5 Ways to Save Money on Your Honeymoon

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Honeymoon

If money is tight and you want to save money on your honeymoon, you’re in luck!  There are many ways to save money on your honeymoon so that you can have a relaxing and memorable time without breaking the bank. {Also see: How to earn extra cash for Christmas}  Going into debt for your honeymoon is never a good idea.  If at all possible it’s best to start marriage without the burden of debt.  These five money saving tips can help you cut back on honeymoon spending – making it affordable and enjoyable.

Here are five ways to save money on your honeymoon:

1.   Make Yourselves Known

It’s easy to be so caught up in each other that you forget to mention to vendors that you’re honeymooners but it’s always a good idea to throw that fact out there.  You might be surprised what sorts of deals you could score on hotel packages, restaurants, taxis and more just by mentioning that you’re on your honeymoon.  Make a point to mention it when you’re booking reservations and casually mention it during your honeymoon outings.  Plus, even if you don’t get any extra freebies or discounts the chances are high that the staff will be overly friendly to you because you’re on your honeymoon.

On our honeymoon my husband asked the waiter to take our photograph in the booth {not looking for a freebie, just a picture} and after the waiter did so he brought us out a complimentary dessert.  He must have told others on the staff that we were honeymooners because every waitress that went by gave us the biggest smiles.

2.  Use a Honeymoon Registry

Registering for honeymoon related gifts, instead of unwanted household items, is a great way to save money on your honeymoon and avoid the hassles of returning a lot of gifts later.  You could even allow guests to buy you fun activities near your hotel, pay for room service, or donate money towards a flight or gas money.  This is a great way to do things you might not otherwise be able to do and people will know that you truly enjoyed their gift.

3.  Sell Duplicates

Months and months before your wedding {there’s no need to add extra stress on the bride to be right before the wedding} decide what items you’ll get rid of when you merge your lives together.  There may be a sofa or two to toss, extra bedroom furniture, TVs, or small things such as toasters and lamps.  Chances are you’ll find that you have many duplicates of things that you ‘ll need to sort through and get rid of later.  If you make those decisions ahead of time you can sell old DVDs, video games, and furniture to have extra money for your wedding.  Just make sure you don’t sell anything you don’t want to live without for a few months, such as a bed or washer and dryer.

4.  Don’t Eat at the Hotel

Hotel restaurants usually have exorbitant prices because they’re so convenient.  Unless you’re honeymooning at a B&B or at an all-inclusive resort plan ahead and eat at a local restaurant.

My husband and I asked locals where they would recommend eating at and we found some wonderful gems that we would have otherwise overlooked.  Now every time we visit our honeymoon spot or go on vacation anywhere we try to avoid national chains and opt for cozier local places.

5.  Set a Realistic Budget and Stick to It

All these tips are great, but the best one is to set a honeymoon budget , a realistic one and stick to it!  It’s unbelievably easy to overspend by forgetting to take into account those tiny expenses that really add up.  If you plan ahead you can set a budget that you both agree upon and stick to it.  If it was me I would set a number that I would like to stay under for everything that was pre-planned and add a few hundred for spontaneous excursions such as scuba diving or a relaxing time at the spa.  When you have a budget you don’t have to worry about over-spending or having money disputes on your honeymoon.  Once everything is decided ahead of time you can just relax and enjoy spending quality time together.

I hope that these five tips, that I’ve either personally tried out or wish that I did, can help you save on your honeymoon so you can have a memorable trip that leaves you feeling connected and relaxed – without breaking the bank!