Brides-to-be, newly weds and lovers with a serious wanderlust …Have I got a treat for you!
So, I’m not gonna lie, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed researching this post, it’s pretty much my ‘if money was no object’ shopping cart right now! We’ve taken 4 generic honeymoon styles; a leisurely wander through a European City, a thrill-seeking American Adventure, pure chill-out in Life’s a Beach and some gorgeous British Camp Vibes and we’re giving you gals the low down of this summer’s must-packs for each destination.
So crack your suitcase open, brace yourself for a serious bout of online shopping and let us do the hard work for you… Wedding’s can be stressful enough – let packing for your honeymoon be a breeze!
So, first up we’re taking a stroll through a European city. This honeymoon style is chic, clean cut, feminine and all about late continental breakfasts with a saucer of champagne as the day starts to heat up and staying out ’til midnight, while still looking fabulous! With every location, I’ve found you a little lingerie number to suit the setting, so let’s kick off with this sultry piece from SJ Lingerie’s Pearl collection; the (oh damn beautiful) Pearl bodysuit. Elegant, chic and just perfect for a night in Paris or Venice, right?
City breaks are all about the walking, wandering from café, to monument, to museum, to a bar and on to a restaurant… So you’re gonna need something seriously comfy, but a style that’ll work for both day and night. Mark my words, these little beauties will be next year’s Birkenstock. These traditional Menorcan sandals, are authentically made in the Balearic Islands from soft leather uppers and come in an array of balmy summer shades. They look seriously cool with a pair of skinny jeans, a loose cotton dress or shorts. C’est très chic.
As I mentioned before, the European City suitcase is all about perfecting the transition from day to night with ease and elegance. Whether you’re visiting Paris or Valencia, it’s undoubtedly gonna be warm and maybe a little dusty at times, it is a city after all! We’re recommending a quick freshen up with Evian’s facial mist, a travel size roll on of your favourite perfume (Marc Jacob’s Daisy is one of my summer favourites; perfectly playful and fresh) to give you a lovely burst of fragrance before heading for dinner with your beau and of course a super practical hand sanitiser mini (these gorgeous flavours couldn’t be further from the standard alcohol scent)!
And of course, you lovers need to capture those beautiful moments; sat chatting over the world’s finest espresso, a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower or a bike ride through those beautiful Italian streets… What better way than a Fujifilm Instax mini 8? Portable, instant polaroid style images (perfect for that journal you’ll be keeping) and just a whole load of fun!
The American Adventure. Going from state to state, road tripping into the mountains, cooking s’mores over a campfire; you know the drill and these little items will enhance your incredible journey all the more! First up; the sweetest journal set via Etsy. Record every beautiful little detail, while taking the time to embroider their cool US style ‘in the woods’ designs. Whether you thread them while cruising across the border or by candlelight sat outside your airstream, you’ll cherish them for years to come.
Every journal needs photos of course, and why not go for something a little quirky and hella nostalgic; the Diana Mini. Warm, richly coloured vintage images, all from a seriously light and compact little camera. But seriously, it’s perfect for this honeymoon style, creating a dreamy haze of shots ready for you to get developed as soon as you get home – prolonging the adventure just a little longer!
Stocked by the insanely cool Free People, a Nipomo rug is an absolute must for the American adventure. Compact roll up Mexican Falsa style blankets, complete with a leather handle and in an array of beautifully boho colours and patterns, the Nipomo collection is perfect for wherever you set up camp! We’re totally besotted! Of course, you’ll need a co-ordinating New Azzy clutch from Nene Californa to carry alongside your Nipomo; that bag is SO on my wishlist!
My favourite of the lingerie picks for this post comes from the cutting edge of For Love and Lemon’s Extra Virgin collection, in the form of their Obsession bodysuit. Quirky, playful and hot-damn-sexy; it’s bridal lingerie with a serious edge.
And at the end of everyday, do make sure you get some serious rest. Adventures are amazing, but honeymoons should restore you, so make sure the Body Shop’s pillow mist makes it into your suitcase, it’ll do the trick beautifully!
