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Can we talk about the honeymoon?

Ok, I need to book something soon. We don't want to travel very far, and we want to stay in a Marriott hotel (i have tons of points). We are going to go the week after the wedding as FI's parents are going to stay to take care of pets/house for us:

Questions:

1. Where did you go, and would you recommend it?
2. What would you do differently (stay longer, do less, do more, etc)?
3. If you went right after the wedding, when did you leave for HM?
4. Anything else I need to know?

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    We went to Vieux Montreal, in Quebec, Canada.  If I were to do it over again, I wouldn't have gone to Montreal in November, or right after our wedding.  We were so exhausted by the time we drove up there that we just wanted to sleep for the majority of our trip.  But it is very beautiful.  We did a lot of sightseeing and I ate a lot of croissants (nothing like a real butter croissant in Montreal!).


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    We could fly or drive, as long as its not crazy expensive to fly. 
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    edited April 2011
    1. Where did you go, and would you recommend it?  We haven't gone yet!  We leave next Friday for Chandler, AZ.  Not the most exotic of places - but we have a cheap place to stay and basically get to have a week to ourselves and relax - which is just what we need right now.
    2. What would you do differently (stay longer, do less, do more, etc)?  If we could have afforded it, I would have loved to go to Hawaii.  Maui, specifically.  Or the Virgin Islands.
    3. If you went right after the wedding, when did you leave for HM? We will be married four and a half months when we go on our HM.
    4. Anything else I need to know?  Uh...........
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    We went to the Riviera Maya and stayed at Secrets Maroma Beach. I would definitely recommend it. The price was reasonable and the service was amazing. We went 2 days after our wedding which was good because it gave us a little time. I wouldn't have done any of it differently. We loved it and had a great time. We stayed for 12 days.
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    1- We went to Kauai, stayed in a condo on the beach in Poipu/Koloa, and loved it. I'd go again in a heartbeat.

    2- Nothing. I think we did it perfectly. Maybe not go during the rainy season so we can get some more hiking in, but I loved everything we did. 

    3- Our flight left at 8am the next morning.

    4- If you are staying somewhere for longer than 3-4 days, look at renting a condo instead of staying in a hotel. It can be much cheaper and afford you such freedoms as cooking (less money on food) and doing laundry (don't have to pack as much). We saved over $100/night by going with a condo rental for 10 days over the cheapest hotel package right down the road.

    Depending on where you are going, be wary of booking excursions and activities in advance. We got a guide book, but waited until we were there to figure out what we wanted to do. There were TONS of brochures with coupons in the airport that we picked up as we waited for our luggage, and we found out of hte way stuff to do that wasn't all booked up like they lead you to believe it will be. 
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    We went to Napa, CA for 4 nights, and drove through San Francisco on our way home, too (we drove to the HM). It would have been nice to stay an extra night or two. We had a Sunday wedding, family was still in town Monday, so we left on Tuesday morning. We returned on Saturday, which was actually nice, because Napa gets CROWDED on weekends and then we had a day to relax at home before we had to go back to work. It would have been nice to take 2 weeks off, but I just didn't have the vacation time. I also would have just relaxed more - I tried not to plan a lot, but we drove to Sonoma and Mendocino county, and we were always going somewhere.
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    We went to the Florida Keys, stayed in Marathon. We loved it. Next time I might upgrade the room for a place right on the beach, but at the time it worked out perfectly for us because really, we just wanted to get away and didn't care where we were.

    We left the next day after the wedding, around 7am. My family offered to come back to the cabin to clean up and wait for the rental people to get the tents, so we took them up on their offer and left bright and early.
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    1. Where did you go, and would you recommend it?
    We went to San Juan, Puerto Rico for 3 days and then took a week-long cruise out of San Juan around the Caribbean. It was awesome! In San Juan we stayed at a Radisson hotel with a big casino in it. I don't remember exactly what it was. And our cruise was Royal Caribbean.

