(Closed) Wedding in June, honeymoon in September? Anyone else done something like this?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Future Couture: Hello! Sound like a nice plan! My Fiance and I have gone to Disney World every year for the past 3 years, plus we got engaged there, so we know what a fantastic place it is for couples!

You’ll have a great time! You’re completely right that crowds, heat, and costs will be more managable in September. Definitely be on the lookout for their “free dining” promotion which usually runs through that time. This gives you one of the lower-level dining plans for free, with the option to pay the difference and upgrade.

One thing to consider too is that hours will be reduced in September as compared to June, so if it’s in your budget, consider staying near the Boardwalk (either at the Boardwalk hotel, Yacht or Beach Club hotels, or Swan and Dolphin, which are not disney owned). It’ll be nice for you and your new hubby to be able to easily walk to the boardwalk (a great place for romantic walks, plus they also have a dance club and a fantastic deuling piano bar) at night when the parks close early-ish and not have to take a cab back to your hotel if you’re staying elsewhere.

Animal Kingdom Lodge is another great option. It’s a deluxe like those others, so it’s really nice, but it’s a little cheaper because it’s farther away from the parks. The cool thing is though that there’s a savanah with live animals right at the hotel so this gives you the option to go back to your hotel after the parks close early and use their night vision goggles to check out the animals! Plus, what could be better than waking up and looking out your window to see zebras and giraffes! We’ve stayed there and loved it!

 

Sorry for writing you a novel… I’m kind of a Disney nut! Feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We got married on December 11th. We wanted to do at least 10 days for a honeymoon, which would have put us back way too close to Christmas. So we opted to fly to Vegas for a couple of nights after the wedding and then once the holidays cleared we went on our actual honeymoon. It was perfect.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Future Couture: Great questions! Believe it or not, we actually don’t have a time share. We book a package each time. We’ve booked our packages on our own, directly through disney for the past 3 times. We were planning on going for our honeymoon (in september actually!) and started working with a travel agent just so we would have someone to take care of the little details while we’re busy planning the wedding. Travel agents are nice because it doesn’t cost you a dime to work with them (they get a comission from disney, I think). You just have to be able to be a little bit hands off (which is hard for me, haha). Anyway, we just decided to venture over to the west coast to try Disneyland for the first time, so we’re staying with the same travel agent but just having her book the disneyland package instead. (Feel free to PM me if you’d like our agen’t info, she’s been great so far!)

So basically I’d say go through disney if you feel comfortable (it’s always fun to call and book because they usually wish you a magical day when they hang up,) or use a travel agent that specializes in Disney travel. Agents can book you a AAA rate (our agent is going to do that for our DL trip since no specials have come out yet), so you don’t have to use a AAA agent to get those discounts. Just make sure you tell them you’re a AAA member. (PS: some of the tours and extra stuff might have AAA discounts too, so be sure to ask when booking).

And from what I understand, if you book a trip before a discount comes out, you are eligible for the discounted price or special perk like free dining! That’s another nice thing about travel agents. If you’re not a nut like me and my Fiance (who listen to disney podcasts and are constantly up to date on the latest discount offers), a good travel agent will keep their eyes open for these deals and will adjust your package and price based on that. I’d just make sure if you go that route, that you make sure your travel agent does do this. I think the good Disney specialists do though.

Also, you’ll hear both good and bad about the dining plan but IMO, it’s amazing! We love the resturants at Destination Wedding so we get the delux dining plan. I love the feeling of never having to take out a credit card or think about how much a meal costs while on a trip, plus always knowing you get dessert is nice too! If you and your Fiance are lighter eaters, this might not be for you. It definitely depends on what you’re looking for.

One other random piece of advice… google a product called a hydroflask. It’s the best purchase we’ve ever made! It’s this ridiculous water bottle that somehow keeps water ice cold all day! We took it when we went for a week last August (yes, florida in august). We would fill it up with ice and water in the morning at our hotel, and it always had solid ice left by the end of the long, hot day! It’s not a cheap water bottle but it paid for itself considering we didn’t have to buy expensive disposable water bottles or sodas in the park. Plus then you can use your snack credits (if you get the dining plan) for goodies rather than water. πŸ™‚

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

we are getting married in Sept but going on our honeymoon in April when its cold here and not hurricane season down south!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

We are getting married in May and honeymooning in August.  Bar review starts right after the wedding so we will be celebrating our honeymoon, and me being doing with the bar, and my brithday in August. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011 - The Tribute Golf Club

We got married in April, took a minimoon road trip for a couple of nights and then did our honeymoon one month later. πŸ™‚

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Future Couture: We actually used a travel agency that one of our favorite disney podcasts recommended. She’s not local. We work with her via phone and internet and it’s gone smoothly so far. Definitely a bonus if there’s someone great nearby! Best of luck in your agent hunt and in your trip planning! You’re going to have the BEST time!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

our wedding is in august and we are taking our honeymoon over thanksgiving πŸ™‚

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

We got married at the end of March (2010) and honeymooned the following June. It was nice to have a special trip to look forward to. I was also happy to not have to worry about packing for going away for a week with all of the wedding activities going on. We did go to a resort a few hours away for a 3 or 4 days following the wedding. I think you will be really happy with your decision to wait until September.

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