When to Honeymoon: Straight after the wedding or wait?
While traditionally couples would shoot off on holiday as soon as the wedding celebrations finished, more and more newlyweds are giving thought as to when to honeymoon.
Choosing when to go usually comes down to a few main things:
- Stress levels
- Where you want to go
If finances are tight or the wedding planning has been stressful, it may be wise to wait a while rather than adding more to an overflowing plate. Similarly, if you have your heart set on a destination that’s at its best later in the year, it makes sense to wait until you can have the perfect holiday rather than rushing things and losing out on the experience.
If you’re pretty flexible in regards to above factors and are just trying to decide when is best to go, here are some positives and negatives to help you out.
When to Honeymoon: Leaving the night of the wedding
- There’s something quite cool about waking up that morning a single (in law) man and by the time night comes, you’re married, on a high and off on honeymoon. Great way to begin your new married life with a bang.
- Leaving that night means there’s no down time – you’re still buzzed from the amazing day you just had as you get on a plan to your dream destination.
- Maybe this makes us bad people, but it’s a sneaky way to get out of all the tedious post-wedding stuff, like cleaning up, dealing with hotel staff and returning tuxes. It’s a great excuse to delegate.
- Realistically, you’ll probably be leaving as everyone has just finished rocking out to the band you chose, which means you may feel like you’re missing out on some great party moments.
- After the craziness of wedding week and all the adrenaline of the day itself, going through airport security and boarding a flight may be the last thing you want to do.
When to Honeymoon: Leaving a day or two after the wedding
- Leaving the next day means you won’t miss a single second of the awesome wedding you spent months planning.
- It gives you a chance to wind down and relax a little before your flight, while spending a little extra time with the guests who travelled to see you.
- You can make sure all your vendors are paid before you leave, which means you’ve nothing hanging over you when you get back.
- You’ll have time to pack for your honeymoon after the wedding, which is one thing off your pre-wedding To Do list.
- Having a couple of days between the wedding and honeymoon inevtiablly means you’ll spend the time organising and finalising things, like payments or even thank you notes. This means your first couple of married days are spent working instead of chilling with a cocktail.
- The wedding high will wear off after a day and any extra time between then and the wedding will feel like limbo while you wait to take off on your honeymoon.
When to Honeymoon: Waiting a few months
- Not having the wedding as a set honeymoon date means you have flexibility. You can wait until it’s off-season at your dream location and save lots of money.
- Many people take a week off work before the wedding and honeymoons typically last around two weeks. Being away from the office for that long can stress some people out, which means they don’t fully relax during their holiday. Splitting the time means work will be far from your mind.
- Honeymoons can add a lot of extra stress to wedding planning and being able to wait until after the big day will take a huge load of you both.
- Waiting gives you time to build your savings back up again, which means you could splurge on an even better honeymoon.
- The one big downside is that waiting makes it seem like a regular holiday and not the special honeymoon you both dreamed of.