The Wedding Night’s Price Tag

March 11, 2009

Mr. Ballet Flat and I will be honeymooning in Orlando. For the majority of the honeymoon, we decided to stay in a vacation home.

Since we are road tripping it to Orlando, which is a good 8-9 hours away from New Orleans, we definitely wanted to rest up the night of our wedding so we can hit the road well-rested the next morning. We were originally looking at hotels in Biloxi, Mississippi, because it’s not too far from New Orleans at all and would shave an hour or so off the travel time for us the next day. Plus, their casino hotels, for the most part, are pretty nice. The problem? These hotels wanted upwards of $400/night, and that’s a little over the budget for us.

So, we decided to try Priceline to bid on a nice 4 star hotel. We have used Priceline for mini vacations that we have taken before and have been really satisfied with the hotels.

Priceline is really easy to use. You just name your city and date, then click on the type of hotel you want (1,2,3,4 star), choose the area of the city you want to stay in, name your price and let Priceline do the work. The only risk is you are obligating yourself to whatever hotel takes your bid, so it can be a shot in the dark. However, if you choose a higher star hotel, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about since those are known as nicer hotels.

For us, no 4-star hotels were available in Biloxi, so we decided on New Orleans to start our bidding war. Mr. Ballet Flat put in a bid of $50 on our wedding night, and we lucked out! Someone accepted our bid!!

The Renaissance Arts Hotel in New Orleans.

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Check out this hotel room!

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The only stinky thing is we have to pay for parking, but that’s ok by us! We are still well under $100 for the night, which is a huge savings in our opinion!

Have you discovered any money saving websites for your honeymoon?


Honeymoon in my Hometown: N’awlins Style

March 1, 2009

New Orleans is a city full of food, culture and fun! Being from the area, I’ve seen a good bit of the city and for those of you who would want to vacation in New Orleans one day, I’d like to share my favorites with you in the form of a sample 4 day honeymoon itinerary (to make this wedding related, of course!) Let’s just say your tummy will be super happy after this trip, but there will be some walking to do!

Day 1 (arrival)

Let’s just assume you get to your hotel for 2pm at check-in time.

2:00pm Check In, Nap and Beautify yourself (I have to nap after travelling..just have to!)

5:30pm Kick off your New Orleans trip with flair and have dinner at the infamous Brennan’s Restaurant in the French Quarter. This would be a splurge of a dinner, but I promise you, it’s well worth it!! Be sure to try the Banana’s Foster…they come out and make it right in front of you! Super cool! If you love the food that much, totally purchase their cookbook as your first souvenir “Breakfast at Brennans (and Dinner too!)” or check out some of their featured recipes here as well!

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8:30pm If you are looking for a night of fright (hehe!), take a New Orleans Ghost Tour.  I’ve never been on the ghost tour (not a fan of that kind of stuff), but I’ve heard wonderful things about it!

Day 2

9:00am Have breakfast at Cafe du Monde in the French Quarter. Just be sure not to wear a black shirt or you will look a mess from all the powdered sugar in those beignets! Be sure to buy some mix to make beignets for yourselves at home!
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10:00am Spend the morning checking out the fabulous French Market area in the French Quarter. Tons of stuff, like handmade soaps, jewelry, purses, New Orleans home decor, etc.! Also, be sure to check out the street entertainment. There are musicians, artists, and dancers all throughout the area! If you are ready, go ahead and sip a daiquiris drink while you shop! You can walk around with alcohol in New Orleans!!

12:30pm Take a walk to Crescent City Brewhouse in the Jackson Square area of the French Quarter and enjoy some local beer and a hearty lunch!

2:00pm Hop on a carriage near Jackson Square for a carriage ride tour of the French Quarter during the day!

4:00pm Stroll along the Mississippi River and enjoy some breeze. Definitely consider taking a ride on a steamboat for a mini tour of the Mississippi River! If not, take a little time to have an afternoon drink at Pat O’s! (Hey, you gotta drink in NOLA right??)

