(Closed) How far in advance did you book your honeymoon?

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: How far in advance did you book your honeymoon?
    1 year + : (3 votes)
    5 %
    6 months - 1 year in advance : (27 votes)
    42 %
    3-6 months in advance : (19 votes)
    29 %
    1-2 months in advance : (13 votes)
    20 %
    Book it? We just winged it! : (3 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Well, the flights can sometimes get more expensive when you get close to the date of your trip.  I booked a trip to Costa Rica about 4 weeks before I went (my husband and I had only been dating a few months, so it was a big step and we waited until we were sure that we were ready).  Everything worked out fine, but I’m not sure you would want to take any risks with your honeymoon.  Are there any special tours you want to do that might book up fast?  Any hotels you would be sad if they booked up?

    Post # 4
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    We booked ours about 6 months in advance.  Actually, our travel agency reimburses us if the price goes down on the trip.  I think that deal comes with the optional trip insurance.  I’d ask about that, because then you benefit from getting it booked and out of the way, but you’re reimbursed if a better deal comes along in terms of your flight or resort rate.

    So far, the price of our trip has actually increased, so I’m glad we booked it when we did.

    Post # 6
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    546 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    My FI just booked ours last week and we go at the end of June!

    Post # 7
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    306 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    We decided in January but had to wait for the government to send us our tax returns to book it, so just did that last week!  We were watching prices and they stayed about the same for teh past three months, and I think we were right around the border for when things start to go up (all-inclusive in Mexico).  I was getting anxious, but it turned out ok ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 8
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    337 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Fiance booked ours about 3 months out, though he started researching much earlier.  He held off buying the airfare for a while, hoping the price would go down but instead it just kept going up so he finally gave up and just bought it at the price it was 2 months out.  I find there’s no hard and fast way to predict the pricing whims of the travel industry.

    Post # 9
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We finally booked our honeymoon like a week ago two months away from my wedding date! I’m so happy! We’re going to Hawaii! We did notice that the flight prices raised from a few months ago. So I say book it the sooner the better!

    Post # 10
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    333 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Hi there! You shouldn’t have a major problem in the rainy season in Costa Rica.  If there are certain hotels you really want to go to, why not call them/e-mail them and ask how their bookings are looking? We’re going there for about 10 days as part of our honeymoon, and we actualy booked things in stages based on what was likely to lose availablility… the VRBO rental we wanted was booked first, then a month later the flights, then the hotel in San Jose a bit after than, and finally the 4×4 rental this week. 

    Post # 11
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We booked our honeymoon in January and we are going at the end of August. We just did it early so that we could pay some then and pay some more later instead of paying it all at once. I think if we had waited we wouldn’t have gotten as good of a deal…but I dont think you necessarily have to do it that far in advance. Maybe call a travel agent and see what they suggest?

    Post # 12
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    We are getting married in late August but because of my school schedule/FH’s amount of leave needed, we aren’t going on our “big” honeymoon until the beginning of January.  We decided on a Caribbean cruise embarking from San Juan, Puerto Rico!  ๐Ÿ™‚  Sooo excited…we already booked the cruise last month and have most of it paid off, but we’re holding off on plane fare to see if it drops a little….it’s like 8 months away, so it probably will!

    If you’re worried about the plane fares jumping on ya I’d suggest using kayak.com and sticking a fare tracker on the dates you want…you can be alerted weekly or even daily about what the best fares are and what they were the weeks/months prior.  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

    Post # 13
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We’re are waiting until at least 6 months or more out but we won’t pay the trip in full because if the price goes down between then and the honeymoon, we get the lower price. I would say book as far as you can out so you get the best deals and the room/views that you want! Check with travel agents to see if they do that but I konw for sure that Sandals does that because that’s the route we are going!

    Post # 14
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    225 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    Our wedding is July but we are not even close to booking it.. our travel agent told us that it really does not matter when you book it- if its not a holiday week the price will not make any difference (or significant difference). Hope he is right cause we are not even sure where we are gonna go.. yikes..

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2011

    We haven’t booked anything yet, but I think we’ll be booking the hotel we want to stay at in Seattle pretty soon so that it’ll be a for sure thing and then I’ll be contacting the condo on the coast within the next month or two to see if we can reserve the place we want before either of us turns 21 (2 months pre-wedding) as one of us WILL be 21 at the time of the honeymoon. If not, I don’t know what we’ll do for sure…

    Post # 16
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    @Lonniebunny – it depends where you decide to go…for us, we’re going on a cruise so there was a discounted price if you book early enough. 

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