(Closed) Honeymoon costs & duration

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

The flight alone will set you back around $1,000/person to Europe give or take.  Plus hotels will be very costly.  I suggest that you do a line item budget like you probably did for your wedding and google to get a rough estimate of costs. 

We are going to Morocco and Paris for two weeks in March.  We’re planning to save costs by booking a tour in Morocco and renting an apartment in Paris through Airbnb.

London is probably one of the most expensive places to go to in Europe and while the exchange rate with the pound is better, it’s still pretty expensive by American standards.  You could definitely save costs by traveling to a smaller country like Montenegro, which looks incredible.  I also hear that Spain is a bargain due to the economy.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

For our honeymoon we are budgeting 2,000 and we are not even taking a plane! We are driving and saving costs by renting an apartment on airbnb. I do not think London can be done for 4,000 dollars because of plane ticket prices. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@soontobemrsm11:  it depends if youre thinking luxury or more of a budget, and if you want one destination or more

for example, as i posted in another thread…you can do 8 nights and flights to places like barcelona, athens or paris for around 2900 dollars total(well, depending which airport/city you leave for) in 3star hotels.

flights between european cities are pretty cheap if you look at ryanair, easyjet etc and book them in advance

Im originally from the suburbs just outside london, and when my mexican fi and i went sightseeing in london we spent SO much money. transport is very expensive (london underground), the famous places are expensive…and are food and hotels. it really adds up

how long would you go for ideally, what time of year and which city flying out from? i can put together some suggestions if you want, probably 3-4 star places rather than uber luxury but nice enough. would you be interested in a tour or youd want to do it all solo?

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Planning my honeymoon was a total nightmare. We set a budget of $10,000 which we thought was more than what alot of people want to spend. We went from a 12 day Mediterranean cruise, to a 10 day trip in Greece/Turkey, looked at 10 days in Capri, Italy. All of these trips were running at a minimum of $10,000 plus for Europe we would need another $6-$8k for spending money for a land vacation.

We then settled on Sandals, St. Lucia for 10 days but felt so uncomfortable spending $8500 for a Caribbean island. So a colleague of mine connected me to his travel agent, and she customized a island hopper package for Hawaii (Maui/Waikiki) for 10 nights, free breakfast buffet (huge savings b/c breakfast is $100 a day for 2 ppl), car rental for 7 days in Maui, airfare direct from Newark, and airfare in between the islands for $6200 for the both of us. Of course spending money will set us back another $5k but at least it kept us very close to our budget.

Post # 7
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Honey bee

@soontobemrsm11: We are spending $3,200 for a 10 day honeymoon trip & cruise with the following breakdown:

  • Flights to/from San Juan, Puerto Rico 
  • 3 nights at a 4 star resort in San Juan
  • Food/activities/rental car in San Juan
  • 7 day cruise in Southern Carribean (St. Kitts, St. Thomas, Barbados, St. Maarten & St. Lucia)
  • 2 excursions per person

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

8k-14 nights in italy. includes breakfasts, airfare, airport transporatation. doesnt include train tickets (we’re going to 4 diff cities)

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

12 days/ nights in Belize. So far we’ve spent $6500 on flights and hotel. Some food and excursions are included at one resort. We budgeted $10k so we have $3500 for food and excursions ( scuba diving) and an AMEX if we go over that lol. 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Last year we went on a 10 day cruise of the British Isles.  We spent 3 days in London before and 1 day in London after. We used private companies for our excursions. The entire trip including airfare cost around $5,000. It was our favorite trip so far!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think that $4000-$5000 can be reasonable for going to Europe; however, this is taking into account that you find the cheapest airfare possible, pack your own snacks, and don’t stay at 4-5 star hotels. 

We went to Ireland for our Honeymoon – 11 days, 10 nights. Not sure what the final cost was (after buying a few trinkets here and there), but the basic break down was:

$1680 for airfare (altogether, for both of us)

$1250 for hotels/B&B’s – we traveled from city to city and stayed in different places each night. I highly recommend B&B’s also, as well as paying for breakfast; it’s a great way to make sure you’re ready to go exploring for the day.

 $450 for 8 day car rental. We got an automatic car (since neither of us drive a stick) which ended up being good anyway… a lot to focus on for driving on the wrong side of the road! If you go somewhere like London, it’s probably a lot easier to get a train/bus pass. Those run about the same price but they’re worth it.

$120 for gas for the car.  We didn’t have to fill up as much as we thought we did!

THen after that, you just need money for food/drink/activities! If you have your activities planned out ahead of time, you can anticipate how much that might cost.

We stayed in some amazing places (splurged one night for a castle) and saw some incredible sights. I booked everything through booking.com, used Trip Advisor for reviews (as well as booking.com), and made sure every place we stayed provided breakfast. I also looked at maps for buses to make sure that if we needed one, we’d be close to a bus stop. All-in-all, I think we handled the finances pretty well, and got our bang for our buck!! 

 **Oh, and my numbers are in dollars, not euros. These were the final costs after conversion. 🙂

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

One week cruise on allure of the seas with airfare $5k does not include spending money

Post # 13
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

@soontobemrsm11:  you will need twice as much as you budgeted for if you are going to europe.  we went a couple of years ago during off-season and spent $8000++.  we went for 18-20 days to london and other parts of england and then to paris.  we stayed in average hotels and besides the free breakfast with the hotel, we only ate one other main meal a day.  can’t wait to go back.

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Decided to go to cancun so that we would have max time at the resort and less travel time. $2200 total for 7 nights all inclusive. Would initially had planned on going somewhere else, but it was perfect, relaxed and not a budget buster.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If you want to go to Europe, I highly suggest renting apts on AIRBNB. That’s an excellent way to save money b/c the hotels are super expesiive. I rented a fabulous apt near boutiques and cafes right in the middle of Paris and I paid $110 a night.

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