You guys remember our rad-tastic partner Honeymoon Pixie, right? Well, if you don’t, it’s the end-all, be-all place for you to forever forego the classic wedding registry and instead focus all your wants on your honeymoon desires. YES. Got all the toasters, whisks and napkins you could possibly need? Head on over to Honeymoon Pixie and set up a registry for your post-nuptial getaway.
Still trying to figure out where to go and even more important, how to save some skrilla on getting there? Andrew, CEO of Honeymoon Pixie, has some tips and tricks to keep you from bustin’ your budget:
- Put Yourselves Out There
Yeah, you may be a little timid about announcing that you’re newlyweds to all of creation. Or maybe you’re just sooo blissed out that you forget mentioning it all together. Snap out of it! Sing your status to the world and relish the hook-ups that flow your way. And start this early, like when you’re booking your reservations. Whether you get a bump up to first class on your flight or get ushered into a honeymoon suite at the hotel, there are certainly benefits to boasting about your new title. And even if you don’t get physical perks, people tend to be noticeably nicer to newlyweds.
- Pit This vs. That
You comparison shop at the grocery store, hardware store, even at restaurants. Why wouldn’t you do the same for your honeymoon? The Internet is a great place for you to play eenie, meenie, miney, mo between your options. Don’t have specific dates nailed down? Consider being flexible and looking through a range of departure dates. You’d be amazed at the difference a week can make when it comes to prices.
- Coupon-Clip and Cash In on the Deals
Websites like Groupon and LivingSocial are climbing fast on the popularity ladder. These sites utilize large groups to buy uber-discounted deals to restaurants, shops, hotels, etc. Most major U.S. cities and many international countries are among the offerings that can be found on Groupon and LivingSocial. Sign up for their emails and score some serious bargains on anything ranging from spa treatments to ziplining to mini-golf.
- Go On … Set Up a Honeymoon Registry
You know this was coming. Traditional wedding registries have kind of fallen by the wayside as more couples end up merging belongings they previously owned rather than registering for all new household goods. Rather, duos are digging into the concept of online registries, like Honeymoon Pixie, for things like house down payments and honeymoons. Your loved ones can contribute to a couple’s massage, romantic dinner on the beach or even airfare. Honeymoon registries are also a great way to experience things you might not otherwise be able to stretch into your budget.
- Go Local!
Hotel restaurants often jack up their prices because of convenience. With the exception of all-inclusive properties, it is often considerably more pricey to dine in house rather than venture out. So don those cute new sandals and step away from the hotel for cheaper and more authentic eats. Don’t be afraid to ask locals where they dine, because if locals eat there, you know it’s gotta be good.
- Cash in Those Points and Miles.
You know that airline credit card you used on your last pair of chic shoes? Check what kind of miles that helped you rack up. Got enough for part or all of a plane ticket? Score! Don’t have a miles card? Check out what other benefits come with your card. You’ll be surprised at what kind of nifty bonuses you may get.
- Set a Budget and Don’t Back Down.
Just like with your wedding, firmly plant your foot on how much you can and are willing to spend on your honeymoon. Any vacation, but especially your post-wedding trip, makes it easy to overspend with your blissed-out brain. Make sure to keep in mind all the little expenses, including cab fare, gratuity, bottled water, souvenirs, etc. Carry cash, traveler’s checks or prepaid credit cards so there’s no way you can go beyond your limit.
Got it? Now you’re all set to go enjoy your first vacation as a married couple. Get going!