Five (realistic) ways to save on your honeymoon

06 Dec 2016

If your honeymoon budget doesn't quite stretch to the holiday that you'd hoped for, here are some ways that you can make miracles happen

If you’ve got a wedding on the way and you’re wondering how you’ll save the money you need for everything, from the dress and the decor to the venue and the food menu, the last thing you need to compound your wedding worries is a less than economical honeymoon plan. While this will undoubtedly be the most magical and memorable holiday you and your significant other ever take, that doesn’t mean there’s not ample opportunity to make some small, smart cutbacks that result in big savings.

By thinking outside the box when it comes to saving money, you can take the hassle out of your honeymoon preparations. And if you don’t fancy your chances with a piggy bank, these alternative tips could be your fast pass to an affordable honeymoon that’s every bit the dream holiday you hoped it would be.

1. Marry abroad, honeymoon local

If you were already considering getting married in another country, why not save a bundle on travel costs by extending your stay and honeymooning in the same overseas location? On top of guaranteeing gorgeous photos, a destination wedding gives you and your guests an excuse to leave daily life behind for a day or two of pure escapism in a spectacular setting - and choosing to stay right where you are for the honeymoon means you can spend time really exploring your location, rather than spending more than you can afford.

2. Explore alternative travel and accommodation

Newlyweds willing to sacrifice the honeymoon suite experience can make some welcome savings by looking into the range of other, less conventional accommodation options available. From urban apartments to short-term holiday homes, it’s well worth exploring the money-saving potential of renting directly from property owners. Better yet, trade expensive train fares for something a little more authentic, and rent a car when you arrive at your honeymoon destination and travel by yourselves and by your own rules.

3. Why break the bank when you can borrow?

The act of saving is a difficult thing - for many of us, virtually impossible - and if you’d much rather honeymoon now and pay later than wait impatiently for the pennies to pile up, why not look into the idea of a holiday loan? Borrowing money for your honeymoon is easy and could help you skip straight to the good bit - bypassing the saving slog for the time being and leaving you to waltz off into the sunset with the one you love.

4. Get registered

Wedding registries are a time-honoured tradition and give wedding guests an opportunity to shower newlyweds with gifts that will serve them well in married life. But if you like the sound of swapping wedding presents for holiday treats, a honeymoon registry could offer a perfectly practical alternative. From no-nonsense financial contributions to exclusive upgrades (such as cocktail packages and activity days), the options are practically endless - meaning your guests could help you custom-build your dream honeymoon and save you some serious cash in the process.

5. Don’t be shy - share the good news

There are plenty of ways to save on the initial costs associated with your honeymoon - such as your travel and accommodation, and any prepaid packages - but you’ll be pleased to hear that the savings don’t have to end there. Don’t hold back when it comes to telling everyone and anyone that you’re on your honeymoon - you never know when this little piece of trivia may entitle you to money off something lovely.

Planning may be the key to a honeymoon that doesn’t cost the world, but the most important aspect is to remember to enjoy the experience. From the all-important wedding countdown to the emotional whirlwind that is the big day itself, getting married may be costly but the memories you make on your wedding day and on your honeymoon are priceless.

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