- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
We left the day after our wedding, and it would’ve been nice to have one day of rest – if you can relax on Sunday and leave Monday, that sounds perfect!
Here’s a few reasons why it worked for us:
-After having tons of family in town for the wedding, it was sooo nice to have some alone time.
-We moved in together the week of the wedding. It was amazing to go get married, leave for our honeymoon, and come back married and settle in together. Kind of traditional, and so special.
-We saved ALL of our vacation time for the honeymoon, so if we hadn’t left right away, we would’ve had to go back to work on Monday. womp womp. I think having this big fun wedding and coming home would’ve been a little anticlimactic, and I’m so thankful we were able to go on a honeymoon right away.
-The whole wedding/honeymoon thing was REALLY expensive. I think it was nice to do it all at once – splurge on the wedding, and splurge on the honeymoon. As soon as we got home, we started saving for a house and we became super-frugal. I think it would be harder to relax and splurge on your honeymoon if you waited a few months. We don’t normally splurge on vacations but since we were our honeymoon we ordered fancy cocktails without worrying about the price, we did a few expensive activities like white-water rafting, etc.
-When wedding planning got stressful, it was SO nice to be able to think, just get through this and you get to go on an amazing honeymoon! Especially the week of the wedding…I kept focusing on that big trip ahead!
We went on a very active honeymoon (we traveled to 4 cities in New Zealand and Australia, did lots of hiking, swimming, walking around cities, etc.) and it was still worth it.
I’ve backpacked around Europe before (it’s incredible and you guys are going to have so much fun!) so I can give you a little advice about that-
-You listed your wedding date as May 24, 2014. Is that true? Because I’d say late May/early June is one of the best times to go to Europe – the weather is warming up but there aren’t swarms of tourists yet.
-What countries are you going to? That really impacts what time of year is best… Especially if you’re planning on going somewhere Mediterranean, like Greece or Italy – you’ll want to go while it’s warm and sunny if you want to hit the beaches. May/June is probably better than fall.