So my fiancé and I are getting married at the end of December, which is obviously a very expensive time to travel. Because of this, we either have to pour way more that we can afford into our trip, or delay it. Unfortunately, I am in a full time masters degree program that will not give me another break until the end of 2022. Any trip of meaningful length would have to be delayed until then. We figured this is what we would do, and just go all out at that point, a choose a cheaper time of year so we get more bang for our buck. However, my future MIL just told us that our wedding gift was going to be $1000 towards a honeymoon, but that she will only give it to us if we take our trip right after the wedding. Even with that gift, with the price inflations that time of year, we would still not be able to afford the trip we want. We figured we would do something small and close to us so that the money doesn’t go to waste completely, but I am still fairly irritated we can’t just save it until we have the time to take the trip we want to take. Anyway, considering we live in the Midwest (Kansas City-ish) local travel in the winter is dicey, especially when I have a time constraint having to get back for school with a non-negotiable start date. This means we have to stay very local for our “honeymoon”. Am I the only person who thinks it is unreasonable to waste money on a hotel that is 15 minutes from our home, just so we can say we spend the money? This seems wasteful, and honestly, if we are staying in the same city, I would rather be in my own home where I am comfortable. Also, I have lived in this city my entire life, and I feel like I have pretty well exhausted the list of things to do around here.
I think this is a long winded way of saying: Would you do a “staycation” for your honeymoon to utilize a contingent gift, or just stay home? Would you pay the inflated prices anyway and most likely go over budget so the $1k can be utilized?