More newlyweds opting for a 'mini-moon'– here's why

Once the wedding festivities end, newlywed couples typically take off for an exotic getaway to get much-needed relaxation. 

But a new trend couples are considering is a vacation ahead of their honeymoon known as a "mini-moon," a shorter and occasionally cheaper option to a traditional honeymoon. 

Mini-moons are usually a five-day excursion that allows couples time off without the stresses of limited paid time off from work. 

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These short vacations also give couples who invested a ton of their own money into their wedding a little more time to save up for a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon trip, according to Traveler’s Joy, an online honeymoon registry service. 

The concept of mini-moons aren't new but they gained popularity after the pandemic. Top destinations for these getaways are places easy to get to and navigate.


FILE-A couple gets married by an officiant on the beach on Valentine’s Day in Huntington Beach, California. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Something else newlywed couples are considering when planning these trips is finding an experience or setting that compliments the wedding. 

A benefit of the mini-moon is that it has the appeal of the actual honeymoon, with the extra perk that couples can have two getaways. 

Some of the popular destinations for mini-moons include Miami, Bermuda, St. Barts, and New York City, per Traveler’s Joy

This story was reported from Washington, D.C.