking for. Both of us had never been and it seemed the perfect place to explore as a newly married couple. We had some friends out in Vancouver so we could be shown around as well as doing our own exploring by hiring a car and driving into the Rockies. Sadly, we didn’t see any bears though!
Having planned a rather active trip to see as much of Canada in two weeks as we could, we offset this by also booking one week in Cancun, Mexico where we really could relax and recharge the batteries after a busy few months. I found convenient flights that were really reasonable and meant we could have an absolutely amazing honeymoon. Just a shame we both had to burn up all our holiday allowance in one go so we can’t go exploring again for a while!
Leanne says: I didn’t know where we were going on honeymoon until we were through passport control and sipping on a glass of champagne. Rich told me to close my eyes and as I opened them, there was a travel guide to St. Lucia! The whole honeymoon was sensational: a helicopter ride to the first location, fancy dinners, moonlit walks by the beach, five nights staying at Hotel Chocolat in our own private lodge…the list goes on. Rich will struggle to plan anything that can top that again!
Clara says: We went to Cornwall where we hired a yellow vintage VW campervan called Daisy from Camper Hire Escapes. The honeymoon was really amazing as we got to enjoy some lovely Cornish beaches and food. I personally really enjoyed all the photo opportunities with Daisy!
Fiona says: We spent three weeks travelling around Bali for our honeymoon. We were keen to go somewhere with sunshine and a mix of activities as we are really active people. We also knew that the type of luxury you can only justify on honeymoon is a lot more affordable in South East Asia!
We visited Seminyak, Munduk, Ubud, Uluwatu and Canggu. We spent our time surfing, hiking mountains, eating the most incredible food, taking cooking classes and having wonderful Balinese massages. The places we stayed in were incredible. We were even lucky enough to get a free upgrade at the Munduk Moding Plantation to an incredible villa set in the secluded mountains with an infinity pool looking over the jungle. It is a holiday we will never forget.
Kathryn says: We decided we wanted to do something a little different for our honeymoon and after much deliberation, we picked a Baltic Cruise. Totally the right decision. We visited Copenhagen, Tallinn, Helsinki, Stockholm, St Petersburg and Skagen – all truly fantastic places. One of my favourite days was in Skagen; we hired bikes with trailers and rode right along the coast, stopping off to paddle in the sea and tuck into a delicious Swedish platter of meats, cheeses and fish.
As it was a family holiday, we chose to cruise with P&O who offer a Kids’ Club that catered perfectly for our two-and four-year olds. The girls couldn’t get enough; they repeatedly asked to go, which meant we got to enjoy some quality time as a pair of newlyweds. I even managed to do a couple of cookery courses onboard.
Fran says: We went to Morocco on honeymoon. We stayed four nights in Marrakech and three in the Atlas Mountains. We love a good adventure and Morocco did not disappoint. It was the most special trip and one that left us wanting more! We will definitely go back but perhaps somewhere less mad than Marrakech! The mountains were just stunning, and the people were so generous.
Sarah says: We went to America on honeymoon four days after the wedding. We visited two old favourites – Las Vegas and Boston – and two new places – Chicago and Washington DC. It was a busy trip and there was a lot to see and do, so we made sure that we fitted in some downtime too. It was great to relax and reminisce about our wedding day.
Sophie says: As we got engaged in Thailand, we talked about going back here for the honeymoon as it holds so many lovely memories for us, but June is not the best time to go to Thailand weather-wise so we decided on a trip to Italy, which was our original intended wedding destination.
We booked Italy for three weeks after the wedding, which was a nice amount of time to let us digest the wedding and then start planning for our holiday. We spent a total of 12 days in Italy; we flew to Rome then used trains to travel to Florence, Venice and finally, Milan. We had such a lovely time and it felt so special spending 12 precious days together, just the two of us as husband and wife.
Megan says: We went to Majorca and Glastonbury straight after the wedding, for two weeks. We’re also going to be spending three weeks in Thailand and Sri Lanka next year as part of our honeymoon celebrations.
Sarah says: We flew to Santorini four days after the wedding. It was so nice to have a couple of days to see friends and family, talk about the wedding and really soak it all in before we went away. Some of our friends went away straight after their weddings and felt like they were halfway through the honeymoon before it really sinks in and you can feel like it’s happened so quickly! Drag it out while you can!
We stayed at the beautiful Anastasis apartments in Imerovigli, the highest point on the island. The hotel was absolutely stunning, with an infinity pool overlooking the Caldera, and the staff were second to none, giving us surprises throughout our whole time there, offering restaurant and bar recommendations and even teaching us some Greek phrases! We will 100% go back. The island itself was incredible, romantic and beautiful, and the food, people and wine made it the perfect honeymoon destination.
Lucy says: We went to the Maldives and stopped in Dubai on the way home. We were lucky enough to have generous wedding gifts from our guests that allowed us to upgrade our flights to business, which was amazing! We stayed in a sea hut in the Maldives. It actually rained for five days out of the week we were there, but it didn’t matter: we just enjoyed being away from everything in our honeymoon bubble and spent the majority of the days watching the sharks swim through the crystal-clear waters!