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Wedding Budget Tips | Honeymoon Budgeting | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique
Jessica Fuster, Destinations Found Travel

In our prior blog, we addressed budgeting for 1) The Engagement/Wedding Rings.  In this blog posting, emphasis will be placed upon budgeting for 2) The Honeymoon.

Honeymoons are a big business with 99% of traditional wedding couples taking a honeymoon; representing 14% of the wedding budget. On an average, couples spend $4,466 on a typical honeymoon lasting 8 days.  On luxury honeymoons, couples spend $9,954 lasting 11 days.  62% of couples pay for their own honeymoon with 10% taking cruises and 75% vacationing within the US or Canada. 

Most honeymoon destinations are:  Hawaii, Florida, California, and Nevada.  Most popular oversees destinations are: Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Italy, St. Lucia, France and US Virgin Islands; Hawaii being the favored destination for both straight and gay honeymoon couples.    The most popular luxury honeymoon destinations are:  Europe, Caribbean, Hawaii, and South Pacific.  40% of couples stay at a resort versus, 27% at a large hotel and 10% at a small hotel.  Only 1 in 4 couples go on a dream honeymoon.  80% of honeymooners use Social Media to research destinations.  And 48% of couples visit Facebook while away.  57% of same sex couples take honeymoons sometime after the ceremony. 

The Old Rule was that the groom’s parents were expected to pay for the honeymoon; including travel, accommodations and activities; especially the case when bride’s parents were paying for the wedding.  In this day and age, however, it is believed that the bride and groom should pay for their honeymoon; especially if parents are picking up tab for the wedding.  Thus, lots of couples do not depend upon family to pay or assist with cost of the honeymoon.   Most couples plan their honeymoon together.  With the bride usually deeply involved in wedding planning, the groom often takes responsibility to plan the honeymoon; with bride’s input unless a surprise; typically booked 4 months prior to the wedding. 

Planning A Honeymoon:

  • Determine where to go. Take into account favorite places visited, discovery of new places, beaches, mountains, cities, countryside preferences, places to explore and all inclusive resorts. 
  • Agree to departure and return dates; same day as wedding, next day, next week or some later.
  • Decide upon transportation/accommodations/excursions and book reservations; informing that you are on honeymoon. Hotels usually provide upgrades/complimentary champagne.  Consider adding a romantic hotel packages, i.e., champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, etc.
  • If traveling abroad, leave plenty of time to get passports/visas; women usually use maiden name in doing so. Make copies of passports, visas, itinerary, confirmed flight and hotel reservations as well as driver’s licenses, and insurance/credit cards; keeping separate from originals.  It is also a good idea to leave an extra set of copies with someone at home. 
  • If traveling abroad, determine if inoculations are required. If so, get them well in advance of wedding in case of having reactions.
  • Consider utilizing a travel agency. Review your plans with a professional which usually doesn’t cost extra; allowing them to make all arrangements and available for help if needed.
  • Pack appropriately for two; making sure to have right luggage, clothing, shoes for both. Consider enlisting help of a best friend or relative to assist with packing.

A Surprise Honeymoon:

  • Pick a destination that both will enjoy.
  • Inform partner when honeymoon has been decided upon; confirming departure and return dates.
  • Provide weather information in such way as not to reveal destination.
  • Store honeymoon data in place partner is unlikely to find.
  • Top off surprise with a wedding night gift.

Options Available If Unable to Afford a Honeymoon:

  • If wedding months away, start saving.
  • Delay trip in order to save for it.
  • Take a shorter than desired trip.
  • Honeymoon closer to home.
  • Enjoy a short weekend.
  • Drive instead of flying to destination if possible.
  • Travel off season to save money.
  • If possible, check into Casinos for lower room rates.
  • Use Economy Airlines with less expensive fares.
  • Research airline deals for less expensive fares.
  • Bid on Travel Auctions.
  • Sign up with a Honeymoon Registry instead of Typical Registry to provide your wish list of desired vacation items, hotel nights, romantic dinners, excursions, etc.
  • Win a free honeymoon.
  • Take a cruise which is cost effective; especially if departing from home port.
  • Plan an inexpensive honeymoon taking advantage of available travel discounts.
  • Do not depend upon receiving cash from wedding for honeymoon.
  • A bank loan is not a good idea as typically newlyweds end up being saddled with debt; a becoming a stressful financial burden.
  • If having to use credit card for expenses, get a card that offers points on every purchase. The Capital One Venture Card is ideal if traveling oversees as it doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees.
  • Budget before buying. Know how much you have to spend and do not spend more.

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique. 

 

Engagement and Wedding Ring Budget Tips | Vermont Bride Magazine | Nuptials and Niceties Boutique
Colette Kulig Photography

THE ENGAGEMENT RING:

Per a 2015 US Survey, the engagement ring accounts for a 4th of the overall wedding expense; averaging  $5,871.  80% of grooms pay for the ring and half the brides in Western Countries choose their ring.  99% of grooms do the proposing; 16% occurring in December.  The average engaged period last 14 months. 

If choosing an engagement ring, you and partner should spend time researching rings; keeping record of those particularly liked.  35% of couples spend 3 months or less researching while 24% spend a little longer and the average spend 4-6 months with the internet being their main source.   56% of brides have decided upon a setting prior to purchasing ring with 23% having a particular stone in mind. 

