Visions of a blissful honeymoon may dance in your head as soon as your hubby-to-be pops the question, but not all newlyweds have time for a two-week excursion to the nearest island paradise. Enter the mini-moon: a vacation compromise in which couples schedule a shortened or "miniature" honeymoon of several days just after the wedding while saving their lengthy vacation for a later date.
The mini-moon is a major matrimonial trend, and can serve as a wonderful way to ease into your marriage while saving your longer trip for a later date. Taking the time to decompress in a tranquil locale after months of stressful wedding planning is not simply a luxury; it also allows couples to enjoy their union without the pressures of everyday life. While a longer honeymoon immediately after the wedding is preferable to a short jaunt, a mini-moon nevertheless trumps no vacation at all. If your schedule or finances only permit an abbreviated trip, by all means take a few days for a compressed mini-moon and savor the process of planning a truly lavish, lengthy honeymoon months in advance.
In order to ensure an enjoyable mini-moon, select a location that requires little travel; nothing is more anxiety-inducing than a short vacation made even more brief by days of airplane flights and lengthy car rides. Furthermore, pick a single location you feel you can master over a limited time span. The Italian coastline would be an ambitious mini-moon trip, while a quick outing to Carmel or the Hamptons is ideal for couples on a tight schedule. As long as a mini-moon followed by a long honeymoon suits your preferences, move forward with your plans and schedule the vacations as you see fit.