Post # 1
So we are college students on an extreme budget. wedding is budgeted for 3200 and right now honeymoon is only budgeted for about 700-800. we are from oregon and getting married in Portland. We love the coast and only have 4 days for a honeymoon so we decided to hit up a fun costal town, Newport Oregon.
Being on a tight budget and it being summer hotel rates go up. My fiance said he would handle the honeymoon but I acutally ended up having to help(dont get me started). He found that the only places we could really afford on our budget are a Holiday Inn and La Quinta. Both clean and nice places but feel boring and same ol same ol thing. I stay at these types places all the time.
Is it wrong that I am already depressed by my honeymoon. I know it is more about being together, but we have lived together for 2 years and I feel like I want it to be special, not just another crappy college student trip We plan to do some fun things, but I dont like the idea of going back to a crappy boring hotel room.
I really wish my fiance would find a way to do something better but he doesnt ever just do things on his own and he thinks these places are fine. Im hoping he at least upgrades to a room with jaccuzzi for a few nights but not sure. I know he booked something and that I have to pick up a coupon in portland in a few weeks… ugh
Any ideas how to make this more special, we Really dont have much more money, to work with dont really even have this money yet.
Am I being a bitch or outrageous or is this fine to be a little upset about?
Post # 3
What about doing something different but still inexpensive? Like maybe a little bed and breakfast or even camping? That could be fun and more exciting since you don’t do them as often.
Post # 4
You just had different expectations. Here’s some websites to look out for hotel deals. For our mini-moon in Sept, we are going to Monterey for racing. And we’re staying in a MOTEL. I can’t help but laugh because I’ve stayed @ a 5 star in the same area. But that same hotel is over $600 a night. Yeah, I’m going to stay @ the cozy hotel I found for a qtr of the price.
Here’s some websites to check out: Travelzoo.com; sniqueaway.com; smarterliving.com; bookingbuddy.com; and tripadvisor.com. Also check livingsocial.com for hotels.
I’ve sure you’ll be able to find some really good deals because the economy isn’t the healthiest.
Post # 5
Drive south to Florence Oregon one day for dinner. There is a great little restaurant there called the Waterfront Depot that has fabulous food at very reasonable prices.
Make a reservation or go early as it is full every night.
Post # 6
Oooh a picnic!!! I love picnics!!! Bring some blankets with you, hit a grocery store and bakery for some fresh bread, cheese, fruit, etc and have a lovely seaside picnic. That would be gorgeous! You could even hit a dollarstore for some kites and sandbuckets, etc. Romantic does not have to equal expensive. Get creative and act like a kid for a while!
Post # 7
@julies1949: I love Florence, but that is where my family goes for our yearly vacation, which my family and all our family friends will be that week. we want to seclude ourselves.
Post # 8
I suggested camping because we love it, and we went on a very romantic trip a few years back but Fiance doesnt want to. We are going to try to find some deals, the problem is most of the nicer places in Newport are independent and dont offer deals on most deal sites.
We are afraid of a B&B, it seems like it would be weird for a honeymoon, not as much privacy.
Post # 9
I get your sadness about it.
It is special and should be special, but you need to voice your expectations about the weekend to him. Otherwise, he will never be able to meet them.
It sounds like you are savy, but keep an eye out for special deals for special nights out at a dinner or a massage through things like social living and groupon.
Also, take the initiative into your own hands. It may be a plain room, but ask the people to deliver something to the room like a bottle of champagne or maybe flowers?!?!?
Remember… dont expect him to know. tell him, nicely.
Post # 10
I was in oregon this past summer and stayed in Yachats at this super cute little cottage. It wasn’t fancy (just a bed, small kitchen and dining area) but it backed onto the ocean and the beach was pretty well deserted. One morning we walked down to the water and were watching a group of 3-4 whales just off of the shore, it was amazing! The place we stayed at was the Beachcomber cottages, and i think we paid about $70 or $80 a night, so comparable to La Quinta’s. It was our favourite place on our trip down the coast!
Post # 11
Hellooo from another fellow Oregonian! 🙂 I swore off oregon coast beach hotels a looong time ago. I have had such great luck finding better, nicer beach houses for less $$$ then what hotels charge. Plus, I love the luxury of having a kitchen to cook meals, then splurge on nice dinners or activites. Check craigslist vacation homes. I just rented a newer beach house in Manzanita for $200 for two nights. So cozy and private. I love Newport, but I also love scoping out other towns. Maybe look into Long Beach in Washington? Some towns closer to the CA border are cheaper too btw.
And Im certain that we all understand, don’t beat yourself up about it. This is supposed to be an extra special time! And everyones right, you may have to take this matter in to your own hands. If it was left up to my fiance, he would of took me down to the court house to get married.
Oh, and if youre not sold on the beach, check out Leavenworth Wa as well.
Post # 12
Try to think of the things that you expect out of your honeymoon, the things you want to do and then make a list and try to accomplish those things.
Every couple is different so I wouldn’t know what to suggest but every vacation with my Fiance (then boyfriend) was like a honeymoon, I would hit the stores (lush) and get insense and bath bombs, oils, and bubble bath.
We take our DVD player (sometimes it’s available) and we watch our fav. shows together, and if we’re at a hotel locally for a convention or something I’ll take strawberries and chocolate (sometimes there is a kitchenette) or microwave. Cheese fondue with fresh bread, packed nuts and some fresh fruit, or something interactive and fun.
If there is a pool you can use the facilities and swim. If the weather is warm you can take a stroll at night, it’s very romantic.
We like to play games on our portable devices (DS, PSP)
Those are the kinds of things I’d love to do on my honeymoon (when the time comes) I just love hanging out with my SO and the little things I bring along make it special.
Maybe we’re just strange, lol.
Post # 13
i agree with some of the PPs that you should look into renting a cottage or even someone elses apartment or house for the time you are there if its not too late to cancel the hotel. try air bnb (i think that’s what its called) – people who travel will put their house/apartment up for rent for a few days or weeks. you could end up staying somewhere awesome for very cheap and it’d be WAYYyyy better than a hotel. or, just make a special trip/dinner one night.
Post # 14
Have you thought about setting up a honeymoon registry? This may help!!
Post # 15
Try homeaway.com, it’s a site that rents out people’s houses and villas. That way you get something more unique and way more reasonable. You’ll find something amazing, and just remember, either way you’ll be with your husband 🙂 And you can always plan for something more extravagent as a 5 year anniversary, or even a 1 year! http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rentals/oregon/r770#/search/region:770/page:2&1
Post # 16
I agree, you could do a honeymoon registry, even for just a night at a nice place or fancy dinner out- we have a couple things like that on ours (www.uponourstar.com)
Also- check priceline for hotels- I always priceline hotels and if you select a 4* or above, in an area/neighborhood you love, it should be a nice hotel- for so much cheaper. I do it all the time in Chicago and LA, I get great hotels for 99.00!!!