Post # 1
So my fiances parents paid for our honeymoon. It is a cruise that leaves from a port 6 hours south of us. We have to be there at 11am the morning after the wedding for the cruise so we’d have to be up by 4am at the latest to make it in time for the cruise if we stayed here.
One of my bridesmaids offered to be the designated driver and rent a “party van” and drive us down there the night of the wedding after the reception with the whole wedding party with us. We would get some hotel rooms and stay the night and they would leave the next morning when we went on the cruise. Sounds like fun
Our wedding starts at 3 and is in the same location as the reception which will start at 4 and carry on until 6. We would leave at 6 and get to the city at midnight go to bed around 2 and get up around 9:30
So what would you do? I don’t know which sounds more practical. It’d be nice to start the honeymoon as soon as we got married but I don’t know if it is practical or not. Advice opinions or anything?
Post # 3
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@kris325: I was SO EXHAUSTED the night of our wedding, I’m glad FI and I didn’t leave for our HM right away. But if your reception ends at 6 and things are already scheduled, I think you might be ok!
Post # 4
I voted “No” before I read that your reception ends so early. Since that’s the case, you might be alright.
Post # 5
That sounds HORRIBLE. What were they thinking?! I guess the party bus sounds like best case scenario – if you have to do a 6 hour drive, might as well do it with friends in a party bus!
Post # 6
I wouldn’t do it if I had a choice, but since everything is booked, I guess you do what you have to do.
I like to take time to let things sink in – process the wedding, the reception, and just enjoy some personal time with my new husband.
Post # 7
We booked a cruise for our honeymoon out of Florida. To have the honeymoon directly after the wedding we would have to be on a plane in the wee hours of the morning after the wedding. No way am I doing that. We will be going back to work for a few days, then leaving the following weekend. I just think the stress and exhaustion would be too much otherwise.
Post # 8
I would never do it the night of the wedding or super early the next day. You need to relax a bit before rushing off because you can get stressed out over being exhausted and it could ruin some of the vacation for you
Post # 9
Thank you all for your replies. I’m stuck because the honeymoon has already been paid for and we can’t cancel or change the date.
I’m also going to have to do a lot of studying on the cruise since I will be missing my last day of classes before our finals and will be getting home 3 days before my finals so it will be a lot of studying, but I’ll get some sun while I study 🙂
We’re trying to get everything together now. We are so close to the date and just had to change our ceremony AND reception location and are not getting our deposits back. But it will all come together in the end, if not… well at least we will be married!
Post # 10
Not sure if you took this into consideration: You don’t HAVE to be at the cruise ship at 11. That’s the time they checking people in, you can probably show up closer to 3 or 4pm (depending on when the ship leaves) and have a shorter wait to get checked in and on the ship. When I cruise I am usually one of the first people waiting to get on because I want to start my vacation ASAP but if that means sleeping in longer at home and leaving at a decent hour like 8am you could also do that. Most times they don’t even let you board the ship until after noon, sometimes later. You might hurry up to get there at 11 and end up waiting another 2 hours to get onboard.
Post # 11
I think renting a party bus, and driving 6 hours would be more costly than if you got airline tickets down there, and took a bus back after
Post # 12
Since you can’t change the itinerary, I would take the BM up on her offer. It avoids you having to drive which is great bc you will be exhausted after the wedding. Then you can rest up at the hotel before your cruise.
Post # 13
What does the groom think? I’m assuming that after the reception I will be DONE with my family and his, and my FI and I are going to go away and bliss out by ourselves.
We’re marrying on a Saturday and flying out for our honeymoon the following Tuesday. I read somewhere that Tuesday is the best day to fly price-wise, and I’m hoping we’ll have recovered by then.
Post # 14
It wouldn’t be my choice, but if its already paid for and non refundable, why even ask? I wouldn’t want a bunch of people telling me how awful my honeymoon would be lol.