In a relaxing contrast to Hawaii's big waves, the blue lagoons of French Polynesia provide calm waters. The French Polynesian islands are also a favorite of celebrities -- Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman honeymooned there as did Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher.
"It's all about the overwater bungalows," Gifford said. "They have amazing rooms and you're able to jump right off your deck and go snorkeling. Swimming with (reef) sharks is also very popular with young couples."
If you've ever imagined your honeymoon as a secluded escape, Fiji's private island resorts are just what you're looking for. "It's the ultimate 'Gilligan's Island' fantasy come to life," Gifford said. There are a limited number of villas on each island, so it isn't deserted, but seclusion remains a priority.
Although staying in one of Laucala Island's 25 villas can cost up to $3,800 a night, the expense is all-inclusive. In other words, requesting five bottles of champagne won't cost you any extra. But with various price ranges for different islands, you can more affordably stay in a beach-front private cottage, or bure (pronounced like "beret"), Gifford suggested.
"For people who like to be by the water, Fiji's islands are great," Gifford said. "You see other people, but it still feels private -- nothing like a big resort."
When it comes to romantic honeymoons in Italy, couples tend to think of the Amalfi Coast and Capri, or major cities such as Venice, Florence and Rome. But venturing off into the Tuscan countryside or the northern Lake District makes for equally scenic getaways, Gifford said.
While Tuscany is well-traveled, its countryside provides an inviting environment for couples who enjoy exploring during the day and relaxing over a good meal and a bottle of wine at dusk. Lake Como is also a gorgeous destination for honeymooners looking to take in the Italian scenery and culture without the rush of the cities. "The whole region around the Lake District is beautiful, and I'm not sure people are completely in the know about it," Gifford said.
If planning your wedding was a little too hectic, then Bali, the ultimate relaxation destination, is for you. As seen in the movie "Eat, Pray, Love," expect to enjoy a natural getaway in a place where life slows down to take pleasure in the little things.
"Bali is the zen destination," Gifford said. "You're enjoying a blissful culture and looking out over serene rice paddies." While Bali's beaches provide a nice place to stay, the hills are home to relaxing, isolated retreats. Gifford also recommends taking in some of the spa culture while visiting.
Although often associated with the Caribbean, Bermuda is actually situated about 650 miles off the coast of North Carolina. For people living on the East Coast, the plane ride to paradise lasts less than two hours. "Bermuda has amazing beaches, the pink sands, great food, warm people and all the pampering and nice hotels without having to travel far," Gifford said.
A small island, Bermuda gives off a close-knit community feel while providing an exotic flavor. Pastel-colored buildings and crystal blue waters give the scenic impression that you're far from home without the long journey. For couples taking a "mini-moon" -- and compensating with a longer honeymoon when time allows -- Bermuda provides a special weekend getaway where you can still make it back to work on Monday, Gifford said.