Post # 1
Okay.. so the deal is.. i am 20 and my FI is 23…. ANNNDDD.. we are paying for our entire wedding ourselves….. budgeting it around 5K… and that leaves right at $1000 for us to honeymoon on.. i have no idea as to what we could do with that. we are wanting something for like 3-4days.. just to get away.. we are from FL so we want to do something other than go to the beach… and i am all out of ideas!
and thanks in advance!!! 🙂
Post # 3
There are GREAT 3 and 4 day Mexico cruise specials (especially with Carnival) leaving from different ports in Florida, Alabama, and Louisiana. We just looked at one that was $279 from Mobile to Mexico on Carnival. Cruises aren’t for everyone, but from another beach-dweller, I feel ya on not wanting a beach honeymoon.
And if you’d rather do something big and splashy and can’t afford it right now, you could always do a mini-moon and plan for something bigger down the road.
Post # 4
Right now Southwest is having a huge fare sale on flights to Seattle – if you’re flying the right days, you could check that out.
If you are outdoorsy or adventury, try going to the southwest – the canyons in Arizona and Utah are amazing, and hotels out there are insanely cheap. You could go horseback riding in Canyon DeChelly and, if you’re into it, even go camping in some of the national parks out there. There is also Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon.
Or what about a spa weekend in upstate NY or somewhere else? http://www.copperhood.com/index.htm or check out http://www.discoverspas.com/news/newsplaces331.shtml. Could be a nice relaxing few days. A relaximoon if you will.
Post # 5
I know it’s cheesy, but if you are really looking to get away from the beach…there are a crazy amount of people from Missouri and all over (seriously far away states) that go to Branson. (I live in Missouri, so I’m not about to visit there instead of a beach!) There are some nice hotels/condos with beautiful views and spas and/or cute bed and breakfasts. Depending on the time of year, there are lake sports, some shopping (not for everyone), (typically cheesy shows) and (my favorite) Christmas lights at Silver Dollar City. We didn’t travel much while I was growing up, and I haven’t had the opportunity while finishing up school, but depending on what you are looking for it can be fun (even if it is just to act goofy). You could definately afford to have a nice stay there on your budget! As for me, I’ll be heading to the beach! Good luck on deciding! I’m sure whatever you pick will be great once you’ve married your sweetie!
Post # 6
For our honeymoon we went to Northern Michigan (traverse city)- we’re from Detroit and we have a family cabin up there. You can do something sort of local, for pretty cheap. It was really great, and we got to go for a week. It wasn’t like going to Europe or anything, but we’ll do that someday when we have more time 🙂
Post # 7
Congrats on your wedding and on paying for it yourself! I think that’s a very mature, considerate thing to do in these economic times (though that’s just my opinion, as someone who is doing the same!).
What area of the country are you in? That definitely has an effect on what honeymoon destinations are close to you within your budget!
Post # 8
Maybe consider New Orleans… it’s close, very romantic, plenty of sightseeing, and filled with beautiful jazz on the streets!
Post # 9
Strongly consider more low key places to stay wherever you go, like a B&B. They are often gorgeous and they don’t have all sorts of extra fees and such. And you get free breakfast! TripAdvisor.com is invaluable. We’re going to CA in the peak season in the summer and are staying at a B&B where we’ll get a jacuzzi and a gourmet breakfast every morning for under $200/night. Crappy motel rooms started at like $300/night.
If you’re outdoorsy at all, find somewhere where you can hike/bike. The great outdoors is usually pretty cheap 🙂
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2009 - Byodo-In Temple, Luau Reception
I see that you’re getting married in the fall, why not go up north; it’s beautiful in the fall, when all the trees are changing colors. Some suggestions, the Poconos, New York, maybe even Maine or Canada.
Post # 11
these ideas are fabulous, and i truely appreciate the help!!!
Post # 12
I hear that Brown County in Indiana is beautiful in the fall. Or you can do Vegas! We just got back from there a couple of weeks ago and it was a blast! And we spent less than $1000.