Post # 1
Fiance and I are paying for the wedding ourselves — which means not much budget left for the honeymoon. 🙁
We really wanted to go to Italy but with the US dollar so weak, it’s just not going to happen.
Any suggestions on where to go?
We prefer to go somewhere with history or at least a lot of things to do. We are not ones for laying around the beach – unless its a water sport!
Post # 3
Try south of the border, where things are cheaper, like Mexico City which has history and a great atmosphere, or even Argentina where prices are low and is so beautiful.
Post # 4
I have the same problem! We were considering San Fransisco (because we’ve never been there and it sounds like a ton of fun things to do), Seattle would also be a fun city to explore as well. We went to DC last year for Spring break and it was unexpectedly a lot of fun as well – you may want to try taking a smaller trip to a part of the US you’ve never been and save little by little after the wedding for a real honeymoon out of the country. Plus then you will have something fun to look forward to after the wedding as well! It’s like having two honeymoons :D.
Post # 5
I second the going somewhere interesting in the US. We are opting for a B & B in Maine(largely based on the abundance of pie and lobster), but there are plenty of quaint small towns or large interesting cities to explore. Historical cities are be Boston, D.C., Savannah or San Fran depending on the feel you’re looking for. On the other hand – there’s always the Venetian in Vegas!
Post # 6
Have you thought about maybe putting off the honeymoon for a while till you guys save up enough to have the one that you guys really want ie. Italy? There’s no rule that says you have to go on a honeymoon *right* after your wedding. My sister and her husband payed for their wedding themselves and they had a similar issue. We’re from MA and they opted to stay for a few days at a historic inn in Back Bay in Boston right after the wedding and then a few months later, they went on their dream honeymoon in St. Lucia after they’d saved up enough!
Post # 7
We’re also in the same boat. Paying for everything means things get cut and that means a honeymoon overseas was out of the question for us. I also love places with history and things to do. So, we are going to the nearest big city with "a history" (such as Chicago or Kansas City, New Orleans, or Philadelphia) and we are going to stay in an old hotel (ie its been around a long time and its in an old building). Staying at a city with a past means lots of cool museums and sightseeing. After we’ve saved up enough we’re planning on going on a *real* honeymoon.
Post # 8
I did a great vacation on the east coast a few years back that was wonderful, but I did it by myself; and the first thing I thought was how romantic it would have been to share it with someone. I visited the Mark Twain house (Samuel Clemmens house), Walt Whitman’s house and grave site, 3 of Edgar Allan Poe’s houses and his grave site, historical Philly, and a few other literary places that I can’t think of right now. I stayed in small B&B’s and rented a car. It was amazing. On a different vacation I went to Savannah, Georgia — and I truly believe it was one of the most romantic places I’ve ever been — unfortunatly I went with a friend.
The US has a lot to offer!!
Post # 9
I never thought about Savannah! That sounds really beautiful as well.
Someone suggested Alaska to me but it was just as expensive as Hawaii!
Post # 10
We are having a lovely weekend away (historic hotel in the wine country) immediately after the wedding, and waiting 6 months for our honeymoon in order to have the time and money for what we really want. My sister did the same. The upside of this is that we have a wedding weekend getaway that is easy and inexpensive enough for us to repeat annually for our anniversary if we like – and we really like that idea.
Post # 11
- Wedding: July 2007 - Rosary Chapel & Monterey Marriott, Monterey, CA
I suggest taking a look at lots of the travel specials posted on travelzoo.com and Budget Travel by Frommers and other sites… and seeing if anything catches your eye! You might be able to find something all-inclusive for a great deal… and then you won’t have to worry about incurring a larger cost on the trip. 🙂
Plus it narrows down the options in a helpful way… rather than the whole world being an option.
Post # 12
Another idea – I don’t know if either of you travel a lot, or have relatives or friends who do. I have several friends who put together really nice honeymoons for almost nothing by talking family members into contributing Marriott points, frequent flier miles, etc. For my sister’s honeymoon they flew for free to Hawaii, stayed for free at a Marriott five-star resort, and really spent money only on food and whatever leisure activities they wanted. Friends or relatives who have 1,000,000+ points/miles might be quite happy to donate 100,000 as a wedding present.
Post # 13
Another thought is a quick 3-4 day cruise– You can get these bahama /caribean type trips cheap if you do an inside room– It would get you some fun in the sun and some relaxing and then depending on where you live you could add a layover on your way home to a US city you have never been to! Miami, Atlanta, Houston– think of major airport hubs and do a 2-3 day layover??? Make it your own adventure!
or think of a sport you both love– Nascar? Baseball? Football? and do a week in the town of your favorite sport and get first class tickets?? Spa?? Museums??
Post # 14
I think DC has a lot of free musuems and places to go Otherwise you can try Montreal for something a little more foreign. Canada holds it’s currency pretty stable against US currency.
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2007 - The Wellington House in Fayetteville, NY
From your profile it seems you are in NJ. Is that where your wedding will be too? If so, you could go to the Catskills or the Adirondaks. Both are very lovely and I’m sure you can find good deals.
Or you could go to the Finger Lakes wine country. There are a lot of beautiful vineyards there that have packages for wine tours and places to stay. There’s also some great spas there.
We went to Prince Edward Island for our honeymoon. Even with the weak US dollar, it was pretty affordable there. We got a package deal to stay at a really nice Inn for about $400 for 4 nights. All of the attractions and dining there is reasonably priced as well.
We drove, so we stopped in Quebec City on our way back and that was awesome, too. Very historic and kind of like being in Europe… but cheaper!
Good luck 🙂
~ Mrs. Radish