By now, we all know this – but let’s just say it again: Planning a wedding is expensive.
No matter who’s funding it or how small of a guest list you’ve penned, the details just have a way of adding up. Sometimes the budget for the actual day can get so overwhelming that it makes it difficult to even begin thinking about paying for an entire vacation after the single most expensive day of your life.
But where there is a will, there is a way. Below are three practical tips to plan a honeymoon you can enjoy – guilt-free!
1. Consider staying in an Airbnb.
Many desirable honeymoon locations (i.e., beaches, mountains, etc.) both in the United States and internationally offer a number of affordable Airbnb options you can rent for about half the price of a hotel or resort. When you’re looking for your spot, be sure to set the Airbnb filter on “Entire Home / Apartment” to ensure you’re not sharing your honeymoon suite with a fellow traveler. The money you save on your accommodations alone can help
2. Buy your drinks in advance.
Like a wedding – alcohol is just plain expensive. If you plan on responsibly indulging in any libations on your honeymoon, a quick way to save some cash is to plan on buying your drinks in advance. If you’re staying in an Airbnb with a kitchen (or even a hotel suite with a kitchen), you can “stock your bar” with all the necessities for your favorite cocktails. Even buying some of your favorite beer or champagne and orange juice for mimosas ahead of time can save you a great deal of money in the long run. And the best part? It’s nice to have some relaxed time with your spouse in your “honeymoon suite” sipping a mimosa or two at breakfast!
3. Budget for a couple of splurge meals, but be realistic about the rest.
Aside from your accommodations, meals are usually one of the most expensive parts of your honeymoon. Because you’re celebrating your wedding – and more than that, your marriage – it’s nice to celebrate with a fancy dinner that you wouldn’t normally splurge on. Plan to go out a couple times and “treat yourself” – but don’t get hung up on going all out every night. Remember, your honeymoon is meant to be a celebration of your love – to provide a time of respite after the craze of wedding planning. It doesn’t matter if you eat at a five star steakhouse or a hole-in-the-wall deli – you’re with your very best friend. Consider less expensive options or buy groceries to cook a meal together in your little honeymoon oasis!