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3 tips for planning your perfect mini-moon

3 tips for planning your perfect mini-moon

Written by Katie Byrne

Planning a post-wedding getaway - before your honeymoon? Do it in style with these pointers...


Post-wedding “mini-moons” are incredibly popular, and it’s easy to see why. Saying “I do” can get very expensive and, as many of us get a limited amount of time off work, jetting off for an extended break immediately after your wedding isn’t always feasible. Mini-moons are a cheaper, more manageable alternative to traditional honeymoons, or provide the perfect opportunity to enjoy a short, romantic break before heading off on the real deal.

So, if a mini-moon seems right for you and your beloved, here are our tips for making sure yours is perfect.

Explore your interests

Organising your wedding is a lot of work, so your other interests may be put on the backburner for a while. Therefore, planning a mini-moon that focuses on a pastime you both love is a great option. 

If you need a break from planning, consider booking a holiday that includes pre-arranged activities or excursions. For example, The River Cruise Line offers short trips that include outings to art galleries, historic monuments and even wineries. These are ideal for when you want to see lots in a short space of time without having to organise everything yourself.

Keep your journeys short

Typically, mini-moons last around four days, and you don’t want to spend half of that travelling. This is why mini-mooners often stay close to home, so why not follow their lead and use this as an opportunity to explore new cities that are just a train ride away?

Scotland is a particularly beautiful choice and offers so many delights for you and your new spouse to enjoy. Visit Scotland can tell you everything you need to know about choosing somewhere to stay, finding things to do and making your way to some of the country’s most prized locations, like Edinburgh and Loch Ness.

Treat yourself

Although you might have opted for a mini-moon to save money, your trip can still be incredibly special. When booking anything, ask if they offer any perks for newly-weds — you might bag an upgrade or cheeky extras like a bottle of champagne. There’s no harm in asking!

Also, book activities that will help you unwind and make the most of your time. Spa treatments and a romantic meal are great places to start, but research your destination and see what else is available.

Mini-moons are a smart option for couples looking to spend quality time together without blowing their budget. If you fill your time with activities that you both enjoy, you’ll make fantastic memories that will last a lifetime. 

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