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More 'Moon for Your Money

 

You should indulge yourself during your honeymoon - you'll definitely need the rest and relaxation after planning your wedding. But you needn't spend lavishly if you can avoid it. Follow these tips to get the most for your money.

 

Earn miles with a frequent flyer credit card.
What better way to accumulate frequent flyer miles than to charge all of your wedding expenses? Even if your parents have offered to shoulder most of the budget, you may consider asking them to let you charge the expenses to your own frequent flyer credit card and then reimburse you with a check. You can use the miles either to purchase your honeymoon tickets or fly in style with an upgrade to first class!

 

Use a honeymoon registry such as honeyluna.com.
If you'd rather have your guests "sponsor" your honeymoon than be inundated with crystal vases and food processors, register at honeyluna.com.

 

Book your trip through money-saving online services such as any travel site of your choice. It's never been easier to find incredible deals for airlines, hotels, rental cars and more.

 

Search your local newspaper for travel deals.
Orbitz.com is chock full of incredible travel deals, but don't forget to check your Sunday paper for print-only specials that you may have overlooked.

 

Book your hotel and flight early.
Waiting until the last minute will almost always cost you more money. Book hotels, rental cars and flights well in advance to get the best possible deals while they're still available.

 

Consider staying at an all-inclusive resort.
Purchasing a complete honeymoon package at an all-inclusive resort can save a tremendous amount of hassle so that you and your beloved can sit back and relax.

 

Call the hotel directly to ask about special deals and to tell them that you'll be on your honeymoon.
Never underestimate the importance of personal contact. By calling a hotel's front desk rather than their toll-free reservation line, you may hear about additional deals specific to that location and time of year. Be sure to mention that you'll be on your honeymoon so that they throw in some extra goodies or upgrade your room.

 

Consider discounts available to you that you may not have considered such as the Auto Club and Entertainment Card.
Dig into the darkest recesses of your wallet to look for membership cards that may offer travel discounts such as the Entertainment Card and AAA.

 

Travel during the off-season.
"Off-season" does not have to be synonymous with "bad weather." Most Caribbean Islands, for example, are temperate year-round. They key is to plan your trip when other vacationers are less likely to be escaping the cold weather, i.e. during the summer.

 

Consider staying close to home.
If you live on the West Coast, consider flying to Hawaii or Mexico, or visit the gorgeous islands of the Pacific Northwest. The Caribbean Islands are more convenient for East Coast travelers. Shorter flights allow you save money on airfare and splurge on a nicer hotel.

 

Consider staying at a bed and breakfast.

While bed and breakfasts make it harder for the two of you to remain anonymous, they can be incredibly cozy and romantic. Think of the delightful breakfasts in bed, complimentary wine and cheese in the evening, and additional homey delights of staying at an intimate inn.

 

Book a room with a kitchen so that you can prepare some of your own meals.

Meal expenses can quickly get out of hand, especially when you're drinking. Pack a few bottles of wine and then pick up some groceries when you get to your location.

 


 

Top 5 Planning Tips

1. Get a dedicated credit card for all of your wedding expenses so that you can dispute the charge if a deal falls though.

2 Earn miles toward your honeymoon with a frequent flyer miles credit card from weddingsthatwork.com.

3. Get the best deal on airfare, hotel and rental cars for your honeymoon through any travel site of your choice.

4. Create your own web page at weddingsthatwork.com with information about your wedding date, location, gift registries, and hotels for out-of-town guests.

5. If you plan to take your spouse's name, get a Name Change Kit to ensure you cover everything.

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