If preferring the traditional romantic practice of a surprise engagement ring, either put your trust in your partner’s ability to select one you will be happy with or make your preferences known; i.e., metal, single/multiple diamond/gemstone, setting,  size/shape, if to match wedding band and your ring size. 

When contemplating an engagement ring, you should consider if the ring of your dreams is affordable?  If not, do you really want to go into debt to have such a ring?  Ask yourself if doing so would make you happier or would spending beyond your means put a financial stress on your marriage?  Of 3000 adults surveyed, those who spent $2,000-$4,000 on an engagement ring were 1.5 times more likely to divorce versus those who spent $500-$2,000 Those who spent under $500 had a higher divorce rate.  Thus, the diamond size doesn’t have to be equal to your love; the importance being the promise of pledging yourselves to spend the rest of your lives together in marriage!  

It is essential that you give serious consideration to your overall wedding budget in determining an available amount for both the engagement and wedding ring(s).  Should your budget, require that you finance the engagement ring, take into account monthly expenses before agreeing upon a monthly payment.  Be assured of your ability to make such payments without creating a financial struggle. 

THE WEDDING RINGS:

It is recommended that you spend some time researching the wedding ring(s) while doing so for an engagement ring.  In so doing, establish the specifics of your preferences; i.e., to match the engagement ring, metal, size and weight.    As with engagement ring, consider what your wedding budget will allow to spending on the wedding ring(s); average cost being $1,575.  Be sure to order your wedding ring(s) at lease four (4) months prior to the wedding; assuring sufficient time for possible resizing and engraving.  

In our next blog, we will address budgeting for 2) The Honeymoon of the Series “Creating/Working with a Wedding Budget”.

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique. 

 

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth and Dylan’s relationship evolved from friendship to something more during their time at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. On their eighth anniversary they planned a hiking trip in New Hampshire but what Elizabeth thought would be a day trip was really a romantic weekend getaway in a log cabin that Dylan had planned. On the first evening while sitting by a waterfall at sunset, Dylan proposed!

Elizabeth grew up in Vermont and always envisions having her wedding there someday. The couple wanted a vanue that was both indoors and outdoors, with a beautiful view. The Skinner Barn had everything on their checklist, and more. While the day of their wedding seems like a blur of amazing events, the feeling of love and support from their friends and family is what stands out to them most. An indescribable feeling of joy to accompany a surreal weekend of celebrating their relationship and marriage.

Elizabeth and Dylan have this advice for other couples: “All the details are fun (and sometimes stressful) to plan but remember what it’s all about.  No matter what the details look like, it will be the most amazing day, celebrating you and your partner with so much love from family and friends.  One thing we did is we took a moment to ourselves right after the ceremony, we walked down the aisle and went straight to the side of the barn, where they had set up a glass or champagne for us and we just had a few minutes to reflect and be alone, it was one of the most memorable moments of our wedding.  So even if it’s only a few minutes, take it, spend a few minutes alone with your new husband/wife.”

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Elizabeth & Dylan Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Waitsfield Vermont Barn Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

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Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin had no idea that she would meet her future husband when she embarked on her Appalachian Trail thru-hike (hiking the entire trail from Maine to Georgia), but when she met Paul on a section of the trail in Sunfish Pond, New Jersey they swapped emails after eating lunch together. Paul had hiked from Georgia to Maine the year before and was working as a Ridge Runner on the trail. He met up with Erin for one of her final weeks of her hike and they had their first date. The Sunfish Pond section of the trail would later have even more significance as it is the spot where Erin proposed to Paul! She convinced him to go on an impromptu hike on their way to Vermont for Thanksgiving and surprised him with handmade wooden engagement rings.

Erin and Paul decided on Vermont for the location of their wedding because it fit the bill for the outdoor, mountain wedding they wanted. It also helped that Erin’s parent’s home was the perfect location to hold it. Included in their invitations were prayer flags, which they asked their guests to do something creative with and mail them back. The couple then took the flags and hung them in the trees at the site of their ceremony.

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

Erin & Paul Real Vermont Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Mountain Wedding | Vermont Bride Magazine

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Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin and Ian grew up not too far from each other - she in Massachusettes, and he in nearby Vermont - but it was at a bar in Boston that fate arranged for them to meet. After Kristin's friend literally pushed her to strike up a conversation with Ian (she really did nudge them together!), the rest was history. They both love to travel and the couple even lived in Nicaragua for a few months and have been back to visit several times since. But it was back in Vermont, while snowshowing on Ian's mother's property in Woodstock, that he proposed.

Kristin and Ian decided to hold their wedding at Ian's family's farm for the woodsy, rustic vibe they were looking for. Kristin even held a yoga class for friends and family in the upstairs of a barn on the morning of the wedding. The ceremony was held on a small hill overlooking the pond with a reception under a tent nearby. Wild flowers and mason jars adorned the tables and the couple gave out seeds as favors. Kristin's father is Armenian and her whole family joined him on the dance floor for a traditional Armenian dance called a "Baurd", and set the tone for the party for the rest of the night!

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

Kristin & Ian Real Wedding Inspiration | Rustic Wedding in the Woods | Vermont Bride Magazine

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