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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: May 22nd 2014
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    I found this article and thought it was interesting and felt like I've missed out! Anyone doing this? Lucky you!



    She was never going down without a fight. For the past eight months Poppy Delevingne seemed to be on a hen do every second evening . Although maybe that’s unfair, as when you examine the pictures and rumours it appears she actually only had three: a private one for her Bedales pals, a big gal’s night out in London in December (#popdoghen) and her Coachella do (#popchella). She finally wed aerospace heir James Cook in Knightsbridge on Friday, though there will be another ceremony in Marrakech later in the summer. Three hen dos, two weddings — this Delevingne doesn’t do things half-heartedly.

    But what about when the weddings and #popdoghens are over? Presumably the newlyweds will go back to looking well-bred in exotic locations, but not before the honeymoons are done. They kicked off with a mini-break immediately after the wedding, but a longer foreign jolly is planned after the Marrakech blessing.It’s the mini-moon/maxi-moon balance — and it’s the new way to honeymoon.Roxanne Ridge, a sub-editor from Clapton, got married a few weeks ago and is splitting the honeymoon into legs. “We went to Barcelona for two nights straight afterwards just to get away,” she explains. “Then we’ll be going to India for three weeks over October and November. A lot of it was about not having to do any planning before the wedding. We booked the flights before the wedding and then left the rest of it till now, which means we could plan together.”She admits that the Barcelona break was probably a little more extravagant than an average city break, but the maxi-moon is the main event.For our parents a honeymoon meant driving through France for a week, now it only counts if you’re Instagramming your hot dog legs on a beach in the Maldives and consummating your marriage in a private beach hut with five-star catering.Indeed, many go all out for the maxi-moon: a friend has moved to Australia with her fiancé but the drama of shuttling an entire wedding party over to Oz means they’re going to have to leave their jobs and do the nuptials in London. Then they’ll go travelling for six months.“Mini-mooning and maxi-mooning are huge trends,” confirms Harriet Chubb, editor of the Honeymoon Guide at Brides Magazine. “Many people are taking about four nights after their wedding — perhaps a city break or skiing. Then they take a big holiday for about three weeks at Easter or Christmas: South America and Brazil are popular, and Central America is really growing.”Chubb also notices that people are looking at more nomadic events — the Honeymoon Guide will soon print a guide to multi-stop honeymoons, with two, three, four or even five stops. “For five-stop honeymoons we’d advise people take a month,” she says.Ultimately, though, there’s sweetness in the delayed gratification of the big trip. Chubb sums it up: “You plan your wedding and all you’re thinking about is the wedding — you don’t have time to get excited about the trip. With mini-moons and maxi-moons not everything is over in one day and you don’t feel deflated.”Susanna Young, founder of the achingly creative wedding and events planning agency Knot & Pop, agrees. “We have definitely seen more couples opt for a mini-moon immediately after the wedding, with a main honeymoon later in the year, or even the following year. Reasons for this vary. Weddings can be an emotional rollercoaster, and some couples prefer the idea of going somewhere closer for a few days of pure R&R, storing up their bigger adventure for a time when they have a bit more energy. It also means the excitement can be lengthened.“Financially, it allows a bit of breathing space after the outlay the main wedding involves; there’s also the weather card and choosing the best time of year to visit particular places.”Brides and grooms, it’s a new moon.

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    • VickiD69
      CommentAuthorVickiD69
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: May 22nd 2014
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    I did think about this, we are paying for the wedding ourselves and we run a family farm, but not only that my H2B hates holidays and hot weather! sigh! So i was thinking maybe go for a long weekend to Ireland, and then in a year or so when saved up enough, go to New Zealand for 2/3 weeks. I know its hot there, but as it is just like Wales but with heat, he is all up for it. Renting a camper van so we can tour all over not just stuck in one place and pay a fortune for food and drink from restaurants each meal. And ofc we have to do a few farms trips while we are there! compromise to the extreme!
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    • AprilS61
      CommentAuthorAprilS61
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: May 22nd 2014
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    We don't have a budget for a honeymoon so asking for money towards as a gift. We get married in April so going to have a couple of days away so we can have our time together as a married couple, fancying Venice, then have our proper honeymoon when we can save more for it in the summer.

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    • Megs84
      CommentAuthorMegs84
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: May 22nd 2014
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    I'm doing this. 2 weeks after the wedding, we are looking at a last minute hol to somewhere like Tenerife for a week, then save up for a big honeymoon in Hawaii next year.
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    • Showgirl
      CommentAuthorShowgirl
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: May 22nd 2014
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    Its so funny you should post this - I was literally just thinking of going away for a few nights after the wedding as the honeymoon is a month later. OH's family own a holiday home which was bought over a hundred years ago and then passed down the generations and its now a sort of time-share between the extended family - it's my happy place (and its where we got engaged) so I was just about to ask OH to email the family and see if anyone has already booked it from the day after the wedding. If we can't go there then we'll probably just wait for the honeymoon. Fingers crossed its free for us...
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    • clairenina
      CommentAuthorclairenina
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: May 23rd 2014
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    We have a place in Spain, which we go to every August. We get married in August, and go there a few days afterwards, but don't class it as a honeymoon. We are hoping to receive some gift money towards a honeymoon we are saving for somewhere long haul
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    • TracyP89
      CommentAuthorTracyP89
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: May 23rd 2014
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    We're splitting our honeymoons over a year , going to Thailand for 3weeks in January ( originally we were going to get legally married there but to much red tape so were having a blessing on the beach ) coming back to the uk 31st January and getting married feb 28th the day after were going on a mini moon to the lakes for 4 days then having our maxi moon in dec when we go to the Maldives for 10days .. Sounds extravagant but it's taken a lot of saving x
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    • Ana40
      CommentAuthorAna40
      Got married 7 years ago
      Posted: May 23rd 2014
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    We are also doing this. We are having a week in Spain straight after the wedding, followed by a longer holiday once we have settled in our new home. X

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    • Whovianbride
      CommentAuthorWhovianbride
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: May 23rd 2014
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    im planning on doing this, but due to having a family and not wanting to be away from our girl for 2 long, so we are having a mini moon in london just the 2 of us, then a hoilday abroad in greece hopfuly later

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: May 24th 2014
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    I'm so jealous now, not that I'd change what we did for anything. I think being treated on our first anniversary break 2 weeks ago reminded me of being treated when we were on honeymoon and I wanna experience that again. Lucky ladies if you are splitting your honeymoon, gives you something really lovely to look forward to after the big day and you've had all your photos and presents xx

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