3 Tips for saving money on your honeymoon

Dec 7, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. ET

After you wedding is over, you want to get out of town as soon as possible on an amazing honeymoon trip. And though it's important to getaway with your new hubby, you also don't want to start your marriage in debt. Here are three simple ways to save money on your honeymoon.


1Register for it

A honeymoon registry is a fantastic option. It allows your friends and relatives an opportunity to contribute to your honeymoon rather than buying a wedding gift. Wedding guests can visit your honeymoon registry and then contribute to cover a portion of the airfare, hotel accommodations or a specific activity. The engaged couple can list meals, cocktails, scuba lessons, parasailing, a dinner cruise or any other activity that's available at their honeymoon destination. Many honeymoon registries charge a small fee. However some like honeyfund.com are free to both couples and guests. I don't know about you, but I'd rather have my friends pitch in for a day of snorkeling than buy me another toaster.

2Make it short and sweet

Not every honeymoon has to be 10 days to two weeks out of the country. You can getaway for three or four days and have a fabulous time. It will be much cheaper and you'll still enjoy yourself. Also consider staying in the U.S. rather than traveling to a foreign country. There's a lot to see in America. A little bed & breakfast retreat in the mountains can be just what you want without breaking your budget.

3Travel the offseason

You don't need to leave for your honeymoon immediately after your wedding. To get the lowest travel prices, you should take your honeymoon in the offseason. If you are heading to South America, make your trip during their rainy or "green" season. If you are going to Europe, you can get discounts of 50% or more by booking your travel from January through March. Also, consider traveling Sunday through Thursday for short trips to avoid the weekend rates which are often multiple times higher.

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