I’ve now been married for nearly A WHOLE YEAR, and I’m still getting used to the feeling of being a Mrs. rather than a Miss – it’s crazy, it’s wonderful, and it’s one of the best feelings in the world. In my previous posts, I’ve mentioned how the whole planning process and the wedding day passed in a blur, so we are determined to make our honeymoon drag out as long as possible, so we can truly enjoy a couple of weeks to bask in the glory of being a married couple. Unfortunately, a perfect honeymoon comes at a price…a big price. Luckily for Nick and I, we’re pretty savvy when it comes to saving money and getting a good bargain, so this is how we plan to fund our dream honeymoon.
Set a budget.
There are certain questions you have to ask yourself when you’re planning your honeymoon – how long do you want to go for? Where do you want to go? Is it far away? The answers to these questions can help you determine a budget for your perfect honeymoon. If you choose to go on a long-haul flight to a destination on the other side of the world for two, it’s very unlikely you’ll be able to get a cheap deal – because the flights alone will drain your bank account. On the other hand, a short-haul flight to Europe will cost you less – but may not be as magical. So, the choice is all yours, but you have to give yourself a realistic budget and a goal to work towards. Nick and I are researching all possible honeymoon destinations and working out how much each destination will cost us. Once you have that goal in place, you can see where it will take you.
Cut out everything we don’t need in our lives.
Although I pride myself on being a bit of a money saving expert, that’s come about through hard work and determination – because it takes a lot of willpower to stop myself from buying my daily Starbucks. For many of us, the desire to splurge our money on non-essentials often overpowers our better judgement. You could drop £100 in a week on clothes, or you could spend £50 a week just buying your lunch at work. These outgoings are not essential or beneficial if you’re trying to save for a honeymoon. You can probably make do with the clothes you have in your wardrobe right now (which is probably a lot), and you can easily make your own lunch every day and save £50 a week. That £50 a week can instead go towards your honeymoon fund – and you already have an extra £200 a month!
Saving all of our spare change.
Nowadays, I buy nearly everything on card – so I normally have a little puddle of change in my jean pockets, or on the inside of my coat, or in the little zippy compartment of my purse. Nick is exactly the same. The money just sits there, doing nothing. After a while, I realised how silly that was, and made a vow to save all of the spare change we had. I made a DIY honeymoon fund jar, and we stick all of our spare change into this little jar and watch it fill up before our very eyes. I’m hoping before long, we’ll have filled up the jar and have saved a good amount of money that could go towards our honeymoon.
We asked wedding guests for money.
Rather than asking for random gifts we’d never use from our wedding guests, we asked them for money to go towards our honeymoon – and this idea is really taking off. Nowadays, couples are using dedicated honeymoon registries such as flyustothemoon.com instead of a traditional registry, which lets their guests pay for their trip of a lifetime. It’s such a great idea and helps you save for your honeymoon when you’ve just emptied your bank balance on funding your wedding!
Although saving money for our honeymoon does seem like a long and hard road after some ups and downs we’ve had recently, I know we can do it by just being really dedicated. I honestly can’t wait to spend a couple of weeks somewhere just the two of us to relax and take some time away from the world.
I hope these tips have helped you in some way or if you have any of your own then please let me know in the comments!