You’ve dreamed of this moment for a long time, maybe even your whole life. A dream wedding ceremony in Central Park, across from the person you love. Celebrating the love you share, followed by the most memorable honeymoon. That dream though is slowly slipping away as you face the reality that your honeymoon will have to be canceled or postponed. But what if you could still plan an intimate honeymoon staycation? There are a lot of different things that you can do to make a honeymoon staycation a little bit more intimate, fun, and relaxing. So let's get into it! If you’re looking to have a romantic or intimate staycation honeymoon with your significant other, we've got some affordable and inspiring ideas. Check out our top staycation honeymoon ideas.
If you just want a little romantic time together after your wedding celebration, try setting up a cozy getaway in your own backyard surrounded by flowers and trees. Adding a patio with tables and chairs, a fire pit, or even putting in a hammock can make you feel like you are on a tropical island. The key here is taking advantage of every opportunity to spend quality time together.
Plan activities around your favorite hobbies.
Whether it's going backpacking, biking, boating, or camping, there are tons of ways to turn these activities into fun staycation dates. Go on adventures during off-peak times, or choose an activity that requires minimal equipment.
Try a different kind of date night.
Do something completely spontaneous. Spontaneity adds excitement to the evening. Instead of having just dinner at a local restaurant, do dinner with a view or dinner and a show. How about dinner on a boat? Whatever you decide to do, make sure you trust each other enough to let loose and have fun!
Go on a weekend mini-trip together.
Nothing beats exploring a new place as newlyweds. You may have had to put your dream honeymoon plans on hold. However, there are still many exciting adventures that you can enjoy. From museums and galleries to parks and beaches, weekends are a perfect chance to indulge your passion for travel and adventure. Plus, it gives you more time to see and do everything together as newlyweds.
Make it a spa weekend at home.
While you may not have been able to go on your dream honeymoon vacation, you can still create a luxurious spa experience at home. Here's how:
- Start with a bubble bath together surrounded by scented candles.
- Add in a DIY facial mask with cucumbers over your eyes for relaxation.
- Give each other massages.
- Top off the luxurious treatment with a little bit of champagne or wine.
- Then, take a moment to sit back and relax and enjoy your staycation together.
- Switch things up a bit and cook up a delicious casual or romantic dinner.
- Wrap up the evening with dessert.
- Spice things up by using your imagination.
Take an art class together.
One way to connect while staying close to home is by taking an art class with each other. Whether you enroll in a beginner course or sign up for a private lesson, learning a new skill is a great way for newlyweds to spend quality time together and bond
Try a cooking class.
Since you've got some extra time on your hands, why not turn it into a fun bonding experience? Sign up for a cooking class. The possibilities are endless. Cooking classes range from culinary school-style courses to more casual options that teach you how to make simple dishes like tacos, lasagna, and cookies. You can find classes at community centers, museums, parks, libraries, schools, and even online, so no matter where you live, there's bound to be a class near you.
Go shopping together.
There's nothing better than doing a little retail therapy when you're both feeling particularly happy. Plus, it's a chance to catch up on each other's styles. Shopping is also a good way to bond. Make sure you keep these rules in mind before hitting the shops:
- Keep track of your spending.
- Stay within your budget.
- Be open to different types of stores depending on each other’s liking.
Create a vision board for your future honeymoon.
You just had the most breathtakingly beautiful wedding in Central Park. Now it’s time to get back to business. Don’t dwell on the fact that you aren’t able to go on a honeymoon right after your wedding. Instead create a vision board together of what your dream honeymoon and future look like, and then start working towards those dreams.
Stay home and work on home improvement projects.
You may have thought about spending your honeymoon in Bora Bora but for whatever reason, you are staying home. Take advantage and knock out a few DIY home improvement projects together.
Don't feel guilty about taking some time off from work even if you aren’t going on a honeymoon vacation. Take advantage of the break! Instead of working from home, spend time together at night doing things like having dinner by candlelight, taking bubble baths, and practicing giving massages to one another. Even cuddling up on the sofa for a Netflix series is enjoyable when there's nothing lurking in the back of your head. So, if you want to enjoy yourself during your staycation, unplug from your usual routine and indulge in some relaxation time.
Based in Manhattan, Happenings™ founder Tom Noel would often take a walk through Central Park. In 2008, during one of his walks, he stopped to sit at one of his favorite iconic locations in the Park, the Bethesda Fountain. There, Mr. Noel noticed that the intrinsic beauty that surrounded him was not being fully harnessed. He also realized that not a single business provided the exclusiveness of an affordable and high-quality event planner. Determined to change this, Happenings™ was born.
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