6 Reasons to Delay Your Honeymoon

Not everyone chooses to jet off right away.

After spending months, if not years, planning your wedding, the honeymoon may feel like the light at the end of the tunnel. However, more and more couples are electing to push their first vacation as a married pair back. Sometimes they allow for a “mini-moon” of two or three days, other times choosing to go right back to work the following Monday. Since a honeymoon is supposed to be the final celebration and in theory should have less stress and pressure attached than that of the actual nuptials, you might wonder why anyone would want to delay it. Well, it turns out there are several varying reasons newlyweds might make this choice.

reasons why newlyweds might take their honeymoon later
Photo by Katie Shuler Photography; Planning & Design by Tessa Lyn Events

Discover reasons some couples choose to delay their honeymoon, below:

- Replenish their vacation days. Not everyone has a flexible work schedule, and if they had to take days off for events leading up to the wedding, they might not have enough paid time off available for a proper honeymoon. 

- Time to save more money. For pairs that paid for the big day themselves, some time may be required to build their savings back up in order to take the trip of their dreams. 

- Waiting for a better season. If your heart is set on a specific destination for your honeymoon, but your wedding occurs during that location's monsoon season, you may want to wait a few months before making the trip. 

- You’re moving in together. Those who did not cohabitate before marriage are likely planning to do so after tying the knot. If a home has already been purchased or leased, you may be eager to combine your households and unpack your new gifts. Fitting in travel between those tasks can be awfully hectic. 

- Planning has taken too much time. Although some people view the honeymoon as the reward for going through the stress of planning a wedding, the idea of organizing a long, often-overseas trip can be too overwhelming of an activity to add on top of everything else. 

- You have family commitments. If loved ones are traveling a long ways to watch you say your “I dos,” they might stay longer than the average wedding guest and it would be understandable if you didn’t want to jet off while they are still in town. 

For more tips and advice, find out what not to do on your honeymoon and how to deal with weather emergencies during your trip.

Authored by: Emily Lasnier