LaDonna
Devoted April 2011

Are there any other brides to broke for a honeymoon?! I hope Im not alone on this one!

LaDonna, on March 15, 2011 at 10:04 PM Posted in Honeymoon 0 43
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Grrrrrr. This economy sucks... The only reason we were able to afford our wedding in the first place is because we depended on our tax money to do it... So, that left no money for a honeymoon. While at the same time people are sending us money gifts occasionally, we really need a new bed... The FH is sleeping on the floor the past few weeks cause its that bad... So we both agreed a new bed is #1 priority since my fiance has a disabilty and good sleep is crucial to help it... Are there any other ideas as far as honeymoons we could concider... We live in Vegas so it gives us a lot of options but I just have no creativity when it comes to that? Any suggestions ladies?

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Latest activity by Kari, on March 7, 2020 at 3:00 PM
  • <3 Future Mrs Wells <3
    Super February 2017
    <3 Future Mrs Wells <3 ·
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    No Honeymoon for me either Smiley sad like you wedding is being paid for with tax money and some help from family...We plan to take a family vacation to Disney World next year with tax money (we have 2 kids) If I were you I would take a weekend trip somewhere either of you have ever been Like you said there are so many options living in Vegas!

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  • 2d Bride
    Champion October 2009
    2d Bride ·
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    We didn't have a honeymoon, either. I wouldn't say we couldn't afford one so much as that it was not one of our priorities. We put things like renting a house for us and all our guests, so we could hang out with them outside of formal "events," ahead of having a honeymoon. We'll get other chances to travel together, but will not have other weddings.

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  • Mrs Lilow
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    Mrs Lilow ·
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    Word of advice on the bed situation....for our guest room we bought a brand new (spotless, wrapped in plastic and everything) mattress and box spring at the flea market for $200 and then bought a $80 memory foam mattress topper. Voila...brand new, super comfy Queen size bed for less than $300.

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  • MrsD2011
    Master October 2011
    MrsD2011 ·
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    At this moment, unless something drastically changes by May 1st, we will not be having a honeymoon either Smiley sad We really really wanted one, but finances just aren't making it possible ... the wedding is being footed entirely by my parents, with a little help from me in regards to stationary, and little things such as shoes, undergarments, etc. And FS, there's just no way he can afford something to put any money away, he's already living paycheck to paycheck, so instead we'll do a Stay Honeymoon, we'll fly back from IL on Sunday evening, hopefully have a nice dinner out someplace and then throughout the week (he took the whole week off) we'll do little things, like go to this museum, or stay in all day and lounge around watching movies ... maybe I'll create some type of spa like environment one day and we can enjoy that ... Maybe someday we'll be able to afford a nice vacation but right now, it's not possible. So just make the week after the wedding a little special ...

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  • Mrs Lilow
    VIP June 2011
    Mrs Lilow ·
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    Since you're in Vegas..you guys should just get someone to take the kids for a couple nights and rent a nice suite locally. Book massages, go see a show, have dinner somewhere really nice and special.. FH and I got a really nice room at the Hard Rock earlier this year for $30/night so I think there are some serious deals right now.

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  • MrsD2011
    Master October 2011
    MrsD2011 ·
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    Enjoy at least one nice dinner out ... maybe spend an afternoon through the week in the casino and enjoy walking the strip (and yes that sounds bad) and just enjoying one another ... Consider a Lake Tahoe or Grand Canyon day trip if you can afford it ... Just kick back and relax and make sure you make time for you and even if you are going straight to work afterwards, make the evenings or time you have off together something special.

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  • julybride16
    Super July 2011
    julybride16 ·
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    Just a few days off and enjoy each other, do new things that you haven't done before!

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  • L
    Just Said Yes February 2012
    lisa ·
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    Hey what we are doing is having a register set up at a travel agent,where i live its quite common practice over here if you already have everything you need for a house.

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  • MelKel
    Master May 2010
    MelKel ·
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    Hopefully we will be able to take our honeymoon on our 1 year anniversary.

