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Every girl dreams of a perfect honeymoon, but only a lucky few can actually afford their dream (weddings aren’t free, after all!). Travel expenses alone can take up your entire budget, so we took some unique and luxurious honeymoon locales and found similar places closer to the U.S. Even though the room rates aren’t drastically different, you’ll save a ton just by not traveling as far.

#1. Mountain Retreat. If you love hiking and gorgeous scenery, a honeymoon in the mountains would be perfect.

Splurge: Gstaad Palace, Switzerland, starting at $507/night / Steal: Fairmont Banff Springs, Canada, starting at $360/night

#2. Wine Country. If you want a leisurely honeymoon with stunning views and even better wine, this vacation is a no-brainer!

Splurge: Relais Vignale, Italy. Starting at $288/night / Steal: Gaia Napa Valley, United States. Starting at $89/night

#2. Ice hotels. For all of you adventurous types who want a truly unique and exotic experience, what about an ice hotel?

Splurge: Ice Hotel, Sweden. $203-888/night / Steal: Hotel de Glace, Canada, starting at $149/night

#3. Over-the-water huts. If you love the water and want a secluded and luxurious honeymoon, over-the-water huts seem so romantic and special.

Splurge: Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji. $750-1261/night / Steal: Punta Caracol, Panama. $344-518/night

#4. Bavarian Vacation. For a honeymoon full of good food and fun, what about going to a Bavarian village?

Spurge: Bamberg, Germany. Approximately $170/night / Steal: Leavenworth, United States. Approximately $130/night

#6. Tropical Beach. If you just want to bask in the sun and relax on the beach, this tropical honeymoon is for you.

Splurge: The Raratongan Beach Resort & Spa, Cook Islands. $200-675/night / Steal: Key Largo Grande Resort & Beach Club, United States, starting at $169/night

#7. Skiing Resort. For an active couple who enjoys the snow during the day and a hot tub or a fire at night, a skiing honeymoon would be a great fit!

Splurge: Lech Ski Resort, Austria. $251/night / Steal: Whistler Ski Resort, Canada. $192/night

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Comments

  1. forget.me.knot.weddings — Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
    Umm..Time to Travel!!
  2. Emily Heizer Photography — Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
    Wow, great job you guys. This was very well researched and presented and really makes those unattainable expensive tastes and dreams totally livable. Awesome, awesome post.

    And so weird because 4 of the wedding blogs I follow all posted honeymoon posts today. ?????Bizarre, right? This post topped them all in terms of information, inspiration and affordability though!
  3. Melissa @ The Loveliest Day — Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
    Love this post! It's so fun seeing one of our honeymoon locations, Likuliku, included in your picks! Fiji is ah-mazinggggg!
  4. Susie — Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
    I love this post! Fiji would be so awesome!!! However, panama looks really similar and of course cheaper :D
  5. Kalea — Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
    I love this post!!

    Not to mention I just moved back to the states from Lech, Austria! Your post made me smile!!
  6. Dognbird — Tuesday, May 25th, 2010
    YEAH a splurge and steal, so clever to do one for honeymoons. I want to spend a year seeing them all!
  7. Jacqueline | merci new york — Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
    Great post! So informative, fun and original! :)
  8. Rosie — Thursday, May 27th, 2010
    awesome job guys! love that 3 of the destinations are in Canada! woot :)
  9. Robin — Friday, June 4th, 2010
    Hi Guys,
    Love the post on honeymoons, I wish i had seen it 2 weeks ago!!! We have been searching the web high and low for a great location to honeymoon this Aug. We settled on a beautiful place in Bali, it looks amazing, i hope its worth all the hours of searching we did to find it.
    Thanks
  10. Katie @ Platinum Engagement Rings — Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
    Oh dear. I think I need to go to all of these places. Just too lovely.
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