Why I love winter honeymoons (and why you will too)

If you’re in the same boat as over 40% of Kiwi couples, you’ll be planning to get married in the New Zealand summer. You want that perfect combination of nice weather, a great sunset and a long day to fit in all the celebration. But on the flipside, if you’re planning to honeymoon in the northern hemisphere, winter is coming baby!

For many people a traditional honeymoon means lying on the beach, sipping cocktails and soaking up the rays. However, a winter honeymoon can be every bit as romantic (and if you’re like me, involve less sunburn!) For our honeymoon, we combined the two – a winter ski holiday in Japan followed by a short trip to Bali on the way home. Here are some of the reasons I love winter honeymoons:

Experience a real white Christmas

Call me cheesy but I don’t think there is anything more romantic than exploring a winter Christmas market, gluhwein in hand, while the snow falls around you! If you’re getting married in November or December, a Christmas trip to Europe could be the perfect honeymoon. Think snow-capped mountains, lights in the trees and castles on craggy hills.

Ski or snowboard your heart out

Whether you’re looking for the vast slopes of Canada, exciting après scene in Europe or cultural immersion in Japan, there are plenty of options for a ski honeymoon. And after you’ve finished carving up the mountain, you can chill out by the fire with a hot chocolate – who says you need a beach to relax?

Get adventurous

I get it – snow sports aren’t everyone’s thing. But there are so many other things to do on a winter holiday. How about a dogsled ride in Norway, followed by a viewing of the famous northern lights? A snowmobile ride on the Swiss Alps? Or ice-skating in central park? Eat your heart out Tonya Harding!

Enjoy a big city on a small budget

So many of the world’s great cities are equally fascinating in winter time – like London, Paris or New York. In these popular destinations, accommodation can be so expensive during summer. The money you save on accommodation could be put towards seeing a play at the Globe, touring the Louvre or tickets to a Broadway show!

If you’re reading this and thinking a winter honeymoon sounds great but we won’t have the budget after our wedding, a honeymoon registry through Honeypot can help you out! Rather than gifting traditional household items, your guests have the option to contribute to the honeymoon of your dreams. All the ideas above have been used by real Honeypotters who have had their winter honeymoons funded by friends and family. Click here to sign up today!