So I know you’ve been bombarded with 100 wedding check-lists and I’m adding to those but for the really fun part…your honeymoon!
When I surveyed my Facebook friends about what felt like the hardest part about planning a honeymoon the general consensus seems to be that no where on the world wide web is there a list of islands + average budget + amenities + best season to be found! Another frustration seemed to be finding the right fit. Fit encompasses budget, lifestyle, atmosphere, activities, destination, room type, all inclusive or not. My goal in this series to provide some of that…forgive the length – I’ve got a lot to say 🙂
I smiled to myself a few times thinking about the couples that I hadn’t planned their honeymoon were truly perfect examples on why to use a travel professional. It’s our joy (and our job) to help you narrow that down and make a good decison for the two of you.
Step 1) Money. This is commonly the biggest hurdle to get over. I can imagine a lot of other consultants not necessarily agreeing with my order here but based on my experience I feel this goes first.
Maybe you really have no idea how much you can spend or how much is appropriate to budget for. I’m going to give a broad idea of some honeymoon destination starting price points. Do not hold me or any other travel professional to this; there are multiple factors involved in exact pricing!
…and I’m sure I’m still missing a few things on this list!
But since I love my dear friends so much, I wanted you to have a place to find some general numbers. There will always be “more economical” vacation packages available somewhere but cheap means nothing to me if you hate it. Also, see this post.
Ideal meaning I know an itinerary I could put together for that price range and it would blow your mind! Mexico: $3000 – ideal $4500+Caribbean: $3500 – ideal $6000+
European Cruise: $5000 – ideal $7500+
Africa + the Seychelles: $12,000 – ideal $15,000+
Maldives: $10,000+This is factoring in round trip economy airfare from DC and price for two people. For the more ‘exotic’ locales know that they are longer in length – please don’t hop to Africa for a Safari for 7 days, that doesn’t do it justice!I would write a book if I went into exact detail on what the above encompasses for each destination.
I look forward to helping you plan that trip of a lifetime!
Disclaimer: These numbers aren’t intended to scare or put anyone off. Some couples tell me a budget upfront & what they are thinking about…I can easily tell you if it will work or not or what we can do instead.