Want to Honeymoon on a Budget? 5 Things You Need to Know

  • By Jared Turner
  • 28 Jul, 2015

Insider Tips on How to Have Your Dream Honeymoon Without Going Broke

There are many words in the English language which don’t go together at first glance such as how couples can have a great “honeymoon on a budget”.  The assumption is that after spending money on the wedding, reception venue, caterer, florist, and more that newlyweds will then shell out ever more cash to have a romantic honeymoon or that honeymoons will cost a fortune.  Fortunately, we have 5 tips to help budget-conscious honeymooners keep their trip costs under control.
  1. Remember that in travel, you get what you pay for–  While this tip might sound counter-intuitive for the couple attempting to plan a honeymoon on a budget, hear us out. This tip serves as a reminder that while it may be tempting to opt for the cheapest accommodations when planning your getaway that some things ARE worth paying a little bit extra for. The difference between a room with a view and a room with a view of the parking lot is often cheaper than you’d think. Although the knee-jerk reaction will always be to find the cheapest option and book, make sure you know what you’ll really be getting before you set your plans in stone.

  2. Book early and save!–  From flights, hotel rooms, and resort stays it always pays off to book early. The longer you wait, the fewer rooms will be available and that tends to elevate the price of room rates, vacation packages, and flight costs. This means that you shouldn’t wait until all of the details of your wedding are planned out to begin planning your honeymoon. Start thinking about where you might want to go before you’ve set the wedding date in order to better plan around things like hurricane season and you’ll be that much better off when it’s time to make honeymoon arrangements. (Plus, looking at resorts in advance will give you an idea of what is out there and make you that much more informed when it’s time to say “We do” to your resort choice.)

  3. Be wary of airline discounts –  It’s tempting to hop onto websites that promise cheap airfare and book the cheapest flight from home to your destination, but before you do make sure you’re considering all the relevant factors.
    • How long are the layovers? – Sometimes paying a little more to avoid spending the first day of your honeymoon in airports is worth it.
    • What do baggage fees look like? – Some airlines charge for carry-ons as well as checked bags, so take a look at their policies before you finalize your plans.
    • Does the flight get you to the location of the resort, or will you need to book a separate/smaller flight to get to the desired island/locale? – Sometimes big travel sites won’t have flights that go directly to small islands or more remote destinations, so be sure of exactly where you are landing in relation to your final destination before booking.
    • What is the cancellation policy? – What happens in the event of bad weather or you need to cancel or reschedule due to illness or unexpected injury? If you need to re-schedule your honeymoon unexpectedly, you want to know that you won’t have lost the cost of airfare by choosing to book yourself.

  4. All-Inclusive Resorts may seem expensive, but they’re a frugal couples dream! –  Prices look elevated when you’re checking out “per night” rates because they include meals, adult beverages, entertainment, and a host of other “secret expenses” that inevitably pop up while you’re away from home. From currency exchange expenses from your bank and ATM fees, to fees charged by your credit card company for international transactions, the number of surprise costs honeymooners return home to add up quickly. Booking an all-inclusive resort ensures that your honeymoon will fit into the confines of your budget and be surprise free.


  5. Don’t have time to plan yourself? – A travel agent who specializes in romance travel is worth the service fee in discounts and convenience. If comparing resorts and airlines is making your head spin after weeks and months of wedding planning, contact a travel agent. Their fees are often negligible in comparison to the amount of time and money you’re able to save by booking with someone who is experienced in booking international and domestic travel, especially if you can find an agency who specializes in romance travel. Romance travel agencies will keep the fact that this is your HONEYMOON in mind when they are seeking arrangements. Those who are seeking budget-friendly options aren’t always willing to pay for booking travel because they feel they can do it just as well themselves, but sometimes the reality is that the headaches you’ll save are worth the small fee a travel agent requires. Especially when an agent can take your budget into account and find the best travel plans for the money you’re able to spend. The value of having professional help cannot be overstated!
By Judith White 23 Oct, 2017

A wedding is special...as women, we have been dreaming about the event since we were little girls.

My wedding was not the fairy-tale I imagined. In fact, my photos are in an album…digital images weren’t very popular then.

I got married in Jamaica but had no idea about how stunning a garden or a beach wedding could be. 

Beautiful backdrops of the ocean or the lush, beautiful gardens of a fabulous resort...

BUT…

I didn’t!

My wedding was cool, but there are so many things I would do differently if I was planning it now. We are talking over-water chapel with stunning ocean backdrops, horse-drawn carriage, fireworks etc.

Uhm, I think I am the beach wedding kind of girl!

