Our guide to the next big trend in honeymoons… 


Buddymoons are the latest sensation in wedding trends - but what exactly do they entail? Nowadays, jetting off on your honeymoon isn't just reserved for you and your new spouse; it's become increasingly popular to bring along all your closest mates, too!

But is buddymooning for you? We answer all your crucial questions to help you decide whether to drop that all-important message in the group chat - immediately! 

What is a buddymoon? 


A buddymoon presents an unconventional twist to the classic honeymoon by inviting your entire circle of friends to join in on your sun-soaked post-wedding getaway - essentially transforming it into a group holiday.

Now, you might be wondering, isn't the essence of a honeymoon about indulging in romantic, intimate moments with your newlywed partner? Traditionally, yes. But considering the rising trend of buddymoons, it's worth considering as an option - especially if you aim to kick off your marriage as the epitome of cool and trendsetting (start as you mean to go on, and all!).

As outlined by insights from Prezola’s 2024 Honeymoon Trend Report, the UK’s favourite gift list and honeymoon fund service, 14% of couples are considering a 'buddymoon' or family honeymoon. Beyond buddymoons specifically, 35% of couples are planning for more than one honeymoon, 30% opting for two, 4% for three, and a few even planning four - perfect for those considering holidaying with friends, as well as alone!

While buddymoons are undeniably gaining traction, we're not suggesting you ditch your plans for a luxurious honeymoon suite to share a twin room with friends. Couples' honeymoons remain the norm, and they're unlikely to fade from popularity anytime soon.

Yet, for those couples opting for a lavish destination wedding under the sun, why not extend the festivities beyond the nuptials? After all, your loved ones have journeyed to celebrate your special day, so extending the invitation for some collective sightseeing and exploration could be the perfect way to top off the occasion.

Is a buddymoon for you? 


Let's be real - buddymoons aren't going to be for everyone, and that's perfectly okay! If all you've been dreaming of is some well-deserved R&R after the whirlwind of wedding planning and the stress that comes with it - we get it. There's plenty of time for group holidays with friends once your honeymoon is over and done with.

However, if the idea of a buddymoon has caught your attention, there are a few essential considerations to keep in mind before committing:

  • Are both you and your partner excited by the idea? It's crucial to ensure that you share the same vision for your post-wedding plans and are on the same page.
  • Are you obsessed with the idea of extending your wedding celebrations with your closest friends by your side, or are you craving some downtime after a highly social period? 
  • Think about which mutual friends you would invite. Make sure to choose friends from both sides to ensure everyone feels included and comfortable. No one wants to feel like a tag along on their own honeymoon. 
  • When you imagine your honeymoon, what comes to mind? If you envision romantic dinners, sunset strolls, and lazy mornings in bed, a buddymoon might not be for you. After all, there’s nothing worse than making your friends feel like third wheels. 

Still intrigued? Let's dive into the fun part and talk potential destinations!

Best destinations for a buddymoon?


So, if you've decided that inviting friends along is a definite yes but are unsure where to take them - let's break it down.

There are several factors to consider. First and foremost, think about where you're tying the knot. If you're having a destination wedding, it makes sense to stay and explore the area where you exchanged vows. Otherwise, you'll need to consider the time of year you plan to go (and the weather conditions you can expect) as well as the preferences of the friends joining you. Are they laid-back? Do they love a good party? Or are they avid explorers?

  • Honeymoons traditionally whisk couples away to far-flung destinations like the Caribbean, but when it comes to buddymoons, shorter flight times are often preferred. Picture the lively vibes of a city break!
  • What could be more fun for a group getaway than a festival with your closest mates? Europe boasts a plethora of sun-soaked festivals, ensuring non-stop post-nuptial celebrations. The beauty of a festival buddymoon? You and your spouse can slip away for some one-on-one relaxation once the party winds down - a well-deserved treat!
  • One of the most popular buddymoon concepts involves renting a spacious villa abroad or even a cosy country house in the UK for a more budget-friendly option. It's the ultimate way to bond with friends, bask in the privacy of your own pool, whip up delicious meals together, and savour each moment at your own pace!
  • Consider hitting the road for a memorable adventure! If you're torn between destinations, why not embark on a road trip and have your friends join you at one of the stops? This way, you'll cherish quality time with your partner while also enjoying the company of your friends along the journey. It's the perfect blend of intimacy and camaraderie for those stuck between a buddymoon vs honeymoon.
  • If you’re a keen skier, hitting the slopes with your closest friends is another fun buddymoon idea. With the combined cosy and romantic atmosphere of a log cabin alongside lively Après Ski bars - snow-centred buddymoons are a popular choice. 

The best buddymoon destinations 2024 


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Returning to Prezola’s report for a moment, it’s clear to see that while Maldives honeymoons are somewhat a thing of the past, Greece comes in on top, followed by Italy, UK and South Africa for honeymoons in 2024 and beyond. And while this data is based on honeymoon trends more generically, it’s definitely worth considering these destinations for your buddymoon. To help you narrow down your search, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite buddymoon destination ideas

1. Best Villas in Greece for Buddymoons

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2. Best holidays in Italy for Buddymoons

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3. Best UK staycations for buddymoons

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4. Best boutique & luxury Buddymoon hotels in South Africa

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So, is buddymooning really the new honeymooning? 


In short, it’s easy to see the appeal of buddymoons and continuing the celebration with friends, even after the wedding. If you spent a lot of time with friends travelling before you were married, who says you’ll want too much about your lifestyle to change once you officially tie the knot? But, for those not yet sold on the pros of buddymooning, explore our best staycation honeymoon destinations or the top honeymoon trends in 2024 for some inspiration!

Shona Ezimogho-Moran

Written by Shona Ezimogho-Moran

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