Post # 1
How did you pay for your honeymoon? We were thinking of using some of the money we get for the wedding. How would we go about paying for the honeymoon if we dont get the money until our wedding day? Also, how much are you spending on your honeymoon?
Post # 3
We paid for our honeymoon in cash, but also waited almost a year to go on ours. When we got married, we didn’t have enough money to take the type of honeymoon we wanted, so we decided to wait. In doing so, we were able to go on an amazing honeymoon that we could not have afforded if we had no saved. We did get a little bit of money as wedding presents and used that on our “mini moon” we did in the city we live in.
Personally, I’m not big on the idea of paying for things w/ credit, so if you don’t have the money now, I would suggest waiting a few months to save up. It was totally worth it in our experience.
I think total, we spent about $6500, which included flights, 7 days at an all-inclusive resort (butler level room), spending money on the trip, spa, etc.
Post # 4
@JsDragonfly: Where did you go?
Post # 5
We booked ours in October and had to pay for flights immediately, and put 50% down on our resort. We had to pay the other 50% around Christmas.
Our honeymoon should cost around $6k with spending money, which is lot for where we are going but we plan on enjoying some expensive excursions and chartering a boat for a day (which is like $400 alone).
Post # 6
@blondeeebuckeye: Where did you go? Is it possible to put money down using a credit card and then pay it after the wedding?
Post # 7
Our honeymoon isn’t until next December, but we are budgeting at least $10,000+
Post # 8
My advice (if you want it) would be try to plan a honeymoon you can afford, then if you get $ for the wedding to put towards it look at that as a bonus.
We kept our honeymoon at just under $5K, including everything like flight, hotel, meals, purchases before and during the H-moon, etc. So I don’t really think we went spending crazy or anything. But unless you live within driving distance of your honeymoon destination I think it’s hard to keep costs under like $3K.
Post # 9
@Lindsaygooding: We havent gone on ours yet, we got married in Uly 2010 and plan ongoing to Europe for 3 weeksnthis July. We estiamte it will cost us around 6000.00 min. We told people we were going on this so we opened a “honeymoon” account” and all cash from the wedding went in there. Now every month we put some money in there to buid it up before we leave 🙂
Post # 10
@Lindsaygooding: If you are anticipating receiving a lot of cash gifts for the wedding and want to use them towards your honeymoon, then you could charge your airfare and any hotel deposit on a credit card then pay it off with the money you get. We spent quite a bit going to Bali for one month, so any cash we were given at the wedding we just used towards spending money there. If anyone asks, have your mom spread the word you are hoping to receive money toward your honeymoon as a gift. Honestly, we did not receive many monetary gifts – not to sound ungrateful!
I have a difference of opinion with the PP – I say take your honeymoon right away if you can. It was so so so nice to get away right after the wedding, and I think there’s a special bonding thing that you can’t replicate a year after the wedding.
Post # 11
@RoundtreeBee: I agree. We really want to leave right after the wedding. We are planning a trip to Antigua and the costs are under $4000 with all-inclusive resort. I was just wondering if I should hold off booking until closer to the wedding or if was ok to charge it all and then pay it off later?
Post # 12
@Lindsaygooding: I would only charge it if you’ll be able to pay it off without carrying a balance because you can’t count on getting enough money as wedding gifts to pay for it. I wouldn’t use a credit card to pay for a honeymooon if you can’t pay the balance as soon as it comes due, WITHOUT wedding gifts/money. We did charge our honeymoon, and then the money we got for the wedding went right into our savings/to pay for the credit card bill with our honeymoon on it.
Post # 13
We spent about $12,000 on our honeymoon and paid for the flight, hotel, and car upfront in full. We charged everything else while on the honeymoon and paid it off in full as we don’t believe in carrying a credit card balance.
I know that everyone has their preferences about money and weddings, but personally I don’t believe that anyone should start off their marriage in debt due to a wedding or a honeymoon (this incudes carrying a credit card balance). If you can’t afford to go on the kind of honeymoon you want, what about going on a small staycation at a local resort for the weekend after you get married and then saving up for a year to go on something very special?
Post # 14
Ours is a gift from FI’s parents to an all-inclusive resort for a week. So all it costs us is spending money while we are there!
Post # 15
@Lindsaygooding: We went to Sandals Royal Bahamian, which we loved. We spent more than we wanted too, but for right now, this is the only major trip we can afford until the kiddos are out of the house. And since we dont have kids yet, that’s going to be awhile. lol So, needless to say, we splurged.
Post # 16
We’re budgeting $3500 for our honeymoon in Bermuda. We wouldn’t plan something that we couldn’t afford on our own because there is no guarantee that you’re going to get the money that you’re planning on from your wedding. With that said, we choose to leave for our honeymoon 2 weeks after our wedding so we can have whatever money we do receive as gifts available if we decide to draw from it. As for paying for the Honeymoon, we’re taking a cruise so we’re able to make payments but other than that, we’re just paying out of pocket.