Enjoy Your Honeymoon (And Keep It On Budget)

Many newlyweds face a tough decision about honeymooning. While they know they want to go somewhere fun and enjoy the start of their new life together, they also have finances to think about. Certainly, if you’re planning to buy a home together or simply to get your married life started on the right foot, you don’t want a honeymoon to wipe out the budget.

The question is, what can you do to ensure that your honeymoon is affordable without scrimping on fun? Here are a few tips you might keep in mind.

Keep Your Honeymoon on Budget

Save throughout the engagement. If you’re going to be engaged for 18 months, and you can each tuck away $100 each month for the honeymoon, you’ll have a decent little vacation fund once the time comes—certainly enough to mitigate a lot of those financial worries.

Work out a budget together. Before you get too far in the planning process, make a budget together. Include travel, accommodations, getting around (car rentals, etc.), food, visas, vaccinations, etc.  Have a realistic financial framework in place.

Get the right cards. Judicious credit card use can be beneficial when you have a card that offers travel rewards.

Set up a honeymoon fund. Another good approach is to set up a fund where wedding guests can contribute to your honeymoon fund; even if everyone pitches in ten bucks, that can end up being a solid amount of money.

Make compromises where you can. You want your trip to be just perfect, but for some couples, perfect doesn’t have to include a fancy honeymoon suite. A nice room in a mid-level resort hotel can be perfectly lovely. Just make sure you and your spouse-to-be are on the same page here!

Look for free attractions. Beaches, parks, and even some museums are free, and can make for great daytime activities that won’t eat into your budget at all.

The bottom line: You can have an enjoyable and romantic honeymoon without breaking the bank—and these tips can lead you in that direction.

If you have any additional questions about cost-effective wedding planning—and catering, in particular—we’d love to talk. Contact us at Mosteller Events today.

Three Ways to Ensure an Inclusive Office Holiday Party

We haven’t even reached Halloween yet, but in HR departments across the country, plans are already underway for end-of-the-year holiday gatherings. Christmas and New Year’s will be here before you know it, and the time to start plotting out a wonderful office holiday gathering is now.

As you plan your event, you obviously want to make it fun and festive—yet it’s also important to make it inclusive. Simply put, not everyone on your team celebrates the same holidays in the same ways. Your office gathering can’t leave anyone out, however; after all, you want the party to bring your team together, not drive its members apart.

So what can you do to ensure your gathering is truly inclusive, welcoming to everybody? Here are three brief considerations.

The Name

Though at times this has been the object of controversy in our culture, the simple reality is that not everyone on your team celebrates Christmas—and even if they do, most office holiday gatherings don’t have much connection to spiritual or religious traditions. As such, it just makes sense to call your gathering a Holiday Party or a Festive Party. Make it clear that the whole point of the event is to get your team together for fun and fellowship—nothing more, nothing less.

The Menu

Make sure the food you serve at your gathering doesn’t exclude anyone; accommodate team members who may have unique dietary restrictions. You might even survey employees in advance to determine what kind of vegan, gluten-free, or lactose-free items you should serve. Work with your catering company on a menu that offers something for everyone.

Alcohol

Not everyone drinks, and a party that is focused on alcohol is going to turn some people off. By all means serve alcohol if you wish to, but also ensure that you have activities that include everyone, and offer some fun for people who may not wish to drink.

Your office holiday party can be a big hit—with all of its attendees. Hopefully, these quick guidelines will help. If you have any questions, reach out to Mosteller Events today.