And…I would have this fabulous beach wedding for less than a traditional wedding.

Are you kidding me? 

Nope…it’s all true!

If you want to have a casual, intimate ceremony, outdoor weddings are magical. There’s something about hosting a beach or garden wedding that makes the whole affair feel more relaxed and leisurely. The scenery of either makes for breathtaking photographs and natural light tends to be the best friend of your photographer.

By Jared Turner 26 Sep, 2017

As you may already know, there is lots of luxury resorts with luxury inclusions in the Caribbean and Mexico. These resorts offer inclusions that are designed to dazzle and impress you. Everything you need is available so your your experience can be complete.

So what do you know about these luxury resorts that offer more than the ordinary…they offer luxury inclusions a a great value!

My son has a large vocabulary and he uses these words that have my mind wondering whatever does that word mean. In an effort to appear that I’m “in the know” I go along with the conversation but as soon as I can, I get on my device to type in the word and get the meaning.

Most of my clients want an “all-inclusive” experience…and they tell me that they do. I typically share with them what is included.  But it never dawned on me that a list of inclusions would probably not be enough.

So Mr. and Mrs. went off to a luxury resort in Jamaica and I felt confident that they would have a great time. I was excited when Mrs. called me to report on her trip (I get the warm and fuzzies when couples come back and gush over their amazing experience!)…I can’t help it! I am extremely passionate about what I do and I’m in the business of transforming lives.

So how was your trip, I asked.

“It was good. But my hubby only had 4 shrimp on his plate. That was disappointing. We thought we would have more to eat”.

Did you order more? You know you can eat at every single restaurant and you can have more than one entree, I said to her.

They were both unaware that they could have more than one dish or could eat whenever they wished.

If you looked up the word “all-inclusive,” Wikepedia defines it this way:

An allinclusive resort  is a holiday resort  that includes at a minimum lodging, three meals daily, soft drinks, most alcoholic drinks, gratuities, and possibly other services in the price. Many also offer sports and non-motorized water-sports and other activities that are included in the price as well.

At White Sand Travel, we work with top rated resorts and you can expect “all-inclusive” to mean the following luxury inclusions:

Luxury Accommodations: Rooms and suites that can be as opulent and sexy as you can imagine and can include a dedicate concierge team or butler services

Gourmet Dining: Enjoy amazing cuisines from themed restaurants from around the world, by world renowned chefs. Wine pairing makes the experience even more delectable.

Beverages: We’re talking  unlimited premium spirits 24/7 at various locations on the resort…at dinner, at bars, swim-up bars or even in your room.

Entertainment: Daily themed shows and events ranging from fire-shows, big screen movies, live bands etc. You won’t be bored.

Activities: Non-motorized water-sports, includes scuba, snorkeling (some include lessons,) land sports such as tennis, basketball, racquetball etc.

Tipping: Tipping is at your discretion.

You can do as I do…

Most often I travel for 5-days/4-nights and I may have a choice of dining from 6-16 different restaurants (depends on the resort.) It’s almost unlikely that I will be able to dine at all the restaurants so I may have dinner at one and dessert at another. However, I try to dine at as many different restaurants as possible. It may appear that the portions are small but appetizers and drinks can really fill those spaces. And unlike my clients above, order two entrees…no one will tell you know or bring you an extra check.

We are experts in designing the type of experience that has the luxury inclusions that won’t leave you feeling like you’ve not had enough.  Let us help you select the option that best suit your needs.

Call us today at 770.469.7370 or click here  to schedule an appointment to get started.

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St Lucia Honeymoon Your St Lucia Honeymoon offers much more than you may imagine. There are many islands in the Caribbean but when you chose your honeymoon in St Lucia, you can be sure that you are in for a real treat. I do a considerable amount of research about a St Lucia honeymoon or […] The post How to Get the Most of Your St Lucia Honeymoon appeared first on White Sand Travel.
By Judith 19 Mar, 2017
What Exactly is an Affordable Honeymoon? Unless money is no object, you are most likely to save money and “design an affordable honeymoon.” But what exactly is an affordable honeymoon? Does that mean the basic, stripped down version? Moderate, luxury or ultra luxury? In my opinion “affordable” is all relative to your particular financial circumstances. I […] The post Do You Know How to Design an Affordable Honeymoon? appeared first on White Sand Travel.
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Here are my top 5 travel apps There is over 100,000-plus travel apps on the market but you can’t possible use all. When I travel, I come back and try to recall every magical moment so I trust my favorite travel apps to help me make the special moments special. As you plan for your honeymoon, check […] The post How to use travel apps to help you travel better appeared first on White Sand Travel.
By Judith White 09 Dec, 2016
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By Jared Turner 21 Nov, 2016

I’ve always wanted to capture the details of a real wedding!

