A honeymoon should be a time to take a vacation from the craziness of planning the wedding, get to know each other under the best and most romantic of circumstances, and see a bit of the world you’ve never seen before. But what do you do if you are far shy of being able to afford renting a summer beachside bungalow in Waikiki? There are actually a myriad of creative ways that newly wedded couples on a budget can get the vacation they deserve without breaking the bank.
One of the easiest ways to cut down on honeymoon costs is to save money on travel. Budget airlines can get you to your destination just as quickly as major airlines, but can leave with you with more to spend on Mai Tais and guided tours once you actually arrive. Often, the best airfare deals can be found directly on their websites, rather than on travel sites. While the list of destinations these airlines offer can sometimes be limited, certain planes on certain budget airlines sometimes feature major perks like leather seats and satellite TV.
If you want to go to a major, popular destination, but can’t quite find the cash, consider traveling in the off-season. Many tropical destinations like Hawaii and the Caribbean are beautiful even in the winter and fall, and traveling during those times means lower airfares, cheaper hotel rooms, and sometimes even more affordable restaurants bills. But what if you are getting married during prime vacation time? Well, nothing says you have to take your honeymoon immediately after your wedding. Taking a few months off might even help you recover from you wedding expenses and leave you better prepared to take the honeymoon of your dreams.
But what do you do if you are really in the hole? Find a campground somewhere close and spend a week or more roughing it with your loved one. Starry skies, midnight bonfires, and intimate quarters can give you all the romance of taking your honeymoon far away, but it can be done cheaply enough to fit anyone’s budget. You would be surprised just how good s’mores taste while under the influence of wedded bliss.
Of course, the best way to save money for your honeymoon is to save money on the wedding itself. Consider having the ceremony at someone’s house rather than a church or community center. Great-looking decorations for your wedding can be bought at dollar stores or discount super stores. Have close friends help set up the decorations. And be sure to find cheap wedding favors that everyone enjoys. It is surprisingly easy to buy unique wedding favors for every one of your guests without spending too much.
But no matter where you spend your honeymoon or how you are spending it, the important thing is the you are spending it together. Take this time to celebrate all you have accomplished together, and to appreciate how wonderful it is to be starting such a major chapter your lives.