Honeymoon

Can You Take Your Honeymoon Before Your Wedding?

Can You Take Your Honeymoon Before Your Wedding?

An intimate, romantic honeymoon with your hubby is the ideal way to wind down after a whirlwind wedding. But not every newlywed couple has the flexibility to take a weeklong vacation right after their big day. Many couples choose a postponed honeymoon, but is a pre-nuptial honeymoon the latest trend? Our etiquette experts weigh on the pros and cons of a pre-wedding honeymoon.

The honeymoon historically posed a chance for couples to cohabit post-nuptials in a tranquil, idyllic environment both to relax after the delirium of their wedding and to ease into marriage without the added pressures of life. However, many modern couples have already established a shared home well before their nuptials and feel no need to follow traditional practices. Your decision regarding your honeymoon is entirely dependent on your schedule, but taking a short period to celebrate your newlywed bliss may facilitate your transition into marriage. Abruptly decelerating from a euphoric year-long engagement and a blissful wedding may feel jarring or unpleasant to some brides, and a honeymoon is one manner of providing a cushion for the post-wedding letdown.

If your schedule truly doesn't allow for a protracted vacation, you may wish to consider taking a long weekend to relax after your wedding, a condensed version of the honeymoon commonly referred to as a "mini-moon." In addition, some couples choose to postpone the honeymoon until several months after the wedding, when they have time to truly enjoy the experience of exploring a new location and and their new relationship.