(Closed) How are you paying for your honeymoon?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
  • poll: How did/are you paying for the honeymoon?
    A family member or friend gave our trip as a wedding gift. : (23 votes)
    13 %
    We used a honeymoon registry, or monetary gifts from guests. : (18 votes)
    10 %
    Good old fashioned hard work and saving! : (124 votes)
    70 %
    We had to put it on a loan or credit card. : (12 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    1423 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2013

    Since I can’t choose two options, I didn’t vote. But, we’re saving, but also putting it on a credit card. All huge expenses go on credit cards, are paid off in full, and membership points collected. Plus, I prefer huge expenses on credit cards for dispute purposes.

    All that being said, we haven’t even begun planning what our honeymoon will be. We’re working too much, right now, and barely see each other to talk wedding-y things! We will have to get on the same page, though. I’d love to travel out of country and he was thinking of staying in the same state. Whoops.

    If you can’t afford a huge adventure, then just take a night or two together in a nearby city. Two of my friends traveled just an hour and stayed in the hotel for two days. It’s better than nothing!

    Post # 4
    5219 posts
    Bee Keeper

    We paid for the Honeymoon ourselves. We did a 5 day/4 night cruise to the Bahamas on NCL and it was ( with airfare/hotel/ on board expenses) right around $3,500 for us. We also did not put any of our wedding on credit, if it was put on a card it was paid off immediately. 

    You can find some SUPER deals in the States for a Honeymoon. We looked at travelzoo.com or vrbo.com when trying to find something tropical… but they had vacation specials for cabins in the Smokey Mountains, Bed and Breakfasts in the Carolinas… you can find something in your budget!

    Post # 5
    2450 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    we saved up for it. 

    but… we knew we wouldn’t be able to have a nice wedding at home AND a honeymoon… so we combined the two. We are having a destination wedding and staying there for a honeymoon. So now we are spending less on the wedding AND honeymoon than most people pay for just their wedding. works out great.

    Post # 6
    2459 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    We saved up for  our wedding and honeymoon!

    Post # 7
    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    Ours was a combination…Father-In-Law gave us a couple thousand and we paid for the rest from savings. 

    Post # 8
    3885 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    We’re using airline miles for our flights, and a mix of hotel points and other stuff for the hotels. I have some BOGO certificates from one hotel chain where I hold high elite status, and some hotel gift certificates from another chain which I get as employee treats from my job.  

    The airline miles come from mostly flying, as I have a job that used to require a ton of travel. Not so much any more but still have miles to burn.  We also follow certain airline shopping promos and pretty much don’t buy anything without seeing how we can get miles from it, because we love travel, and we insist on luxury travel when a flight is more than a few hours, but no way can we afford to buy first class tickets all the time.

    When it’s all said and done, we’ll be out of pocket about $1000 plus meals/activities/incidentals for a 10-day honeymoon, all first class flights and 5-star hotels, to Hong Kong and Tokyo, two of the most expensive cities in the world. We’re also doing a mini-moon to Chicago, paying cash for the flights and a mix of points and gift certificates (again from work) for the hotels.

    Post # 9
    10287 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I voted “hard work and savings”. We went on a cruise so we were able to put down a deposit in order to book and then pay off the balance by a specified due date (I think it was 60 days before the sail date). We chopped away at the balance due over the course of a few months so we never had to make any huge payments all at once. 

    Post # 10
    9952 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Like @BetterSherm:  I didn’t vote, because we too are doing the same thing.

    Our Mini-Moon and our Honeymoon (about a month later) will be paid for out of savings primarily, as well as putting some of it on our Credit Cards (that we will pay off when the bills come in)… and for exactly the same reasons… insurances / disputes and the collection of Airmiles (lol, nothing like looking forward to the NEXT Vacation)

    Our Mini-Moon will be take place for 7 Days following our Wedding in the Southern USA… it will be spent soaking in some warmer weather, Hubby playing some golf, me doing some shopping, and together we’ll be sightseing some of our favourite cities (St Augustine – Savannah – Charleston), before heading back home.

