Budget venues for your wedding night

After you’ve tossed the bouquet, thrown the garter, and said good night—or good morning after—to your wedding guests, let the honeymoon begin. It’s “we” time! And if your idea of newly wedded bliss involves a more private (and often more budget-friendly) setting than a hotel, check out these dreamy nests.

From a cozy chic cottage to a tropical tree house for two, these romantic hideaways beckon with spectacular views, delightful amenities, and the requisite wedding threshold. Happily ever after starts here.

Ooh la la! Parisian cottage in Colorado

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“… a wonderfully memorable place for my fiancée and I to stay in (we got engaged there!).”

A Parisian-style honeymoon nest in Colorado Springs? Mais oui! This 1909 fully remodeled cottage delights with Paris-apartment-inspired décor. Sparkling chandeliers light a romantic palette of whites, creams, and pinks. Just outside, the fragrant herb and flower garden provides the perfect spot for an evening glass of wine before settling in for the night in the alcove bedroom—completely swathed in dreamy white tulle. An average rate of under $100/night makes this romantic cottage a budget-friendly alternative to local hotels.

Secluded beach house in the Bahamas

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“… delightful breezes and the perfect spot to laze all day sipping rum drinks … We are already plotting our return trip.”

Just steps away from miles of pink sand beaches, the rustic Round House—on the island of Eleuthera—offers ocean views from every angle. The cool and colorful interior includes an airy living space, while just outside, the thatched cabana provides a perfect spot for soaking up the scenery while sipping a coconut cocktail. More adventurous couples may choose to swim or snorkel in the crystal waters by day and enjoy the tropical breezes from the wraparound deck late into the evening. Paradise found. Budget intact.

Wedded bliss in wine country

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“After an amazing week of chaos around family and friends, we could not have asked for anything more perfect to help us unwind than the Love Nest! Best mini-moon ever!”

Just a short drive from California’s finest wineries and the Pacific coastline, you’ll find the Love Nest, a boho chic retreat in Sonoma County. Perfect for honeymoons and anniversaries, this unique property sports heated floors and a fireplace for winter evenings, and a redwood-decked pool and cantina for sultry summer nights. Furnishings crafted by local artisans add to the allure. Venture out for antiquing, beachcombing, and wine-tasting. The two-bedroom hideaway offers more space and privacy than similarly priced hotel accommodations in the area.

Picturesque perch on St. John

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“The hot tub is wonderful and perfect for romantic soaks for two under the countless stars.”

Nestled in a canopy of trees, this romantic cottage—affectionately named the Teahouse Treehouse—is one of the island’s best-kept secrets. All the better for honeymoon couples seeking a private retreat … with killer views! Built at tree level, this perch offers spectacular panoramas of the Caribbean and the Virgin Island Coral Reef Natural Monument. The lush flora and fauna provide a peaceful backdrop for breakfast on the balcony or a leisurely soak in the hot tub for two. Bonus: The average nightly rate for this idyllic nest is more budget-friendly than many of the island’s hotel accommodations.

Scenic views from Essex County

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“This is the kind of place that dreams are made of …”

Sea-loving couples will delight in a modern perch with ocean views from every window. This dreamy nest, just up the coast from Boston in historic Swampscott, overlooks the harbor and city skyline. Cozy-up amenities include a fireplace, outdoor hot tub, and indoor Jacuzzi—and a piano (for accompanying swoon-worthy serenades). French doors in the loft bedroom open to a wraparound deck, perfect for breakfast with a view. Should you choose to venture out, this easy-on-the-budget stay is just a walk away from beaches, restaurants, and local shops.