Broke-Ass Tag: Budget Honeymoon

3/15

Affiliate Disclaimer NewParadise, a place of timeless harmony. Yes, sign me up! That’s exactly what I need after months of planning and a day of the best case of sensory overload that I anticipate I will ever feel. We just don’t want to invest a TON of money into an amplified vacation, better known as our honeymoon.

With that in mind, Travis and I sat down and mapped out how we could  get the best bang for our buck without compromising the quality of our special time away as newlyweds. We booked what we hope to be the trip of lifetime this week and we didn’t break the bank. Even better we were under budget.

This is how we did it:

Step 1: Identify one credit card to use for ALL wedding purchases. If you don’t already have a card in your wallet that racks up a bunch of points per purchase, then do some research and identify the best credit card based on the points rewards system.

Step 2: If you are OK with visiting a destination during the off-season and taking the risk of inclement weather than you will probably score a better deal on hotel prices. If you are not a risk taker, check out step 3.

Step 3: We narrowed down our destinations by the time of year that we planned to travel and then we determined our top three non-negotiables. We used that criteria to determine where we will go and the type of experience that we will have. Before booking, I checked all of the credible discount travel websites, including my favorites LivingSocial and Groupon.  Trust me, LivingSocial Escapes are legit! We traveled to Egypt a couple of years ago and had the time of our life!

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We can’t wait to visit the Riu Aruba Antillas! Photo Credit: Riu.com

Step 4: Once all of the ducks are in a row, check out your points and determine which airline works best. We used our American Express points to secure two first class seats on Delta, winning!

Step 5: Remember to keep your non-negotiables at the top of the list when you are making travel decisions. We are not super concerned about flying first class when we return from the honeymoon so we are booking on a different airline and using the points that we have, another pair of free flights!

Step 6: For our excursions, spa dates, adventures and dining experiences we added an option to our wedding registry to “gift” us with some special add-ons.

We have so many magical moments to look forward to and I have to admit that booking the time away and not blowing the budget will help to maintain the sanity as we cross the finish line!

 

  • 11/20

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    Chicago Skyline Print from Etsy seller TheWildlands

    Ahhhhh, the Windy City. It’s definitely one of the most romantic cities on the continent. All the aphrodesiac-inducing shopping, the sparkling lights, the snuggle-worthy breezes — it’s no wonder couples choose this location for their honeymoon. Plus, there’s tons to do, from museums and gallery shows to view, live performances, to cuddly strolls through the town. No matter what you do, you’ll probably want to pack heavy, especially in the chillier months. Layers are going to be a good core, but you’ll still want thick, heavy jackets to combat the bitter winds. Here, I’ve come up with a few items you can pick up now to prepare for your trip.

    Old Navy peacoat
    Old Navy Peacoat, $79.94

    Men's warehouse tumi jacket
    Tumi Herringbone Down Jacket in Brown, $74.99

    Bonobos half zip sweater
    Bonobos Lambswool Cable Half-Zip Sweater, $138

    Banana republic drawstring turtleneck
    Banana Republic Drawstring Turtleneck, $98.50

    Frank & oak baseball henley
    Frank & Oak Baseball Henley, $44

    REI Sorel winter chukka boots
    Sorel Chukka Waterproof Winter Boots, $140

    Winter socks
    Target 2-Pack Winter Boot Socks, $11.99

    Old navy chunky scarf
    Old Navy Chunky Stripe Scarf, $19.94

    Men's quilted leather gloves
    Joseph Abboud Quilted Leather Gloves, $52

    Men's wool beanie
    Crochet Winter Beanie, $20.50

    With these goodies stashed in your suitcase and your love on your arm, there’s no way the chilliness of Chicago can affect you too much!

    Where are you going for your honeymoon?

  • 12/17

    The honeymoon has been The One thing my fiancé and I have both been looking forward to, and the most stressful thing to figure out, #AtTheSameDamnTime. I may get excited over finding cute designs for our invitations, but he doesn’t give a damn. What he does give a damn about is our honeymoon, and making sure it is epic.  Throughout wedding planning we’ve been very decisive,…

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    7/9

    Yes, the most exciting thing to happen to us re: wedding planning lately was booking our honeymoon! ALL THE EXCLAMATION POINTS! Like all of our wedding related ventures thus far, we wanted to be conservative in our honeymoon spending.  My parents kindly offered a (free!) week in their timeshare, which we took them up on. HOWEVER. That thing about timeshares is that they are not…

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