(Closed) Trying to plan a honeymoon on a ridiculously TIGHT BUDGET. HELP!

posted 8 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 32
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Newbee

@beeanon97:  

i like Destin FL, or Hilton Head,

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@beeanon97:  I’m definitely a groupon/living social fan!  Also, there is no shame in not doing an extravagant honeymoon. 

My husband and I just returned from our small-scale honeymoon, we ended up spending a little over $1000 over the course of a week.  We decided to drive down the California coast for a week.  We thought of a couple places that we both wanted to visit but other than that, we didn’t really have much of a plan.  When we saw something that looked cool, we would pull over.  I brought my tablet along with me & when we’d get to somewhere that we wanted to stay, I would search Hotwire for a room.  We ended up getting a killer room at the Hyatt one night for only $80!!  Other nights were cute little B&B’s.  It was really relaxing and fun!  I loved that we didn’t have a packed itinerary & feel rushed.  If we were tired and wanted to sleep in, we did; if there was lots of stuff we wanted to explore, we would wake up early & go! 

Post # 34
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We are getting married in September, but then going to Key West in November to take advantage of the off season pricing– its still averages 80 degrees there over the winter.  Not sure where you are in GA, but if you could drive to Fort Meyers, FL– there is the “Key West Express” and you take a 3 hour (big)boat ride to Key West (about $120pp round trip).  You don’t need a car in KW and the island is full of bed and breakfasts, restaurants, bars, historical places, etc.– we will be staying at the “Southernmost House.”  If you opt for a non-ocean view room you can get a pretty good deal. We also got a better deal because we are checking in on a Sunday and leaving on a Wed. (Flying into Ft. Meyers on Saturday and taking the express on Sunday).

 

Good luck with your planning!

 

 

 

Post # 35
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

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@beeanon97:  you can probably go to Dominican Republic for that budget. they have pretty cheap hotels there and if you go midweek you can get a good deal. plus they are usually all inclusives so you don’t have to pay for food or entertainment. 

Post # 36
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m not sure if anyone else said this (I didn’t read all the replies 🙂 )… but we opened a few credit cards that had bonuses after the first $1000.  For example, united airlines and marriott.  Then we used them for wedding expenses to rack up points and miles to use on our honeymoon!  Hope that helps

Post # 37
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Bumble bee

We aren’t doing a honeymoon right after our wedding. For budget reasons and logistics- we are getting married in August and don’t want to travel somewhere in  the hottest months (and miss the only good weather we get here in Canada). We will be going on a honeymoon in Decemeber next year, rather than right after. It gives us an extra 4 months to put some away to spend there! There is no rule saying it must happen immediately after the wedding!

Post # 38
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Why don’t you save a bit longer?   We waited 7 months before going on honeymoon 

Post # 39
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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@beeanon97:  What about Niagra falls? I know flights are cheap in the USA,but even driving there would be feasible ( us Canadians drive to Florida!) it’d be fun, romantic and it’s not super expensive if you don’t do all the touristy things.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

have you looked at cruises? There a lot leaving from the south east/east area and you can get some great rates.  The prices include food and most entertainment (depending on your line) so its the drinks and excursions and extras you’re paying for.  

Post # 42
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

One of my vacation dreams I haven’t got to do yet starts right in your state!  I want to go to Orange Beach, AL & over to Destin, FL .  I’ve seen many affordable rental condos/B&B type properties along those beaches.  Try Google maps satellite, type in the city and zoom the map, it will name almost every property and you can just follow along the beach coast, most properties have a direct link to their website from the Google map.  Some of the top 10 U.S. beaches are the white sands of the Florida panhandle.

Best wishes!

Post # 43
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@beeanon97:  We’re going to a B&B in Savannah, GA for 5 days/4 nights and it’s less than $800. It’s near to the main shopping avenue, and not far from the beach.

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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@Cecilia37:  I 2nd Savannah! I’ve been a few times (family lives closeby) and there are tons of great restaurants and just had an all around great vibe to it and very affordable 🙂

Post # 45
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@beeanon97:  Just wanted to say that you could certainly do Disney on a budget — you just have to put research into it!  Watch for sales/specials (for example, Disney just released free dining for most September stays on property last week).  My Fiance and I love Disney (and we would probably do a minimoon there if he was able to take enough time off to do that and our real honeymoon later in the summer next year.

 

My Fiance and I went to Disney this January.  We stayed for 5 nights, had 4 days of park tickets & the Disney dining plan and I think we spent about $1200.  We only stayed in a value resort (we knew we wouldn’t be staying in the room for more than sleeping/showering), but I think to move up into the moderate category it only would have cost an extra $300.  Just something to think about.. 🙂

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2001

Ask for a honeyfund with your registries to save up some moolah. Also, check out vacation rental condos instead of hotels. My mom and I always rent apartments/condos when we vacation to get more space and kitchen for a lower price than a hotel. 

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