Post # 1
Where was your destination wedding and where was your honeymoon? Do most people honeymoon in the same location? My Fiance and I are considering a Destination Wedding but I am thinking of going elsewhere for the honeymoon. Ideally the honeymoon would be very soon after the wedding.
Post # 2
I’ve only attended a couple of destination weddings but have been to one where it was a holiday location, and the bride and groom honeymooned there (essentially with their guests). When the destination was a hometown rather than a “true” destination as it were, they subsequently went on to a different destination. The other option is having the wedding in one place and going slightly further away for honeymoon (eg wedding in Sorrento in Italy, honeymoon in Capri so you don’t need to travel too far)
Post # 3
No! We stayed at our wedding resort for 1 week, then on the last day when most of our guests were leaving we switched to our honeymoon resort for another week.
Post # 4
it sounds like you stayed at the same location though. It sounds like OP is referring to area/country not hotel.
I am getting married in Mexico next year. We are staying there for a week, going to the west coast for a week (we live on the east coast) , then our actual honey moon will be Europe 2020 for two weeks.
I wish we could do Europe after the wedding, but I just feel like a week is not enough time.
Post # 5
We stayed on St. Thomas with our guests for a week and then went to Italy/Greece for 2 weeks a couple months later.
Post # 6
I’m getting married on Saturday in Mexico (I can’t believe it’s six days away!) but we will not honeymoon there. We will be in Mexico for about 4 days after the wedding but so will many of our guests so I wouldn’t consider that a honeymoon. We are planning to go to Europe later this year for our honeymoon.
Post # 8
We got married in Mexico and were there for 6 days for the wedding. We left on a 2 week cruise about a week and a half after we returned home. I am so glad we didn’t honeymoon in Mexico. The 6 days we were in Mexico didn’t really feel like a vacation because we were so busy with the wedding and just hanging out with and entertaining our guests. We got home at midnight on Monday after our wedding, and were right back at work the next day, which was rough, but it was worth it to have a 2 week vacation waiting for us.
Post # 9
For me, it would depend on where you were getting married and when you wanted to take your honeymoon. If it was somewhere down south in the Caribbean, I’d probably switch resorts to go somewhere different for the honeymoon but stay in the same country to make travel easier since you want to have your honeymoon shortly afer the wedding. If it was months apart, I would do the honeymoon elsewhere.
We did a destination wedding in Italy. We were there for 5 days then honeymooned in Greece (Santorini) for a week right after the wedding.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone! Sounds like quite a few folks had their wedding in one location and their honeymoon in an entirely separate place. The reason this is what I am considering is that I want the wedding to be conveniently located to many of my guests but I want the honeymoon to be in a really far region! I wish I could take off more time at work so I could do it right after though!
Post # 11
- Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY
We weren’t able to take our honeymoon right after our wedding so we did a mini moon at the destination (NYC) and then took our “real” honeymoon for our first anniversary, which was amazing. We were gifted a trip to Disney and then spent a week in Bermuda after that. I know a kit of people want to honeymoon right away, but it was actually really nice to have that anniversary trip to look forward to during our first year. In retrospect, I wouldn’t have changed a thing.
Post # 12
that was our exact logic. We had the wedding in a location that was central to both our families (and was meaningful to us for othe reasons) but we wanted to honeymoon in a place neither of us had been. We remained in the wedding destination for, maybe 3 nights after the wedding and then headed to the next country.
Post # 13
I think it matters whether it’s a dw of the sort where everyone has to fly to some exotic location and shell out tons of money for your vision to happen (doubly so if it’s AI so they’re basically paying for their own reception) vs if it’s just that everyone you know lives in city x so you have your wedding there because you live in city y. (Or city x is central to the 2-3 cities most ppl are travelling from and you wanted to be “fair” to everyone and make it so no one had to go so far)
If it’s the first type.. people paid through the nose so you can be here, enjoy it would you? The second.. makes tons of sense to go to a more exotic locale for honeymoon.
Just my impression though.
Post # 14
Hi Amanda, thanks for your input. I am still in idea gathering stage and am trying to see what different perspectives look like so I make sure we plan the best wedding for us and our guests.
Unfortunately, our families and friends are completely spread out in the US (both coasts and center) and several live in Europe and Asia. Many of these are what I would call “VIP” guests. For that reason we were thinking of picking a location like Mexico, which would be a trip for everyone. We live in NYC which is way out of our budget and would still require expensive flights and hotel rooms for our guests.
We definitely feel like we’re kind of stuck in this situation!
Post # 15
Our destination wedding is coming up in January, we were originally planning on going somewhere else for our honeymoon.. until we saw the price of staying at the resort for the second week! The second week is incredibly cheaper!