Just because you’re putting all your available finances toward your wedding doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a honeymoon. More and more often, couples are opting for lower-budget options when it comes to escaping away together before diving straight into married life. So we’ve decided to give you a couple of ideas of how you can enjoy a honeymoon without sacrificing that down payment you’ve been scrounging to save for a home someday.

1.) Consider a home exchange. A home exchange is when you offer up your home to someone in exchange for using theirs for an agreed-upon period. This can help save immensely on expenses. It ensures someone is at your home to look after things while you are away, and it means you pay nothing for accommodations for the duration of your stay. This is a great source for learning more about home exchanges.

2.) Go camping. Sure, people tend to make fun of the idea, but as a born and raised Montana girl, I’ll tell you that there’s really nothing like it. It costs next to nothing. The privacy is fantastic. Also, the bonding happens while snuggled in a sleeping bag, staring at the stars. It is unlike any other.

3.) Take advantage of the “off” season. If you’re getting married in August and have always desperately wanted to go to France. Setting off on your honeymoon right after you say your vows might not be the most budget-friendly option. Instead, consider waiting until October or early spring of the following year. It’ll give you a little more time to prepare yourself, and the tickets will cost substantially less.

4.) Tap in the family. Does your aunt and uncle have a beach house or a mountain cabin they use a few months out of the year? If so, this would be the perfect time to take advantage of it. And don’t feel bad either; there’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking if you can borrow the residence for your honeymoon, especially if you’re asking for it months in advance.

5.) Have a honeymoon registry. A unique theory a few years ago, honeymoon registries have been popping up all over the place as of late. And for good reason, too; your friends and family want to give you a gift you can remember. Everyone knows you’ll forget who gave you that toaster, but you’ll probably remember who gave you the gift of scuba diving on your honeymoon. So give everyone a chance to contribute to your new lives together in a helpful and meaningful way.

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