What Percentage of Couples Go on a Honeymoon?

The average couple will spend three times more on their honeymoon than on a normal vacation. Nearly 30% of newlywed couples in the United States opt for a honeymoon within the continental United States, including Hawaii, for at least part of their honeymoon. It appears that couples don't take vacations from social media or mobile devices either, as nearly half of them (48%) visit Facebook during their honeymoon and about 1 in 5 couples (19%) use a mobile app during that time. However, only 1 in 4 couples go on the honeymoon of their dreams.

Despite the increase in domestic honeymoons, only 9% of domestic newlyweds consider the continental United States as their main dream honeymoon destination. Europe is the most popular destination, followed by the South Pacific and then Hawaii. Last year, just under 20% of couples planned a shorter trip, either instead of or before a traditional honeymoon. Honeymoon registry funds are also becoming increasingly popular, especially for couples who prefer experiences over things.

Dream honeymoons vary for each couple; some couples can't think of anything better than a traditional romantic honeymoon on a beautiful remote island, while alternative honeymoons like city breaks, adventure vacations, and safaris are also popular options. With engagement rings playing an important role in what is a very special moment in a couple's relationship, many lovers are spending thousands of dollars on the perfect ring for their love. Destination weddings are also becoming more common for couples who are a little older or who are getting married for the second time. When it comes to paying for the honeymoon, traditionally the groom and his family would pay for it but now it's usually split between the couple.

If you're curious about the cost of an average honeymoon and the different factors that affect the total amount most couples can expect to spend, many couples consider their honeymoon the getaway of their dreams and after months (even a few years) of wedding planning they certainly deserve it. Some couples choose to enjoy a mini-moon before or instead of a longer honeymoon, while other couples choose to travel for an entire month on their honeymoon. Whether it's sunbathing on a paradisiacal beach or hiking through a mountainous landscape on a newlywed adventure, for most couples their honeymoon is the most special party they'll enjoy together and they're happy to have a big time.

Chandra Klingerman
Chandra Klingerman

Amateur food evangelist. Amateur beer advocate. Incurable zombie scholar. Extreme food trailblazer. Far horizon trailblazer.

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