Even if you are on a budget- do not skip the honeymoon! Trust me, you will both want to get away after all the hype and stress of the wedding. I admire couples who are able to take an extended vacation; we unfortunately did not have the luxury of that much time off work (in total we took 10 days off for our “wedding week” and our honeymoon). So we chose to stay local and enjoy the world-class resort two hours from Vancouver- Whistler!
This was my sweetie’s area to arrange, since I was organizing most of the wedding. I’m so glad I delegated that task to her, many months before. All I knew was where we were going (and I’d strongly dropped hints for a spa experience), everything else she planned was a surprise!
We got to travel in style in our new Jeep Patriot (well, new to us, it’s a 2008) that was a gift from my Aunt in exchange for my old Toyota going to my 16-year-old cousin. Yes, they won the prize for largest wedding gift!
We stayed at the Marketplace Lodge, which provides furnished suites right in the Village. Excellent location- we could walk and bike everywhere, and great prices (we got our third night free!). To save money we brought some groceries with us to cook our own meals, but we did enjoy one fancy dinner out and breakfast on the morning we left.
Our first day was all action, as we started the day with a bike ride around Alta Lake, and then in the afternoon went on a trek with The Adventure Group. We did the Zoom Lines- four really fast zip lines. It was so much fun!
Since it was the August long weekend (BC Civic Holiday) there were free concerts every night in the Olympic Plaza. Saturday night we got to see Spirit of the West!
We spent Sunday relaxing- first swimming and sunning at Alta Lake, and then spending the afternoon at Scandinave Spa. This experience was like no other, Scandinave is so amazingly beautiful and peaceful. After our hour-long, Swedish couples massage, we enjoyed two hours in the hot pools, eucalyptus steam room, Finnish dry sauna, and the hammocks. I hope you’re getting the idea here. A one-of-a-kind experience and decent prices- highly recommended!
Basically, on our honeymoon we caught up on our three favourite things that we had been missing due to all the stress leading up to the wedding: sleeping, eating, and sex. It. Was. Wonderful. (see how relaxed and happy we look? Lol!)
The other great thing about staying local and just going away for a long weekend was that it cost us a fraction of the standard honeymoon price. But hey, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t secretly wish we’d spent two weeks in Tahiti in an overwater bungalow…
Where did you go, or are you planning to go, for your honeymoon?