How to plan your honeymoon on a budget!

So you’re getting ready for your wedding- planning every detail down to the color of the bows on the back of your chairs, when suddenly it hits you. “Wait, do I have to pay for my Honeymoon too…?” For people with philanthropic families, this might not even be an issue- but for the rest of us, we are on our own. How do you balance a once-in-a-lifetime vacation with the costs of the biggest day of your life? No need to get frantic, you can have your wedding cake and eat it to. Let’s take a look at 5 tips to plan a honeymoon without breaking the bank!

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!. What are your Honey Moon needs?

Are there any key components to your dream honeymoon you can’t live without? Is it that trip to Hawaii or some tropical adventure you’ve been looking forward to? The best way to begin planning is to create a checklist of your honeymoon deal-breakers. Some examples could be: a dream location, desired length of time away from home, events you can’t miss, amazing dining or luxurious accommodations. Consider what you want to dedicate the majority of your budget to. Ask yourself “what is the purpose of my honeymoon?” There’s no wrong answer here- for my husband and I, we simply wanted a lot of time alone together- and maybe sneak in some good food and a little exploring. Our perfect match ended up being a 4 day cruise to Mexico which made it easy to shut ourselves in our room and not have to spend a lot of time traveling to different locations or to get food ;) What you decide to do will depend on what ranks first on your list, from there the real budgeting can begin!

2. Prepare early and do your research!

If you have enough time, the deals you can catch are near-limitless! There are so many resources out there that make it easy to plan your honeymoon. We recommend using apps like “Hopper” and Kayak to find the cheapest flights. Both of these are massive search engines that take the work out of finding the cheapest fares.

Sign up for those mailing lists! You know those annoying sites that use pop-up prompts to get you to sign up for their newsletters? Do it. Do it for all of them. Some of the best deals on trips we’ve found have been from signing ourselves up for these- just be sure to use a separate email to avoid spamming up your personal account. Don’t stop there! For those Instagram-savvy brides and grooms, look for accounts that shout out travel deals every now and then. We personally follow a lovely account called @FlightsFromHome. She’s a travel agent that will post amazingly cheap round-tip international and statewide flight deals out of SLC. Awesome for people who are open to exploring any good deal out there!

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3. Use reward points when you can!

If you haven’t already , keep an eye on those reward points that may already be piling up on your credit cards! You may just discover a gold mine! There are some incredible perks you can be eligible for just by purchasing typical household items. The standard rewards credit cards offer airline miles, hotels points, new member bonus points and some even VIP access to elusive airport lobbies. Since weddings incur a lot of costs, now is also the perfect time to start accumulating those points too- just make sure you have a plan to pay them off soon!

Be sure to read the “ small print” as those limitations and exclusions could put a damper on some of the amazing bonuses you thought you were getting. For those first time credit card applicants it may seem a daunting task of picking a rewards program with so many options available. Trust me- by putting in a bit of time to read reviews, benefits and taking time in the application process it will eliminate later frustration.

How do I know this? In our first steps to planning our honeymoon my husband and I took on the ultimate endeavor and that was to find the best credit card available! We found in the end that there wasn’t any all-time winner, since many vary in reward programs. So our advice to you - pick the card that offers the most benefits centered around what you generally use the most. Although credit cards can be tricky when redeeming points, it’s a great reward system for those purchases you already make.



4. Find cool travel programs!

There’s are no rules saying you have to purchase all of your honeymoon now! When there is so much to purchase and your scrambling to put everything together, sometimes it’s nice to hand over the reins. Companies like “ EF Ultimate Break” take it one step further and will work out monthly payments with you to help save towards your dream honeymoon. Their hand-picked packages include beautiful accommodations, meals, flights, transportation, tour guides and many attractions. Those that are looking to eliminate the headache of piecing together the perfect honeymoon, be on the lookout for similar companies.



5. Embrace Staying Local (But don’t tell people about it;) )

At the end of the day sometimes it’s nice to save all those dollars and find a cozy place away from home. International flights and busy site seeing isn’t everybody’s idea of a stress-free honeymoon . Is it crazy to just want a simple laid- back night to yourselves? Absolutely not! Staying local doesn’t have to mean staying home. It could be a fun opportunity to check out a nice Airbnb . You can even cut out a few more expenses if you choose an accommodation with a kitchen . Enjoying a few indoor nights, home cooked meals and possibly checking out the nearest hot springs is the perfect simple escape. Just DO NOT TELL ANYONE. Last thing you want is to bump into family or end up on a business call because you are technically “in town”. It also keeps it romantic- personal experience ;)


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Ali and Jordan - Shoreline Lodge Wedding Story

Lakeside Fairytale wedding of Alli And Jordan

What Makes the best wedding shoots?

In our wedding stories we strive for the best romantic settings and great poses to show off that amazing dress you paid so much for! We know the most valuable times to cut in and get those natural and lovable poses between you and your spouse.

