Post # 1
FI and I are starting to think about our honeymoon. We’re approaching it with the same budget mindset as we are with the rest of wedding planning which is to spend as little as possible but as much as we need to in order to enjoy it. I’m asking for suggestions under $2,000 but that number isn’t hard and fast. Less expensive would be great. More expensive would be considered. We really have no idea where we want to go so any suggestions are welcome!
We’re in Virginia so we’re leaving from the East Coast. We are planning on a week long honeymoon. We would like somewhere that’s fun and interesting to travel to but that also will give us time to relax and wind down. Our default is to say we want to go somewhere with water but we really are open to entertaining any ideas.
I’ve traveled a good bit, mostly along the east coast, but only left the country once and that was to travel to Toronto. FI has traveled less domestically but has been to the Bahamas and cruised several times. Ideally, we’d like to go somewhere new for both of us.
So….what do you lovely bees suggest?
Post # 2
We stayed in a cabin in the mountains last year for about $1,800 total – car rental, food, spending, cabin, etc.
We’re going on a 4 day cruise for our honeymoon. With spending money, it should be no more than $1,100 total.
I imagine you could drive anywhere a few states away for less than $2,000 as long as you pick accomodations and such wisely. Maybe consider something different like New Orleans? Or the beach areas of the Carolinas?
Post # 3
Those are good suggestions. The only thing is that we’re located in southern VA right on the boarder of NC so the Carolina beaches and the mountians aren’t really anything different than a typical weekend for us. (We’re actually getting married at the beach).
But, we could look into something a bit further. Neither of us have been to New Orleans.
Post # 4
It would cost a little more and not really have water, but be new and different: Ireland or Iceland? Flights to either from the east coast (at least from Boston for me) were about $600 a piece, you may or may not want to rent a car which would probably be maybe $500. Then if you can find a reasonable plan on airbnb for a week (I think $75/night is a reasonable target), so another $500, you’d be at $2200-$2500 maybe with just food cost which can be done on the cheap by grocery shopping and stuff there. We were able to go to Ireland for 10 days for about $3k, and Iceland for 18 days for about $6k, so a week would be close to your budget. (I LOVED Iceland, it is by far one of the most unique and beautiful places I’ve been.)
Post # 5
Niagara Falls? Montreal? Maine? Key West?
Post # 6
just_another_dandelion: I’m from/in Virginia too 🙂 we just booked a 6night stat at Portofino Beach Resort on an island right outside of Belize. It was a deal from Living Social for $750. When you add in our plane tickets the total is about right at $2000.
Post # 7
just_another_dandelion: I live just outside of new orleans.
I would recommend NOT coming here in the summer…it’s so freaking humid…it’ll be hard to enjoy anthing outdoors. My parents live in Asheville, so I know the difference between a NC summer and LA summer. I would recommend late fall-early spring.
If you want a party honeymoon, February is Mardi Gras season! (hotels get expensive though!)
New Orelans has the best food ever, so if you’re a foodie like me, you’ll love it here. lol
Post # 8
just_another_dandelion: You could do something in either Tenn. or NH? Or, drive to a port and go on a crusie for relatively cheap!
Post # 9
- Wedding: October 2014 - Grandma's Oak Tree
Savannah, Georgia. St. Simon’s Island. St. Augustine, FL. St. George Island, FL.
Post # 10
just_another_dandelion: well i was going to suggest a cruise!
Then i saw your last sentence. However, i think it is the most cost friendly way to travel! Can you sail to different ports than he previously did? Or cruise to mexico or south america? Do alaskan cruises go from the east coast?
Not sure how long your FI sailed for but the entertainment is a lot better on cruises over 5 days.
Post # 11
just_another_dandelion: Maybe a cruise or an all inclusive resort. We are having our wedding and honeymoon at a Sandals resort in Jamaica, flying cost would be pretty cheap since your on the east coast and you two could pick out a destination together. Alot of the Mexico all inclusive get really good reviews and seem to be really affordable. Good Luck
Post # 12
- Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon
just_another_dandelion: We’re going hardcore car camping/road tripping up the Oregon and Washington coasts. Tent, fire pit, dirt the whole shebang. Most of the money will be spent on food and gas.
If you’re not quite down for that (I get it, camping isn’t really pampering), you could rent an RV or trailer, or stay in a cabin. Something like that might be fairly inexpensive.
Post # 13
we went to Cancun last year and spent around 2,000 for a week and it was beautiful there 🙂
Post # 14
- Wedding: October 2015 - Hidden Acres
MsW-to-MrsM: Gotta throw in my 2 cents about the Carolina beaches. As a born and raised Carolina girl, the beaches are lovely – provided it’s not tourist season. Not a huge fan of Myrtle Beach for just that reason. Sometimes the roadways are a glorified parking lot which is zero fun, especially in the summer time. lol <br /><br />
I love the beaches south of Myrtle and all of the NC beaches. Those tend to be a lot more residential, plus it’s kind of cool to see the beach on one side of the highway and a huge forest on the other side. 🙂
My personal vote for a honeymoon is Charleston – great European vibe, phenomenal food, and super friendly people. Plus it’s near the water (2 rivers and the ocean right near by).
Post # 15
We are doing Disney for $2600, but we are staying on resort and doing the meal plan., I think you could do it for much less if you stayed off resort and packed a lot your your meals/ate breakfast in your room.