Post # 1
So I’ve heard of ring regret, dress regret, man regret (LOL) but never a honeymoon destination regret. Leave it to me to have this problem!
My FI and I originally planned to go on a 4-day cruise to the Bahamas, leaving in Miami and then go to Orlando and have a Disney honeymoon. We booked the cruise then I realized that I didnt want to do Disney anymore because we had gone there to celebrate our engagement. Not satisfied with just a 4 day trip, we decided to go Playa Del Carmen in Mexico after the cruise and stay at the El Dorado Maroma Resort. I was super happy and excited because the resort is beautiful and we have never been on a cruise before. But then I was going through my wedding spreadsheet and I realized how much our honeymoon is costing us.
For that money we could have gone to the Greek islands or Moorea or even Maldives. Now Im not happy with where we’re going, knowing where that money could have taken us. I dont want to sound pretentious, I know there are people who cant afford a honeymoon at all, and I dont want to step on people toes and sound ungrateful. Im just a little frustrated and kicking myself in the ass for it!
Has anyone ever had this kind of regret? Thanks for reading my rant lol
Post # 3
Vacations aren’t cheap.
And ROMANTIC Honeymoons are some of the most expensive ones when you factor out costs per day.
Mr TTR & I had our Wedding & Honeymoon Plans (it was an Elopement to a Destination Wedding) change more than once
The GOOD THING was we managed to wangle more time off, so were able to combine Christmas Vacation with a Pre-Wedding Trip… Wedding & Honeymoon… for a total of 5 Weeks. That was an incredible once in a lifetime sort of thing.
The whole thing was amazing…
We spent less on the front end (before we got married) and splurged on the back end (Honeymoon)
But we have NO REGRETS… as we did get to go see and do some awesome things… we too did a Honeymoon that combined both a Cruise Vacation with a Resort(s)
It was perfect for us… and perfect for the time of year weatherwise etc
But on paper, ya… a lot of money. Thing is tho… as much as that money might have bought us a trip elsewhere (Europe etc)… it just wasn’t the right time to go (Winter) or what we truly wanted to do after the Wedding…
We very very much knew we wanted a Relaxing, Pampering, HOT Caribbean Getaway to unwind. And that is what we had.
I am sure that when you picked out your Honeymoon Plans that you had GOOD REASONS for choosing what you did.
PS… Your WBee Profile says JULY 2014… You are still 6 months out. If you are having serious regrets, I would think that you have options to get out of what you’ve booked so far.
Post # 4
@This Time Round: your absolutely right with the fact that we did choose our destinations for a reason.. We wanted beaches and relaxation. But that was also because we thought we could afford going to the Greek Islands lol bad on my part for not seeing all the dollar signs up front.. I just “assumed” that our option was cheaper because the Islands were in the $6000 range. But then again, that was only for 7 days and we’ll be gone for a total of 13 days. Unfortunately for us, we cant make changes once everything is paid in pull, in which it is. I am still excited and happy and I cant wait to go on our honeymoon because I know that we’ll have the time of our lives… Not sure if regret is the right word… Maybe more like a “Dammit!” moment or “Shoulda Woulda Coulda…..” moment lol. Just kicking myself in the ass 😛
Post # 5
Lol, you could always tell yourself that you CHOSE to skip out on Greece cause it is July…
I haven’t been there, but I understand that Southern Europe is UNSUFFERABLY HOT in July & August
Lol, not that Mexico is gonna be a “chillin” Destination either tho at that time of year
Post # 6
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
@MsBark: Oh man, I know what you mean. I hate spending a lot of money on a trip that feels close to home. BUT if makes you feel any better – we were so, so tired on our honeymoon. We went for a long one (~3 weeks) so by the end we were rested, but after the stress of our wedding week and not sleeping much the weekend of our wedding, we were WIPED OUT! So think – you’re going to one of the most relaxing places, where tons and tons of couples go to relax and bask in newlywed bliss. I guarantee you that with all the excitement of the wedding and being married, you will have an amazing time no matter where you go!
Post # 7
I never had honeymoon regret. We did our honeymoon 1.5 months after we got married, hopped a cruise ship and went to Bermuda! It was SO.MUCH.FUN. I had no idea that we could have that much fun and meet so many fun people on a cruise. To this day DH still raves about our cruise, the experiences we had, and just how much fun it was to be together.
So I wouldn’t stress about where you could have gone with that money and instead just focus on enjoying and relaxing and being TOGETHER on your honeymoon. The memories you make are the important part, not the where you went. Hope that helps!!
Post # 8
Enjoy your honeymoon and just remember that you can always go to Greece or the Maldives the following year! Or make it another special vacation for a big anniversary! 🙂
Post # 9
Well… My husband and I decided on Fiji because “Europe was too far and expensive”. Just to find out after booking our plane tickets that not only is it the same but to go to Fiji you cross the date line!! We had an amazing time but I remember thinking AYKM!??
youll have a great time either way I promise!
Post # 10
Rest assured you could not do the locations you listed for 13 days for 7,000, so that should cheer you up a bit. Flights alone would be over 1000 for each of you, then try to stay there for 13 days, you’re looking at a 10,000+ budget, IMO.
Post # 11
@Atalanta: We’d be able to do Greece because we have family who live there so we’d do 7 days islands and 7 days with family. But I am most definitely aware that for $7000 we couldnt do 2 weeks otherwise 😛
Post # 12
I voted yes because we chose a place, I regretted it, and we changed our minds- universal studios in Orlando- it ends up being a little cheaper.
Post # 13
@MsBark: eh, you don’t want to spend honeymoon visiting relatives Plan a visit next year and like a PP said, not in mid-summer!
Post # 14
@lynnielou33193: I love Orlando! Even though its a family oriented vacay spot, it can still be quite romantic for couples.. Especially when the parks know that your on your honeymoon, they treat you like gold!!
Post # 15
@MsBark: no. we thought carefully about where we wanted to go and I’m so excited. I’ve been wanting to do what we are doing for a while (mediterranean cruise) and I’m looking forward to it.
Post # 16
@MsBark: that’s what I am hoping! We were going on a cruise but idk it doesn’t seem like our kinda thing