Beetle booked our hotel for our Hawaiian honeymoon so now it is all becoming a reality…I will be laying on the sandy beaches of Hawaii in three short months with my newly branded husband! (It’s going to take time to get used to that word!)
We are staying at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach.
To be honest, the hotel is not that important to me in because I want to spend our time driving around the island and spend our money doing excursions. To him, the hotel is very important as he wants a 5 star resort style hotel.
After talking about our expectations for the honeymoon, 2e found a good compromise at a great rate and jumped on board.
Believe it or not, the deciding factor on this hotel was the restaurant where we could cook our own meals (pictured above). It was a major complaint on a lot of the reviews we read but coincidentally enough, it was a major selling point for us! It just goes to show that you can’t always please everyone!
Hello Hawaii! Looks like Beetle got his wish and Hawaii is the special location for our Honeymoon!
How did it happen? And why so quick? Yesterday I saw that Travelzoo had tweeted about cheap rates to Hawaii that would sell out within 24 hours. So after the gym, I popped open the computer to check it out and at $411 (after taxes) per person roundtrip, we immediately hopped on-board. Can I tell you that $400 is how much it costs to fly to Nashville, TN. Crazy, right?
Now on to figuring out a rental car, activities, restaurants, and a place to lay our little heads at night. Guess we know how I will spend my weekend!
I am so excited, I could just shout for joy!
Beetle & I sat down this weekend to discuss our honeymoon plans and unfortunately, we came to the conclusion that we simply can’t afford it.
My heart broke into a million little pieces because who doesn’t take a honeymoon? We decided that WE WILL MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
For one, our social activities are on a serious lock down. Aside from doing one big activity a month (weekend NYC trip this month, Chris Cornell concert next month, etc.), we will be entertaining ourselves in our 600 square foot apartment or finding free activities around the city to occupy our time. In doing this, we will be able to contribute $75 - $150 per weekend that we would normally spend on a night out with dinner, drinks, and cab rides to our savings.
The second way we are going to make this happen is with honeyfund.com. I spent the majority of today deleting items from our registries and setting up our honeyfund account. We have lived together for over 2 years, which means we have the majority of the things we need for our house so this makes a lot of sense.
Here is what the site looks like:
I set up an account and designated gift contributions so guest can easily see what their money contributions will go towards.
We kept the Macy’s registry and the Amazon.com registry in case guests would rather give an actual gift, but my hope is that this honeymoon fund will be a big hit.