Post # 1
So, FI are ensuing in the great honeymoon debate and are attempting to gauge how much we need to save for our honeymoon……Neither of us have traveled very much…..and would like someplace enjoyable during early october for a honeymoon….Ideally we would like to stay in the continental US, but are considering if we go out of the continent Alaska, Ireland, or maybe Hawaii….we arent sure about Hawaii because of how expensive it is, and we havent had any luck finding all inclusive deals (we are willing to pay for meals)….but we are wanting to only spend maybe 3-4k tops……we live together and are just looking at this as a chance for a honeymoon/bad a$$ vacation….but we dont want to go somewhere too cold, or too crowded….
any suggestions are appreciated….we are pretty open…the only place we dont want to go is vegas(again…)
Post # 3
I voted Ireland because we are also having an October wedding and I have looked briefly into Ireland for a honeymoon. 🙂 I want to go somewhere I need a passport to get to!
Post # 4
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
The weather in both Ireland and Alaska is much better in the summer. They’re both absolutely gorgeous places, but I would recommend going on a mini-moon for 2-3 days and saving your honeymoon for next summer, if you’re set on going to AK or Ireland.
On the other hand, the weather should be beautiful in Hawaii in October!
Post # 5
If you decide to stay in the states check out Big Cedar Lodge. It will save you a lot of money if you live in Kansas because it’s in Missouri. It is amazing. Super private and beautiful. We honeymooned there in October and it was absolutely beautiful and romantic. If you get one of the cabins it is sooo romantic.
I made a post about it here.
Post # 6
Does 3-4K include airfare? Because all of those places will take a big chunk out of your honeymoon budget in airfare depending on what part of the U.S. you live in. You’ll have to consider the exchange rate if you go to Ireland, which can further suck up funds.
If I were you, I’d take half that budget, fly yourselves to a nearby larger-city destination and live in style for 4-5 days. Go out to nice restaurants, splurge on a tour or a beachfront/city center hotel, and put the other half of that money towards a honeymoon in a Hawaii or Ireland in a year or two.
Post # 7
I’ve been to Ireland in both September and October. It can be chilly and rainy during both those months. You may have some beautiful weather but my experience was that it was already cold by mid September (as in wearing a peacoat, sweater, jeans type weather).
Post # 8
@kansas_nurse: and @taylorkirby: I got engaged in Ireland and I ADORE the country! We went in March and while the weather wasn’t “amazing” in reality, it never really is, you don’t go to Ireland for the weather! We did 10 days and were in Ireland, N. Ireland and Scotlan.
I would absolutely suggest signing up for email alerts from Aerlingus.com (the national airline of Ireland) as they frequently run amazing deals that will save you BUNDLES! I recently got an email about a 4 night package for about $700 a person that included: roundtrip airfare from JFK to Dublin, 4 nights at Northstar Hotel in Dublin, 4 traditional irish breakfasts, admission to St. Patrick’s Cthedral, admission to Guinness Storehouse with a tour, literary pup crawl and 20% off admission to Jameson. I know Groupon runs deals in Ireland too and I would also suggest checking them out. While we were in Ireland we took a few bus tours to various parts of the country and we met people from all over that had booked their airfare/hotel through Groupon and said they’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Post # 9
I’d never recomend a holiday to Ireland in October. It would be cold and wet…..but then if you go out walking in the cold and wet and go home to a nice cosey log fire. That might be romantic.
Post # 10
Aruba 🙂 No worries about hurricanes & plenty of affordable All Inclusives.
Alaska & Ireland are too cold in October and Hawaii is hella expensive.
Post # 11
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
OMG, go to Ireland!!!!! I’ve never been personally, but I really want to. I have been to England, Scotland, and France and I highly recommend all those places too. Depending on how long you want your trip to be, you could visit any of those places easily within your current budget.
For comparison sake, our honeymoon budget is $3500 +meals and souvenirs, and we’ll be honeymooning in London and Paris this October for 2 whole weeks! Can’t wait! 😀
Post # 12
thanks….we really really want to see ireland….weathers no big for us….were not really 4+ days laying on a beach people….(well i honestly dont want to spend my honeymoon in bed…………because i have super pale skin and i fry in no time flat so if we do a beach i have to have other things to do….because ouch!) and we have always dreamed of going to ireland!! so many choices! lol
Post # 13
Hey, almost date buddy!! We were having the same dilemma and same amount to want to spend. We’ve settled mostly on a cruise for the all inclusive aspect. Didn’t see you mention them, any thoughts? We found an awesome mediterranean option so far for about 3500k for both including airfare through Royal Carib.
Post # 14
@kansas_nurse: May i suggest a cruise?? Leaving from california you can cruise to Hawaii or alaska! Mexico is the cheapest option – I cruised in Oct 2011 to Mexico for 9 days and it was under $700! All meals included (which is a 5 star restaurant, room service or buffet), you stop at different ports along the way, there is entertainment on board singers, dancers, comedians, hypnosists, a casino, mini mall, pools, bingo, spas, lounges, clubs etc etc etc etc!
Never a dull moment and is really the most cost effective way to travel!
Post # 15
@leisha606: hmm a cruise could be fun
Post # 16
I’m staying in the states and spending the last two weeks of October down in Orlando, FL. FH has never been and there’s lots of fun things to do, the humid and hurricane season has subsided and there are significantly less crowds. $3-4K would buy you a lot going that route. I spent about that much and got a great hotel package, free admission to certain parks, free food all day, breakfast at hotel, rental car, airfare and a handful of special experiences like dolphin swims, etc. 🙂