Post # 1
We have not decided yet if we want to go on our honeymoon right after our wedding or wait. I would like to go right afterwards but it may not be possible financially. Is it still considered a honeymoon if we wait?
If we don’t wait, Fiance wants to go to Rome, does anyone have any recommendations of places to stay and things to do? We have never been to Europe so this would be very new to us.
Post # 3
We are doing a destination wedding so we are going on our “honeymoon” 9 months after our wedding. We both want to do Europe as well, so we want to spend 2 weeks there. I’m still considering it our honeymoon. We go on a vacation together every year anyways (usually cruises to Mexico or Carribean). Nothing wrong with waiting. Europe isn’t cheap so it may be necessary to have the trip you want.
Post # 4
It will be your HONEYMOON… no matter WHEN you celebrate it.
I am an Encore Bride… so have been down this road before. I recommend that Newlyweds always plan some time for a Mini-Moon in the least right after the Wedding…
As a couple you can really use the “downtime” after the stresses and excitement of the Wedding… and bask in the glow of being a married couple.
Much better to do that for a couple of days minimum, than head back home to your Jobs and Routine (if you do that you might suffer from the Post Wedding Blues… as everything comes to a grinding halt too quickly)
Do understand tho the desire to have a longer and more special Honeymoon… and that can be an incredible experience memory for a Newlywed couple
As for WHERE to go… truly suggest that you check out TripAdvisor it is the biggest Travel Planning website on the Internet… tons of great ideas, info and help (they have a Reviews Section as well as Discussion Boards… just like here on WBee where you can ask Questions and chat directly with those who know an area best… be they frequent travellers there, or locals). I LOVE TripAdvisor… will not plan a vacation now without it.
Hope this is helpful,
Post # 5
@IUrebekah3RT: and @This Time Round: Thank you, both. Your responses have made me feel a lot better. I had not thought about taking a mini-moon for us to de-stress and that would be definitely more affordable. That way we can plan our big honeymoon and have a 2-week one rather than a one week. I have used TripAdvisor sporadically but I will check it out more. Thanks again!
Post # 6
We are planning our honeymoon 6 hours after the wedding. When we budgted our wedding we did it with the honeymoon included. However, a honeymoon is what you make it out to be. Try driving to your nearby town/city or state and just relax a few days in a hotel/resort and make it your very special honeymoon. I say a honeymoon its a treat after months of planning and saving for the wedding. Sometimes I am looking more forward to the honeymoon then the wedding. Don’t stress, hotels.com, groupon.com or even livingsocial.com always have quick local getaways for cheap. In the end, you can always revisit the special place you stayed after your wedding anytime you like since its so close. (if this makes sense) Best of luck.
Post # 7
We are leaving for our honeymoon 2 days after the wedding. I CANNOT wait. We are both in need of some R&R.
Post # 8
We are also leaving two days after the wedding. Gives us a full day to take care of whatever is left before heading off to paradise to do absolutely NOTHING! I cannot wait. I did not want to wait to take our honeymoon. We haven’t taken a real vacation since we’ve gotten engaged (saving). We want/need this get away badly … didn’t want to postpone so that’s our reasoning.
Post # 9
I think we will have a small cheap honeymoon just after the wedding to relax, and then 6 months after the wedding we will go on a big overseas trip for a month or two (thinking Canadian Rockies atm) when we have some more money. I have heard people who waited really liked it because they were so tired after the wedding and didn’t want to do anything, so just relaxing for a week was nice. I guess it depends how relaxing/adventurous your honeymoon is. I don’t like the idea of waiting but I think it will be more practical.
Post # 10
I’ve heard that a lot of places will still give you the honeymoon extras up to a certain time past the wedding. (Six months? Twelve?) If that’s a factor in your decision, you could see what your resort or hotel chain says on this.
Other than that, I agree with PPs who say that it’s your honeymoon whenever you take it. It doesn’t need to start the day after the wedding. Go for what works for you and your lives.
Random tidbit: Friends of mine were married in the summer and had their honeymoon somewhere tropical in winter partly as a break from the weather. I thought that was clever.
Post # 11
We’re honeymooning a few months after the wedding…we need to re-accrue time off, work on our houses, etc. I think it’ll be just as romantic, and hopefully we’ll be rested and de-stressed enough to enjoy it rather than just sleep through it!
Post # 12
Fiance and I will be honeymooning 3 months after the wedding since he is a full-time student and we have to wait for him to be on vacation. I know a lot of people who have taken a mini-moon right after the wedding and their honeymoon a few months (even a year) later.
Post # 13
We are going a few days after our wedding. My dad said to me (and it stuck with me) you are only going to be newlyweds for so long and you won’t get back that “We just got married THREE DAYS AGO feeling” He and my mom didn’t go on a honeymoon at all after they got married so they did a big trip for their 25th anniversary.