“CONGRATULATIONS, you’re engaged!” After the proposal, the weeks of being blissfully blinded by that new rock on your finger and the thrill of saying “my fiancee,” the stress of planning the wedding can tempt even the most resilient bride to consider eloping. Take heart and know that the honeymoon is your sweet reward for all those months (and sometimes years) of waiting, planning and trying to please multiple family members at once. The honeymoon is also your first married vacation together, and it should be special.
Over the past few years, couples have been opting to honeymoon in exotic places like Bali, Belize, South Africa and Thailand. With couples realizing that their honeymoon is the best vacation they’ll take for at least a decade, places like Croatia, Canada and Scotland topped the Harper’s Bazaar list for 2016. This 2015 article on TheKnot.com has some great suggestions on where to stay if any of their 50 picks are your vibe. [I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that two nearby destinations – Savannah and Asheville – also made those lists.]
Another hot trend is to register for experiences on your honeymoon instead of traditional items like towels and cookware. Sites like Honeyfund allow your wedding guests to purchase things like airfare upgrades, a Balinese cooking class, an African game drive, a Paris Walking Food & Wine Tour, or an Italian Gondola Ride.
Whether you & your honey choose adventure, relaxation or something in between, looking great on your honeymoon is a must. We shopped some of our favorite CLT boutiques for new fashion to pack, and we’ve got you covered on what to wear wherever you go.
DOLL, A Boutique
SPELL Kombi Button down Lavendar Skirt- $145 – Pair this flowy beauty with a simple flirty crop top or with matching Kombi blouse. This skirt has a button down front making it a little more versatile. We suggest unbuttoning for a front split and romantic look for a warm destination. Perfect for riding atop a camel in the Sahara.
SPELL Kombi Lavendar Blouse– $119- This is the perfect romantic top for a getaway. In a beautiful lavender colorway with floral accents and lovebird print with flowy sleeves that are elasticized at the wrist.
SPELL Kombi Spice Mini Skirt $95 paired with matching Kombi Bralette $29- This floral and ruffle mini skirt is right on trend and a versatile piece. It can be worn over your bathing suit, paired with a graphic tee for a casual look, or dressed up for a nice sunset dinner outside with the breeze against your skin. Bralettes are a hot style item for 2017, and this outfit is perfect for those warm destination honeymoons.
SPELL Sun & Sand Crop $45 – You can’t go wrong with an easy graphic tank on vacay. Throw this on over your bathing suit top or pair with denim shorts for an easy look adventuring in the sunshine.
SPELL Kombi Sage Dress– $219- This beautiful floral print with a lovebird design along the bottom and open back is perfect for a romantic getaway. This could easily take you from daytime sightseeing to a romantic dinner at sunset.
THE PINK HANGER
Viereck Bird Dress $132 Let this take you from day to night.
Tart Collections Lyndin Dress $144 – Easy and breezy.
CHLOE OLIVER – CAPRI ROMPER $160 Buy HERE Romp all over the beach in this little number.
TOP — BEACH BERRY TANK $48 Buy HERE So pretty for an afternoon seaside lunch.
SURF GYPSY – BEACH PEACH SHORTS $42 Buy HERE This tank and fringed shorts combo is perfect for lounging poolside or walking around your resort town.
CHARLOTTE’S in Charlotte
Black and white shirt dress: 268.00 – Black and white stripes is a fail-safe combo. And with the slimming vertical side panel you can have seconds on dessert and no one ever has to know.
Persifor dress: $220.00| Julie vos earrings: $175.00 – A palm print on an elegant silhouette is the perfect combination for dining with your new hubby. Throw on some sandals and you are good to go.
Sail to sable top: $148.00 | White pants: $152.00 – White denim is a must-have on any tropical destination.
Veronica M pantsuit $109 | cuff $42 – The vibrant blues in this pantsuit would work for any tropical getaway.
Veronica M orange paisley too $79 | White shorts $89 – Take a cue from the gorgeous colors of the scenery in Bali in this beautiful high-necked tank.
Luxe Angel basics: tank $49, maxi skirt $99 | Bralette $24 | handbag $39 | necklace $99 – Stroll through the streets of Croatia in this comfy tank and maxi combo.
Black floral dress $89 | necklace $59 – Show off that tan in a sleeveless black dress.
4our Dreamers off the shoulder dress $119 | Choker $39| belt $29 – Exude comfort and style in this off the shoulder number.
It’s always fun to take a LWD (little white dress) on your honeymoon!
And don’t forget these necessities you’ll for sure need to pack: totes, sunscren, a cute hat…and maybe one for hubby too.