Post # 1
Set wedding date for March but want to go to Paris for honeymoon. Different sites are giving different average temps and advice, but based on your experience, would I have to wear average winter clothing in March? Would love to do April, but that leaves a month between honeymoon and wedding. Thoughts, comments or suggestions based on experience?
Post # 2
It could snow in March! To be fair it will still be a bit chilly and changeable in April, Paris is quite northerly and has a similar climate to the UK.
Is warm weather a must? Paris in nice coats and scarves, dipping into cafes for a chocolate chaud isn’t the worst thing in the world. You could be lucky and have blue skies, but depending on what you are used to, it won’t be summer clothes weather.
Post # 3
I went to Paris is March and it was cooold! Not full on winter clothing, but definitely a warm jacket at least. I imagine it can be somewhat variable.
Post # 4
trinibride0417: I would do April.
We have our wedding at the end of June or early July 2017 (haven’t locked down a venue yet, so the date is up in the air) and we are thinking of going to Europe (Paris, and hopefully Rome too) in mid Sept to late Sept or early October to mid Oct. But we gonna do like a 2 day local mini moon right after the wedding though I think. There is nothing wrong with having some time between the wedding and the honeymoon. I used to be dead set of leaving for the honeymoon like the day after the wedding but opened up my mind about it.
Post # 5
Drizzle: Actually where we live there is only warm weather so somewhere chilly will be a bit welcoming. But we dont want January or February cold. You’re right, it’s a nice time to dress up 🙂
ana2017: I am opening up to having the honeymoon some time after. We have our minds set on April, but wanted to see what it was like in March before we set affirmative dates.
Post # 6
April for sure! As pp said, it’s not too different from the UK and March is very changeable. It’s why when I couldn’t get an Oct 15 wedding date with venue we opted for April. Plus you can totally go around with the song ‘April in Paris’ as your soundtrack in your head, or at least I would! I was even tempted to have it somewhere in my wedding for the April bit!
Post # 7
ana2017: +1 for the mini moon. We’re delaying honeymoon too. To be honest, the more people I speak to who went away straight after their wedding say they wish they had delayed a little to just come down and enjoy being married plus something to look forward to. Personally, I know I’ll be exhausted after the wedding so looking forward to a hangover day and a productive chill day before going to mini moon!
Post # 8
I got married in March and I’ve lived in Paris, so I empathise with wanting to go off right away – but if you want to get the most out of Paris, go in April. Spring in Paris is the best.
Especially if you’re from the U.S. and unlikely to ever go again/much. Obviously in the UK we can hop over whenever we like, but if it’s a once in a lifetime trip, go in the season that its most associated with.
Post # 9
trinibride0417: First, I think you’re better off going to your honeymoon a month after your wedding. I’ve heard stories how even the week after the wedding can be chaotic. If you have one month in between, you have plenty of time to finalize some details or payments with your vendors, open your gifts & write thank you cards and pack away everything.
In general, that area of Europe can still be cold & grey in March. I got engaged in Paris in April. SO took me there for 5 days in total and that was my first time. Everyday was sunny with clear blue skies and temperature was in the 70’s fahrenheit. During the day I just wore a shirt and jeans but in the evening, it was cooler so I took a light jacket with me. I’m not sure if we just got lucky. Definitely, I would vote for an April honeymoon.
Post # 10
Paris is always beautiful! Go whenever suits your schedule the most!
Post # 11
Paris is nice any time of year, but I would probably go in April rather than March. The weather’s likely to be a little nicer then too.
Post # 12
In April you have the chance for some warm, towards the end even hot days. The trees and flowers will be blooming and the gras will be fresher & greener. If it’s still too cold in March the waterplays won’t be turned on. The city will apear prettier in April. But beware oft Easter, 2017 it will be around April 16th. I wouldn’t go the week before and after as it will be crowded.
Post # 14
I’m disagreeing with a few of the PP, we went on honeymoon two days after the wedding and we did a long haul flight. I wouldn’t change anything. For us, going home would have been a bit anticlimactic. It was really nice to go from being around everyone to our own little bubble, if we’d been at home people would have called and we wouldn’t have had that time alone. There’s something about talking to people while you’re away and saying we got married the previous Saturday and people getting really excited for you.
You know what will work for you two but I just didn’t want you to think that everyone who had a honeymoon straight after wished they’d waited. As for when to go to Paris, April might be better but Paris can be really changeable. We went in Jin a few years ago and it was cold and drizzly. We have pictures outside Notre dame in winter coats with hot chocolates. It was still lovely though.
PS – if you want to go to the Louvre get there early otherwise you’ll be queuing for hours and you won’t have time to see anything (everything else you might have to queue but nothing seems to get as crazy busy as the louvre).
Post # 15
trinibride0417: I’d go April just for the simple fact that some plants & trees will be in bloom. March can be quite ugly, still rather barren. Weather aside.