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After you've spent your wedding drinking, dancing, and celebrating with your loved ones, your honeymoon is the ideal opportunity to indulge in some much-needed alone time with your new hubby. However, hosting a destination wedding in the same locale as your honeymoon may prompt more than a few unwanted guests to join in on your alone time. But what is the best way make sure your honeymoon remains intimate without offending wedding attendees? Our etiquette experts weigh in on ensuring your honeymoon is, well, your honeymoon when your guests have chosen to stick around after the wedding.
Settling into a relaxing honeymoon after months of hectic wedding planning offers newlyweds the chance to enjoy their union, celebrate a successful fête, and soak up the local scenery. But when guests travel great distances to be present for your destination wedding, they may have the same idea. If you wish to keep your distance from wedding guests after your big day in order to truly luxuriate in your newlywed bliss, you must do so without offending attendees or demanding anyone keep their distance.
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If you've chosen a specific resort or hotel for the wedding festivities, or the majority of your guests are staying at a particular local lodging, you might consider moving to more intimate accommodations after your "I do" is over. Taking up temporary residence at a more secluded establishment will allow you and your hubby more privacy without the nuisance of traveling a great distance post-nuptials.
Additionally, if there is a nearby city or town you intend to visit during your stay, you may also think about scheduling your sojourn just after the wedding, before the majority of your guests have departed. If all else fails, you may simply wish to give guests a kindhearted heads-up that once your nuptials have concluded, you and your fiancé plan to put up the proverbial "Do Not Disturb" sign while you settle into your marriage. No wedding guest will fault you for craving alone time with your partner as long as you make sure to explain the decision is not a reflection on the value of their friendship.