Post # 1
My fiance and I have been planning our wedding, but one thing that keeps popping up that we can’t seem to decide on is the honeymoon. I know we have a while to decide, but we are both more ‘meh’ about the honeymoon than anything. At first we planned on going to Florida because I’d like to see the ocean, but again, nothing we could get excited about. Then I got to thinking. I was trying to budget about $3,000 for a honeymoon that neither of us were that thrilled about. But what we both want more than anything is a house. Being in the military, he already gets $5,000 for his first time home buyers loan and if we take that 3k as well we will have $8,000 for a down payment. Now I know that’s not much for a house, but it’s also nothing to sneeze at.
But, neither of us ever have time to go on vacation and we don’t want to give that up. There are a few things we could do. Take $500 and a week off work., then we could either stay home and go to different places (the zoo, amusement parks, etc) or, since we have family/friends in WI we could go spend a week with them. Or if we want the actual vacation we could go somewhere not on a coast and stay there for a few days. That’s what I’d need suggestions for.
Post # 3
I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a “staycation”. You will both want a break after the hustle and bustle up to the big day and as long as you’re spending time together it doesn’t matter where you are.
The one good thing about getting out of the house is so you’re not thinking about cleaning or dishes that kind of stuff. Do some day trips, have nice dinners out that kind of thing!
Lots of other stuff too 🙂
Post # 4
I would do a weekend getaway or something of the like, so you can “get away” a little bit but not break the bank. You could find a cute bed & breakfast and still save up the down payment money.
ETA- I hit post too soon! I meant to also suggest an anniversary trip if you decide to postpone the honeymoon for now.
Post # 5
vacations stress me the hell out.
All the planning for traveling and packing or currency changes makes it not worth it at all to me.
I love staycations/home improvement projects.
If you make your home nice why would you ever want to leave?
+1million for the staycation!
Post # 6
You could also do a home exchange so you have somewhere to stay free. That way you get away but save the cost of accomodations.
Post # 7
What about maybe Chicago for 2 nights? There’s tons to do there and the hotels aren’t super expensive if you shop around.
Post # 8
How about a nice weekend bed and breakfast – romantic and beautiful! You could look online under “bed and breakfast” in your area and see what is near to attractions you would like to visit. Also the homes they use for bed and breakfasts are usually Victorian or some other unique style that is just fun to look at and stay in especially when you were thinking about purchasing your own home and what style you might like!
Post # 9
@something_orange: Staycation, I LOVE that term! 🙂 I know we aren’t going to want to throw a wedding and be like ok, back to work the next day or so. And thats the good thing about living in a city, I’m thinking something like day 1-zoo, day 2-drive an hour and go to adventureland, etc and/or go to wisconsin for a few days. I don’t know if we’d be able to do day trips AND go to Wisconsin since it cost $300 to go for 3 days, but if I budget $500 we might be able to 🙂
@DaneLady: That’s what I thought, as soon as we get settled we could go to Florida or wherever. Or, as we are already planning, renew vows in 5ish years and go to Paris 🙂
@elliptical2013: I’ve never been on a vacation so I wouldn’t know, but I can understand how stressful it might be. And boy do I hate packing. The last thing we want right after a wedding is more stress. And I love what you said about home improvement..I am in LOVE with DIY home projects and while we’re living in an apartment there’s only so much we can do.
@julies1949: I wish we could do something like that but right after the wedding we’ll be somewhat in between homes and don’t think I’d feelcomfortable being in someone else’s home.
@Westwood: Ah, I wish! It’s close enough to us that it would be almost practical, but I brought that up when we first started talking about honeymoons and got a huge, resounding NO
Post # 10
@majorairhead: I do like the idea about getting away from home, we already spend way too much time at home, lol
Post # 11
Is it bad that I’m getting more excited about a “staycation” than I ever did about Florida or a “real honeymoon”? Lol
Post # 12
I had a friend who stayed for a weekend at a bed and breakfast on the opposite side of town that they lived in. It was their way of having a honeymoon and still stay home.
Post # 13
You don’t have to do anything expensive for a honeymoon.
Friends of mine rented a really nice cabin in the woods for their honeymoon, it looked lovely.
I also know that Eureka Springs, AK is a tiny town and somewhat popular wedding/honeymoon spot. We looked into getting married there and there were some pretty nifty accomodations if I remember correctly.
You could also look at a website like VBRO and see if there are any interesting vacation rentals nearby – sometimes you can rent these amazing places for not much money!
I think if FI and I didn’t want to go on a honeymoon, we would try to find a place that was an “experience,” i.e. staying in a treehouse “hotel” for a couple of nights, or getting a hotel room in a busy city we’ve never been to before, or even just taking a 4-day cruise (did you know that you can do that? Even 1-day cruises are a thing!)
That way we’d have an excuse to unwind and something to talk about when we got back!
Also, you have a lot of time to save up money separatley for the house and the honeymoon. Like I said, it doesn’t have to cost a ton of money so you can totally do both!
Post # 14
I think if you’ve NEVER been on a vacation, you should definitely try to get away for a couple of days. When else in your life is a vacation more required than after all that planning? I know it’s too early for now, but have you checked Groupon for ideas of weekend getaways around your area?
Post # 15
I’d head to the nearest large lake or ocean, and spend a week just hanging out!
Somewhere cheap but still away from the apartment!
Post # 16
@BrandNewBride: Not a bad idea. I might see if nearby lakes have cottage rental or something. As for the ocean, I wish, but the closest one IS Florida, lol