(Closed) Desti Wedding=Honeymoon cut short?

posted 8 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - The Whitney

I posted this over at http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-see-why-people-go-on-honeymoonshow-was-your-honeymoon

“We “wedding-mooned”. We got married in St. Thomas and we were there for 8 days/7 nights.

We were with friends and family for the 1st 6 days. We only did 3 things alone w/o them. We went to St. John for a few hours, Swam with a Sea Lion, and did a charter boat tour of the British Virgin Islands. We never had the chance to just hang out alone and do nothing.

I’m planning on doing our honeymoon for our 1st anniversary or as a Christmas present to us.”


Long story short, yep, I felt cheated when we got home.


Post # 4
376 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We are doing a week in MX during the wedding (wedding is on Friday, we’ll be there Monday-Monday). But, we’re also travling with our 21 months old…. soooooo not much of a honeymoon. 

We’re planning another trip in February, to the Southwest to do some golfing, eating, site seeing that is low key and not as expensive as another tropical location. I am kinda sad that we just won’t be laying on the beach, but my Fiance can’t take off work for more than a week or it’s just super hard. SO, it’s a compromise. It’s a vacation for just us two, for like 5 days… 

Post # 5
43 posts
  • Wedding: November 2010

I would plan to stay on your honeymoon for a whole week after the wedding (if possible). Its nice to have family and friends travel for your wedding, and its fun to spend time with them, but you also want to have a real honeymoon and time away from everyone. We are staying a week after the actual wedding. Good luck and congrats =)

Post # 6
722 posts
Busy bee

Why do you have to go a full week before your wedding? Wouldn’t it be better to go a few days before and stay longer after?

Post # 7
3587 posts
Sugar bee

I agree with cakegal. Go before and use those days.

Not engaged yet, but we are thinking of after the wedding, going to another island instead of staying at the one we’ll get married on if we get married in St.Thomas.

Post # 8
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I had a DW; we got there on a Saturday and got married the Wednesday. Our guests were there for a whole week. We had fun before the wedding, but weren’t completely relaxed until it was done. Then, we spent time with our guests.

We had planned things this way though, because we were staying for a second week, alone. Were it not the case, I would have felt completely robbed from my honeymoon.

Post # 9
493 posts
Helper bee

@Puggie: My wedding will be on the same day as yours JUNE 4, 2011. I’m planning from Texas for a beach in Florida. We will be in Florida 5days/4nights for the wedding and pre-planning. Then leave for Bahamas for honeymoon 5days/5nights. He gets about 3 weeks vacation for the year and will be taking two weeks. I get unlimited vacation as needed. I work for a small lawfirm, only about 6 employees. There have been 3 wedding since I’ve started here about 2 years ago. They’ve taken anywhere from 1-3 weeks. I will be taking two weeks off.

Post # 10
4 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

we’re taking two weeks off – arriving monday, the ceremony is friday, and then on sunday we’re leaving to travel around just the two of us for a week. we notified our guests of this timeline when we sent out the save the dates & travel info so they could decide how long or how little they want to stay. by us leaving to travel around other parts of central america, i don’t think it will feel like it’s cutting into our honeymoon.

Post # 11
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m taking two weeks off for the wedding – one week before (to minimize my stress, since I’m DIY-ing most of it) and one after. He will join me mid-week the first week (it’s just a two-hour drive) and also take the second week off. The wedding is on Friday night, so most guests will arrive Thursday night or Friday morning and  leave on Sunday. Except for his dad, who is staying until Wednesday, so we can spend time with him. (We don’t see him very often.) Then on the Thursday following the wedding, we’ll enjoy a three-day “mini-moon” all by ourselves before heading home.

We still plan to have a real honeymoon 4-6 months later, but it was too much (in terms of cost, time and logistics) to tack it on right after the wedding, so we’d rather wait than give it short shrift.

If your groom is feeling gypped, maybe you can consider having a real honeymoon in a few months, once he has earned more vacation time?

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