Wedding Week: The Most Overrated Honeymoon Perks, Ever!


Decades ago, a honeymoon may have been the first time a couple came to know each other in the Biblical sense. Nowadays, though, it may be the first time you and your betrothed take a helicopter ride or go snorkeling. But new exotic fun can come at a price, are you prepared to pay it?

According to a recent honeymoon travel study, almost three out of four couples book “extras” on their big trip. Is it a surprise to anyone then that’s study found the average cost of a honeymoon is $4,778, with higher-end honeymoons closer to $10,000?

Clearly there’s room to trim the fat—not too much fat, mind you –so MainStreet asked Sherri Eisenberg, travel editor at Brides magazine, about the most overrated honeymoon perks. If you’d really like, for once in your life, to swim with dolphins, then by all means do it on your honeymoon. Just realize that the way to pay for it may be by flying coach in the firs place.

Here are Eisenberg's thoughts on some commonly pushed perks:

“$32 per person for a pancake and a piece of bacon,” is one reason Eisenberg, says to avoid your hotel's breakfast buffet. “It’s really one of the least authentic things you can do.” Instead, find out where the locals go for breakfast. (That’s the point of travel, silly.)

A flute of champagne, a Jacuzzi for two, and chocolates on the pillow may seem like honeymoon necessities, but the swankest suite in the hotel will blow your budget. You can still stay in a fancy hotel but a less-fancy room can suffice. “It’s better to be in a less expensive room at a nicer hotel,” says Eisenberg. A fancy-pants place will have better customer service and a better pool, she says.

It’s hard to get out of bed on your honeymoon, but you’ll definitely want to leave the boudoir for snacks. “Do you really need a $7 Coke (KO)?” asks Eisenberg.

If you don’t fly first-class and don’t drive a convertible to begin with, don’t waste extra money upgrading, says Eisenberg. Renting a luxury car on your honeymoon is cliché, anyway.

You are lying in a dimly lit room, candles are flickering, strong hands are rubbing hot oil on your body…and your spouse is several feet away with someone else’s hands all over his or her body. Not so sexy, right? The couples’ massage, tempting as it may sound, is “not an inherently romantic thing,” says Eisenberg. Even less romantic is the “pretty big up-charge” on couples’ versus single massages. Instead, massage each other – for free!

Often hotels will offer a romantic table for two on the beach, set in a ‘private’ location away from the restaurant. Sometimes the table is nearby, candlelit and romantic, Eisenberg says, but sometimes your waiter will be trekking your food at “an enormous extra charge” to you in a faraway location as you wait 40 minutes between courses. “If it’s just a dinner on the beach that happens to be away from people, I don’t think it’s worth it,” she warns. “I’d say ask a lot of questions before you book it.”

The honeymoon should be a special trip, so of course you can splurge a little. But not all perks are created equal. Eisenberg says do your research before booking anything for your honeymoon. Above all, she says, “don’t let the word ‘luxury’ let you assume something’s going to be a certain level of quality.”

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