Plan a Honeymoon on a Budget | Best money saving tips | Salem, Oregon wedding photographer

May 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

O6T41K0O6T41K0Honeymoon tips & tricks. How to plan a honeymoon on a budget.

According to top wedding sites a wedding in the year of 2017 is on average a cost of $29,650. Most will have a hard time saving for the honeymoon if their budget is anything near the average. I want to help you get the most out of your honeymoon for the best price. Traveling and visiting other places is fun, and getting a great deal is icing on the cake.
I travel often and have been to 18 countries. I never pay an outrageous amount for my travel. I would love to pass on a few tips and tricks I've learned to help you on your search for the perfect honeymoon destination.

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salem-or-wedding-photographer_2602salem-or-wedding-photographer_2602Honeymoon tips & tricks. How to plan a honeymoon on a budget. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~AIRFARE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

There are a few things you can do to ensure you get the best deal on your airfare. Follow them and you'll see an immediate reduction in your costs.

  • The best time to book a flight in the U.S. is usually Tuesday at about 3 p.m. eastern time. Reason: Many airlines release weekly sales late Monday or early Tuesday and by mid-afternoon, competing airlines have matched the lowest prices (so they don’t end up on page 30 of a shopper’s search query). Tuesday at 3 p.m. is usually when you’ll have the most deals to choose from. 
     
  • When should you purchase your tickets? Timing is everything and knowing when you'll find the best deals is key. If you are flying domestically within the US, you'll want to purchase your tickets about 3 months & 30 days before you leave. If you are flying internationally then you'll want to purchase them a little bit further out- 5 1/2 months and 1 1/2 months out from leaving. If you are traveling during a Peak season such as June, July, August, Thanksgiving, or Christmas time you will want to purchase your tickets approximately 2 months ahead of time.
     
  • Save money by flying at a time most won't or don't enjoy. Red eye flights (overnight flights) tend to be much cheaper than flights during the day. That said, I actually prefer overnight flights. I can sleep on the flight and wake up ready for my day as soon as I'm landing. I don't feel like I'm missing any part of my vacation because I'm catching up on sleep or flying during a time I'd otherwise be able to do exploring.
     
  • Connecting flights. If you don't mind a connecting flight or two then you can save some money. Most of the time connecting flights will be cheaper than a non stop flight.
     
  • Cheapest days to fly are: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays. Try to book your flight out on one of those days. The most expensive days to fly are Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Out of those Fridays and Sundays being the absolute most expensive.

~~~~~~~~~~~~BE FLEXIBLE IF YOU CAN~~~~~~~~~~~~

Are you able to be flexible? Can you take your honeymoon a week or two after your wedding or even wait a few months to get the absolute best deal? If so, you can save hundreds of dollars.

For my personal travel I love the site www.skyscanner.com. You can enter the airport code from which you'd be leaving, leave the destination blank, and click search. It will then ask you the month of travel or give you the option of cheapest month. It will then list the cheapest flights to anywhere in the world during the month/months you are searching for. I've gone to Mexico for $186 Round Trip from Portland, Oregon from this site. I've booked flights to Europe for 50% less than other sites because of skyscanner.com.

Once you see how inexpensively you can travel, you'll want to do it much more often!

salem-or-wedding-photographer_2603salem-or-wedding-photographer_2603Honeymoon tips & tricks. How to plan a honeymoon on a budget. ~~~~~~ALL INCLUSIVE VS PAYING FOR MEALS & DRINKS~~~~~~

Think about what is important for you on your honeymoon or vacation. Think about what it is you will be doing on that honeymoon and whether or not it would be cost efficient to purchase an all inclusive plan.
Normally an all inclusive plan will cost you approximately $200-$500 more per person depending on the length of your stay. However, if you plan on staying at the resort most of your stay, hanging out at the bar or poolside bar, and utilizing the perks of the different restaurants on hotel grounds then the all inclusive will probably be pretty beneficial to you. On the flip side, if you don't plan to be at the hotel much at all and you will be out most of your days and eating elsewhere than you'd probably not benefit from an all inclusive plan.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~USE A HONEYMOON REGISTRY~~~~~~~~~~~~

What is a honeymoon registry? It's much like a bridal registry but instead you set up a site with things you'd like to do on your honeymoon. Your guests can contribute to your honeymoon by purchasing a tour you've added, an activity you want to do such as snorkeling or horseback riding on the beach, car rental costs, or they can simply donate money to go towards spending money on your honeymoon.

If you set it up where people can donate as little as $5 towards an activity or fund it allows those who may not be able to donate a large amount the opportunity to donate what they can towards your trip.

Honeymoon Wishes and Honeyfund are reputable sites to register for a honeymoon registry.

~~~~~SELECT YOUR DESTINATION & GO IN ITS LOW SEASON~~~~~

Each destination has a peak season and low season. For tropical destinations their peak seasons are summer time. From September to May you'll find a better deal. If you are wanting to go to a location for skiing or the likes then peak season will be during winter months. Avoid peak seasons and avoid more costly car rentals, hotel fees, and airfare fees.

O6VQ0G0O6VQ0G0Honeymoon tips & tricks. How to plan a honeymoon on a budget. ~~~~~~~~~~~USING A CREDIT CARD TO BOOK~~~~~~~~~~~

If you plan on using a credit card or getting a credit card to purchase your honeymoon then get a card that gives you miles or cash back. If you're going to be purchasing then you might as well get some sort of perk from it. Or, even if you have the money for your honeymoon put it on your credit card, get the miles or cash, and then pay it off in full the next month. This way you are getting the perks without the interest or fees.

If you are going to book through a 3rd party website such as Expedia or Priceline etc. Sign up for EBATES (it's free and there aren't any gimmicks involved. You'll get cash back- up to 10% sometimes on your booked trip! You can also use EBATES for any online shopping and get money back)

Mellissa is a Salem, Oregon wedding photographer that travels for weddings locally, nationally, and internationally. She prides herself in giving her clients a service of utmost quality and helping them in any way she can. Weddings can be stressful to plan and she want to ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible. If you are looking for a wedding photographer in the Salem, Oregon area or elsewhere contact her today. She would love to chat with you about your wedding day plans and how she can help you put those plans into action.

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