Are "Tiny-Moons" the New "Mini-Moons"?

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Now, more than ever, wedded bliss comes at a cost. Ceremony ($), reception ($$), honeymoon ($$$$)...the list goes on when it comes to budgeting for your Big Day and Happily Ever After. So it makes sense that a couple of years ago newlyweds starting turning to "mini-moons," a sort of mini vacation before committing to a larger honeymoon down the road. But the newest trend for 2016 may just take the (multiple-tiered) cake: tiny-moons. While mini-moons may go for a couple of days and generally mean a less extravagant trip, tiny-moons take it one step further—the idea is to take a day or two over the weekend in the city you got married in or the city you live in to "get away" without really getting away at all.

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"We've noticed a growing trend of newlyweds getting married in the city who are wanting just a night or two to unwind, relax, and reflect on their weddings in a nearby location without the hassle of faraway travels," says Rob Arthur, general manager of The Ivy Hotel in Baltimore, MD. "The Ivy offers a perfect retreat for just married couples who may be saving their time off for the following calendar year for a lengthier honeymoon, and we've seen at least three tiny-moon stays in the past two months alone, which prompted our tiny-moon package (opens in new tab)." (FWIW, The Ivy's Tiny-Moon package features full breakfast in bed, a 3-course dinner, a couples massage, and a city tour. Not too shabby.)

Thinking about taking your own tiny-moon getaway? It helps to inquire about special packages (like the one at The Ivy) at hotels—and don't be shy. A lot of hotels are happy to help plan a tiny-moon vacation perfect for you (and your partner). Don't forget to check out Airbnb (opens in new tab) for easy (and cheap) rentals or HotelTonight (opens in new tab) for great (last-minute) deals. Then book it, stay, and get ready for some much-needed relaxation.

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