Budget ideas for your honeymoon

St. Louis Post-DispatchFebruary 22, 2014 

Weddings can be stressful, especially on your checkbook. After budgeting ceremony, reception and other expenses, there may not be as much money left for a honeymoon as you would like. But just because you have a small honeymoon budget doesn’t mean that it can’t be a relaxing and memorable trip.

Consider these wallet-friendly ideas:

• Hotels on the Las Vegas strip offer many specials. Travel packages often include discounts on airfare. Again, rates are cheaper from Sunday through Thursday, which fits perfectly with right-after-the-wedding plans. Ask your travel agent to provide you with Las Vegas options.

• If you want to spend your honeymoon in Disney World, stay off-property. Dozens of hotels and resorts surround the property, and even spacious homes are available at less cost than official hotels. Rates are cheaper from Sunday through Thursday. Weekend rates usually are more expensive.

• Think about going to an all-inclusive resort, where one fee up front includes room, food, drinks and activities on resort property. Be sure to find out exactly what is included so there are no surprises.

• Consider driving to a destination. Head to a cozy bed and breakfast, catch the sights of a big city within driving distance. If you don’t want to miss out on the beach honeymoon of your dreams, take a road-trip to the nearest beach town.

• Give yourself a daily budget (with travel and hotel costs separate) and prioritize how to spend your funds. Saving along the way for one significant splurge gives purpose to the economy.

• Pack plenty of toothpaste, sunscreen, reading material and snacks and an extra memory card for photos. These items usually are more expensive at tourist destinations.

• Schedule the honeymoon for your six-month anniversary, when the level of your energy and funds are replenished. But don’t skip it! This is the only trip the two of you will ever take as private newlyweds.

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