(Closed) We were given a free honeymoon! And then, it was taken back. (long)

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Wow. I can’t believe they would tell you that before hand, and then totally change their tune after you went thru all that to get time off.  I would be majorly pissed. I really don’t know what I would do in your situation.  FI and I went into some debt to go on our honeymoon, but plan on paying it off by the end of the year. We need a vacation and wanted to do what we wanted to do, so paying a few thousand was worth it to us

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

ick, are we talking about at time share type deal or one of those places you go to and they give you a hard core real estate sell to get you to buy…. yikes

very disappointing for you… i think you should say thanks but no thanks and make your own plans… sometimes people should keep their mouths shut because of this result, i think it really sucks and im sorry you got your hopes up and now trashed. if i was your friends i would be really embarassed

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

So sorry. (Hugs.)  It seemed like a generous offer.  But it became more of a hinderance.  It might be hard to know what happened there.  Perhaps he offered without really discussing it with his wife, and it didn’t fly.  Perhaps something financially serious has come up since then.  So while I totally understand being frustrated, perhaps try to give him the benefit of the doubt.

Are you still going?  You could politely decline?  Could you tell your bosses that you don’t need the time?  It sounds like it was a pain for them to let you go.  So maybe they would welcome you backing out of it.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think I would make up some story about how you can’t afford to take the time off, and that your boss revoked his offer. I would act really apologetic and distraught, thank them generously for their offer, and tell them that their company at your wedding is more than enough of a gift.

I would NOT want to stay in anything timeshare affiliated– I’ve sat through those presentations before and they are horrible!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

omg – if your friends are “giving” you a trip to a timeshare place that doesnt cost them a cent… i would SO call them out on that and ask them to their face if thats what it is

seriously, i would grab a sleeping bag and head off somewhere for your week away – there has to be an affordable option for you so you can enjoy your time together

 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

whoa! this is not such a nice situation. was this honestly what they had in mind the whole time? whoa…. i’d honestly just tell them, “wow, you guys, it’s amazing that you’ve offered this, but it won’t work for us, after all, for a few reasons.” mention the drive, mention the fact that you can’t afford to eat out, mention the time-share presentation which you won’t “make you feel comfortable” on your honeymoon. ask for their “understanding.” (ha!) and leave it at that. DON’T GO.

honestly? a nice camping trip sounds waaaaaaaay better than honeymooning in the middle of some awful sales pitch.

 

Post # 11
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

Yeah we financed it, but we get 0% apr for 6 months and we’ve already paid off 1/4 of it with 5 months left. So we should be able to pay it off within the 6 months, so we won’t pay any interest.

If you have credit cards, see what kind of 0% offers they have right now.  Or if you have ok credit, open another CC to get the 0% intro APR.  I know most people don’t advice that, but if you can get a vacay with no interest, i say its a win-win

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I noticed you’re in Atlanta, what about a drive to Savannah or even New Orleans, it’s only about 5 hours away?  There is also St. Francisville which is about two hours from Baton Rouge but has the quantest sweetest owners of B and Bs very romantic and secluded.  You may not be able to afford an entire weekend, but you’d definitely be able to afford a few nights. I also think it’s cheaper if you stay Monday through Thursday.  Good luck! I can try to scout out deals and chat up the owners to see how much it is during that time frame. 

I am thinking you could definitely go to Desert Plantation (Willia is a DOLL) or Rosemund Gardens (Caryn is a sweetie pie)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

OOH don’t forget, you’re within driving distance of North Georgia! There are some BEAUTIFUL locations less than an hour and a half away–I went there just last week! Why not try somewhere near Helen, which is soooo cute, or the Pisgah Inn I think on the Blue Ridge Parkway? Leaves are gonna be gorgeous in a month! 😀

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

good idea about zero interest with the bank – im always getting letters telling me that for a single transaction of $500 or more i will get zero interest… they obviously miss me paying all those fees i use to pay on my $30K cc bill (which is now gone thank gods!)

 

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We are renting from Fireside Chalet & Cabin Rentals-they have great deals and if you are looking for midweek-it may be exactly what you are looking for. It will be peak leaf season, but you may be able to find a last minute deal. They also have specials like stay 3 nights, get the 4th night free. There are lots of cabin rental companies in the Smokies so you could find something you like-there is also VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner). There are some cute honeymoon studio cabins on the Fireside site-we went up to a full size cabin since we’re going to be there for a full week. Just an idea! (we also didn’t want to do the touristy thing, so we requested a secluded location and are way up on Bluff Mountain)

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