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.
Amp up the Honeymoon Romance
After the positive and negative “stress” of a wedding, couples need some quiet downtime as newlyweds. Although my husband and I enjoy all types of travel, for our honeymoon we knew that we wanted to just relax and have nothing to worry about. We selected 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
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
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
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) A Squishee Straw Fedora
Hats can be the type of accessory whose trend changes almost every season, with one exception: the fedora!
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) A Big Floppy Hat
There’s nothing that shouts I’m on holiday and I’m ready to lounge in the sun with a glass of fizz louder than a big, floppy hat.
Whether you’re picnicking, adventuring or honeymooning poolside, an oversized hat will keep you cool while making you feel like an international woman of mystery. Can you picture yourself walking along the surf, dangling your hat in one hand and holding on to your hubby with the other?
Do yourself a favor and grab a floppy hat for that snapshot moment!
3) 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.
4) 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!
5) Crossbody Day Bag
Got a full on, super fun itinerary planned for your honeymoon celebrations? Get prepped with a safe, secure and easy to carry crossbody bag to store all your essentials.
Ok, this isn’t what you want to wearing when you’re out for romantic cocktails. It IS a bag that’s going to come in really handy when you’re exploring historical highlights or bustling markets. Keep all your essentials tucked away inside and you’ll be able to keep your mind where it belongs – on the fun new things you’re experiencing together.
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
6) Moto 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.
7) 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.
8) Active Wear 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.
9) Tank & T-Shirts
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 cute custom tank by Before The I Dos keeps it beachy and fun with the custom 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. Check out this Honeymoon Vibes t-shirt. It’s pretty cute too!
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.
10) 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 Swimsuits for All, reminiscent of the days of Marilyn Monroe. Flattering, sexy and right on trend, this is going to look great in photos.
11) Honeymoon Worthy 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, lace 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.
12) String Bikini
by J. Crew
What’s a beach holiday without at least one show off piece of swimwear? This will take up next to no room in your luggage, but it will make a big impact on the beach. Feel flirty and fun in a sweet, string bikini.
13) A Bathing suit Cover-up
by La Blanca
If your swimwear will be on the skimpy side, it’s always a good idea to pack a cool cover up. Something elegant like this lacy number is perfect for slipping on after a dip in the pool and will have you feeling cocktail-ready in no time.
A kaftan is another no fuss option if you don’t want to muss your hair.
14) A Maxi Dress
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 BP with just a touch of boho that will still be totally on trend this time next year.
A Convertible 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!!
15) A Romper
by Fraiche by J
Set off for long walks or shopping trips feeling footloose and fancy free in a super stylish romper. It’s the perfect daywear, and this particular little number is smart enough for dinner too. Looks perfect with strappy sandals or colourful sneakers and will help you stay chill even on the hottest days.
16) A Going Out for Dinner Dress
You’ll want to pack at least one fancy dinner dress, too. This gorgeous green creation is a brilliant choice. The lace detail not only gives it a luscious look, it’ll help you keep cool in warm climates too.
Some seriously timeless styling means it won’t be dating any time soon.
Honeymoon Lingerie & PJs
17) 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 Silkandmore.
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.
19) Basic PJ Set
A cute little PJ set like this one from Eberjey makes me feel flirty, fun, and oh-so-relaxed. It’s soft and comfy and ideal for lounging around, yet also flattering enough to make sure you’ll still feel the honeymoon vibes.
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.
21) 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.
22) 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.
23) 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.
24) 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.
25) Honeymoon Flip Flops
I think these are absolutely adorable! They’ll certainly make sure you’re celebrating your big day with every single step. Let the world (well, your fellow beachgoers, at any rate) know just how happy you are with a pair of personalised flip flops – the perfect way to make this holiday staple extra special.
26) The Perfect Ballet Travel Flats
Ballet flats are a favorite go-to shoe. They look brilliant with basically everything and are a real treat when you’ve been in heels all day.
And, what could be better when you’re packing your honeymoon bags than flats that fold up into a teeny tiny package. For more on this particular pair of Tieks check out our review here.
27) From Wedding to Honeymoon Sandal
If you invested in a pair of comfortable shoes for your reception (like the Tieks above), now’s the time to get more use out of them. I purchased a pair of Valentino Garavani 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 Valentino comfort, they are stylish enough to wear to dinner disguised as fancy sandals vs flip flops.
28) A Light Weight Pair of Sneakers
If you’re anything like me, there’s a time when comfort comes pretty high on your list of ‘must haves’. I love looking swish as much as the next person but sometimes you’ve got to treat your feet right. These ‘breathe easy’ sneakers from Sketchers are just the ticket.
They’re super comfy even on long walks, they’re nice and light for packing, and they’re just sleek enough to keep your wardrobe on the right side of stylish.
29) A Casual Pair of Sneaker
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!
30) A pair of Heels
Sensible shoes are a must have for any holiday, but a honeymoon needs a little special something. A good pair of chunky heels like this are high in the glamour stakes as well as practical for lengthy evening walks to and from the hotel.
31) Personalized Honeymoon Luggage Tags
It is likely the first time you’re traveling together as a married couple. So take full advantage of this momentous trip with some seriously cool and understated luggage tags
You never know, a member of the cabin crew might just notice your new status and give you a little special treatment. These are a cute buy that you’ll be able to use again and again.
32) Honeymoon Sand Holder Keepsake
There’s a good chance you’ll find lots of lovely mementoes no matter where you’re honeymooning, but why leave it to chance? Bring this nifty little glass bottle with you and you’re guaranteed you’ll be brining home something special to commemorate your travels.
Scoop up the sand on a romantic walk and be sure to share lots of meaningful kisses along the way.
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!