Budgeting Help for People Planning a Wedding and Honeymoon – Part 3

So far we’ve talked about how to decrease your wedding budget, while increasing your honeymoon budget, and how to take a honeymoon on a limited time and financial budget. This final post offers information on how to capitalize on wedding gifts and travel deals.
In the first post I mentioned that Mike and I planned and paid for most of our wedding and our honeymoon. The second part isn’t 100% true. You see, our wedding guests paid for a big chunk of our honeymoon and here is how!

Saving Money For a Honeymoon

1. 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 and taxi rides. Yep, that’s right! Most of our honeymoon was paid for by our wedding guests! We created a honeymoon registry by enlisting a tech-saavy friend who built us build a site for our registry. Simply put, we told him what and how much, he linked it to Pay Pal and badda-bing-badda-boom, our registry was born. (I was not a travel blogger at the time, and hence had no clue how to build a website!)

If having a friend capable of such a great feat is not option for you, have no fear. There are plenty of companies that will help you out, for a small fee, of course. But I will argue that the fee is worth every penny! A quick internet search of “Honeymoon Registry” will produce tons of results. Do your research and go with the company you like the most.

2. Use the CASH GIFTS for the honeymoon – Many people these days give cash as a wedding gift. So, why don’t you budget some (or all) of this money for your honeymoon. For example, you can use this money for souvenirs or all of your alcoholic drink purchases while traveling. By doing this, you’ve limited yourself to a specific amount for whatever category you choose. This money is a bonus; it is not money that is in your expected, monthly budget to begin with, so why not put it towards your honeymoon?

Saving Money For a Honeymoon

While I have your attention, I can’t end this series without offering these great honeymoon-planning tips that can save you some serious green and stretch your cash.

  • Check out the DEALS – Use websites like GrouponLuxury Link and Snique Away to find sales and discounts on everything from restaurants and hotels to spa treatments and excursions.
  • Travel during OFF SEASON – Pick a destination based on your wedding date that is not in peak season. Everything will be cheaper. For example, we got married in August. Peak season in Belize ends in May. Yes, we ran the risk of rainy, wet, even stormy, conditions. However, our weather was great and our hotel and food tabs were lower. Sometimes a calculated risk pays off.
  • 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 to San Francisco for a good rate. Napa Valley anyone? Also, if you are in a “hub city” for a major airline (ahem! Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New York, etc.), use that airline and their typically cheap(er) fares.

I hope, hope, hope that I have inspired you to take that honeymoon and shown you that a budget honeymoon can happen.

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.”

How to Save Money For a Honeymoon

Travel is for everyone. Travel is about learning about the world and each other. Therefore, getting away right after your wedding is the perfect time to learn something new about your spouse and to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Will you really be talking about your wedding cake’s frosting in twenty years? I doubt it. Will you relive a wine tasting in France, a sunset dinner over the Caribbean, whale watching in Mexico or an early morning hike in the Rockies? Without a doubt! Don’t skip your honeymoon. Don’t skip this opportunity to learn, love and live!

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