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  • Jamie
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    Jamie ·
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    I think all brides are on a budget for their weddings. We chose to do a honeymoon registry and only 1 gift registry. If you need the stuff do a larger gift list, but if you are set up with towels and toasters then try the site we used, its on my ww website weddingwire.com/jamieandteddy if you wanna check it out.

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  • Mandi
    Expert July 2011
    Mandi ·
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    A lot of people are staying at home for their honeymoons due to finances, and I'm sure it's great! It's not about going somewhere or doing things, it's all about the two of you spending time together! You could always plan on taking a honeymoon in a year or something too! That way you still have the trip to look forward to without spending so much all at once! Honeymoon registries are a great idea too...

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  • Lala
    Master May 2012
    Lala ·
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    We are helping to pay for the wedding and we aren't taking a honeymoon right away. We'd love to but there are things we want to do at the wedding that are more important to us. Plus, both of our families will be traveling for the wedding so we want to spend some time with them. I think a lot of couples are in our same boat, LaDonna. Smiley sad

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  • Kristi
    Dedicated May 2012
    Kristi ·
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    There is noting in the "book" that states your honeymoon HAS to come right after the wedding. Me and FH plan on doing it the following year when all the kids are visting grandparents over the summer. Allows 2 years to catch up with money and to take a bit longer of a "honeymoon".

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  • Matt Potvin
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    I'm more of a fan of investing in your future anyway. Take that $3-$4k that you were going to use for a honeymoon, and put it towards a downpayment on a house. Maybe 5-10 years down the road you'll be better off finically to take a trip. If you're renting, you're throwing your money away and not getting the tax benefit of writing off the interest on your loan. For that matter, you might find that your first tax refund if you don't adjust your withholdings will be large enough for you to take a honeymoon.

    No reason you can't do what so many others have done in the down economy and do "Staycation" for your honeymoon. Turn off the cell phones, house phone, etc. for a couple days and just have time for yourselves.

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  • CK
    Expert April 2011
    CK ·
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    As of right now, there will not be a Honey Moon directly after the wedding next month. Somewhat due to finances but also to other things such as moving & new jobs.

    Plus, like any of our past vacations, we'd rather spend time planning it than just going for the sake of tradition. Smiley smile

    & with planning this wedding to the penny, we haven't really devoted proper time to it.

    Good to know, we weren't the only ones delaying our's for a later time.

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  • Susy
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    Susy ·
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    Do you have a lot of people flying in for the wedding? Sometimes if you negotiate with a hotel, your guests stay there then they may give you a couple nites at a hotel. Being in Vegas you could just stay at a hotel and treat yourself instead of going too far. We won't have the money for our honeymoon either so we are going away for a coupe nites right after then going on ours next year.

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  • Cora
    Expert June 2011
    Cora ·
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    We are paying for our entire wedding ourselves (approx 160 guests if all RSVP and Accept). We too can't afford a Honeymoon unfortunately. So we decided months ago since we've lived together for 6 yrs and have all our household things, that we weren't registering for gifts. Unstead we did a Honeymoon Registry through TravelersJoy.com! My FH sister is one of my BM and apparently she has spread the good word and is the one arranging our bridal shower. So we are just hoping and praying with the help of our families and friends we can take a Honeymoon!! Since finding out my FH had Brain Cancer in 2008 and going through surgery, chemo and radiation that above all a trip away just the two of us is exactly what we need! So I hope you too can take a Honeymoon, who doesn't deserve one?? Every married couple should, that's just how I feel!!

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  • Shannon S.
    Master March 2011
    Shannon S. ·
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    We skimped on the wedding and had a blowout honeymoon, but not everyone is able to do that.

    I think Greyash and her hubby rented a little cabin within driving distance to hide out for a few days after the wedding, and she's from Vegas. Maybe PM her?

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  • Kari
    Devoted September 2011
    Kari ·
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    We were planning one- but our budget went way over for our wedding- so we are not taking a honeymoon.. super bummed about that too because we never get to go away together. Soooo we may just do a weekend locally somewhere, but nothing exciting :/

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  • Victoria C. Hernandez
    Master July 2011
    Victoria C. Hernandez ·
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    Too broke for the honeymoon we want but we are still hoping to be able to do a weekend at Disneyland!!

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