What the Heck Is a ‘Buddymoon’ and Why Did Jennifer Aniston Go on One?
Ah, the honeymoon: the perfect romantic getaway. Just you, your new beau and your BFF. Wait, what? Yep. Apparently choosing to take a group honeymoon or, more precisely, a buddymoon, is compelling more and more couples. We might even dare to call it a trend. After all, Jennifer Aniston did it. Here, we answer your burning questions.
Why would newlyweds extend invites for their honeymoon? According to sociologist W. Bradford Wilcox, since so many modern couples live, travel and—gasp—sleep together long before they make it legal, the honeymoon has lost some of its luster as a milestone. So bringing people along for a vacation doesn’t feel as invasive as it might’ve for your grandparents when they consummated their marriage at Niagara Falls. (Sorry.)
But who would actually agree to go? Because Americans are so damn reluctant to take vacation days (thanks, good ol’ Puritan ethic), when they are forced to do take a few days off for a destination wedding, they figure why not extend their travels if there’s an open invite and they’re already taking off time.
So are buddymoons the future? We doubt it will become the new norm. We just wanted to give you a heads-up in case your best friend invites you to her honeymoon in Thailand. After all, you’ve always wanted to see Halong Bay and you are already taking time off for the wedding…