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The traditional weeklong honeymoon following your wedding reception is wonderful—if your budget and vacation time allows for it. Many times it doesn’t, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo a getaway all together! Shorter mini-moons (typically two nights) are becoming more popular as they are easier to fit into busy schedules and don’t break the bank.

Many couples that plan a destination wedding in Maine extend their wedding celebration a few days beyond the “I do” and enjoy a Maine mini-moon. You’ve come all this way—why not take advantage of everything Maine has to offer! You have decided to hold your wedding celebration in Maine for a reason—and we bet you didn’t have a lot of time during your wedding preparations to really get out and enjoy it. Now is the time to say “goodbye” to all your wedding guests and take some time for yourselves in a place that will forever be special to you.

For those Maine couples that get married right here at home, a Maine mini-moon is the perfect post-wedding retreat. If your wedding is held during the summer or fall, you might not want to miss out on the gorgeous Maine weather by taking a honeymoon right away. Why not plan your honeymoon during the winter or spring and take a quick mini-moon with your new spouse after the wedding? This will give you time to save up for the honeymoon of your dreams and trade a snowy March for drinks on the beach.

Many of you have busy schedules and can’t take time off from work after your wedding. Some of you might be saving for a house or finishing your degree. Whatever the reason for not taking a honeymoon, a mini-moon is a great way to get away with your new husband or wife to celebrate alone.

A Maine mini-moon affords you the opportunity to explore parts of Maine you may not have seen before. Hit the sand beaches in southern Maine or enjoy a quaint bed and breakfast in the midcoast. Relax by one of Maine’s pristine lakes or in a mountaintop lodge. Plan a spa service or white water rafting trip. Pack your hiking shoes, ski boots, or your flip-flops. The choice is yours!

By driving to your destination you avoid the hassle of flying and have more time to enjoy your surroundings. Many accommodations will offer champagne or wine, flowers, chocolates, or other treats placed in your room upon your arrival. Surprise your new spouse with something special!

Take advantage of browsing the local shops, dining at new restaurants, and trying an activity you’ve always wanted to do. You can schedule a moonlight cruise on a schooner, zip line down a mountain, rent mopeds or bikes, catch a live concert, visit a museum, take a ski lesson, try the local breweries and wineries, and so much more.

Of course, after all the activity of your wedding day, you might just want to relax and be pampered. We don’t blame you! Book a couples’ massage, hit the beach, order room service, or relax in a Jacuzzi. As long as you are together, it doesn’t really matter what you do! Just because a mini-moon is brief doesn’t mean it has to be less romantic than a traditional honeymoon!