Honeymoon Questions Regarding Timing and Packages

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 2
1292 posts
Bumble bee

I don’t know anything about packages but we did a delayed honeymoon to Italy.  The delay was fine with me and it still felt honeymoon-y.  We had kind of a turbulent few months surrounding our wedding (just bad luck) so I was so glad to have that honeymoon trip when it came, we really, really needed it.

One thing though – I regretted not planning just a small getaway immediately following the wedding.  We were so exhausted and even a couple nights staycation would have been really nice at the time.  Going right back to our normal routine the Monday after the wedding sucked. We needed a “come down” time and place and it was kinda painful not having it.

Post # 3
3472 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I’ve never booked a holiday with a package so I can’t help there, but we did have a delayed honeymoon! We got married in the summer and went on our honeymoon just before Christmas, and it still felt very special. It gave us something to look forward to after all the wedding madness was over. If we had left right away, I don’t think I would have even been excited about the honeymoon. Also I got pretty sick the week after our wedding, and I know other brides who had the same thing happen to them and it ruined their honeymoon! So in hindsight, it worked perfectly for us 🙂

ETA: I should mention that we did have a mini-moon right after the wedding, just hanging out at a family friend’s lakehouse for a few days. But we delayed the big honeymoon.

Post # 4
696 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I don’t see a problem with delaying the honeymoon. 

Why do you want to book a package? I’ve been to Italy and Greece and few times and I always just booked flights/trains and hotels. If you intend to do Greek islands, you might book ferry rides in advance, but even that isn’t usually necessary.

Post # 5
2483 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I don’t think there’s a specific timing for a honeymoon. I do know May is part of the peak season in Italy.

If you’re going with a package/tour I strongly advise going through a travel agent. Online is fine for all inclusives but there are other details you won’t know that a travel agent can help you out with, especially if you’ve never been to italy/greece.

We went to Italy on a tour with a group and it was absolutely fabulous because we saw everything and went all over. If I could do it again I’d definietely go with the tour because there’s SO MUCH to see in Italy and the tour guides were seriously helpful with all the information you wouldn’t know yourself. (We did Rome, Venice, Palermo, Florence, Naples, Pompeii, San Marino and I think a few other places, highly recommend seeing all of them).

If you’re going to book online book your flight sooner rather than later as prices tend to go up closer to your trip (Difference of $900 CAD in January for an August trip vs. the $1300 my parents paid like two months later for the same trip they’re going on in August, because they didnt book when I told them to). And it’ll be cheapest and easiest to fly into rome and catch a connecting flight to wherever you’re going. The train in italy is also handy but I seriously recommend knowing italian if you’re going the train route.

If you have another specific questions on italy I can help 🙂 

I haven’t done greece but I’ve always wanted to do the greek island sailing trips. G Adventures has some amazing looks sailing trips.

Post # 6
837 posts
Busy bee

We are delaying our honeymoon longer than you are, but are still calling it a honeymoon. I’m sure some people will say it’s silly and we should just call it a big trip, but who cares. We’re also taking a mini-moon right after the wedding.

Post # 7
998 posts
Busy bee

We are delaying our honeymoon a month, but plan to take the Monday and Tuesday after our wedding in order to have a modified staycation (my kids will be around).

You do you. If you want to call it your honeymoon, go for it. 

Post # 8
4262 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Manhattan, NY

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jenkatra84 :  My husband and I are doing a Western Mediterranean cruise for our second anniversary in just a couple weeks! It was our way of seeing a lot of Europe (Spain, Italy, and France) in one trip without having to coordinate all of the logistics. It’s our first cruise and seeing pictures and videos of the ship is getting me excited. As for our honeymoon, we took our “real” honeymoon as a first anniversary trip, which gave us time to save up. It still felt incredibly special to us because it was our first anniversary, and it was SO worth the wait (Disney World and Bermuda). We had a destination wedding and made a mini-moon out of the weekend following our wedding in Manhattan, which was fun. So it still felt like we did something just after the wedding, but we had that bigger trip to look forward to. It’s pretty common to delay the honeymoon for a variety of reasons (weather, timing with work or other committments, money, etc.). 

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