Hats off to all 2020 and 2021 wedding couples! You guys are surely navigating these crazy times and uncharted waters with such grace! Postponing your wedding day, shifting up your idea of a grand and lavish wedding to a more intimate celebration with just some of your near and dear ones, and lastly discovering how to plan a wedding right in the middle of a quarantine… Well, trust us, you guys are completely rocking it! To date, we have shared a lot of tips on weddings during COVID-19, and topics related to that, but today we will be talking about the various trendy and amazing staycation ideas if you don’t feel like traveling right after your wedding!
Read our latest blog on the fun and romantic staycation ideas for all the couples who don’t feel safe to travel during this pandemic situation. All you have to do is hold your partner’s hand and enter the staycation and read on to discover some of the great and romantic staycation ideas while being at home!
Plan a theme night
You have made your mind, and the bags are packed, for Italy! But with everything going around, there are chances that you might not feel like traveling. Well, you can always bring Italy to your home! Rather than buying pasta from a local joint in Paris, make it at home with your sweetheart with your own ingredients, don’t forget to put love (as Paris is the city of love). Why not turn on some enchanting romantic music that reminds you of romantic Rome. You can also consider decorating your patio with vibrant and aromatic flowers and candles, and order in some of your favorite local Italian fare, and make a whole theme night out of it! And want to go the extra mile with your theme night? Well, dress the part, too! And finish the evening ‘laying in the sand’ in your bathing suit, practicing some moves for your cabaret dance, and even smooching while listening to French ballads! African, French, Caribbean- wherever you planned to journey, get creative and bring the world to you, in fact to your house! Even better, travel the world with a Theme Week!
Sightsee from home
Well, if you have always wanted to go backpacking to Europe and have been postponing your travel plans since last year, then don’t worry. There are still various ways for you to explore the wonder of this continent and all its various cultures without even leaving your bed! With everything going virtual, many legendary museums and cities these days are offering virtual tours, a perfect and fun staycation idea! Were you supposed to take your spouse to Paris after your honeymoon but due to this global pandemic, your plan is on halt? Well, not now! You can check out the Musee d’Orsay of Eiffel Tower online. In fact, you will also be able to discover different sights that were not originally on your itinerary list! Wherever you plan to go, try to spend time researching what’s available digitally, so you don’t lose your wanderlust. When it’s safe to plan again, you’ll be armed with (even more) information. Bring your travel destination to your home and explore the world with just one click!
Cuddle up in front of a fire
Tell us one thing! Is there anything in the world more romantic and peaceful than curling up on the couch with the love of your life and cuddling under a warm and cozy blanket while watching firelight flicker and dance? Or spooning with your partner and watching a romantic movie on Netflix and embracing the ambiance? Well, we are pretty much sure, nothing is more romantic than this.
If you are planning your staycation for summer when you might not want to build a fire indoors, you can always have your romantic cuddle night outdoors if you have a firepit. Trust us, with such a setting in the outdoors, you will forget what Paris or Spain feels like!
Cook a meal together
The love that bonds and blooms over food is never-ending! Preparing meals together is one of the easiest and most romantic ways to spice up your staycation if you don’t want to travel!
The time is here. While on your staycation, break out that wedding china and enjoy a dinner you both have cooked together with your special ingredients, like love, passion, and tenderness! Just a piece of advice, try out some new recipe as it will be more fun when you both will be involved in it. Play some romantic songs in the background and enjoy cooking together! There are times when just walking the aisles of a grocery store brings inspiration and kinda feels like a date though.
Work on some home-improvement projects together
‘A fresh coat of paint will bring a new perspective to your home-based staycation’. This is what we also feel. It is always a great idea to use your staycation in refurbishing your new home, or we say the house of your dreams. Spring cleaning might not be what you have envisioned for your honeymoon, but handling work around the house together is indeed an incredible bonding. Don’t take the heavy work that requires some professional assistance. Ease into easy house remodeling projects together like painting a room with your favorite color, and marvel at how quickly progress can be achieved while stealing some kisses in between. You can also consider renovating the unused parts of your house, like a garage or the attic, or media room makeover to upgrade your Netflix date and chill sessions! Don’t forget to make your staycation relaxed and aromatic by bringing in the fresh air and new flavors in your house by potting plants, herbs, and spices!
