Choosing WHEN to honeymoon: To travel now… or then?

Choosing WHEN to honeymoon: To travel now… or then?

Are you planning on going on your honeymoon straight after the wedding? It used to be a given that that’s how a honeymoon was done, but increasingly couples are choosing to delay their travel plans until a few weeks, or sometimes even a few months after the wedding. Why would they do that, you ask? Well, let’s take a look at the pros and cons:

Delaying the honeymoon after the wedding – PROS:

  • It gives you time to relax! Be under no illusions here, weddings are a BIG day and you’ll spend the entire time posing for photos and mingling with guests. You’ll love every minute of it, but by day’s end the beautiful bride’s feet will ache from those fabulous shoes and she’ll probably be wishing that stunning gown wasn’t quite so well-fitted... Going straight to the airport and dealing with queues and jetlag may be the last thing you want to do.
  • Less planning. Even those with outstanding organisational skills will be rushed at the end – it’s unavoidable with so many things that need to be checked at the last minute. Then there are bridesmaids coming over to have hair and make-up done, relatives milling around your home, pre-wedding photos… do you really want to try and organise your packing at the same time? Do you want to be wondering where you’ve put your toothbrush on the day of your wedding?
  • Getting the season right. This is a big factor in the honeymoon-delay rationale. If you’ve always wanted to go to Venice on your honeymoon, there’s no point going in winter when it’s flooded, even if that time of year is perfect weather for a wedding where you live.

Delaying the honeymoon after the wedding - CONS:

  • Where’s the buzz?! After the massive high you’ll be on from your wedding, it’s not much fun to just go home afterwards like it wasn’t a life-changing day!
  • A holiday, or a honeymoon? If you delay the trip by too much, you run the risk that it will feel like a “normal” trip instead of a honeymoon.

Tips for choosing when to travel if you don’t want to delay the journey

  • Give yourselves a day to recover. If you’ve got a long flight ahead of you, consider staying locally for a day at a gorgeous hotel in your own city to relax and recover from the wedding before heading off to the airport.
  • Can you plan the wedding date around the honeymoon? If there’s somewhere you REALLY want to go for your honeymoon and certain seasons are off-limits at that destination, try to choose a wedding date that falls in the right season for visiting.
  • Let the destination suit the season. Be ruthless! If the seasons really don’t match up for the wedding and honeymoon destination and you don’t want to move the wedding or delay the trip, then go somewhere else instead! You’ll thank us for this tough love approach one day!
  • Plan to take it easy when you get there. It’s a good idea to schedule those easy-going gifts like massages and theatre tickets for the first day or two of your honeymoon to give you a chance to wind-down, and leave the horse-back riding and scuba-diving for later on. We’ve got some ideas on how to choose gifts here.

A few ideas to think about, anyway.

Check out our sample registry for more ideas, or click here for more info on creating your own honeymoon registry. Happy planning!

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Choosing WHEN to honeymoon: To travel now… or then?

Choosing WHEN to honeymoon: To travel now… or then?

Are you planning on going on your honeymoon straight after the wedding? It used to be a given that that’s how a honeymoon was done, but increasingly couples are choosing to delay their travel plans until a few weeks, or sometimes even a few months after the wedding. Why would they do that, you ask? Well, let’s take a look at the pros and cons:

Delaying the honeymoon after the wedding – PROS:

  • It gives you time to relax! Be under no illusions here, weddings are a BIG day and you’ll spend the entire time posing for photos and mingling with guests. You’ll love every minute of it, but by day’s end the beautiful bride’s feet will ache from those fabulous shoes and she’ll probably be wishing that stunning gown wasn’t quite so well-fitted... Going straight to the airport and dealing with queues and jetlag may be the last thing you want to do.
  • Less planning. Even those with outstanding organisational skills will be rushed at the end – it’s unavoidable with so many things that need to be checked at the last minute. Then there are bridesmaids coming over to have hair and make-up done, relatives milling around your home, pre-wedding photos… do you really want to try and organise your packing at the same time? Do you want to be wondering where you’ve put your toothbrush on the day of your wedding?
  • Getting the season right. This is a big factor in the honeymoon-delay rationale. If you’ve always wanted to go to Venice on your honeymoon, there’s no point going in winter when it’s flooded, even if that time of year is perfect weather for a wedding where you live.

