It’s no secret that some couples are saying “Hell no!” to the billion-dollar wedding industry and marrying on a budget instead. With the average nuptials costing $28,000, according to Rebecca Dolgin, an editor at theknot.com, frugality is no surprise. Is the honeymoon a good place to cut back?
It depends, but be clear: A honeymoon is pricier than most people think.
The average cost of a honeymoon to a 4- or 5-star getaway is between $7,000 and $10,000 and most couples underestimate the cost of their honeymoon by half, says Teresa Belcher, a honeymoon planner and president of honeymoonislands.com. “They always have champagne dreams on a beer budget,” Belcher says.
According to a recent study by theknot.com, 72% of couples book “extras” on their honeymoon, such as a helicopter ride, couples massages and snorkeling (be sure to read our report on which "extras" are way overrated, tomorrow). “Extras” may be included in a package-price, or they might be added on. In either case, with the honeymoon tallying up as almost a third of the price of a wedding, couples can't be blamed for wanting to cut costs somehow.
No one wants to embark upon a life of wedded bliss in the red. But how horrible would it be to admire a suitor for his scrimping and saving only to have it ruin your honeymoon? Sure you can forgo souvenir hats and drink wine out a box, but MainStreet thinks at least three honeymoon budget areas should be sacred.
Simply put, cheap bathrobes are not comfortable. And while it’s hard to believe you may get out of bed on your honeymoon, you will at least need something to wrap yourself in when room service knocks. At $395, Frette’s cotton terry bathrobes might seem like an indulgence, but you’ll live in it on your honeymoon.