You’ve spent the last year planning every detail of your big day — from the seating charts to the music to the bridesmaid dresses. You’ve devoted countless hours to choosing wedding favors and centerpieces and writing heartfelt wedding vows. Now that you’ve finally traded, “I do’s,” with your new husband or wife, it’s time to celebrate with a hard-earned vacation.

Maybe you’ve always envisioned yourself drinking Pina Coladas on the beach in Maui. Or you’ve dreamt of hopping a plane to Paris to see the Eiffel Tower. But, if a lavish getaway just isn’t in the cards – due to financial constraints or a hectic work schedule – you can still have an amazing getaway right here in the Garden State.

“A honeymoon is what you make of it,” says Carol Piscitelli, owner of Gemini Travel Agency in Bloomfield. “I’ve seen people go on $2000 honeymoons and people go on $10,000 honeymoons and they have the exact same time.”

Not sure how to find the perfect romantic haven in your home state? Try thinking outside of the box while choosing your vacation locale. “Jersey has a lot to offer and it can be done,” says Piscitelli. “You don’t have to hop a plane to make a perfect memory. You don’t have to go to the big-name places. If you’re with the person you love, what does it matter?”

Here are Piscitelli’s top 5 picks for perfect honeymoon spots in the Garden State:


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W Hoboken

Address: 225 River Street, Hoboken
Price: Rooms from $224 per night
Details: “If you want a city-type getaway with shopping, good restaurants and the waterfront, this would be it. The W also has a hopping bar and you’re walking distance to a lot of really good restaurants and only 10 minutes from New York City.”
More info: www.whoboken.com or 877-822-0000


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The Beach Shack

Address: 205 Beach Avenue, Cape May
Price: Rooms from $298 per night
Details: “I love The Beach Shack. The location is great and it’s different and adorable. Cape May is a small beach town with great beaches and shopping and antiquing. It’s not the young, boardwalk crowd or spring breakers. Not at all.”
More info: www.caperesorts.com or 877-SHACK-07


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Black Creek Sanctuary

Address: 200 Route 94, Vernon
Price: Rooms from $320 per night
Details: “I’d recommend Mountain Creek in Vernon for a winter honeymoon. There’s skiing, tubing, snowboarding and sledding. These are condos and townhomes with Jacuzzis and hot tubs. You can go ski or snowboard then hang out at the lodge afterwards to have a beer or hot chocolate then go out to dinner.”
More info: www.blackcreeksanctuary.com or 973-827-3088


El Coronado Resort

El Coronado Resort

Address: 8501 Atlantic Avenue, Wildwood Crest
Price: Rooms from $125 per night
Details: “When you go to Wildwood Crest, you can go to these high rises which are four or five stories on the beach, which I would definitely recommend. There’s great seafood restaurants and all of the hotels are owned by families. You can also go on the boardwalk for cheesesteak or do a day trip to Atlantic City.”
More info: http://www.elcoronado.comor 1-800-227-5302


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The Woolverton Inn

Address: 6 Woolverton Road, Stockton
Price: Rooms from $155 per night
Details: “This is a cute B&B in a farm area near New Hope, Pennsylvania, which is a good shopping area. In the fall, you can see the foliage changing color and it’s got a real small-town charm.”
More info: www.woolvertoninn.com or 1-888-264-6648


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