Post # 1
My fiance and I have been going over our wedding budget and recently started feeling guilty that we’re spending so much on our honeymoon to St. Lucia ($5K) that we booked soon after getting engaged. Now, months later, as our wedding budget started to inflate, even though we’ve tried to save money and cut costs where we can, we’re wondering if we should just go to somewhere that would be cheaper to travel to, like Mexico (Playa Del Carmen). While playing with the idea, we realized we’d incur a $150/ticket change-fee, so decided to leave everything as is.
Today, we got a call from the airline telling us that the flights have been changed (since we booked really far in advance) and we can either
A.) book new flights by Monday, at no additional cost… OR
B.) get full refund for the tickets
We’d also be able to get a full refund from the hotel we booked. Now that we’re actually in a position to get all our money back, we’re wondering if this is a blessing in disguise since we discussed changing it before, but friends are telling us that we should still book the same trip since it was what we wanted. What do you bees think? Stick with St. Lucia or get a refund and book the honeymoon to a more affordable destination, where we can stretch our dollar a little further?
We have to decide by Monday if we’re going to rebook without having to pay new airfair prices, so we only have this weekend to decide.
Any advice or suggestions? Who’s honeymooned in St. Lucia or Playa Del Carmen in June… which is more worth it?
Post # 3
If it were me I would get the refund and book something more affordable. However, if you’ve been dreaming of this honeymoon and would feel incredibly disappointed I would stick with the original plan (although from your post it doesn’t seem that this is the case!). That’s a lot of money, and imagine what you could do with the amount you save from doing something cheaper!
Post # 4
Have you tried looking for your trip to St. Lucia through Cheapcaribbean.com or other websites with good deals. You may be able to find your dream honeymoon to St. Lucia for much cheaper.
This depends on what is important to you. Would you rather go somewhere that was a tad cheaper (Mexico) where I would have more money to do more things, or would you rather go somewhere a tad nicer and have less money to splurge on excursions
Post # 5
i don’t know anything about either location, but i’d go with the cheaper. i’m a firm believer in the honeymoon being about relaxing with your new hubby, and i don’t think you need to break the bank to do that. i’m doubt you’ll regret having the extra cash after the honeymoon, and you’ll still be getting a fun vacation.
Post # 6
kbruno3 – this was actually the best deal, all-inclusive & flights were relatively inexpensive since it was early
it sounded great a few months ago, but now that the reality of the wedding costs are hitting us, it might be best to reconsider traveling so far…
Post # 7
St. Lucia is gorgeous. I’d just roll with that. I wouldn’t want the stress of trying to find something newer and bigger and better. I guess it depends how much money you’re talking; do some price comparisons and see if it’s even worth it.
Post # 8
Personally we are splurging on the honeymoon because we figure it’s one of the few opportunities to do so without feeling guilty…since we are going on a trip anyway, why not spend a couple thousand more for what we’ve always wanted? (We are going to Fiji!) But it also depends on whether you will have the cash for the more expensive honeymoon…if you book the honeymoon now and your bulging wedding costs cause you to have charge things it will suck to be paying off the credit cards when the trip is over and done with!
But also I like @kbruno’s suggestion–spending more on the trip itself may limit how you spend your time on your trip! So if you plan on some expensive excursions and activities consider that in your final trip total.
Haha so in short, there’s no easy answer! 🙂 Good luck with the decision-making!
Post # 9
I have been to neither place. Although I have been to Cancun. But I ‘m thinking they are both tropical right? I’m just wondering how different the vacations would be vs. how much you’ll save. I wouldn’t feel bad about changing, unless you’re heart is really set on St. Lucia. (It’s not like you’re deciding between Ireland and Playa.)
Post # 10
St. Lucia is AMAZING. But the two of you need to decide if staying in your budget or a fantastic honeymoon is more important.
Post # 11
i am struggling w/ the honeymoon pricing and he is too. but we know that we will NEVER again spend that much money on a trip and we want it to be luxurious. so we’re still in our budget, but definitely maxing it out. i say go to st. lucia! us california girls can hit up mexico any time!
Post # 12
Could you maybe take the less expensive option now, spend the money on the wedding and then take a better vacation a few months later? That way you get the beachy feel of a honeymoon right away with a special bonus trip later on? Best of both worlds!
Post # 13
I truly think everything happens for a reason and I would take it as a blessing in disguise. I would get the refund and rebook for something more affordable and save the extra cash. You don’t want to be strapped right after the wedding.
I’ve heard St. Lucia is gorgeous but I had a prof in college that went there with his wife during the semester (he never took off during the semester) the year before he retired. He was in a snorkeling accident. Wave came and smashed him into the rocks and died. If it were me and that was in the back of my mind and this happened with the plan tickets I would so be chasing them in in a heartbeat. That would be my sign as we aren’t meant to take that trip.
Post # 14
Change to a cheaper location! My fiance and I just decided to switch from Greek Island hopping to Olympic Peninsula and are so glad we did! It will be so nice to relax and not have to feel guilty for buying a trip you couldn’t afford. It’s totally a blessing. Take it. (: Enjoy!
Post # 15
I would DEFINITELY take the refund if I were you. You’ll have years of anniversary trips when money isn’t so tight. Why pass up what seems to be an all too perfect chance now?
Post # 16
SandDollar – what a tragady 🙁
OK – my FI & I are gonna go over all the options, pros/cons tonight… thanks!