How do I Plan a Honeymoon on a Budget?

Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders
Rank priorities when deciding what should be included in a honeymoon.
Rank priorities when deciding what should be included in a honeymoon.

If you're shocked by how much a typical wedding costs, you may be searching for ways to plan a honeymoon on a budget. Luckily, a cheap honeymoon doesn't have to be any less exciting or romantic than the honeymoon of your dreams. If you start planning early and spend some time shopping around for the best deals, you can enjoy a memorable trip that won't put you in debt until your golden wedding anniversary.

Hanging out at a beach can be an inexpensive honeymoon option.
Hanging out at a beach can be an inexpensive honeymoon option.

When planning a honeymoon on a budget, keep in mind that the purpose of the trip is to provide a chance to connect with your spouse. After all the stress associated with planning your wedding, there's a good chance you won't even feel like rushing from place to place to take part in a guided tour of historic European landmarks. On a similar note, you don't need necessarily to dine at a fancy restaurant when a picnic at the beach will provide the same opportunity for good conversation. Make a list of three to five honeymoon activities or experiences that are the most important to you, then look for ways to save on everything else.

A honeymoon to a Caribbean resort is typically less expensive in the winter months than during May or June.
A honeymoon to a Caribbean resort is typically less expensive in the winter months than during May or June.

An all-inclusive honeymoon is an option to consider if you're planning a honeymoon on a budget. These types of vacation packages include fees for your room, meals, drinks, activities, and entertainment as well as all of the necessary tips, taxes, and airport transfers. If what's included in the package sounds like the activities you and your spouse would most enjoy, this can be a great way to save money while minimizing the effort involved in planning your honeymoon.

Family members may collect and donate money to help pay for a honeymoon.
Family members may collect and donate money to help pay for a honeymoon.

Depending upon your personal situation, a honeymoon registry might be a good way to enjoy a honeymoon on a budget. Many travel agencies and tour operators have started allowing couples to register for their honeymoon in the same way that people have traditionally registered for bed linens, kitchen appliances, and other household necessities. If you and your spouse already have a household set up, a honeymoon registry gives wedding guests the option of providing unique and highly meaningful gifts like a spa treatment or an afternoon of scuba diving.

Spending extra time shopping around for the best deals is a good way to find a great destination for a cheaper price.
Spending extra time shopping around for the best deals is a good way to find a great destination for a cheaper price.

If you don't have your heart set on a particular destination, feel free to be creative when planning your honeymoon on a budget. For example, Mexico and Canada both offer very budget-friendly vacation packages for travelers from the United States. Additionally, if you are willing to avoid the busy season from January to April, you can still enjoy a Caribbean honeymoon with great weather at an affordable price.

Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders

Dana holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa. She has loved being part of the wiseGEEK team ever since discovering the joys of freelance writing after her son was born. Dana also hones her writing skills by contributing articles to various blogs, as well as creating sales copy and content for e-courses.

Dana Hinders
Dana Hinders

Dana holds a B.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Iowa. She has loved being part of the wiseGEEK team ever since discovering the joys of freelance writing after her son was born. Dana also hones her writing skills by contributing articles to various blogs, as well as creating sales copy and content for e-courses.

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    • Rank priorities when deciding what should be included in a honeymoon.
      Rank priorities when deciding what should be included in a honeymoon.
    • Hanging out at a beach can be an inexpensive honeymoon option.
      Hanging out at a beach can be an inexpensive honeymoon option.
    • A honeymoon to a Caribbean resort is typically less expensive in the winter months than during May or June.
      A honeymoon to a Caribbean resort is typically less expensive in the winter months than during May or June.
    • Family members may collect and donate money to help pay for a honeymoon.
      Family members may collect and donate money to help pay for a honeymoon.
    • Spending extra time shopping around for the best deals is a good way to find a great destination for a cheaper price.
      Spending extra time shopping around for the best deals is a good way to find a great destination for a cheaper price.