Like @BetterSherm: I didn’t vote, because we too are doing the same thing.
Our Mini-Moon and our Honeymoon (about a month later) will be paid for out of savings primarily, as well as putting some of it on our Credit Cards (that we will pay off when the bills come in)… and for exactly the same reasons… insurances / disputes and the collection of Airmiles (lol, nothing like looking forward to the NEXT Vacation)
Our Mini-Moon will be take place for 7 Days following our Wedding in the Southern USA… it will be spent soaking in some warmer weather, Hubby playing some golf, me doing some shopping, and together we’ll be sightseing some of our favourite cities (St Augustine – Savannah – Charleston), before heading back home.
Our longer Honeymoon will take place for aprox 12 Days with a cruise thru the Caribbean. LOTS of soaking up the sun on that one, wonderful cruise ship pampering, food, drink, entertainment and sightseeing some beautiful Ports of Call. Throw in a little shopping, snorkeling, surf, sand & sky, and it should be a Honeymoon to remember !!
Our Honeymoon(s) and our Rings will the greatest expense of our Wedding… but in the end, beyond the photos, they are the most enduring Wedding memories !!
On the otherhand, we also have a lot of Airmiles to burn (the Canadian kind… that aren’t tied to just one airline etc)… so a lot of the costs from our two vacations will be covered by that… plus we also have Hotel Points for land stays etc. Our prime expenses will be ground transfers, Hotel Meals & Entertainment, Golf, Sightseeing and Shore Excursions and any “extra” pampering items we want to add onto the cruise (Spa, Cocktails, Wine, Photos, Souvenirs). In the end, we’ll probably only have to fork over about half of the going rate for our two vacations combined, because the rest will be covered by various Travel Points Programs (Air Miles – Hotel Loyalty Programs – Cruise Ship Credits etc). I truly can’t say enough about folks enrolling for these types of programs (FREE to join) and getting to take advantage of the perks that come with Membership (even if you never get a FREE vacation, you can still get Upgrades etc)
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Honeymoon advice from someone who has been down this road before.
Ladies, as much as the Wedding is a BIG DEAL… it truly for the most part is a whirlwind day, that comes and goes sooo fast… and seems to always be overshadowed by the Guests and Family.
The Honeymoon really is the landmark that starts out your life together. There is nothing sweeter than spending quality 1-on-1 time with your honey… so take the time, to savour it. If all you can do is an extended weekend so be it… but do not rush back to work etc. Life is routine, and it will all be there when you get back (NO ONE is going to b!tch that you took time off to get married / have a Honeymoon… it is sort of expected, and a once in a lifetime experience… do not miss out)
As has been said here earlier… there is not just one choice… there are millions of ways you can spend that time together. Be it a weekend in a great city, or a cabin in the mountains, camping beside a lake or a cruise ship on the ocean. Truly something for everyone no matter what the season, or budget.
Also, in my first marriage (lol, some 30+ years ago) I know my Ex and I were surprised at exactly how much CASH we got as gifts at our Wedding… so although our Honeymoon was pre-paid, that money would have helped out if we had been in a spot where we were short on funds for the Honeymoon.
Hope this helps,