(Closed) Honeymoon reality check?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
3267 posts
Sugar bee

It totally depends on what you can afford (without debt IMO).  If you can afford this then go for it.  Personally I don’t splurge on things like hotels, since I barely spend any time there, I book nice but cheaper. 

Darling Husband and I are fully on the same page about all things financial, and this includes vacations. 

I caution all people to not think of the Honeymoon as something other then what it is, which is a vacation.  It’s just one of hopefully many trips you will take as a married couple.

Post # 4
6345 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Personally, I would never fly first-class unless I was seriously rich. As someone who has had 11 hour flights numerous times, I can tell you that yes, 11 hours in economy isn’t exactly a whole lot of fun, but it certainly isn’t unbearable (esp if you have in-flight entertainment), and goes pretty quickly surprisingly enough. So unless you’re getting a very good price, I would slip this; maybe consider extra legroom instead, which is typically a lot cheaper (just a small amount more than economy).

However, I would definitely ‘splurge’ in terms of time; yes, you will get other opportunities, but I think that honeymoon is the perfect time to splurge; you have the excitement of being newly married for a start, plus you don’t have too many ties (I don’t know if you want kids, but if you do, it’s highly unlikely you’ll have the time or the money to do something like this again until they’re grown up)

We will be spending a lot on our honeymoon; probably around $9k for a 2 week all inc long-haul trip (that’s hotel, flights, and spending money). We love our holidays, and it’s nice to live in luxury once ina  while.

But yeah, I’d skip the first-class flights; I’d sooner either save the money, or spend it on an even better hotel. To me, an 11 hour flight is just not worth spending any more money on than I have to.

Post # 5
14557 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I would totally do a 2 week trip in Hawaii (though I wouldnt spend it on one island.  I’d definitely take the chance and visit 2 or 3 for 14 days.  Kauai and Volcanoes National park is amazing) and 3 days in LA, but I wouldnt fly first class.  Slightly bigger seats, getting served drinks as people are boarding, and a slightly better meal instead of just a snack is not worth the money imo.  If you had miles to kill, maybe.  I’ve flown first on miles and on my company, and its not all its cracked up to be.  You’re still sitting… on a plane.  I agree with @andielovesj: , it’s a wedding and honeymoon, but at the end of the day, its just another vacation.  My honeymoon was fabulous, and yes, its my only “honeymoon”, but at the end up the day, it is just another trip with a fancy name.  We’ve gone on and will go on other vacations that will be even more amazing than the honeymoon.

Post # 6
1827 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i cant help you much with the finance issue between you and your fiance… but i just booked our honeymoon to maui, and found this amazing condo.

it’s beautifully updated with a gorgeous pool, etc- but because it’s a condo unit and doesn’t have some of those extra amenties like resorts do, it’s much cheaper. (were paying ~$220)

maybe if you wanted to stay a little while after the wedding, you could do a night or two in the honeymoon suite, then switch to a nice condo?



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