(Closed) Had to cancel our honeymoon, struggling

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Sorry about your situation, OP! I’ve known plenty of couples who have postponed their honeymoons because of a lack of money. My fiance’s sister and her husband took their honeymoon six months after their wedding, and a close friend of mine got married over a year ago and still hasn’t been able to afford one.

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with putting off a honeymoon as long as you’re OK with it. I would encourage you both to go when you can mentally and monetarily afford it, rather than killing youself over pinching pennies. I think both of you will appreciate the trip more when you’re not stressing over it beforehand! It will still be a honeymoon 6-12 months from now, at least imo.

Post # 17
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Bumble bee

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dk121915:  We didn’t take our honeymoon until 8 months after the wedding. Mainly because we wanted to go to the Philippines and waited until it was their dry season. It was definitely worth the wait.

However, I will say it DID suck to go back to work right after the wedding. Maybe you both could take Monday through Wednesday off and have a little stay-cation in your new apartment? Rent some movies, order food, and ignore the outside world. It will feel AMAZING to relax and do nothing and bask in the newlywed bliss for 3 days, trust me. You don’t have to go anywhere to enjoy that feeling.

Post # 18
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We got married in Oct, and honeymoon was in Jan.   We didn’t want to leave right after he wedding.  Too much stress,  plus we wanted to relax and spend a few days with family .  Not to mention,  we wanted the Caribbean.    If we would have gone in Oct,  there are only a few islands that are hurricane free.   But waiting until Jan,  we could choose any island we wanted.   We went to Jamaica! 

Post # 19
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Bumble bee

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dk121915:  We aren’t having a honeymoon. We rather save up for an epic adventure, than scrimp and save for something mediocre. A wedding is about a marriage. Not an excuse to have a lavish honeymoon. 

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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dk121915:  I’m sorry to hear about all of that. Is it possible for you to just get married in a courthouse? I know it’s not what you want, but as of right now, I think getting your finances to a comfortable spot might be your priority.

I’m afraid you might be more stressed out as the wedding draws closer. Once your finances are good, you can just throw a reception together. I know it’s considered out of the norm, but I know couples who have done it before. 

Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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dk121915:  In that case, what else is left on your to do list? Maybe we can all help in terms of providing vendor names in your area that we used to help reduce costs.

Post # 23
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Bumble Beekeeper

My exH and I couldn’t afford a “real” honeymoon, we went away for the weekend and planned to take a trip the following year. And then I got pregnant, and three kids and 20 years later I can tell you the honeymoon never did happen, and it’s not high on the list of things I would change about my marriage or my life. 

Check Groupon and Amazon Local for affordable options nearby, or try VRBO or airbnb.com. Best wishes!

Post # 24
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Buzzing Beekeeper

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dk121915:  if they want the wedding they can pay for it! if you want a courthouse wedding you do you 🙂

Post # 25
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

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dk121915:  I’m sorry. That really does suck when you’ve been looking forward to it. However, it sounds like your Fiance is being really practical and I think that is a great sign. It sounds like it’s been a rough 18 months, but I agree with his thinking. I would work on building that savings and working towards taking a special 1-year anniversary trip to celebrate your marriage and anniversary. Hopefully by then you’ll be able to have the savings built up some so you won’t be as stressed. Good luck!

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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dk121915:  we skipped the huge honeymoon that has become the norm nowadays and drove one state away for a long simple weekend on a lake. Did a lot of inexpensive outdoor activities. We could have afforded the big Greek vacation we had originally discussed but decided to use the money plus a lot of our wedding gifts (cash) to pay off half of my student loan debt. One of the smartest financial moves we’ve ever made.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

Fiance and I went to Mexico last year for 5 nights for $1,800 for both of us including our airfare. I don’t know what your budget is but we flew from PA to riviera Maya and stayed at the Grand palladium. We booked through apple vacations… if you can ALMOST afford it now why not take a trip in the spring. After the holidays and the winter when you’re in a better spot financially it might be nice to “reignite” the flame.  You’re not scrapping it indefinitely.. everything for a reason 🙂

Post # 29
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Bumble bee

I still haven’t gone on a honeymoon. We kept going back and forth about where we wanted to go, and then we got surprised with a positive pregnancy test. We both took off this week and instead of beach, cocktails and sexy times, he’s refinishing our hardwood floors and I’m cleaning out our basement. Such is life, sometimes you need to roll with the punches

Post # 30
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

We didn’t go on a honeymoon yet (40 days) and don’t have one planned. We can *afford* it but i can’t bring myself to *waste* money on a fancy trip when we still have so many other more important things to buy/save for. 

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