Post # 1
I’m getting married in November on a very small budget (we are college kids and our parents can’t help us out much) and the wedding is shaping up nicely, but there is no way we can afford a honeymoon. My parents are paying for a hotel room for us for our wedding night, but what should we do after that? We don’t live together and won’t live together until he is done with basic training for the Navy. So it’s not like we can be alone after the wedding, but I don’t really want to be hanging out at my parents’ house together the day after our wedding.
So what can we do after our wedding for fun for a low cost that would be special and we can be on a sort of honeymoon?
Does anyone have any ideas?
Post # 3
Why don’t you all just take another night at the hotel, or a local B&B for a night or two. Come to Omaha and see the Zoo (The cool inside stuff is still open)!
Post # 4
What about a road trip? I know it’s not exactly camping weather but I bet you stay at some Motel 6s along the way and stop at all those cheesy road trip type places off the highay. You could keep this very low budget.
Do either of you have family or friends with a vacation home? Maybe you can ask them if you could use it for a week as a wedding present?
Post # 5
We were on a very tight budget too (less than 5K total) and initially didn’t want a honeymoon of any sort. Would rather have saved the money to put towards a home, ya know? But in the end we did a regional outdoor type thing partly at a B&B, and I’m so glad we did. It feels weird once the wedding is over. You’ll need time to decompress and get used to offiicial married life, even if it is a brief B&B stay or time away from work etc.
Post # 6
Our budget is under 1,000 and almost half of that is the dress. So really tight budget.
I like the vacation home idea, I just really can’t think of anybody who has one. My fiance’s family does have a sort of cabin but I’m not sure if it is made to be stayed in in November :/
But thanks for the ideas
Post # 7
The week before the wedding, look at Hotwire and Priceline for last minute deals to a city within driving distance. Darling Husband and I have used that to stay at luxury hotels for less than half price. Also, check out lodges at state parks. Some of these are really nice and very reasonable. Even if it’s only for 2 or 3 nights, try to do something a little special.
Post # 8
What about camping? Even though it would be too cold for tent camping, maybe some state parks/campgrounds have cabins you can stay in. I know here in Western NY, we have a statepark that has over a 100 cabins that can be used year long, and while not luxury, they are cozy and charming. Maybe you have something similar in Iowa?
Post # 9
I second what everyone is saying about looking into roadtrip/cabins/etc. Spending just a little bit of the cash gifts you get on the trip will be well worthwhile. If I were your guest I would love to know that you spent the money from my gift on your quaint honeymoon.
Post # 10
You can check on homeaway.com and see if you can find somewhere to stay for a couple of nights. There are usually a few really affordable options. You can stock up on nice food, a bottle of wine, and just hide out for a cozy, romantic little honeymoon.
Post # 11
We went on a “mini-moon” – stayed at a resort hotel for a couple of nights. Since you’re getting married “off season” too, there are TONS of deals for weekend getaways online. Look for something that’s not too far to travel to, to keep traveling expenses at a minimum. Lots of spas and resorts have mid-week specials, too. Check to see if you can book a Sunday after your wedding through Tuesday or Wednesday. 🙂
Post # 12
I haven’t looked at these sites lately, but I bookmarked them in case they helped someone-
Check out this and see if any of these ideas could work for you.
50 Ways to Be Romantic on the Cheap
Post # 13
Thanks for the thoughts everyone! The links were especially helpful
Post # 14
I love Priceline.com for inexpensive hotel rooms. Depending on the city, I’ve gotten 4 star hotel rooms for as little as $40 a night – often 30-60+% off the going rate. I would stick with 4 or maybe 3 star hotels if you use Priceline though. Since you can’t pick the actual hotel, just the star category, 2 star is too risky in my opinion. http://www.betterbidding.com shows you how much other people have paid for hotels in your location.
That said, I’ve gone camping in November before and been fine… just had to bring a lot of blankets! I don’t live in Iowa though, so no idea what the weather is like. As long as it isn’t snowing though, I think you might be okay.
Post # 15
I would go on a camping road trip.