The newest wedding trend, a 'Solomoon'


Traditionally, the next step after marriage is the honeymoon; a time to get away with your beloved and de-stress after the wedding.

A chance to look forward to all that married life will bring. 

However as its 2019, a rising number of newly married couples are taking the honey out of honeymoon, and instead embracing the 'solomoon', where they holiday in two separate locations.

This can reportedly be for a variety of reasons: conflicting work schedules, a need to visit overseas family, or just the desire to visit two separate holiday locations.

In a New York Times report, Dublin based couple Irene O'Brien and Mel MacLaine reveal they chose to have their honeymoon without each other. Irene decided to celebrate in Canada, while Mel flew his friends to France after their wedding.

Irene told the Times: "Neither of us wanted to be where the other one was."

"We each came back to Dublin full of stories, buzzing of our trips and truly delighted to see each other again to share the memories."

"Perhaps separate vacations is a recognition among some couples that all expectations cannot be met by a single person."

The term already has nearly 1500 mentions on Instagram with solo travellers posting pictures of their trip; the term "unimoon" is also used in some cases.

However after the Times article was released, many commenters expressed their disgust at the idea.

"Beginning to think more straight couples should ask themselves 'do we even like each other' before, say, getting married and telling The New York Times shit like this," one person wrote,

Another remarked: "The Solomoon/Unimoon idea is the dumbest thing I've ever heard."

"Really? Let's see how long this trend or marriages last."

Other trends have found couples taking their children on their honeymoon, or choosing a 'mini-moon' with shorter breaks away before a bigger trip.