If you know me at all, you've heard me say, "There are pros and cons to everything," because this is something I definitely believe to be true. I've mentioned before and also at meetings with potential brides I always like to add, "If there's any other questions you have, even if it doesn't have to do with photography, let me know, I'd love to help ya out." I've decided to expand on this and thought up a few topics I'd like to write about and hopefully help any brides-to-be out there. Nothing too fancy, just a few things that have stuck out to me from my experiences of working in the wedding industry (coming up on 7 years!), being a recent bride myself, and well, my opinion of what's out there in the way of venues, unique themes and styles, money-saving and planning tips, and for the second Hope this Helps entry, I bring you...
Honeymoon Timing: Pros & Cons
To delay or not to delay? That is the question I hope to answer.
Please note, I may reflect on Zak and I's honeymoon quite a bit, more than I should even, but that's all I have to compare to...plus, I finally backed up the pics from phone. So I will stress again, I am no expert, just going off what I know, what others have said, and some good ol' fashioned research. I guess that's why it's called HOPE this helps. :)
Many couples debate leaving for their honeymoon right after the festivities or waiting a few months to a year. I've yet to see anyone actually leave right after the wedding ceremony, or even the reception for that matter, jump in a car and jet off to their destination like in the movies. (We did, but it's rare.) So when I say 'right after' I mean within 24-48 hours. The majority of couples are now waiting until at least the day after the wedding to leave for their honeymoon, and many are giving themselves two-three days before they start their holiday. Of course a lot of the timing debate will rest on how much time your jobs allow for a honeymoon, among the other factors.
Leaving Right After the Ceremony -
There are various reasons for waiting at least a day or two after the wedding to go on your honeymoon. You can unwrap your wedding gifts with friends and family, make sure your vendors are all paid in full, do any last minute honeymoon packing or preparing, maybe even have your dress dry cleaned and stored away for safe keeping. If you have a lot of out of town guests visiting for your wedding, it seems a shame to waste the opportunity of seeing them by dashing off straight after the wedding, Think about sticking around an extra couple of days in order to do some catching up with them, taking them out and showing them the local area if they're not familiar.
Waiting a Bit, with a Patient Angst -
Waiting a few months or a year to make your escape also has it's benefits and drawbacks. Everything mentioned above would of course also fall into the pros of taking more time in between event and trip. Having more time to possibly save up for your dream trip is what I think may be the biggest benefit of waiting. That and having more time to spend away would also be worth the wait. I can see why a couple might want to wait if their ceremony was a summer affair. Being from Wisconsin, it makes sense to me to hold off and perhaps enjoy some tropical weather come winter.
And to those who have been there and did that - where'd you go, what'd you do? What advice would you have to anyone trying to decide when to honeymoon? Comment below!
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