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Earlymoons: The Rise of Pre-Wedding Honeymoons

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Sometimes, taking a vacation after your wedding just isn’t enough. Taking a trip together as a couple before your wedding is a great way to keep your love alive and relieve your stress before the excitement of your wedding takes over. 

This article will talk about what an earlymoon is and what it can be. We will go over fun activities and locations, the best times to plan your pre-wedding honeymoon, and how Destify can help you find the perfect destination.


What are Earlymoons? 

Earlymoons are a newer wedding trend that might be unfamiliar to some people. Luckily, there is an easy way to define this concept. An earlymoon is like a honeymoon before wedding festivities begin. It is a great way for the married couple to spend time together, free of stress, before the energy of the wedding is upon them. 

Honeymoons, Minimoons, and Earlymoons

The concept of a honeymoon or minimoon may already be familiar, but with the addition of earlymoons, there are a lot of wedding terms to keep track of now-a-days.

A wedding honeymoon is a traditional newlywed vacation. This is a chance to relax after all of your planning and celebrating, as well as take the time to enjoy being a married couple away from your everyday responsibilities. These vacations usually last for at least a week, with some stretching longer. 

Minimoons are a shorter version of a honeymoon for wedding couples who are typically looking for a more budget-friendly vacation. These trips usually last for about three to five days, and are often closer to home. While you don’t get as much time away from home as newlyweds, you can still enjoy yourself on a more budget-friendly trip.

There is no traditional amount of time that people spend on earlymoons, which leaves a lot of room to make it your own! You could have a miniature, inexpensive trip or a full-blown pre-wedding honeymoon. 

How Do You Plan Earlymoons? 

Because earlymoons are a new concept, you have a blank slate to work with in terms of planning! Just like there is no traditional amount of time for an earlymoon, there are no traditional activities or customs for this vacation. The most important thing to remember when planning earlymoons is that your trip should be relaxing and a good way to unwind before the wedding festivities begin. 

A man and woman enjoying themselves at Hotel Xcaret with a large spiral water slide tower in the background.
A man and woman enjoying themselves at Hotel Xcaret with a large spiral water slide tower in the background.

Creating Your Trip

A vacation before the wedding honeymoon can take a lot of different forms! Every couple is unique, so your earlymoon should fit your personalities and interests as soon-to-be newlyweds. Here are just a few ideas for locations and activities that might be right for your trip. 


If you are planning an all-inclusive wedding, you might want to have your early honeymoon before wedding guests arrive. This is a great way for you to get acquainted with your wedding location and enjoy the resort on your own without the stressors of final wedding details. 

If you are having a tropical destination wedding, you might be looking for something different from your earlymoon. Consider a trip to Vail, Colorado for a beautiful scenic view of snow-capped mountains and an intimate escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. 

If you are hoping to go somewhere warm with some adventure, Mexico might be a perfect fit for you! Enjoy the sun and the shore on the beaches of Cancun or Riviera Maya, then get away from the resort to explore some Mayan ruins or sail along the coast.  

Activities and Events

If you are planning your early honeymoon for wedding stress, and are booking this trip very close to your wedding date, you might want your activities to be different from those you will enjoy during your wedding celebration. 

If your wedding celebration is going to be very action-packed and busy, you may want your pre-wedding trip to be much more relaxed. Try booking a wine-tasting or spa day at your resort to let yourself breathe. 

If you are looking for high adventure and a fast-paced vacation, do not worry! Book a trip to Panama for exciting nightlife, or Montego Bay for a white-water rafting or ziplining adventure. The possibilities are endless. 

The Best Times to Plan

Usually, a wedding honeymoon happens immediately after the wedding festivities have ended. What about an earlymoon? Your honeymoon before wedding festivities can happen at any time before the wedding, months earlier, or immediately before the wedding celebration begins. There are benefits to both options, so it all depends on your preference.

Months Before

Planning your trip months before your wedding takes place can be a great way to reconnect with each other and remember why you are getting married in the first place. Planning your wedding can be a very stressful endeavor; patience can be tested and it is not impossible that you may disagree on some of the details. 

Taking a vacation from wedding planning allows you to reconnect as a couple and enjoy spending time with each other away from the stress before you jump back into finalizing details. 

A wedding ceremony on the beach at Hyatt Zilara Cancun with guests throwing flower petals at the smiling bride and groom under a floral arch.
A wedding ceremony on the beach at Hyatt Zilara Cancun with guests throwing flower petals at the smiling bride and groom under a floral arch.

Right Before the Wedding

Planning your earlymoon right before your wedding begins offers you the opportunity to have a honeymoon for wedding planning. All of the details have been finalized, and you are ready to get married. However, it is possible that you might be exhausted from the planning and maybe even stressed about getting married. Taking a vacation right before the wedding gives you the chance to relax and take a break from the stress before you meet your guests. 

If you are having an all-inclusive destination wedding, you can talk to your wedding planner about adding some amenities a few days in advance at your wedding resort. That way, you can relax at your resort and not have to travel anywhere else to get to your wedding venue!

Earlymoons with Destify

Book your destination earlymoon with Destify to create memories that last a lifetime. Whether you are looking to add to your all-inclusive wedding package or travel somewhere new for a few days, we are here to help you celebrate your love. 

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