Our spotlight McCall story !

For this amazing Shoreline Lodge story our bride and groom were nothing short of the cutest couple. The crisp mountain air, sunny day and beautiful landscape made for a perfect fairy tale wedding. Some of our favorite footage to capture is the beginning to any exciting wedding day; catching the bride getting ready! For us in such a perfect destination it was hard to put our camera down, with too many perfect moments ranging from walks along the shore, kisses in the trees and cute stolen moments with the bride and groom! Take a look at our days highlights and tell us if this isn’t one of the sweetest weddings you’ve ever seen!

The wedding of Jordan and Alli Feeney at Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho.
Jordan getting ready for the ceremony, We love to quietly sneak in and get those sweet wedding jitters and excitement!

Jordan getting ready for the ceremony, We love to quietly sneak in and get those sweet wedding jitters and excitement!

Our bride as she is about to set sail for the adventure of a lifetime! Some of the best moments are those getting ready for the wedding.

Our bride as she is about to set sail for the adventure of a lifetime! Some of the best moments are those getting ready for the wedding.

Stolen moments of our bride and groom during their first look, only hours before the ceremony!

Stolen moments of our bride and groom during their first look, only hours before the ceremony!

The beautiful clear skies, crisp mountain air and gorgeous lake views were some of the amazing highlights of shooting at Shoreline Lodge. For us wedding videographer’s having a venue like this made it easy to create nothing short of a breathtaking film.

The beautiful clear skies, crisp mountain air and gorgeous lake views were some of the amazing highlights of shooting at Shoreline Lodge. For us wedding videographer’s having a venue like this made it easy to create nothing short of a breathtaking film.

Emily and Collin- Brundage Mountain Wedding Story

Brundage Love story of Emily and Collin

Our adventure in brundage was one of the most unexpectedly beautiful venues we have had the opportunity to shoot at. I’m sure many can’t say they traveled by ski lift to the top of the mountain for their ceremony! Once you see this film, I’m sure you’ll be asking yourself “ how do we have our wedding in Brundage!”


The wedding of Emily and Collin Clovis in Brundage, Idaho
Capturing Allison as we got ready for the first look! Can you believe how gorgeous she looks!

Capturing Allison as we got ready for the first look! Can you believe how gorgeous she looks!

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Some of the greatest moments for us is when we get to see the sparks fly between our bride and groom! Wedding days are just full of magic!

The bride being brought on her steel chariot! Now that’s one adventurous ride, a view hundreds of feet in the air!

The bride being brought on her steel chariot! Now that’s one adventurous ride, a view hundreds of feet in the air!

High on the mountain top a fairytale wedding memory was made! Just goes to show you don’t need to travel far to have that beautiful destination wedding, some of the most beautiful sites may be hiding in plain site!

High on the mountain top a fairytale wedding memory was made! Just goes to show you don’t need to travel far to have that beautiful destination wedding, some of the most beautiful sites may be hiding in plain site!

Finishing off the night with the first dance! With strung lights and the dark creeping in we were on our way to one beautiful lit night!

Finishing off the night with the first dance! With strung lights and the dark creeping in we were on our way to one beautiful lit night!


It was amazing filiming this wedding, probably one of our favorites to make!

If your looking to capture your wedding and make it a cinematic memory for years to come, get in touch with us!

Brian and Bridget - Tamarack Wedding Story

Brian and Bridget - Tamarack Sunset Wedding

Our film journey in Tamarack was nothing short of a country side dream. There were too many breathtaking moments and perfect weather, that a bad shot simply didn’t exist! What was the best part to this wedding you may ask? As a videographer I’d have to say the amazing sunset moments we captured with this couple, would make anyone jealous!

Couldn’t believe the cinematic sunset shots we got! When the lighting is just right, that’s when you have to seize the opportunity! Tamarack, Idaho had the perfect energy and landscape to create some pretty amazing video.

Couldn’t believe the cinematic sunset shots we got! When the lighting is just right, that’s when you have to seize the opportunity! Tamarack, Idaho had the perfect energy and landscape to create some pretty amazing video.

About to set off on life’s journey! This power couple complimented each other in every way!

About to set off on life’s journey! This power couple complimented each other in every way!

The Black Hawk on the River venue had all the beautiful checklist items a wedding couple could ask for: riverside walk, lodge, great dining and perfect dance space. Minutes after the ceremony the newly weds celebrated with one of the most classic poses of all time!

The Black Hawk on the River venue had all the beautiful checklist items a wedding couple could ask for: riverside walk, lodge, great dining and perfect dance space. Minutes after the ceremony the newly weds celebrated with one of the most classic poses of all time!

Of course we couldn’t miss out on a celebratory toast with all the bridesmaids!

Of course we couldn’t miss out on a celebratory toast with all the bridesmaids!

Of course men will be men! It’s there job to spice up the party with a good chair lift!

