Thursday, June 8, 2006
More Bang for Your Buck: Honeymoon
Planning a wedding can be expensive and exhausting. But if you're running out of money for the honeymoon, there are options. In tonight's More Bang For Your Buck, we found you can reach your desired destination at a discounted price.
WSVN--For most couples, walking down the aisle means walking into debt.
Indira: "Our wedding is probably the most you're going to spend per minute in any other event."
Indira and Ariel are tying the knot this September.
But after spending thousands of dollars on their wedding, they are vowing to create honeymoon bliss on a budget.
Lorenda Ray: "The honeymoon usually gets the leftovers of whatever people can afford."
As owner of "AllAboutHoneymoons.com", Lorenda Ray believes the secret to saving is booking early.
This way, the happy couple can ensure all the inexpensive rooms won't be sold and they can spread out their payments.
Lorenda Ray: "Small deposits in the beginning will help them out in the longrun."
The new Mr. and Mrs. should also say I-do to an off-season destination.
For example, consider Tahiti in January, France in the fall, and Hawaii in the summer.
Lorenda Ray: "They do have specials because they want people to come and not break your back trying to get there."
Plus specials rates can be discovered with a little bragging.
Whenever you make any type of reservation, always say it's for your honeymoon.
At the very least, you could end up with anything from a free upgrade to a free dessert.
Lorenda Ray: "Some are able to get first class airfare, just tell them you're honeymooners."
And if you decide to go to Europe, Australia, or South America, look into what's called an Air Pass.
It allows travellers to fly within a certain region for a discounted price.
Lorenda Ray: "The air pass just allows you to jump on a flight whenever they're ready within a certain amount of time."
And finally, don't be afraid to discount your dreams.
By downgrading your hotel room, you can still have most of the amenities and you lower your cost significantly.
Lorenda Ray: "It's little double the money to stay in a higher category room. You can save a lot of money by picking the lower class room."
Indira and Ariel found another creative way to save.
They're going to open a honeymoon registry.
It's works just like a wedding registry, but instead of gifts, guests pay for their honeymoon.
Indira: "It's less spending cash that's coming out of our pockets because we're getting activities and things we'd would normally pay for and being purchased as gifts."
For extra savings, also look to go to countries where the dollar is strong.
Brazil, Canada and Mexico can offer a lot more opportunities for your money.
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