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Pre-nuptial last rites get fun, expensive
All this is changing.
The parties used to celebrate the end of single life are becoming long, intricate and costly.Las Vegas is the top destination, followed by Florida, and the average price for one of these getaways has reached a substantial $1,250 a person. The guests are usually on the hook for their own tickets.
The tourism and travel industry, looking for ways to climb out from a two-year economic hole, sees the pre-wedding party business as a way to draw some more cash into the coffers, especially for those who are looking to have as many "last hurrahs" as possible. Travel agents and destinations are even creating programs designed to appeal to this specific segment.
"We've created a number of programs for brides- and grooms- to-be. Most popular are Vegas and short cruises," he said. "Even with the economy in a slowdown, more and more people are using this as an opportunity to get together with friends."
In a further departure from tradition, some final flings are combined, with the soon-to-be spouses hitting the same destination at the same time. Once on the ground, though, the parties split to enjoy different activities.
Yeah, pre-marital partying has come a long way. But, I'll still take a seedy strip club with "Doctor Feelgood" and a would-be medical student over the alternatives. I believe in tradition.
[photo of Social Vixen by Steve Zak]