Honeymooners: Lindsay and Val
Type: Domestic travel
Budget: Mid-range ($1000-$5000)
Where did you go: We went to Vegas the Monday after our wedding on Sunday. We wanted to do something fun, but still be relaxing. We threw around Disney and NYC, but knew we wouldn't stop moving all week! Then we talked about doing another all-inclusive Mexico trip, but that's just *too* much relaxing for my taste. So, we'd been to Vegas before, and it's the perfect mix! You can relax all day and party all night!
What did you do: The biggest thing we did was see shows. We're huge Broadway-musical-and-show people but for a little over a year hadn't seen one because we sacrificed our show budget for the wedding.
So we saw Phantom one night (with backstage tour), Cher another (completely last-minute purchase), and the best night was when we saw the Beatles Cirque du Soleil show "Love," then ran and got our free drink in the Beatles lounge, and then ran two hotels over to the Bellagio and saw the late night show of Cirque du Soleil's "O." A great whirlwind of an evening out in Vegas!
What would you have done differently? We went all-out for our honeymoon and spared no expense. But then we're not fancy people. We ended up in a suite in the Bellagio which was cool! But so not us! We're kids at heart and the snooty atmosphere and high-rollers everywhere were not our scene. I think we learned we should just stay where we'll feel most at home and not try and go "all out."
What was the most meaningful moment? Our first night there we had dinner in the Bellagio at a Cantonese restaurant that looked out over the Bellagio fountains. It was quiet inside except every 30 minutes when the fountains would "perform." One of the times the fountains started dancing to Elton John's "Your Song" which was our first dance not two days before at the wedding. It was a terrific beginning to our honeymoon.
What's your advice for other offbeat honeymooners? Make it your own! We got lots of odd looks and comments of "you're going to Vegas?" I guess to some it might seem tacky. Or where you go to elope. But to us it was the perfect mix! And we were so happy we got to "catch up" in a sense on the fun we'd been missing.
The cards that you're given at your wedding might have checks in them — take some of those and splurge on shopping, activities, shows, whatever YOU guys want — finally!