Complete Wedding Budget Guide – Part 6: The Honeymoon

Are you thinking there’s not going to be enough money in your budget to have the honeymoon you always dreamed of?

What can often seem like a very healthy wedding budget can often get eaten up by hidden expenses. And for some couples, this can mean their honeymoon has to be put on hold, or in some cases cancelled.

But there are ways, with the help of your family and friends that you can have the honeymoon of your dreams.

In these modern times, many couples live together, often for a good few years before they decide to get married. So if this is you, then no doubt you have all the towels, bedding, pots and pans and other household items that you need.

So when guests ask what you would like as a wedding gift, it’s always difficult to know how to ask for cash gifts, but it is becoming more acceptable now to invite them to give you a gift you can put towards your honeymoon. And there are several ways you can do this:

A Wishing Well

Having a wedding wishing well is becoming very popular. Guests put cards containing cash gifts into the wishing well as they arrive at the wedding reception. As their card, complete with cash or cheque falls into the well, they make a wish.

One of the best ways to let your guests know is to build a wedding website where they can find details. And of course, your parents and your maid of honour can also spread the word.

If you find asking for actual cash a little bit difficult, them maybe you could use a rhyme. I’ve got 2 you can use that are light-hearted. Here’s the first one:

More than kisses so far we’ve shared,
Our home has been made with Love and Care,
Most things we need we’ve already got,
And in our home we can’t fit a lot!
A wishing well we thought would be great,
(But only if you wish to participate),
A gift of money is placed in the well,
Then make a wish . but shhh don’t tell!
While enjoying our honeymoon we’ll feel brand new,
We can look back and say it was all thanks to you!
And in return for your kindness, we’re so sure,
That one day soon you will get what you wished for.

And here’s another good one you can use. This is my favourite of the 2, and actually this is the one that I used for my own wedding, so it has my highest recommendation:

We’ve lived together quite a while
with all our pots and pans,
and as we don’t need homely gifts
we’ve got another plan!

We know it’s not traditional
but an awful lot more fun,
to have items on our wedding list
to help us catch some sun!

So if you’d like to give a gift
and send us on our way
a donation to our honeymoon
would really make our day!!

Gift Certificates

Many travel agents now sell gift certificates which guests can give the bride and groom as a wedding gift. So if you have already planned your honeymoon, but don’t have the money for the little extras, then this is perfect for you.

Just give your family and friends a list of some of the ways they can make your honeymoon into a dream.

  • room upgrades
  • limousine airport transfers to your hotel
  • flight upgrades
  • VIP dining package
  • excursions
  • snorkeling

When my husband and I got married, we didn’t need presents for our home –  we had lived together for two years. So our lovely families and our friends clubbed together and upgraded our economy flights to first class.

Flying first class from London to New York made my wedding and my honeymoon extra special.

Find A Bargain

There are always plenty of bargains to be found when you are looking for a cheap holiday – it’s just a case of tracking them down. And of course, a good place to start is the Internet, where you can often find a last minute deal.

Sometimes it’s possible to save money by booking a package deal, and leaving choice of destination and accommodation to the travel agent. This is fine if you are flexible about where you go.

If you really want to go abroad, and would rather pick your own holiday, then check out the exchange rates and go where you will get the most value for money.

Of course, the cheapest option is to spend your honeymoon here on your own shores. And there are lots of different options, such as a seaside hotel or a country cottage, or a spa hotel.

Don’t forget to mention you are on your honeymoon when you book your hotel or cottage – there’s always a chance you might be offered a free upgrade to the honeymoon suite, or even a bottle of champagne or some fruit.

Whichever way you choose to spend your honeymoon, remember it’s your first holiday as man and wife, so it’s very special.

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