Post # 1
Hello bees! I just had to share some super exciting news that I just found out: I’m going to get my dream honeymoon!!!!!!!
Travel is way important to us (and me especially). When we first got engaged I had no clue what I wanted for a wedding but I immediately knew what I wanted for a honeymoon. Africa. And it just doesn’t make sense to travel all the way to Africa for a week.
The problem was my fiance’s work. I’m spoiled and get tons of vacation time at my work so I wasn’t worried about accumulating enough time. He, however, gets only 2 weeks per year, BUT we just found out that if they are given enough notice he can take 3 weeks together and the third week will just be unpaid time off. Squeeeeeeee! So 3 weeks in Africa here we come!
My question for you, fellow bees, is when should we go on this honeymoon. I know that immediately after the wedding is traditional (which would be beginning of Sept for us) but it seems like a lot to plan and do all together. I worry that I would be too exausted from the wedding to enjoy the honeymoon. So I’ve thought about pushing it back a month to a year after the wedding. But I’m worried that the longer I wait it won’t feel as “honeymoonish”. I also know that the seasons in Africa will likely play a large part in our decision.
So I’d really appreciate some feedback from the bees about
1) When did you have your honeymoon?
2) Why then?
3) Advice and thoughts about pros and cons of timing.
Post # 3
We will leave for our honeymoon 2 days after the wedding (on a Monday, wedding is on Saturday) because we wanted one long “wedding break” to enjoy everything together. Fiance is a teacher so we are having the wedding and honeymoon in July since he is off work. I can take off any time of year, but I couldn’t fathom the idea of going back to work right after the wedding, when I’m still on that “high” from all the excitement 🙂
Post # 4
@Mrs. Fireworks: Yeah, work would be odd just a few days after the wedding….
Post # 5
We are also doing ours on the Monday after our Saturday wedding, for many of the same reasons as @Mrs. Fireworks: If you can, I’d take it soon after as well – that way you two have time to relax and enjoy each other before going back to every day life.
Post # 6
We are also doing the Monday after our wedding, we needed a day break to get last minute stuff together and recoop lol, but I couldn’t imagine going back to work right after.
Post # 7
We did the Monday after just so we could sleep a little, get our luggage, etc. We left right after because we wanted the “traditional” honeymoon, it was great to relax from the wedding, and I had no interest in going back to work and leaving again.
Post # 8
We took our honeymoon immediately following our wedding; got married on a Sunday, left on Monday. Part of it was due to Darling Husband being able to clump his leave together that way (he’s military), but more than that, we actually sort of planned our wedding around when we could take our honeymoon as it was really important to us to take our honeymoon right after the wedding. We’re traditional-romantics in that sense!
Looking back on it… I wouldn’t have done it at all differently! We went to Fiji, so it was a long flight, but I was exhausted from the wedding so I slept nearly the whole flight, which was awesome! 😀 Also, it was nice to have intimate time together, before we really started our lives together back in the ‘real’ world (we also didn’t live together before we got married) after all the hectic planning that comes with a wedding.
There’s something to be said about enjoying your honeymoon while still on the ‘high’ of your wedding. I say go for it! And Africa… I’m jealous! Sounds amazing!
Post # 9
Congrats! Africa will be AMAZING. We had a two week European honeymoon. We are both in grad school, so we couldn’t go immediately after our wedding due to school schedules. So, we went to a B&B for the weekend (it was a Friday wedding, then went to Europe approximately a month later. It was not originally what I had in mind, but it worked out WONDERFULLY! I would absolutely recommend waiting a bit. The wedding itself is so exhausting, I couldn’t imagine hopping on a plane immediately after and heading out of the country (because of flight delays it ended up taking us 36 hours to get to our final destination–I wouldn’t have been a happy camper ). If it was some sort of super relaxing beach honeymoon, by all means go immediately. But some recovery time from the wedding was just what we needed! Besides, we kinda got 2 honeymoons for one– a weekend at a B&B, and THEN a European vacay! Good luck!
Post # 10
Our was a relaxing beach honeymoon, different from our typcical run around exciting vacations so we went 2 days after the wedding. No matter when I went though, I’d want go to right after the wedding and keep the high going. I would want to go back to work like the day after the wedding and then have to look forward to the trip.
Post # 11
Fantastic news! Yay!
We are going 3 months after the wedding because I will be finishing grad school and graduation right after the wedding.
Post # 12
When we got engaged we first decided to spend a week in the Florida Keys right after. Then his sister announced that she was getting married in the carribean early next May and decided to go to Ireland instead. (When my Fiance suggested it I got so excited, more so than I was about going to the Keys). After looking at my school schedule I realized that it wasn’t going to be practical to go right after (I needed to be back by labor day), and winter or waiting wasn’t really an option (I wanted to go before his sister’s wedding!) In the end we are taking the honeymoon trip before the wedding (gasps :O), because that’s what worked for us.
I like that I don’t have to worry about going on a big trip right after my wedding. Instead we get to relax and spend time with everyone who will still be in town. Also my Fiance had to take a layoff week at work and decided to take it the week after our wedding. So we plan on just chilling, getting after-wedding stuff done, and going camping on labor day weekend.
I understand wanting to take it right away, but at the same time if you wait a few weeks you might have more time in Africa (leave on Friday night versus leaving on Sunday morning). Also I like being able to relax the day after the wedding and not be stressed about catching a flight.