This Is The Average Cost of a Honeymoon Today

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Sarah Hanlon
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  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Mar 03, 2022

The party doesn't have to stop once your wedding is over. Plenty of couples head to a honeymoon to celebrate their marriage—and though it can be a splurge (hello, airfare and all-inclusive resorts), it's certainly deserved after planning a wedding. If you're curious to know the average honeymoon cost, we have the answer. Read on to see how much couples spend on their honeymoon, as well as the most popular destinations to kick off married life.

What Does the Average Honeymoon Cost?

Based on an internal study of over 15,000 couples who got married in 2021, the average honeymoon cost is $4,600. This is in addition to the average cost of a wedding, which is $34,000 (including the engagement ring). Honeymoons remain one of the most popular wedding-related events, with 68% of couples planning one in 2021. Sixty-two percent left for their trip within two days of the reception, and 42% of all honeymoons lasted more than a week. However, mini-moons continue to be a popular vacation alternative. However, mini-moons continue to be a popular vacation alternative. Last year, just under 20% of couples planned a shortened trip either in lieu of or prior to a traditional honeymoon.

The average price of a honeymoon had been steadily increasing in the past several years. This increase in cost reflects couples' desires to go on an experiential trip. Now more than ever, newlyweds look to plan honeymoons in unique locations that offer unconventional activities. This year we saw a small dip in couples traveling outside the United States for their honeymoon—41% as opposed to nearly 60% in 2019—but this is likely due to COVID-related travel restrictions, which are lifting in 2022. Beach honeymoons still remain the most popular option, though, with 52% of couples planning a tropical getaway.

How Do Couples Pay For Their Honeymoons?

Now that you know the national average cost, you're probably wondering how much you should spend on your honeymoon (and how you're going to pay for it). Honeymoon registry funds continue to rise in popularity, especially for couples who prefer experiences over things. Setting up a cash fund registry is a great way to make sure you actually enjoy the gifts your loved ones purchase. In 2019, 81% of couples set up at least one wedding registry—of those, 27% made a honeymoon fund to help support their trip. However, the majority of couples (60%, to be exact) pulled from their own savings to pay for it.

It's important to keep in mind that these numbers are a reflection of the national average. The cost of a honeymoon will fluctuate based on where you go, the time of year you travel, duration and any upgrades you make for your trip. While the national average cost of a honeymoon is $5,000, our data finds that one in ten couples will spend over $10,000 on their trip. Conversely, couples can spend significantly less by taking a stay-cation in their hometown. Since a honeymoon is an additional cost to your wedding, it's important to set a honeymoon budget that's realistic with what you can spend after planning your nuptials. After all, it's not about taking a fancy trip for great pictures to post on Instagram—what matters most is spending quality time with your S.O. to ring in married life together.

What are the Most Popular Honeymoon Destinations Right Now?

As with most areas of wedding planning and life in general, the pandemic had an impact on honeymoons. According to our study, more couples opted to stay in the US for their trip. in 2021, with Hawaii, Florida and California being the most popular states for honeymoons. For couples who traveled abroad, Mexico and the Caribbean were the most popular regions, with Europe coming in third. With COVID travel restrictions lifting in many parts of the world, we anticipate even more couples will go abroad this year and going forward.

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