- 10 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
Mr. WonderTwin and I had never been able to take an actual vacation together, so the honeymoon was going to be our first go-round. We had a small honeymoon budget and a LOT of pressure. We kept reading about people going overseas, off to tropical islands for several weeks, spending big bucks! We had family members keep telilng us where we “had” to go. Luckily, we had some details on our side that helped to quiet some voices: small budget, no passports, and limited time off from my job and his internship.
As we took care of the last wedding details and actually were able to start getting excited about the wedding, the weight of the honeymoon was dragging us down. So we decided to simply ignore the honeymoon until after the wedding. This turned out to be the PERFECT idea! Most thought we were keeping our honeymoon a secret while others really dug the fact that we were just winging it.
We got married on Saturday, saw everyone off on Sunday, drove back home on Monday to drop off wedding luggage and decide where we were going off to, Tuesday morning we narrowed down our locations to 2 and booked our hotel before lunch and hit the road a few hours later! Since we live in Charlotte, NC, driving to Myrtle Beach, SC, was only a few hours’ drive.
Since we waited, we were able to score a deal at a Marriott Vacation Club resort and spa in Myrtle Beach: stay 3 nights, get the 4th free! 11th floor, oceanfront with balcony! We scored a number of freebies since we were on our homeyoon and the staff was beyond awesome! Since we were at the beach on the off-season, the beaches were nearly empty, there were no waits for seating at restaurants, and we could take our time playing mini golf. We ended up lucking out with GREAT 70 degree, sunny weather for all but the last 2 days of our stay. Due to the money we saved at the hotel and with some help from local coupons, we were able to stretch our budget to the point where we could do pretty much whatever we wanted to – couples massage, hibachi dinners, a few treats here and there. We played the entire honeymoon by ear so we never felt rushed or had to choose between doing something we really wanted to do or doing something we already had tickets to.
We ended up with some left-over honeymoon money which we’ll be able to use to take all of the parents out for a Thank You for Everything dinner next weekend as they’ll all be back in town.
So to all those who can’t or would prefer not to go on the typical honeymoon getaway, don’t be intimidated. Do what works for you as a couple. Most of our honeymoon was spent playing chess, drinking Cokes, and eating beef!