Should You Delay Your Honeymoon?

Honeymoons & Destination Weddings
Pros Cons Delaying Honeymoon

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Your first trip as man and wife, probably in an exotic, exciting location. Can't quite wait for it, right? Increasingly, many couples are. If you're considering delaying your honeymoon — or can't imagine why anyone would, consider these reasons, for and against.

Why you might want to delay...

You'll be more relaxed — and prepared.
As magnificent as your own wedding is, it's also exhausting. Don't underestimate the benefit of having time to recuperate, relax, and prepare before you embark on a major trip. Plus, you'll actually have the attention to devote to plotting out your trip.

You'll likely have more time.
A wedding will eat up a week's vacation time at least. Depending on how much time off you've got stacked up — or whether you're in a profession where you can stay for any length of time — it may be hard to get enough time to truly do your honeymoon justice.

See more: The 10 Mistakes Couples Make When Booking Their Honeymoons

You'll have more time to save.
Chances are, if your destination is exotic and exciting, it's got a price to match — even if it's just the cost of the airfare. Though many couples will receive cash gifts that they put toward their trip, delaying only means more time to sock away some cash for the trip of a lifetime. You'll have more time to find good deals, too.

Why you'd rather go right away...

It might feel anticlimactic.
Let's face it: You'll still be on a high when you come off of your wedding. Waiting to go on your honeymoon might feel a little like a letdown.

Life can get in the way.
Unless you've already got the time allotted and tickets booked (which you should), the stuff of life can, and likely will, come up and possibly interfere with your special trip.

Jolène M. Bouchon is a regular contributor to and a freelance writer.

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