In the case of wedding festivities, the traditional saying ‘the calm before the storm’ is often quite the opposite! Your actual wedding may feel a bit stormy, in the sense of planning every detail and making sure things go smoothly.
The good news: you have the calm part to look forward to by taking a relaxing honeymoon with your new spouse. This article is about making it more stress free when planning your amazing honeymoon outfits.
Whether you’re a detail-oriented type of guy or gal, or someone who leaves everything to the last minute, our essential guide is sure to have you on the airplane with minimal time and effort. So relax, take a big exhale, and get ready for a romantic and peaceful honeymoon with your new spouse.
(Updated May 2017)
Amp up the Honeymoon Romance
After the positive and negative “stress” of our wedding, we needed some quiet downtime as newlyweds. Although my husband and I enjoy all types of travel, we knew that for our honeymoon we wanted to just relax and have nothing to worry about. We chose an all-inclusive package at a resort in Tahiti, where we planned to swim up to bars, sip Margaritas, and float in clear turquoise waters.
Packing for Tropical Climates
Packing for Tropical Climates
The advantage to tropical climate packing is that you don’t have all the bulk and weight, since you won’t be needing many warm sweaters, coats, or boots. Although you will have more space, packing can become a bit of an art form since you’ll want to stay under the standard weight requirement (see our tip below on carry-ons).
The great news? With a few key versatile pieces you can have dozens of outfit options and everything you need – whether you’ve got a week or a month to honeymoon!
Other Types of Honeymoons
Other Types of Honeymoons
If you’ve decided on another type of honeymoon don’t panic! We’ve got a comprehensive guide to packing for all types of honeymoons here.
Alright, let’s get down to business. You bought your tickets, chose your accommodation and are setting your mind into honeymoon-mode
Make a Packing List
Make a Packing List
My suggestion is to grab a pen and blank piece of paper while you read this article. Yes, you can do this step now even if your honeymoon is months away. Make a numbered list of what you will pack with some ideas from this guide along with other packing guides. It will become clear what you already have and what you need to acquire.
There may be some items that you want to order online that could take from a few days to a couple of weeks to arrive. We hear you asking, “But, why pack super early when I may use certain items before I go, especially at the wedding?”
This list doesn’t mean you have to put anything in a suitcase, but you’ll leave yourself a lot more prep time and far less stress at wedding time if you only need to gather and place in the bag rather than have to choose!
We want to make this list as practical as possible, not only to save you time and money, but to make sure you have essential items that you will use over and over again.
Of all things, we know firsthand the investment that is made in “everything wedding,” and it only makes sense you get the most bang for your buck. I like to own carefully selected items that have style, value, and function all in one. Quality may come at a higher price initially, but the value provided over the years does payoff.
You will notice several items in our list that can be re-used from your wedding for your honeymoon.
Baggage: Go Small or Stay Home
We’re all about the carry-on bags. Nowadays, with airlines charging expensive fees for bags and extra weight, and the common occurrence of missing luggage, save yourself the potential trouble!
If you’re in the market for some amazing new travel gear or want to put it on your registry, we’ve done all the research and compiled our favorite luggage here. Honestly, among bigger ticket purchases like a mattresse or home coffee machine, luggage is a place where a little extra investment goes a long way.
Without further a-do, here’s our carefully selected, head-to-toe, carry-on sized list that will have you looking smokin’ hot for all of those Insta shots … as well as for your new spouse!
Honeymoon Outfit Accessories
1. Squishee Straw Fedora
By ERIC JAVITS
Fedoras tend to be more classic and last style-wise, not making you look so last year. Better yet, some fedoras such as the one pictured are squishable, meaning you can save yourself the trouble of wearing it on the plane or it coming out of your suitcase totally warped.
Come on’ people – a squishee hat!
I bought this hat as an investment piece – it’s the only one I own – and trust me, it has already paid for itself several times over!
2. Folding Wayfarer Sunglasses
Continuing on the theme of accessories that tend to stay on trend, enter RayBan Folding Wayfarer sunglasses. With a tiny and functional twist on the iconic Wayfarer, these beauties are an investment piece for so many reasons. Great eye protection, a style that flatters just about everyone, and particularly great for travel since they fold up to a tiny palm-sized case.
For more on this particular pair check out our review here.
3. Reversible Faux Leather Tote & Wristlet
By STREET LEVEL
I love a simple, classic over-sized purse when I travel. This way, I have extra space to carry a small laptop or tablet, scarf or sweater, snacks, phone and earbuds, and any other essential items for the plane. Plus, if I’ve stuffed my carry-on, there’s usually room in my large purse for any extra necessities.
