19 Creative Honeymoon Ideas For Every Couple *

19 Creative Honeymoon Ideas For Every Couple *

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When it comes to honeymoons, no rule says you have to jet set to a far-off destination. Whether you’re saving up money to pay off debts, buy a house, or you’re just not ready to travel, there are still many ways to celebrate being a newlywed with your new partner. 

From low-key plans like spa days to adrenaline-rushing activities like a hot air balloon ride, these creative honeymoon ideas give you the chance to soak in the feeling that is being newly married without having to hop on a plane!

Camping or Glamping

If you and your new spouse are big adventure lovers, this one’s for you. Whether you pitch a tent or you opt to go glamping, there’s nothing better than getting out and being one with nature. Camping gives you the chance to sleep under the stars (so romantic), hike, swim, tube, or just kick back and relax with your favorite book in a hammock. Just don’t forget to pack the s’mores!

Spa Day

Although you may not be traveling, a honeymoon can still be all about treating yourself for all of the hard work that goes into wedding planning. A spa day will leave you feeling relaxed, and you’ll walk away a brand new person. Complete the experience with massages, manicures, pedicures, facials, and more.

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Take A Cooking Class

Is there anything better than a home-cooked meal? Spend quality time together and whip up a meal to remember at a cooking class. Whip up homemade pasta, a cultural fusion, or the dessert of your dreams–there are so many options to choose from. Plus, you’ll be able to keep the recipe and make it a regular meal throughout your marriage.

If you’d rather someone do the cooking for you, you can also hire a private chef to come to your home and prepare a meal for the two of you. This way, you can sit back and relax with a glass of wine.

Go To A Music Festival

If you’ve ever attended a music festival, then you know how exciting it is to watch some of your favorite music artists with your friends. It’s even better with your spouse! Make new memories with your spouse and find a  music festival with artists you both love. A weekend spent listening to good tunes, dancing, and soaking up the sunshine–what more could you want?

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Take Massage Classes

Are you looking to spice things up a bit? While you could get a couple’s massage–which we’re always a fan of–why not bring the heat home? Melt offers online massage courses that teach you how to finesse your hands and focus on the areas of tension for the ultimate relaxation experience. All you need is oil, your partner, and a computer.

Spend A Day At An Amusement Park

We wholeheartedly believe that we’re all children at heart, and there’s no better way to showcase our playful sides than a day at an amusement park. From arcade games with prizes to roller coasters that will have you screaming your head off, this is such an easy and fun way to celebrate your love.


If you and your new spouse would rather spend your time helping others, a volunteer day is one of the sweetest and most thoughtful ways to celebrate your love while giving back. It’s a creative way to create memories and create a long-lasting impact on your community. 

Help plant a community garden, spend the day at the humane society playing with pups, or put together care packages for the homeless. Follow up your hard work with a nice dinner, just the two of you, and talk about everything you felt and learned during your creative honeymoon experience.

Image by Anais Possamai Photography. See more of this styled elopement here

Rent A Vintage Car And Drive Around Town

Did you know that you can rent vintage cars and drive around town like you’re a 1950s movie star? Throw on those cat-eye sunglasses, headscarves, and loafers and hit up the city in the vintage car of your dreams. We highly suggest a convertible if the weather is permitting.

Take A Hot Air Balloon Ride

Adrenaline junkies, this one’s for you. Take your love to new heights–literally–by going on a hot air balloon ride. It’s a great way to see your city from a new perspective and gain a sense of peace. If you really want to kick off being newlyweds, find a company that puts together a celebratory breakfast and champagne toast for you before take off.

Honeymoon Wine Tasting And Brewery Tour

Looking for a boozy way to commemorate your wedding day? Head over to your local winery or brewery and make a day of tasting and snacking. There’s nothing quite like drinking the day away under the sun while snacking on charcuterie boards or pretzels.

