Honeymoons, like weddings, need to be financially planned and often tend to be an extravagance.
With modern-day professional responsibilities for both bride and groom, it is likely you won’t be able to take as much time off as you’d like (traditionally a honeymoon would last a month!) Take into consideration the distance you are travelling – you will be exhausted from your wedding planning and the excitement of the day and if you’ve only got a short amount of time, you don’t want to be suffering from jet lag as well. Some couples will postpone the Honeymoon to a later time, perhaps taking a ‘mini-moon’ in the interim to avoid the swift return to work or day-to-day grind.
Traditionally the poor Bride and Groom left the festivities of their wedding soon after the meal had ended but this was to enable them to ‘go away’ to the cheers and waving of their guests who saw them off on the start of their honeymoon. Most couples now stay to the end of the day and generally speaking, where it is possible stay overnight at the venue, only go away the next morning.
The honeymoon was always the responsibility of the groom – the choice of destination, the planning and the bill! Again this is one of the traditions that has fallen by the wayside in many cases given that the bride is no longer deemed to be the chattel that she once was! Some grooms though still enjoy providing the surprise honeymoon to the unsuspecting bride who has just been told to ‘pack for sunshine’.
Some couples of course use the honeymoon to move into a new home or take the kids for a holiday – circumstances vary dramatically these days.
But just in case there is to be a trip across national borders it is always as well to make sure that your passports are up to date before the wedding planning even begins.