5 Mini-Moon Ideas That Don’t Require A Suitcase

You don't even need to pack a bag for these fun ideas.
by Simone Hill
Honeymoon alternatives for a fun mini-moon
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If you're not taking a honeymoon or are saving up for an amazing trip later on down the line, that doesn't mean you shouldn't do something special right after the wedding. You'll be in the honeymoon period after all! Not to mention you're probably going to be ready for a bit of downtime and relaxation as you settle into your newlywed phase. Our advice: In the very least, steal one these honeymoon alternative ideas.

1. Play hooky from work.

Fun mini moon ideas for a honeymoon alternative
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Even if it's just a day or two, take off from your jobs, turn off your phones (or at least disconnect your work e-mail) and tune out everything having to do with your 9-5.

2. Act like tourists in your own town.

Mini moon honeymoon biking idea
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You've probably been together for a while before you were married, but these will be the first days of your married life so here's a chance to start fresh and start some new traditions. Explore where you live, try new parks, restaurants, museums and activities, which will make you feel like you're in a whole new place even if you're staying close to home.

From: A Romantic Wedding in Sapelo Island, GA

3. Change up your bedroom.

Fun mini moon idea, decorate your bedroom like a honeymoon suite
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We're not talking about just covering the bed in flower petals and turning down the lights (although that's cool too). It's more about giving your sleeping space a little overhaul. Even just changing out your duvet cover, adding some mood lighting or hanging new art to the walls can help freshen up your space and make it feel brand new. That way you won't feel like it's back to the same-old place it was before you got married.

4. Hold off on opening wedding gifts for a few days.

Fun mini moon idea, save all your wedding gifts until after the wedding
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This might sound crazy, but there's nothing that kills the mood faster than thinking about where you're going to put all that new stuff and keeping track of everything so you can start your thank you notes. Let the gifts sit off to the side for a few days while you make each other amazing dinners and celebrate each other. Then plan to open them a week later and make a fun event out of it for just the two of you.

5. Go camping.

Honeymoon alternatives for a fun mini moon idea
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It's not for everyone but we would argue that nature is the most romantic place to spend time with your new husband or wife. So grab your gear and hit the road for a night or two. If roughing it isn't really yours style, then escape to a cabin instead. And don't forget to pack the cooler with champagne.

From: An Antique Barn Wedding in Hillsdale, WI 

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