Honeymoon Destinations

9 Honeymoon Destinations from Around the World

The honeymoon is the time where couples can celebrate their newlywed bliss and wind down from all the wedding planning and embark on a memorable journey as Mr. and Mrs.

We’ve compiled a list of both traditional and unique honeymoon hot spots from around the world to help you choose the perfect destination.

Adventurous Honeymoons

Cape Town, South Africa

Best Time to Visit: Late January to late April at the tail end of the city’s dry summer months.

Best Time to Visit: Late January to late April at the tail end of the city’s dry summer months.

Nestled along the southwest coast of South Africa is picturesque Cape Town. Step into nature and begin your honeymoon adventure in this booming city with a safari ride or spend the day hiking one of the many trails the city offers. Once done exploring, taste the local delicacies served at restaurants like Azure, while enjoying a view with a meal.

Greenough, Montana

Best Time to Visit: Summer months for best weather conditions

Best Time to Visit: Summer months for best weather conditions

Outdoorsy lovers rejoice! Greenough is every adventure seekers paradise. Bask in the Montana wilderness with a romantic horseback ride for two or cast a line with a fly fishing experience. With difficult trails that lead to breathtaking views; lace up your shoes for a memorable adventure.

Costa Rica

Best Time to Visit: Mid- December to April during the dry season.

Best Time to Visit: Mid- December to April during the dry season.

Costa Rica’s natural beauty will leave you and your husband wanting more during your honeymoon. The rich and diverse landscape is sure to get your adrenaline pumping. Try bungee jumping in San Jose or zip-lining in Hacienda Baru. For a quieter adventure with once in a lifetime sights, enjoy turtle watching along the Caribbean coast or whale watching in the South Pacific.

Relaxing Honeymoons

Aruba

Best Time to Visit: April to August when prices are lower.

Best Time to Visit: April to August when prices are lower.

Aruba’s white sandy beaches and all-inclusive resorts is a dream for honeymooners. The 82-degree weather year round is perfect for swimming in the crystal-clear water. For a relaxing night, experience the Aruba sunset aboard a Catamaran cruise.

Florida Keys, Florida

est Time to Visit: March to May when winter crowds taper off and prices are lower.

est Time to Visit: March to May when winter crowds taper off and prices are lower.

With over 100 miles of islands, Florida Keys is the ideal spot for honeymooners wanting relaxation in the sunshine state. The strings of tropical islands are located on the southern tip of Florida between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. Spend the day riding bikes around Old Town and do some sightseeing of the 19th-century architecture.

Maui, Hawaii

Best Time to Visit: April to May and September to November when prices are lower.

Best Time to Visit: April to May and September to November when prices are lower.

Say Aloha to a Hawaiian escape! Maui is the quintessential relaxing honeymoon destination with its clear waters, lush greenery and tropical sunsets. See the hidden beauty and spend a full day on the Road to Hana- where you’ll explore caves, waterfalls and shopping at local farmers markets. The pristine beach is the perfect honeymoon escape.

Romantic Honeymoons

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

Best Time to Visit: November and April for best temperatures.

Best Time to Visit: November and April for best temperatures.

Bora Bora is one of the top honeymoon fantasies for years with its bountiful beauty and sunny skies. The tiny island is surrounded by a turquoise lagoon and a coral reef swimming with colorful fishes. Spend the day underwater with fish in a lagoon safari or stay inside the overwater bungalows for quality time.

Sonoma, California

Best Time to Visit: May to October, especially during grape harvest season.

Best Time to Visit: May to October, especially during grape harvest season.

Keep the honeymoon stateside and enjoy the relaxing California vibes of Sonoma. Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley winemaking region, this is the perfect honeymoon destination for wine lovers. With over 400 wineries to choose from, couples are sure to find their favorite sip. The local food is another treat from this wine country with many restaurants serving farm-to-table meals.

Paris, France

Best Time to Visit: April to May or September to October for the ideal weather.

Best Time to Visit: April to May or September to October for the ideal weather.

French is the language of love, so why not celebrate your new union in the world’s most romantic city— Paris. The combination of the culture, food, wine and architecture makes for a romantic honeymoon. Stroll along the Parisian streets and spend a day exploring the museums, cafes and shops. No trip to Paris is complete without a photo op at the Eiffel Tower.