    2. What would you do differently (stay longer, do less, do more, etc)?
    I would have loved to cruise on a different/newer ship (not that our ship was bad but Royal Caribbean has some awesome new ships), but unfortunately that would have meant not going to San Juan and we really wanted to go to Puerto Rico. Other than that it was excellent. We flew business class the whole way with H's parents frequent flyer miles that they never use so that was amazing.

    3. If you went right after the wedding, when did you leave for HM?
    We waited and left for the HM about 5 weeks after our wedding. It was a good decision and I'm glad we waited. The whole stress of the wedding and the days immediately leading up to it made me really sick and I just wanted to stay at home and recover. I wouldn't have enjoyed it very much if we had left right away.

    4. Anything else I need to know?
    IA that you don't need to book your excursions or tours right away for the most part. Wait to see what the weather is like and pick up some brocures when you get to your destination. The only cruise excursion that we booked in advance, like when we booked the cruise, was ziplining in the rainforest in St. Lucia because I know those are often much smaller tours limited to about 20 people in a group.

    If you go to the Caribbean, some places have British rules for driving (drive on the left side of the road) just FYI if you rent a car. Also, in a lot of cities the driving is insane, roads are narrow and older, can run through mountains, and the drivers themselves ... well, the Wikitravel article for San Juan described other drivers as "undisciplined" lol, we definitely found that to be true.
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    1. We went to Tokyo, Japan. I would recommend it to anyone who loves to visit new cities.
    2. I would have wanted to stay longer, because we didn't get any time to relax or recover from jet lag. We spent all our time sight seeing as many things as possible. It was still great though.
    3. We left 2 days after the wedding, so we could rest up after the wedding craziness.
    4. If you can, I would recommend taking off a day or two from work after getting back from the honeymoon. We weren't able to, but it would have been so nice.
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    I'm not married yet but I can answer some of these questions.

    1. Where did you go, and would you recommend it? We are going to the Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya. FI got a great deal and we are staying for 7 nights.

    2. What would you do differently (stay longer, do less, do more, etc)? I would love to stay longer but my work schedule doesn't allow for it.

    3. If you went right after the wedding, when did you leave for HM? We will be married in June and Honeymoon starts August 5th. My employer couldn't have me off two weeks in a row and I need a week before the wedding to de-stress and finish the small stuff.

    4. Anything else I need to know? We found a private tour guide for $189 that will take us to three different areas of the Mayans Ruins and even one we can walk up. It also includes a lunch and snorkeling in a cave if we want.  I want to say the whole trip including airfare is costing between $2900-$3500. It's an all inclusive resort.


    We stayed at the Sandals Grande in Ocho Rios Jamaica a few summers ago. It was also all inclusive and worth every penny. We enjoyed the entire week. I thin kthat trip was around $3500 for the seven nights

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    1. Where did you go, and would you recommend it? We're going to Bermuda.

    2. What would you do differently (stay longer, do less, do more, etc)? We're going for ten days.  The wedding is on Day 2 and families leave around Days 4 and 5 the rest if for us.  Ahh.

     3. If you went right after the wedding, when did you leave for HM?  See above.

    4. Anything else I need to know? Pick a place you can have fun at.  It doesn't have to be beachy or in a super unique place.  Think about the things you like to do on vacation and go from there.

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    1. Where did you go, and would you recommend it? We went to Greece and stayed in Athens and on Mykonos and Santorini.  Hells to the yes I'd recommend it.
    2. What would you do differently (stay longer, do less, do more, etc)? More time in each place (only a few days each, with 2 sets of days in Athens) and shorter transportation between the island.  The ferry ride from Santorini to Athens was long (8-10 hours) and just terrible.  I would fly next time.
    3. If you went right after the wedding, when did you leave for HM? We got married on a Saturday and left Monday afternoon.  It was perfect, no rushing around.
    4. Anything else I need to know? You will need WAY less clothes than you first think!
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    1. Where did you go, and would you recommend it?
    We went to Orlando, FL and then a cruise to the Bahamas. I'd recommend it, but probably not in January. ;)

    2. What would you do differently (stay longer, do less, do more, etc)?
    I actually found myself wishing we had stayed in AZ. It was really cold in FL, but then, it *was* January. If we did it again, I'd just find a Sandals resort or something in the Bahamas, rather than take the cruise. (I got a little motion sickness, and we didn't get to see any of the really pretty areas since the weather wasn't cooperating.)

