(Closed) Honeymoon vs ‘Regular’ vacation?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
18645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I really don’t think that taking a vacation after the wedding is really that different than a normal vacation.  Just do a little mini trip somewhere or just sit at home and be married!

Post # 4
1104 posts
Bumble bee

For us it was because we were so ready for a break after the wedding! Being able to hide from the world and just enjoy each other as newlyweds felt really special, much different to a normal vacation to me. I’d think of your Aust/NZ trip as your last hurrah together before the wedding preps really get crazy – sort of like a pre-moon – and then the honeymoon as just that 🙂

Post # 5
348 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I agree with MountainBride. I think the biggest difference between a regular vacation and a honeymoon is simply how much more you NEED it! When I first got engaged, my boss told me the one thing I needed to do was schedule a honeymoon directly after the wedding because I would be so exhausted and need to recharge. At the time I didn’t really understand just how true that was. Now that my wedding is a week away, I’m looking forward to the honeymoon more than any other vacation I’ve taken in recent memory, simply because I NEED a break! Plus, we used the honeymoon as an excuse to go somewhere we really wanted to visit, but is more expensive than we would typically spend on a vacation. For us, it was worth it. 

Post # 6
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

i thought the honeymoon had a different feeling than regular vacation, just for the fact that it’s your honeymoon. you were just married, you’re as newlywed as you’ll ever be, and it makes everything that much more special.

Post # 7
1403 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I think even if the honeymoon trip is the same as any other vacation you’ve taken, the fact that you’re taking it just after getting married makes it much more special.  My Fiance and I are honeymooning at a place we’ve been before, and at first I was leery of doing that, but now I’m happy I did because we’ll know what to expect when we get there!

Post # 8
2208 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It is different, but not so different that you should rush this trip. Fiance and I went to Vietnam last summer, had a fabulous time, but would NEVER do that for our honeymoon. We want something much more relaxing. Even just a long weekend getaway to a romantic spot would be SOOO much better as a honeymoon.

Post # 10
2 posts
  • Wedding: July 2011

You will love NZ.  We were there in November (before we were even engaged) and loved it.  It was the biggest trip either of us had ever taken, and afterwards we realized it would be hard to top that (because of the length, destination, and cost).  So now we are planning Tahiti/Bora Bora/Moorea for the honeymoon which will cost just as much probably (but for a shorter time).  Regular family vacations after that in the future will seem plain but thats ok (since we can’t afford these types of trips forever).

The funny thing was that when we sent out the pictures from our trip as christmas cards, my grandma wrote back and said that our honeymoon looked gorgeous.  We weren’t even engaged yet (and does she really think we wouldn’t have invited her to the wedding?).  Just a funny thing that you might need to watch out for taking a big trip before the wedding. 

Post # 11
2821 posts
Sugar bee

For us it was different – we had this like surreal feeling and it was something I’m glad we didn’t pass up to enjoy that time of newly wedded bliss (and we had already lived together for 2 years and taken vacations together)

Our vacations are usually VERY active and this one was too, but we did try to tone it down a bit and for us do the crazy thing of staying in a cute little cottage instead of camping or staying in a hostel.

Post # 12
990 posts
Busy bee

I thought it might be different and now that I am getting down to the wire, I am ver excited for the honeymoon. And this would be our first trip as man and wife.

Post # 13
612 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Meh, I don’t think it will be any different than a normal vacay for us. Our honeymoon isn’t until three months after the wedding and I’m not taking time off work after the wedding (wedding Saturday, work on Monday). I just have way too many projects this summer to be able to do what we wanted. That should all be done in November though and then I am gone for three weeks. 😀

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