(Closed) How much did you spend/are you spending on your honeymoon?

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
Bee
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2009 - City Hall

Oooo I’m curious about this too. We both go to school full time, and work full time, so a relaxing honeymoon is definitely something we want and are willing to pay for. It’s more important to us than the wedding itself.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

It’s hard for me to think of our honeymoon as a wedding expense.  The main cost will be our flights to Africa, which will be more than $1,000 each… but usually when I travel, I do it on the cheap– staying in local hotels/hostels or friends where I can (I used to live in Africa).   We do hope to have a couple of beautiful days on the beach in Zanzibar, and I’m sure that will cost us a fair amount for hotel.

I guess what I’m saying is that it will be expensive, but it’s the type of expense that I would have whether or not I was getting married.  We are doing everything we can to minimize those expenses.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I am going to Kauai, and I found a place I can go to for $700 for the whole week (Aston Islander on the Beach) We will also have to buy flights, about $700-$800 each. The hotel is not a luxury resort, but I think it’ll be a great deal for the price. There is a pool, hot-tub, a free upgrade for honeymooners, and it is right on the beach. The only negative is that it doesn’t have an on-site restaurant, but there’s a huge marketplace literally next door with restaurants, shops, etc.

We just couldn’t see spending $5000 for a honeymoon when there are SO many wedding expenses to pay!

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

1. How much? Approximately $12K total

2. Where did you go? We’re going on an extra long holiday through Western Europe, beginning in Amsterdam, ending in Barcelona, with a 14 day cruise in the middle. 

3. How long did you stay? 22 days baby!

4. What did you get for it (all-inclusive. private pool, butler, etc.) Cruises are somewhat all inclusive, which will greatly help us keep our spending money intact for our days in port.  That total cost includes airfare, hotels, and all meals and all non-alcoholic drinks on the 14 day cruise. 

5. Would you recommend it to others?

Everyone wants something different out of their honeymoon.  A lot of people just want free time to be alone with the sunshine, surf and a cocktail.  Some people want romance, others want a big adventure.  I say do whatever you really want to do as a couple to make it a meaningful vacation for you both, but definately don’t consider NOT doing a honeymoon in favour of a more expensive wedding.  Your honeymoon is an important memory-making experience in your life as husband and wife, I think. To give ourselves enough time to save, and enjoy both our wedding and our honeymoon, we’re getting married in May and honeymooning in September.  We’re also doing a honeymoon registry as we’ve been an "established" household for several years and have all the home stuff people usually want to buy you.  If people dont’ want to contribute to the registry fund, we’re planning on saving enough to pay for it ourselves either way.   

For us, we’re doing one of the major "lifetime" trips we both want to do, and I’m so excited we’re doing it together 🙂   We usually go on some kind of holiday, even if it’s just a cheapie three or four days in Vegas, once a year.  We haven’t done ANYTHING but camping and the occaisional dinner out date night since our engagement over a year ago, and I know we’re almost more excited about the trip than the wedding itself. 

Post # 7
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

1. 8K

2.Royal Davui Island Resort, Fiji

3. 10 days

4. All-inclusive, deluxe villa, all food, all non-alcoholic drinks and non-motorized water sports

5. YES!  We have traveled a lot together doing the tourist thing and just wanted to relax after the wedding.  because the island is so small (you can walk all the way around in 20 mins), you have to be into having a lot of privacy and a low-key trip.  You can do lots of side trips and learn to dive though, so plenty of chances to get off the island!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

1. $4K
2. Playa del Carmen, Mexico
3. 7 days
4. all-inclusive… all drinks, food (great restaurants!!), activities (non-motorized water), beach front balcony

Post # 9
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469 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

5. YES!!  We stayed at the Secrets Capri in Playa del carmen and it was absolutly beautiful.  I would have paid more to stay there – everything was top notch and we had a really great time.  The pools were crystal clear, the beach was beautiful, the hotel suite was amazing… I could go on for days.  We can’t wait to go back.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

  1. 6K – resort, airfare, and all the extras we bought while there (spa treatments, souvinirs, photos, tips, excursion outside the resort)
  2. Sandals, Ocho Rios, Jamaica
  3. 7 nights
  4. all-inclusive — ALL drinks, food, room service, resturants, and activities.  We had a private villa (bigger than our condo!) with a private pool and butler service.  A private dinner on our patio with our butler as our sever was included as well. The only amenities not covered were Golf and Spa services. 
  5. YES!!  It was amazing, the service was amazing and gracious, the people were friendly and fun, it was the best!

