Jordan
Just Said Yes January 2023

Waiting to go on honeymoon?

Jordan, on November 22, 2021 at 11:49 AM Posted in Honeymoon 0 17
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Did anyone else wait awhile between their wedding and honeymoon? My FH and I are considering spacing them out. We're paying for the wedding 99% out of pocket, and paying for a wedding + a honeymoon back-to-back will be expensive. But I know some people don't think it's a "real honeymoon" unless you go immediately after the wedding.

But I wanted to get other people's opinions on the pros/cons of going right away or waiting.

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Latest activity by Amanda, on December 23, 2021 at 6:44 AM
  • Samantha
    Expert August 2022
    Samantha ·
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    I think a "real" honeymoon is just any time you and your honey take time just the two of you some time after the wedding! I think any time in the first year seems perfectly reasonable. Lots of people consider minimoons for the exact reason you mentioned, though!

    My friends are doing a minimoon for a few days in a cabin the weekend after their January wedding then doing a week in Hawaii in June for their "real" honeymoon! I think waiting so you're fiscally responsible but can still go on the trip you want is the way to do it!

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  • Jordan
    Just Said Yes January 2023
    Jordan ·
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    Thank you!! A minimoon is a great idea!

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  • Samantha
    Rockstar May 2022
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    I think some people don't want to deal with the cost and planning of a honeymoon right after a stressful wedding, and some people want that trip right after the wedding to wind down after the wedding and spend some quality time with their new spouse. Either is acceptable! Our wedding is immediate family only at our house, because we wanted to spend the money on our honeymoon instead Smiley smile

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  • JM Sunshine
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    My husband was in the military when we got married, so our "honeymoon" was spent driving across country to his duty station. A year later we went Barbados and deemed that our real honeymoon.
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  • M
    Devoted September 2021
    Marianne ·
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    We went on our honeymoon one month after our wedding. September is the busiest month at my job and I didn't want to be *that person* who takes a long vacation during busy season. It was actually great because we were able to spend more time with out of town family and friends and I could do more research of things to do, restaurants to try, etc. without the stress of wedding planning looming over me!

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  • Ashlee
    Expert September 2022
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    My FH and I are doing a minimoon for a few days, renting a cabin in the Poconos right after the wedding. Then about 5-6 months later, we're going to St Lucia. Part of it was about the cost immediately after a wedding that we're paying 50% of, but the other part is schedules, we have so many other weddings and events in the few months after we get married, we don't want to use all our time off.

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  • Samantha
    Expert December 2021
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    We're waiting until summer due to our schedules. Nothing wrong with going at a different time! Smiley smile
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  • Mcskipper
    Master July 2018
    Mcskipper ·
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    We planned our honeymoon for about a year after our wedding (plus a couple months to time it right for our destination). Then covid happened. We “honeymooned” about 2.5 years after the wedding, lol. …it…was wonderful. The trip was planned as a honeymoon so it was special and romantic even though we weren’t newlyweds , and honestly, I think it maybe made it even better. A little break from the hustle and bustle of the everyday life to remember the romance and be a little sappy! No one ever questioned when our wedding actually was Smiley winking
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  • Heather
    Rockstar November 2021
    Heather ·
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    My husband and I got married earlier this month and we are definitely waiting a few months. We wanted to wait because of the holidays coming up. And we really just aren't in a rush to do a honeymoon Smiley smile We may consider going in February or March. Maybe even summer time lol.

    However, the timeline between a wedding and honeymoon have nothing to do with not experiencing a "true honeymoon". If anything a honeymoon is another thing to look forward to in celebration of your marriage and love. Smiley smile

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  • mrswinteriscoming
    Rockstar December 2021
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    In Australia our international borders have literally just opened after being closed since March 2020 but cruising is off the cards until March 2022 and unfortunately, FH and I are both terribly scared of flying (and a road trip isn't an option since we already drive a fair distance just to visit family so a road trip wouldn't be a holiday for us).

    We literally can't cruise to the next state up from us despite the fact that we could fly to the USA (or elsewhere) tomorrow if we wanted to, so for us we will do our honeymoon on our year anniversary.

    Not exactly what either of us wanted but heck we've been together for 7 years so if we have to wait longer for our honeymoon, it is what it is. At least we won't feel so bad spending money on it since by then we will really be deserving of a holiday!

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  • Taylor
    Devoted October 2022
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    My fiancé and I are paying for our wedding entirely by ourselves also and we’re going to go on our honeymoon a year after. That’s the plan at least. It’s too expensive. It’ll be like a one year anniversary celebration! We’re also hoping to buy a new RV and truck before our wedding and become full time RVers and travel the US and Canada for possibly a few years. Our apartment lease is up a week and a half before our wedding and we’re hoping to get on the road right away and not sign our lease again. So our honeymoon shall wait awhile unfortunately
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  • Cece
    Rockstar November 2022
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    We are waiting a year to take our honeymoon. We are having a non-international destination wedding, so we plan to stay there with our guests for 4 days. I will be taking off work the week of the wedding, to ensure everything is done. And FH and I will both be taking off the day or 2 after we return, just to unpack, do laundry and relax. Neither one of us could see taking an additional 2-4 weeks off for a honeymoon on top of the time we are already taking. Plus, we didn’t want the added expense of an expensive wedding immediately followed by an expensive honeymoon; especially since our wedding is in November, right before the holidays when travel is the most expensive and we will be spending lots of money on presents etc., It was just too much all around. We decided to wait until the following year and make it a combo honeymoon/one year anniversary trip. It will allow us to save money, replenish our vacation time at work, book travel in advance, and avoid the super expensive holiday rates. Plus, we really want to go to Europe, so hopefully another year will see a decrease in Covid and traveling restriction.
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  • Katherine
    Expert October 2021
    Katherine ·
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    Me and my husband are waiting. Passports are needed to where we are going and I wanted to have my name changed before buying our passports. We did a honeymoon fund to support or honeymoon but we didn’t want to go right after the wedding
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  • Samantha
    Beginner April 2022
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    FH and I are getting married in Hawaii in April 2022 so we're going to mini-Moon there for a couple days before we return home. We're still taking a full honeymoon later in the year but I'll be starting a new job in the new year so I have to wait and see how much time I can take off but it will be a few months after our wedding.

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  • Amanda
    VIP December 2020
    Amanda ·
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    We had our wedding in December 2020 and went on our honeymoon in January 2021. We LOVED having that time between events as it gave us a chance to breathe and honestly catch up with some leftover bills from the wedding weekend. We did go on a mini-moon right after our wedding, we spent 2 nights in the VA wine country region and stayed at two historic and charming hotel's. We were both back to work by the Tuesday after our wedding. I loved people's expressions when they asked what I had done that weekend and I told them we got married. Smiley xd

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  • Alexandria
    Just Said Yes September 2022
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    We’re waiting! There could be lots of reasons to wait until a later time for a honeymoon. The only thing that really matters is that y’all are together.
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  • Amanda
    Just Said Yes December 2021
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    Oh my gosh! Your plan is a honeymoon in itself! RVing and traveling the US and Canada sounds so dreamy to me! Best of luck!
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