With the cost of the average British wedding hitting a record high at £27,161, saving on honeymoon holidays could be more important than ever before.
But is there really a way to honeymoon for less without compromising on one of the most romantic holidays you are ever likely to go on?
Of course, there is. And CashLady is here to show you how…
Travel outside of peak season
The exact same honeymoon holidays can be much more expensive in peak season than at other times of the year.
If you want to ensure that you are getting the best value for money, it is best to travel off-peak.
Not only are your hotels and flights likely to be cheaper but you could also find that sightseeing is less stressful, as there are fewer people around. If you intend to spend your holiday sunning yourself next to a pool, there could be less competition for loungers outside of peak season.
Just make sure that the weather is going to be OK at your chosen destination. Leaving England’s few sunny days for a rainy season on the other side of the world can ruin a honeymoon!
Research where the pound is stronger
Since the pound’s value fell following the Brexit vote, going on holiday in Europe can be much more expensive than it was a few years ago.
Do your research and find out where your British pound could go further.
Consider all-inclusive honeymoon holidays
It may seem counterintuitive to pay so much for a holiday at the start but going all-inclusive can mean that you know exactly what you are paying for.
There is nothing worse than arriving at your chosen destination to find that you have blown your week’s budget on food and drink in only three days.
All-inclusive honeymoon holidays give you that peace of mind that everything is paid for beforehand. So when you arrive you can just relax and make the most of your break.
If you find the idea of eating in the same hotel restaurant every day a little boring, it can be worth looking at renting out a holiday home in your chosen country. It may at first glance seem more expensive than a hotel, but if you do not mind cooking it can result in big savings compared to having to eat out at restaurants.
Plus, it is a great excuse to head to the local market and find some amazing local produce.
Say that you are on your honeymoon
There is always someone who knows someone who has received a free flight upgrade or a bottle of Champagne because they said that they were newlyweds.
While it may not work all of the time, it may be worth a casual mention to your airline or hotel when you arrive.
It is possible to save money by booking some elements of honeymoon holidays ahead. For example, if you want to rent a car, take time beforehand to research the best deals online. Do not wait until you arrive, or you could find yourself paying much more than you needed to.
The same goes for currency. Plan how you are going to spend if you are going abroad. Just using your normal bank card to spend and withdraw cash in a foreign country could end up costing you much more than necessary.
Be wary of the cost of special honeymoon holidays
Some hotels or travel agents offer packages for your honeymoon that include things like Champagne on arrival or rose petals on your bed. Check how much more these honeymoon deals are costing as opposed to booking a simple room or normal holiday.
For example, could you buy your own bottle of Champagne and save money? Not as romantic as having it there chilled when you arrive but you could make significant savings.
Use travel review websites to avoid disappointments
There is nothing more frustrating than dining out on holiday at what looked to be a nice restaurant, only to find that the food is bland and overpriced.
Websites such as TripAdvisor enable you to research everything from local restaurants to tourist attractions beforehand, to see if they are worth spending your money on.
Conclusion: Saving money on honeymoon holidays
Just because it is your honeymoon, this does not mean that you should spend more than you can afford.
By planning ahead, doing your research and travelling outside of peak season, you can have the honeymoon you always wanted without breaking the bank.