Post # 17
We left 2 days after our wedding – we just felt that after all the craziness of planning our wedding and buying our house in the same year, there was nothing we craved more than getting the hell out of here and relaxing. Totally worth it! 🙂
Post # 18
We left 15 days after our wedding and honestly, it was perfect! We had the option of the leaving the following day but we didn’t want to and I am SOOOO happy that I had the foresight to see this before hand. The days leading up to our wedding were chaotic. I was lucky that I remembered my wedding dress let alone every miniscule element that I had planned in the last 16 months. I was pretty much losing my mind so there was no way in f’ing hell that I would have been able to pack and be ready to leave for our week long Honeymoon immediately following. It would have been a logistical nightmare. Instead, we got to relax right after the wedding and get our lives back in order before taking off.
Having those two weeks also helped us financially. The Honeymoon itself was paid for months in advance but we had a lot of purchases to make that we put off until after our wedding so we had some extra money. Postponing a bit also helped out TREMENDOUSLY with the after wedding blues that a lot of brides expereince. Instead of having the whole thing be over and done with a few days later, we still got to look forward to our trip for 2 weeks and then enjoy a relaxing Honeymoon for an additional week. It prolonged the whole wedding experience which I really loved. I’d be lying if I said that those 2 weeks flew by, because they didn’t, but at least we had something to look forward to. As long as you don’t have to go back to work the day after your wedding, you’ll be fine.
Post # 19
We left for our mini-moon 2 days after our wedding. Honestly I wish we had waitedat the very least another day or 2. I was so tired the entire time I don’t feel like I got to make the most of our time or enjoy it to the full extent that I could have. Luckily, DH already has something in the works for our anniversary this August 🙂
Post # 20
We’re doing a “mini” getaway, leaving 3 days after the wedding but since we’re getting married on a Sunday, that is really just a long weekend to recharge. Our “proper” honeymoon is booked for about 2.5 months after the wedding. We did this to minimize time away from work (the Mr is a contractor so no work = no pay and while I do have a pile of leave time saved up, it’s really hard for me to get away for more than 2 weeks) and to let the bank balance build back up after all the wedding expenses.
The timing on this also means we get to spend New Years Eve in an exotic foreign city (Tokyo, wow!!!!) instead of scrapping to find something (anything) to do on New Years Eve at home. We’d be likely to travel for NYE anyway, might as well make it one big fancy dancy trip!
Post # 21
We held our wedding in Michigan while living 2500 miles away in California. It would have been a nightmare to leave for the wedding right after the honeymoon so we took it three months later, in October. It worked out well for us, although I do think it would have been nice to leave straight away.
Post # 22
We’re still moving!! And right now, it’s looking like we’ll move out of state. And Fiance is actually starting med school….so, that means we’re paring down to a one income family, and free time for him will be scarce. We even talked about worst-case-scenario doing a Honeymoon after his M1 year, but the odds of that happening are unlikely, due to the fact that he’ll have to be studying for step 1 and will likely have to do research during the summers. From what we’ve heard, Christmas breaks are the only true “breaks” they get, and even then…it’s only about a week of actually not studying. Summers and days off usually are spent studying (more), or doing research.
It’s super important to us to have a Honeymoon before we move and he starts school, but realistically, we likely won’t be looking at a nice week or more long trip for several years!
So now our life looks like this: wedding, back to work for a few days, Honeymoon for a week, back to work for 2 weeks, apartment shop in new city, back to work for 2 weeks, pack our life up and move to new city, back to work (for me), Fiance starts school. It’s mind blowing to look at the calendar and see what our summer entails. Whew!!
Post # 23
We left eleven days after we got married. It was perfect. Even though going back to work sucked it was so nice to prepare for a huge trip and to kind of have something big to anticpiate again. I strongly encourage this!
Post # 24
We’re getting married on Sunday (!!) and then we’ll be leaving for our honeymoon next Wednesday. We live in MA, but the wedding is in NY. So this way we can relax the day after the wedding, then come home on Tuesday and do some last minute getting ready, and then we leave at 4am on Wednesday.
Personally, I don’t think I’d be able to concentrate much at work if I had to go back for less than a week in between the wedding and the honeymoon. I’d be all hyped up from the wedding, and just waiting to get out for the honeymoon. This way is good for me because we do have a couple days in between, but we still get one large chunk of time off from work. And I feel like I’ve been so stressed out, I really want the vacation right away.
ETA: I also have no worries about post-wedding blues. I just want to get this show on the road and stop worrying about everything already.
Post # 25
You know, the more I think about it, the more I am liking the idea. I always though it would be such a bummer to go back to work the week after the wedding, but now I’m thinking: there are so many travel-related errands we’d have to run, and not much pre-wedding time to do them in. I’m thinking “okay, we get married on Friday, then I can run errands Sunday and Monday and we’ll leave Tuesday or Wednesday”. Why continue to run myself ragged when we can get married in Friday, relax Sat, Sun, and Mon…head to work for four days, have another weekend, and then leave? I’d have like 7 days to get things done after work or over that weekend…sounds like a less stressful way to do this wole thing…
Post # 26
Just out of curiosity, what pre-honeymoon errands do you need to run? I’m worried I might be forgetting something, lol.
Post # 27
We’re getting married on Saturday and our flight to London leaves Monday around 4, so that should give us a little bit of time to do some last-minute packing (we’re taking one carry-on sized bag each and my backpack) and finish up a couple of last-minute things. 🙂
Post # 28
Just outfits, lingerie, bathing suits, etc! Then we’d have to make dog camp arrangement for our dog. Fun, cute stuff that I want for our Honeymoon, but honestly won’t have time to do before the wedding.=! Because I already have enough wedding related errands to run in relation to the wedding! Probably a few more things I’m not thinking of now…
Post # 29
We want to do a long Honeymoon so we will wait for a few months first.
Besides, wedding is so exhausting so we don’t want to go Honeymoon right away. We want to rest up a little bit, recharge, then plan on the Honeymoon 🙂
Post # 30
Our wedding was on a Saturday. We drove home on Sunday night, and we left on Monday morning for a 5-night “mini-moon” at an island inn in Maine. We finally booked our “real” honeymoon — 14 nights on safari — a few months ago, and we departing for the trip on our 11-month-iversary.
ETA: I voted 6-12 months.
Post # 31
Our original plan was to go on a honeymoon 10 months after the wedding. We have to schedule vacation time anywhere from 6 months to 1+ years in advance due to DH’s job, so we just sort of shrugged it off.
But miraculously, thanks to some craziness at his work, we got time directly following the wedding — but we only found out about a month before! So we scrambled, and had a lovely trip. Sadly, we now don’t get vacation time until sometime in mid-to-late 2013.
We were married on a Sunday, went back home for Monday and Tuesday (no work) and vacationed from Weds-Saturday. It was nice to have those few days in between to decompress, revel in being married, and, well, pack!