AUSTIN, Texas, May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- What was once a wedding ritual like throwing the bouquet and cutting the cake, taking a week-long honeymoon right after the wedding is no longer an expected tradition. In a recent survey* by BedandBreakfast.com™, nearly one in three (30%) adults planning to marry in the next 12 months who know their honeymoon plans said they are taking a several-day honeymoon or "mini-moon" right after the wedding instead of a week or longer honeymoon.
"Budget and time constraints make it harder for newlyweds to take a week or longer honeymoon after their wedding," says Martin Slagter, vice president of HomeAway, Inc., which owns BedandBreakfast.com. "The survey confirmed that most newlyweds will take a several-day mini-moon rather than not taking a honeymoon at all."
Of those planning to marry in the next 12 months, only 6 percent say they will not take a honeymoon. More than a third (35%) of adults planning to marry in the next 12 months would consider staying in a bed and breakfast for their several-day honeymoon, trailing only the more typical hotel/resort (mentioned by 70%). More future newlyweds would consider B&Bs for their "mini-moon" than vacation rentals (27%), cruise boats (20%), campgrounds (14%) or "other" types of accommodations (3%).
Known for their romantic, intimate and personal accommodations, bed and breakfast inns offer the perfect luxury "mini-moon" escape for couples looking to celebrate their new marriage, without committing to a week or longer honeymoon.
Nearly 200 inns on BedandBreakfast.com offer some sort of "romance package", and many offer wedding and honeymoon deals or packages. B&Bs offer amenities and a level of personal customer service that is unmatched by other lodging alternatives. Many B&Bs also offer free Internet, flexible check-in, private pools, spas and spa services, bars, private balconies, luxury soaps/shampoos, high thread count linens, and much more, providing top quality accommodations and service. Travelers can find these and other amenities at BedandBreakfast.com Diamond Collection™ properties, which are professionally inspected and maintain top consumer reviews.
Brides and grooms can search for inns based on location and interests, such as adventure, culinary, spa or beach R&R. Click here for a look at some "mini-moon" destinations – from gourmet getaways in Napa and winery stays in Bryan, Texas to romantic oceanfront sunsets in Key West.
BedandBreakfast.com, based in Austin, Texas, is the most comprehensive global site for finding bed and breakfast properties, with more than 11,000 properties worldwide. It is owned by HomeAway, Inc., the worldwide leader in online vacation rentals. BedandBreakfast.com helps travelers find and book the ideal B&B or small inn through informative descriptions, photos, and more than 160,000 consumer reviews. BedandBreakfast.com offers convenient gift cards welcomed at more than 4,000 B&Bs in the United States and Canada, with no restrictions or blackout dates.
*The honeymoon data was collected from a survey conducted online between March 25 to April 11 by Ipsos on behalf of HomeAway among 336 adults who said they married in the past 12 months (n=144) or who will marry in the next 12 months (n=192).