How to Save Money on Your Honeymoon Plans
Who doesn’t love a great vacation, right? That’s part of what makes the honeymoon wonderful, besides the obvious! Plus it’s a great break from the stress and busy-ness of getting married. But before you jet off to some remote island, here are a few things to keep in mind so you can have the best trip possible.
1. As with the rest of your wedding, you probably had to work out a budget for each area of the big event. The honeymoon is no exception! Figure out how much money you can dedicate to the trip before you make any other plans.
2. Now that you have your budget for the trip, start looking at locales that appeal to you both. Maybe a cabin in the woods with a bunch of winter sport activities; maybe laying on a beach, doing nothing but sipping a few drinks with the little umbrellas and dips in the ocean. Whatever you decide, start pricing the options needed for each place. Air fare, hotel, car rental, equipment, food, etc., all has to be considered and each place will be different.
3. As you start pricing your ideal location, shop around for deals! Use websites that offer package deals, check directly with airlines and hotel chains, and make sure to check for military or AAA discounts if they apply to you. You could also use a travel agent who may be able to handle all the details for you once you have a location and date in mind. But remember, you will pay for that convenience as well instead of doing it yourself.
4. Consider the “all inclusive” ideas such as a cruise or resort as these typically cover almost all of your expenses from food to onshore activities. These typically work out to be a very good deal since you stay on the ship or the resort and do your activities right on the premises. Whether you have just a few days or a week or more, don’t overlook these budget-friendly options.
5. Less left in the budget than that two week trip to Europe will cost? That’s okay. Check into a shorter trip, or spend a few days in a new city in the US, then head overseas. Decide to delay the honeymoon for a few months in order to save up more money. Stay locally, maybe check out a bed and breakfast you’ve always wanted to try close to home.
6. Sign up for a honeymoon registry, especially if you have most the items to set up you already need to set up your house. Some of these companies will allow a person to donate funds to a certain piece of the trip (i.e. air fare) and some require a complete purchase. This is a great idea for a group of guests to get together to pool their funds. And just like a gift registry, you pick exactly what goes on the list, so you don’t receive a random trip to the middle of nowhere.
So whether you can afford to eat your way through Italy or find a horse ranch in the mountains, all that matters is the two of you are together. No one has to know where you’re going or how much you’ve spent. You’ll remember this trip for the rest of your lives as husband and wife