    Our longer Honeymoon will take place for aprox 12 Days with a cruise thru the Caribbean.  LOTS of soaking up the sun on that one, wonderful cruise ship pampering, food, drink, entertainment and sightseeing some beautiful Ports of Call.  Throw in a little shopping, snorkeling, surf, sand & sky, and it should be a Honeymoon to remember !!

    Our Honeymoon(s) and our Rings will the greatest expense of our Wedding… but in the end, beyond the photos, they are the most enduring Wedding memories !!

    On the otherhand, we also have a lot of Airmiles to burn (the Canadian kind… that aren’t tied to just one airline etc)… so a lot of the costs from our two vacations will be covered by that… plus we also have Hotel Points for land stays etc.  Our prime expenses will be ground transfers, Hotel Meals & Entertainment, Golf, Sightseeing and Shore Excursions and any “extra” pampering items we want to add onto the cruise (Spa, Cocktails, Wine, Photos, Souvenirs).  In the end, we’ll probably only have to fork over about half of the going rate for our two vacations combined, because the rest will be covered by various Travel Points Programs (Air Miles – Hotel Loyalty Programs – Cruise Ship Credits etc).  I truly can’t say enough about folks enrolling for these types of programs (FREE to join) and getting to take advantage of the perks that come with Membership (even if you never get a FREE vacation, you can still get Upgrades etc)

    — — —

    Honeymoon advice from someone who has been down this road before.

    Ladies, as much as the Wedding is a BIG DEAL… it truly for the most part is a whirlwind day, that comes and goes sooo fast… and seems to always be overshadowed by the Guests and Family.

    The Honeymoon really is the landmark that starts out your life together.  There is nothing sweeter than spending quality 1-on-1 time with your honey… so take the time, to savour it.  If all you can do is an extended weekend so be it… but do not rush back to work etc.  Life is routine, and it will all be there when you get back (NO ONE is going to b!tch that you took time off to get married / have a Honeymoon… it is sort of expected, and a once in a lifetime experience… do not miss out)

    As has been said here earlier… there is not just one choice… there are millions of ways you can spend that time together.  Be it a weekend in a great city, or a cabin in the mountains, camping beside a lake or a cruise ship on the ocean.  Truly something for everyone no matter what the season, or budget.

    Also, in my first marriage (lol, some 30+ years ago) I know my Ex and I were surprised at exactly how much CASH we got as gifts at our Wedding… so although our Honeymoon was pre-paid, that money would have helped out if we had been in a spot where we were short on funds for the Honeymoon.

    Hope this helps,


    Post # 11
    11270 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    our parents gave us money for a honeymoon.  we haven’t gone yet.  we are going on a mini-moon next month, a week in the mayan and couple days in cancun.

    we are going to wait and go on a big trip in a year or so.  we plan to go back to england to visit dh’s family and maybe travel to spain.


    Post # 12
    9482 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I am putting my honeymoon (cruise to Bermuda) on my credit card, but I can pay it off right away.  =) So, that’s not a problem at all.

    Post # 13
    1101 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    My bosses (whom I’m VERY close to) gifted us our honeymoon to Kauai, Hawaii. They own a condo there, so they are letting us stay there for 7 days. They paid for our flight and rental car. All we will be spending will be spending money. We are extremely grateful and appreciate their KIND gift to us.

    Had they not done that, Future Mother-In-Law was going to gift us a honeymoon. She is now giving us the money for the honeymoon to put towards the wedding.  (she has gifted each child their honeymoon when they get married)


    and if we were to have paid for our own honeymoon, we would have paid cash for it. 

    Post # 14
    196 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    Fiance has a TON of Marriott points, free honeymoon… ca-ching ca-ching!!!

    Post # 15
    1572 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    Fiance and I paid for the honeymoon in full before we started planning the wedding. He saved and was smart. 

    Post # 16
    1312 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Saving up! All my extra $$$ each month is going toward our honeymoon and wedding seeing he pays for all our joint living expenses. He may put things on his CC seeing he gets cash back for it but if he does that, it will be paid off each month with money I give him.

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