Delaying the honeymoon after the wedding - CONS:

  • Where’s the buzz?! After the massive high you’ll be on from your wedding, it’s not much fun to just go home afterwards like it wasn’t a life-changing day!
  • A holiday, or a honeymoon? If you delay the trip by too much, you run the risk that it will feel like a “normal” trip instead of a honeymoon.

Tips for choosing when to travel if you don’t want to delay the journey

  • Give yourselves a day to recover. If you’ve got a long flight ahead of you, consider staying locally for a day at a gorgeous hotel in your own city to relax and recover from the wedding before heading off to the airport.
  • Can you plan the wedding date around the honeymoon? If there’s somewhere you REALLY want to go for your honeymoon and certain seasons are off-limits at that destination, try to choose a wedding date that falls in the right season for visiting.
  • Let the destination suit the season. Be ruthless! If the seasons really don’t match up for the wedding and honeymoon destination and you don’t want to move the wedding or delay the trip, then go somewhere else instead! You’ll thank us for this tough love approach one day!
  • Plan to take it easy when you get there. It’s a good idea to schedule those easy-going gifts like massages and theatre tickets for the first day or two of your honeymoon to give you a chance to wind-down, and leave the horse-back riding and scuba-diving for later on. We’ve got some ideas on how to choose gifts here.

A few ideas to think about, anyway.

Check out our sample registry for more ideas, or click here for more info on creating your own honeymoon registry. Happy planning!

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From Michelangelo to the Minotaur: Stepping back in time in Italy and Greece

From Michelangelo to the Minotaur: Stepping back in time in Italy and Greece

Planning your honeymoon registry? Wish you could get some tips from others who’ve done the same? We’ve spoken to a few couples who used Our Honeymoon Registry and they’ve shared some ideas and experiences from their trips.

Bartek and Claire

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Italy and Greece

Which honeymoon registry gift ideas worked really well on your trip?

A colleague from work gave us a gift of a gondola ride in Venice, which we loved! Also, a few family friends gave us some accommodation while we were there, which was right in the old part of town in a beautiful building with its own water-gate onto the canal. We would never have been able to justify the expense of such gorgeous accommodation if we were travelling normally, because you can stay much more cheaply out of town, so this was a great opportunity to make the trip special using the registry.

Favourite place to go there?

Santorini (Greece)

From Michelangelo to the Minotaur: Stepping back in time in Italy and Greece

How did you decide on the gifts you put in your registry?

Honestly… my ancient history class back in high school! I’d studied all these places in Greece and Italy but had never actually stood there and looked at the real things. So I mapped out places like the Sistine chapel, the ruins at Pompeii and the palace at Knossos as my starting point. Then I spoke to friends who’ve been there before and looked at travel books to see what other things were in the area that we might want to do, and any special accommodation we could stay at.

Best food experience?

Really loved the bread and tzatziki platters in Santorini. A big part of that was eating them outdoors gazing at the setting sun over the ocean with a few drinks!

Something you wish you’d done or known when you were there?

In Rome, we learned never to buy any food if you can see the Colosseum from where you are – it’s overpriced and nasty “tourist” fare instead of authentic Roman cuisine.

Best tip for travellers in that country?

Breakfast isn’t big in Italy… in fact I’m not sure it exists. So if you’re like me and can’t step outside without having had the most important meal of the day, go exploring to find shops where you can get things like fresh bread or fruit to take back to the hotel for the next morning (these are good even if you don’t have a fridge). I discovered the gelato shop down the road served a great natural yogurt with honey, which was my go-to option.

