Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux’s surprise wedding may be over, but that’s not stopping them from keeping the party going.
The couple is having a group honeymoon in Bora Bora, bringing along famous friends like Courteney Cox, Jason Bateman, and Chelsea Handler.
While they’re not the first celebrity couple to opt out of the romantic-getaway-for-two tradition (Aniston’s ex Brad Pitt and wife Angelina Jolie brought their six children along on their post-wedding yacht around Malta, and her pal Reese Witherspoon also made her honeymoon a family affair), they are definitely the most high-profile pair to make it a full-on BFF extravaganza.
Which begs the question…are other people doing this? Could this become a new trend for modern-age newlyweds, a la joint bachelor-bachelorette parties? Should it become a new trend?
Before we make any decisions, we must first break it down scientifically.
No boring dinner silences. Let’s be honest, no matter how much you love someone, you run out of things to talk about at some point. “Beautiful sunset, huh?” — yeah, we’ve been here for six days; over it.
Group activities. You know how you wanted to go on that snorkeling boat that looked so great on the brochure, and then you get there and it’s packed to the brim with other people’s kids? Well, if you bring enough people, you can split the cost and take your own boating trip — or, at least, have enough of a friend buffer that you don’t have to talk to strangers.
Friendly gestures. Hey, you just got married! And you invited your friends on your honeymoon. That means have to be super nice to you. If you have to pay for even one drink during your entire stay, you need new friends.
In the words of all the Real Housewives, we don’t want there to be any drama on this trip. More people means more opportunity for conflict, so friends must be chosen strategically (i.e., no criers).
Accommodations. It’s your honeymoon; you are not renting some Airbnb with your old college roommates sleeping on an air mattress on the floor next to you. Ensuring that you have your own, very private room is a necessity.
Alienating other friends. Narrowing down a guest list for a wedding can be hard enough, but deciding who gets to come along to the ultra-exclusive post-wedding island retreat could be a potential friendship ruiner (see earlier point about criers).
So, now that we’ve weighed both options, what do you think? Would you have a group honeymoon? Why or why not? Let your voice be heard in the comments.
—Shay Spence, @chezspence