Image by Donna Irene Weddings. See more of this real elopement here

Rent A Boat For Your Honeymoon

You don’t have to live near the ocean for this one. Whether you’re on the coast or you’re a short drive away from a lake, renting a boat is a fun way to soak up some sun and get out on the water. If you’re looking for some exercise, opt for a two-person canoe or kayak. If you’re all about chilling out, see what your options are for jet skis or pontoon boats. 

Go Horseback Riding

Are you and your significant other outdoor enthusiasts? Animal lovers? If so, combine the two loves with horseback riding. You get to spend time out in the fresh air while enjoying the company of some of the most beautiful creatures on Earth.


Want some friendly competition? We got you covered. Hit the golf courses for this one. If mini-golf is more your speed, go for it. Or make your way to your local golf course for some serious game time. No matter what your golf skill is, this is a fun way to challenge yourself and have a playful rivalry—the loser has to buy the winner a milkshake!

Image by Maddie Mae Photo. See more of this real elopement here

Creative Honeymoon Helicopter Ride

If you don’t mind the expense, enjoy a trip in the skies. That’s right, take a helicopter ride together. This gives you a chance to get a birds-eye view of your city, a national park, or a big nearby landmark. Find a sunrise or sunset option and watch the world transform in front of your eyes for some added romance.


Maybe roller coasters, hot air balloons, or helicopter rides aren’t enough for you. Take the ultimate plunge together and jump out of a plane instead. Skydiving is a surefire way to get your adrenaline rushing and celebrate taking the leap of marriage together.

Go Down Memory Lane 

One of the most romantic things you can do together is stroll down memory lane and revisit spots that were important to you while dating. This could be a park, a restaurant where you had your first date, or even the place where you got engaged. The options are endless.

Image by Cedar & Pines. See more of this real elopement here

Rent a Cabin

Escape the heat during the summer months or hit the slopes in the winter months by renting a cabin for a creative honeymoon getaway. There’s truly nothing more serene than being surrounded by nature and the sound of the wind gently blowing through the trees.

See a Broadway show

Switch up your typical Netflix and dinner routine by opting for a Broadway show instead. Check out your nearby theater and see what shows are playing for a night full of music, dancing, and entertainment.

Take A Pottery-Making Class

If you’ve seen Ghost, you’ve probably always wanted to go on a romantic pottery-making date. It’s a cool way to express your creative side and get closer to one another. Plus, you get a cool souvenir to take home with you, and there are sure to be laughs along the way.

Want something a little more lowkey in the comfort of your home? Check out our guide on how to put together the perfect staycation honeymoon!


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How to Put Together the Perfect Staycation Honeymoon *

How to Put Together the Perfect Staycation Honeymoon *

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This post is dedicated to all of the 2020 couples who are navigating the uncharted waters of wedding planning during a global pandemic. Between postponing your wedding, opting for a more intimate micro wedding, and planning while quarantined at home, wedding planning looks much different.

We’ve talked a bit about planning a micro wedding and trimming down your wedding guest list, but what happens after you tie the knot–you know, the honeymoon?

The days of hopping on a plane and exploring faraway places are on pause for now. Unfortunately, this is affecting honeymooners all over the world.  While there’s a good chance that you would much rather celebrate your time as newlyweds sipping fruity cocktails on the beach, you don’t have to sacrifice celebrating You and your spouse should still enjoy a proper staycation honeymoon! Thanks to COVID-19, these staycation honeymoons are becoming increasingly popular.

So what are a few staycation honeymoon options? And what are the benefits? Junebug is here to help you put together the perfect staycation honeymoon so you can still soak up that time with your new spouse.

The Benefits of A Staycation Honeymoon

While it might not be your first choice, there are many benefits to having a staycation honeymoon! If you’ve found yourself in this position, don’t let the change of plans ruin your fun. You can still have a great honeymoon here and now—seriously.

