(Closed) Affordable honeymoon ideas

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: How much did your entire honeymoon cost?
    less than $1000 : (2 votes)
    5 %
    $1000-$3000 : (16 votes)
    42 %
    $3001-$5000 : (9 votes)
    24 %
    $5001-$8000 : (7 votes)
    18 %
    $8001-$10,000 : (0 votes)
    $10,000-$15,000 : (2 votes)
    5 %
    $15,001-$20,000 : (2 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
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    1217 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    From the threads I’ve read here about honeymoon costs, people spend all different amounts on their honeymoons, depending on what their budget is. There’s a lot of bees who are really savvy at booking budget travel (who  bought Groupons, booked through Expedia, etc.) and have saved a lot of money on their honeymoons. Here are a few threads you might want to check out:

    http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/how-much-didwill-your-honeymoon-cost

    http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/how-much-are-you-spending-on-honeymoon-am-i-completely-unrealistic

    http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/okayi-need-to-know-average-cost-of-a-honeymoon-airfair-including-resort

    http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/honeymoon-cost-poll

    http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/honeymoon-cost

    I think you can definitely do a cruise for less than $4000! Hopefully some other bees can chime in with recommendations… I haven’t gone on a cruise since I was a kid.

    Post # 4
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    108 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    We didn’t do a cruise but we’re spending $4200 for 6 nights at Iberostar Grand Bavaro in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. That includes our flights food and drinks (its all inclusive). We booked through Expedia, I’d definitely look on their website! Good luck!!

    Post # 5
    Member
    1562 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I know most cruises leave from Florida, or thereabouts.  Have you looked into cruises from NY?  Carnival and Norwegian both have cruises to the Bahamas – maybe airfare to there is cheaper during spring break?

    Post # 6
    Member
    6512 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    We also did an AI in Dominican Republic – Royal Catalonia Bavaro.  It was adults only and amazing, and we got the whoel package (flight, 6 nights AI, roundtrip private transfers from the DR airport, and trip insurance) for $2004.  Add on RT cabs to JFK, tips, and one awesome excursion (Bavaro Splash) and we probably spent $2500 total.  It was DEFINITELY worth it.  Flights from STL might be a bit more expensive, but you should def be able to get in under budget.  We booked through CheapCaribbean.com and loved them.

    Here’s one of my many pics of the beach:

     

    Post # 7
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    4429 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @proverbs131:  we are going on a 7 day cruise for a Jr suite its running us about 2,800 total its the most bang for our buck. i cant wait!!!!

    Post # 8
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    97 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    We are doing Sandals Grande Riviera in Jamaica for 8 nights and 7 days, its costing us $4100. We went through a Sandals travel agent that I found at a bridal show, they don’t charge more for their services because they already get paid by Sandals. They do give you really great deals, better than what you’d be able to find online and they also give you bits of advice about each resort so there are no surprises when you get there! That price includes both of our roundtrip air tickets and the room. If you want to do extra excursions while you’re there like swimming with dolphins, horseback riding, etc. those are extra but you could always set up a honeymoon registry for those things! Sandals are also all inclusive which is a plus! Hope this helps!

    Post # 9
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    200 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    We spent just over $4000 for a week in Jamaica — and that included flights from Seattle, half of which were business class (we booked on CostcoTravel)! I’m sure you could go there from Missouri for less. The resort was Couples San Souci (all-inclusive), and I can’t say enough good things about it!!

    Post # 10
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    2694 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I;m getting sick thinking about my honeymoon budget because I am going to spend WAY more than I wanted to or budgeted for.  However, super excited regardelss as it will be a REAL honeymoon.  We’re going 2 weeks after the wedding becasue I’ll have oot family staying with me and I want to spend time with them while they are here (my mom, sisters, brother, uncle, aunts, cousin, granma, etc).

    My honeymoon is a little over $1500 (no flights).  It’s 2 different all inclusive resorts, 3 nights at each.  The only extra money we’ll have to shell out will be for any extras we want, like spa treatments or excursions. But with us soending so much more than what I wanted to, I don’t see us booking any extras.

    Post # 11
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    672 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Like a couple other posters, we went to Punta Cana Dominican Republic but we stayed at the Majestic Elegance. We upgraded to elegance club (room upgrade, butler, lounges, more bars, ADULST ONLY section of pool & beach) for 8 nights. Including our flights and roundtrip transportation to the airport, I think it came out to around 3,200. All-inclusive resort too. It was AMAZING! and totally worth the money! I want to go back… NOW!

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