I can still remember the day I met them…my first thought “beautiful and a very discerning couple.” Karen was stunning in a beautiful blue dress and Brian was sharp in shirt and tie. As we started our dialog, they listened intently, asked a ton of questions and they both took notes. Our meeting lasted over an hour and two things were pretty clear – they were deeply in love and they wanted a wedding that would capture their individual personalities and lifestyle.

Brian and Karen had a vision of their wedding and they were adamant that their guests have the time of their lives. They wanted the “wow” factor.  That meant finding the perfect location, affordable pricing for their guests, having amazing food and a place to party.

We went to work and about 15 months later, we met at Moon Palace Cancun for the big day.

To describe the wedding is an impossible task but I’ll try.

The eve of the wedding, the couple hosted a welcome reception at Lake Terrace. OMG! Open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, music/dancing and about 55 guests having an amazing time. We couldn’t have asked for more.

Except on the day of the wedding...

The chapel overlooking the ocean was the most spectacular location for them to say their vows. It was charming, it was beautifully decorated, it was inviting and it was imitate. As I sat in the pew towards the back of the chapel, I spied the carriage …OMG that is Karen in the horse-drawn carriage! Kleenex please!

And here she comes….

OMG, she’s stunning (I heard myself say while everyone else was totally quite, speechless to be exact)… More Kleenex! Not just for me this time, but for almost everyone!

Her stunning dress was a Provonia…and she couldn’t have looked lovelier. She looked like a princess.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many photographers at an event in my life. Well, maybe at Princess Diana’s wedding (I think.) May I say, it will be a task to select pics for this wedding album (I would not want that job!)

Anyhoo…

We went on to a cocktail reception while the couple and bridal party took more stunning pics.

I digress…

We were ushered to the reception and every single guest stood there for a minute or two in utter amazement. Where did they get these fabulous favors? There were two armoires with pictures, favors, flowers, trinkets…and a table with hand-made plaque. Every thing was personalized for Brian and Karen. It was like being in a candy store as a kid…so many things to capture my attention.

The decor was impeccable, the dance floor changed colors, the music was incredible (a mix of Caribbean and Spanish) and the tables were absolutely stunning. The wedding team deserve an award for transforming the terrace by the ocean into the most amazing reception area I’ve ever seen.

The bridal party came out dancing (their own signature dance to music) and the moment came…the announcement of the newly-weds.  Shut the front door…(my saying for when something is utterly amazing) they took this to a whole other level. More Kleenex! I really didn’t think Brian could dance like that, but we were in for a real treat.

Dinner was just absolutely to die for. I could have gone back for more but I wanted to behave. Pictures aplenty, everyone was snapping. I had to recharge my phone. I was in paradise experience a magical wedding. Where do they do that? Only in Cancun I guess!

Then it was time for the first dance! A standing “O” for the couple…they dazzled us!

I didn’t dance but I watched everyone else, I was having way too much fun. It was a party to remember. This couple…they set the bar for weddings. To have 55 guests echo one word over and over is kind of hard to imagine. But, the theme among the guest was “ Perfect , i t was perfect .”

The following day we bumped into the couple. They said, they had the magical wedding they dreamed of. It was definitely my honor to help them make their dream come true. It’s a wedding I will treasure for a lifetime.

And…the best part, I have grown to love Karen and Brian and I now think of them as friends. What more can I ask for?

There is nothing I like better than taking the dreams of a couple and transforming those dreams into reality so they can have their magical moment.

By Jared Turner 14 Oct, 2016

Planning a tropical beach wedding and want to be sure it knocks the socks off your attendees in addition to being the first day of the rest of your life with your spouse? Here are a few ways we’ve learned to make destination and beach weddings we’ve assisted bring to life WOW family and friends over the years. (Why should the happy couple be the only ones who gush over the momentous occasion?)

By Jared Turner 13 Oct, 2016

As a travel agent, it is my job to be as familiar with as many services as possible so I can make the best recommendations to you.

I have used both shared and private transfer but on my last trip to Jamaica, I made a decision that I will use private transfer in as many instances as I can.

Here are the reasons why:

A couple days ago as I discussed honeymoon planning options to a bride, she had questions about round-trip airport transfers.

When you fly internationally, you need transfer services to take you from the airport to your accommodation and back again once your trip is complete. What kind of transfers should you purchase?

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