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Unexpected Honeymoon Expenses

By Chris Bibey

In my last post, I talked about unexpected wedding expenses, all of which I experienced during my recent wedding planning process. If you are in the process of planning a wedding, be sure to check out that post for advice on how you can save money. This time around, I want to talk about unexpected honeymoon expenses.

We planned our honeymoon trip to Hawaii several months in advance. Although I thought I had a good grip on the overall cost, I forgot about and underestimated several important expenses. A few of them are detailed below:

1. Airport/airplane food. The reason I forgot about this was simple: it had been seven years since I last visited Hawaii. I am used to short, two to three hour flights…not those that last 12 to 13 hours. When you throw in layover time totaling more than six hours, it is easy to imagine how much I spent on food in airports as well as on the plane. When all was said and done, my guess is that this unexpected expense set me back roughly $200.

2. Tips. From the bellmen at the hotel to the tour bus driver to the waiters and waitresses, it seemed like I was giving out tips left and right. Even though a tip is not required by any of these service professionals, it is something that most people believe in doing. You may not give a lot of money, but something little is always appreciated. For more advice on tipping, check out our tipping etiquette guidelines.

I actually planned ahead for this expense, but didn’t put aside quite enough money. Fortunately, I had enough one and five dollar bills to make it through most of the trip.

3. Room upgrade. Before I go any further, this is an expense that you do not have to take on unless you are interested. Upon arriving at our hotel, the front desk staff congratulated us on our marriage. From there, they went on to explain that we could upgrade our room for the entire week for the low fee of $87. They were doing this because we were newlyweds (or so they said). I was apprehensive at first, but it seemed like a small fee to pay to move from an oceanview room to an oceanfront room.

Did I get ripped off? Quite possibly. There is a good chance that the hotel offers this same upgrade to everybody. Since it was my honeymoon, I decided to go for it. This was an unexpected expense, but one that I did not mind paying for.

4. Miscellaneous items. Time and time again miscellaneous expenses jumped out at me. From the $40 cabana to the magazines that we purchased to read at the beach, small items began to add up. If I could do it all over again, I would set a better budget for these types of expenses. Even when you think you have everything you need, you will find out soon enough that this is not the case. When planning your honeymoon, make sure you budget and save for the many miscellaneous expenses that are sure to be calling your name. Set aside some kind of “miscellaneous expenses” fund. Better to expect more and end up spending less!

All in all, our honeymoon was a blast. Just like anything, there were unexpected expenses. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes so you can be better prepared for your trip.

Have you been on a honeymoon? Any unexpected expenses you have to add to the discussion would be greatly appreciated!

(photo credit: ornellaswouldgo)

Chris Bibey
Chris Bibey is a freelance writer who over the years has honed his personal finance experience by writing more than 100 feature articles on the subject. In his spare time, Chris enjoys sports - West Virginia football in particular!

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