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.