This is the final piece of our 3-part discussion on The Lost Art of Honeymooning. So far, we’ve talked about how to decrease your wedding budget (and therefore increase your honeymoon budget) and how to honeymoon on a limited time and money budget. This final post offers information on how to capitalize on wedding gifts and travel deals.
- Create a HONEYMOON REGISTRY – Michael and I merged two households into one when we got married. We had everything one married couple needs to start their home together, and then some! So instead of registering for towels, sheets and china, we registered for airfare, snorkeling trips and taxi rides to the airport. Yep, that’s right! Most of our honeymoon was paid for by our wedding guests! We created a honeymoon registry. We have a great friend who also happens to build websites for living who helped us ours (simply put, we told him what and how much, he linked it to Pay Pal and badda-bing-badda-boom!). If this is not option for, have no fear. There are plenty of companies that will help you out (for a small fee, of course). But that fee is worth it! A quick internet search of “Honeymoon Registry” will produce tons of results. Do your research and go with the company you like the most!
- Use the CASH GIFTS for the honeymoon – Many people these days give cash as a wedding gift. Why don’t you budget some (or all) of this money for a piece of your honeymoon. For example, you can use this money for souvenirs or all of your alcoholic drink purchases. This way, you’ve limited yourself to a specific amount for whatever category you choose, and it is not money that is in your expected, monthly budget.
Here are some other general planning tips that can save you some green!
- Check out the DEALS – Use websites like Groupon and Luxury Link and Snique Away to find hotel “sales” and discounted rates for everything from restaurants, hotels and even spa treatments in the place(s) you are visiting!
- OFF SEASON – pick a destination, based on your wedding date, which is not in peak season. Everything will be cheaper. For example, we got married in August. Peak season for Belize ends in May. Yes, we ran the risk or rainy, wet, even stormy conditions. However, our weather was great and our hotel and food tabs were cheaper! Sometimes a calculated risk pays off really well!
- Choose WISELY – Pick a destination based on the nearest airport to you. Research frequent flights and cheap routes. As mentioned in other posts, Virgin America flies from Fort Lauderdale’s airport to LA and San Fran for cheap! South Floridians should consider Napa Valley or San Diego for their honeymoon. Also, if you’re in a “hub city” for a major airline, (ahem! Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New York etc.) use that airline and their cheap(er) prices.
I hope, hope, HOPE that you’ve been inspired you take that honeymoon. Travel is for learning about the world and each other. Therefore, getting away right after your wedding is the perfect time to learn something new about your new spouse and make memories that will last a lifetime! Mark Twain once said:
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Will you really be talking about your wedding cake’s frosting in twenty years? I doubt it. Will you relive a wine tasting, sunset dinner, whale watching or early morning hike in twenty years … without a doubt!Don’t skip your honeymoon. Don’t skip this opportunity to learn, love and live!