    3. If you went right after the wedding, when did you leave for HM?
    We stayed in a hotel locally for a couple of nights, then flew to FL the third day.

    4. Anything else I need to know?
    Can't think of anything...
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    We went on a cruise to the exotic Caribbean.  That's what they called it.  The cruise  included Cozumel and Roatan.  We left the afternoon after the wedding and the cruise was 7 days.  I would have liked a longer cruise, but it was such a relaxing time. 
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    edited April 2011
    1. Where did you go, and would you recommend it? We went to the Gran Bahia Principe Cayo Levantado. CLICK . It was wonderful. 5 star, AI, relaxing, good food, amazing food, great day trips. 2. What would you do differently (stay longer, do less, do more, etc)? One week was good for an AI in the Caribbean.3. If you went right after the wedding, when did you leave for HM? Nope, 5 months later. 4. Anything else I need to know? I am now an addict, I want to go back right away. Our HM was a gift to us so we worked within the budget we had and didn't spend any more than that. It was amazing. 
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    Wow numbers! That looks amazing! I'm going to spend some time this weekend researching all these places!

    Thanks for all the input ladies.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_can-talk-honeymoon?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:4b59381c-b884-410c-8ed0-fde1b1b82441Post:ce3e7b45-da28-4be8-9591-1d311ffc43b0">Re: Can we talk about the honeymoon?</a>:
    [QUOTE]4. Anything else I need to know? You will need WAY less clothes than you first think!
    Posted by raynes[/QUOTE]

    I appreciate this bit of info.

    I've been freaking out about how much I have to pack and what to bring and where will I put it all??  Agh.

    I'll (try) to keep this in mind!
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_can-talk-honeymoon?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding BoardsForum:17Discussion:4b59381c-b884-410c-8ed0-fde1b1b82441Post:9b55892b-84a2-4410-a0d6-308b47802fce">Re: Can we talk about the honeymoon?</a>:
    [QUOTE]We went to Napa, CA for 4 nights, and drove through San Francisco on our way home, too (we drove to the HM). It would have been nice to stay an extra night or two. We had a Sunday wedding, family was still in town Monday, so we left on Tuesday morning. We returned on Saturday, which was actually nice, because Napa gets CROWDED on weekends and then we had a day to relax at home before we had to go back to work. It would have been nice to take 2 weeks off, but I just didn't have the vacation time. I also would have just relaxed more - I tried not to plan a lot, but we drove to Sonoma and Mendocino county, and we were always going somewhere.
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    This is what we are thinking about doing!!! We would have to fly obviously...
    My boss offered me the other day as our wedding present, 2 airline tickets domestic(using his frequent flier miles) to use for the honeymoon. We have to start looking soon and decide in the next 6 months where to go so that we can guarantee we get the flights we want...

    I am really enjoying reading what everyone did! Its giving me some ideas! 
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_can-talk-honeymoon?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:4b59381c-b884-410c-8ed0-fde1b1b82441Post:a7427041-4045-4455-bf92-d0ba298295b9">Re: Can we talk about the honeymoon?</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Can we talk about the honeymoon? : I appreciate this bit of info. I've been freaking out about how much I have to pack and what to bring and where will I put it all??  Agh. I'll (try) to keep this in mind!
    Posted by Joy2611[/QUOTE]

