Post # 1
My FI and I are on a pretty tight budget. We both only work part time and he is in school. We can;t afford airfare right now. Our wedding is still a year away, but does anyone have some low cost HM ideas? Thanks!
Post # 3
why cant you travel like students? all you need is a cheap flight and stay in hostels its only 20 bucks a night
Post # 4
Go somewhere semi-local. Somewhere within driving distance but still far enough from home to feel like you’re getting away. I would also suggest going somewhere neither of you have been before.
We are also getting married in September, which is usually the end of summer (more expensive) season and the beginning of winter (less $$$). So I’ve noticed in trying to plan a mini moon, that if we wait a week or two, rates are significantly lower. We haven’t made a final decision but here are some of our ideas: local wineries, Niagra Falls, renting a cabin near a popular state park, going to a B & B near Lake Erie, or even camping. Of course, our ideas are focused on things here in Ohio but you can get an idea of what you can do.
Also another thing to remember is to keep an eye on flights/hotels for somewhere you really want to go but don’t think you can afford. These days with the economy the way it is, you can get some really sweet deals. You may have to either book way early or wait until the last minute but the deals are out there. Sign up for email alerts to make it easier to watch out for lower prices.
Hope this helps!
Post # 5
Well, try to go somewhere within driving distance that still feels honeymoon-ish to you. For me, in SC, that means we could rent a little honeymoon cabin in the blue ridge or we could drive to the Fla Keys–but you’re in OR, so you could do something like a cabin on the lake or a short trip to a ski lodge cabin!
Check websites like VRBO.com. Consider a cruise as well, or try Orbitz’ All-Inclusive vacation package finder. Granted I fly out of ATL but they had some packages that were only $580 a night per person in the caribbean, airfare included!
Post # 6
I don’t know how low budget you want to go, but if you like the outdoors – camping at a beautiful location would be really affordable (given you have all the camping gear). Otherwise, try staying bed & breakfast places instead of big name hotels/resorts. Goodluck!
Post # 7
We live in Oregon, but are getting Married in Washington. It’s about an 8 hour drive from where we are. Low budget wise I am thinking less than $900. $580/night is really hard for me think about because that’s a full month of rent.
I like the camping idea. And signing up for e-mail alerts. Very smart! Thanks ladies!
Post # 8
(teaches you how to bid on priceline and I did it and did awesome!)
These are GREAT sites for saving $$ and getting alot for the buck.
Post # 9
Since you’re in Portland, what about a weekend at McMenamin’s Edgefield. It’s pretty out there. Or the OR coast. Or maybe Victoria/Vancouver Island (longer drive, but pretty).
Post # 10
Take a cruise! There are ridiculously good specials all the time, and they’re all inclusive. Check travelzoo, budget travel, sherman’s travel, etc.
Post # 11
Hmm, I’m not sure what your budget is, but you could always take a road trip to someplace like Napa (not TOO long a drive from Portland, and take some backroad for extra fun!). But really, a honeymoon is just about getting away, even if that means staying in a hotel a few towns over in a secluded resort town. And yes, even if you do nothing but stay in your hotel room and sleep and well, you know, all week.
I’m not familiar with the area, but I wanted to comment and just say think simple. We’re getting married two hours from VT, and just decided to say "screw Hawaii!" and are HM-ing in VT for a week. We plan on doing nothing 🙂
Post # 12
There are tons of beautiful places to visit in the Pacific NW, even right outside of Portland! I don’t know how rustic you want, but you could check out Breitenbush hotsprings… love that place! You could road-trip it down to the redwoods or up towards the Olympic penninsula. There are all sorts of cute B&Bs in the San Juan Islands too, I’ve always wanted to get up there. There are also some really affordable beach cottages on the Oregon coast and also cool cabins you can rent up on Mt. Hood. If you google "Oregon coast" and "hot tubs" all sorts of things come up! Hope that helps a little bit.
Post # 13
Oops I mean "Oregon coast rental properties" and "hot tubs".
Post # 14
There are some lodges near Crater Lake that are not very expensive and its beautiful. Camping is an option here as well.
Post # 15
I think cheap is relative, so I’ll just throw out a few:
*Cruise (price fluctuates depending on destination, cabin, and choice of excursions if any)
*Bed & Breakfast – many places with various settings (eg. foresty, beachy, etc)
*Rent a cabin – if it’s cold enough you can snuggle in front of a fireplace after making s’mores
*Find a friend/relative with a timeshare – airfare has dropped a bit so you might be able to snag a great bargain
You still have a year to save up and search for deals. Hope this helps! 🙂
Post # 16
If I were living in Oregn, I’d take a drive down the coast for my honeymoon!
check out hotwire for THE CHEAPEST 4 and 5 star hotels you will find, as long as you’re not terribly picky.
My last advice would be to use some of your wedding money for spending money on the honyemoon if you think things will be tight. but no matter what you pick, it will be so much fun!