Stylish, yet functional. You’ll notice this theme will become a pattern. I recommend this one by Street Level for the following three reasons.
- It is reversible for two-looks-in-one
- It comes with a wristlet to keep cards and phones secure
- Although it looks like leather, it’s vegan so no animals were hurt in its production!
I pondered this one for a while, but realized that jewelry is one thing I love to collect as a souvenir. In Tahiti, of course, I bought pearls. Nowadays I don’t like traveling with expensive items so I stick with my wedding band/engagement ring and a simple pair of inexpensive earrings. The rest I pick up to take home with me as a memory!
Honeymoon Outfit Tops
4) Cowl Neck Faux Leather Jacket
You might be wondering why on earth one would bring a jacket to a place where you’re going to be soaking up the sun and cooling off in the ocean. Well, there are bound to be moments where it gets a bit on the cooler side.
A moto or denim jacket is a stylish yet functional piece. It will go with jeans, leggings and even over a maxi dress at night. This is a standard part of my in-transit outfit since I always feel like an icicle on an airplane.
5) Convertible Neckline Cozy Fleece Tunic
Although you may be honeymooning in a tropical climate, it can really cool off at night. And besides a jacket, you’ll want to have a couple of warm items for air-conditioning. This tunic by Gibson is the ultimate in cozy and gives two looks for the price of one.
Don’t like pullovers? Bring a classic cardigan or elegant wrap to throw on when the sun goes down.
6) Twisty Turn Tee
Pack at least two t-shirts in your suitcase, among your long-sleeves and tanks. Choose one that can work for a variety of purposes. I love this Zella tee because it can be used for day-to-day outfits and it’s also an activewear item for yoga classes or scenic hikes.
Personally, I also take a tee that can be dressed up with a skirt or leggings and also a casual boho-style beach coverup. The Mayfair Tee by Free People has been my go-to.
7) Knotted Neckline Tank
A tank top is probably the one item besides a swimsuit (and underwear obviously) that I use on a daily basis while on vacation. Tank tops are lightweight and easy to pack, wash, and dry. So you can afford to take four of them along no problem!
I always take tanks that are loose, soft and comfortable yet stylish. This tank by Billabong keeps it beachy and cool with a knotted neckline detail. Again, think versatile. A tank like this can be easily layered under a moto jacket with jeans/leggings or on its own with cutoffs over a bikini.
Even though one swimsuit would probably suffice, I’m a two to three swimsuit packer. I figure, why not take a few options – two bikinis (sporty and stylish), and one to two one-pieces. Like the tanks, they weigh almost nothing and are tiny to roll up. Plus, if you’re headed to a beach resort, you can be sure this will basically be your uniform for the week.
8) High Waist Vintage Style One-Piece
Retro swimwear is back in a big way. Not only are one-pieces and bodysuits having a big moment, but high-waisted, full coverage suits are everywhere. I adore this suit by Bikiniboo, reminiscent of the days of Marilyn Monroe. Flattering, sexy and right on trend, this is going to look great in photos.
9) Coronado One-Piece
If you’re not into the retro or super trendy stuff, this one-piece is an amazing alternative that channels “Just Married” vibes. An ultra-feminine, romantic, floral print with an underwire to keep you feeling supported and gives off a flattering look whether you’re curvy or boy-shaped.
A great bonus is that this can double as a bodysuit in an outfit under cutoffs or jeans.
10) Flamingo Bikini
I like to take a couple of token bikinis on vacation in case I want to play some beach sports. This Flamingo Bikini by FloriditaSwimwear ticks all the boxes … with cute prints, an asymmetric top and wide straps around the hips for bottoms that you won’t lose in the waves!
11) Convertible Wrap Dress
Alright, if there’s one piece that you invest in from this post, I’m putting in a plug right now for this Convertible Wrap Dress. Over 18 different looks in one dress! That’s 18 days of your vacation you can have a different outfit while packing ONE thing!!
We also love that the designer emails you an instructional video so you aren’t sitting scratching your head when you pull it out of your suitcase!
12) Maxi Dress
By Free People
A Maxi Dress is still an essential vacation item in my mind. The maxi has been around for a while and isn’t going anywhere trend-wise. It’s the perfect item to have on hand for romantic dinners, elegant photos, and as an added bonus, it’s loose, cool and comfy.
I love the simplicity and ease of this maxi dress by Free People with just a touch of boho that will still be totally on trend this time next year.
