Are honeymoons an endangered species? Seemingly. In 2010, 81 percent of married couples went on a honeymoon, down from 93 percent in 2008, according to a study done by The Wedding Report. As couples continue to crunch numbers to make wedding ends meet, honeymoons have become one of the many sacrifices. After all, they have many years of wedded bliss ahead of them in which they can travel.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. Carve out a budget for the honeymoon in the initial wedding planning process so it isn’t a last-minute expenditure that breaks the bank.

Another way to keep honeymoon prices low? Don’t be afraid to travel in the off-season. Try a fall wedding instead of a summer one, especially if a honeymoon is important to you.

June is traditionally popular, but October has become the new June, with couples taking advantage of the off-travel seasons and lower available prices.

Destination weddings are popular for 2013, since they allow the whole family to experience the fun of beaches, spa days, yoga, surfing and scuba diving. This way, the newly married couples can stay in their retreat for the honeymoon while the rest of the guests head home.

Tropical locations remain the most popular destinations of destination weddings and honeymoons, and Mexico is one of the top choices given its many options of all-inclusive luxury travel and honeymoon packages at more affordable prices. Fiji is also really popular because there are so many small and private islands that are less crowded and that offer features such as bungalows andmore private beaches and settings for couples.

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