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So glad we waited to go on our honeymoon.

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Staff Writer Christina Chapman-Van Yperen and her husband Paul visit the Colosseum in Rome, Italy during their honeymoon.
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Staff Writer Christina Chapman-Van Yperen and her husband Paul toured the Amalfi Coast during their honeymoon to Italy earlier this month.

I have just returned from my honeymoon . . . eight months after we got married.

Taking your honeymoon at a later time is becoming more common for newly married couples for many reasons - because they need to save money, gather more vacation time, need to get a passport, etc.

In our case we needed to wait to gain more vacation days since we used some to plan our destination wedding in Wisconsin.

When I was debating about doing this I received comments both for and against this. Many asked if it would still feel like a honeymoon if we waited so long - it certainly did.

For one, we went to Italy, one of the most romantic countries in the world. What screams love more than having a glass of wine and sharing a plate of pasta in a piazza in Venice?

And two, it was just me and him so how could it not feel like our honeymoon?

Often when we vacation it is with our families, whether it's in Wisconsin at the family cabin or visiting his mother in Kentucky. This time it was just the two of us for two weeks - a first for us.

Now that our honeymoon is over, I would say that we would absolutely do it this way again.

I feel like if we had gone away right after the wedding I would have been worrying about the wedding too much. My mind would be racing about whether everyone had a good time, do I have everyone's address for thank you cards, did I leave anything at the hall, how long will the photographer take to finish my photos?

Months later the only thing I was worrying about was getting to the airport on time.

The week of my wedding the last thing I needed to be thinking about was packing a bag for our trip, finding my passport or confirming hotel reservations. I was too busy putting together last minute wedding favors and updating the seating chart.

You also have to note, it's not like we were laying on a beach and drinking fofo drinks for our honeymoon. We were traveling to the city of Michaelangelo and visiting historical ruins from the fifth century B.C. so we needed lots of time to plan for this trip.

Giving myself months between the wedding and honeymoon allowed for us to save money, find the perfect travel agent, and change our itinerary several times.

More importantly it guaranteed my husband would have a stress-free wife on our honeymoon. A week after the wedding I was still pulling my hair out and if we had been traveling then, I would have been pulling his hair out too.

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