Celebrity newlyweds spark a billion-pound 'honeyboom'

Ceri Roberts
Couple on honeymoon
Couple on honeymoon


The cost of the average honeymoon has soared to a massive £4,000 as British newlyweds seek to copy celebrities.

Kate Moss and Jamie Hince recently spent two weeks on a yacht in Sardinia, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went to the Seychelles and Katy Perry and Russell Brand jetted to the Maldives - and the rest of us are keen to book an equally memorable trip.

A study by Hotels.com has revealed that this year newlyweds will splash out £9.46billion - a rise of 37 per cent in the last five years - travelling to luxurious destinations.

Eleven per cent plan travel to the Caribbean, ten per cent are planning a trip to the Maldives and a further five per cent fancy the Seychelles.

Fewer than one per cent intend to spend their honeymoon in the UK.

But it hasn't always been this way - the average cost of a honeymoon has jumped to £4,063 from £2,963 in 2006.

In 1998, newlyweds spent an average of just £1,522.

Alison Cooper, communications director at Hotels.com said: "Despite Britons still carefully considering their holiday spending, it appears that the honeymoon is the most important trip for a couple.

"They are prepared to pay for the privilege, with several couples now even asking their wedding guests to contribute to the honeymoon instead of a traditional gift list."

Celebrities don't just splash the cash on their honeymoons - some of them treat themselves to holidays with their exes...