One in three Australians regret not spending more on their honeymoon

Stephanie Yip 3 July 2017

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Sometimes you just have to treat yourself.

Honeymoons and weddings go hand-in-hand. But after spending months on end planning and budgeting for your big day, considering the extra cost of a honeymoon can be daunting.

Shaving down the cost of your honeymoon sounds like the obvious answer in this situation, but a study by finder.com.au on wedding expenditure suggests that perhaps this isn’t the ideal workaround.

The study revealed that a whopping 33% of couples who chose to honeymoon straight after saying “I do” wished they had spent more on their trip. Brides in particular disclosed that they wished they'd splurged less on their dress and put more thought and budget into their honeymoon.

Grooms, on the other hand, regretted spending so much on the photographer and the cake.

While in the end, it all boils down to personal preference and priority, future brides and grooms eyeing low-cost honeymoons might do well to reevaluate their budget and opt to treat themselves to avoid honeymoon regret.

If the thought of that added expense is still at the back of your mind, many couples counteract this by delaying their holiday, with 42% of respondents choosing not to honeymoon straight after their wedding.

Delaying your trip away has numerous benefits, including being able to kick up your feet after the wedding and relaxing at home or going on an Australian “mini-moon” somewhere close by instead of hopping on a long-haul flight and potentially tiring yourself out further.

Saving that honeymoon for the future also brings with it the added benefits of being able to save up for a more luxurious getaway and building up more annual leave for it, too.

Another way you can get around the budget vs luxury conundrum is by keeping on top of luxury travel deals, which can often be found on flash sale websites like Luxury Escapes and the travel sections of Groupon and Scoopon.


Top five honeymoon destinations

Leave your honeymoon with no regrets by making yours one of these luxurious destinations:

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Hamilton Island

Hamilton Island is an Australian paradise that needs no introduction. A hot favourite for weddings and honeymoons, budget airlines can get you to this Queensland destination for cheap so that you can enjoy its abundant marine life and nearly year-round sunshine for less.

For the ultimate honeymoon, book a room at qualia and live with no regrets.


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Bali

Australia’s love affair with Bali knows no bounds. It has all the makings of a romantic getaway, from its powder soft beaches to its cosy bungalows.

The short and inexpensive flights from Australia make it ideal for a holiday of any length and the low-cost lifestyle means you can splurge on virtually everything, from your hotel room to a quality night out.


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Hawaii

With its mild tropical climate and unique Polynesian/American culture, Hawaii feels worlds away without the excessive flight hours.

Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach or go on an adventure with a hike, historical tour or water activity, Hawaii has it all in spades. Check out our sample itinerary here for more inspiration.


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Paris

A constant contender for the award of “most romantic city in the world”, a list of swoon-worthy honeymoon destinations wouldn’t be complete with Paris.

Explore the magnificent palace of Versaille, get cultured inside the Louvre, dine on fine French food, shop high-end boutiques along the Champs-Élysées and catch the Eiffel Tower sparkling with lights after sunset.


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The Maldives

Overwater bungalows that let you dip into the warm waters from your front door, powder soft beaches, exquisite spas and opulent dining. If there’s any place better for a romantic honeymoon than the Maldives, we don’t know what it is.

Once thought to be an expensive holiday destination, numerous budget airlines now make a trip to the Maldives more affordable. Sure, once you land, you’ll be paying island prices, but it’s worth it, right?

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