Honeymoon Planning in the Time of COVID-19
With couples in the midst of altering their wedding plans, re-allocating their budgets, trimming down their guest lists, and designing physically distant layouts, it may come as a surprise to many wedding pros that the idea of honeymoon planning is still very much on the radar. In fact, it’s become one of the most hotly-searched topics by engaged couples, with many inquiring about what their options are for their post-wedding getaway in the time of COVID.
How couples are approaching their honeymoons
While the idea of delaying their vacation is a go-to solution for many, there are just as many couples that are choosing alternatives to continue with their original plans. In the same fashion that we are seeing an uptick of smaller weddings, ‘mini-moons’ will be equally popular – ranging from a shorter trip length to a destination that’s a little more casual overall.
“Couples who are planning small, micro weddings are opting for ‘mini-moons’, within driving distance from their homes. Due to the ever-changing COVID restrictions, venturing too far from home may result in a 14-day quarantine upon their return. We’re advising that all international travel be pushed to spring and summer of 2021,” says JoAnn Gregoli of Elegant Occasions by JoAnn Gregoli.
However, some couples may have already planned (and paid for) a more extensive trip abroad. Laura Maddox, the owner of Magnolia Celebrates, notes, “We have couples that have their heart set on certain trips that are [now] delaying those trips until it will be safer to travel. And finally, we do have some couples who are moving forward as planned!”
In recent months, we’ve seen the closures of many international borders as countries attempt to prevent the spread of COVID. That said, travel options may be limited, so encouraging your couples to stay domestically is the safest bet.
“For those that are continuing onward with their honeymoon, we won’t see many couples that are picky – more so, they’ll just want to have a sense of normalcy and adventure as a follow-up to their big celebration. Wine country is always a huge hit and hot spot for romance, as well as places such as Colorado or Arizona where outdoorsy newlyweds can experience some of the most breathtaking views,” adds Kylie Carlson of The Wedding Academy.
People are also taking the reins and elevating their celebration by going back to basics and heading out into nature. According to Gregoli, “I am seeing a huge surge in ‘glamping’ honeymoons, which allows couples to take the time to be together but staying safe while honeymooning.”
What we can do to support the planning process
Unfortunately, hopeful couples have heard the word ‘no’ countless times during this pandemic. Health will continue to be a significant concern, but with the right safety measures in place, wedding pros can do their best to encourage and guide the honeymoon planning.
“Unless you’re a travel agent, you have little to do with the honeymoon planning,” Maddox says. “However, small things are always helpful! If you work with a venue or as a planner, be sure to make a copy of the signed marriage license for the couple to take on their honeymoon. There are certain perks that one can enjoy with proof of being just married!”
Carlson recommends: “With so many borders currently closed or heavily restricted, couples who wish to have a honeymoon in the coming months may have difficulty with the planning process and can be easily discouraged. The best thing event pros can do right now is to guide their couples to the right recommendations, perhaps even suggesting a few lesser-known locations that are great for tourists or those looking for a quiet weekend away.”
Above all, we must keep the health and safety at the top of mind, especially when suggesting travel. But don’t let your couples get discouraged – just because they marry during COVID, doesn’t mean they should miss out on a beautiful honeymoon experience!
Meghan Ely is the owner of wedding PR and wedding marketing firm OFD Consulting. Ely is a sought-after speaker, adjunct professor in the field of public relations, and a self-professed royal wedding enthusiast.