Honeymoon Trends: Where Couples Went And What They Spent In 2010

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New survey shows couples skipping the beach, but still spending big, when it comes to the honeymoon

Ah, the honeymoon. Half the fun of planning a wedding is knowing at the end of the expensive affair, you and your new spouse will embark on a dream vacation of newly-wedded bliss. But where is that dream destination? If you said on the soft shores of a white sand beach, you're only partially correct—you forgot to include Mickey Mouse and slot machines. I’m Goin’ to Disney World! And I Didn’t Have to Win the Super Bowl!

Ah, the honeymoon. Half the fun of planning a wedding is knowing at the end of the expensive affair, you and your new spouse will embark on a dream vacation of newly-wedded bliss. But where is that dream destination? If you said on the soft shores of a white sand beach, you're only partially correct—you forgot to include Mickey Mouse and slot machines. I’m Goin’ to Disney World! And I Didn’t Have to Win the Super Bowl!

Yes, the tides are shifting when it comes to honeymoon destinations. How do we know? The wedding gurus at TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com conducted a survey of more than 12,000 U.S. couples married in 2010. The results showed that despite news that the economy isn't really improving, honeymoons are still a $6 billion industry. It also chronicled how couples planned the trip, their choice destinations, and how much was spent, among other facts. Here are some of the most interesting findings from the massive survey.

1. No Money? No Problem. While the nation's economy remains in a slump and people everywhere are cutting corners to save money, most couples still go all out when it comes to the honeymoon. Sixty percent did not scale back their budget, and one in four newlywed pairs even spent more than planned. Overall, 21 percent spent more than $6,000 on their post-wedding getaway. Despite these numbers, some couples are trying to save where they can—12 percent register for their honeymoon, and 20 percent use travel rewards to help cut costs.

2. Some spend even more. If you thought $6,000 was a lot to spend on a vacation, you won't believe how much "luxury honeymooners" spend on their trip—close to $10,000. The escapes last, on average, 11 days, and 64 percent of these luxury travelers visit more than one destination.

3. More staying stateside. Like we said, when you're young, you may dream up your honeymoon to be as follows—white sand beaches, pristine shorelines, crystal-clear waters, shady palm trees, private cabanas, the whole shebang. But The Knot found that newlyweds are increasingly opting to stay within the continental U.S. for their post-wedding vacations rather than jet away to tropical beaches. The U.S. honeymoon hot spots include: Walt Disney World in Orlando, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Miami and the Florida Keys. Sadly, however, the U.S. isn't a dream destination for most couples, despite its increase in popularity. In fact, only one in four couples can go on their ideal honeymoon. What qualifies as a dream destination? For most, it's Europe, the South Pacific or Hawaii. Choosing a Honeymoon Location?

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