You may have used the bulk of your wedding budget on the venue, caterer, cheap wedding decorations and last-minute details, but now is not the time to forget one of the most important wedding purchases - the honeymoon!
Traveling can be expensive, especially if you're trying to score an all-inclusive package somewhere tropical or plan a romantic European getaway that covers multiple countries, but there are ways to take an affordable trip without putting yourself in the poor house. But you know what? You and your partner need a honeymoon - even if it's just a "minimoon" - to bask in newly wedded bliss and recover from all the planning and partying.
Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to stretch your honeymoon budget and make your dream trip possible. Here are a few of our favorite bargainista honeymoon tips:
- Keep checking those deal sites
- Ditch the traditional honeymoon for a 'minimoon'
Sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are a haven for thrifty trip planners. At any time, similar coupon sites offer getaway packages to hot spots in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Africa and beyond. Lots of the trips and excursions include transportation, and you can easily search for specific destinations and dates.
You and your partner may be planning an extensive intercontinental trip several months or a year after you tie the knot, but consider taking a budget-friendly "minimoon" immediately after the nuptials.
These mini trips don't have to be boring weekends at some dated bed and breakfast, either. Sites like Mr. and Mrs. Smith have been promoted by Martha Stewart Weddings to find the most luxurious hotels in the world and include budget-friendly options with trip-planning advice.
It's nice to remember that a "minimoon" doesn't have to be about a destination - it can center around a major event. How about taking a road trip to another state and catching a concert or event you both would enjoy? Focusing on shared loves and interests makes for really fun and romantic trips that don't have to break the bank.