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#1 kylie9A


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Posted 30 June 2004 - 12:03 PM

I am having a bit of a dilemmia as to where to go for our honeymoon. We are looking at the whitsundays but as we only bought our first home about 11 months ago there is lots we could do to it with the money.

I feel like i have two fairys sitting on my shoulder, one telling me that it is our honeymoon, so we should go all out, after all, we will have other holidays but only one honeymoon. The other fairy tells me that that much money spent on a holiday is a waste and it would be better spent on the house. Purchasing things we would get a lot of use out of, not just a couple of weeks worth of fun and relaxation.

We would still go on a honeymoon but something a bit cheaper, and i know as long as we are together it would be special but part of me still wants to be whitsundays thing.

Did anyone/does anyone feel like this??
If so what did you decide??

Anyone have any recommendations for a good beach holiday without the whitsundays price tag??

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 12:20 PM

We were originally looking at going a tropical queensland island honeymoon - but as you said - very pricey! $$ We actually found it cheaper to go to Fiji for longer than staying in Aus for the same amount of time. The trip will end up costing us about $5,000 ish + spending money. Thats 7 night in Fiji and then (coz I still wanted to go to Surfers too) we are having 4 night in Surfers Paradise - so we can do all of the Theme Parks!!!

If you dont do what you want - you will regret it later! Like you said - you only get one honeymoon!! Splurge!!


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Posted 30 June 2004 - 12:22 PM

We had a bit of both - spent what we could afford yet went a little more expensive than we'd first considered. We figured you only get one honeymoon but in saying that we weren't going to go into debt to get it!
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Posted 30 June 2004 - 12:23 PM

We splurged, it's only once you have a honeymoon! biggrin.gif
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Posted 30 June 2004 - 12:39 PM

QUOTE (Mrs L @ Jun 30 2004, 01:23 PM)
We splurged, it's only once you have a honeymoon! biggrin.gif

l second that!!!

go out and splurge smile.gif

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Posted 30 June 2004 - 12:43 PM

We did neither.

We are somewhere in the middle.

We did the Gold Coast and lots of frilly bits / seafood meals for about $6k in total (incl air and accom).

We figured it would be our last big holiday before kids.. so..
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Posted 30 June 2004 - 02:24 PM

We want to get a house but the savings we've done will be used on the honeymoon. At least we've got a honeymoon registry so that will cover some of it.
We splurged - $7K for 5 nights at a resort and 3 night cruise at Fiji - but all meals are covered too.
We're only going to do it once I guess (Steve's been told! - it's too expensive to divorce when you pay this much to get married!)
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Posted 01 July 2004 - 09:51 AM

We are splurging and I can not wait!!

14 nights in a 5 star serviced apartment overlooking the lake in Queenstown plus snowboarding, heliboarding (for Chris) and trips to Milford sound etc.....

You only have one honeymoon so go for it! Besides after the hectic lead up to the big day you are going to need a holiday!!
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Posted 01 July 2004 - 12:08 PM

We splurged big time, however compensated with only a small wedding. We spent 9 days sailing on a catamaran on the Whitsundays then went to the USA for a week however looking back on it now, if I had to do it again, I'm not sure I would. Don't get me wronged, I loved every little bit about my honeymoon, however in hindsight, it doesn't matter (to me anyway) where you are in the world, just as long as you have each other and you have the time to be alone and get to know each other as husband and wife. (Does that make sense).

If I had to do it again, I'd probably get in the car and venture on down the Gold Coast to our favourite apartment where the beach is right across the road, the sushi is around the corner and we can spend the nights inside, with our glass of wine, watching TV in each others arms.

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Posted 01 July 2004 - 12:27 PM

We plan on spening about $7k (1st house 1 year ago) but friends of ours are planing $45K for there honeymoon, yes you read that right. They are taking 8 weeks off and going OS, not sure where. WOW is all I can say.
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Posted 01 July 2004 - 12:32 PM

we're going to Bali, but because we both work for an airline we get industry rates! biggrin.gif

I think the return airfare is $200+/- each! Plus accomodation is a lot cheaper too! rolleyes.gif

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Posted 01 July 2004 - 12:37 PM

We also have just bought our new home... and we were both deciding weather put money towards our home or to spoil ourselves with a major honeymoon.

We've decided..... to SPOIL ourselves!!!! Were getting married in December and have booked a tour of Europe in March. I would have loved to go straight after the wedding but because of the cold weather no tours run at this time.
We will problery just have a few days away down south straight after our wedding.

You have the rest of your life to work and put money towards your home, your only going to get your honeymoon once!!! Can you seriously see you both planning a major holiday after your married for no reason?
I say go and spoil yourself and enjoy it!! You only live once!!!

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Posted 01 July 2004 - 01:06 PM

We were going to go really simple, but we talked about it and though our wedding was amazing, and we'd do it over again in a heartbeat, we both really needed something to look forward to afterwards, so we went to Thailand instead. I think the biggest thing was that we knew that if we didn't do it then (for our honeymoon), goodness knows when we'd have a decent holiday (namely o.s) again.

I'm sooooo glad we did - we had an AMAZING time and it was worth every cent!! We loved it so much we were planning on going back this November for a short trip - needless to say, that's not happening, so a good thing we decided to have a great holiday as part of our honeymoon! smile.gif


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Posted 01 July 2004 - 01:20 PM

Because we are home bodies and don't really like travelling too far (goodness going to Sydney is too far!!!) We decided to go to Merimbula which is on what is known as the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, just over the Victorian boarder.

We rented an apartment for one week ($500.00!!!!) and we were well looked after by the owners!!! We drove up, stopping at Lakes Entrance and Eden on the way which are both gorgeous towns on the coast line.

We spent our days (and sometimes nights) walking along the beaches (hardly anyone was there so it was wonderful to have the beach to ourselves), whale watching which was fantastic, going to wineries and just enjoying the simple things in life. It was the most relaxing holiday we have ever had together which was great since organising the wedding was so exhausting.

Another reason why we decided to do this is because we are wanting to buy a house by the end of this year, so we can start a family next year and we were (at the time) so close to a deposit we could taste it. When we have kids, (and they are old enough) we are going to go travelling around Australia because how exciting would that be sharing those moments with your family..
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Posted 02 July 2004 - 08:00 PM

We have decided to do both. We are having 5 nights in the Whitsundays at an island resort (not sure which one yet) & then having 5 nights at Airlie Beach in a cabin in the caravan park costing $70 per night. That way we can have luxury plus a longer honeymoon.....
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