From Michelangelo to the Minotaur: Stepping back in time in Italy and Greece

Best tips for newlyweds who travel?

Schedule in some low energy gifts – even if you think you love energetic activities. Things like massages or theatre tickets are good for breaking up the more intense activities, because all travel has the potential to be tiring and stressful at times if it’s too full-on, and you don’t want something like that to stop you enjoying the time with your new husband/wife!

A few key items to pack for an awesome honeymoon in that country?

A few snappy outfits that don’t crush too badly and comfy flat shoes (putting those squishy inserts into the soles is a good idea) – no sneakers!! People dress impeccably well in Rome and I’d packed my usual travel wear of loose cargoes and floppy shirts. I had just a few nice outfits I could muster up, and ended up buying a few new things while I was there (I know, poor me!) because I felt like I stuck out so badly. When in Rome…

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From Michelangelo to the Minotaur: Stepping back in time in Italy and Greece

From Michelangelo to the Minotaur: Stepping back in time in Italy and Greece

Planning your honeymoon registry? Wish you could get some tips from others who’ve done the same? We’ve spoken to a few couples who used Our Honeymoon Registry and they’ve shared some ideas and experiences from their trips.

Bartek and Claire

Where did you go for your honeymoon?

Italy and Greece

Which honeymoon registry gift ideas worked really well on your trip?

A colleague from work gave us a gift of a gondola ride in Venice, which we loved! Also, a few family friends gave us some accommodation while we were there, which was right in the old part of town in a beautiful building with its own water-gate onto the canal. We would never have been able to justify the expense of such gorgeous accommodation if we were travelling normally, because you can stay much more cheaply out of town, so this was a great opportunity to make the trip special using the registry.

Favourite place to go there?

Santorini (Greece)

From Michelangelo to the Minotaur: Stepping back in time in Italy and Greece

How did you decide on the gifts you put in your registry?

Honestly… my ancient history class back in high school! I’d studied all these places in Greece and Italy but had never actually stood there and looked at the real things. So I mapped out places like the Sistine chapel, the ruins at Pompeii and the palace at Knossos as my starting point. Then I spoke to friends who’ve been there before and looked at travel books to see what other things were in the area that we might want to do, and any special accommodation we could stay at.

Best food experience?

Really loved the bread and tzatziki platters in Santorini. A big part of that was eating them outdoors gazing at the setting sun over the ocean with a few drinks!

Something you wish you’d done or known when you were there?

In Rome, we learned never to buy any food if you can see the Colosseum from where you are – it’s overpriced and nasty “tourist” fare instead of authentic Roman cuisine.

Best tip for travellers in that country?

Breakfast isn’t big in Italy… in fact I’m not sure it exists. So if you’re like me and can’t step outside without having had the most important meal of the day, go exploring to find shops where you can get things like fresh bread or fruit to take back to the hotel for the next morning (these are good even if you don’t have a fridge). I discovered the gelato shop down the road served a great natural yogurt with honey, which was my go-to option.

From Michelangelo to the Minotaur: Stepping back in time in Italy and Greece

Best tips for newlyweds who travel?

Schedule in some low energy gifts – even if you think you love energetic activities. Things like massages or theatre tickets are good for breaking up the more intense activities, because all travel has the potential to be tiring and stressful at times if it’s too full-on, and you don’t want something like that to stop you enjoying the time with your new husband/wife!

A few key items to pack for an awesome honeymoon in that country?

A few snappy outfits that don’t crush too badly and comfy flat shoes (putting those squishy inserts into the soles is a good idea) – no sneakers!! People dress impeccably well in Rome and I’d packed my usual travel wear of loose cargoes and floppy shirts. I had just a few nice outfits I could muster up, and ended up buying a few new things while I was there (I know, poor me!) because I felt like I stuck out so badly. When in Rome…

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