You, the over-30 brides, have different tastes, ideas and bank accounts than the early-20s set. Maybe you’re already a world traveler, and by now, staying in an all-inclusive resort sounds ho-hum.
Or maybe your folks aren’t shouldering the bill for your honeymoon, and you need to plan a thrifty getaway.
Then again, maybe you’ve been putting away the paychecks all these years and have saved up a healthy little nest egg, so money is no object — just make it memorable.
Or, maybe none of the above matters, because you’re preoccupied with how to include new stepchildren, or the offspring you and your spouse birthed prior to the nuptials. Believe it or not, there are kid-friendly honeymoons, too.
The destination wedding
Consider it eloping — with the wedding party. Destination weddings provide both memorable events and cost-saving options because they happen out of town, sometimes off the beaten path, and either in a location central to all your guests so everyone can get there, or far enough way that no one can make it and you get some privacy already. Either way, the ceremony and the honeymoon are one complete package.
• Niagara Falls is so retro it’s hip. The former honeymoon capital of the world offers scenic views, lots of entertainment and plenty of hotels. Plus, it’s the closest out-of-the-country destination for East Coasters. www.infoniagara.com will tell you what you need to know.
• Halifax, Nova Scotia is a lesser-traveled Canadian location with no gaudy tourist schtick, plenty of port-city charm. Just consider a summer trip, unless you love snow. Check out www.halifaxinfo.com to learn more.
• St. John, in the U.S. Virgin Islands, is a short plane ride away. The island is two-thirds national park and boasts no air strip — it’s reached by boat — so expect pristine beaches and plenty of privacy. Go to www.usvi.net for info.
• San Juan, Puerto Rico also offers white-sand beaches and tropical temps, along with hopping nightlife and spicy Latin culture. It’s one of the least expensive airfares for an overseas jaunt, and Americans can travel to Puerto Rico without a passport. Before you go, visit www.welcometopuertorico.org.
Money is no object
Maybe you’ve scrimped on the ceremony in order to have a big, blowout honeymoon. Or maybe you’ve saved for the trip of a lifetime, with your new spouse in tow. Or perhaps heading off to exotic locales is just your thing. Here are some romantic hideaways worth considering:
• The Caribbean’s Turks & Caicos is touted by TripAdvisor.com as “paradise found.” One of the last British colonies, the destination is comprised of eight tiny islands, including Providenciales (the most developed), the best coral reefs in the Caribbean, and many rich-and-famous guests. Plan your trip at www.turksandcaicos.tc.
• Consider renting a villa in Umbria, also known as “the green heart of Italy.” Boasting fewer tourists than Tuscany, Umbria also offers natural beauty, medieval castles, fine wine and bustling marketplaces. Visit www.villainumbria.com for rental information.
• The One & Only Pamilla near Los Cabos, Mexico, is among the world’s top resort hotels. Located on its own peninsula, the resort features personal butler service, fine dining, gorgeous pools and blissful ocean views. Go to www.oneandonlyresorts.com for info.
• Mount Abu is India’s answer to Niagara Falls, without the kitsch. The honeymoon destination for Indian newlyweds is a hill station oasis, once frequented by Moguls and the British Raj, in the Rajasthani desert. Situated around the mysterious Nakki Lake, the sleepy town boasts high-end hotels, horseback riding and sublime sunsets. www.rajasthantravelguide.com has the details.