By Andrew Marino, HoneymoonPixie.com
Many honeymoon travel trends right now are interesting to both engaged couples and the travel industry. Travel trends seem to be changing for a number of different reasons on opposite ends of the spectrum: some couples have less to spend on their honeymoons, but others have more to spend. These two reasons are generating specific travel trends in the honeymoon area.
More couples are going on honeymoon cruises, as many cruises are very affordable. And the best part about cruises is that you know exactly what you’re going to spend, without having any surprises. For some couples, being able to stick to a set honeymoon budget is even more important than being able to do a honeymoon on the cheap. They have a certain amount of money to spend and they want to stick to their budget and not incur additional debt.
This trend for more affordable honeymoons is also taking many European honeymooners to Eastern Europe. They can benefit from better exchange rates and lower overall prices without missing out on the Old World experience of Europe.
Many couples, however, have more to spend on their honeymoons than they have in the past. With the average age of the bride at 29 and the groom at 31, more couples are established financially before their weddings. They have time to save up money for a luxurious honeymoon, and they are looking for every luxury they can get. Many honeymooners are now staying in the world’s top hotels or are finding resorts with amenities like private plunge pools and outdoor beach beds in secluded areas.
Another interesting trend for honeymooners is to go green. Lots of couples are choosing eco-friendly honeymoons. For some, this means doing ecology-related volunteer work on their honeymoon, but for many it just means making careful choices about where to stay, how to travel, and where to eat on the honeymoon. Hotels and businesses that use green principles in their buildings and practices are likely to get more patronage from these eco-friendly honeymooners!
Destination weddings have also added to the changing trends in honeymoon travel. More couples are opting for small, intimate weddings in exotic locations, and those locations end up being their honeymoon locations. Since a limited number of family members and friends typically attend a destination wedding, part of the honeymoon might involve group activities with the people who are there to celebrate, though many couples still break off on their own private vacation after the wedding ceremony.
Some couples are now starting to delay their honeymoons by a week or so after their wedding. Unlike a generation ago, most of today’s couples are already cohabitating before the wedding. They don’t feel the need to rush off to a private honeymoon suite, and delaying the honeymoon may be more convenient. They may wrap up loose ends from the wedding, pack at a more leisurely pace, and enjoy their honeymoon more after recovering from the stress of the wedding planning at home!
Whether couples are eco-friendly, on a budget, or have lots of money to put towards a luxurious honeymoon, more and more are also using honeymoon registries. These registries allow couples to invite their guests to give experiential gifts for the honeymoon. For instance, guests might be able to put $100 toward a scuba diving adventure or a spa massage for the couple.
Honeymoon registries are great for boosting the budgets of couples who don’t have a lot to spend, but they also allow luxury honeymooners to add even more amenities to their vacations. The best kind of honeymoon registry basically works like a cash gift registry, where couples can withdraw the cash gifts out of their account at any time before the wedding. This can be helpful when booking and paying for your honeymoon accommodations, since couples have access to the cash as soon as it’s in their account.
Setting up a honeymoon registry allows a couple to take any type of honeymoon they want, from a budget-friendly Eastern European tour to a luxurious week in a Caribbean resort. It offers the flexibility today’s couples want when it comes to planning their honeymoon!
About the Author: Andrew Marino is the CEO of HoneymoonPixie.com, an industry leader in providing honeymoon gift registries for engaged couples. Couples create their free honeymoon registry website and receive honeymoon planning advice and travel tips. Andrew also serves as a contributing Senior Travel Editor.
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