Honeymoon Lingerie & PJs
13) Sweetheart Robe
Here’s the perfect chance to get even more use out of some of your wedding purchases. If you wore a robe or kimono for wedding day morning makeup/hair preparations, pack it. I can guarantee you’ll use it on your honeymoon too.
Whether you want to layer it over some gorgeous lingerie, pull it on after the shower, or wear it as a bikini coverup, it will come in handy. Plus, chances are it is made out of lightweight, very packing-friendly fabric like this super soft and silky robe by Lambkin.
14) Malia Chemise
Although lingerie isn’t a heavy item to pack, I don’t think it’s necessary to go totally overboard. One or two cute, sexy pieces will work, along with a few pairs of nice underwear and bras.
I bought one of these babydolls and get a surprising amount of wear out of it, even outside of vacation and special occasions. It’s comfortable, cool on hot summer nights, and as a bonus, makes you feel super sexy when you slip it on.
15) Low Rise Thong Set
By Hanky Panky
My sister-in-law first told me about these several years ago and hyped them up so much I had to check them out. Let me just say, they did not disappoint! If you’re hesitant about the price, I get it. However, let me tell you these were a game-changer. They are the only underwear I’ve worn ever since I put them on the first time. They have lasted in the washer (I’ve also put them through the dryer by accident on many occasions), through intense workouts, and I love the fact that they are uber-comfy while also being sexy.
16) Ocean Beach Pants
Although technically these should go under the pant category, I’m going to include them here because this is another double-duty item. These Oceanside Beach pants are pajama worthy with a drawstring and super lightweight fabric, yet totally acceptable as pants during the day.
Pull them on over your swimsuit as you return from the pool or beach and they’ll dry in no time.
17) Cuttoff Denim Shorts
Remember your absolute favorite, worn-to-death, pair of Levi’s 501s?
Well, they are still every bit as good now as they were back in the day. I suggest taking at least one pair of denim shorts, they’ll go with every one of your tops, and they are the perfect thing to pull on over your swimsuit. Really, what can beat a classic pair of Levis?
If you’ve never owned a pair, it’s time you entered the world of 501s. Enough said.
18) The Ankle Skinny Jeans
Normally I wouldn’t recommend taking many (if any) pairs of jeans since they can be bulky and heavy. BUT, I’m going to make an exception because I have often worn one pair on the plane in transit. That is … if you plan to forgo the just married matching honeymoon outfits!
These are my go-to pair for several reasons.
- Current/Elliot has been dominating the denim scene in recent years with their looks-good-on everyone cuts.
- They’re more like jeggings – plenty stretchy and totally comfy, and of course easy to pack when rolled.
- Not only do they feel amazing they look even more amazing.
A bit on the pricier side. Worth it? Totally.
19) High Waist Moto Legging
Hands down, I recommend packing at least one pair of leggings. They are easy and light to pack, and if you play your cards right you can use them for dressing up AND being active. These Moto leggings by Alo are the perfect example. They have details that make them look super dressy under a tunic with heels, but are also made for playing sports and practicing yoga.
20) Del Rey Sneakers
Whenever I travel, regardless of the destination, I wear a pair of comfortable yet stylish casual sneakers. Normally they are part of my airplane outfit, but sneakers like these ones by Toms are so lightweight they’ll also fit in a carry-on no problem. I love that these ones have a beachy vibe, and as a double bonus – they’re vegan!
21) Luna Sandals
If you invested in a pair of comfortable shoes for your reception (like Tieks), now’s the time to get more use out of them. I purchased a pair of Havianas similar to the ones pictured, and I was so satisfied that I now bring them on every vacation — even colder climates if I’m going to be in a hotel.
I particularly like this style that wraps around the ankle. Not only do they have classic Havianas comfort, they are stylish enough to wear to dinner disguised as fancy sandals vs flip flops.
So there you have it. Mix and match these items to fit in a carry-on bag, and I can almost guarantee you a month’s worth of different outfits. Honeymoon outfits that are both of excellent quality and versatile are always a good idea for travel and just in general to own.
Capsule wardrobes have been exploding recently, due to their simplicity and ease – making decisions easier and saving time. Think of this as your capsule honeymoon wardrobe – essential items that will work together for many options, yet not weigh you down. You’ll have absolutely everything you could want and need, and feel much lighter, satisfied, less stressed and so much better for it.
We would love to hear from you. Is there anything not on this list that is an essential for you when planning a romantic getaway? Let us know in the comment section below!