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Affordable Honeymoon Ideas

Yes, You Can Have a Honeymoon that Won't Leave You Broke

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These affordable honeymoon ideas can put a great post-wedding trip within the reach of even cash-strapped couples.

#1 Affordable Honeymoon Idea:
CRUISE FROM HOME

Cruises are fun and romantic. Most honeymoon couples love them, not just because they're affordable but because you get so much for your money: a cabin, more food than you can eat, onboard activities and entertainment, one (or more) swimming pools, and the opportunity to visit multiple ports without having to re-pack.

Some of the best cruise lines for honeymoon couples are Princess, the original "Love Boat" (check sailings); NCL, known for its freestyle dining and many restaurants (check sailings); and Celebrity Cruises, which has dedicated spa floors on its newest ships (check sailings).

Couples low on cash can still swing a cruise honeymoon; just opt for a sailing of a few days. You'd be surprised how even a brief "cruise to nowhere" can transport you to a world of pampering.

To make a honeymoon cruise most affordable, drive to your embarkation point. While many cruise lines sail out of Miami and Fort Lauderdale, requiring a flight for non-residents, there are also cruise ports within driving distance of 40% of the United State population.

#2 Affordable Honeymoon Idea:
COMBINE THE WEDDING & HONEYMOON

Weddingmoons enable you to have both your wedding and honeymoon at one tropical resort location. It was Sandals Resorts, which has locations in Jamaica, Antigua, the Bahamas, and St. Lucia, who popularized the concept. Today many resorts like Sandals offer couples who stay for a specified number of nights a free wedding.

A destination wedding isn't for everyone, but if it's right for the two of you, it's a spectacular way to have both a lovely wedding and a memorable honeymoon.

#3 Affordable Honeymoon Idea:
WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE

Weddings normally take a long time to plan, as do honeymoons. In fact, the sweet anticipation of a honeymoon is one of its delights. But if you're really pinching pennies because you must have an affordable (or downright cheap) honeymoon, think counterintuitively. Don't rush your plans: Wait till the last minute. That's when you can score last-minute deals.

If you delay planning your honeymoon, you can save on last-minute opportunities that include fare sales and vacation deals. But you have to be willing to be flexible; you may have your heart set on one destination or vacation package that sells out early. Beware that you may not get the best room at a resort, either — although if you tell the front desk or general manager that you are on a honeymoon, there's a chance you will be upgraded.

#4 Affordable Honeymoon Idea:
BUY FROM A DISCOUNTER

A well-known brand has recently gotten into the travel arena: Costco is selling cruises, vacation packages, and Disney trips. It's also selling rooms in Best Western and several Hyatt Hotels brands. The latter include luxurious Hyatt Regency properties and the trendy Andaz brand. If you order through Costco, you can get 10% off the rate (admittedly, no great bargain; you can do better if you have an AAA membership). We also noted that although Costco came up with some very low cruise prices, they were for less-desirable cabins on the lowest decks.

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