Weddings in the age of Covid-19 look a little different. There are limits on the number of guests, a ban on singing and instruments, and strict rules about washing hands before exchanging rings.
It’s probably not what most people imagine when they think about their big day. And it’s not only the wedding ceremony that has been impacted – your once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon is probably off the table too.
Foreign travel is not currently allowed, and even when restrictions ease you will be limited on where you can go and what you can do. Romantic spa days and massages by the pool are probably out.
But weddings and honeymoons aren’t all about the big show – they’re about declaring your love and commitment to your partner and being together. And many couples have been having low-key celebrations at home on what would have been their wedding day.
And you can take that a step further. Why not take a few days to have a home honeymoon?
A honeymoon doesn’t have to be golden sands and glorious sunshine (although that’s obviously a bonus), a honeymoon can be about sepnding quality time with the person you love, celebrating the start of your life together.
And who says you can’t do that in your own garden and front room?
And don’t worry if you’re not feeling too creative, honeymoon specialists Honeymoon Dreams have put together an itinerary for a Honeymoon at Home.
The five-day honeymoon includes a garden safari, a bathroom spa day, and virtual sightseeing from your own sofa.
Cocktails by the pool
The first day of your honeymoon at home is all about relaxation and romance. Forget the pool or beach, set a deck chair up in your own garden, blow up a paddling pool, and lie back and enjoy the sun. If it’s not sunny, no worries, set up your deck chair in the living room, open a beach read and get swept away to sunnier climes.
In the afternoon it’s time to shake up a cocktail or two. Then in the evening, top off the day with a delicious dinner using the tasty recipe that will be sent to you. If the weather obliges, then dine al fresco.
Garden safari and candlelit dinner
Today starts off with a safari in your own garden – or the local park – before another first class dinner followed by an evening dance class.
Get the binoculars out and the camera at the ready as you head outside for a spot of wildlife watching to see how many different animals you can find from the supplied list.
Enjoy one of the provided recipes in the evening for a romantic candlelit dinner, and then grab your partner and your dancing shoes as you learn how to waltz.
Spa day followed by BBQ dinner for two
A blissful spa day is on the cards today. Turn your bathtub into your own private hot tub, pop on a face mask and take it in turns to indulge your partner in a relaxing massage.
Afterwards, head outside for a BBQ dinner grilling up all of your favourite grub.
As the night turns darker, lay down a blanket and stare up at the stars alongside your new spouse. If you fancy it, you can even camp outside overnight.
Virtual sightseeing and champagne picnic
Now it’s time for a spot of sightseeing. Explore wherever you want in the world from museums to famous landmarks, zoos and theme parks right from your sofa with a whole host of virtual tours online. To help inspire you, Honeymoon Dreams have put together a guide to some of the best online tours.
After all that sightseeing it’s time to refuel and relax with a romantic champagne picnic – outdoors or indoors, weather dependent.
In the evening it’s off to the theatre as you cosy up to enjoy a musical straight from your own living room.
Fun activities followed by wine and cheese
The last day of your honeymoon at home is action packed. Choose from a host of leisure activities including a HIIT workout, a yoga session and a scavenger hunt – or do all three if you like.
For your final evening indulge in a spot of wine and cheese tasting with their guide to the perfect pairings.
For every couple who signs up for the Honeymoon at Home, which is completely free, Honeymoon Dreams will donate £2 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Couples will be emailed a Honeymoon Pack to help them make the most of the experience including food and drinks recipes, a dance lesson, and tips to make their bedroom look like a hotel. They will also get a voucher towards a future booking with Honeymoon Dreams.