When Kalyn and Collin Pounders finally went on their honeymoon to Greece in July, after putting it off for over a year due to the pandemic, they were ready to splurge. The couple, who live in Atlanta and got married in June 2020, extended their trip to visit the islands of Mykonos and Santorini, got a nicer room at the hotel they booked and even went on a private cruise.
At first, Mrs. Pounders, 25, wasn’t about to take the advice of her friends, who told her this was a once-in-a-lifetime trip and that she shouldn’t hold back on luxury. But that’s exactly how she and Mr. Pounders, 27, approached the holidays after months of waiting and pandemic hardship. “We are very pleased that we followed that advice,” said Ms Pounders, who works as a clinical pharmacist. Her husband is an investment analyst. “We’ve been waiting for this, we’ve worked really hard in between,” she said, “and when it finally came, we were like, ‘Why not? We deserve it.'”
After the pandemic brought many honeymoons to a halt, this summer has shown signs that they’re back — and bigger and more smashing than ever before. The Travel Siblings, a New York-based travel consultancy that focuses on romantic travel, saw its honeymoon bookings quadruple in July since last year. According to a recent report from WeddingWire, more than 70 percent of couples who married last year have moved on or plan to go on vacation after the wedding.
The Pounders are far from the only ones to forget thrift during their postponed honeymoon. “We can definitely say that honeymoons are back with both passion and vengeance,” said Harlan deBell, an owner of the Travel Siblings. Kara Bebell, also an owner, added: “As many couples have had to postpone their wedding date several times, they are spending more money on hotel upgrades and romantic private experiences.” Before the pandemic, the company’s customers typically spent about $16,000 on a honeymoon. Now they see couples who had to postpone their original honeymoons spend more than $20,000.