The world is an enormous place with beauty and culture ready to be explored and what better time to explore it than your honeymoon.

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Camille

Helen + Josh

“From this day forward our thoughts and actions will be for each other…our plans   mutual, our joys and sorrows shared as we become one in Christ.”

 

These eloquent words greeted guests on the order of service as they took their seats to enjoy the beautiful union of Helen and Josh and watch these two love birds say “I do” to begin a life together as Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins.

Josh and Helen’s fall wedding was at historic Callanwolde. The crisp, fall air was refreshing for the outside ceremony in Callanwolde’s Amphitheater.  As guests began to walk down the grass covered stones to their seats, a three piece orchestra softly played angelic music. The stone stage was decorated with two gorgeous bouquets opposite of each other. Each bouquet was bursting with white and red roses that were so bright they were seen from the entrance of the Amphitheater. 

The ceremony began at 4:20 PM. One by one the bridesmaids walked down the stone path to the stage. They walked with such poise it was as if they floated down the stairs. Their walk and deep red dresses matched the tone of the wedding—elegance and grace. After the bridesmaids finished walking, all eyes turned to the top of the stairs. Helen emerged from the beautiful tall trees, hand in hand with her father. Smiling from ear to ear, she gracefully walked down the aisle and there was not a dry eye in the Amphitheater. She looked beautiful and serene in her white dress and Josh’s face said it all when their eyes locked— happiness. The couple exchanged their vows and sealed their forever with a kiss.

Following the ceremony, guests walked up the stairs to enjoy cocktail hour at Callanwolde’s Front Patio. The patio décor matched the elegance of the ceremony. There were high boys outside draped with white linens. The centerpieces were tiny tree trunks topped with a white candle inside a bronze lantern. Guests mingled and enjoyed the open bar, both inside and outside. Inside was a beverage table for coffee, water and a whiskey barrel with Josh and Helen’s wedding date and last name, Hopkins, engraved on the wooden barrel.

While guests enjoyed cocktail hour, the Courtyard, where the reception would take place, transformed into its own special ceremony. Helen and Josh not only blended their two lives together that day, but cultures as well. Helen is Korean and in Korean weddings a scared tradition takes place- Pyebaek. A Pyebaek is a tea ceremony where the bride and groom are surrounded by only family members. The couple drinks tea from both cups for their future of unity together.

Helen and Josh wore traditional Korean attire and the décor for the ceremony was picturesque with color penetrating the room. A wooden divider was the back drop painted with birds perched on branches and flowers. The wooden table, draped with a red and blue table cloth was the centerpiece. The table was covered with treats and other traditional food for the ceremony. Part of the ceremony is to have dates and chestnuts for the couple to eat to symbolize healthy children. As the couple drank their tea and ate the chestnuts, it felt like another presence in the room as Helen and Josh blended their families together— a presence of respect and admiration for one another. It was magical.

Once the ceremony concluded the doors opened for the reception. The reception’s ambiance exuded more elegance and grace. The tables were draped with clean white linens and each table either had a small wooden trunk with poppy flowers in a vase or tall twigs intertwined with white orchids as the centerpieces. White flowers entangled the lavish greenery for the head table and two white block signs with “Mr. and Mrs.” written for the newlyweds decorated the table.

After the bridal party made their entrance, the crowd cheered and clapped as Helen and Josh gallivanted into the ceremony holding hands as Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins. Following the first dance, it was time to eat! Embracing both of their cultures, there were two food rooms. One served American food and the other served Korean food. The reception continued with laughs, cheers and a toast that filled Helen’s eyes with tears of joy.

The night continued with dancing, a garter and bouquet toss and love floating in the air.

We are so fortunate we were able to be a part of Helen and Josh’s magical night. Thank you for entrusting us with your vision.

Happy Engagement, Happy Planning

Camille

Venue: Callanwolde Fine Arts Center | Wedding Planner & Coordinator: Rebecca Niccole Weddings | Floral + Décor: Sean O'Keefe Events | Photographer: Craig Obrist  | Videographer: Brandon Andrews | Caterer: Zest Atlanta Catering | Cake: Mozart Bakery  | Hair: Sandra Restrepo | Makeup: Sarai Mateo | Dress: Wedding Angels