I’m starting a new series of blog posts about savings and different smart planning that a potential bride and groom can do with their honeymoon. Just like your wedding, proper prior planning prevents high costs and disappointment.
It’s a common story told the world over on a regular basis. The bride and groom say “I do,” enjoy a grand celebration with friends and family and then they take off for some much-needed time alone as a newlywed couple.
But, what happens if the honeymoon budget is smaller than desired? Do you have to settle for a quick weekend away to mark your first days together as husband and wife?
The answer is: It’s totally up to you. There are some great weekend adventures that many couples enjoy immensely. If that’s not what you want to do, however, there are ways to stretch the money you have – or can access – to ensure you can enjoy your time together doing the things you want. Here are four ways you can save on, or save up for, the trip you desire:
- Plan as far ahead as possible – The earlier you select your honeymoon destination, the more likely it is you will be able to find ways to afford the trip within your budget. Booking airfare, for example, often comes with a discount if you do so ahead of time. Hotels, cruise lines and other venues may also offer specials that you can shop around for given the time.
- Use a honeymoon registry – This is a great way to get friends and family members to help kick in for the honeymoon you have been dreaming about. Create a registry and your family and friends can purchase items toward your trip, such as meals, hotel night stays and so on. This is often appreciated by gift-buyers and it sure beats getting three toasters!
- Shorten your stay – OK, no matter what you do you can’t come up with enough money to spend three weeks in Spain for your dream vacation. It’s not really the end of the world – it’s really not! Consider shortening your trip to two weeks, or even one, instead. Doing this could save you a bundle and you will still have a great time. You may not get to see everything, but you’ll still get to see a lot.
- Work with a honeymoon travel planner – If you want to get the best possible deals on the vacation you’re after, work directly with someone who specializes in honeymoon travel. Not only will this professional help you make your budget work, she or he can also help you plan an itinerary that best fits your needs.
Budgeting for a honeymoon can be tough, but it’s often possible to enjoy the time of your life on less money than you thought. Just get started early and call on the right pros for assistance.