Monday, August 13, 2012
From the New York Times:
While three (or more) is still a crowd for most newly married couples, more of them are choosing to take their loved ones with them on what has come to be called a buddymoon, according to Brandon Warner, the founder of Traveler's Joy, an online registry that helps couples plan their honeymoons.
The Sunday Telegraph in Australia reported something of a tren in 2010: “Couples are bending the wedding rules by taking the honey out of the honeymoon.” In the United States, the rap performers Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz and the country music singers Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert helped popularize the honeymoon-with-friends idea with lavish buddymoons.
While relatives and loved ones have occasionally tagged along since the days when wedding trips were made by horse and buggy, Mr. Warner said that difficult economic times are responsible for the number of noncelebrity couples who are now choosing this arrangement. Fewer people are taking vacations, he said, so “when a rare and special family event arises, like a wedding, it creates an opportunity for friends and families to come together to celebrate and take a vacation.” (The buddies usually pay their own way.)
W. Bradford Wilcox, a sociologist and the director of the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, said that he was not aware of any statistics on buddymoons, but that the idea made sense in light of changes in sexual mores.
“Today, when about 65 percent of couples cohabitate prior to marriage, the honeymoon is less likely to be a major turning point in their relationship,” said Professor Wilcox, who had not heard the term buddymoon. “For them, I think having friends come along is less of a big deal, and in some ways makes it more of a special and exceptional occasion.”
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