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January 23, 2017  TAGS:  RESOURCES  PLANNING

Wedding Budgets | Honeymoons

Wedding Budget Tips | Honeymoon Budgeting | Vermont Bride Magazine | Niceties and Nuptials Boutique
Jessica Fuster, Destinations Found Travel

In our prior blog, we addressed budgeting for 1) The Engagement/Wedding Rings.  In this blog posting, emphasis will be placed upon budgeting for 2) The Honeymoon.

Honeymoons are a big business with 99% of traditional wedding couples taking a honeymoon; representing 14% of the wedding budget. On an average, couples spend $4,466 on a typical honeymoon lasting 8 days.  On luxury honeymoons, couples spend $9,954 lasting 11 days.  62% of couples pay for their own honeymoon with 10% taking cruises and 75% vacationing within the US or Canada. 

Most honeymoon destinations are:  Hawaii, Florida, California, and Nevada.  Most popular oversees destinations are: Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Italy, St. Lucia, France and US Virgin Islands; Hawaii being the favored destination for both straight and gay honeymoon couples.    The most popular luxury honeymoon destinations are:  Europe, Caribbean, Hawaii, and South Pacific.  40% of couples stay at a resort versus, 27% at a large hotel and 10% at a small hotel.  Only 1 in 4 couples go on a dream honeymoon.  80% of honeymooners use Social Media to research destinations.  And 48% of couples visit Facebook while away.  57% of same sex couples take honeymoons sometime after the ceremony. 

The Old Rule was that the groom’s parents were expected to pay for the honeymoon; including travel, accommodations and activities; especially the case when bride’s parents were paying for the wedding.  In this day and age, however, it is believed that the bride and groom should pay for their honeymoon; especially if parents are picking up tab for the wedding.  Thus, lots of couples do not depend upon family to pay or assist with cost of the honeymoon.   Most couples plan their honeymoon together.  With the bride usually deeply involved in wedding planning, the groom often takes responsibility to plan the honeymoon; with bride’s input unless a surprise; typically booked 4 months prior to the wedding. 

Planning A Honeymoon:

  • Determine where to go. Take into account favorite places visited, discovery of new places, beaches, mountains, cities, countryside preferences, places to explore and all inclusive resorts. 
  • Agree to departure and return dates; same day as wedding, next day, next week or some later.
  • Decide upon transportation/accommodations/excursions and book reservations; informing that you are on honeymoon. Hotels usually provide upgrades/complimentary champagne.  Consider adding a romantic hotel packages, i.e., champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, etc.
  • If traveling abroad, leave plenty of time to get passports/visas; women usually use maiden name in doing so. Make copies of passports, visas, itinerary, confirmed flight and hotel reservations as well as driver’s licenses, and insurance/credit cards; keeping separate from originals.  It is also a good idea to leave an extra set of copies with someone at home. 
  • If traveling abroad, determine if inoculations are required. If so, get them well in advance of wedding in case of having reactions.
  • Consider utilizing a travel agency. Review your plans with a professional which usually doesn’t cost extra; allowing them to make all arrangements and available for help if needed.
  • Pack appropriately for two; making sure to have right luggage, clothing, shoes for both. Consider enlisting help of a best friend or relative to assist with packing.

A Surprise Honeymoon:

  • Pick a destination that both will enjoy.
  • Inform partner when honeymoon has been decided upon; confirming departure and return dates.
  • Provide weather information in such way as not to reveal destination.
  • Store honeymoon data in place partner is unlikely to find.
  • Top off surprise with a wedding night gift.

Options Available If Unable to Afford a Honeymoon:

  • If wedding months away, start saving.
  • Delay trip in order to save for it.
  • Take a shorter than desired trip.
  • Honeymoon closer to home.
  • Enjoy a short weekend.
  • Drive instead of flying to destination if possible.
  • Travel off season to save money.
  • If possible, check into Casinos for lower room rates.
  • Use Economy Airlines with less expensive fares.
  • Research airline deals for less expensive fares.
  • Bid on Travel Auctions.
  • Sign up with a Honeymoon Registry instead of Typical Registry to provide your wish list of desired vacation items, hotel nights, romantic dinners, excursions, etc.
  • Win a free honeymoon.
  • Take a cruise which is cost effective; especially if departing from home port.
  • Plan an inexpensive honeymoon taking advantage of available travel discounts.
  • Do not depend upon receiving cash from wedding for honeymoon.
  • A bank loan is not a good idea as typically newlyweds end up being saddled with debt; a becoming a stressful financial burden.
  • If having to use credit card for expenses, get a card that offers points on every purchase. The Capital One Venture Card is ideal if traveling oversees as it doesn’t charge foreign transaction fees.
  • Budget before buying. Know how much you have to spend and do not spend more.

This post is republished courtesy of Niceties & Nuptials Boutique.