Post # 1
So we had been planning on a 2-week road trip around some Southern beaches. Discussing it the other morning, Fi asked if I’d consider delaying the honeymoon till later this summer, partly because of his work (freelance, and July/August are slower than May), partly b/c of finances, and partly b/c of the dog we’re adopting next week and not wanting to leave him so soon after we get him.
I thought about it and it sounds like a pretty good plan. We’re gonna do a low-key beach camping trip (and bring the dog, who is an adult and a very good traveler) for a couple days after the wedding, and another, fancier one, just the 2 of us, later on.
The only thing I worry about is “life getting in the way” and us never getting around to planning the later trip. Other bees who have done a delayed honeymoon–thoughts? Any good places to go in the late summer?
Post # 3
i didnt delay our honeymoon but i kind of wish we would have pushed it out a little bit – i really would have liked to spend more time with people who attended our wedding instead of flying out bright and early the next day.
i would go ahead and pick a timeframe and book some hotels that way you kind of have something in place…also you can probably get good deals by booking futher out.
if you are heading down south please please stop in charleston sc! its a beautiful city with so much history. its so romantic and they have beaches nearby.
also savannah is really nice and hilton head.
Post # 4
We are planning a small getaway a week after our wedding, but really it’s just to go to the beach with the dogs (since we don’t have a summer vacation planned this year). Now, we want to book a real honeymoon sometime the following year, when we both have more free time, and the dogs are just a little bit older, as our one dog will only be a year old at the time of our wedding (and no one wants a high strung, huge lab for a week).
Post # 5
We have no honeymoon planned and we are ok with that. We have some guests who will be staying an extra day and we booked out hotel for another day so we can hang out with our friends and have an extra wedding night. Honeymoon will be booked when we can afford to go where we want to go!
Post # 6
we are in the same boat. We are planing on waiting until late summer or early fall for our honeymoon. Summer is busy months for both of us at work and we would rather enjoy it here than spend it somewhere else. We don’t have very many sunny days here and don’t really want to miss any of them. I think you should wait until after the wedding and start planning the honeymoon. That way the stress of a wedding is out of the way and you can start with other plans. Well that’s what we are thinking of doing anyways.
Post # 7
we are having a delayed honeymoon as well. Hoping to take a 1 year anniversary trip to Maine. I kind of like the idea, we will have more funds then, and won’t be exhausted from the wedding
Post # 8
We’re delaying our honeymoon – getting married in August and going to Costa Rica in January… I like it because it gives us something to look forward to after the wedding is done and also gives us time to get our finances in order after the wedding.
Post # 9
We planned a delayed honeymoon because of my career. Well my career keeps getting in the way. We went to Vegas for 3 days after, but had planned a trip to tahiti at the end of January. Well, that never happened. We went to San Diego for 5 days recently to visit DH’s bff, mostly because I felt guilty about my job stopping our actual honeymoon. My company is going through some big changes and their is no way I can leave right now for 2 weeks. In hindesight I wish I would have taken it then, because it would have been easier to explain the time off then. My manager actually asked me to delay it originally and then again in January.
Post # 10
We will definitely have a delayed honeymoon. Gives us something to look forward to after all the hoopla of the wedding is over.
Some suggestions to make sure you go on your honeymoon –
- Automatically have funds transfered every month into a “Honeymoon” account. I love ING for this because you can have one main account and a whole bunch of subaccounts and name them whatever you want. This way you are constantly saving up and $50 a month adds up faster than you think.
- Reserve a stay. Most resorts and cruise lines let you put a deposit down and pay off the balance later. The date will be on the calendar and you can look forward to vacation time.
- Request the time off of work now. As long as the time is available you won’t let that go to waste!
Post # 11
We delayed our honeymoon by 3.5 months. I was also nervous that life would get in the way and we’d never go. Honestly, if I had left the planning up to hubby, we probably never would have gone! I knew he was committed to the honeymoon, but planning is not always his strong point. So I took control of the planning myself, and I kept the issue front and center once we got married, so there was no chance it wouldn’t happen.
Anyway, I’d say you guys should commit to the trip dates as soon as you can. Block them out on your calendar and make sure to keep them open. Put in your vacation request (if you’re not both freelance) now. Start researching where you want to go and make any reservations necessary. Come up with a rough budget for the trip, and then make a savings plan to ensure that you’ll have the $ for it once your dates roll around. If you make it happen, it will!
And btw, I ended up loving that our honeymoon was delayed…it gave me something big and wedding-related to look forward to after the actual wedding day was over.
Post # 12
Thanks so much everyone! Being able to look forward to another honeymoon is something I hadn’t thought of–I like it!
@baletrina: Honeymoon fund–awesome. Thanks!
@totheislnds: I LOVE Charleston. Haven’t been to Savannah though–maybe we’ll go there….
Post # 13
We’re not going anywhere for a year… partly due to no money, and partly due to our puppy as well – he’s only 4 months old right now and a whopping aomost 50 pounds of Golden Retriever goofiness.
Just after the wedding we’ll take just a couple of days to go around the state/New England to visit breweries and take some time for just us. I think a coworker of mine with a grown Golden will watch our goofball.
We’re both really committed to the honeymoon next year, even though at that point I guess it’s just a vacation. Hoping to take my guy to Ireland for his first trip out of the country.
Post # 14
We delayed our honeymoon for 4 months, and it turned out fine. I think it worked well because we had a definite plan for when we were going and what we were doing. If you can make a plan and stick to it, you should be fine. It was just as special 4 months later, too!
Post # 15
i was so sad about maybe not doing the honeymoon deal, nice to know people are in the same boat as me. fiances some times just have to wait but your advice makes it clear we are going on a honeymoon but waiting until financialy able to! smart i like!
Post # 16
We are doing ours this summer. We had one planned for right after our wedding but our “jobs” got in the way. We both are Military, well i was now I work for the gov. Anywho…we had tickets bought, place reserved. Did all our required checks with the gov to make sure we were OK to travel out of the Country…the NEXT day a new “list” came out of areas that were NOT authorized for travel. Where we were going was added to the list. So we lost out on a lot of money, we got refunded for our place, but tickets they gave us a “voucher” which will exprire before he can take enough leave from the military and I get time off from my job. So yeah…we are now taking one this summer!