It’s no secret that planning a wedding, whether for yourself or a loved one, can be incredibly stressful, especially when it comes to coordinating finances. In fact, 50% of women find planning their wedding more stressful than they imagined. Planning a honeymoon after the wedding can be equally as difficult for the same reasons. A honeymoon is meant to be a romantic getaway, not a stressful obligation. Yet there’s a lot of pressure to plan the perfect honeymoon that will make all of your Instagram followers burn with envy.
Here are just a few budget-friendly tips to help you plan the honeymoon of your dreams.
Consider An Off-Season Wedding Destination And Take Your Honeymoon There As Well
According to The Knot 2016 Real Weddings Study, 20% of weddings are destination weddings. They do tend to be a bit more expensive than traditional weddings, but the extra spending may pay off — literally — if you choose to have your honeymoon in the same place immediately after the wedding. You won’t have to do any extra traveling (unless you want to, of course), and if you do some research, you may be able to find an all-in-one venue that can host you and your significant other for both your wedding and honeymoon with plenty of elegant amenities to keep the trip as exciting as possible.
And according to The Knot’s wedding planning professionals, booking these events as early as possible can result in great deals on honeymoon packages.
“This guarantees that all the inexpensive rooms won’t be sold out,” writes Lori Seto. “On cruises, which announce their itineraries 10 to 14 months in advance, it also means savings of up to 55%. On the flip side, if a ship is under booked, you may snag a last-minute deal up to eight weeks before sailing (although you may have a limited choice of cabins).”
Have A Smaller Wedding
As of 2014, the average couple invites 136 guests to their wedding. Of course, if you want a more intimate ceremony or reception, it’s okay to invite only those who you’re especially close with. For second weddings, limiting the guestlist is an especially popular option. You can also forego the ceremony completely in favor of a bigger reception and more funds for honeymoon activities. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box when it comes to financing or budgeting your honeymoon; nothing is off limits.
Choose A Honeymoon Registry In Addition To/Instead of A Gift Registry
Many people don’t realize that when it comes to wedding gifts, most guests are happy and often relieved to discover that there is a gift registry. Knowing the gifts you and your significant other are interested in saves guests from having to take a shot in the dark at selecting a toaster or gift card you may or may not enjoy or even need. Keeping this idea in mind, a honeymoon registry is a great way for guests to contribute toward your experiences rather than material things. If given the choice, many guests would choose to contribute toward the hotel fees for a once-in-a-lifetime romantic getaway for you and your significant other as opposed to a fine china set you’ll never use or a frivolous appliance you simply don’t need. Some sites, such as Honey Luna, allow guests to ‘sponsor’ specific activities during your honeymoon, making their contributions feel more individualized and valued.
Ultimately, keeping these tips in mind can help you take the honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of without putting a major dent in your wallet.