10 Ways To Save On Wedding Travel


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Set your budget with priorities in mind. Decide what your goals are for the trip, and how much you want to spend.

Then consider what you and your partner can't live without. For example, if you have $1,000 for the honeymoon, and pampering is high on your list, book a relaxing weekend at a spa resort.

Base how the budget will be spent from items on your wishlist.

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Consider Unorthodox Options


If you're open-minded, try searching Airbnb, a community marketplace in which people list, discover, and book accommodations around the world, ranging from an apartment for a night, a villa for a week, or a castle for a month.

Prices range wildly, from all-out luxury to dirt cheap. Whatever your price point, Airbnb has lodgings in more than 192 countries and 33,000 cities.

Another unique option is to rent an airstream camper, a brand of luxury recreational vehicle, the latest trend in travel experiences.

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Set Up A Honeymoon Registry


If you and your partner aren't in need of anything specific, consider setting up a honeymoon registry.

Your wedding guests will be able to pay for parts of your honeymoon, such as the air ticket and hotel accommodations, via free websites like Honeyfund.com.

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Re-book Your Hotel Before You Check In

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While booking a hotel room in advance can get you a great deal, you could save more by checking back at the available rates closer to the date of your vacation. Sometimes, you can get a discount of up to 30% by re-booking. Simply cancel your original reservation and book the new, cheaper room.

Double check the hotel's policy on cancellation fees first, and remember, if you booked through a third-party site such as Expedia or Orbitz, you will most likely incur heavy fees for canceling.

The best way to do this is by making sure the hotel doesn't charge a fee for canceling before you re-book. A recent article by Forbes explained, "Be sure you’re aware of the cancellation policy. Often times the lowest available rate at the time of your original booking is non-cancellable. In other cases, you may need to cancel a minimum of 24 or 72 hours in advance to avoid being charged for the first night.

Also note that this strategy doesn’t always work. In popular places or at peak travel times, there may not be any rooms left at the last minute. That’s why you should always make a primary reservation early in the planning process."

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Mention It's Your Honeymoon


Ever seen that episode of "Friends"? You know, the one where Monica and Chandler are a minute behind that couple who keeps beating them at getting free stuff because it's their honeymoon? Don't be like that!

Mention it's your honeymoon ahead of time. When reserving your room be sure to let the hotel know it's your honeymoon, because it may get you a complimentary room upgrade or other perks. If you're paying a special honeymoon rate, you may have to bring a copy of your marriage certificate, so it's essential to tell them beforehand.

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Stay Closer to Home


It's a general rule of thumb that the shorter the flight, the cheaper the airfare. West Coast residents tend to head south to places like Mexico, while East Coast residents favor the Caribbean.

Another option is to drive to a destination close to home and use the money saved to upgrade your accommodations.

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Choose Cheaper Locales

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Go to countries where the dollar is strong. In Costa Rica for example, $15 covers a basic budget-hotel room, and domestic airfare begins at around $50! A buck and change gets you a beer or snack.

Other countries with a weak local currency include India, Iceland, Mexico, Bali, Argentina, and Hungary.

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Choose an Off-Season Location to Save


Choose an off-season location to save money. You'll also save on hassle since you'll be visiting during a time when it's low on tourists.

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Purchase an Air Pass


Foreign airlines tend to sell tickets that allow you to city- or country-hop within a specific region during a set time frame for far cheaper than had you arranged each leg of the trip separately.

Countries in which this is common include Europe, Southeast Asia, South America, Australia, and the South Pacific.

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Consider an All-Inclusive Hotel


The great thing about all-inclusive packages is that you pay one flat fee and get everything included. Most all-inclusive packages include room, meals, drink, activities, entertainment, taxes, tips, and airport transfers.

Be sure to read the fine print carefully, and speak to a travel agent or representative from the resort.

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