After countless days playing with numbers and budgets prepping for the wedding, now comes another expense — the honeymoon. This is the time where you should be basking in your fresh wedding day glow with not a worry in sight. Maybe you've been toying with a trip to the Mediterranean or he's been searching for snorkel spots in some far-flung locale like the Maldives, but once you've revisited your honeymoon budget (and remaining vacation days) the picture-perfect trip starts fading away. Not to fret — there are plenty of other ways to save time and money so that when you do finally make it to your overwater bungalow somewhere tropical, you're not worrying about the money spent getting there.
Brides on a budget can start getting crafty with a dreamy getaway in their own backyard. Whether you go for a destination within driving distance (which means a romantic road trip, playlist included) or book a quick flight to a city you've always dreamed of exploring together, a staycation honeymoon is just as fun to plan — and softer on your wallet.
Secluded bungalows on a stretch of perfect white-sand shore are closer than you think at some of Florida's private island resorts. If you're lusting for historic European towns and cobblestoned streets, just look south at spots like New Orleans that exude this Old World vibe and offer a slew of fine dining hotspots, each more romantic than the next. And don't rule out a stay in your very own city. Now's the time to try out that luxe hotel you've always been dying to stay at, and maybe even make its restaurant your future spot for anniversary celebrations.
PHOTO: Exotic honeymoons don't always need to feature sandy shores and palm trees. Sometimes the tucked-away element could be found in a place as remote as the moon, like Amangiri, nestled between the canyons of the Southwest and best seen by hot air balloon in the early morning hours. This desert dream is perfectly framed like a portrait from panoramic windows in the suites, where you can cozy up with your other half in the sky terrace or private lap pool under the stars. With a locale this extreme the price tag doesn't come cheap, but the views alone are worth it.