Worried about hiccups during your honeymoon? Read our top ten worst honeymoon disasters that we've compiled from our readers. From embarrassing security checks to hurricane conditions requiring evacuation - these are some major bumps in the road when it comes to these honeymoons. All we can hope is that you have the ability to laugh like these couples have and still keep the love alive! But lets not forget to learn from these courageous couples and these funny adventures of what NOT to do for honeymoon planning and try to make the best of any situation during your trip. Thank you to all of the couples who were willing to share their honeymoon woes.
A little rain...
As our guests strolled through the receiving line they asked us where our honeymoon would be and we told them we were heading to the Riviera Maya. However, the guests asked, “Isn’t hurricane Ivan headed there?” That night we received a voice mail that our flight was canceled because of Hurricane Ivan. The options were to delay our trip by a few days and cross our fingers that our resort would still be there, or delay our trip a few days and change locations — to the Dominican Republic.
The next morning we boarded the plane and headed to the DR. A short bus ride through third world conditions and we arrived at our resort, which was quite beautiful. Guests received little tropical drinks and we had a short briefing about how a “storm might be blowing through” that night. It sounded like no big deal, and we again threw caution to the wind. We woke a few hours later, and I said to my new groom, “Honey, I think I heard a coconut fall.” And he said, “CLAIRE! IT WAS THE WHOLE DAMN TREE!” Panic had set in. This was no Dorothy-in-Kansas — this was a full-blown hurricane. Lights flickering, rain seeping under the door into our room, intermittent TV (which conveniently blacked out during weather reports), and the scariest views out the window as trees, chairs, and other large objects blew past.
The next morning, things were semi-calm so we went outside to survey the damage. You know you’re not from a hurricane region when you don’t realize it’s just the eye of the storm. As the second half of the storm kicked up we were walking the beach and I now have a scar on my thigh from being pierced by a flying palm branch. We made a mad-dash back to our room where the long games of Crazy-8s occupied our time for hours on end. The beach was destroyed.
Our evacuation included a safari bus ride then a coach bus to the airport. It was Hurricane Jeanne. Jeanne ruined our honeymoon! To celebrate our fifth anniversary, we recently spent two full weeks on the islands of Oahu and Kauai. It was absolute bliss. It was the honeymoon do-over that was the perfect ending to our dashed dreams from five years earlier. To this day we still joke that our marriage was “hurricane tested."
-Claire, Married 5 years
We had an ‘intimate’ item removed from our suitcase by airport security while traveling to Hawaii for our honeymoon. It was without a doubt the most embarrassing moment that I can remember! To avoid embarrassment, I recommend checking these items.
My husband & I got married in 2001 and our honeymoon was in Belgium, Italy & France. We had some pretty funny & outrageous moments including: visiting the North Sea in Belgium and getting bit by sand fleas, and I am talking bites all over our entire body, which we didn’t notice until we were in a hostile in Italy. To make it worse not only were we all covered with bites, we rode on the world’s hottest train overnight with constant “talkers” & smokers and all the train windows were closed! Finally, we ended up spending a lovely day in Genoa, Italy but as we thought things were getting better, we realized the city was on lock down in advance of the G8 summit that equaled armed guards on every corner. Yikes! We actually had a great time – but a bumbling tour of Europe that was for sure unforgettable.
-Betsy, Married 8 years
My husband and I drove through the Sierra Madre Mountains in a Mexican VW Bug with bad brakes. After we realized we chose the wrong road, which basically turned into a red-mud cow path after a big rain, it was too late to turn back since we were almost out of gas and there were no petrol stations with the kind of gas the car took. We literally turned the engine off and coasted when we saw long downhill courses in order to save gas. We would otherwise have ended up walking the last 20 miles into Oaxaca. I kept looking down those ravines thinking “they’ll never think to look for us here.” On a brighter note, we also got to see some amazing scenery, and ended up by “happy accident” having lunch in the most beautiful village being visited by tens of thousands of monarch butterflies. While I wouldn’t do it again, it was in retrospect a pretty amazing and once-in-a-lifetime experience. We still laugh about it 17 years later.
-Amelia, Married 17 years
What's That Spot?
My wife and I have been married for 14 years, DESPITE a disaster of a honeymoon. During our honeymoon, I had a weird rash on my feet. Not knowing what it was, I was worried I had caught some sort of disease during the wedding or maybe from my new wife (eeks). After what was a very awkward few hours, we realized it turned out that I had chicken pox. That “in sickness & in health” part of the vows was supposed to be decades later, not days. So my new wife called my mom and asked if I came with a warranty. We had a good laugh and we went to my parent’s house. There, I spent the time moaning with chicken pox and my wife sat by the pool with umbrella drinks.
-Anonymous, Married 14 years
Disaster Master in Mexico
After our wedding, we realized that the limo driver had forgotten to remove my husband’s luggage from the trunk so we spent most of the night before our honeymoon in South Central Los Angeles trying to track down the limo company and my husband’s luggage. We were leaving for Ixtapa, Mexico early the next morning. My brother had stayed at our apartment for the night and decided to do us a favor and clean the cat litter, only he dumped the clay litter down the toilet and made it overflow and he used our brand new wedding towels to clean up the mess.