Plan a romantic spa day or night at home
This idea is best for all those couples who are eagerly wanting to detox themselves and cool their mind off the chaos of wedding planning, or want to give themselves some good and relaxed time after they have been treated to all of the food and wine they can handle! A spa day or night at home is not only the best way to unwind the stress but is also an exquisite way to spice up the romance. Well, these days, a relaxing spa after the wedding jitters is almost on most of the newly wedded couples’ to-do list of activities. During your staycation, a spa session at your home will definitely make you and your partner feel special and romantic! You can simply start your day or end your day with a bath bomb and glass of champagne for two (remember, when Chandler and Monica have their romance in the bathtub with wine). You can always try your skills at being a masseuse with neck and shoulder massages and scalp and hair massages (check out some reference links on YouTube, before performing it on your partner, pun!). To make your staycation massage session more interesting, you can assign a different body part to the numbers on a dice, and then roll the dice to see who massages what part for the first five to ten minutes! You can also consider making your own cucumber lemon water to sip on while wearing face masks to give each other mani-pedi. Trust us, while staycationing, you and your sweetheart will get all the luxury at a fraction of the cost!
Don’t forget to snap all the photos!
Don’t forget to snapshot your staycation in the best of frames just like you would do if you were traveling to a far-off exotic place with your darling! Trust us, these are very special and precious memories, just like any other vacation (because once everything will be back on track, we can assure you that you will be going to miss this time, so capture it!). If you are a person who loves keeping a journal, then you can use your journal to write down the fun things that you did, ate, or saw! Just think of it as an at-home travel journal. Trust us, it will turn into the sweetest keepsake from your staycation. While staycation at home, you can even ask our affordable and professional wedding photographers to snapshot some really cute and adorable staycation photos of you both. Because once everything will be sorted, these photos will always allow you to cherish the perks of staying at or close to home with your partner!
Utilize the time to reminisce over photos from past celebrations & travels
There is no better time to get out your wedding photos or old family albums or even selecting the best photos for your wedding album than enjoying quality time during your staycation with your partner. Sharing and creating memories with your spouse is always a great way to spark conversation and learn even more about your better half!
And going down memory lane and looking at your old travel photos will always provide you with some new inspirations for your upcoming travel. You might even want to set aside a little of your staycation time in brainstorming the ideas for the next time you both are going to travel.
Plan for some at-home wine tasting
Well, it is absolutely true that a big part of many memorable weddings is the party. Full of delicious food and never-ending wine, and this is the time when you and all your loved ones can come together at your place and celebrate the start of your beautiful happily ever after story! These days, at-home wine tasting is so in the trend that every millennial couple is doing it. So, all you have to do is head to your local market and pick up a selection of different wines, and complement it with some cheese, fruits, snacks, and other yummy treats. Trust us, going on wine shopping will make you feel like you are on a wine tour in Florence or Napa Valley, yet in the comfort of your home!
Set up a backyard beach for your staycation
There are many couples who have always dreamed of just lying on the beach, taking the best of sunbathing on the beach for a couple of weeks post-wedding. If that is not on the card for you right now, you don’t need to get disappointed! You can always create ‘your own beach’ right in your backyard. You can just order an inflatable pool, and bring in some fun tiki accessories like a palm tree and a cute umbrella, and voilà you are all set to go! Now all you have to do is slip in those swimsuits that you order and soak the sun with your favorite person. We personally love this activity as it is not only a blast to put the whole atmosphere together, but it is super-duper unwinding to just lay out in the sunshine together while sipping your martini or any favorite cocktail!
Unplug & have a real conversation or read a book together
Take a break from social media and your phone and just connect with each other like in the 90s. Make the best of your staycation by talking about all the things you have always wanted to talk about. If you both are nerds, then choose a book to read aloud to each other, or you can simply just choose to read one chapter at a time! Well, there is no such rule that it has to be particularly lofty or literary. You can simply select a book that was special to either or both of you as a child, like the Harry Potter series. Well, if you ask us, we think that The Chronicles of Narnia particularly lend themselves to being read aloud in this way!
Take as many naps, together!
Just leave the world and everything behind, and snuggle up under a blanket together like a couple of bunnies and just relish the simple pleasure of napping together. Trust us, it is very soothing and pleasant. It is true that while traveling, couples are highly focused on getting the most out of their time at the destination that they can visit. While you both are staycationing at home, you have already seen everything and there is nothing to see or explore more in your home, so there is no fear of missing out on anything!