I just got back from my niece’s wedding and it was lovely. The young couple looked so happy and excited to start their new life together. I also think by the time the wedding weekend was complete, getting on that plane to take off for their honeymoon was sounding pretty good!
My feeling is that for many brides (and grooms, too), by the time the wedding planning and wedding day has come and gone, they’re more than ready for the honeymoon! But after the expenses that come along with most weddings, finding the extra cash to put toward your dream getaway isn’t always possible. But with some strategic planning and a little extra effort, you can create a dream honeymoon at a dream price!
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Here are some tips on how to save money on your honeymoon. P.S. Some of these tips will work even if it’s a second honeymoon!
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1. Think all-inclusive!
One of the best ways to stay within a budget is to have an idea going in just how much you’ll be spending. With all-inclusive getaways you pay one flat rate and everything is basically covered in that one price.
Be sure to find out if there are any items that would be a separate charge. For example: Drinks, tips, and certain activities. If drinks and certain meals aren’t covered, you can use coupon codes and offers like cash-back dining to continue to save.
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2. Look at all your options
When I went on my honeymoon, we really wanted a room on the lake. The cost was going to be twice as much as a regular room!
I looked at Airbnb and found an adorable little house on the lake. The best part, the entire stay was the same amount we would have paid for just one night in the room with a view at the hotel! It was wonderful. Plus, we were able to cook in and sit out on a fabulous balcony on that gorgeous lake.
And to save even more, sites like Airbnb offer coupon codes for additional savings!
3. Have guests donate to a honeymoon registry
Have enough dishes and sheets? Then think honeymoon registry! You can register for excursions you’d like to take while on your trip, restaurants you’d like to try, and even have folks help with the cost of getting there!
Sites like Honeyfund, Honeymoon Wishes, and Traveler’s Joy allow you to set up your honeymoon registry for free, but be aware that many also charge a service fee per donation. It’s best to research which one is best for you, and if you want to avoid the service fee altogether you might want to simply ask for checks or cash.
4. Follow everyday travel tips
Some of my all-time favorite travel tips can apply to planning your honeymoon. If you’re flying, consider booking your flight on Tuesday afternoons around 4:30 p.m. EST. This is usually when the best deals for the week are posted.
Next, if you live near multiple airports check the prices at each location. You’d be amazed at what the difference in price can be! Finally, try different days of the week to see which day is the least expensive.
And would you believe even at sites that are known for low price deals, like Expedia, you can find coupon codes to save even more when booking?
5. Travel during off season
Once when I went on a trip to a beach resort in Mexico I was able to save about a third of the usual cost because it was off season. If I had gone on the same trip a week later, when it was considered high season, I would have paid a lot more! So, try looking for locations where it’s nearing the end of their off season.
6. Cash in those points
You finally have a good reason to use those points you’ve been accumulating. Use them to earn a free flight or upgrade to first class.
7. Let them know “We’re on our honeymoon!”
If upgrades on the plane or in the hotel are available, many times the honeymooners get them! So, call in advance and speak with the reservationist or customer service representative. Let them know you’ll be on your honeymoon.
My niece’s husband called the airline in advance to let them know and guess what? As they were boarding their flight (a seven-hour trip, I might add), they were sent into business class! It never hurts to let airlines and hotels know — at the very least you’ll usually receive a bottle of champagne!