If there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for wedding planning (aside from the actual wedding & marriage, of course) it’s the honeymoon. After well over a year of planning, our honeymoon is going to be the sweetest reward. We went back & forth on locations a few times, but we’ve finally chosen our destination! Keep reading for the big reveal + to help us plan.
We’ll be heading to the south of France to explore Nice, Cannes, Monte Carlo and more and then taking the train up to Avignon for a peek at the historic town. After a night’s stay there, we’ll continue to the last leg of our trip – Paris & London! We batted around a few other ideas, including driving the Pacific Coast Highway in California and having a pure relaxation honeymoon at a Sandals resort, but realized that for the same amount of money we could have a really memorable honeymoon in a location we’d both been wanting to visit.
From our perspective, our honeymoon will check a ton of boxes: Mike is big on all things British yet has never visited the UK or France; London is one of my favourite cities and I’ve never done the South of France. Monaco was a place we’d been considering honeymooning in for awhile, but we couldn’t swallow the idea of spending the whole trip in such a pricey city. I think we got the perfect mix at the end of the day.[line]
Things to consider when planning your honeymoon:
Budget: As with everything wedding-related, budgeting is so important and should be a primary concern when you’re thinking of where to honeymoon. You want to make sure that whatever you’re spending is something you’re comfortable with – no one wants to start off their marriage feeling a bit sick over the cost of your honeymoon! For me, seeing that we could get all the bells & whistles on a beach vacation for the same price as a European adventure sealed the deal. We’ll take the beach vacation another time, but spending a bit more on a trip like this likely can’t/won’t happen for awhile.
Expectations & a Reality Check: I’ll be honest: after all of this planning, I wanted to just lay on a beach and have some fruity drinks with Mike. Then my family reminded me that I’m the whitest Sicilian there ever was…and that a week on a beach would turn me into a grumpy lobster. The trip we booked will let us do everything without focusing too much on one thing: a bit of beach, a bit of sight-seeing, a bit of relaxation. After realizing Mike didn’t want to be responsible for driving around on our honeymoon, we nixed the idea of the California coast. It’s all about being honest with yourselves.
Something for both of you: Once we decided on our trip, we both came up with a few things we really wanted to see. For me, I want to check out Laduree + the Chanel store in Paris while Mike really wants to visit Highclere Castle while we’re based in London. We both want to head out to Versailles but would be OK with skipping the Louvre or going to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Knowing what each of you expects and really wants from your location will make prioritizing and planning so much easier! It also gives you both something to look forward to.
We have our flights booked (Toronto –> Nice; London –> Toronto) but haven’t booked up anything else just yet. I’d love to hear what your suggestions & recommendations are on..
- Which cities to visit in the south of France
- Where to stay!
- Things to do in each city
- Must-try restaurants/bars/etc
Leave me a comment below with your suggestions! I’ll share a post later on with what we’ve decided on.