10 Cheap Honeymoon Ideas for Couples on a Budget
Since money is a big factor for a lot of couples, planning budget honeymoons is a must! Flexibility and creativity is the key to a cheap honeymoon. If you insist on staying in a over-the-water bungalow in Bora Bora, the price tag will match that, no matter if you travel off season. Don't return from your honeymoon with thousands of dollars in debt, think "cheap" and plan ahead! Here is a list of ideas and tips that can help you save some money:
Stay Close to Home There are beautiful resorts all over the place. Find a local, secluded resort within a few hours drive of your wedding. This could cut your honeymoon cost in half since airline costs are extraordinary. This will also allow you to save money but enjoy the luxury of a 4 or 5 star resort. Your location, the time of year and your preferred honeymoon will all need to be taken into account.Or, pick a beautiful, dream location within a few hours flight of your wedding. If you want a tropical honeymoon, choose a destination that is a 4 – 6 hour flight instead of 10+ hours. This will cut down in the price and you can still have that island paradise. Compare islands in a region as well. Some islands are more expensive primarily because they are more popular. There are many great deals that are more affordable and just as nice as that popular resort and destination you see in all the advertisements. Read more on cheap tropical destinations >
Travel in the Off-Season If your mind is set on a certain destination, find out when they have their off-season. Some hotels offer significantly lower prices during the off-season. The off-season usually is a time when the weather isn't at its best, but this can mean hotter than normal weather for some locations, or rainy season in others. Read about the pros & cons of off-season travel and look up your destination's off-season months >
Honeymoon Registry Gifts Ask for your honeymoon as a wedding present or build a honeymoon registry, where the expense can be divided among many guests, instead of one family member. Pass the word to your guests that your honeymoon registry is your gift preference. Registry information is best passed through family and the bridal party, and if guests find out that you need a little help in that area, they will usually be happy to purchase a gift they know you will enjoy. Be sure to get ideas on how to make your registry user friendly and entice your guests to purchase from it.
Look for Deals Many resorts are trying to make it easier for couples to plan a destination wedding. Look for deals on rooms, airfare, wedding packages or anything else you need. Keep in mind that certain items you may expect to be inexpensive at the location may actually be more expensive; so be open to options and suggestions from the locals. Discount honeymoons are a great possibility, especially if you are flexible with your destination. Also, look for new hotels or resorts, which will be in superb condition but might not have the advertising to be fully booked. You can often find great deals from hotels that have opened within a year.
Last Minute Honeymoons You can find many great, discounted vacations at the last minute. If you don’t mind planning your honeymoon in a rush and you won’t feel disappointed if you don’t get a specific destination, this is a great idea. Read the travel section in newspapers, online deals, travel agents and any other sources you find. Cruises often have great last minute deals, especially if you live near a cruise line port and don’t have to purchase airfare.
Timeshare Wedding Gifts If a family member has a timeshare that they may be banking instead of vacationing, let them know that you are having trouble affording a resort. They may offer you their timeshare as a wedding gift, which is easy for them and saves you a lot of money in resort fees.
All-inclusives Many couples spend well over their budget because of unexpected expenses or cost of food and drinks once they arrive to their hotel. This can bring a lot of unneeded stress to your honeymoon. One way to prevent this overspending is to choose an all-inclusive that truly includes everything from all meals, water, alcohol, non-motorized sports and sometimes excursions. Some all-inclusives are very expensive, but there are many resorts that are reasonable, especially in Mexico, Jamaica and the Dominican Republic.
Bed and Breakfast Romance Stay away from those 5-star luxury resorts and opt for a romantic, secluded B&B for less than half the price and breakfast included. These are often well kept and have unique room interiors, as opposed to large, monotone hotel rooms. This is also a great way to travel through Europe. It will make you feel like you’re one of the locals.
Cruise Deals Affordable cruise packages are available, especially if you don't mind a smaller room and inside cabin. If you like to spend a lot of time in your room, try to get a suite, which can still be fairly affordable on a few lines. Liners like Carnival and Royal Caribbean are known for their party or family atmospheres, as well as their cheaper rates and deals. The crowds and children can be annoying to some. Yet, if you like a little more spice and are on a budget, consider one of these cruise lines for a cheap honeymoon cruise.
Camping Honeymoons Find a secluded camping site to have an outdoor, romantic honeymoon. This is an inexpensive way to enjoy each other’s company and getaway, without digging too deep into your bank account. Some nice camping sites even have cabins for rent for a reasonable price, which adds a little bit more luxury to the honeymoon adventure. Great ideas for beach lovers ~ there are many beach camping sites as well, which is a wonderful way to get beachfront romance for cheap.
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