Beachy essentials: think bright Pacific colours, gorgeously light fabrics and practicality that still look freakin’ rad! First up, these Turkish towels. The Peshtemal is an ancient design, they’re quick to absorb, double up as a gorgeously light sarong or shawl and they’re super light and compact; perfect for those trying to maximise their suitcase’s potential!
This is my go to bikini cover up. Seriously, no questions, no doubt it’s the coolest raw-edge tank of the summer. Perfect for you honeymooners, its lover slogan and slouchy fit will see you rock the beach look day in day out. Pair with a set of denim cutoffs or cute pom pom shorts, a pair of Birkenstocks and mirrored sunglasses and you’ll ace it, ladies. Top Knot Goods, you nailed it!
So the beach can get pretty damn hot, and as much as you love your waist-length locks you’ve been willing to grow at lightning speed for the wedding, it can all get a bit toasty and salty down on the sands. No fear, these gorgeous hair ties will hold it all up in a perfectly dishevelled top knot, without damaging or breaking your hair like a normal elastic and they double up as a sweet festival style wristbands in the meantime!
And the perfect boho accessory for days on the beach? Flash Tattoos, of course. Multitudes of divine gold and silver chains, chevrons and geometric designs beat wearing jewellery in the sea hands down! Pair with a simple triangle bikini, salty locks and a kimono. Just gorge.
Days in the sweltering sun, sipping on cocktails and playing in the sea with your new hubby sound divine, don’t they? But making sure you stay hydrated can be something of a challenge; enter the Bobble bottle. Clean filtered water, wherever you are, on demand. You need one of these in your life, gals!
Our lingerie pick for your beach honeymoon comes from Oysho. This sweet little geometric lace piece is sure to disguise any tan lines you may have gained that day and the sumptuous cobalt and coral tones just scream tropical paradise!
And finally, one’s beach-ready suitcase wouldn’t be complete without a fabulous holiday read and we think Lucy Clarke’s your girl! Thrilling novels set in Tasmania and Bali, both a Single Breath and Clarke’s debut, the Sea Sisters will have you turning pages all day long!
Staying a little closer to home? Or celebrating with a brief minimoon on British soil before heading further afield? Sweetie, we’ve got you covered! Here at Festival Brides I’m sure y’all know we love a good spot of British camping, hell even a bit glamping at times, so we’ve curated a little suitcase collection of our favourite camping accessories for this summer! They’re not necessities, but a little luxury goes a long way in a tent!
We are in love with these coolers. When you’re camping, nothing says luxury like a beautifully cold glass of wine (even if it is in a plastic cup!) and these super sweet little tapped urns are just everything. With fold out legs to keep them off the ground, they’re available in 4 and 8 litre capacities from the Glam Camping Company and they’re perfectly portable.
While sipping on your wonderfully cooled drink (or that all important coffee first thing), why not get a little contemplative with these inspiring enamel mugs. Who said camping crockery had to suck, hey?
Inspired by the beauty of an English Rose, we’ve chosen Free People’s ridiculously cute crochet trimmed romper in a subtle cornflower blue, paired with their Galloon lace deep V bra in Purple In. Understated, casual cool, it’s just perfect for a field-based frolic!
As the warm British summer nights draw to a close, what could be more satisfying than to cuddle up with your beau under the stars in one of Anorak’s super cool printed sleeping bags? Whether you go for Kissing Rabbits, Horses or their Proud Fox design, these compact, on trend bags are 100% super soft cotton and made nice and wide for ultimate comfort!
And of course, camping wouldn’t be camping and a Festival girl wouldn’t be a Festival girl without her trusty can of Batiste’s dry shampoo! Pick a delicious cherry scent and a travel size 50ml can and apply the night before (thank you for that little tip, Pinterest) and your won’t even need to massage in, you’ll just wake up with sweet-smelling ready to go locks! You’re welcome!
So, wherever you’re heading on your honeymoon, I hope your suitcase is full of these little delights and you have the most incredible time!
Happy holidays gorgeous people!