(Closed) Help! Honeymoon dilemma-need to choose soon!

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: Which honeymoon?
    Cheap and cheerful-book an all inclusive : (13 votes)
    45 %
    Book Paris and just go for it : (5 votes)
    17 %
    Wait until your one year anniversary so you can save properly, then do a small honeymoon : (8 votes)
    28 %
    None of the above : (3 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 3
    2100 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    We had a wonderful honeymoon in Paris and the French countryside but please understand the dollar is weak right now, so since Paris is normally a high priced city it is even more now with the exchange rate.  Now we did not cut corners but we spent with airfare, hotel, transportation and food just under $10k  – we probably could have cut that down to $6k if we had tried to budget strictly and that was for 8 days.

    So I would suggest saving up for a fabulous Paris trip for an anniversary and doing something smaller now or just waiting

    Post # 5
    11273 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    why don’t you take a little minimoon for a week after your wedding to an all-inclusive and then over the course of the year, save money for your big honeymoon to paris. that’s what we plan to do.

    fyi: when we went to europe in 2010 we spent way may than we expected to.


    Post # 6
    1577 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    @HisNightOwl2014:  I’m with you— I love cruises!  We’re doing a Mediterranean cruise for our Honeymoon.

    I’d go for the all-inclusives to save $$, since it’s a concern.  I know you’d love to get out & experience food outside of your resort, but to keep the funds in check, I really think the all-inclusive will help a lot.  

    Post # 7
    1697 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    The only way we were able to do Europe was by doing a cruise. If you seriously planned it out you could do Paris on the cheap. I was in your EXACT same situation and though we were barely able to afford the cruise, I would have put off spending money on a honeymoon I didn’t whole heartedly want, to save up for a great one. We drove up to reno nevada ( about 4 hours away and spent less than $300) and called it our mini moon. I had lots of fun and if we hadn’t been able to go to Europe I was happy with our mini moon til we saved up:)

    Post # 8
    2699 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I’d take a mini moon and save up to do the trip properly. It’s a long way to go just to have to cut back once you’re there. I don’t know that you could do a cruise that would include Paris though as it’s not a port city :/

    Post # 9
    851 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Check out flash sale websites like groupon and gilt city for an allinclusive mini-moon (I have seen 5 day all inclusive to gorgeous Caribbean destinations for under $600 for two people! ) and then save up for an amazing honeymoon in Paris. I went to Paris last may, stayed in a very tiny not at all luxury inn, bought food primarily from grocery stores, and still spent over $2000 for ten days. You want to do Paris the right way when you go! 

    Post # 10
    263 posts
    Helper bee

    All inclusive can be a really nice time. After the wedding, you’ll honestly probably want a break. Why not do All Inclusive now, and then save for a year and do Paris for an anniversary trip?

    Post # 12
    2705 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Honestly, I would wait and do Paris on your 1-year anniversary and do a cruise or all-inclusive for your Honeymoon.  Paris is NOT a cheap city and to fully experience you will need a good deal of spending money.  Also, after planning a wedding all you are going to want to do is sit and relax and a trip to Paris wouldn’t exactly be relaxing.  There is sooo much to see and do in the city that I would worry about getting worn out (as opposed to recovering from the stress and craziness that is wedding planning). 

    As far as your Fiance goes, I would try and play-up this latter angle.  I don’t think all-inclusive would be a “runner-up prize;”  I think it would be just what you need!  And if your Fiance is embarassed to tell your guests you aren’t going to Paris for your Honeymoon, the two of you can explain that’s where you’re going on your 1-year anniversary trip because you wanted to so something more relaxing right after the wedding.

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