Post # 1
Well… FI and I made kind of a dumb choice without realizing it. I wanted a winter wedding but winter was so crazy busy for us that we ended up with the last week of Feb which is almost spring and thus— SPRING BREAK. So sucky for honeymoon planning because its so much more expensive! Our budget is $3000 and I’d really like to stick to that… but we’re willing to spend more if we HAVE to. Here are our options:
Go 2 weeks after the wedding (we def can’t go the week after bc of FI’s work schedule). We can afford 5 days in Costa Rica but its really pushing the budget at $3100 (it is all inclusive, but there are still things we’d end up spending money on there of course).
Delay until mid-June. FI has a really important exam the first week of June so we basically have to go in march or post-test. Fares are a little cheaper here ($2500 for 2 all inclusive) but it’ll be busier because it is summer I think, and it’ll be really really hot.
Delay until fall. It’ll be cooler and less crowded, and we might be able to get it even cheaper? But 6 mo out is kind of a weird time for a honeymoon right?
Minimoon + anniversary trip. We could do a real minimoon (like maybe 3 nights in florida or mexico or something) for cheap (like $1500) and wait until our 1 year for a nicer trip.
So those of you who delayed… how did you feel about it? Is there any up side except money? I’m just feeling kind of down about not taking a “real” honeymoon! Stupid spring break.
Post # 3
Is it the plane tickets or hotel or both that cost more during spring break? Just wondering because we’ve gotten some really good plane ticket deals during that time.
Post # 4
I think all of those options would be great, but I would probably pick B or D. B because you can celebrate a real honeymoon and the test being done, and D because you get something fun right after the wedding and something to look forward to later.
We’re doing a mini-moon after the wedding in northern MN on Lake Superior. I have to go back to school about a week and a half after the wedding and our original choice for a tropical honeymoon has its “intense rainy season” in late August. So we’ll be hitting it up in January on my winter break. I know I’ll look forward to it since school is supposed to be crazy this year.
Post # 5
@troubled- both i think? I mean i’m looking at packages so i’m not sure. but everything seems to be higher in march. also i met with a travel agent (who we did not end up booking) and she was like “yea the only WORSE time you could be trying to plan a trip would be the week before christmas and nye. AWESOME. lol
Post # 6
We’re not delaying because of cost. October 2nd was important for us to have as our wedding date. But I’m in grad school and can’t afford to be gone. So, we’ll get married on Saturday and Monday I’ll be back on campus.
We’re going to honeymoon when I’m on winter break. Plus, it’ll be REALLY nice to get away from Minnesota in December!
Post # 7
I think you two should go with B or D. Personally, I’d do D b/c anniversary honeymoon sounds great!
Post # 8
@Ms_Charisma: haha looks like we’re in the same boat!
Post # 9
@jduck84 LOL! A girls gotta do what a girl’s gotta do!
Post # 10
I’d check around for flight deals, sign up on some websites. It would make sense what she’s saying but I dont think it’s anything near to what happens at Christmas.
That’s high season in Costa Rica so you’d be paying more for a hotel than if you went in the off season but it’s also the high season because the weathers nicer during that time. We were down in Costa Rica last year, not during spring break, but they didn’t have special ‘spring break’ prices when I was checkign stuff out for it. If you’re going to one of the more romantic all-inclusives they probably dont’ get a lot of spring break partiers coming their way.
Post # 11
We got married in October but delayed the honeymoon till late May, in order to wait until a better time to travel to where we wanted to go (French Polynesia). It was a great decision– it gave us TWO things to look forward to, and gave us a lot more relaxed time to plan the honeymoon. We took a few days vacation after the wedding, but I’m definitely glad we didn’t have to fly off for a LONG honeymoon right away. I feel like in some way it would’ve been wasted on us to go directly after the wedding– like I wouldn’t have been able to get as relaxed, or something. On the last day of our honeymoon, two other couples arrived to our resort, and I was eavesdropping on the two girls as we were all sitting out by the pool. Alllllll they were talking about was how their weddings had been, comparing stories, talking about drama with the florists, what had gone wrong, etc.– not focusing on having a romantic time with their new husbands. I felt sort of sorry for them, that they weren’t living in the moment but were more focused on what had happened a couple of days prior at their weddings.
Post # 12
We took a mini-moon right after the wedding for six days to Northern California. We staying in Napa Valley, then visited the redwood forest, & Avenue of the Giants, then went to Paso Robles. It was incredible & so relaxing! Next month we are going to Kauai, Hawaii for ten days. I love that we did this because we still have something to look forward to. It wasn’t just wedding/honeymoon-back to reality.
Post # 14
I always had Spring Break in March (like the 2nd or 3rd week) so I find it odd that that is what’s driving up your prices. I would also ask you to think about the location, is it more important to you that you go to Costa Rica or that you take a honeymoon directly after your wedding. Personally, I would not postpone my honeymoon and I don’t know anyone IRL who has so I can’t speak for that option. I do have friends who just got back from a honeymoon they thought about postponing but instead agreed to shorten to 7 days due to work schedules and they are really happy they didn’t postpone. I guess it comes down to personal preference but if $ is the main issue, I would suggest you shop around and look into a hotel that is not all inclusive, especially if you plan to do things off the resort, like day excursions, you may end up saving money by planning an al la carte honeymoon. I hear the cost of living in Costa Rica is pretty low which means going out to non-touristy restaurants will be a huge way of cutting costs.
Post # 15
One word, or technically two that have been placed together: HOTWIRE. or VRBO/Vacationrentals.com
If you’re worried about the price why not try building your own vacation? My fiance and I stayed in Costa rica for a week paying 250 for the apartment for the WHOLE WEEK. Yeah, it wasnt all inclusive but we saved crazy money and we had just as much fun. There are lots of countries you can go to where you dont have to go all inclusive and if you get a good deal on the plane ticket you’re set. For hotel, flight and transportation we probably paid around 800 pp…which left ALOT of money for all the stuff you’re going to want to do in Costa Rica!!
Vegas/NYC for a few days would also probably be fun.
Post # 16
I vote C and add a more local minimoon.
But then… that’s kind of what we’re planning on.