When planning a wedding, a lot of work, time and money go into everything from the ceremony to the dress. But let’s not forget to think about the honeymoon! Like any vacation, a honeymoon can be an expensive getaway, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are a few secrets for planning a great honeymoon while staying within your means.
Set a Budget
With any big event, you should put some serious thought into your honeymoon budget before you even start looking. It’s important that you understand how much you want to spend, and how much you can spend, on your honeymoon so that you don’t overboard. While your vacation should be memorable, it shouldn’t leave you stressed and broke. So set a budget and stick to it.
Create a List
Once you have an idea of what you’re willing to spend, start brainstorming with your fiance about the specific things you want to do. Do you want to spend your time on the beach? Do you want to get pampered at the spa? Or do you want to go on an adventure? Make sure you’re both on the same page so that when it comes time to look at your options, you’ll have a clear idea of your itinerary, but you should know this up front. This can also help you stay on budget and not get side-tracked by all of the extras vacation destinations have to offer.
Interestingly, there are registry services that allow your wedding guests to contribute to your honeymoon. How this works is simple: some travel agencies offer a registry service that then collects, tracks, and applies contributions just like any other registry. You can even add specific activities to your registry such as spa treatments, meals. or scuba diving. Having a honeymoon registry is worth considering, especially if your budget is small.
Hire a Travel Agent
If planning your honeymoon sounds like too much work, you might want to consider hiring a travel agent. Although it costs a little bit to hire a profession, they can save you money on a variety of things. It’s their job to know the ins and outs of planning vacations, and they have an abundance of knowledge and resources that you might not have. If you do decide to go with an agent, make sure you share your list of honeymoon priorities with them as well as your budget so they know what to look for.
Some places offer specials for newlyweds, so don’t be afraid to mention that when you’re looking into different places. Even if there are no deals, sometimes letting them know can win you a complimentary room upgrade, a free meal, or just a little extra attention during your stay.
The best way to save money on any vacation, including your honeymoon, is to go off-season. Prices drop drastically during certain times of the year at certain destinations. On top of that, there will be less people there. And although some off-season travel periods are due to bad weather, there are a number of places that aren’t so you won’t necessarily have to worry about a higher chance of rain or storms just because you’re going during a different time of year.
Another great way to save on your honeymoon is to purchase an all-inclusive vacation. This can be either at a resort, on a cruise, or even a tour. The best part about this option is that everything is paid for upfront, and you don’t have to worry about any surprise fees. Your room, all meals, drinks, entertainment, activities, taxes, and airport travel are all taken care of.
If you do choose an all-inclusive honeymoon, make sure you know exactly what’s covered because it can vary from place to place. For example, some resorts don’t include alcoholic drinks, while others might charge extra for activities.
Planning ahead of time is preferred in every situation, but it can save you big bucks when organizing your honeymoon. When you book early you won’t have to worry about places being sold out or prices skyrocketing as the date approaches and tickets become more scarce.
Even though most people choose to fly off to somewhere tropical for their honeymoon, you can always vacation somewhere closer to home. Deciding to stay local can save you a ton of money on airfare, and allows you the chance to explore more of your area. For example, there are a lot of really great cities in North America that are fantastic honeymoon destinations such as New York City and Niagara Falls.
Avoid Holiday Seasons
Travelling around the holiday season can be pricey. A lot of places jack up travel costs around since many people travel this time of year to be closer to family. The winter season is especially expensive because of holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve. Around Easter and spring break is expensive for airfare and hotels.