Like most elements of a wedding these days, honeymoons certainly don’t come cheap. Recent research suggests that newly wed couples are splashing out an average of £3,164 on their celebratory break following tying the knot, and the harsh reality here is that’s a big chunk of cash.
Spending that amount of money isn’t completely necessary though. If you get savvy with your spending, you can make your savings go much further and enjoy a budget honeymoon that won’t leave you eating beans on toast for months on end once you return to everyday life.
Let’s take a look at some travel hacks and advice that could see you honeymooning for much less than you might expect…
CHOOSE A DESTINATION WHERE YOU’LL GET MORE FOR YOUR MONEY
Honeymoon spending isn’t just about how much you’ll pay for travel and your hotel. Once you’ve arrived in the destination, there will be extra costs to consider. You might want to dine out at local restaurants, visit tourist attractions, or take a few excursions or trips. These costs can really add up, and leave your purse much lighter than you expected. This is why it makes sense to go somewhere where your pound will stretch further. Turkey fits the bill here, and also enjoys some beautiful weather.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE FACT THAT IT’S YOUR HONEYMOON
Honeymoon packages are pretty popular, and many hotels and resorts will throw in some extra special additions if they know you’re celebrating your wedding. This could be in the form of complementary spa treatments, or even just a bottle of champagne waiting in your room. If you decide to go with a standard package, don’t be scared to drop the hotel an email in advance, letting them know that it’s your honeymoon.
DON’T WRITE OFF THE IDEA OF A BREAK IN THE UK
Far flung destinations like Mexico and the Maldives are popular with newly weds, but don’t fall into the trap of going down that route if it’s not really what you want. If your key priority is luxury accommodation, then you really don’t have to jump on a plane. You can get what you need practically right on your doorstep, and it’s going to save you a small fortune. Check out our guide to UK honeymoon destinations for a little inspiration.
TAKE A SHORT BREAK NOW AND TAKE A PROPER HONEYMOON AT A LATER DATE
After your wedding, you’ll often feel like you’ve been caught up in a whirlwind. You’ve spent months planning, and sometimes it can be hard to relax with so much different stuff going on. Remember that you don’t have to set off on your honeymoon right away. It may be a better option to take a short break, and leave a special holiday for your first anniversary. It gives you something to look forward to, and also a little more time to get some savings together.
Your budget honeymoon can still be luxurious, and it can still be a beautiful way to start married life. You don’t have to spend a fortune, especially if you follow these tips!
Have you started to plan your honeymoon yet? How will you be balancing your budget at the same time?