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7:00pm Enjoy dinner at Mother’s Restaurant. If you like what you ate there, here are some of their recipes!

Day 3

11:00am Yes, I’d totally sleep in today. After two fun filled days of New Orleans, you need to sleep in a little. I really recommend spending the later morning/early afternoon at a relaxing (and super classy) Jazz Brunch at the infamous Commander’s Palace. This place is a little pricey too, but it’s wonderful food. It’s a three course brunch with a jazz band that walks around and plays music requests table to table. It’s so well-known that there is a special booth that the President (yep, of our country!) sits in when they visit NOLA. You will need to take a cab here, but I promise it’s worth it!! I actually went to the jazz brunch today, to celebrate Momma Ballet Flat’s, MOH Ballet Flat’s and (not to toot my horn here) MY upcoming birthday! Be sure to try the turtle soup (trust me here!)!! Here’s a couple of recipes as well, and they sell a cookbook at the restaurant!

2:30pm Check out a tour at Blaine Kern’s Mardi Gras World!! Definitely will need a cab from here, but it’s worth it! You will get an up close look at Mardi Gras floats, costumes, along with the history of the carnival season!

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6:30pm Enjoy a more casual dinner at Port of Call in the French Quarter. This place is known for it’s awesome burgers and drinks! After this, spend the evening scoping out Bourbon Street and enjoy some fun bars, karaoke and music!!

Day 4

10:00am Today is all about uptown New Orleans. Start your day by going to the Audubon Zoo, which, in my opinion beats out the aquarium in the French Quarter.  Be on the lookout for the Roman Candy cart somewhere in the zoo!! It’s a really awesome taffy-like candy in strawberry, vanilla and chocolate.

3:00pm Take a walk down Magazine Street and go shopping! For an indulgent afternoon snack, be sure to stop by Sucre for some great gelato, desserts and heck, even some tasty souvenirs to bring home!

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6:00pm Take a cab back to the hotel, get ready and have dinner one last time in the French Quarter at Muriel’s in Jackson Square.

This is just a sampling of what New Orleans has to offer, but based on local favorites, I thought this would help, especially if you are looking to stay in country for the honeymoon!!

N’awlin-eans, do you have anymore suggestions for fellow bees looking to honeymoon in our fine city? 🙂


We’re going to DISNEY WORLD!!!

October 24, 2008

You know, it was kind of hard to choose a place to go for our honeymoon. We were thinking, well, NYC, Niagara Falls, Cruise in the Caribbean…sigh…but none of them REALLY appealed to our liking.

I wanted Disney World..bad. (I’m such a Mickey dork!)

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Mr. Ballet Flat knew that I LOVE Disney, but he also didn’t see a family theme park as a romantic getaway for us. However, Mr. Ballet Flat loves thrill rides, so we decided on Orlando for our honeymoon. I say Orlando, because we are actually going to Disney World and Universal/Islands of Adventure.

One thing we found rather difficult was finding lodging for our honeymoon that would be budget friendly and couple friendly, of course. Disney on-site was expensive, if we wanted to TRY to avoid kids screaming down the halls. Places off-site weren’t that cheap either. So, I did a little searching and thought to look into vacation home rentals.

I read so many great things on Disney boards about renting a home for a family, but I was afraid, once again, of the price. However, home rentals are WAY budget friendly!!

We ended up booking a 4 bdrm/3 bath house with a private pool and jacuzzi. It has a normal kitchen as well, with pots and pans, if we feel like cooking one night and staying in. According to the maps, it’s 10 minutes from the Disney gates!! We’re really excited! Yes, it’s excessive, but we knew there would be privacy there! PLUS, it’s only $149/night to stay in this huge house. Here’s a picture of a similar house we went with. They all look the same in the neighborhood.

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I’m so excited about this road trip with Mr. Ballet Flat! It will be so much fun to experience Disney in a different way than with our families! 🙂

How did you and your fiance decide on the honeymoon location?