Newlyweds are now taking shorter honeymoons than ever – in the past ten years the honeymoon period has shrank by half. A study, by hotel booking specialists LateRooms.com, puts the change down to work pressure and rising costs. Is it the work pressure or the cost that is ending the two-week exotic honeymoon?
The study by LateRooms.com shows that:
- 38% of couples take two-week honeymoons compared to 80% in 2005
- 1 in 5 put this down to work pressures and 30% blame financial issues
- One third wait up to six months for their post nuptial break
- 1 in 10 don’t have a honeymoon at all
- The beach break is still the most popular choice for a honeymoon, regardless of length
- 30% of couples getting married now request contributions to their honeymoon in place of a traditional wedding list
Traditionally, UK couples routinely enjoyed honeymoons lasting two weeks in some of the most exotic locations on earth. However, modern work pressures and the increase in couples paying for their own wedding celebrations has curtailed the extravagance once considered de rigeur for all newlyweds, according to a study by leading hotel bookers LateRooms.com. Tradition is ushered out into the wedding wilderness with the revelation that just over a third of British couples recently married, or just about to tie the knot, will take a traditional two-week honeymoon.
55% of all newly married couples and couples about to get wed claim that they have noticed a huge trend towards shorter, more affordable mini-moons instead of the traditional two week, no expense spared honeymoon of a lifetime. And now, almost half of UK newlyweds now either stay in the UK or venture no further than Europe for their post-marital mini-moon, the LateRooms.com study reveals. Compare this to 2005, when the top honeymoon destinations for Brits were Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, St Lucia, Mexico, Jamaica and Anguilla.
The change in honeymoon traditions is due to pressures from work and the cost of the traditional honeymoon. In 2015 one in five couples say that the pressures of work means that don’t have the time to enjoy a two-week honeymoon. Another 30% say the fact that are having to pay to the cost of their wedding day means they can’t afford a traditional two-week break in a far flung destination. However, the classic beach break continues to be the nation’s honeymoon trip of choice, whilst 22% will seek out rest and relaxation in the countryside and just 11% enjoy a slick city break.
LateRooms.com spokeswoman, Andrea Tarpey, said: “With newlyweds footing more of the bill for their big day than ever before, and having greater demands on their time at work, we’re seeing couples embrace the mini-moon and taking shorter, less costly getaways closer to home. With such a fantastic range of destinations on our doorstep, 32% of couples choose to head to Europe, whilst a growing number opt to stay in the UK to enjoy their first week as Mr and Mrs. We understand the pressures of modern couples striving to achieve the perfect wedding day as well as the perfect honeymoon, which is why LateRooms launched weddingguestrooms.com to help brides and grooms provide a personalised site with the very best accommodation options for their guests.”