(Closed) I thought all the money went in the wedding!

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

sticker shock all the time.

For us to fly to canada and stay for two and a half weeks is $11,000 dollars.

For me to pitch a tent up in my backyard – $0.00

not quite the same affect tho…

Post # 4
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Newbee

cosign, motion seconded, raising hand and nodding head.  it really is a damn shame.  can anyone think of someplace exotic and affordable?  i liked the idea of marrakech – costs a leg to get there but even the best riads run under $300.  now that satc 2 is out, though, i worry that prices will rise accordingly.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I absolutely agree. Tradition used to be that the bride’s family pays for the wedding, and the groom pays for the bride’s engagement ring and the honeymoon. But with things not of tradition anymore, especially if you are the one paying for it, the options can be somewhat on the narrow side. I think it would be best if you and your Fiance sat down with a travel agent and she could discuss some options for you, and who knows? Possibly get you a great deal that you might have not been able to get on your own.

Good luck with the honeymoon planning!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We definitely experienced the honeymoon sticker shock. I had grand plans of going to Thailand, Bora Bora, Tahiti….until I realized how much it costs (even just GETTING there was over my budget!)

Once we realized the reality we were up against, we re-set expectations pretty quickly. We thought about the aspects of those places that drew us there in the first place, and started looking into other (less expensive) places where we could get something similar. And guess what – I’m still super excited about my honeymoon, even though I’m going to a more run-of-the-mill island in the Caribbean. (St. Lucia, if you’re interested.)

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

honestly – we haven’t had the money TO PLAN our honeymoon yet…so we’re hoping we get a lot of money at our wedding and we’re driving down to Myrtle Beatch the day after… :p

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

@JuneBride_26June2010:  Yeah, we’re kind of hoping to get a little money so we can go on a honeymoon but I will not be registering for it, or doing a registry at all.  My Future Sister-In-Law told us that no one even paid attention to their wedding registry plus I don’t want my guests to feel obligated or expected by any means.  Even if we get money, we need a new bed…lol 🙂

@Ms._Kibitz:  Yeah, we were like “whoa” when were checking things out.  We were settled on a place in North Carolina, so beautiful plus in the mountains=reclusively romantic.  But yeah, I’m all for experiencing history and the culture of the area…but alas, no monies…

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

What’s your budget? You could go anywhere in the Caribbean, Mexico, or Central America for $2K – $4k for a week.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

We are having a delayed honeymoon, and are likely going to Mexico. All-inclusive packages at a nice resort cost around $400 on sale and airfare isn’t too bad compared to other locations.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

IF you want nice (probably nicer than you’re describing), go to a Ritz Carlton, call them and let them know you’re on your honeymoon but would really like to stay there.  We went to Florida (off season) and we paid $140/night plus tax- the base rate and they upgraded us. Awesome!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

I second the Carribean, flights are cheaper and there are a lot of resorts that are low rise and/or private residence. We spent a week in Jamaica for my friends’ wedding at Sandals and paid about 3k all inclusive. We”re doing 10 days in St. Lucia for 5k including flights for our honeymoon. It’s possible to do a tropical island on a budget and I hear a cruise is even cheaper.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

our “dream” honeymoon will run about ten grand.  so, we’re waiting a year.  this way we don’t have the stress of planning an elaborate trip (galapagos islands and macchu pichu) and planning a wedding 3000 miles away.

you can certainly find inexpensive, secluded, comfy abodes in latin america.  look into costa rica, yucatan mexico, panama.

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