Post # 1
Hi All! We are from Chicago, but we’re getting married in the Tahoe area next October and have approximately one week afterwards to honeymoon. We’ve discussed quite a few ideas – a roadtrip along the Oregon coast, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Belize – but would love recommendations! We’ve spent a lot of time in the Bay Area over the years, so that’s out and we would like to experience an atmosphere different from Tahoe. Also, since we live in Chicago, we’d like to get away from the city. And I know October’s hurricane season in some areas, so avoiding hurricanes (unless they’re in a cocktail glass) would be a plus.
Sounds a bit Goldilocks and the Three Bears, doesn’t it (not too quiet/not too busy, relaxing/plenty to do…)? Thanks for your suggestions!
Post # 3
We’re getting married on 10/7 and leaving for our honeymoon cruise to Bermuda on 10/22. Technically we will be sailing during hurricane season so we’re taking a gamble, but we’ll have trip insurance so I’m not too concerned. Statistically speaking, fewer hurricanes hit Bermuda than they do the states so the odds of us sailing during one are not very high.
I personally suggest a cruise, especially if you’re on a budget. We’ve budgeted $3,000 for our entire honeymoon which will include limo transportation to and from the port (3 hours away), the cruise itself (balcony cabin but may upgrade to a suite), gratuities & all fees while on board and spending money.
Post # 4
My SO and I are still trying to figure out if we will be able to afford a honeymoon after the wedding, (fingers crossed) We are currently looking into going to Hawaii. I don’t know how much it will cost to go there in October (when we’re getting married) but I looked up flights/hotels on Travelocity for January and one week hotel and flight to Honolulu is starting at around $900 per person, leaving from Edmonton Alberta Canada. But then there’s meals and spending money too
Post # 5
My fiance and I are getting married on October 15th and are actually postponing our honeymoon. He’s in law school so he can’t really take a week off. So, the plan is to go in January after the holidays. We’re trying to keep it relatively inexpensive so we’re thinking Key West in Floriday. Anyone been there or have any suggestions on where to go in January that’s relatively cheap, like under $2,500 for two people, TOTAL.
Post # 6
My husband and I got back recently from Hawaii and we absolutely loved it! We were in the same situation you are in now (we got married in October). We had to avoid huricane season which took care of most of the caribbean (minus Aruba which tends to not be affected by hurricanes). The way we narrowed it down to Hawaii was we knew we wanted a warmer vacation (which took care of Europe since it’s chillier in October). We found Aruba to be very pricey and we felt that we weren’t getting much for our money. Mexico is a place we would visit normally which didn’t really make it special for us specifically (not to say that Mexico is a beautiful honeymoon destination). Our original idea was to go to Thailand but there was civil unrest and we felt it best to not be involved in that at all. So that left us with Hawaii. We spent 6 nights in Maui and 5 nights in Kauai, staying at the Hyatt Regency on both islands. I have to say it was absolutely breathtaking. If you can only do 1 island I would 100% recommend Kauai. It was peaceful, serene, untouched, exactly how you picture Hawaii to be. There are tons of outdoor things to do like hiking, ziplining, atv-ing etc. We did a helicopter tour around the untouched part of the island and saw where they filmed Jurassic Park, Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones etc. It was the most beautiful thing we’ve ever seen, well worth the money. I’ve only been to the 2 islands (Maui and Kauai) but out of the two Kauai would be my choice. I felt like Maui was really really busy, almost like spring break. My good friend did the same honeymoon as us and didn’t have the experience we had in Maui but she went 2 years prior. We are really early risers so getting a chair by the pool wasn’t a problem but had we waited until 10ish, we would have never gotten a spot. I personally don’t like that feeling. I also found the weather to be more tolerable in Kauai. The Maui heat was more blistering.
I guess to sum it up (now that I’ve chewed your ear off!!), if you choose Hawaii, it really depends on what type of trip you are looking for. Maui was more busy and Kauai more serene. I hear Oahu is just like NYC, which is why we didn’t go there. We live in NYC and obviously wanted something different! I also hear the same for the Big Island. But please feel free to PM if you have any more questions about Hawaii. I could talk forever 🙂
Post # 7
Hmm, we hadn’t thought about a cruise.
@yllom10 – We have also talked about postponing outside of hurricane season. It would also be something to look forward to after the wedding excitement dies down.
@Dancelovr84 – Thanks for the Hawaii info. Sounds like an amazing trip!
Post # 8
@Sking : We were also deciding on whether or not to postpone. We agreed that if we decided to postpone until the spring/summer time that we would do a weekend trip right after the wedding, someplace local just so that we could have some time alone as husband and wife and to make a concrete plan ie: buy the plane tickets or book the hotel for a future date that way we wouldn’t let anything get in the way of taking the honeymoon. I know for us life gets really busy and we very easily push things back all of the time. We didn’t want that to happen with the honeymoon. Good luck to you!
Post # 9
I am getting married next nov and we are going to malaysia. We are going to three seperate areas penang, KL and langkawi basically we wanted the same something relaxing but also needs to have stuff to do there and this seemed like the perfect option 🙂
Post # 10
I was married on October 2, and on October 4 we left for Rome. We stayed 1 night in Rome and then got on a 7-night cruise which took us around the Mediterranean- Italy, France & Spain. The weather was beautiful and it was a great trip. In total, we spent about $5k with flights, cruise, hotel stay in Rome, ground transportation, etc.
Post # 11
Thanks for the ideas, ladies!