Post # 1
My fiance’ and I are looking into Honeymoon options and we are having a tough time finding something that we can both agree on that is in our budget. I am the “go hard or go home” kinda girl who wants to spend a little extra on a honeymoon with a private plunge pool, but FH is more frugal and does not think that the extra extravagances are necessary. My question is, what is the normal amount spent on a decent Honeymoon? Where did you go? What was your price range? Anyone else been to an all-inclusive resort and had a good or bad experience you would like to share?
Post # 3
We didn’t spend probably more than $2,000 on our honeymoon to Montreal. It was stupidly hot and humid out tho (41C which is 105F). I think the plan is to take a nice all inclusive resort vacation at some point to kinda splurge where we didn’t before. We were so busy with the wedding we didn’t really have time to plan the honeymoon. I do think going to a resort where you can just relax and have things taken care of for you is the way to go.
So in short, maybe a frugal honeymoon now and maybe something more extravagant later when your bank account recovers?
Post # 4
I don’t think there is a “normal” spending amount personally. I went to Germany, my parents went to a city three hours away, and some of my friends haven’t even gone on one because they just bought a house or can’t afford it! But I agree with sondrapants, do something that costs less now and something bigger down the road. Maybe your 5 years?
I completely understand wanting to go all out. To me the honeymoon was more importand than having a sit down dinner. So instead of having an expensive food bill that costs thousands I used that money for our German honeymoon. I also have a special savings account for vacations. In a couple years we will go on another more expensive trip once we have the right amount.
Hope this helps:)
Post # 5
@BridalBlondie: Oh my gosh…I am so there with you on the plunge pool. That is my DREAM. We went to Sandals Royal Bahamian and spent about $5500 to stay in the Royal Village Honeymoon Suite (butler level). I will say, there are 3 “hidden” pools in the Villa area of the resort. If you get the right villa suite, there is a small plunge pool right outside your patio. It’s not yours exclusively, but one day DH and I spent about 4 hours at that pool and weren’t bothered once, so it felt very private and like our own pool.
Post # 6
Yeah… I hear you. I almost posted this exact same thing! Looking forward to the answers.
Hopw we can save enough to have one!
Post # 7
@ellabee: Ugh, I think this whole honeymoon thing is stressing me out more than the wedding is. I have no idea if we will be able to save enough and we don’t want to just slap it on a credit card. If we don’t go on a honeymoon after our wedding though, I know how we are…we will just end up not going on one at all because it will get pushed to the side. Everything I have looked up is so expensive. I totally have a champagne taste, but I’m on a beer budget. I’m so bummed 🙁
Post # 8
@BridalBlondie:us too, I CANNOT let this get pushed to the side. I know it would since it’s us, so we’re trying to save, but it is SO hard!
We’re seriously considering coming home after the wedding (it’s across the country from where we live now) and then doing a road trip (cheap-ish) or an amtrak train trip for our honeymoon. (Grand canyon and other awesome stuff.)
If we can afford it, we want to do a best alcohol of Europe tour (beer in Ireland and Belgium, wine in Italy). That’s our dream for now–hope we can save for it.
Post # 9
my bf and I were considering taking a train around the states, and stopping at variuos places. You can buy a one month pass for two in a sleeper. The train goes from Washington, down to Sacramento, up through the states to Ohio, down to Louisiana, then up the east coast, then you can return by going by the northern part of the states. (that’s if you’re from Washington, you can actually start/stop anywhere) That way we get to visit all the cool places in the states, and it’s maybe $500 each per train ticket or less the earlier you get your ticket.
P.S. my bf and I are then going to save up at least $3000 for a trip to Italy at our 1 year so we can techically have two honeymoons, and be able to relax in italy and do the things we want. We’d also be more relaxed with eachother cause we know eachother better then.
Post # 10
I agree with hrev2010 that there’s no “normal” amount to spend on a honeymoon. It really depends on what you value and what’s important to you.
For me, I knew that once we get married I’d become very realistic and frugal about money and will probably vote against spending thousands of $$ to go somewhere exotic (esp once kids come along), so I really wanted to go somewhere special for Honeymoon even if it’d cost a lot. So I told my husband (then FI) that I don’t wanna go to places we can afford to go anytime (i.e. the carribeans — we tend to find cheap last minutes deals). So we ended up going to Australia & New Zealand…spent around $6,000. Was it worth it? Yeah, I think so. It was cheaper to go around the time we got married because it was low season, so I think we got a decent deal and the weather was fantastic, not that many tourists, etc (it was the beginning part of the low season). So that’s another thing to consider — for example, if you want to go to Europe for honeymoon, going there during the summer months would be very costly. You can check out the high and low seasons of your possible destinations and find a good deal.
But I also have friends who went to Hawaii or Cancun (all exclusive resorts) for their honeymoon and had tons of fun. Good luck!