The Best Destinations for Your Summer Honeymoon

Greece, Hawaii, and Switzerland are some of the most popular honeymoon destinations for newly wed couples, but are they the best destinations to visit in the summertime? If you and your fiancé are planning a honeymoon to take after your summer wedding, consider some of these top honeymoon destinations around the globe.

 

  • Czech Republic

 

While you won’t be able to avoid the inevitable summer crowds in this European country, you and your new spouse will get to experience the beauty of the Czech Republic in the summertime. Spend your honeymoon wandering the cobblestone streets of Europe’s fairytale city, and/or venture outside of the country’s capital to visit the famed “Bone Church” in Kutna Hora or peer from the romantic castle’s belltower in Cesky Krumlov, both quick day trips from Prague. The best time to visit this country is between May and September, and if you go, make sure you make time to see the Prague Castle, Astronomical Clock, and spend a romantic evening seeing a show at the Prague National Theater.

 

  • Canada

 

With an entire country to choose from, you and your partner will have no issues finding romantic ways to spend your honeymoon in Canada. From the European-style locations like Quebec City and Fairmont Banff Springs to the natural beauty of Niagara Falls and Vancouver Island, you can plan an incredible Canadian honeymoon full of hiking, sightseeing, and luxurious hospitality. Summer is arguably the best time to visit Canada for its warmer, but still mild, weather and luscious natural beauty.

 

  • French Polynesia

 

Known for its overwater bungalows and jaw-dropping sunsets, French Polynesia is a favorite among honeymooners seeking a carefree, romantic vacation. And it’s not hard to see why! Whale watching, snorkeling, catamaran trips, and guided walking tours are just a few of the countless activities to do on these tropical islands. Try visiting one of their smaller “motus” for a much more private experience.  Our summer is French Polynesia’s winter and this season provides the best weather and water visibility for honeymooners looking for a tropical escape.

 

  • Ireland

 

For couples seeking a more temperate, cultural honeymoon, Ireland is the place to be. From its romantic villages to the luscious greenery covering the island, a honeymoon in Ireland is like a fairytale. If a rainy walk through the historic, cobblestone streets of Dublin sounds like a dream, consider booking a round-trip ticket for two to this popular honeymoon destination. While in Ireland, consider a trip to the Cliffs of Moher for an unforgettable sight and a stop by the Killarney National Park for a breathtaking hike past waterfalls and eye-catching lakes. The best months of the year to visit Ireland are July and August, so consider getting a head start on planning your Ireland honeymoon!

 

  • France

 

“The City of Lights” isn’t the only romantic stop in this Western European country. For those seeking a more tropical honeymoon destination, consider a trip to the French Riviera to visit famous towns like Cannes, Saint-Tropez, and Monaco. For couples desiring a hillside escape to French vineyards and historical villages, look into visiting the Champagne region of France. This well-traveled country offers amenities for every honeymoon budget, from stays in 5-star resorts to reasonably priced apartments in the country’s capital. France draws its biggest crowds in the summertime, so consider booking a May or September honeymoon to avoid the crowds and expensive prices.

 

  • Thailand

 

From the big cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai to the magical islands like Koh Lipe and Koh Phi Phi, Thailand is a country full of enough adventures to last you months. Thailand is the perfect location if you and your future spouse are dreaming of a honeymoon that includes both cultural experiences and pristine white beaches. Diving, boat tours, and great nightlife are just some of the many perks that come with a honeymoon in this Asian country. No matter what you and your fiance(e) want from your honeymoon, you’re bound to find it in the beauty that is Thailand.

 

  • South Africa

 

Sand dunes, wine-tasting, and safaris: these are just a few of the many adventures that await couples planning to honeymoon in South Africa. Summer in South Africa may be on the chilly side, but the summer months offer the best time to go on a safari adventure and explore the countryside. However, if you have your heart set on getting some sun on the South African beaches, consider postponing your honeymoon to the winter months for warmer weather and better beachside activities.

