If you had to choose…House or Honeymoon?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: If you had to choose between buying a house and having the honeymoon you want...
    I'd buy a house and settle for a smaller/not-ideal honeymoon : (280 votes)
    82 %
    I'd have the honeymoon we really want and wait an extra year or 2 to buy a house : (57 votes)
    17 %
    Other (explain below) : (6 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
    979 posts
    Busy bee

    I have a house already, so I’d choose a honeymoon.

    Post # 4
    3265 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I’d delay our honeymoon and get the house. This is possibly our exact scenario.

    Post # 5
    207 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’m curious to see the answers here. I am in this situation. We will be able to have one or the other but not both. Part of me feels that a honeymoon is a once in a lifetime thing. You only get one and even if you wait and take it later in your marriage, it isn’t the same. A house can be bought at any time, but who knows when or if you will have that kind of money again. So I can’t decide!

    Post # 6
    642 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2013

    I would skip the honey moon althogether and get a house.  Were not even having a honey moon at all

    Post # 7
    13295 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would hold off on the honeymoon, get the house, and then save up for an anniversary trip later on.  To me, a house is much more vital than a honeymoon.

    Post # 8
    3170 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I can see both sides. You can always buy a house later but will you ever really get the chance to have a great honeymoon? Most people say they’ll take their honeymoon in five years but once kids come into the pictures or other circumstances, they never take it. But I would take the house. Can’t really give any great reason other than i’m at the point right now that I really want a nice house.

    Post # 10
    5800 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I voted honeymoon. We took a big honeymoon and bought a house 18months later. It wasn’t an either or decision for us but looks like we fell into your scenario. Idk I’m excited to own a home but I can already see that its going to take precendence over things like vacations and I feel like honeymoons are a once in a lifetime thing. Now if it meant living with my parents for another 1-2 yrs I’d skip the honeymoon.

    Post # 11
    925 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    Get the house and do a small weekend getaway. When you have a little extra cash in a few years take a big trip as your real honeymoon. 

    Post # 12
    1718 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I voted honeymoon.  Darling Husband and I have heard women who regretted that they held off on their honeymoon and that it isn’t the same when you take it years later.  Of course, it depends on your situation.  If you’re living in a small apartment and you’re going insane there, I’d sacrifice the honeymoon. 

    Post # 13
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I couldnt imagine using an exorbant amount of money to the point where I could not buy a house.  There has to be a middle ground.

    Post # 14
    4803 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I voted house, although I seriously cannot even begin to imagine a honeymoon so luxurious that the cost of it would rival with a down payment on a home. In the area we live in, my friends who rent have higher monthly payments than we do on our mortgage – in a nice, new home as opposed to a small house or a decent-sized apartment. So yeah, no contest…buy the house, take a nice vacation later – I’d want some sort of honeymoon, but it doesn’t need to involve travelling the world! I especially think this advice stands if you already live together, because those saying your honeymoon is different from any other vacation…I don’t really see how, to be honest. Other than the fact that it was fancier, it really wasn’t different from any other vacation we’ve taken together – life didn’t really change once we got back from our honeymoon.

    Post # 15
    2105 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We had two weeks in Europe for our honeymoon and that was less than $10k. That’s not a down payment that will get you into a house in MD/VA so why is there a choice? Is your dream honeymoon like $50k?

    Post # 16
    3357 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Honeymoon. Darling Husband and I are nowhere close to knowing where we want to end up permanently, so no houses for us right now.

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