Mr TTR & I are semi-retired, so we are lucky to travel often. Lol, travel is one of our major past-times. So we have a lot of experience in this regard.
As a general rule of thumb we budget $ 300 to $ 350 per day for a regular vacation (not including airfare)… so that money would cover our Hotel, Meals, on-the ground transportation (bus, train, taxis, or if our own car… gas, parking etc). The daily per diem also covers Entertainment and Drinks / Cocktail Hour and a few souvenirs thrown into the mix.
We budget $ 300 to $ 350 per day, but in reality it is an average… as there are days on vacation that we might spend just $ 200 and other days $ 400
For our Honeymoon we didn’t do an all-inclusive in the Caribbean… like many couples do. We did a few Days before and after a Caribbean Criuse (and we went higher end on the Cruise itself too… with a well-located prime Balcony Cabin).
Consequently, for our Honeymoon, we spent considerably more per day than we do on an “average holiday” (but then there is nothing AVERAGE about a Honeymoon, is there). We ended up raising the ante on everything… better Hotels / Hotel Rooms / Ship Cabins, Fancy Restaurants, More Entertainment, Drinks Out etc. There was even some Spa Visits, and of course Souvenirs.
I’d say that our Daily Budget was more like $ 600 per day (again not including Airfare)
And IT WAS WORTH EVERY PENNY !!
No regrets. We knew long in advance this is what we wanted to do, so we budgeted for it.
For most couples the Wedding is all about Family & Friends (no harm there)… and the Honeymoon is ALL ABOUT YOU TWO… so it should be a time when you can spoil yourselves.
The Wedding is nice for sure… but a Honeymoon can set a tone for a whole Marriage… and those memories are yours alone.
Hope this helps,
PS… As I do my calculations by day vs vacation as a whole… I didn’t vote. If you can be the sort of person who can do your math by the day, then you’ll always be very aware of what you need to have on hand for a getaway… be it just an overnight, a weekend, a week… or longer.
As someone else said, if you are going outside of North America you’ll also need to increase your budget. As other countries are a lot more expensive.
As for Mexico, I’ve heard excellent things about the Mayan Riviera Resorts… they evidently have some very nice AIs there (we have many friends who go every winter for a couple of weeks). You can shop around on those… and in some cases find packages that even include airfare.