Broke-Ass Tag: honeymoon planning

4/19

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Hello, it’s me … that Broke-Ass Bride who has been MIA for a bit.

Life has been nuts!

But let’s not dwell on that; let’s talk about fun, happy things … like a honeymoon with your new husband. Russel and I both love to travel. He’s spent time in Europe and Colombia among other places, and I just got back from my third cruise to some fun, exotic locales. But when it came to our honeymoon, we decided to keep it simple — and cheap! Would it have been amazing to take a long trip across the pond or to a tropical oasis? Of course! There are so many places I am dying to see, and getting away for 10 days or two weeks is always fantastic in my book. But because we paid for our own wedding, it’s not like we had a lot of spare change lying around to finance something extravagant, and that’s okay! Our day was awesome, and we do not regret spending what we did. It just meant that we chose to stay close to home, which turned out to be super relaxing and just what we needed.

We’re outdoorsy (hello, engagement while fishing), so it was easy for us to choose a cabin in the woods as our getaway. Luckily, we live a very drivable distance from some fantastic mountain ranges, so we had lots of cool locations to choose from. I am not even sure what swayed our decision, but in the end, we chose North Carolina.

Easy drive, mountains … beer!

I knew I wanted to visit Asheville after hearing so many friends rave about it, so we used that as a guide when selecting our cabin. We found the perfect little place on AirBnb that was only 45 minutes from the city. It was a small, cozy place for two, newly-built, and completely secluded. It had a pond to fish in, plus an amazing screened-in porch that was perfect place to sit and relax and watch for the adorable little deer that were all around. There was a grill, so we stocked up on steak, veggies and other food and made three meals every day, which was obviously much cheaper than eating at restaurants. Bonus! It was also close to state and national parks, so we spent a day exploring the area and going on a long hike. The best part? It was $75/night.

Hell yes!

We stayed Monday-Thursday and then packed up and headed into Asheville for a couple days. We stopped at the Biltmore on the way and took the tour, which was fascinating to me. I like to go on very long and twisty Wikipedia deep dives (as my friends and I like to call them), and I’ve spent an embarrassing amount of time reading about the entire Vanderbilt clan and their famous home, so I loved seeing it in person. We were not huge fans of the $75 price of admission … hi, that’s an entire night of lodging for us … but I do think it was worth it.

We got settled into our second-and-also-cheap Airbnb of the trip and then took an Uber into the city to check out all of their awesome and well-known breweries. It was so much fun! We both love beer, so we had a good time tasting a ton of different brews, and the vibe around town is so nice and chill. Burial and Green Man were both excellent, so if you’re ever in the area, go to them! Asheville definitely lived up to the hype, and we’d love to go back and spend more time there.

The end of the week rolled around too quickly, but we truly felt so relaxed and refreshed due to our lazy, slow-paced itinerary. The drive back to Ohio was actually really great. Russel’s old Durango only has a CD player, no radio … and I can only listen to the same discs over and over before they get old. So I downloaded the first season of Serial, and we listened on the trip back. We were way late to the game, but we’re all caught up on both seasons now, yay us!

All in all, it was a wonderful trip.

After the hectic and stressful months and weeks leading up to our big day, it was exactly what we needed to unwind. Add in the fact that five nights of lodging and six days of food and activities were insanely cheap, and yeah … we were happy honeymooners.

What are you doing for your honeymoon? How are you keeping it broke-ass friendly?

 

  • 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!

     

  • 1/23

    Hi BABs, I’ve noticed that there are a few common questions people ask you when you tell them that you are engaged. They consist of “ohmygosh! Let me see the ring!” “How did he propose?” "Do you have your dress yet?” “When’s the big day?” and finally, “where are you going to go for your honeymoon?” As much as I love talking about myself, and…

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    11/20

    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…

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    10/23

    Photo: Kansasphoto via Flickr Creative Commons Let’s take a little escape, shall we? Take a break from the daily humdrum and take a journey with me. Think of the sounds of the ocean waters. Feel the warm sand beneath you as the high sun above you browns your skin. You look out upon a horizon of the bluest water you’ve ever seen. Sound better than…

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    9/3

    Since my last post was about things I'm glad I did before the wedding, today's will be about what I did after that I'm pretty happy about: Going on my awesome honeymoon immediately following the wedding. Honeymooners are divided into two firm camps, it seems. Many couples I know decided to take a few more weeks or months to rebuild their savings before heading off on a…

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    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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    5/8

    Honeymoon (n)-: the trip following your wedding that is supposed to be relaxing but you can’t even think about, much less plan, because you’re already too overwhelmed. It seems like honeymoon talk here at BAB is sparse. Probably because we are all broke and stressed and cannot even contemplate planning a honeymoon (at least that’s how I feel). I want to talk about it because…

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