Monday, February 4, 2013

Luxury Honeymoon on a Budget

It's Monday, there's snow on the ground here in Indiana and the sun is nowhere in sight. After a short bout of writer's block this morning, the topic of the day was obvious: HONEYMOON!

San Diego Honeymoon
Paradise Point in San Diego
Whether you're just engaged, halfway through or somewhere in between, dreams of your honeymoon are dancing in your head (maybe behind the list of decisions to make...but they're there). The tradition of an immediate vacation following a wedding is pretty ingenious if you think about it. A week with your new hubs, getting tan and relaxing on the beach sounds so dreamy, it will get you through the most stressful days of wedding plans.

Unless you're one of the lucky few receiving your honeymoon as a gift or planning your own with an unlimited budget, you probably want a luxury trip without breaking the bank.

Honeymoon on a Budget

If you're not already on the mailing list for sites like Groupon and Living Social, you are passing up prime opportunities to save money on 5-star resorts. Or if you already have your options narrowed down but don't like the prices, try Funjet for savings on resorts, airfare, vehicles and activities. Try searching specifically for all-inclusive resorts (especially in Mexico) where everything you could possibly need is at your fingertips and included in your price!

The newest fad in honeymoons are cruises. And why not? Virtually everything is included in the price, (minus alcohol) and the opportunity to visit multiple locations is a serious bonus! Generally, unless you're booking a stay on a brand-new ship, cruise prices are extremely affordable and even more so in the off season! (Bonus for winter brides!!) You can easily book a 5-7 day cruise for two for around $1000 plus airfare. Try using this site to search cruises by port, length, desitnation and cruiseline. Searching by port location is so helpful  because you can save even more money by choosing a port that is the least expensive to fly to or within driving distance from where you live.

Staying within the country will also save you big, especially if you don't already have passports. The United States offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Think San Diego (I highly suggest Paradise Point!) and the Florida Keys. Or opt for a different climate entirely. Research the options in Northern California, Colorado or Maine. You'd be suprised at the appeal of a non-traditional honeymoon location and the romance to be found at a cabin in the mountains, a trip to the vineyard, or a bed & breakfast on the East coast.

When all else fails, try a local travel agent and see what options they have for you. I am certainly no travel agent and don't claim to be, but I do have a knack for finding amazing deals on travel, within a couple's budget, so if you're still looking for more ideas or interested in more information, email me, I'd love to help!

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  1. What a helpful post! We are planning a destination wedding, but are going to incorporate our honeymoon into it so that we don't break the bank!

    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Destination weddings are a wonderful idea. You really can't go wrong with them!!