Well you may not be able to put a price on true love, but that’s certainly not the case when it comes to having your dream wedding. The latest studies from Bride-to-Be magazine show that the average Australian wedding now costs a whopping $54,294! With prices like that it’s easy to understand why couples are having to tighten the purse strings when it comes to the honeymoon.
Fortunately, there are many financial shortcuts you can take to ensure that your honeymoon is still a memorable and romantic trip, celebrating your love for each other – I mean, that’s why you got married in the first place, right? Follow our handy hints and you can have the honeymoon you’ve always dreamed of, without getting into a lifetime of debt. Plus, we’ve even got a chance for you to win a FREE HONEYMOON at your choice of 16 amazing destinations. Read on for more details …
1. Keep it Local
Honeymooning close to home, or at least domestically, eliminates the expense of an international airfare. You can save thousands of dollars just by choosing a destination that’s within easy reach. Wyndham Hotel Group offer 23 stunning resort locations around the South Pacific – click here to view them all.
2. Keep it Contained
By choosing a self-contained apartment style of accommodation, as opposed to a hotel room, you can save money by preparing meals yourself. This doesn’t make it any less romantic – in fact, it can be even more romantic than dining out! Take a trip to the local farmers market and select some fresh produce that you can prepare together. Throw in some flowers and candles, and you can have a private, dreamy, candlelit dinner for two back at your apartment. Or, you could pack yourself a hamper and head off on a picturesque picnic lunch – what a memorable honeymoon experience!
3. Ask Your Friends & Family to Wish You Well
These days, most couples have already been cohabitating for a while before they get married. This means you probably have all the pots, pans and dinnerware you need! Forgo the traditional gift registry at your wedding and instead ask your guests to make a small contribution to your wishing well and help you have your dream honeymoon.
4. Be Flexible
Don’t worry, this tip doesn’t involve yoga or pilates classes – I’m talking about being flexible with your honeymoon dates. Most resorts have a peak season, during which accommodation rates are higher than during low or shoulder seasons. If you can travel anytime outside of peak season, you can save yourself a pretty penny on accommodation.
5. Keep it Short & Sweet
Your honeymoon doesn’t have to last a whole month. After all, you have the rest of your lives to enjoy each other’s company and take many memorable trips together. Take a ‘mini-moon’ right after your wedding – five nights or even just a few days in the one location. This will cut down the cost considerably, but you will still have those first few days as newlyweds together that you will remember forever.
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