Destination weddings are incredibly popular, and they have one excellent advantage: you can go right from wedding to honeymoon, with no additional travel required. There are a few tips that will help you plan your perfect destination wedding and honeymoon all wrapped up in one neat little package.
First of all, think about how much time you want to spend with your guests. If your wedding takes place somewhere like Disneyworld, it will be easy to send your family off on their own post-wedding while the newlyweds enjoy their honeymoon. On the other hand, if you have a cruise ship wedding, you will definitely be running into your parents onboard the ship during your honeymoon, and they may even expect you to have dinner with them every night! When choosing your destination, give careful thought to how much privacy you will want during the honeymoon portion of your stay.
Beaches are not the only great destination wedding and honeymoon locations. A fun city like New Orleans would be a fabulous place to tie the knot and stay on for a vacation.
Since you will be honeymooning right at your wedding destination, it is obviously important that it is a place you will enjoy spending a week or so exploring. Some places might make great wedding locations, but if you can’t imagine also vacationing there, keep looking. The right spot will depend largely on what you and your fiance enjoy most in a vacation spot, whether it is a lazy beach or the non-stop excitement of a big city.
When planning a destination wedding and honeymoon together, timing is important. Naturally you will want as much honeymoon time as possible, but you also need to get to your location far enough in advance of your nuptials to handle the last minute details. It is smart to arrive at your destination at least two days before your wedding, so if you had a total of seven days blocked out for the trip, you could divide it up like this: two days in the destination before the wedding, the wedding day, and four days of honeymoon. If you can manage an extra couple of days away, add it on to the tail end of your honeymoon. You will want to enjoy your romantic trip for as long as possible!