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Honeymoon: Now or Later?

Nov 21, 2017

On the big day, I always love chatting with my couples about their honeymoon plans. Because as if a wedding isn’t reason enough to celebrate, they are also gearing up for a big trip! I’m always curious to find out whether they are jetting off in the days after the event or if they are taking a few weeks/months to breathe before making the trek. We did the latter after our wedding and didn’t regret it one bit. There is certainly no right or wrong answer and only a couple can decide what is best for them! Here are some pros and cons to each to help figure out which is best for you!

+ Fill the void.
I remember the day my wedding ending, it felt like I was mourning a loss. Planning consumes you for 12+ months and when it’s over, it feels like there is a big hole. Going on your honeymoon right away can help ease that pain!
+ Relaxation.
Planning is also a huge stressor as this is the biggest event you’ll like ever throw! Taking some time off to relax right after it’s over will be refreshing. 
+ Postpone “real life”.
After your wedding, the last thing you want to do is head back to work! Going on your honeymoon allows you delay the “real world” for just a bit longer. 

+ More Planning.
If you’re heading out immediately after your honeymoon, you’ll inevitable need to have every aspect of the trip planned out. 
+ Hurricane Season.
At least on the East Coast, summer is one of the most popular times of year to get married, which, unfortunately, falls right in the middle of hurricane season in the tropics! 
+ Pre-Packing.
Departing the day after your wedding? In addition to packing your bags for the big day, you also have to pack for your entire honeymoon! That can be quite overwhelming to manage. 

Is it better to enjoy your honeymoon right after the big day or savor it later? This DC wedding photographer discusses the pros and cons to both options! Is it better to enjoy your honeymoon right after the big day or savor it later? This DC wedding photographer discusses the pros and cons to both options!

+ Anticipation. 
After the height of big day, you’ll be wanting something to look forward to over the coming weeks or months.
+ Flexible Dates.
If you plan on going a bit later, you can really go ANY time you want! That gives you the flexibility to plan around the best time of year for the destination you are heading, the best time to be off of work, etc.
+ More Planning Time.
Having some time after the wedding to plan the details of your honeymoon can mean that it will get more of your attention and focus rather than haphazardly throwing something together. I’d recommend settling on a location, date, and hotel. Leave all the excursions and outings for later!
+ Additional Funds.
A delayed honeymoon means you have more time to save which means you have more you can do! Couples traditionally receive a bit of money from the wedding that you will also be able to put towards the trip. 

+ Delays.
By delaying your honeymoon, it could end up never happening if you don’t MAKE it happen. You may just keep delaying and delaying it further until it’s over a year from your wedding day. As I mentioned above, be sure to set a definitive date for the future no matter when it is. 
+ Work.
You just have one of the biggest, best weekends of your life and then boom… Monday means back to work. Yuck! You may still want to take a few days off to settle and relax, even if it’s just a staycation.  


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