After a few mix ups at the airport, we barley made the flight but arrived at our destination on time only for it to rain for six of the seven nights. Thinking nothing else could go wrong, our plane tickets and all of our photographs were stolen from our hotel room, a five-star resort. We had to buy two one-way tickets to get home at the cost of $1,200.00 per person, (and I don’t mean pesos!) because we were traveling home on the 4th of July! The story goes on and on, but as you can see, a problematic wedding and honeymoon didn’t ruin our love as we have been married for almost 17 years. This is really a true story…I couldn’t make up something this bad.
-Rachel, Married 17 years
Bermuda Scooter Crash
On our honeymoon trip in Bermuda my new husband and I decided to do what every couple does and rent a scooter on the island. We each put on a helmet and off we went. My husband was not keen on driving so he put me in charge and we enjoyed about 30 minutes of traveling through the gorgeous little towns of Bermuda. While driving along, my husband who was sitting on the back, yelled out “OH MY GOD: here comes a cement truck." Being from New York, I had a vision of a two ton cement truck ready to crush us. My nervous reaction to his scream was to drive us off the road and down into a ditch. Once we landed and tumbled down into a ravine I was able to just see what just caused our accident. A small little moped, smaller then our scooter pulling a little cart filled with cement just scooted by. I was sitting in a ditch, with a broken leg because of a man on a bike pulling about a bucket full of cement! Needless to say, it was a "bump in the road" at the beginning our honeymoon, but we still laugh about it today!
-Carmen, Married 10 years
Nude Beach "No-No"
As an event planner, I have seen just about everything. However, a few years ago I saw something that was just too funny to forget. I worked with a couple that were honeymooning in the south of France, and they were planning on finding a nude beach. The bride wanted to look perfect so she planned to get a Brazilian wax but was embarrassed to go to a spa to have it done. Her sister, who waxes her own legs, offered to do the waxing but since she had no experience, nor did she use the correct waxing elements, the future bride’s skin was so severely burned it destroyed her wedding day and honeymoon! The waxing, which was done 3 days before the wedding, caused an irritation and discomfort that lasted for over a week. And then when the hair finally started to grow back she had an incredible itch! Needless to say, her sister was very upset, but the bride blamed herself for her own shyness that prevented her from having it done professionally. Their honeymoon night and the week following were not spent the way they wanted. Obviously! They did not go to a nude beach as she was still in pain and used healing cream, with a bandage, to reduce the irritation - oops!
-Event & Wedding Planner Rita Smircich, Author of ToDoBeforeIDo.com
Stuck in Italy
My husband and I took a 14-day honeymoon to Italy. It was a wonderful trip, but by the last day, we were really looking forward to getting home, who knew we could ever get sick of Italian food! My husband checked the flight itinerary the day before we were “supposed” to leave Rome. He said the flight left at 4:00 pm, so we had plans to get up and see a few more sights before leaving for the airport. When we woke up the next morning, he decided to double check the itinerary, he looked at the wrong flight on the itinerary. Our flight was leaving right then! In the US, when you miss a flight you go to the airport and get on the next one so we scrambled to get ready and packed up as fast as we could.
However, when we got to the “quarantined” US airline terminals, it was completely deserted except a few security workers. Apparently, all flights to the US leave in the morning before 10:00 am, and that’s it. Since we bought a bargain ticket and it was a Friday, they couldn’t get us on another flight until the next Monday! So $400 per person later and a weekend ahead of us we went to the airport bookstore and purchased a Rick Steves’ travel book on the Tuscany region, a part of Italy we hadn’t visited. We decided on Siena as our weekend getaway, and after much trouble trying to figure out how to use our international calling card, we were able to find a hotel with vacancies. We took a hot miserable bus ride to Siena and arrived at 9:00 pm. Ironically, Siena ended up being our favorite part of the honeymoon! It was such a magical medieval town and exactly the way we had imagined Italy would look, which we hadn’t witnessed until that point. They had the best food of the whole trip and the liveliest nightlife.
-B. Pruit, Married 1.5 years
Honeymoon Texas Snowstorm
Our honeymoon definitely wasn’t much of a honeymoon. It started with twelve inches of snow in San Antonio, the destination of the honeymoon, and ending with me in the hospital for an infection in my parotid gland! We were married in Amarillo, Texas and spent the first night there. We had heard snow was coming, but not in our wildest imaginations would we have expected San Antonio to be socked in with twelve inches of it. We spent the next day driving but only got within 100 miles of San Antonio. Driving a Mustang with several inches of snow and through the Texas hill country is not easy or fun. San Antonio does not have snow removal equipment and was basically shut down. So the next day was spent driving to Dallas. After the pain, pills and diet of rice & milkshakes for my tooth and an overnight stay in the hospital we still look back at it as a nightmare but we are married for 25 years and still remember the one night honeymoon and snow and laugh.
-S. Sharp, Married 25 years