    Basically, lay out what you think you need, and then cut it in half.  If you're going somewhere where you'll be in a bathing suit often, you could probably go even less.
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    We didn't have much money for a honeymoon, so we just did an overnight local trip.  We left the Thursday after the wedding and drove up to Estes Park.  We spent the night in the Stanley Hotel (where Stephen King got his inspiration for The Shining), took one of their ghost tours, explored downtown Estes Park, and went hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park the next day.  I wish we'd stayed longer than one night, but H wants to go back for our anniversary and possibly do one of the 5-hour overnight ghost hunts instead of the 2-hour ghost tour so we may get a chance to see more next time.
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    1. Where did you go, and would you recommend it?
    We went to the Sandals Regency in St Lucia for 10 days
    2. What would you do differently (stay longer, do less, do more, etc)?
    Nothing, it was amazing

    3. If you went right after the wedding, when did you leave for HM?
    We got married on Saturday and left Monday morning
    4. Anything else I need to know?
    When it comes to the clothes stuff, some of the rest's had dress code so call ahead and find out.  Also, pack lots of underwear.  Our place didnt have a laundry place so once you wore an outfit, there was no way to clean it.
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_can-talk-honeymoon?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:4b59381c-b884-410c-8ed0-fde1b1b82441Post:e744c8a5-20c7-4f75-9759-e838e2716a88">Re: Can we talk about the honeymoon?</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Can we talk about the honeymoon? : Basically, lay out what you think you need, and then cut it in half.  If you're going somewhere where you'll be in a bathing suit often, you could probably go even less.
    Posted by raynes[/QUOTE]
    And bring stuff that you can rinse out in a sink and hang up in your room (undies, guazy dresses, etc) and stuff that won't wrinkle as much. We only dressed up 2 nights out of 10, and it was only for a few hours, so we wore the same outfits both nights ;)
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    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_snarky-brides_can-talk-honeymoon?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:17Discussion:4b59381c-b884-410c-8ed0-fde1b1b82441Post:9420e6a7-d7d3-4833-8292-64a3c8d6afb0">Re: Can we talk about the honeymoon?</a>:
    [QUOTE]1- We went to Kauai, stayed in a condo on the beach in Poipu/Koloa, and loved it. I'd go again in a heartbeat.
    2- Nothing. I think we did it perfectly. Maybe not go during the rainy season so we can get some more hiking in, but I loved everything we did. 
    3- Our flight left at 8am the next morning.
     4- If you are staying somewhere for longer than 3-4 days, look at renting a condo instead of staying in a hotel. It can be much cheaper and afford you such freedoms as cooking (less money on food) and doing laundry (don't have to pack as much). We saved over $100/night by going with a condo rental for 10 days over the cheapest hotel package right down the road.

    Depending on where you are going, be wary of booking excursions and activities in advance. We got a guide book, but waited until we were there to figure out what we wanted to do. There were TONS of brochures with coupons in the airport that we picked up as we waited for our luggage, and we found out of hte way stuff to do that wasn't all booked up like they lead you to believe it will be. 
    Posted by SarahPLiz[/QUOTE]

    We are heading to Kauai for our honeymoon and staying at a condo in Poipu/Kai is there anything you recommend doing excursion wise?
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    We are going to Cabo for a week and using our timeshare.  As of right now, we are planning to leave the day after the wedding, but we might change that to give us an extra day.  Don't know how it is because I haven't been there yet, but my favorite place that I have been to a few times is Hawaii.  I'm pretty sure there are Marriotts there somewhere, so if flights aren't too bad, it'd be a good option.
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    1. Where did you go, and would you recommend it? We went to Vanuatu (Island in the South Pacific). Honestly, I'd probably have chosen differently if I got to pick again- Vanuatu was lovely but so tourist oriented.

     

    2. What would you do differently (stay longer, do less, do more, etc)? We went for 7 days and I think that was plenty given that there was little to do besides relax. 

     

    3. If you went right after the wedding, when did you leave for HM? We left on the Monday after our Saturday wedding. 

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    Still haven't gone on a honeymoon, or even a vacation!  I want my money back! Do you think we could annul the wedding, do it again with a honeymoon this time? 

    Seriously though, we bought a house right after the wedding.  We were going to go on a cruise, but we spent the money on a down payment, getting a beam fixed, getting the floors refinished and a million other little things.  I think it was a better decision for us to buy the house than go on the cruise.
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