We paid extra for:  couples massage, mani & pedi, a snorkeling boat trip to Dunn’s River Falls, a private dinner on the beach with a personal waiter, and some professinal photos of us on the beach.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

1. $5K

2. Swept Away (Negril, Jamaica)- haven’t gone yet; will in June

3. 1 week

4. All inclusive- airfare, transportation, hotel accomodations including: unlimited dining; horseback riding, sunset cruise, glass bottom boat ride, snorkeling, local shopping tours, half-hour complimentary his/her massages, & some other

5. Our wedding/honeymoon is in June, so we haven’t been yet.  The travel agent highly recommended this location and claims she’s never had anyone be unhappy with their stay at this location.  I let my fiance choose and take care of accomodations.  He upgraded to a more private room with an ocean view, claiming if we are going to be there, we might as well.  He says he choose this location because they offered a lot more "activities" included in the price, because while I can stay on a beach doing nothing for hours, he prefers to be doing something. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

$2,000

 We are only going for 4 nights to Montego Bay Jamaica. We can’t take many days off work, and are already taking a few days off for our hometown wedding, so we are making the best of our tight schedules and budget. Hopefully it is enough time to unwind a bit and enjoy our first few days as newlyweds! It is an all-inclusive resort, including airfare.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We went to Cozumel, Mexico last september for our honeymoon. We had an amazing time and were lucky to get off the island due to hurricane coming into Texas.

1. A little over 1K for the hotel (which was mostly given to us by our guests through our honeymoon registry, $450 in spending money and tips, $0 for flight (my dad let us use his airmiles since he has a ton)

2. Stayed at the Aura Wyndham on Cozumel, which is the luxury section of the resort. I booked a swim up suite at the Sabor (the adults only section) and hoped to get upgraded when we checked in, which is exactly what happened and it was amazing. They took us by cart over to our lobby where they gave us champagne as they checked us in and gave us our bracelets that let us go anywhere on the resort.

3. 5 days

4. All-inclusive: Food was excellent, service was great, we used the 24 hour room service every night around 11pm for midnight snacks, premium drinks were abundant, we got free run of all three parts of the resort including restaurants

5. Definitely! I hope we get to go back someday because it was worth it. Hopefully, next time we’ll get a chance to do some of the activities that we weren’t able to do because of the incoming hurricane. All the water activities had been cancelled because of the dangerous rip currents from the hurricane.

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Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

1. How much? $8,000

2. Where did you go?  Venice, Santorini, and Paris

3. How long did you stay? 2 weeks

4. What did you get for it (all-inclusive. private pool, butler, etc.)  Infinity pool at an amazing hotel in Santorini

5. Would you recommend it to others? Absolutely!

Post # 15
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31 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2009

1. How much?  Hoping to spend $4,000 or less.

2. Where did you go?  We are doing a microbrewery and geology tour of Oregon:  Portland, Hood River, Bend, and Newport.

3. How long did you stay?  It will be 8 days total, late August-early September 2009.

4. What did you get for it (all-inclusive. private pool, butler, etc.)  Complete control over our itinerary, lots of flexibility in what we do day-to-day, change of scenery/new activities frequently (I get bored easily!), and a totally unique trip highlighting our 2 favorite things (good beer and rocks!!) 

5. Would you recommend it to others?  I hope it is going to be awesome!! If you are a geologist and/or like awesome microbrews, yes.  If you want to do something similar, let me know and I can share our tentative itinerary.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Hi there-

We’re doing something a bit different. We are renting a cabin in the Eastern Mountains of Tennessee. I live in SW Georgia and that is where we are getting married. I’m an encore bride-2nd for both of us. We decided early on that we didn’t really want to fly anywhere and with having to work around school vacations, but avoid holidays, we decided that the mountains was a perfect choice for us. It’s a luxury cabin, secluded location, fireplaces in the main room & bedroom & hot tub on the deck. We are going for a full week and the cabin rental is less than $1K for a full week. We are planning some nice dinners out, visiting the aquarium, which I hear is supposed to be amazing, taking some scenic drives, but mostly enjoying the cabin, a fire, & each other. We are getting married in October-so it will be prime leaf changing season up there. Moderate days and chilly nights will make for the perfect escape for us. We are renting an SUV for the week, and planning on hitting the grocery store on our way up to the cabin for basics, breakfast & cookout supplies, a couple of bottles of wine, & snacks.

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