How Much Did We Spend On Our Honeymoon?

Our plan was to spend $3,500 on our honeymoon, which we took the last week of December. Now that things have calmed down a bit, it’s time to look back and see how we did.

Keep in mind that our financial results have nothing to do with how much fun we had. We went swimming with dolphins, zip lining, and we made some great new friends, too!

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We originally booked our hotel room for $1,798 and our flights were $1,332, so right there we spent $3,130 and I knew we were going to go over our planned $3,500. We set our expectations too low, so we adjusted up.

3 weeks before we left, we decided to upgrade to a much larger, one bedroom suite. That was another $567, so even before we arrived, we looked at our planned spending in the rear-view mirror. Our new suite included a kitchen, large fridge, dining area, a larger balcony with a hammock, and another room for us to hang out in. In retrospect, this was a great choice. We did not feel cramped and having a kitchen was a blessing as it gave us much more flexibility.

We brought some staples with us as we weren’t sure where we’d be able to go shopping. As it turned out, there was a little market on site where we were able to buy fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, and cheese.

We spent 8 days in Cancun and here is how our spending broke down:

  • Hotel: $2,365
  • Flights: $1,332
  • Activities: $545
  • Cash & ATM (spent on activities, drinks, tips, etc): $181
  • Food: $95
  • Travel: $91
  • Random other costs: $36
  • Foreign Transaction Fees: $35

For a grand total of $4,680.

In 2010, the average honeymooners spent $4,466, so we came pretty close to that. I thought it would be cheaper, but once we upgraded our room, it was clear we weren’t going to hit our original $3,500 goal and it was also clear that we didn’t want to. We didn’t let any opportunities go by

We had an amazing time and in retrospect, we made a great choice of hotel and activities. Even when things didn’t go well (we sat in a van with a vomiting boy for a few hour), we made the most of it and had a good time (it meant we snorkeled with just one other couple instead of the 15 person group he was with).

16 Responses to How Much Did We Spend On Our Honeymoon?

  1. Michelle says:

    If you had a great time and can afford it, then it’s all worth it to me.

  2. Sounds like money well spent guys! Hope you guys took lots of pictures.

    Didn’t realize the average honeymoon spent is about $4,600. Good to know!

    Sam

  3. I don’t see any issue with this. When my wife and I went on a cruise for our honeymoon, we spent $900 in just alcohol alone. I would gladly pay it again too.

  4. Congrats on a great honeymoon!!! We budgeted $1500 for our first cruise (5 days out of Galveston) and sort of laughed at ourselves when we actually came in at $2500 (mainly thanks to 5 paintings we bought on the ship for $800). We love that art, so it was totally worth it to us. :-)

  5. Christian L. says:

    Daniel,
    Memories are priceless, brother. Especially when they’re with your lady. There’s no doubt it was worth every penny. Congrats.

    -Christian L. @ Smart Military Money

  6. Great job on your spending. It sounds like an amazing time! You only get one honeymoon, might as well splurge a little!

  7. What a great looking couple you are! Sounds like an amazing time.

  8. Hey Daniel! It looks like you two had an amazing honeymoon, definitely money well spent! We spent about the same as you on ours, and we were really glad that we did. After all the wedding madness, there’s nothing better than getting to go on a honeymoon with your new spouse!

  9. Savvy Scot says:

    Definitely money well spent… My wife and I are going back to the Riveria Maya in May and I cannot wait!!! :D

  10. AverageJoe says:

    My wife and I got lost in the town of Cancun. We ended up WAY across town from our hotel and walked into a liquor store. The woman took one look at us and said, “What the hell are YOU doing HERE?” She helped us get a cab back.

    • Daniel says:

      @AverageJoe, Haha wow, we definitely didn’t get lost, but did did go snorkeling on a random boat full of native Mexicans who had their suitcases on board. Until they brought out the masks, we were a little curious about what we had gotten ourselves into!

  11. A couple only gets one honeymoon so that’s good you guys didn’t let any opportunities go by just to save a few bucks and stay within “budget”.

    P.S. You two are just too cute of a couple :)

  12. Kylie Ofiu says:

    I think you did really well and when it comes to memories and your honeymoon, it is well worth it!

    We went to New Zealand and spent about $2,000 back in 2005, but my husband was Maori and we got a lot of discounts and things because of it. It was a great experience and for me, travel is an area I am happy to spend on.

  13. Jerry says:

    I see you didn’t budget in travel insurance. My wife and I were stuck in Bangkok with the worst bug we’ve ever encountered and wondered if we could even get on the plane back home. It’s worth it! It leads to an easier trip in case anything happens.