As you can probably tell, I’m the kind of person that loves budgeting and saving money whenever I can.
I’m getting married in April and have got my wedding planning down to a T – I’ve made all of my wedding invitations for less than £100, I’ve made spreadsheets on how much I want to spend on every single aspect of our wedding day, and how much I have spent to compare!
It’s all about keeping the costs to a minimum but keeping the big day just as perfect. However, many of us forget about another added cost…the honeymoon. We have chosen to go on our honeymoon around 8 months after we get married. A honeymoon should be an incredible holiday, and not your standard trip to France which we could do any time. We’re having a big, blowout honeymoon in Vietnam and Bali, which is going to be expensive. So how am I saving for a honeymoon?
Set a budget
Before you make any final decisions on where you want to go on your honeymoon, or how long you want to go for, you’ll need to set yourself a realistic budget. If you know you want something luxurious and long-haul, it’s fair to say you’ll need a bigger budget than if you went on a mini-moon in the UK.
The best thing to do before booking anything is to search the wide world of the interweb, use comparison sites to find the best deals, and see if you can use any vouchers or get cashback on your ideas. Then, write down how much each aspect of the honeymoon will cost – the flights, the accommodation, the food, the activities and a little extra for emergencies – and go from there. Once you have a budget in place and a realistic goal in front of you, you can get to work on saving your money to make your dream honeymoon become a reality.
Choose to use a honeymoon registry
Nowadays, more and more couples are choosing to use a honeymoon registry to fund their perfect honeymoon. This is different to the traditional honeymoon registry, whereby couples choose home furnishings and crockery for their house, and their wedding guests buy the gifts for them. Instead, honeymoon registries such as flyustothemoon.com can be used by couples to ask their guests to pay for aspects of their honeymoon – from the flights to the accommodation, to their meals, and their excursions. This is a great way to cut costs and an amazing way for your guests to truly contribute to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Because who needs ANOTHER set of dinner plates?
Save your change and make a DIY honeymoon fund
I can almost guarantee that you could open your purse or wallet right now and find a mass of small change in the zippy compartment. I rarely buy anything with cash nowadays, so this change normally just sits there for months. Many of us forget that this change actually has value, and can be used to get us one step closer to going on our dream honeymoon.
The best way to make use of this change is to set up a DIY honeymoon fund. This doesn’t need to be anything fancy – in fact, all you’ll need is a jar and a sticky label. Place the jar by your front door, and pop in any small change you have in your pockets or your purse as you walk in. If both you and your fiancé do this, you should see the jar fill up in no time. Every little helps!
Cut out non-essentials
We all have little luxuries we love to spoil ourselves with. This could be buying a cup of coffee on the way to work every morning, it could be buying your lunch in the local supermarket instead of making it yourself, it could be going out for dinner once a week, or it could be something as simple as paying for a Netflix account you barely use. When you think about it, all of these added extras are complete non-essentials and can be cut out of your life to save up for your honeymoon. Although this may be hard to start with, you just need to think about the end goal and the amazing honeymoon you’ll have at the end of it.
Saving money for your honeymoon shouldn’t be difficult – if you know what to do!