The Buddymoon

The Buddymoon

Did you have to change or cancel your hometown wedding plans completely due to COVID-19?

From quarantine, CDC regulations for social distancing, small group limits, travel restrictions, or flat out having your venue closed, I get it...

There’s a reason #coronabride trends on Instagram!

I know it wasn't supposed to be this way but do you still want a chance to celebrate with your family and friends?

Let me suggest something that you may not have thought of before. I promise I can make it stress-free and easy for you. It’s called a BUDDYMOON! We are going to get more into that in a minute.

First, let me take a minute to introduce myself. My name is Melissa and I am a Destination Wedding Expert with Lisell Travel. While I specialize in destination weddings, I also focus on honeymoon and anniversary trips. I work with all-inclusive resorts all over the Caribbean and Mexico, as well as traditional resorts in faraway, exotic places like Bora Bora and Tahiti.

So, let’s get back to the subject for today: I know a lot of people have heard of mini-moon, babymoon, and honeymoon. But what is a buddymoon?

A buddymoon is basically a honeymoon that includes your close friends and family. Basically, the bride and groom get to invite people to come along and celebrate!

It is a little more unique than a typical honeymoon or group trip. I like to think of it as you got Married Now (or a little bit ago) and you get to Party Later.

According to a study that surveyed young couples between the ages of 18-35, 52% said that they have more fun when they are in a group traveling rather than being alone with their partner. I’m sure they LOVE being with their partner, but when you are spending 5-7 nights at a resort it may be more fun to have a built-in friends group with you.

In fact, 1 in 6 of those same couples said that inviting friends on their honeymoon would be appealing because it would provide a more social experience but also because it potentially saves the couple money.

Hello, FREE room!! I’ve got the inside scoop on that!

Do people really take buddymoons? Yes! They’ve been taking them for years but it just didn’t have a title before.

Not to get all “Pop Culture” on you, but one of my favorite examples of a buddymoon is Jennifer Anniston and Justin Theroux. Back in 2015 they invited their best friends Courtney Cox, Jason Bateman, and Chelsea Handler to join them for their honeymoon in Bora Bora. Now wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall for that vacation? I’m sure that they had a blast!

Picture courtesy of E! News. (

Theroux is quoted as saying “We had thought about it; we could just do a normal honeymoon or we could go with friends, keep the party going, relax, and have some fun.”

So are you interested in hearing more about Buddymoons?

Does this sound like the kind of celebration you and your fiancé or husband or wife would love to be part of?

Go ahead and schedule a complimentary 45-minute consultation. (Of course, this consultation will be virtual because COVID-19 turned everything into a Zoom meeting but I promise this one will be fun and drinks are always encouraged!) You get my undivided attention for 45 minutes to answer questions. We can talk about resorts, we can talk about what it looks like. Who you want to invite (or who you don’t!). I promise there’s no pressure, and there’s no commitment. All I want is to hear about your dream buddymoon and customize it just for you and your buddies.

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