Post # 1
I had always assumed that FI and I would leave for Paris the day after our wedding in the afternoon…I thought it was so romantic that way!
But he says we will be exhausted after the wedding and it will be hectic. Maybe he has a point?
He will go along with whatever I choose, but now he’s got me thinking…would it be better to wait a while? Or does that take some of the romance out of it?
Also my parents may be staying with us for the wedding…I don’t know how romantic it’d be to be newlyweds in the house with them there…
Post # 3
My FI and I are going a week later because we are taking a cruise and the week long ones usually leave on saturday or sunday. The location we are getting married at is 2 hours away from the airport, so that wouldn’t be fun the day after our wedding trying to get up so early to get to the airport and then to the pier in enough time. If we were just flying somewhere I would say we wouldn’t have to wait, though, so then I think it doesn’t matter, but whatever works for the two of you. A lot of people don’t go on their honeymoon right after they get married and couples need to do what is right for them.
Post # 4
Yeah that makes sense. I guess I just had this romanticised notion of running off to the honeymoon after the wedding.
If we were making a decision based on practicality, we may need to wait a week.
Post # 5
We got married on the Sat, had a fam bbq on the Sun and left on the Tue, it gave us time to get home and pack for the honeymoon. Doing it this way meant we didn’t need to worry bout packing for the honeymoon b4 the wedding with all the wedding stuff we had to deal with
Post # 6
I think practically it would be better to wait, but I do think it’s more romantic to just leave right after your wedding so that’s what I voted for. I think that as long as you have your ducks in a row then leaving the day after shouldn’t be too much of a problem. Your parents being at your house also helped in my decision.
Post # 7
Yes I think if my parents will be at the house then we will leave the day after. If they won’t be there, maybe we will leave the week after..our hotel would be 70 euros cheaper a night a week later too…
Post # 8
Our wedding was on Saturday, we had a Sunday brunch to spend time with family. Monday we ran errands (like putting our mail on hold and making sure rent was paid) and then we left on Tuesday. It seemed like a nice compromise between going immediately and waiting a week. Plus, it meant we didn’t have to go right back to work.
Ultimately, I really don’t think it matters, though. As long as you are both happy with the decision, that’s all that matters.
Post # 9
We’re leaving for Bermuda 2 weeks after our wedding. The only other option was to leave the day after and I have no desire to do that. I want time to unwind after the wedding and get our lives in order. Besides, I’m really looking forward to being excited for our HM after the wedding. I feel like it will prolong the whole wedding experience which for someone as wedding obsessed as me, is a good thing.
Post # 10
We left the day after the day after the wedding. Loved that timing.
Post # 11
Wow, I was in the exact same position! It was never my intention, but we left exactly one week after our wedding and it was PERFECT! The timing could not have been better (HONESTLY). We had not planned to wait a week, but the non-stop flight from LAX to the Cook Islands in the South Pacific only leaves on Saturday – so, we really had no choice. I was in the same boat as you ~ I talked to my fiance and said… it would be more romantic to leave after our Sunday brunch with family and friends and be whisked away to our honeymoon destination! Let’s just go somewhere that has a flight, which leaves on Sunday afternoon. My fiance simply said with a wink… it will be worth the wait, my love.
So, we booked our honeymoon to depart one week after our wedding. Surprisingly, we had so much to do and take care of after the wedding and spending a week with family and friends reminiscing about the wedding, ceremony, dancing, etc. was so much fun. I loved hearing stories about my niece eating 4 pieces of cake, my aunt dancing to every single song, etc. There was so much love and warmth surrounding our friends and family I felt so thankful that we stayed the extra week to bask in the “wedding-afterglow”.
I should also mention that we got married in LA where my parents live (we don’t) and had to stay in their house for the week after the wedding. So, we actually stayed at a hotel for Saturday (wedding night) and Sunday. This gave us another evening to be alone and romantic. We went back to my parent’s house Monday evening and they had arranged a get together with visiting family and friends. It was lovely and I am still deeply grateful for that week we had after our wedding. And as it turns out, the honeymoon was well worth the wait!
Post # 12
@HapaBride: Thanks HapaBride, that makes me feel better about waiting if we do end up having to do that. 🙂
I think the pluses are that we’d be much more rested and able to enjoy the honeymoon whereas if it were the day after we’d spend the first two days in Paris totally crashed out in the room!
Post # 14
We’re going to go two days after the wedding like cvbee so we get a days rest but then as still very fresh newlyweds.
Post # 15
We went overseas as well for our honeymoon and no way in hell were we going to leave the day after the wedding. There’s just to much going on!
You don’t want to have to worry about finishing all the last minute wedding details and oh getting married! AND worried about packing everything for your honeymoon, passport, etc etc. Especially because it’s international.
I would stress too much. I needed the time afterward to detox and relax before heading off to honeymoon.
Post # 16
We went a week later because our cruise didn’t leave until then. I’m very glad we waited though. There’s so much to do right before the wedding, not having to pack made everything a lot less stressful. Also, we had lots of family in town for the wedding and we were able to hang out with them the day after the wedding for a brunch. I didn’t think it was any less romantic to go a little later. The week between the wedding and the honeymoon goes by so fast anyway.