Hi @lindseyl06: After all the excitement that a Wedding generates (not to mention the work, and stress etc), I am a BIG Proponent of some sort of Honeymoon… in that a couple needs a getaway to be JUST Newlyweds and revel in that joy… as well as a spot of time to relax & recouperate.
In the very least a mini-moon of a couple of days… I could not imagine getting married one day, and going back to work the next.
And the BIGGER the Wedding, I believe the more time off the couple will need / deserve when all is said & done.
I think you’ll very much enjoy your planned mini-moon… just plan for something longer later on when you can (lots of Couples do that for their First Anniversary for example).
My First Wedding (circa 1980) and My Ex and I took a week (we were fresh faced Uni Grads starting our career), as that was all the time we could spare, in that we only got 2 weeks vacation annually. We toured New England.
This time round…
Mr TTR & I are semi-retired… so life is a lot different, and we are in a better spot financially as well.
We took off 5 Weeks in total for our Pre Wedding (Christmas Vacation) Trip – Destination Elopment – and Caribbean Honeymoon.
The “Honeymoon” portion was 2 weeks long… and included… time at our Destination Hotel where we were married – an Airport Hotel for our jump off city – 2 Nights in Romantic Old San Juan – and a Week on a Cruise thru the Southern Caribbean… then another Night in Southern Florida, and a few more on the way back to Canada (we drove)… including Savannah and Charleston (2 Southern Faves of ours)
Our Honeymoon was a dream once in a lifetime trip for sure… LOVED EVERY SECOND OF IT.
It all worked out as we wished… as Encores we CHOSE this time to not spend the money on a BIG White Pouffy Family Wedding, we instead put it into us… and were able to enjoy all this FABULOUS time away. Soooo worth it, if someone is in a position where they can elope.
BEST vacation I’ve ever been on… and super-romantic.
Hope this helps,