The costs associated with honeymoons have sort of changed hands through the years. While some people believe that since the bride’s family pays for the wedding, the groom’s family should pay for the rehearsal dinner and the honeymoon. In today’s society, very few groom’s families pay for the honeymoon, leaving the bill to the newly married couple. Some of these newlyweds have money in savings or can pay out of pocket for an extravagant vacation, but an increasing number of couples find the added stress of paying for a honeymoon an unwelcome guest during the planning process!
There are options for how to pay for a honeymoon, so make sure you pick the one that is best for you and your new husband or wife!
– Plan Ahead and Save – Shocking, isn’t it? Hopefully, your engagement is long enough for you to plan this method. You should not EXPECT anyone else to pay for your post-wedding trip. While it would be an amazing gift for someone to offer, the best thing you can do is to start saving now. That way, if you do end up getting a last-minute surprise or finding out you can afford more with your money, you’ll have a rainy day fund or money to spend to furnish your home together.
– Delay Your Honeymoon – There is no rule that says you have to go on your honeymoon the day after your wedding. Why not delay it until the weather is nicer, you both have plenty of vacation time saved up at work, or you have plenty of money to avoid the stress of paying for a big trip right after your wedding? Delaying may also allow you to relax more on your honeymoon since you won’t be coming straight from the stress of your wedding day. This will also give you more time to plan the perfect trip!
– Set Up a Honeymoon Registry – There are certainly mixed feelings about this newest option, but many couples have decided to include contributions to a honeymoon fund on their wedding registries. Items on the list include dinners at specific restaurants, the cost of a bottle of wine to be delivered to the room or even lessons for activities like snorkeling or museum tours. Some honeymoon fund sites include “Honeyfund,” “Honeymoon Wishes,” “Traveler’s Joy” and “Wanderable.” All of these can be found online and allow couples to personalize their registry for exactly the kind of honeymoon they are hoping for!
– Consider Something More Low-Key – If you can’t afford a big, fancy honeymoon, and you do not have the option to register for help, don’t stress it! Just like there is no written rule about when you have to go on a honeymoon, there is no rule saying you have to go somewhere extravagant or somewhere at all. If you prefer, you can take a long weekend at a nearby bed and breakfast or take a road trip somewhere unique that has meaning within your relationship. You know each other best, and you know what will make you the happiest.
The most important part of your honeymoon is the time spent together. Do what is best for you, and don’t let others tell you what is normal or what you should do…unless you ask! Most importantly, whatever you choose to do to celebrate, have fun, takes lots of pictures and enjoy yourself!