We tend to think of weddings and honeymoons as two separate things: sort the wedding, then think about the honeymoon, but if you are planning a destination wedding then surely it makes sense to consider combining the two. After all, you are going to the trouble and expense of going somewhere you love, to marry the someone you love, so why not use it as your jumping off point for the honeymoon? We’ve worked with digital marketing agency INK. to choose five delicious destinations to consider.
Instant romance and an easy hop from the UK. There seems to be an achingly beautiful chateau around every corner in France, so you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a dreamy location. Then of course there’s the amazing food and let’s not forget the wine. For your honeymoon, you could head for the Alps for the skiing, if that’s your thing, or promenade along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice or maybe just relax on the Cote D’Azur beaches. Find your French Wedding Venue
It doesn’t get much more glitzy-memorable than a classic white chapel wedding. Then leave your guests to casinos and head off on an American road trip, down to LA, checking out the LaLa Land view the Griffith Observatory, and up the Californian coast via Monterey and Big Sur, and on to San Francisco to eat at Melissa Perello’s Octavia. Don’t forget to pack some Beach Boys and Armistead Maupin.
The reason to go to South Africa is of course that this is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. Marry in a safari lodge or vineyard then set off on the Garden Route road trip, taking in cage diving, whale watching, wine tasting and safaris.
There’s no shortage of chic hotels and iconic restaurants to host your wedding and when you can finally tear yourself away from the delights of the city you can head to the Hamptons for some upmarket beach time or on up to Cape Cod for some of the best sea food in the world at incredible restaurants like Water Street Kitchen.
You probably won’t have too much problem persuading your guests to make the trip if this is your destination choice. Have beautiful beach wedding and then slip away to a quiet villa and explore some of the island’s other delights, like the great contemporary art museum, watch the sunrise at Sa Talia, or indulge in a spa treat at Hacienda Na Xamena.
The Boring Bits
- Research your destination. View the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s overseas travel advice for LGBT travellers to avoid running into any problems when you travel abroad.
- Remember that some countries and venues aren’t able to conduct legal ceremonies for UK residents. Ensure that you have organised the legal side of things. That may mean applying for the right documentation or having a low key, but official, ceremony in the UK first.
- Visas. You’ll need a visa for the US, so don’t leave it too late to apply. Probably a good idea to check that your guests are aware of this necessity.
- Travel insurance. You need to be covered for travel delays and be sure that you have the right level of insurance for any activities you might want to enjoy on your honeymoon.
- Passports. Check, well in advance, that your passports are not about to expire. Some countries require a minimum number of months left on your passport before the expiry date.