Why Most Couples Choose an Old, Familiar Honeymoon Destination
And other surprising truths about traveling for a wedding.
A destination wedding may seem like the perfect excuse to check out a romantic, far-flung island or charming European city for the first time. But according to a survey by the booking site Priceline.com, brides and grooms typically play things safe. Very safe.
Unlike a vacation-when there's room for surprises-as many as 91 percent of respondents preferred to travel somewhere familiar for a wedding event, be it a bachelorette party or the ceremony. For city celebrations, New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami were the most popular, though Orlando also cracked the top 10 (after all, Walt Disney World is a reliably magical honeymoon spot).
More than 1,000 men and women in the United States revealed their wedding-related travel preferences in this study. And it turns out men are more likely to travel for a bachelor party (60 percent) than women are for a bachelorette (48 percent).
If you've never heard of a so-called buddymoon, that could quickly change. Only 12 percent of survey respondents said they'd participated in a group honeymoon, but that number is likely on the rise (remember that time Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux invited pals to join their honeymoon in Bora Bora?).
But whether they're traveling for a bridal shower, a bachelor party, or the main event, 47 percent of respondents were motivated to attend just for the sake of travel. After all, could there be a better excuse to take a vacation than celebrating with loved ones?