 

  • Brazil

 

If the 2016 Summer Olympics weren’t convincing enough, maybe the beautiful rainforests, world-famous beaches, and cultural sites will inspire you to honeymoon in Brazil. Visiting Brazil during its off season (May-September) will ensure you avoid the big crowds and overwhelming heat. A visit to Brazil during these months will offer weather in the 70s/80s and less packed beaches, providing a romantic vacation for you and your spouse. If you love dancing, relaxing on the beach, and exploring natural wonders, Brazil may be the perfect honeymoon destination for you.

From unbelievably romantic beaches to historic towns and villages, the options are endless for any couples looking to have a wonderful summertime honeymoon. If you’re planning a destination wedding, take a look at our blog post Popular Wedding Traditions around the World for help following local customs. And for more information on hiring a wedding videographer to capture every moment of you special day, contact us!

5 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day When You’re Engaged

While it may not be as exciting as your “Big Day” (c’mon — what could be!), Valentine’s Day can be one of the most exciting days of the year for couples getting ready to walk down the aisle. It’s the perfect day to take a step back from wedding planning and remind yourselves of where and why it all began. While every future bride and groom have their preference on how this day should be spent, here are 5 ways you can celebrate Valentine’s Day this year if you’re planning on saying “I do”!

Recreate a special day

This could be tricky for couples who got engaged on vacation or at a big event, but if you’re able to, recreating the day you got engaged is the perfect way to remind yourself of the love you feel for your future spouse. Whether it’s a visit to the restaurant where you popped the question or a walk along the beach to your proposal spot, Valentine’s Day can be the perfect excuse for recreating that engagement magic. No, you don’t have to get down on one knee again (unless you want him to), but this is an easy and inexpensive Valentine’s Day date idea for couples who just want to pop some champagne and remember one of the most exciting days of their lives.

Choose a new Valentine’s Day tradition together

Will you be spending next Valentine’s Day as a married couple? If so, there is no time like the present to brainstorm the Valentine’s Day traditions that will stick with you for a lifetime. Whether your current Valentine’s Day traditions are getting old or you’re ready to finally decide on a new tradition together, let this year be the year where you and your partner start a sentimental tradition you can carry on throughout your entire lives. Some popular Valentine’s Day traditions among couples include exchanging handwritten cards, visiting the same restaurant each year, or trading store-bought sweets. There are no bad ideas when it comes to Valentine’s Day traditions, so if you and your partner can think of something more original and personal, it can easily become a special and romantic tradition you carry on for years.

Relax from wedding stress planning (couples massage)

Whether relaxing to you means getting a massage and a facial or going for a morning surf, take a day-long break from the stresses of wedding planning and do something you and your partner will love. Taking time away from planning your special day will allow you to clear your minds and spend some much needed one-on-one time with your future Mr. or Mrs. And above all, you deserve it! If the idea of a couples massage sounds appealing to you, check out some of the top places for couples massages in Orange County here.

Galentine’s Day

Is your wedding sooner rather than later? Celebrate V-day with your favorite girls instead! Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be all about your romantic relationship, it can be about celebrating your platonic relationships, too. Pop open the bubbly, put on your favorite rom com, and spend your last Valentine’s Day as a single lady with your best gals. Or, spend the night with a group reservation at a fancy restaurant. Whatever you end up doing, it’s guaranteed to be one of your favorite Valentine’s Days yet because your best friends will be by your side.

Get the whole family in on it

Do you love including your family throughout all of life’s major events? Invite them to take part in your V-Day plans! Use this time to show both sides of your family just how much the two of you care for and appreciate them. Valentine’s Day is an unexpectedly perfect time for your entire family to get together and indulge on chocolate, champagne, and romantic stories of how the couples in your family first met. This can also be the perfect day to host an engagement party among your family and close friends, but keep in mind, they might have Valentine’s Day traditions of their own that they don’t want to give up.
However you decide to spend this Valentine’s Day, let it be a day full of love, joy, and most importantly, a break from the stresses of wedding planning. After the celebrations, visit our blog to find out some special tricks and tips for planning the big day. And if you’re interested in hiring a dedicated crew to film every special moment throughout the day, give us a call to talk about our wedding videography services!