Post # 1
Fiance and I have been talking about going to Australia/New Zealand for months and bought tickets and pretty much planned out the trip about 2 months ago. Then he proposed about 2 weeks ago. We thought about trying to have the wedding before going in Dec so the trip could double as a honeymoon, but thats just not possible. Is the honeymoon after the wedding really that special/different than just another vacation with your guy? It will be just us for our month in Aus/NZ anyways. We will still honeymoon, probably in Italy, but just because that was the next destination I want to go that that he wants to visit also so it sort of jsust feels like it willl just be the next vacation.
Is that first getaway as husband/wife really that much more special?
Post # 3
I really don’t think that taking a vacation after the wedding is really that different than a normal vacation. Just do a little mini trip somewhere or just sit at home and be married!
Post # 4
For us it was because we were so ready for a break after the wedding! Being able to hide from the world and just enjoy each other as newlyweds felt really special, much different to a normal vacation to me. I’d think of your Aust/NZ trip as your last hurrah together before the wedding preps really get crazy – sort of like a pre-moon – and then the honeymoon as just that 🙂
Post # 5
I agree with MountainBride. I think the biggest difference between a regular vacation and a honeymoon is simply how much more you NEED it! When I first got engaged, my boss told me the one thing I needed to do was schedule a honeymoon directly after the wedding because I would be so exhausted and need to recharge. At the time I didn’t really understand just how true that was. Now that my wedding is a week away, I’m looking forward to the honeymoon more than any other vacation I’ve taken in recent memory, simply because I NEED a break! Plus, we used the honeymoon as an excuse to go somewhere we really wanted to visit, but is more expensive than we would typically spend on a vacation. For us, it was worth it.
Post # 6
i thought the honeymoon had a different feeling than regular vacation, just for the fact that it’s your honeymoon. you were just married, you’re as newlywed as you’ll ever be, and it makes everything that much more special.
Post # 7
I think even if the honeymoon trip is the same as any other vacation you’ve taken, the fact that you’re taking it just after getting married makes it much more special. My Fiance and I are honeymooning at a place we’ve been before, and at first I was leery of doing that, but now I’m happy I did because we’ll know what to expect when we get there!
Post # 8
It is different, but not so different that you should rush this trip. Fiance and I went to Vietnam last summer, had a fabulous time, but would NEVER do that for our honeymoon. We want something much more relaxing. Even just a long weekend getaway to a romantic spot would be SOOO much better as a honeymoon.
Post # 9
thx for the inputs! Fiance and I have talked about it and we’ve decided that we still want to do a honeymoon after the wedding, and still still do the australia trip as originally planned. as mtnbride said… to get away and relax after the wedding and not have to wrory about anything else for another week or two
Post # 10
You will love NZ. We were there in November (before we were even engaged) and loved it. It was the biggest trip either of us had ever taken, and afterwards we realized it would be hard to top that (because of the length, destination, and cost). So now we are planning Tahiti/Bora Bora/Moorea for the honeymoon which will cost just as much probably (but for a shorter time). Regular family vacations after that in the future will seem plain but thats ok (since we can’t afford these types of trips forever).
The funny thing was that when we sent out the pictures from our trip as christmas cards, my grandma wrote back and said that our honeymoon looked gorgeous. We weren’t even engaged yet (and does she really think we wouldn’t have invited her to the wedding?). Just a funny thing that you might need to watch out for taking a big trip before the wedding.
Post # 11
For us it was different – we had this like surreal feeling and it was something I’m glad we didn’t pass up to enjoy that time of newly wedded bliss (and we had already lived together for 2 years and taken vacations together)
Our vacations are usually VERY active and this one was too, but we did try to tone it down a bit and for us do the crazy thing of staying in a cute little cottage instead of camping or staying in a hostel.
Post # 12
I thought it might be different and now that I am getting down to the wire, I am ver excited for the honeymoon. And this would be our first trip as man and wife.
Post # 13
Meh, I don’t think it will be any different than a normal vacay for us. Our honeymoon isn’t until three months after the wedding and I’m not taking time off work after the wedding (wedding Saturday, work on Monday). I just have way too many projects this summer to be able to do what we wanted. That should all be done in November though and then I am gone for three weeks. 😀