Forget the saying 'three's a crowd'. It seems a growing number of newlyweds are opting to take a group honeymoon after their big day.
It’s long been said that weddings aren’t just for the couple in question - they are as much for interfering family and friends. So perhaps it's no surprise that an increasing number of couples are now bringing friends and family on their honeymoon too.
According to leading guided holiday company, Trafalgar, over the past few years there has been a big increase in the number of newlyweds opting for their group post-nuptial trips.
There are a number of factors influencing this trend. "For one, many of today’s bride and grooms come from different countries and their wedding is time to bring family members together from all over the world," says Matthew Cameron-Smith, Managing Director of Trafalgar. "There isn’t much time in the lead-up to the big day to catch up loved ones they haven’t seen in a while, so a group honeymoon provides the opportunity to spend some quality time together".
Group honeymoons are also an extension of the destination wedding boom. After asking friends and family to travel for their wedding, many couples will make the journey even more worthwhile for them by inviting them along to the honeymoon too.
“This style of honeymoon is also popular with older couples or those on their second or third marriages," Matthew continues. "Some of these couples already have kids, either together or from previous relationships, and they want to make the honeymoon a family affair to celebrate their new family altogether.
“And finally, for some couples, it’s the social element that appeals. They have the rest of their lives to spend together, for their honeymoon they want to have amazing experiences together but also meet new friends.”
Top 3 destinations for a group honeymoon:
1. Italy: Perfect for a passionate twosome and perfect for sharing with friends and family, there’s so much to love about Italy. Even if someone in the group has already been, Italy is one of those destinations that people want to revisit time and time again.
2. UK: Castles, cosmopolitan cities and the home of Harry Potter – the UK is a real crowd pleaser. The iconic landmarks of cities such as London and Edinburgh and rich history will keep everyone enthralled and entertained while the beautiful countryside offers the perfect backdrop to slip away for a romantic one-on-one stroll.
3. USA: There is no such thing as a one-size fits all holiday in America, the experiences vary wildly from one town to the next with something to suit everyone in your group. It is also a great value destination, meaning you don’t have to spend another arm and leg post-wedding.
Considering a family honeymoon? Here are Matthew’s top survival tips:
1. Pull newlywed rank: Similar to a wedding, if your family are contributing financially to the honeymoon, they may also believe they have a say in every detail. While they should have some input, ultimately the decision should be up to you as the newlywed couple. This shouldn’t be the case while you are travelling however, ensure everyone gets a say in experiences and activities over the duration of the trip.
2. Consider a guided holiday: This will take the hassle out of planning so you can focus on your wedding in the lead up, and spending time your family and friends while you’re away. Plus travelling with a guided holiday company such as Trafalgar will provide plenty of opportunities for you and your travel companions to meet like-minded people giving you a buffer when you want alone time!
3. Schedule in alone time and book separate rooms: You may be travelling together, but this doesn’t mean you need to spend every spare second or sleep in the same room as your family. Schedule in times throughout the trip that will be strictly one on one time, and make sure your family knows about these in advance.
4. Get in early: Most bride and grooms have their venue booked over a year out. Following suit for booking and paying for their honeymoon this far in advance also, will not only help with coordinating everyone’s schedules, will also see you benefit from great savings. Most airlines offer Earlybird flights while guided holiday companies such as Trafalgar provide signficant discounts when booked well in advance.
5. Don’t sweat the small stuff: It’s normal for couples, friends and families to bicker when travelling together. Jet lag and spending a lot of time together can have that affect! Try to remember not to sweat the small stuff though – who was meant to be taking photos or who has the best seat for example. If tempers do flare, take a deep breath and move away. Nothing is ever worth an argument and certainly not on your honeymoon!
For more information on travelling with Trafalgar visit www.trafalgar.com or call 1300 663 043.