Of course men will be men! It’s there job to spice up the party with a good chair lift!


It was amazing filiming this wedding, probably one of our favorites to make!

If your looking to capture your wedding and make it a cinematic memory for years to come, get in touch with us!

Jonny and Randy - Stanley Wedding Story

Jonny and Randy - Stanley Wedding

The wedding that has inspired us throughout our film career was this very wedding shot in Stanley. This venue consisted of beautiful mountain-scapes, wide open spaces and a gorgeous river nearby. The charming rustic cabin the couple stayed in made this wedding, in the words of Mary Poppins “ practically perfect in every way!”


The wedding of Jonny and Randy Dittmer.
A gorgeous scene to start the perfect day!

A gorgeous scene to start the perfect day!

Anticipation building as our bride gets ready for the ceremony! Of course every bride needs their mother to help them feel like a princess on their big day!

Anticipation building as our bride gets ready for the ceremony! Of course every bride needs their mother to help them feel like a princess on their big day!

Nerves, anticipation and excitement all hiding behind that calm face.

Nerves, anticipation and excitement all hiding behind that calm face.

Breathtaking first look with the snow capped mountains as a backdrop! This groom’s face says it all!

Breathtaking first look with the snow capped mountains as a backdrop! This groom’s face says it all!

After many months of dating, they can finally call each other husband and wife!

After many months of dating, they can finally call each other husband and wife!

I would say they are feeling pretty “ Bubbly” about now! :)

I would say they are feeling pretty “ Bubbly” about now! :)


The wedding we hold all others to, this wedding set the standard for all wedding videos to come!

If your looking to capture your wedding and make it a cinematic memory for years to come, get in touch with us!

Jessica and Brian - Boise Wedding Story

Jessica and Brian - Boise Wedding

Sometimes people think weddings need to be in a destination faraway for them to be beautiful. This local Boise wedding we shot, proves that very statement wrong. We were blown away by how charming Alpine Ponds Event Center was with its beautiful water features, hidden bridge and gorgeous landscape. Boise has so many hidden wonders, and for this couple it created the most perfect wedding. Don’t miss out on one of the most unique and romantic twists we added to this video.

The wedding of Jessica and Brian Greer,
Stolen moments of the bride and groom in the secret garden!

Stolen moments of the bride and groom in the secret garden!

Everybody loves that cinematic sunset pose! We just couldn’t miss out on that shot!

Everybody loves that cinematic sunset pose! We just couldn’t miss out on that shot!

The Alpine Ponds Event Center, had some of the most beautiful landscape I’ve seen in a long time.

The Alpine Ponds Event Center, had some of the most beautiful landscape I’ve seen in a long time.

We loved how spontaneous this bride and groom were, of course with the sprinklers nearby Jessica took off running!

We loved how spontaneous this bride and groom were, of course with the sprinklers nearby Jessica took off running!

We loved filming this wedding, this was one of the most magical days we witnessed!

If your looking to capture your wedding and make it a cinematic memory for years to come, get in touch with us!

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Molly and Ryan - Utah Wedding Story

Molly and Ryan - Utah Wedding

Utah is known for some of the most beautiful mountains, hidden gem locations and beautiful temples. We were so excited to shoot this beautiful Logan Temple wedding for this wonderful couple. The weather was just perfect, as spring had brought up numerous flowers to contribute to the gorgeous temple grounds. I have to admit this was one of our favorite temples we have shot at. Both Molly and Ryan’s happiness was absolutely contagious, and made for one of the most lovable videos.

The wedding of Molly and Ryan Wakley. Filmed in Logan, Utah

Hurray! The newly weds exit the temple to greet their loved ones.

Hurray! The newly weds exit the temple to greet their loved ones.

This shot is one of my favorites, the beautiful maroon trees compliment the beautiful logan,Utah temple so nicely! Our couple also looks cuter than ever!

This shot is one of my favorites, the beautiful maroon trees compliment the beautiful logan,Utah temple so nicely! Our couple also looks cuter than ever!

It’s just so easy to see how happy this couple is, a smile is worth a thousand words!

It’s just so easy to see how happy this couple is, a smile is worth a thousand words!

The perfect day, this moment looks like it was taken right out of a story book!

The perfect day, this moment looks like it was taken right out of a story book!


We loved filming this wedding, we really couldn’t believe how beautiful the color was. Every shot was a storybook moment!

If your looking to capture your wedding and make it a cinematic memory for years to come, get in touch with us!

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Destination Wedding Program

Are you going somewhere exciting for your wedding?

Can I tell you something just as exciting?

Our company loves to capture amazing wedding stories for couples all over the world. If you have an amazing destination wedding, we want to be apart of it.

We would like to be apart of it so much, that currently we are offering free travel expenses up to ($1500.00) for our social media edit and extended cut videos. So if you really love our videos, but don’t have the budget for us to come to you, we are making it easier and eliminating those travel costs.


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