Post # 1
When did you pay for your honeymoon? How far out did you book your flights? Were you able to book and pay for less than half of it?
Dear Fiance and I are planning to go to Mexico but do not want to stay in an all-inclusive the entire time. One place requires a 50% deposit to hold our space because they are such a small operation.
It just makes me nervous having to fork over what will probably end up being $1,500 (between two flight tickets and the hotel deposits) before our wedding! We are having a honeymoon fund instead of a traditional registry, so it’s not that we won’t have the money, I just feel some anxiety about pulling money from the “wedding” fund to pay for the honeymoon.
Post # 3
We are planning to pay for the whole thing, probably about 1 year in advance. We’d book it now but some of the hotels we are staying at does not book this far in advance.
Post # 4
We already paid for our flights for our Sept. honeymoon. We booked our hotels but only needed to give a credit card to hold the room, they don’t charge us until we arrive.
Post # 5
We used Costco Travel. Half was due at the time of booking~in our case about a year before. The remaining half was due about 60 days before I think. Can’t remember exactly.
Post # 6
We booked our honeymoon about 10 months in advance. We paid all of the deposit and then the rest about 12 weeks before we flew so we were all paid up way before the wedding. I didn’t want to be in any debt on our wedding day! (although I realise this can’t be helped sometimes).
Post # 7
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@Minnow: Flights were paid for 9 months in advance, hotels were paid for about 8 months in advance depending on their requirements because we were going during high tourist season!
I prefer pre-paying because then you have to fork over less at one time and have time to save back up for spending money while you’re there!
Post # 8
We actually booked through a travel agent and despite everyone telling us we would pay more we ended up with all these upgrades, a free night, and cheaper rates. Best thing we did; she took care of everything. We are already pre-booked onto our flights and into our hotel; paperwork is all set; nothing left to do but to enjoy! We paid for the flights are our deposit and paid for the balance about 2 months ago; getting married in two weeks. It is an all-inclusive adults only resort called Couples Negril Jamaica; 8 nights cost us (with airfare, taxes, gratuities, airport transfers, tips, a room upgrade) $3,100! No one believes us when we said it. Good Luck and Congrats!!!
Post # 9
We booked on cheapcarribean.com It was either half or a third due first. We paid about 5 months before, and then maybe 2 weeks out?
Post # 10
we just paid for our whole honeymoon and our honeymoon is in december
Post # 11
Wow, ALL of you are really ahead of me! We’re at the almost-five month mark and haven’t booked a single thing for the honeymoon yet.
Guess I know what I’m doing today!
Post # 12
@Minnow: we went to a small resort in Mexico (had an AI option, but didn’t have to do it). We paid for the hotel upon arrival (we booked it about 5-6 months out) and we obviously paid for the flights when we booked them – which was probably 3-4 months out.
Post # 13
We’re booking in August for next June. $400 down then pay whenever we want up to the month before we leave.
Post # 14
We put down a deposit, I believe the rest is due several weeks before we leave, per the travel agent.
Post # 15
I am looking right now and it looks like we are going all-inclusive because my husband has never done it and it’s just easier (we’ll be taking lots of excursions though). There was a FABULOUS deal over the weekend on CheapCaribbean.Com for Thanksgiving week (7D/6N) from 11/24-11/30 for $950 pp at the Catalonia Royal Tulum and $850 for the Catalonia Playa Maroma or $1100 at Valentin Secret Imperial (or whatever it was) that we REALLY should have jumped on. Airfare and AI.
Jump on these deals when you find them y’all…and for everyone asking about whether or not you can do AI with airfare under $2000 in Mexico or the Caribbean during reasonable weather at a decent AI…the answer is yes as long as you keep a sharp eye out. Chances are even better if you are flying from a major airport it seems.
Post # 16
We planned our own European adventure and ended up paying kind of all along as we planned, and then a big chunk while we were there. As we reserved hotels, some required us to pay (though all but one were non-refundable). When we bought the plane tickets a few months in advance we paid for those. Even the rental was paid for before we left.
Our honeymoon was about 3 months after our wedding, though.