Staycation Honeymoons Help Prioritize and Appreciate Future Travels

One day in the future, you will look back and feel incredibly thankful that you survived the pandemic. Not only will you have a newfound appreciation of life, but you’ll also be able to prioritize and appreciate all your future travel.

It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday stresses of life and make excuses to avoid seeing the world. Let’s face it, we’ve all said “we’ll go next year” at some point. Once travel is available again, you can pick any destination that your heart desires.

Staycation Honeymoons Help You Save Money

Honeymoons can get pretty pricey pretty quickly, especially if you’re considering an international destination. From airfare to lodging to food to excursions, it all adds up fast. Whether you choose to host yourself at home or stay at a local hotel, you will likely save a fair amount of money without sacrificing the fun.

There’s Less to Worry About

While a budget is crucial to keep in mind when traveling, figuring out logistics is equally important. Typically you’d have to consider transportation and entertainment on top of figuring out where to stay and where to eat. By planning a staycation, you take away that stress since you are familiar with the area, and you may even have your own car to get around.

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Staycation Honeymoon Ideas

There are a number of ways that you can enjoy a staycation honeymoon. When planning, consider what speaks to you and your fiancee the most. Would you rather save money and splurge when travel is back to normal, or would you rather shell out a little money on a local hotel or Airbnb? Regardless of your decision, there are plenty of options.

Find a Cute Local Airbnb or Hotel

We absolutely love Airbnbs. They make you feel at home while on vacation. You can find every type of lodging on Airbnb–from treehouses to yurts to luxurious villas, there’s something for every couple. They are often cheaper than most hotels, too!

If there’s a local hotel that you’ve been eyeing for a while, what better excuse to stay for a night or two than to celebrate the next chapter of your love? Hotels are the perfect place to take advantage of relaxing amenities. Whether you choose a day at the spa or room service galore—or both—is up to you.

Go on a Road Trip Within Your State

Hear us out, even if you think you’ve seen everything that there is to see in your home state, there’s a good chance that you haven’t explored everything. We love road trips here at Junebug and believe that they’re one of the most underrated ways to travel. You get to spend more time with your new spouse, and you can also make as many stops as you want. So whether you’ve got a couple of days to spare or a couple of weeks, you’re in charge of your itinerary.

Turn Your Home into a Boutique Hotel

Budgeting doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the finer things in life. There are many ways that you can turn your home into a boutique hotel that won’t break the bank the way a traditional honeymoon would. Splurge on luxurious linen sheets, rock a fluffy robe, wear memory foam slippers, and stock the bar with every drink you can think of so you can play bartender.

If lounging around your home isn’t your style you can also plan a themed night. Canceled plans for an extravagant Italian honeymoon before COVID can now become an entire night based around Italian culture. Options include homemade pasta, wine aplenty, Italian music, gelato, and even Italian attire. Just because you can’t hop on a plane doesn’t mean you can’t pretend you’re sipping an Aperol spritz on the coasts of Positano.

Go Somewhere You’ve Never Been Before

As mentioned earlier, there are likely spots within your state–even city–that you have yet to experience. Take advantage of this time, and go somewhere you’ve never been before. It could be a restaurant, a hotel, a lake, a new hike–you name it. There’s something magical about experiencing something new with your loved one.

Turn Off Your Phone

Cell phones, while extremely useful, can also be extremely distracting. Endlessly scrolling on Instagram or continually texting both have the same result— lost time! Opt for entirely uninterrupted time and turn your phone off for your staycation. Notifications seem too tempting? Get a lockbox, throw in the phones, lock it up, and put away the key!

What to Pack

No matter what you decide to do, there are a few essentials that every honeymooner needs.

For Lounging

For Romance

For Early Mornings and Late Nights

Although it may not be ideal, don’t let COVID-19 ruin your honeymoon! Enjoy one of these staycation honeymoon ideas and soak up time with your new partner for life. You deserve it, Junebabes.

Image by Karra Leigh Photography


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