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Your honeymoon, it’s that once in a lifetime special vacation. It’s your first vacation as a married couple and your first family vacation. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Honeymoon as; 1 : a period of harmony immediately following marriage. 2 : a period of unusual harmony especially following the establishment of a new relationship. 3 : a trip or vacation taken by a newly married couple.
So should you take your honeymoon right after you get married or should you wait? More and more couples are choosing to wait a few months and even longer after they are married before taking their honeymoon. But why is that such a growing trend? Is that a good idea? Well, there are some plusses to waiting.
First, you just threw the biggest party of your lives. You’ve just planned for months, if not a year or so to plan this major event in your lives. And today’s wedding is not just one day, it can be a long weekend event. From the welcome drinks, the night before, to the wedding day, to the brunch the day after. It’s a lot of work and a lot of entertaining.
Plus, there’s the expense of the wedding. It is reported, from The Knot, that the average wedding can cost $29,000. With the average honeymoon costing $5,000 that’s a lot of money to put out all at once.
Then there are couples who have Destination Weddings. Even though their wedding is somewhere other than home, and they are celebrating with friends and family, they may want to have a honeymoon alone. One of the benefits of a Destination Wedding is celebrating your big event together away as a big group. However, when it comes to your honeymoon, you most likely are going to want that to be just the two of you. And that’s a lot of pressure, to put on on vacation.
Some couples have newer jobs and only have so many vacation days that they can take off and between wedding commitments, and assisting guests they wouldn’t be able to take all of the time off that they want for the wedding and honeymoon.
You are a newly married couple, even if you wait for 6, 12 or even 18 months. There are so many things that you can do. Some couples have the “mini-moon” where they plan a long weekend after the wedding somewhere to just relax and enjoy each other’s company. Then the recuperate both financially and emotionally and plan the big honeymoon. Sometimes when you delay the honeymoon it gives you something new to anticipate, and plan together. This is where working with a romance travel advisor can help you find the best vacation value, find those special romantic spots that you are looking for, and take the load off of planning this vacation all alone. Instead of spending hours and hours researching on the internet, they can do that part for you. You can give them the spending plan, what you are looking for and they can go to work to put the perfect honeymoon in place for you.